We know the neck-tie industry relies on Father’s Day to boost its summer sales, but we wanted to think outside the long, flat box this year. We believe that dads deserve more recognition than a sharp (or silly) fashion accessory, so we asked our readers and our Facebook friends to share their favorite Father’s Day memories and celebration ideas.

Happy Father’s Day from New Jersey Family!

What would your KIDS say Dad wants to do on Father’s Day?

  • Our boys would say he would like to play Wii all day long! – Lauren B., Westfield
  • Fly a kite and eat popcorn – Roberta M., Union
  • Relax and catch up with his shows – Joanne M., Hopatcong
  • He’s only 9 months old, so he would just say, “da da.” – Lauren M., Toms River
  • Get a pet dog! – Christina H., Deptford

What would DAD say he wants to do on Father’s Day?

  • Watch the Mets actually WIN a game! – Stephanie L., Springfield
  • Fishing with his sons and then a nice, long nap – Carol M., Clark
  • No cooking or cleaning! – Mirabel B., Morris Plains
  • Play golf and then spend time with the family – Marianne F., Freehold
  • Rest! – Patricia L., Old Bridge

What’s the funniest gift your kids ever gave to Dad on Father’s Day?

  • Artificial credit cards – Arlene M., Whippany
  • A Nerf blaster gun that they bought at a toy store – Letty M., Lyndhurst
  • A Build-a-Bear dog with a Superbowl champions shirt – Veronica G., Carteret
  • A homemade tape measure that says “Dad, you rule!” – Stephanie L., Springfield
  • A pet goldfish – Marilyn F., Kenilworth

What’s your favorite place to go in NJ to celebrate Father’s Day?

  • Our house, grilling in the backyard – Nicole M., Union
  • Point Pleasant Beach – Craig S., Elizabeth
  • Portuguese Manor in Perth Amboy – Donna A., Parlin
  • Rahway River to go fishing – Linda H., Union
  • Bike riding the Columbia Trail – Myra H., Basking Ridge

What traditions does your family have to celebrate Dad’s Day?

  • A big pancake breakfast – Michelle M., South Amboy
  • A luncheon with all the grandfathers every year – Jodi L., Rockaway
  • We go play mini-golf. – Kathleen C., Westfield
  • We go for a walk on the boardwalk and then dinner at the shore. – Stefanie B., Manalapan
  • Hugs and kisses! – Claire E., Manalapan

Think your family has the perfect Father’s Day celebration planned? Tell us about it here or on our Facebook page.