Well, it depends on the dad! Is he a music buff? Consider getting him a pair of hip new headphones. Is he an avid runner or cyclist? He may enjoy a fitness tracker so that he can monitor his progress.
Before setting out to do some shopping, ask yourself some questions to figure out your Father’s Day gift profile:
- When you were a kid, what did he like to talk about? This can be a good clue. Perhaps there’s a book or movie that would bring back some great memories.
- What are his favourite sports teams? Best player?
- What is his perfect kind of entertainment? Tickets to a baseball game, tickets to a rock concert, or movie night at home with pizza delivered?
- Does he like to cook a certain kind of food? Or have a special drink that reminds him of summer?
- Is there something he needs done, but doesn’t have time for (like a fence to be painted, a garage to clean?)
- Does he have a favourite place to eat?
- Is there anything he “just can’t get anymore”, but you can find it for him?
Some ideas, depending on the age of the giver:
Young Children – Think of something they can make or do for dad. Perhaps sing him a song they’ve prepared, paint or draw a picture and frame it.
IDEA: Make dad his own placement! Once the artwork is done, take it to a local office supply store for lamination.
School-age Children – Cook or bake his favourite treat (with supervision!) or take him on an “exploration walk” around the neighbourhood.
IDEA: Write a story for him about his life (bind together into a booklet with pictures, or make it a photo story on a tablet/computer).
Teenagers – Fathers love it when someone helps with a chore, or works on a project with him so he can get it done. It might be cutting the lawn or cleaning the BBQ.
IDEA: Wash and “detail” his car! Perhaps leave a new accessory inside as a treat.
Adult Children – In one poll, the top choice for a Father’s Day Gift was having dinner with his family. Pick his favourite food and gather everyone together. Dinner could include a short day-trip.
IDEA: For family members who are out of town, have everyone join together by Skype at an arranged time.
If you have time, consider personalizing a gift to make it extra special. Whether it’s with an engraving or a monogram, this is a sure fire way to honour your father, and make him feel exclusive
NOTE: According to one poll, he definitely does not want a tie. It even beat out underwear, followed by cologne, socks, and power tools. The top choice? Dinner with his family!