Is it just me or is thinking up father’s day ideas for dear old dad one of the most difficult things to do? Guys… they are so easy and yet, when it comes to giving them some sort of gift, our brains go blank. One year, when I was about seven years old, I took one of my dad’s baseball caps and glued two beer cozies to either side of it, and found two extremely long silly straws I just so happened to have lying around. I wrapped it up as neatly as I could and, when Father’s Day came, I thought for sure that I had made the best gift a dad could ever ask for. There was just one catch: my dad wasn’t a beer drinker. He did his best to look as pleased as ever with my gift, but I knew the minute he glanced at my hard work that it would NEVER be put to use. It was a hard lesson for me to learn, but learn I did! What was the lesson?
Consider my audience…
As an adorable seven-year-old (I am sure you would agree), I had watched an episode of the Simpsons, saw a beer-hat thing, and thought, “Oh dad would love that,” even though I had hardly seen him touch a beer throughout my entire life up until that point.
So, in an attempt to keep sock and tie sales down this year, as well as the exchanges for that singing fish trophy thing that I am sure ALL dads in Springfield have somewhere in their attics, we at WeDames sat down and put our heads together to think about what dads really REALLY want for their special day.
Awesome Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Dad
So most of these gifts you can get on Amazon or buy from local stores in Springfield, Mo. One of the things I love about the U.S. of A is how convenient it is to buy things…. my wallet doesn’t this convenience but I sure do. 😉
For the technologically savvy dad
- A Best Buy gift card won’t steer him wrong. He can finally get that awesome Bluetooth speaker that you can hear from anywhere in the house…or better yet, let HIM pick out what HE wants… nothing like letting someone else do all the thinking for you.
- How about an Amazon fire TV stick? This cool little device lets him watch Hulu or Netflix on TV while mirroring it from his phone, tablet or PC. Finally, he can watch what he wants from the comfort of his lazy boy recliner with the added bonus of having surround sound: sweet!
- If your dad is a tech-freak, then look into getting him a power bank for all his gadgets. There are some that don’t require you carting around all those USB cables available on Amazon.com.
For the health-nut dad:
- If he doesn’t already have one, why not give him a fitbit or some other form of activity tracker? This way he can keep an eye on his blood pressure, stress levels and heart rate without having to go see the doctor.
- Being a health-conscious father means that if he isn’t at the gym or lifting weights, he may be out on a run or a hike. And let’s be honest, he has probably been using the same headphones for years and years. Getting him a great pair of headphones that stay in place regardless of the activity would be a sure win for your poppa.
- If you notice that your dad is getting bored doing the same workout routine over and over, get him some golf or tennis lessons here in Springfield, Mo. There is nothing like hitting the green after a long hard week of work!
For the classic dad:
- How about a beer-making kit? Obviously, this would not work for my dad: not only because he isn’t a beer drinker but because he is somewhere in SE Asia at the moment and shipping would cost a small fortune…but that doesn’t mean that your dad can’t be the proud maker and bottler of his own brand of beer!
- If he is more of the outdoorsy type, you can always get him a hammock for those lazy summer days when it is too hot to do anything but lie around.
- I hate going with one of those cliché gifts, but a nice watch bodes nicely for almost every dad I have ever met. Whether it is a smart watch, one with built-in GPS or something more simple and minimalist, dads can never have too many watches! That being said, a nice pair of sunglasses would do just as well.
In summary, buying gifts for dear old dad on Father’s Day doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice millions of brain cells just thinking of the right gift (is it just me or is mom way easier to shop for?). Just remember to know your audience.
If your dad is more stylish and fashionably sensitive, perhaps a nice pair of cufflinks or a fitted long-sleeve dress shirt from Nordstrom’s would do nicely for Father’s Day.
If your dad is more simplistic or is a rugged outdoorsman, perhaps getting him some new camping gear, or campfire items will do him well. Regardless what kind of dad you have, the key would be to start thinking about gifts NOW so you aren’t left stressing out the day before.
Wishing you all the best in hunting for the most thoughtful Father’s Day Gift ever!
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