With Father’s Day just around the corner, many of us are scrambling to find the perfect gift. Browse through this Father’s Day Gift Guide for ideas on finding your ideal present. When trying to decide on a gift, here a few things to consider:
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When it comes to your gift, are you willing to splurge, or hoping to save? Price tags won’t determine a gift’s quality, but knowing how much you’re willing to spend is a good place to start.
If you’re willing to spend extra:
Smartwatches and fitness trackers. Fitness trackers can be a great gift and also one your dad might not know he needed. The Garmin Vivosport is a great fitness tracker, and the Fitbit Flex 2 is a good fit as well
Investing in a pair of nice shoes, whether loafers or sneakers, can always be a good option
If not? Anything else on this list should suffice, but you do have a few other options:
A homemade card. Writing out a personal, unique card is a simple but effective way to show appreciation. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your presentation to create a unique card.
Mason jars have many purposes, and you can easily fill a decorated mason jar with positive notes filled with memories or words of wisdom.
What kind of guy is your dad? Think about what your dad enjoys to do in his free time: can he be found cooking, watching TV, or reading? Even if his favorite pastime is sleeping, there’s plenty of gifts you can choose from. Think of his favorite interests, and find a gift to fit his match. For example, if your dad likes:
Cooking: there’s a million different kitchen utensils to choose from, and your best bet is to check a local supermarket for different options. Many supplies come in sets, so grabbing a new set of cooking tools can be a great option. Tools like Meater can also be a great resource if your dad enjoys grilling.
Relaxing: a fun pair of slippers, a comfy bathrobe, the possibilities are endless for items made for relaxing. Many stores sell packages of cologne or bubble bath sets, and finding a good match for your dad can be relatively simple. You can also opt to create your own “gift set” by picking a cologne, blanket, bathrobe, candle, etc. Personalize it by including a handwritten note with the items, tossing in a candy bar, or adding a copy of your dad’s favorite movie or album.
Movies: if your dad has a favorite film franchise, don’t be afraid to buy merchandise. Additionally, there are several gifts such as popcorn bowls, a subscription to FilmStruck, or movie posters (a 100 Movies “Scratch Off” Poster is a nice option). You can also head over to a bookstore to find books about movies, such as Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies, The Movie Book, or Eat What You Watch.
Still Not Sure?
If you're still not sure what to get, you can still create the perfect gift.
Head over to Barnes and Noble and stock up on books and magazines; whether it's “how-to” books, lifestyle books, movie guides, or cookbooks, there are plenty of choices, even for those who aren't fans of reading (Walt Whitman’s Guide to Manly Health and Training is a witty option). Magazines can also be an option. Create your own “book and magazine” set by filling a gift bag with a few of these items, and adding in a sweet treat and card.
You can never go wrong with gift cards and coupons; any type of gift card, from Target to restaurant gift card, can work fine.
Hopefully, you have some ideas of what to get your dad this weekend. Whatever you decide, remember to show your appreciation and wish him a happy Father’s Day!
Ore James is a high school student who's into books, politics, and green tea. You can usually find her browsing through scientific journals, buried in a novel, or keeping up with current events.