Father’s Day comes once a year on a day in June. For those of you wondering just why it is that our nation sets aside a special day for fathers, let’s put this in perspective. To begin with, if it weren’t for some random guy named Dad, you wouldn’t be here! When you really stop and think about it, it’s no laughing matter. After all, some guy named Dad cared enough about your future existence to marry your Mom and then hang around for 18 years while you grew from an embryo to an infant to a bratty teenager to a full grown adult. That’s quite some commitment, and a lot of time, money, and effort. Parenting is a two partner project, and it’s only natural to celebrate both partners alike.
So, the Fathers get their own day, each and every year, on June 16. Father’s Day means a great many things to a great many people. But most of us will agree that Father’s Day means the day in which you celebrate your Dad’s existence. Father’s Day is the day you bring your Dad a little gift. It’s the day we all say “Thank you for being there, Dad! Thanks for everything you did, and for just being you!” In this day and age of rampant divorce and parental abandonment, it’s more important than ever to pay our due tribute to the fathers who took the time and made the major commitment simply to Be There. There aren’t as many of such noble warriors as you might imagine.
Does Dad really want a gift for Father’s Day, or can you safely ignore it? Naturally, we don’t know the secret wishes and inclinations of every Dad in America. Some do, some don’t. But we’re pretty well sure that, even if your Dad doesn’t make a big deal out of the holiday (or any holiday for that matter, especially his birthday!), your Dad will certainly appreciate receiving some small trinket and token of your affection. Just don’t get all soppy and mushy about it! Ger Dad something useful, like a tool, or a sports memento, or something of the sort. In the end, it’s the gesture that really counts. Your Dad is sure to be very glad that you care enough about him to get him anything at all!
Choosing The Right Father’s Day Gift
No doubt, it can sometimes be quite difficult to choose the correct Father’s Day gift for your Dad. Fathers can be picky about what gifts they like and don’t like. Some Dads are very vocal with their opinions. Others affect a facade of “not caring” at all about holidays. Some Dads really don’t care, while others are just making a pretense of such cavalier unconcern. You’ve really got to know your father’s character well before you make a decision as to whether or not to purchase a Father’s Day gift for them. And, in the end, isn’t it better to simply err on the side of tradition? Let’s face it, no one turns down a free gift! And your Dad will always appreciate the gesture you extend to him.
Is it even possible to choose the wrong Father’s Day gift for your Dad? Well, certainly we don’t recommend buying him sexy lingerie or a set of bath soaps and perfumes! Some common sense is the obvious deciding factor here. After all, he’s already proved his masculine identity by becoming your Father in the first place! If you do end up with the wrong set of gifts for him, it’s more of a faux pas then a tragedy. Simply save the receipts, and let him return the gifts you’ve bought. He can easily exchange them for others which are more to his liking. In the end, if nothing else, you’ve given him a ticket for free stuff, and he certainly won’t turn that down. It’s the gesture that counts!
So, the key here is to choose gifts which are appropriate to his age group, as well as his range of interests and hobbies. If your Dad is a practical minded, household “fix it”, kind of guy, then you will be well advised to pick him up some tools that he needs to conduct his handyman activities with. All in all, you should choose gifts which he can use day to day. If he enjoys sports on the weekends, or participates in them, then get him some stuff which relates to that interest. If he’s an avid reader of science fiction or mysteries, maybe get him a book club membership. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s relevant to his personality and interests. With this in mind, you won’t go wrong.
Is your Dad the kind of guy who loves the outdoors? Is he the kind of gentleman who lives for long walks at the park, or hikes into the neighboring woods? Is he a skier or a snowmobiling enthusiast? Does he simply enjoy being outdoors whenever possible? If your Dad is the kind of guy who loves to be out of doors, then you should think about getting him some gifts that relate to his interests. Maybe some new hiking boots would be a good start in this direction. If he spends a lot of time on his feet, then get him some good shoes or boots that will keep him upright in comfort for as long as he likes. Maybe consider varieties of footwear, such as mud boots, or snow shoes.
Does he like to work in the yard? Is he an avid gardener, fix it man, or bee keeper? Some gear which is appropriate for these types of activities will certainly be in order. No activity is complete without the “tools of the trade”, so there’s a lot of room for choice here. Spend some time with your Dad, and observe what you believe to be his favorite activities. You’ll soon get a feel for what he needs. If he’s always out in the yard, pruning the hedges, or mowing the lawn, you’ll quickly conclude that he probably needs some items, such as batteries or other accessories, to keep his tools in perfect working order. An outdoorsy Dad will be a gear-oriented individual, so keep this in mind when choosing gifts for him.
Lots of fathers are avid sports enthusiasts, and since one of America’s most well known and loved sports is football, you can bet that your Dad is very likely an avid football fan. By now, you should be aware of his favorite team. If he’s still wearing jerseys of players who’ve been out of the NFL for a decade now, why not catch him up to speed? Get him a jersey with his favorite modern quarterback or offensive lineman’s number on the back? If he’s always outdoors in the cold for one reason or another, get him some special NFL winter gear, such as a wool cap or heavy outdoors winter jersey? You can easily find merchandise with his favorite team’s logo emblazoned on it.
If he’s an avid amateur player, or plays in a “pick up” league organized by fellow members at his workplace, why not surprise him with some customized team jerseys? If he’s particularly avid in his fandom for a specific team, get him some season tickets. Even if he’s just a stay at home, “armchair warrior”, kind of guy, you still have many options to consider as what will constitute the perfect Father’s Day gift. Get some team logo coffee mugs, or a thermos. If he spends time on the computer calculating his Fantasy Football options and odds, get him a mouse pad with the logo of his favorite team on it. The possibilities of gift giving for a Football Dad are truly endless!
If your Dad is an avid guitar playing enthusiast, then some gifts which are related to his favorite hobby are definitely in order. Many Dads enjoy playing their guitar on the weekends. It’s a hobby which they can engage in by themselves, or maybe share with a few like minded friends. Some Dads enjoy playing out at clubs on weekends. Whatever their reasons, Dads who enjoy playing the guitar are a special breed of parent. For one thing, they’re usually hipper than most Dads! So, make sure to aim your gift buying skills toward their uniqueness and hipness. Don’t buy him a bunch of gifts that are appropriate for a stodgy old, slipper wearing, stockbroker type of parent!
If you can afford to get your Dad his favorite model of guitar, definitely do it! Of course, if you’re on a much tighter budget, there are other options. Perhaps your Dad would love some new guitar strings, or a new amplifier to practice with. Maybe he’d appreciate some music books filled with classic hits for him to practice his skills on. If he’s a fan of serious guitar music, get him some new CD’s or Mp3 downloads that feature his favorite artists. As with Football and other Dads, the key here is to match your gifts with his avowed chosen interests. The key here is utility. He’ll probably have a whole host of practical things that he needs to maintain his hobby. So, think practical!
Some of us have a Dad who’s always on the go. He’s a savvy businessman, putting in long hours on the job, and making sure the rest of us have a roof over our heads. He’s the hard working business whiz, in suit and tie, navigating the dog eat dog world of the corporate jungle. A Dad like this one doesn’t get to spend much time at home, as his work in the world of modern capitalism is nasty and brutish, and vacation time is short. So, when it comes time to celebrate Businessman Dad on Father’s Day, try to multitask. Think of things that are both work related, as well as useful for the short periods of rest and relaxation time that his corporate overlords do see fit to grant him.
For example, a new pair of relaxing slippers never hurts. After all, he spends long hours on the go in airplanes, as well as countless hours with his feet in business styled footwear behind his desk. So, at least make sure he can relax at his ease during his sadly brief periods of rest, whether at home or in his hotel room, after the conference has finally ended. Likewise, how about a snazzy new briefcase to replace the old dog eared model that he’s been using since shortly before the turn of the century? Some necessities such as shaving cream, hair gel to cover up his expanding bald spot, and some other similar men’s products are perfect Father’s Day gifts for the businessman.
Does your Dad love to spend his free time in a boat out on the nearby river or lake, fishing his cares away? If you’ve got the kind of Dad that regularly comes home with a few choice specimens of halibut or trout, or maybe just a few improbable tales of “the big one that got away”, then you know you’re dealing with a Fisherman Dad! This Dad loves to spend his days out on his boat, armed with a can full of fresh wigglers to bait up for big scaly game! Chances are, he could use some shiny new gear. Perhaps a new tackle box to store all his favorite hooks, sinkers, and floats? And a new set of beer cozies, for when he’s ready to reach for a cold tasty one to keep his spirits up.
Fisherman Dad is a gear Dad, so make sure his uniform gear is up to date as well. If his favorite fisherman’s cap is getting torn and frayed around the edges, get him a new one. Or, if he won’t part with it due to a fisherman’s superstition, get him a sewing kit, and let the handy man mend it himself! If you can afford the expense of getting him a new boat, there is one gift he’ll certainly be grateful for, for the rest of his life. Of course, most families are on a rather more restricted budget, and so your Father’s Day gift ideas need to be on a more practical and prosaic scale. But a nice gaggle of assorted “I’d Rather Be Fishing” bumper stickers would sure look good on his old fishing boat!
NASCAR Dad is a Dad who loves hot rods and, even more than hot rods, racing hot rods! He loves fast cars, and he’s loved them since high school. There’s precious few things in the world that he loves more than gas guzzlin’, rubber burnin’, corporate sponsored, mean machines! NASCAR Dad loves to watch the races on TV, and he loves cold beer. He also prefers an absence of women folks and other non-racing enthusiasts during the time when Kyle Busch and company are on TV (he may or may not tolerate the presence of women racers such as Danica Patrick getting into the game. Check your Dad’s views on such issues before selecting official team gear for him).
He may well have a classic “racing day” T shirt, vest, and jeans ensemble that may require some freshening up. NASCAR Dads are known for their rather superstitious devotion to such vestments so, if you’re looking to modernize NASCAR Dad’s getup for the 21st century, make well sure you don’t stray too far from the basics. Tradition requires that a NASCAR Dad be a manly Dad, so make sure you get him some good, classic, American gear. Basically, just make notes of what Dad wears on racing day, and then locate him some suitably fresh replacements! NASCAR Dads are some of the easiest in the world to please. Keep it simple, and keep it NASCAR themed!
Of course, there are other types of Dads in the world. One type that couldn’t be any further from Fisherman or NASCAR Dad is Academic Dad! With his distinguished, thinning hair (greying around the temples) and thick rimmed glasses, Academic Dad is the type of guy who probably contributes more than his share toward keeping alive the age old Absent Minded Professor stereotype. But that’s just part of why we love our Academic Dad! When the chips are down, Academic Dad is the kind of Dad who can helpfully whip out his slide rule and microscope, and quickly locate them and analyze their specific molecular composition! Gift giving for such Dads can be a pain.
We recommend starting with Academic Dad’s hobbies. Is he an avid reader? Get him some subscriptions to leading academic journals. In the age of the world wide web, there are all sorts of online journals dealing with abstruse and fairly arcane subject matter. Keep him up to date on all of the late breaking scientific and historical trends and discoveries. Likewise, his wardrobe could maybe use a 21st century touch up. Replace his torn and frayed pipe and slippers, and get rid of that old tweed suit and deerstalker cap! Keep his new wardrobe simple and distinguished, and you’re sure to find yourself dealing with an appreciative Academic Dad when Father’s Day comes!
Nearly everyone knows a Do It Yourself Dad, and more than a few families have a live, in the flesh, example as their own paterfamilias! Do It Yourself Dad is the kind of Dad who’s never happy unless he’s tinkering with something, either fixing it, or screwing it up beyond all recognition…which simply leads to a life time of new household projects to undertake! Home improvement is practically a revealed religion with Do It Yourself Dad, and the Sears Craftsman catalog is his Bible. So, when it’s time to buy gifts for Do It Yourself Dad, keep things practical and to the point. Observe which tools Dad uses the most, and get him a whole slew of hip and handy replacements!
Do It Yourself Dad is always tinkering with something, so make sure his tools are up to date. Do It Yourself Dads are likewise passionate about their home owner’s and other operation manuals, so make sure his source material is up to date. If he needs a new drill to bolt together new and exciting household implements that seem to make sense and possess purpose only in his own personal world, indulge him to the fullest! Walmart and other major shopping centers are always hosting sales on new tools and household gadgets. Get him a toolbox to store all his gear, and maybe a new vest or jacket to absorb all that nasty sawdust that Mom always complains about!
Here’s looking at you, Movie Buff Dad! Movie Buff Dad is the guy who knows the ins and outs of every classic movie ever made (as well as a few turkeys). So, for a start, get your Movie Buff Dad up to speed on all of the latest 21st century movie watching equipment! If you have a few bucks in your budget to shell out for a new DVD player, get him the best that your money can afford! If he loves a specific genre of films such as science fiction or Westerns, there are a million product tie-ins that you can stock him up on. T-shirts, coasters, mugs, posters, mouse pads – you name it, Hollywood is sure to find a way to monetize it! You can find a million of these to buy your Dad.
If he’s a fan of a specific movie, such as “Goodfellas” or the “Kill Bill” saga, you can get even more genre specific with your Father’s Day gifts. For example, you might buy your Movie Buff Dad a perennial best selling item such as Henry Hill’s classic autobiography. Or, you might log on to Amazon and pick him up a replica of the famous Bill-inscribed sword (“To Frank, the only man I ever loved”). The possibilities are literally endless. At the very least, consider getting your Movie Buff Dad a membership at Netflix so he can catch up on all the latest releases. If, by some chance, he doesn’t have the Movie Channel on his cable subscription, remedy that sad situation at once!
Is your Dad a Gourmet Dad? The signs are obvious. Are the shelves above the family stove always filled with garlic, rosemary, thyme, and a thousand and one other unfamiliar herbs, chives, and spices? Is he always tinkering in the kitchen, pouring just a pinch of Pino into the vegetables? Does he wear his prized Chef’s hat and apron even when he’s only making himself a can of Campbell’s soup? If so, he’s a Gourmet Dad for sure, and your Father’s Day celebration is bound to be a tasty one! Gourmet Dads are always hunting on Ebay and Amazon for brand new cookbooks filled with the mystical lore of Gourmets past, so hunt around for a few old fashioned Gourmet Grimoires for a start! It’s the gift that keeps on giving!
There are a thousand sites online from which you could order your Gourmet Dad a whole new range of spices, herbs, and “secret ingredients”, the likes of which even he has never laid eyes on before. If he’s particularly fond of “ethnic” ingredients such as hail from the exotic shores of Mongolia or Thailand, order up some crazy new stuff that will make his eyes water and his thumbs twitch! While you’re at it, you might want to consider getting him some new kitchen utensils. Mixing bowls, knives, even a blender, might put a big smile on his face! If he’s been using the same apron and hat for years, why not replace them with a new, personalized set of “World’s #1 Gourmet Dad” kitchen gear? Here’s to a tasty Father’s Day!
Cigar Dad can be smelled from a mile away! That big fat stinky Stogie is a tell tale sign that your Dad loves his fine cigars, and isn’t afraid to let the world know all about it! Father’s Day is always a little smoky and hazy when your Dad is a Cigar Dad! Gift giving for such a Dad is a relative breeze. Start with season DVD’s of “The Sopranos”, and let your Dad entertain himself with the dastardly deeds and delicious exploits of classic good fellas and fellow cigar aficionados like Tony and Silvio! Next, maybe order him a big box of his favorite Puerto Rican or Dominican brand. Real cigar lovers know that the best blends come straight from the humid torpor of the tropical regions, so make sure yours come straight from the source!
Perhaps your Cigar Dad might like to celebrate his Father’s Day with a brand new, customized humidor where he can store all of his prized stogies for future use. You can get him a classic model that will keep all of his cigars warm, dry, and ready for use. Humidors range in expense from budget model to luxury priced, so shop around a bit on the net before you make your final choice. Some classic tropical gear, such as a sun visor or classic Rayban shades (perfect for late night poker games with the guys) might also bring a classic personal touch to his much beloved cigar smoking rituals. While you’re at it, you may as well throw in some personalized poker chips and a bottle of fine wine to complete the scene!
Is your Dad a certified connoisseur of finely aged vino? Give him the ultimate gift of sweet wine! His palate will thank you, and his Father’s Day will be the best one he’s ever had! You can start by going online to any number of fine wine and supplies merchants, of which there are literally dozens, if not hundreds. From there, you can decide on which gifts will best fit your budget, as well as your Wine Dad’s personality. Customized wine glasses are a cinch! Get his name immortalized on glass a World Class Wine Lover! Get your gifts specially gift wrapped in a wine themed decoration box, complete with classic wrapping paper that is redolent of the Old World where wine is king, and beer is forever banished!
Your Wine loving Dad will always fondly remember a Father’s Day celebration in which his noble efforts as head of the family were rewarded with a fine wine gift basket! You can order a delightful assortment of classic vino, from sweet white Zinfandel, all the way up to the driest of the dry red wines! He’ll love having a classic stock of vino to sample and share. If all else fails, and you simply can’t make up your mind what to get your Wine Dad for Father’s Day, no worries! Even for the Dad who has it all, there is a solution of last resort! Get him a personalized gift card from a fine wine vendor on the internet, and let him make his own choices! A simple card for $50 or $100 will suffice, so don’t be stingy!
Buying Father’s Day gifts for your Video Game Dad can be a bit of a pain in the nether regions. If your Dad doesn’t already have a World of Warcraft or similar gaming world membership, get him one immediately! Get him a deluxe gaming headset so that he can immerse himself completely in the Matrix world of alternative reality, and never bother Mom again! Assuming you have it in your budget, why not enhance his gaming experience by purchasing him his own computer that can be used solely for gaming purposes, and nothing else? If you haven’t seen your Dad anywhere around this Father’s Day, it may be that a smart aleck relative or a trolling Mom may have anticipated your move, and beaten you to the punch!
Get him some gaming theme related T-shirts, mouse pads, baseball caps, and other such trinkets, all of which have his favorite video game logos and characters emblazoned on them. Dads who love video games tend to have been avid comic book…sorry, graphic novel!…collectors at some time in their youth so, if he’s feeling nostalgic for the roots of all his favorite superheroes, stock him up with some subscriptions! If he isn’t up to date with all the latest movies out on DVD that feature all of his favorites, throw in a few of them as well! Every avid Video Gaming Dad needs a subscription to Netflix, which also makes plenty of late breaking video games available, so make sure he’s got one!
Computer Dad has a very special Father’s Day in store for him! His Father’s Day will surely be the best one yet, because the internet is now brimming with a million new holiday themed gifts targeted especially toward computer lovers! To start with, how about a deluxe sized USB? Computer Dad will always require a custom sized USB hub to accommodate all of the many gadgets, devices, and unknown mad science gizmos that hook up to his computer. Whether it’s phones, chargers, cameras, or objects of unknown origin and function, a customized USB port will handle it all! You can get them in the shape of toasters, dinosaurs, Daleks, whatever your Dad secretly craves! It’s the best Father’s Day gift ever!
Of course, there are other gifts you can get your Computer Dad for Father’s Day. Some classic customized mouse pads might make for a good start. Perhaps what he really needs is a new set of mugs, complete with coasters to store his high powered caffeine brews and energy drinks safely away from his precious computer! If it’s in your budget, why not go ahead and get him a new computer? At the very least, a pint sized mini vacuum might be the perfect desktop companion to keep his keyboard free of dust, lint, and other foreign objects! Al of these gift ideas, and thousands more, are out there on the internet, so don’t be afraid to dive in and do some customized Father’s Day shopping for your Computer Dad!
Father’s Day is coming, and that includes Coffee Dad in its vast design! So get ready to shower your coffee loving Dad with gifts of a rich, tasty, aromatic nature! Your java loving parent will remember Father’s Day with pride and affection when you gift him with all of his favorite brews! Get him a gift certificate from Starbucks or his alternative favorite coffee house, so he can start each morning with a frothy cappuccino and a smile! Make sure there’s room for his favorite side dishes, such as danishes and other tasty treats! If he’s more of a stay at home kind of Coffee Dad, no worries! Get him a fabulous instant home coffee maker from a trusted manufacturer of world class coffee, such as Gevalia. A tasty treat!
Coffee Dad loves his coffee fresh and strong, so make sure you get him a personalized Father’s Day Coffee Dad mug to hold it in! Also, make sure his coffee drinking preparations are well in order. Get him some fresh coffee creamer, and some classy brown sugar packets, so he can stir his customized coffee with pride, and enjoy it down to the very last drop! Get him some personalized Coffee Lovin’ Dad gear, such as a personalized shirt, or a mouse pad, that lets him proclaim his status as a world class lover with pride!