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When it comes to holidays, Father’s Day is often the least celebrated of the bunch.
Think of Mother’s Day and all those breakfasts and pamper sessions. Or, how about February 14th – the ‘hard to ignore, especially if you’re single’ day – featuring 12 dozen long-stemmed roses, diamond rings and giant stuffed teddy-bears? With that said, what does your poor old pa get when his day rolls around?
Moving on from the days when he was presented with crayon drawings, he has now become the lucky recipient of a forever rotating supply of socks and jocks. Come on now, your Dad deserves better! Get Dad something he will actually enjoy with the following ‘8 Ways to Make Your Father’s Day Presents Stand Out’.
- Think about his hobbies
Consider a present that shows your understanding of your father’s favourite hobby or pastime (even if this only relates to his appreciation of a beer or a damn good scotch). What does he really enjoy? Maybe he is a major fan of Game of Thrones? If you think outside the box you can find some fantastic father’s day gift ideas for Dad out there.
- Do your research
Give him a gift that he wouldn’t otherwise splash out on, or something that he has a secret affinity for. Maybe it’s something that applies to the interests of his youth. Perhaps Dad rocked out as a part of a garage band in his teenage years? Get him that Fender Stratocaster guitar he’s been too hesitant to buy for himself. That’s a great way to show Dad that you ‘get him’ and that you’re grateful for his presence in your life.
- Find a gift that ticks all the boxes
Look at buying a present that corresponds to his identity in its complexity.
Maybe he’s really into sports, the gym and recreational pursuits during his downtime, but he is equally professional and hardworking when he needs to be? Forbes Magazine has the right idea with their top suggestion of an LG Sports Watch that ticks all the boxes – form, function, fitness and finesse.
- Tickle his funny-bone
Believe it or not, Fathers like to have fun too.
Having a good belly laugh is undeniably one of the best things in life. Let him know you appreciate his sense of humour. Think about buying him some tickets to his favourite stand-up comedian live in show. Or, if that’s out of your reach, maybe something irreverent like this ‘Calm the F##ck Down Parenting Book’ could have him in absolute stitches?
- Appeal to his appetite
It’s possible that the quickest way to your Dad’s heart is through his stomach.
Perhaps he has a sweet tooth? Or, he just can’t go past a good cup of coffee. Save him the daily trip to his favourite local coffee shop and get him an exotic take home barista blend. For him, this might just represent nirvana in caffeinated form. At least you know he will actually use this gift (unlike the salmon coloured shirt complete with matching tie that you got him for Christmas). Business Insider is on the pulse, with further fantastic ‘foodie’ options for Father’s Day.
- Get sappy
Show Dad you love him with a heartfelt gift.
Parents aren’t around forever, and while it can sometimes be a bit difficult to display affection, you might be surprised to learn that your Dad is actually a big softie underneath it all. Take the advice of this Sydney Morning Herald Article and consider a gift that is more sentimental than superficial. A photo album can be the perfect choice.
- Bring on the fun
Appeal to his sense of adventure and/or inner child.
Just because your Dad belongs to another generation doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a sense of wanderlust and doesn’t appreciate an adrenaline rush. Maybe it’s a pass to go skydiving, or a trip away? If that’s too ‘big ticket’, consider something for the pool, beach or outdoor living. For the Dad who is a real child at heart have a look at this ‘super splashtastic’ Sunnylife Inflatable Moby Dick Whale Sprinkler. It’s definitely a present your father is not likely to forget! Who says gifts need to be age appropriate?
- Give him what he’s been eyeing off for ages
For a true tech-head of a Dad, you’ll want to quench his thirst for the newest gadgets and just-released gizmos. Whether this applies to smartphones, tablets, GPS systems or even drones, if your Dad drools over new technology, he’ll be blown away by something that provides hours of joyful distraction. Buzzfeed has it down pat when it comes to ‘gadgety gift’ ideas for your pa.
- Show him you actually care
Tell Dad you love him and spend some quality time with him – enough said. Sometimes the simplest gift is the one that means the most.
And, that’s how you place yourself as a prefect progeny with a present sure to make your patriarch proud. In other words, a list of the best way to celebrate your father. We hope Dad has a fantastic Father’s Day and we know you’ll show him you truly care this time around.