It’s time to think about Father’s Day. Another gift to give, another family meal to organise. More and more expenses to budget for though the toughest part is coming up with an idea for a gift. What do you get someone who by now has all he needs and completely different tastes from yours?
The easiest option is to go for the same kind of gift you gave him last Father’s Day and a few before that – oh, and for his birthday too. Another bottle of whiskey, another book, DVD, or whatever it is he actually seems to like and use. Whatever you give him, he’ll be grateful for, of course because it’s from you but if you want this Father’s Day to be special, why not go for something different?
Getting your father something he isn’t expecting can reflect thought and time on your part – the two best gifts one can give. It doesn’t have to be expensive or in any way extraordinary. What matters most is that it’s something that your father will enjoy hence, something practical.
Gifts people get no use from are ultimately a waste of money and are often given more as a result of formality than consideration for the person. The kind of use one can get from a gift can take different forms, ranging from a purely functional use to one of mere pleasure.
Very often, especially for older people, going for a gift that combines the two is a better option. Is your father into cooking? Why not go for functional kitchenware that features an aesthetic design element? It makes both a functional gift i.e. something he’ll use, and a treat, which he would probably not opt for if he had to pay for it himself. As always, it’s important to go for a style that matches his tastes rather than yours.
Of course finding a practical gift becomes even harder when your father doesn’t really need anything. Yet, who doesn’t need anything at all or wish for something they don’t already have? The logical thing is to ask your mum or whoever he is closest with for any clues. Being attentive for any thing he mentions in conversation will also help.
Sometimes, people also do not actually perceive a need for something until they have it. My best-friend’s dad’s mobile was old enough to be considered ‘vintage’ and he never thought of getting a new one as long as his old one worked. Till he decided to give him a smartphone, which he’s now hooked on. It was a gamble that went well. Not all do, which is why you could also consider giving an experience rather than an actual item.
How about taking him to watch a live football match, a cultural visit, or even a proper wet-shave at a reputable barber for a relaxing experience? There are plenty of things we’d like to do but never do them because we never make the time for them ultimately, remaining on our wish-list.
Finally, what matters most is giving your time and any gift you give should show that you dedicated time for that person. After all, we only have time for those who are dearest to us and what parents wish for most is to spend more quality time with their children – even after these have grown up.