Gifting for fathers can be a tricky challenge. I know. Many dads, including mine, tend to be practical and gifts simply become a surplus in their closet. My dad has more items in their original packaging than I care to count. It’s not that he doesn’t like what I get him, but he has the practical mentality of wearing an item out before opening a new one. (A concept most women will never understand.) That generally doesn’t happen by the time Christmas, his birthday and father’s day roll around each year.
I always try to get creative and find something that he will love or enjoy each time a gifting opportunity rolls around. I figure that he already has an extra set of everything he likes so I have to think out of the box. It’s not easy. This year I googled “father’s day gifts” and found myself scrolling though items such as crab wrapping paper, sardine shaped paper clips and a rubix cube pencil holder. I’m fairly certain none of these things will not knock his socks off.
Because I put a lot of time into this, I thought I would pass along some good ideas to you. Dads of Lodi, you can thank me later.
1. Stick with intangibles. This means something that can be eaten, used, spent, sipped or enjoyed. You know, the things that don’t collect dust. That means no shirts, socks, ties, hats, jackets....all of the items that my dad has a back up (or 2) of.
2. Go with something from the heart that you and/or your children create. Even though they collect dust, they are loved because it’s personal. Here are a few special ideas that are likely to tug a heart string:
• Buy a deck of cards and on the top of the deck, write 52 things I love about you. Have everyone in your family write out all of the reasons your dad or grandpa is cherished.
• Create a photo book with all of the memories you’ve experience together. There are many websites that are user friendly to do this so don’t be intimidated.
• Many places that print photos also have a selection of photo gifts. I generally use the services of Costco or Walmart and they have everything from spiral notebooks to mousepads. You can even get a photo blanket.
• Take the kids to the Mud Mill in downtown Lodi and have them paint something he can use. There are lots of choices, including large platter perfecting for dads that like to BBQ.
• Cook his favorite sweet treat and package it with thought. Check out pinterest.com for many clever ideas.
3. Plan an “experience” such as a trip or outing. Ideas: hot air balloon ride, golf at a special course, professional sporting event, wine tasting, beer making, rafting, concert, bowling, concert or my personal best idea of the year, viewing of his favorite TV show. My dad and I will be a studio audience members of The Price Is Right. If he gets called to “come on down”, I think I might need a pair of Depends. Life is all about making memories and this will be a memory to cherish.