Father’s Day is June 21, are you prepared?
By Charles Glover, Jr.
Father’s Day is right around the corner and people are still struggling with ideas for the right gift to show their love and appreciation to their fathers. Mother’s Day is simple: Start with a card and flowers, then work your way up from there. Father’s are a different breed. We at OnPointPress.net are going to do our part to make those ugly ties and cheap cologne sets distant gifts of the past for Father’s Day. So if you are still stumped for your Father’s Day gift, here are a few ideas that you can fit into your own budget.
When dad gets on the grill, make sure he has something new from you. Leave the flowers for mom.
Anything related to the grill: Many dads need very little excuse to show off their skills on the grill. With the weather heating up there are more opportunities than ever to cook outdoors, so get dad something to enhance his grilling experience. Whether it’s something simple like a funny apron or a new grill altogether, dad will be appreciative. And if you have one of those dads who has it all when it comes to grilling, then pick up some meat for the grill. Again, he will not be disappointed.
You don’t have to get dad every tool in the store, just get something to make his job easier around the house.
Power Tools: Fathers everywhere are called on to be a handyman around the house from time to time. Getting him something that will make that job easier only makes sense. Ironically, this may have been a gift for dad years ago. However, just like everything else, there have been advancements and it would be appreciated by dad if he had the most current set of tools. Even if you purchase only one new power tool, it can make a difference if it makes the work around the house easier.
Your father might have seen every movie, read every book, or heard every song in the set, but he will enjoy having them at his disposal.
Box Sets: Dads across the world have various passions and those passions are usually easily detected. Whether your dad loves movies, music, sports, or reading, there are box sets that will have a group of his favorites. The box sets will keep him entertained for hours on end. The best part of box sets is they will have at least one your dad’s favorite included, which would make the others in the set bonuses.
Speakers: Father’s tend to take delight in having the sound in their homes and cars at optimum levels. They may have addressed their speakers to some extent but there is always room for enhancement. And if your dad has addressed the speakers in the home and car, consider upgrading the sound for his phone or tablet.
Mom may not love the idea of deafening sound throughout the house but dad is all for it.
Sunglasses: Your dad may be proud of his cheap shades because he has held on to them for a whole month without losing them, but that does not mean he would not appreciate an upgrade. In fact, your gift sunglasses should come in a pair, one set of his cheap ones and some stylish ones for him to wear on special occasions. That way, when he loses or breaks the cheap ones, he can still network in style.
Your dad can grab his old shades when he gets on the grill but when it comes to a night on the town, those new sunglasses will come in handy.
Keep these tips in mind when you consider what is best for your father on Father’s Day. However, do not hand your father his gifts without completing the Father’s Day experience.
Make the Day a Special Experience: Mothers are pampered and allowed to rest on their day, fathers deserve the same. Make sure that if you take dad out for a meal he is not driving, that’s right not driving. He spends hours every week as the resident driver, taking members of household to various appointments and events. On Father’s Day, let him enjoy the opportunity to relax and be a passenger for a change.
As for me, I’ll be getting my dad a Homey D. Clown sock, because my dad “don’t play that” either.
Give Him Space: Last but not least, give dad some peace and space. Let him have an hour to do whatever he wants all by himself. He will probably end up around his family anyway, but give him the option. Even if he does not receive any of the gifts suggested, he will truly enjoy his Father’s Day if he can just relax for while, read his thoughtful cards and savor his reflections on his journey to fatherhood. For many fathers, the opportunity to spend time with their children is the ultimate Father’s Day gift but each father is different so give your father what your knowledge of him tells you he will enjoy most.
And don’t forget to pay the bill for the meal, fill up the car tank with gasoline, and get the car washed if you can while you’re at it. Remember, you want your father to enjoy the day and recognize that his daily sacrifices for you and the family are noticed and appreciated. Happy Father’s Day to my dad and to all the other fathers on this special day–OnPointPress.net–
Charles Glover, Jr. is a senior writer and a licensed insurance agent at HealthMarkets. Follow me @GloverIsGood on Twitter.com. Check out www.HealthMarkets.com/cglover for your insurance needs and concerns.