I often hear people say that dads are the hardest people to buy gifts for. I disagree. I’m a dad and I could buy gifts for myself all day long. First of all, there are a few misconceptions about what dads like. Once you understand these simple rules, buying for dad gets a lot easier.
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Just because dads like to tell lame jokes doesn’t mean we want lame jokes as gifts. The internet is full of these stupid joke gifts. But please don’t buy them for us. They may be funny for a moment, but in the end they are meaningless and make the recipient feel like you didn’t really care.
Unless you handmade the card or gift, I would avoid giving something that says “World’s Best Dad” or “#1 Dad”. These are often found in the same store as the gag gifts and what they really say is “I didn’t know what to get you so I got you this.” We, dads, love to be told that we are the best, but not through a third party vendor. Write him a letter or tell him in person why you think he is the best. This will go a lot further than a trinket from a gift store that will soon disappear.
Generally speaking, dads don’t really want something with a generic saying on it. This includes shirts, hats, mugs, pictures for their walls, or dust collectors for their desks. Unless they are fanatical about this particular saying they don’t want a shirt with it drawing attention to their growing belly. And if they do live and breathe by this saying, chances are they already have it displayed somewhere else.
Good Gifts for Dads
When choosing a gift for dad, ask yourself these questions:
Electrical Plug with Hidden Compartment
Bluetooth Keys Finder (or anything finder)
Favorite Movie Shirt
Spy Sunglasses with Hidden Camcorder
3. Does it appeal to his stomach?
Restaurant Gift Card
Favorite Snacks Care Package
4. Does it help him relax?
Neck & Back Massager
Star Wars Pajamas
Barnes & Noble Gift Card
5. Does it represent something he loves?
Impact Sport Sound Amplification Electronic Earmuff
17″ Duffle Bag
Cabelas Gift Card
Best Buy Gift Card
Lowes Gift Card
7. Has he asked for it?
Amazon Gift Card