Find the right Fa­ther’s Day gift

The Southern Berks News - - FATHER’S DAY GUIDE -

Fa­ther’s Day is an an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of fa­thers and the con­tri­bu­tions they make to their fam­i­lies. Dads get their due on Fa­ther’s Day, when sons, daugh­ters and wives typ­i­cally give dad a few gifts to show their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for all he has done for them and how much he means to them.

Find­ing the right Fa­ther’s Day gift is not al­ways so easy. No two fa­thers are the same, so while a silk neck­tie might bring a smile to one fa­ther’s face, such a gift may fall flat with other dads. By ask­ing them­selves a few ques­tions in the weeks be­fore their dads’ big day, Fa­ther’s Day shop­pers can nar­row down their op­tions and find gifts that Dad will ap­pre­ci­ate.

What are Dad’s hob­bies?

Even if your fa­ther or hus­band loves what he does for a liv­ing, a gift that in­dulges one of his fa­vorite hob­bies may be just the thing to make this Fa­ther’s Day ex­tra spe­cial. Out­doors­men may pre­fer some new camp­ing or fish­ing gear, while fa­thers who have an artis­tic side may pre­fer some new paint brushes and can­vasses. If Dad’s a car guy, book a day at a nearby race­track where he can race around the track and em­brace his in­ner race car driver.

What does Dad need?

Some­times the best gifts are what a re­cip­i­ent needs as op­posed to what he wants. If you no longer live at home, ask your mother if there’s any­thing your fa­ther needs that would make his life eas­ier or more en­joy­able. If you live at home, pay close at­ten­tion to your fa­ther to see if there’s any­thing that could lighten his load. For ex­am­ple, if Dad loves spend­ing time in the gar­den, take a sneak peek at his gar­den­ing tools and re­place any that have grown dull or rusty.

What does Dad want?

For the Dad who doesn’t seem to need any­thing, con­sider some­thing he may want that he’s never had be­fore. If Dad loves to cook but has never had for­mal train­ing, en­roll him in a cook­ing class. If Dad loves a lo­cal sports team but hasn’t been to a game in years, pur­chase tick­ets to a game and go with him to make the day even more spe­cial.

Is Dad a techie?

Dads with a love for tech­nol­ogy are liv­ing in the golden age of gad­gets. Fa­ther’s Day shop­pers look­ing to sat­isfy their fa­thers’ love of tech­nol­ogy have a host of pos­si­bil­i­ties at their dis­posal. Even if Dad is an early adopter who tends to get all the lat­est gad­gets be­fore any­one else, the tech in­dus­try evolves so rapidly that you’re bound to find some­thing new on Dad’s wish list that he hasn’t pur­chased yet.

Find­ing the right Fa­ther’s Day gift can be chal­leng­ing. But shop­pers who stop to think about their fa­ther and what makes the family pa­tri­arch happy can un­earth a host of gift ideas that Dad is sure to love.


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