Thursday, June 5, 2014

Father's Day Gifts Your Dad Will Actually Like

Father's Day is just around the corner and whether you're celebrating your dad, grandfather, or someone else who's acted like a dad for you, this is a time to show them how much they really mean to you. I've known my dad, well, my entire life...and yet each year, I struggle miserably with his gifts. Every holiday he tells me, "save your money, don't get me anything." I know he probably means it, but I naturally never listen (side note: what's saving money?). I've given him some version of a tie or a round of golf every year, so this time, I wanted to do something a little different. I've created this guide for the kids out there who want to get dad something, but are completely stumped and/or broke.

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Clothing is always an option for the "classic" dad. If you notice that his work shirts have seen better days, or maybe fashion isn't his forte, go ahead and spruce up his wardrobe a little with a new tie or button down. Even though my dad doesn't really wear them, I think cuff links are really cute and personal. You can get ones engraved with his monogram, or ones with his favorite team. I thought these "Dad" ones were appropriate for the occasion. Check out Etsy for some cool, dad-approved ideas.

If your dad is always joking about you taking his money, get him a new wallet or money clip to keep tabs on his cash. It's not your fault if a $20 sneaks out once in awhile. ;)

If your dad is a foodie, celebrate that! Since my parents live in South Florida and I'm in Birmingham, I try to bring home some BBQ sauce or tasty treats from up here whenever I can. If you go to school in a different state, bring home something local that dad can't get at home. If your pops makes a mean steak, let him put his stamp it with a monogrammed brander. It'll be the talk of the next BBQ, guaranteed.

My dad is obsessed with WWII, so for Christmas I got him Unbroken. It came highly recommended on Amazon and my dad can't stop talking about it. If your dad has a kindle or iPad, load it with a few ebooks that he'll like. It's thoughtful, and probably something he wouldn't buy for himself.

If you really don't have money to spend this year, write a card that carries sentimental value. Tell your dad exactly how much he means to you. Spend time with him. Head to the park to throw a football, grill outside, or go for a drive. It doesn't have to be expensive to be meaningful. Plus, your dad will probably enjoy those things more than gifts.

I hope these ideas helped. What are you getting for your dad this Father's Day?

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