How to Buy Dad Something He Really Wants this Father's Day

Posted on 06/08/2011

If money was no object, the majority of dads would probably want a fancy car, front row tickets to a sports game or a designer watch for Father’s day. But most of us struggle to find dad something that he’ll definitely love that also fits the family budget. Consider these tips when trying to find dear old dad something he really wants this Father’s Day.

Step Outside the Box - According to the National Retail Federation, 40 percent of consumers will head to department stores for their Father’s Day gift. And they’ll probably end up buying what they always buy: a new shirt or a silly tie. Try to avoid the pull for an easy gift and instead think outside the box this Father’s Day.

Go For the Heartstrings - Dads may act tough and strong, but they’ve got a soft side too. Try a heartfelt gift like a handmade card, coupons or a photo album. These kinds of gifts never go out of style.

Give Him an Experience - Ask dad what he received last Father’s Day and he may have a tough time recalling. Make sure he remembers exactly what he got this Father’s Day by giving him an experience. Take him zip lining, rafting or horseback riding. Get ideas or purchase gifts at

Avoid Trends - Trendy gifts are only good for a season or two, but by next Father’s Day they’ll be forgotten. Stick with a gift that has staying power. Perhaps a book, pocket knife or wallet would make your dad’s day.

Give Dad Memories - A new survey released by found that one out of five dads want more time with the family. With that in mind, consider a gift that does just that. This Father’s Day organize a bowling night, an afternoon hike or breakfast at his favorite restaurant. He’ll cherish those memories much more than a silly tie.

By Alison Storm

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