Dads are quite possibly the hardest people to shop for on the planet: ‘I don’t mind’ or ‘Get me whatever you want’ are the usual responses when you ask him what he wants.
So how on earth are we supposed to know what kind of Father’s Day gifts he wants? He probably doesn’t want another year’s supply of socks, and chances are, he’s already got enough ties to stock a tie shop.
So to help you make Father’s Day 2017 his best one yet, we’ve teamed up with boots.com to give you some of the best tips and gift ideas. From personalised gifts to practical gadgets and Dad-friendly grooming products, here’s how to find the gifts that dad really wants this year.
Men don’t generally shop for leisure, they buy with purpose – get in, get what you need, get out. Job done. When shopping for Father’s Day, think about gifts with purpose – something he’ll actually use. Gadgets are both practical and exciting – think a fitness tracker or a new electric razor.
Don’t ignore seemingly boring, ‘practical’ gifts. They usually get the best reaction (remember how he likes things that are useful?). Trust us, he’ll be more excited about an electric toothbrush,a new leather wallet, or a bike repair kit than something you might deem to be more exciting.
Lets face it, dad is rarely more excited than when faced with a trip to the pub or a delicious plate of food. So we know that food and drink gifts are a sure-fire way to please him. Think food gift experiences, such as food and beer festivals, or if he loves a friday night curry, a spice subscription kit is a great gift idea – (plus, you might get a curry out of it!).
The problem with shopping for Dads? They almost always buy what they want, when they want it. That’s why gift experiences that tie into his interests always go down well.
If he’s a real petrolhead, there’s nothing more exciting than the prospect of driving not one, not two, but three supercars on a triple supercar experience day. Or if he’s a proper adrenaline-seeker, something like an indoor skydiving experience might be more his thing.
Hobbie-based gifts are a safe bet. If he’s really into his music, then consider buying a great pair of speakers so he can blast out his dad tunes, or if he’s a golf fanatic, a golf pass is a great option.
Avoid anything overly fussy, as chances are, he won’t use it. If you’re thinking of buying him a grooming gift, stick to products and brands he’s already familiar with. If he’s only just started using a daily moisturiser, he probably won’t be interested in trying a Korean sheet mask.. You can’t go wrong with a bottle of his favourite aftershave; for something new, Hugo Boss, Emporio Armani,Paco Rabanne and Calvin Klein are all great ‘Every Man’ fragrances..
Choosing one great gift, over lots of average ones, is the best option – especially for tricky to-buy-for dads. Opt for a great gadget, such as a Polaroid action camera or a snazzy beard trimmer – the Philips One Blade has great reviews.