All right folks.
Put the cartoon-festooned neckties and the singing fishes back on the shelf and walk away.
Forget such gifts this Christmas and get dad something better this year.
Christmas gifts for dad, as recommended by retailers, seem to be a serious waste of money.
Think about it. Seriously we don’t need more junk cluttering our garages and houses.
Unless your dad is Jim Anderson from “Father Knows Best”, he is certainly not going to be impressed by the same fishing and/or golf themed gifts that have been around since the 1960s.
It’s time to look beyond the junk gifts labelled ‘for dad’ and think about making your own choices.
If you are still wondering what to get dad for Christmas, you need help. In this post, we are going to talk about how to pick a Christmas gift that does not suck.
Before you go on a shopping spree scrambling around for that unique gift, keep in mind that dads are doers. Be sure that you should get dad stuff for doing, not for looking at.
Here are a few recommendations.
Let’s get right to it.
A Christmas gift should be useful
Is your dad going to use this thing on a daily basis?
Perhaps once in a week or ten days.
Or are you going to see your gift sitting on the shelf collecting dust?
You want to get dad a gift that’s going to become an important part of his life.
And, it should be very relevant to what he loves and what he does.
You know better than we do what that gift is, so let it guide your shopping direction.
But, we have a tip for you.
The ideal gift is something that dad uses at least once in 30 days, and preferably more frequently than that.
What’s important is that it should be a really good special tool for a job that the big man gets into every now and then.
It’s all right if dad doesn’t use it as often as you want him to- as long as it’s the go-to choice for the job when he does need it.
A Christmas gift should be valuable
Let’s face it. Christmas is certainly one of the biggest holidays out there. So you think that this is the right time to get dad some huge, flamboyant, over-the-top gifts.
You’ve got to be a smart shopper. Think about it. You don’t have to get your dad a gaudy inkwell from collector’s edition and matching gold fountain pen from Best Buy to show him how much you love him.
Remember what you are looking for is something that’s highly valuable mainly because of its craftsmanship and usefulness.
It’s valuable because of the effort and care you put into it.
When you’re shelling out money, do it the smart way.
No dad wants to think he raised a kid to be stupid with cash. Avoid gaudy stuff. Seek something that has great value.
And, if you snap up a good bargain, hey, it’s not being economical- it’s actually being smart with your shopping, just like pop always taught.
And if he never told you to be smart with your shopping, it’s all right. He’ll be impressed anyway.
A Christmas gift should last long
The idea of craftsmanship is as important as value. It goes without saying that the longer your gift lasts, the more your dad will use it. And the more your dad uses it, the more fond memories of you your dad will have.
When you are out there shopping, be sure that cheap stuff from big box retailers will not last long. Watch out for stuff “made in China” or places like Malaysia and Indonesia where very negligent laws and cheap labour usually make for attractive prices but appalling product quality. Sometimes, products made in the USA and Europe can be quite inferior in quality.
The moot point is that you should carefully examine the quality of the stuff you get dad: check for signs of build quality. You’re after stuff that are, if not handcrafted, manufactured with high quality materials with strong quality assurance checks.
If you are not pretty sure what a good brand is, check out the various product-specific forums, community websites to get a real sense for what people prefer. You can check out the different consumer guides to find the best selling brand out there.
A standard lifespan for clothing is anywhere between seven and ten years, with insignificant repairs along the way. As for power tools, it’s around 20 years. Jewelry should outlast the rest of your dad’s span and yours as well. And if you’re thinking consumables, as you would know, lifespan doesn’t really come into picture, however if the whiskey you’re going to buy him is younger than fifteen years, you can perhaps do better.
A Christmas gift should make for a great experience
If any of the three points above sounded meh to you, here is something interesting.
The secret to making others happy is not more stuff, it’s all about better experiences, psychologists say.
Researchers at Cornell University claim that experiences make people happier than gifts. When you’re thinking ‘what should I get dad this Christmas’, you’re basically trying to connect with him in a better way. So it makes a lot of sense to give gifts that take your relationship further rather than hold it back.
If your dad is into experiencing the different nuances of life, spending your money on doing something special with your dad is more likely to encourage feelings of connectedness than merely spending on having.
Here are a few ideas to turn your Christmas gifts into exhilarating experiences your dad will never stop thinking about.
If barbecuing has been a big part of your dad’s life, a “Kiss the Chef” apron is pretty fun and appropriate for the holiday. Think beyond the apron this Christmas and take him to one of the several BBQ competitions in your locality. You can treat yourself to sausages, hot dogs and debate the significance of removing the membrane from ribs.
Universal remotes, electric toothbrushes don’t make special gifts for a special person in your life. Instead indulge your pop’s conventional tastes by spending some time together browsing through old records at a dusty old record shop. The pleasure of seeing your music-loving dad stumble on some hidden treasure, forgotten love or new obsession is satisfying. Buy him an album of his choice and listen to the tracks together. Hey, be sure to nod when he enthusiastically tells you how much expressive music used to be in the good ol’ days.
If you’re looking to get dad some thoughtful gifts this Christmas, we have a lot of good recommendations for you.
Check out our home page for a wide assortment of gifts and find out why we think you should get dad any one of these gifts this holiday season.