As Father's Day, a dad's birthday or another gift-giving holiday nears, family members seeking gifts for Pop may feel like anything they would get him he already has. Perhaps his children have spent years buying him gadgets and gizmos, and his house is fully equipped with every lifestyle amenity his heart desires. What is one to do when the time comes to give him a gift? Think personal, simple and nontangible.
If your dad is like most people, he doesn't frequently spend his hard-earned money lavishing himself with pampering sessions. Whether he works in an office, is a laborer, is unemployed or retired, a relaxing massage can be an unexpected and delicious way to celebrate a special occasion. If you're strapped for cash, check out local massage schools to see if they offer services for under $50. Keep an eye out for holiday specials, too.
Research your father's favorite musical artist, entertainer or event and find a way to give him an out-of-the-ordinary experience. Plan a few months in advance to find venues near his home and close to celebration day, and to get the best deals on tickets. Consider who is the best-suited partner for the event, too. Perhaps you are the ideal candidate, but maybe he'd have a better time with his spouse, a friend or other like-minded enthusiast. The time put into planning and arranging this gift will surely make him happy on this special day.
Nearly everyone suffers from procrastination at one time or another. Find your dad's guilty procrastination secret and vow to help him move forward with it. If he truly "has everything," you may volunteer to help him organize it all. This gift allows for a wide range of creativity in its presentation, as you can create a Procrastination Promise gift certificate, make a video of your plans to help or, if you think he'll appreciate it, get started in secret and reveal your plans on celebration day.
If your dad "has everything," it's possible that one of those things doesn't work anymore and needs to be fixed... and he may not even know it. Perhaps his computer is bogged down with viruses, but he's not sure why it is running slowly. If you can identify something of his that you or someone you know can fix to make his life run more smoothly, take this opportunity to give him a gift he didn't even know he needed.
It's sappy and sentimental, but your presence cannot be replaced by any other gift, no matter the price. Think of experiences you've enjoyed together but perhaps no longer have time for. A little planning and personalization can go a long way, such as a triple-movie marathon with his favorite snacks or a fishing trip at a lake he's always wanted to visit. Whether you make your time together specific or simply share a peaceful afternoon, your dedication and attention to him will surely feel like a special and irreplaceable gift.
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