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Tips For Buying Presents For Father’s Day

We’ve all been there when it comes to buying presents for father’s day, Dad’s are notoriously hard to buy for. What do you get them? They can be impossible to shop for and it’s not uncommon to find yourself scratching your head about what exactly you should buy them. It’s easy to edge into lame territory when it comes to buying presents for father’s day but before you buy him another tool he doesn’t need or a gift card for a store he doesn’t shop at, here are a few of our top tips for getting him a gift he’ll love.

Firstly you should keep a few rules in mind about what NOT to do.

Don’t give him a gag gift

Gag gifts might seem like a funny idea when you’re searching for presents for father’s day but we’d suggest you steer clear, whilst they’re a great opportunity for a once of laughing it’s better to save these for smaller occasions like secret santa. Presents for father’s day should be about showing him how much you appreciate him and should be something that he’ll use.

Stay away from gift cards

As a general rule, gift cards are the lazy way out of buying a gift. It says ‘I don’t know your or what you like so I got you a card so you can buy your own present’. Show that you put some thought into his gift and get him something he’ll appreciate.

So then when you’re looking to buy presents for father’s day what qualities should you look for and what should be the main things you focus on? We’d say look for a gift that is useful, surprising, and high quality.

Gifts should be surprising

Presents for father’s day should be a surprise. Don’t get him something he’s expecting, get him something that will surprise him, like something you could find in his favorite pop vinyl store. This will definitely make gift-giving much more exciting and shows that you put careful thought into what you got for him.

Gifts should have a function


The best presents for father’s day can be used over and over again. Don’t get him something that will sit in the cupboard collection dust, get him something with a function that will be useful in his daily life. He’ll find himself appreciating you and his gift every time he uses it and will be grateful that you took the time to think of something that would make his life easier or be useful for his day to day activities. The best kinds of gifts are the things that people want but generally never get around to buying for themselves. Before you buy him something think about whether it’s a gift you’d be excited to get yourself, if you think it’s something you likely would never use or that you could imagine re-gifting then it’s likely not a great choice. Think about the personal needs of the person as this can help you to get something they will truly find very useful. For instance, if your Dad does a lot of driving then a dashcam could be a good idea, or if he always forgets to charge his phone then a portable charger could be a lifesaver when he’s on the go.

A gift should be high quality

Don’t get him something that will break after a couple of uses. Whilst you don’t have to spend a lot of money you should make sure that the money you do spend is going on a good quality item. Something smaller but better quality is a better choice than a poor quality item for less.

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