As working moms, we want to honor our working fathers. But sometimes shopping or even brainstorming about a gift just takes too much effort. You want to show your children's father your appreciation every third Sunday of June, so what are the most efficient ways to do so?
If you don't have the cash flow for a personal shopper don't fret. There are many sites out there that can tell you the perfect gift for your dad.
Some sites help you by defining what type of dad you have and then what gift he'd like.
Here are six ways you can find a gift in time that guarantees a smile on your dad's face
Check Out What's Most Popular Gift Based on Statistics
Since 2003, the National Retail Federation (NRF) has been releasing gift statistics based on their annual survey. So before you hit the stores check out what is trending. For instance, in 2016 the top three gifts were.
- $3.1 billion on an outing such as dinner or brunch
- $2.0 billion on clothing
- $2.0 billion on gift cards
It appears that these statistics haven't changed much since the survey started. If time is of the essence though you may not be able to spend an afternoon. Or if you're tired of having to return shirts because you can never get the right size, let's move on to something more personable.
Take Dad Somewhere Cool
For over a decade the NRF says taking dad somewhere is the best gift, let's find some place cool to go.
Sign up for Groupon to find local deals. Search Google Maps to search for restaurants near dad's house and then check out deals they are having on Father's Day weekend. Check out Yelp or TripAdvisor for activities you could sign dad up for that is near your dad unless he's the adventuresome type and wants to travel far.
If your dad is a homebody you could host a backyard BBQ (weather permitting). If cooking feels like too much work though (and it certainly can be) find a local restaurant that will cater a family meal, steam some lobsters, or cater an ice cream sundae dessert. If you invite your siblings or cousins you could combine efforts in the meal prep!
Find Something Unique on Etsy
Support another working mom's creativity by investing in a special piece for dad. Etsy is a marketplace where people around the world can sell you their unique homemade goods. A quick search there for father's dad's gifts will show you things like:
- engrave pocket knives
- monogrammed golf towels
- many items with the picture of the family
- funny signs, t-shirts, and coffee mugs that appeases many different personalities
- metal work that could be used near his fire pit
Find DIY Projects for the Kids to Make for Dad
In May, many hard working mom bloggers start pinning perfect Father's Day ideas just for you. These pins go above and beyond painted hand prints. There are great resources that tell you the tools you'll need, the things you need to buy, and how long it'll take to finish the project. Some will even give out free printables.
In return for their free gift you can support their efforts by clicking on their links like the ads or buy the book they may be selling.You get something sentimental for dad and also support the blogger's work.
Look at What People are Thinking About Purchasing on Pinterest
Right before Father's Day, friends and family start pinning gift ideas. Pinterest is a great way to peer into what other people are thinking. You don't have to get the exact gift they pin. You can use it as research! If you know the dad they are pinning for is similar to your dad or husband you could use their pins while brainstorming for gifts.
Do the Work Yourself
If you are a planner keep a list on your phone or calendar where you can jot down gift ideas throughout the year. When you hear your husband or dad mention they love a band, a restaurant, or a tool make a quick note on their list.
When Father's day (or any other holiday) roll around you'll have a few options to choose from.
Edited by Elizabeth McGrory