Wednesday, November 5, 2008

How to Choose the Perfect Holiday Gift for Dad

The Holidays are approaching quickly and it’s about this time everyone begins asking, “What holiday gifts can I get for dad?” For many people, buying gifts for dad is a difficult task, yet it doesn’t have to be. There are a few practical things anyone can do when searching for the perfect gifts for fathers.

When giving a gift, the starting place always has to be about the person you are buying for. Think about your dad, what he likes, how he receives love and what makes him special to you. Holiday gifts for dad have gotten too complicated and have lost their original purpose. Try to not make the gift about the gift, make it about dad.

Because every dad is different start with the things your dad likes to do. Make a list and try to write down everything you know he enjoys. Once you have your list, go to a search engine and begin to type in the keywords. See what ideas come up and take it from there.

Gifts for dad should also communicate love and appreciation the way he would understand. Take notice how your dad shows love; is it by working around the house or maybe he gives gifts or just really loves to spend time together. Whatever his “love language is” buy his gift accordingly. If it’s work around the house, then give a tool kit. If you notice he’s always buying things for you, your mom and his friends, then get something he would really appreciate and demonstrates you thought of him. And if he enjoys spending time with the family, buy items for to have a family picnic.

Holiday gifts for dads can be enjoyable, creative and inexpensive too. Most the of the gifts I’ve received that have stayed with me through the years have been creative and inexpensive. Creating artwork, or making up time spending coupons or having someone do a job for me that I usually have to do, like take the trash out. These are also great ideas that don’t cost a whole lot, yet send a very special message to the one receiving it.

Don’t let our accelerated world overwhelm you with, “what to buy for whom.” Take some time to get away and think about your dad. Think about your memories with him, think about words to best describe him and think about the essentials of his life. Doing these few things will make it more enjoyable and effortless when buying the perfect gift for dad.

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