Gifts Your Dad Does NOT Want for Father’s Day

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So the semester is over and you may have some extra cash from selling your used textbooks, but you probably don’t want to spend it all on Dad, which is understandable. There are plenty of good gifts that you can find within your budget, but let me start by telling you what NOT to get your dad for Father’s Day:

Another tie. Just because it’s on the $5 rack doesn’t mean you should buy it.

Tools. He’s already got more screw drivers than Bob the Builder. Besides, buying your dad tools is like buying your mom a new vacuum for Mother’s Day (which you should never do).

A cheesy coffee mug. There are better ways to tell him he’s the “Best Dad in the World”. Does he even drink coffee at home?!

Okay, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about what you should buy for Father’s Day. Everyone knows that men are hard to shop for, but it’s not impossible. The first step to finding the perfect gift is simply thinking about what interests your dad. Does he love to cook/grill? Is there a TV show or movie he is always talking about? Is he the kind of dad that would like to go to a MLB game or another sporting event? The point here is to find something personalized, rather than the generic set of golf balls for someone who has never golfed a day in his life. Here are a few other suggestions for more unique Father’s Day gifts:

A sincere card. Chances are your dad has done a lot for you and asked for very little in return. Sure you’re grateful, but do you ever take the time to put into words how much you truly appreciate his support? You could even include it in a nice frame with his favorite picture of the two of you.

Home beer kit (for those of us that are 21). If you dad enjoys an occasional cold beer then he would probably enjoy learning the craft, too! Nothing brings a family together like brewing beer, right?

A new phone case. If your dad is anything like mine, then he has been using the same outdated, belt-clip phone case for years. There are lots of new cases online and I’m sure you could find am inexpensive, trendy case that would fit his style.

If all else fails, spend time instead of money. The older we get the busier our lives become. Whether you’re out on your own or still living at home, you probably spend most of your days in class, working, or hanging out with friends. Let your dad know how much you love him by simply spending the afternoon together. The key on this one is to really be present, and not spend the afternoon texting your friends while sitting on the same couch as your dad.

For more fantastic gift ideas be sure to check out our Father’s Day inspired board on Pinterest!

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