Ties, socks, personalized coffee mugs…sound familiar? Father’s Day tends to seize up even the best gift givers. Don’t get discouraged. Learn how to refocus your efforts to make this Father’s Day special with some truly unique ideas that can all be found without buying one single personalized grilling apron.
Buy an experience: Taking dad out to his favorite restaurant can be fun, but’s it’s something he probably does on his own. Visit cloud9living.com and choose from hundreds of once in a lifetime adventures for dad. There are excursions for customers at almost every activity level, from flying trapeze lessons to leisurely sunset cruises. The site is so addictive you may need to remind yourself that you’re there to get something for dad, too.
Hit the sweet tooth lottery: Pass up the stale boxed chocolates sold at the mall and opt for a small boutique dessert company that makes upscale treats in small batches. Think quality over quantity. Many of these outfits deliver, so you can still order online. Mimi’s Cookie Bar serves up cakes, cookies, nut butters and more. It’s all organic and a hefty portion of their menu involves bacon (bacon chocolate chip cookies, anyone?). Find these and scads of other delicious morsels at mimiscookiebar.com.
Show him he’s a work of art: It’s always a sweet sentiment to give your father a picture of you and the kids in a thoughtful frame. Sadly, it’s also terribly overdone. Upload your favorite photo of dad to allpopart.com and choose from dozens of artistic styles (think Comic Art or Warhol) to create an original masterpiece that will then be transferred to either a canvas or paper print. Pick something humorous or select the “Artistic Touch” option to produce a truly phenomenal piece of art that dad will cherish for a lifetime.
If you’re going to dress him, do it right: Ok, so you really want to buy a tie for Father’s Day. This year, ignore the pull of the department store sales rack and go with a men’s clothing company that oozes style and class. Charles Tyrwhitt is a UK based company that specializes in both trendy and classic designs for shirts, ties, and dozens of snazzy accessories. Find them at ctshirts.com.