What is it about Father’s Day that can stump even the savviest gift giver? Mother’s Day seems almost seamless by comparison, the presents easy and unfailing: Chanel perfume, a bottle of Opus One wine, Godiva chocolate, dinner out, flowers or even a gift card for the local coffee shop will bring a smile. Dads, however, seem to get the short end of the stick more often than not.
“This is the time you can indulge Dad and get him those things he’s ogled, but hasn’t gone to buy on his own,” say Byon Penn, a manager at Jerry’s Home Improvement Center in Eugene, Ore. “But the ole, traditional necktie doesn’t quite cut it these days.”
Eric Garland, a father of two, agrees.
“There’s less of an emotional hoopla around Father’s Day traditionally, because men were considered more self-reliant,” Garland told USA Today in an interview. “We don’t expect a lot, frankly. We don’t ask for it … that goes to the image of men as the strong, silent provider who don’t need the open emotional support and affirmation of even this who are closest to them, which are their families. But I think that’s changing.”
To help you find the perfect gift for the man who has everything, the following tips might help:
• The Fashion Forward Dad. A bottle of his favorite Scotch or whisky, some cufflinks made from the wood of his favorite baseball park, or if you have your heart set on a tie, Hermes is out, but a silk tie from Brioni or Turn-bull & Asser will be sure to please.
• The Tobacco-Loving Dad. Cigars or pipes will do for the gentlemen who prefer a good smoke on occasion. And for those dads who would rather indulge in smokeless tobacco, consider accoutrements like a portable spittoon. FLASR (OTCQB: FLSR) (www.flasr.com), an Atlanta-based tobacco accessory producer, has created a unique pocket-sized spittoon that allows dads to take snuff, dip, or chew anywhere they are. The portable spittoon is perfect for everyday use or while hunting, fishing, or enjoying any other outdoor activity. FLASR reusable spittoons feature an exclusive Thumb-Lok Twist Cap for one-handed convenience. This innovative mechanism ensures that it stays securely closed when not in use, eliminating the risk of spill and leaks often seen with cups and bottles.
• The Outdoor Dad. You can’t go wrong with a barbecue for those who fashion themselves Master of the Grill. On that note, anything hobby- and leisure-related will also go over well such as, a tackle box or digital fishing scale for the fisherman, or a 10-in-one tool that will saw through tree limbs or open a bottle of wine for the rugged outdoors man.