As you know from “How to choose an outstanding gift for mom“, any great gift has to have an element of surprise whilst clearly demonstrate that you know the receiver very well. When you are on a hunt for a great Christmas gift for your dad, you should also keep in mind that men prefer their presents to be practical.
You want to look for an item that will inspire your father. Think of some hobbies he has. In case the only activity he seems to enjoy is working, search for nice stationery that can be used in the office. Pens, organizers, business card holders or paperweights are the things you might want to consider.
If your father is into jogging, buy an armband for his mobile. If he plays golf, nicely wrapped golf towel can be a pleasant surprise. Purchase him a spare raquette if he plays tennis. Or search for dumbbells that don’t take much space and are easily adjustable if your dad likes to workout at home.
What about board games? Indulge him with a wooden chess board or a new backgammon set.
The main idea is simple – your gift must reflect his interests! Don’t buy something only because you would enjoy having it.
If your father spends a lot of time driving, you might want to look at the car chargers for mobile or the latest GPS navigators. Also, he most probably will appreciate a mechanics tool set that he can keep in the trunk.
Is your dad into hunting or fishing, or maybe hiking? There is an endless list of accessories that could make him happy: a backpack, a flashlight, a tent, a knives sharpening kit…
Be careful though; don’t just buy the first thing you see. As a true fan he probably knows a lot about his passion and you should expect him to be picky about it. He most definitely has favorite labels, so don’t hesitate to do a research first. Talk with your mother or his friends; ask them what brands your dad likes the most, check whether he mentioned any particular item that drew his attention lately.
Before you purchase anything, try to recall what you bought him one year ago. Make sure you do not repeat yourself and the item you’ve picked does not look any similar to your last Christmas present.
If your father likes adventures, get him a package for parachute jump or a ride on a racing car. In case you know he records all football games, why not buy him tickets to the finals?
By the way, remember that when you buy gifts for your father-in-law you should treat him as you treat your father.
Overall, there are always options. Even if your father seems to only enjoy reading magazines, watching TV and listening radio, there are at least 2 safe choices. You can find out which papers and magazines he reads and buy him a subscription package for the next year. Or you could get him a universal remote control, so he would manage all the favorite devices without going through 10 different gadgets.
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