It’s less than two weeks before Father’s Day, and it’s about time to start thinking about the perfect gift for Dad. Gifting can be quite an art―one that we at Boundless are quite familiar with (we do this stuff every day). Selecting the right gift, similarly to selecting the right promo item, is important so as to make a real impact on the recipient. As noted by sociologist David Cheal, “A gift is a ritual offering that is a sign of involvement in and connectedness to another.” The key here is connection: a powerful gift may do more than just connect a gifter to a recipient, but could also connect the recipient to an event that will conjure a lasting memory.
Many of us struggle to find the perfect item that can express our gratefulness to a person who brought us into the world and raised us. And though the ‘ol sock or tie standby can by nice, making a gift more personal helps our fathers understand just how special they are to us (not to mention, what a great job they’ve done raising us).
In a previous post, we wrote about six key characteristics of products that help create meaningful connections with people. The most impactful promo products are those that are: useful, well-designed, high-quality, informative, desirable or sentimental. Similarly, gifts for Dad that embody these characteristics will help create those special moments that will last longer than just the moment of gifting. Though not all good gifts need to possess all of these qualities, it’s a good place to start. To determine what will be useful or sentimental for a specific person, we need to have an understanding of the recipient’s personality, interests, and lifestyle. As everyone knows, the best gifts are personal, and require genuine thoughtfulness.
The following questions are critical for finding the perfect gift:
- What does the gift recipient enjoy doing? Think about hobbies, or even simpler everyday activities like exercising, drinking coffee, or trying new restaurants.
- What is something the recipient would appreciate but may not treat themselves to? Think about something this person does or wears that they take pride in, but wouldn’t typically spend the extra money on to make luxurious or special.
- What is something this person will want to keep? Think of things that carry inherent value and utility to this person so they won’t end up collecting dust on a shelf (or worse—get re-gifted).
- What will create an emotional connection for the recipient? Think about how to make the gift personal – is it specifically related to a moment you’ve shared? A common interest?
Once you’ve answered these questions, it’s time to start shopping! To get the juices flowing, we’ve assembled some of our favorite ideas for you to steal (after all, the best ideas area stolen). We’ve broken these out into some general categories to help identify the right gift for the right person, but the rest is up to you—make it work for your dad!
For The Techy Dad
For The Outdoorsy Dad
For The Foodie Dad
For The Sentimental Dad
Did you find something awesome for Father’s Day? Share your gift ideas by leaving a comment!