By Mike Thayer
So Father's Day is approaching and you haven't bought your Dad anything yet...
Don't pay attention to those online "Best Online Father's Day Gifts for 2022" posts or TV talk show segments that plug spending a pretty big chunk of change on something trendy, but your Dad most likely won't use.
He doesn't need a Soundbot to help him sing in the shower, he doesn't need a white noise sound machine to help him fall asleep. And for sure he doesn't need a Snailax Shiatsu Massage Cushion with Heat for $100.
Get him a practical gift.
Seriously, don't out-think yourself, even for the Dad that already pretty much has everything...
If he's a griller
- A bag of charcoal - seriously, if your Dad is a griller and specifically a charcoal enthusiast like yours truly, get him a bag of charcoal. Lately I've become partial to flavored charcoals, you're Dad will get a kick out of making his grill fare taste even better.
- A bag of wood chunks, chips or pellets are all great options. Buy wood chunks if your Dad is a charcoal griller, buy chips if he's a gas griller, buy pellets if he's got an electric smoker.
- A grill tool set. Stay away from sets that includes a fork (piercing meat with a fork when on the grill is a very bad thing, all the juices flow out resulting in a very dry, boring piece of meat to eat). Stay away from wood handled sets. The varnish eventually wears off, flaking off and possible into your food. Look for silicone handled sets that are dishwasher safe.
- A Kingsford Charcoal Caddy. These things rock, especially if you have more than one. They not only keep charcoal, wood and pellets dry, but you can specialize, one container for regular charcoal, another container for hickory fused charcoal, another for wood chunks or pellets and so on...
- Here's my favorite: A gift card to a local butcher shop. You'll get a HUGE hug for this one! Another option is a gift card to a BBQ specialty store if there's one in your neck of the woods.
If he's a Yardie...
- A gift card to his favorite lawn & garden shop, if it's Lowe's, so be it! Don't think about buying him a pair or pruners, he's already got some.
- A bag of all purpose fertilizer, or if you know what he favors to grow, a specialized fertilizer for roses or tomatoes for example.
- Potting or Garden soil. There's always a need for more soil...
If he's a hunter/fisherman
- I don't know anybody that doesn't appreciate a gift card for Cabela's, Dick's Sporting Goods or Academy Sports. Heck, even Walmart will do. Let your Dad focus on what hunting, fishing, camping gear or heck, cast iron skillet needs he has! The notion that a gift card is not personal enough is an old school thought. It's actually the opposite, allowing whoever you're gifting one to the freedom to choose. That's thoughtfully significant.
If he's a techie/gadget/other
- You can't go wrong and I 'm talking gift card again here, with a card from Best Buy or whatever cell phone provider he has.
- Batteries. An assortment of batteries will be much appreciated. Think remote controls, solar lights, torches, wall clocks, flashlights, hearing aids, weight scales, smoke alarms, clock radios and more.
And if nothing else sounds right, there's always the all purpose Visa or Mastercard gift card. If your Dad is a golfer, it works. If your Dad is a bicyclist/fitness person, it works. If he's a foodie, it works and don't go with a specific restaurant here, stick with what will work in ANY restaurant, specialty shop or grocery store.
$pend Wisely My Friends...
That's worth a tip, don't you think?
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