With Father’s Day this Sunday, Meera Murugesan and Kasmiah Mustapha list some gift ideas for daddy dearest
IT’S a day to make dad feel special but isn’t it a challenge to get him something different every year? It’s difficult to buy men gifts as choices are limited. After all, how many ties and shirts does one man need anyway?
On Father’s Day, you certainly want to give him something that appeals to him and which shows him you care. Here are eight gift ideas that will put a smile on his face:
1 - This is a meaningful gift that will capture all his milestones as a father. Get the family album out and compile a unique gift of memories from old photos. Capture him at his best as a father. Show him the smile on his face when you took your first steps, holding on to his hands or the joy and pride he felt when he stood next to you on graduation day. This is a keepsake he’ll always treasure.
2 - Plan a barbecue and it’s always dad who does the cooking. Is your father still sweating over that old charcoal grill? Go get a swanky, electric model that makes outdoor cooking fun, healthy and easy minus the smoke and sweat. It will give dad the chance to experience fuss-free outdoor cooking and enjoy some quality time with the family.
3 - Cufflinks engraved with a special message will show dad how much you care. He will appreciate the gesture and, unlike other gifts, this is one he will always have close to him. What can be better than that? Nothing makes a father happier than a constant reminder of how special he is in his child’s life.
4 - If he doesn’t own a smart phone, now is the time to get him one. It will be the perfect gift — although it all depends on how technologically savvy he is. If he likes to explore new gadgets, the smart phone is an easy way to connect to the web, chat with his friends and family or even keep a digital journal.
Keep him healthy
5 - You know he will never go for a medical check-up by himself. Instead, he will probably make all kinds of excuses to avoid this, so sign him up for a full health screening and go with him to the appointment. Men, especially those who rarely exercise and don’t eat a healthy diet, are more prone to heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Regular check-ups will mean the most important man in your life can live a longer and healthier life.
Take a wrist
6 - Giving a watch can be like giving a tie — boring! But if dad is into antique watches, he’ll really love it if you can find one. Some watch shops offer antique wristwatches from well-known brands. The only thing is they can cost a bomb. Or you can get one that not only tells the time but will also detect heart rate, receive GPS signals and have different time zones. Search the Internet to find one.
7 - If dad bundles his toiletries in a plastic bag or scatters them all over the luggage, give him a travel kit, especially if he has to travel regularly for work. The kit should contain essentials such as shaving gel, razor, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, hair gel, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, pill box and nail clippers. Get personal and have the bag monogrammed with your father’s initials.
8 - Does dad like to do everything himself — from fixing that leaking pipe to building a wooden seat for the porch and trying to repair the broken gate? Giving him a do-it-yourself book on the things he plans to do will guide him on the right way.