Father’s day is almost upon us and I still don’t know what I’m giving my dad. I probably should have started brainstorming a lot more than 2 weeks in advance. I could go out and buy something mindlessly, but I don’t want to. I could buy something semi-mindfully, but I’m not really sure. I’d like to find something that my dad will really enjoy.
Dad, I know you’re reading this…so if there’s anything you’d like to weigh in about, please do! Also, you’ll get your present when we come up next weekend. I hope. If I find something by then.
Here are some of the conventional choices for Father’s day and why I don’t want to buy them:
Tie/Shirt: I know what colors look good on my Dad and I know that if I get him a shirt, he’ll get good use out of it. Also not very special or imaginative. It falls into the practical backup category.
Sports stuff: Dad doesn’t play sports.
Gift certificates: If I could find something really special. We have a family tradition of giving Mom certificates to a local British teahouse. They’re for a full tea for two people and she loves taking her friends. So she gets a few of those every year. But I don’t know of a similar place for Dad.
Gadgets: Ok, we’re on to something here. Dad likes electronic toys gadgets. But when I think about what’s available in my general price range, there’s not much that he’d really enjoy or doesn’t already have. Maybe someday when I’m rich and famous.
Books: Even more promise. I grew up in a house of bibliophiles. There are thousands of books on our bookshelves, tables (top and bottom layer), and Dad’s office is lined with thousands of books itself. Mom would quickly point out that many are her academic books from when she was a prof.
So we know that books are a good category for my dad. Now comes the hard part–what would he enjoy and what doesn’t he already own? The latter is about as hard as the former. I know types of books he likes…mystery, religion, and programming. But I don’t know what he’s already read and decided was or wasn’t worth owning.
Anyone know a good religious mystery about a programmer? That’d be right up his ally.
Sometimes a book will strike me and I think “Yes, that’s perfect for Dad.” Unfortunately, few “perfect” books come my way. So I’m left wandering around, wondering what he’d take to. A new Dilbert book? A CSS resource? Would he even want to learn CSS? Did he learn it since I moved out?
Movies fall into the same category as books. I don’t really know what he owns and I know he’s had Netflix at some points, so I’m sure he could see almost anything he wanted to.
Dad, I hope you’re still feeling loved and appreciated by the end of this post. I would like to give you something excellent for Father’s day because I’m glad you’re my father. I’m glad every year. I just find set-date gifting more difficult than seeing something spur-of-the moment.