Who out there is guilty of wrapping up some socks, undies, pyjamas, a watch, pair of slipper, golf balls, etc. for their dad for Father’s Day? It’s those last minute gifts, you hope will mean a lot… Father’s Day often creeps up on a lot of people, just seeing our way out of winter and suddenly it’s Father’s Day. Of course, you love your dad, and you want to do something nice and special for him on his special day. Although there are a lot of options out there, it can be confusing and overwhelming at the same time, so, before you know it you’ve slipped into *comfort mode* and purchased slippers and socks, or pyjamas and undies.
While these gifts ARE nice, they are not unique, so why not surprise dad this year with a Father’s Day gift basket? There are a few things to consider before and during the gift basket purchasing process especially if you want to end up with THE perfect gift for your Dad.
Why buy your Dad a gift basket? Gift baskets are a perfect gift for anyone, it’s like giving a whole bunch of gifts all together at one time, and they make every holiday, special event or anniversary perfect. The range of men’s gift baskets is varied. Some baskets even though they are targeted at men, still contain the *usual* gift basket items such as teddy bears and snack – sized treats. Although some Dad’s will still love this style of gift, most want a more *manly* style gift.
You can get gift baskets in themes that are assembled and wrapped professionally with your personalised note attached.
The first step is deciding on your budget; it’s important you have an idea in mind or the cost of your gift will blow-out dramatically. It seems quite obvious to work to a budget and when you start looking, and you start falling in love with what you see, before you know it you have spent a fortune. Your goal is to find something nice for your dad and not break your bank. To avoid over-spending write down how much it is you plan to spend and then find what suits your budget and stick to it.
Gift baskets can range in price anywhere between $20.00 and $200.00, so compared to buying your dad an Ipad, a new flat screen TV or a digital camera, unique gift baskets are a more affordable choice.
We’ve all heard the saying *it’s the thought that counts*, and it is often used as consolation for someone who didn’t choose, or receive the right gift. If you put a little time and thought into choosing your fathers day gift hampers you can avoid hearing that dreaded statement altogether. Now is the time, sit down with a piece of paper and write down everything you can think of about your dad in a minute. Some questions you can use as a guide are –
- What does he do for a living?
- What are his hobbies?
- What does he do to relax?
- What are his favourite drinks?
- What are his favourite foods?
- What does he complain about?
- What does he like?
- What doesn’t he like?
- What things bother him?
Once you have written down your answers, you’ll probably find certain themes seem to jump out at you.
Choosing the right gift
Now, this is where it gets hard and interesting. Gift baskets for men come in a host of different themes – football, golf, fishing, tools, games and more. Then there are general gift baskets that have gourmet items inside – teas and coffee’s, chocolates, cheese, wine, etc. – so these are always a good option.
Now you just have to find a gift basket that fits your budget and will suit your father. Start your shopping early, so you are all set for Father’s Day and this year you’ll give your dad a gift that he’ll love.