With Father’s Day fast approaching, now is the time to start planning the perfect gift. This year let’s forgo the old standby, typical gifts that father’s are usually subjected to, such as ties, socks and the like. This year let’s go all out and put some real thought into a gift your father would really enjoy and appreciate, oh and use. I’m not talking about spending generously large portions of money. Let’s face it today’s economy really doesn’t leave much room for big splurges. I’m talking about a gift basket made especially with that special father in mind.
Now the first thing that is necessary to make sure you prepare an appropriate gift basket is to know the man. What are his likes, dislikes, hobbies, passions, etc. Pay attention to his daily habits, and ask a lot of questions. Moving on, you must than look for the types of items that fit his personality, and start assembling your basket. Now it doesn’t necessarily have to be in a “basket” per se. Think about the theme of the basket and go from there. For example:
Basket #1: For the fisherman father – Find a nice bucket and fill it will all the essentials that a person would need for a fishing trip. Things to include are: Hooks, line, sinkers, bait, bobbers, pair of gloves, needle nose pliers, lures, weights, plugs, poppers, artificial bait, spinners, a nice fancy reel, a book of fish types, a couple bottles of beer, sodas, or water. The possibilities are endless.
Basket #2: For the handyman father: What handyman doesn’t like tools. You don’t have to go out and buy the most expensive brand or piece of equipment to make an impact on your father. Again a bucket or even an inexpensive tool box would work better than a basket for this. Things to include would be: Straight slot screwdrivers, Phillips head screwdriver, measuring tape, pair of gloves, flash light, needle nose pliers, regular pliers, hammer, level devise, stud finder, a combination square, a voltage tester, continuity tester, some steel files, carpenters pencil, chalk, wire cutters, utility knife, vise grips, tooth brush and anything else you can possibly think of. I could go on and on in this category. Try not to get too carried away to keep costs down.
Basket #3: For the artist father: This is a gift that will help let his creative juices flow. A basket would be appropriate for this gift. Things to include: pencils, chalks, water colors, water color paper, sketch pad, color pencils, charcoal, stencils, paint, paint brushes, scissors, exacto knife, markers, glue, oil paints, small canvasses, erasers, sharpeners, airbrush kit, smock, clay, glaze, ruler, palette knives, magnifying glass, tape and adhesives. There are so many angles and directions that you can go with this gift, just base it off of the likes of your particular father.
Basket #4: For the father that appreciates food: This gift would work great in a basket, or a giant cooking pot, just be creative. Things to include: salami, cheese, beer, soda, ham, turkey, coffee, donuts, cupcakes, pepperoni, nuts, chocolates, cookies. Of course you know that this list could go on forever and a day with all the different varieties of food and different likes and dislikes of the father being shopped for. Go wild with it.
Basket #5: For the father who likes to camp: This would work great in a cooler. Just fill it to the brim and off he goes. Things to include: A flash light, snacks to go, thermal socks, hand and foot warmers, poncho, lantern, matches, lighter, package of kindling, first aid kit, ground cloth, set of cookware, small broom, cloths line, cloths pins, insect repellent, sun screen, toilet paper, razor, shaving cream, wet wipes, lip balm, sunglasses, travel toothpaste and brush. There are so many more things that you can add, it’s all up to you and your budget.
These are just a few great ideas for you to get started. The possibilities are exponentially endless. Open your mind and be creative. I’m sure that no matter what you get him, he will love it, but seriously let’s avoid the whole tie thing unless he collects those and than you can make a whole basket focusing on ties. Enjoy.