Hey dads, you’re great, but shopping for you can be hard. As a father, you’re used to giving things to your family, which makes it tricky to reverse this role and turn the provider into the receiver. While Mother’s Day is all about spoiling moms with lavish pampering, Father’s Day seems to be mostly about obligatory ties and wallets.
The dads themselves are no help. I don’t know about you, but when I ask my dad what he wants for Father’s Day, I get a stone wall of “Nothing” in response. If pressed, he insists that all he wants is for me to save money and be happy.
I get why. “Nothing” makes him feel like a good dad. “Nothing” means he’s doing his job. Well, two can play that game. “Nothing” can be something. “Nothing” doesn’t come from a store. If nothing is what he wants, nothing is what he’ll get.
So, how do you give Dad exactly what he wants while still expressing your appreciation for how awesome he is? Here are some ideas.
1) Replenish his dad joke inventory.
If your dad is anything like mine, he probably has signature jokes for days. Refuse to let him beat those jokes into the ground! He can always use some new material (especially if there are some old chestnuts in his repertoire that you’ve heard so many times, you can practically recite them yourself). Help Dad freshen up his routine—or just make him chuckle with a few jokes that play to his funny bone.
2) Appeal to his stomach.
Dad might not want you to make a fuss, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to turn down a special delivery of baked goods just for him. Making his favourite delicious treat is a great, low-cost way to show him you care.
3) Find him a little something for almost nothing
Check your local VarageSale community for a steal of a gift! By finding Dad a one-of-a-kind item that’s unique and resourceful, you’re showing him that you can provide for yourself (music to his ears). Where else are you going to find a baseball signed by Roberto Alomar for way less than your standard sports auction price? Or a flippin’ hilarious bbq tool that will make Dad smile?
4) Give him time to himself to do whatever he wants
For busy dads, a little old fashioned “me time” can be the greatest gift of all. Just like Mom, Dad would also like to spend some time just sleeping in, watching TV on the couch, or napping outside. Everyone needs time to themselves to be refreshed and rejuvenated. If you really want to encourage Dad to lay back and relax, maybe set up an inviting hammock in the backyard with his name on it?
No matter how you choose to celebrate, you can find a thoughtful way to make something out of Dad’s request for “nothing”. Get to VarageSale and start your virtual treasure hunt for something special.