One of my favorite parts of giving gifts these days is the thrill I get from trying to find gifts that are meaningful, that I will love giving and the recipient will appreciate receiving. I also focus on gifts that won’t cause additional clutter in the life of the person I am giving to. This can be a bit tricky to pull off, and it usually takes some thinking and planning in advance, but it was one of parts of giving that I really enjoy. Below are five ideas you’ll find that I have come across when I have been searching for clutter proof gifts, maybe one of them will be a good fit with Father’s Day around the corner.
-Services. Giving the gift of a service, perhaps paying for several month’s worth of yard service, professional knife sharpening, window cleaning, painting or any other type of ‘around the house’ chores that the father in your life takes care of makes a great gift. Give them a break and either pay a business to take care of some of the dirty work, or better yet, volunteer to do it yourself! Angie’s List is a great go to source for locating a handy man anywhere you may need one.
-Subscriptions. There are all kinds of wonderful subscriptions you can give now just by doing a quick Internet search and signing up online. From fruit, to candy and baked goods, healthy snacks to seafood, if you want to send a food subscription, you can choose from just about anything. Companies like BirchBox, TieSociety and BeSpokePost all offer guy specific non-food subscription gift boxes with items that will get used, not collected, making a great gift for the dad in your life.
-Experiences. If you have a little extra money to burn, you may want to consider giving the gift of an experience for Father’s Day. Getaways for 2-3 nights cost anywhere from $350-$700, depending on where the trip is and how all-inclusive you want it to be, if you live nearby, maybe you could go together! You could also opt for concert tickets, a nice dinner out or a trip to the theater.
-Appreciation. Everyone needs to be appreciated, and Father’s Day is the perfect time to show some extra love and attention to your Dad. Writing a letter expressing your appreciation for them and how they add value to your life is such a simple, but profound gift. It may seem a little cheesy and awkward, but expressing your gratitude and love for them in writing is a wonderful keepsake they can read again and again and will definitely be a gift they remember.
-Time. If you haven’t been able to be around much lately, maybe the best gift would be your time. Take a day off and spend it with your dad, or the father of your children, or both. Make a special meal, go for a walk, catch up on what is going on in your lives and just reconnect and relax together. Time is one of the most difficult things to give up, but doing so is one of the ultimate ways to show your love and appreciation.
Hopefully one of these suggestions will be just what you were looking for, or will have helped you come up with something better to give your loved one this Father’s Day.