So it’s that time of year again: Father’s Day is right around the corner. I say it like this because while I consider myself a professional-level gift giver, I always struggle buying gifts for the incredible man that is my dad. It’s funny how buying things for Dad seems to be a challenge for a lot of people. In my experience it comes down to dreadful answer “nothing” when you ask them what they want along with the concept that while Pops may need new work clothes, he doesn’t really want new work clothes.
I wanted to make it a goal of mine to spend some extra time on finding both unique & useful gifts for Dad this year. Something a little creative that will make him appreciate the thought, yet practical so that he can actually get some use out of it. Naturally, I turned to my favorite shops on Etsy in order to accomplish this.
As a beauty connoisseur (so what if it’s self proclaimed?), I am used to recommending products and brands to other women. So, it’s not surprising that I am often the one purchasing ‘beauty’ goods for the men in my life as well. Let’s face it: most men don’t care about what shampoo is in the shower. They are even less worried about what soap they are applying to their skin. Here’s where Rocky Top Soap Shop comes in. Made with all natural products, these soaps and balms are both great for the skin and come in the most non-girly packaging a man could dream of.
Anyone who has a tech-loving dad like mine, you already know where I am going with this next gift. My dad has two desks: one at his job and one at home and both of them can very easily become less of a desk and more of a massive pile of paper, computer parts, and pens. Insert pretty much any gift that can bring some sort of organization to this ‘workspace’. The Hive Studio, normally a home for the most adorable calligraphy work, recently added a father/daughter pop-up shop. I am in love. These organic wood pieces are both functional and classic (in a very manly way, of course). My favorite piece is the Wooden Log Set featuring a pencil holder & coaster.
Fun Fact: I worked with The Hive Studio founder, Lindsey Buck, for years and it was her blog (www.lindseybee.com) that eventually encouraged me to start this blog right here.
While some people may say that they can’t get in touch with their parents via their cell because their parents are too ‘old fashioned’ for a cell phone, I would say I can never reach my parents because their cell phones are never charged. This is especially the case for my father who 80% of the time is texting me from my mom’s cell phone. Go figure. Sure, you can buy your Dad a Mophie case for an on the go jolt, but why not style up your Dad’s desk with some more chic wood pieces and add this docking station from Andrew’s Reclaimed? Chic and environmentally friendly? You just can’t go wrong with that.
If all else fails you can alway go for the ‘safe gift’ like a good old fashioned mug. Just make sure you get one that A – holds coffee and B – reminds your Dad what a great job he did on raising an incredible kid like me… I mean you. Tickled Teal Boutique has the most charming mugs and I am certain that I could fill my entire mug cabinet with coffee cups from their shop. There are a few Father’s Day mugs in their shop right now to choose from and while you’re there, maybe pick one up for yourself! (Another favorite of mine can be found here).Pin It