Here, since I don't think I ever shared it with the world at large, is the Mothers' Day card we came up with:
For Fathers' Day, we decided to go with a slightly different colour scheme...and props.
|Part of me feels like I need to play Billie Jean when I see these pictures.|
Most lists of suggestions on the blogs I read tend to start with - you guessed it - power tools.
Problem #1: Me and my broke self aren't paying the shipping to send power tools to the States.
Problem #2: Even if I was fabulously wealthy, my dad and stepdad have most of the tools they could conceivably need.
Problem #3: Aside from my stepdad, who is helping Mom slowly revamp their house, none of the dads I buy prezzies for do too much demo and DIY...so power tools would be a bit superfluous anyway.
What about books? Well, yes; the guys I know tend to be avid readers. But my dad has so many books he doesn't realise when he has 2 and 3 copies of a given work. My stepdad was given a Kindle for a present, so he could really use a gift card rather than a physical hands-on book. My father-in-law is still a bit of a mystery to me in terms of literary tastes. That leaves the Husband...and though I know quite well what sorts of books he likes, I also know how little time he has to read, and I've already planned a specific book as a present to give him for his birthday/Christmas.
The old stand-by: ties? I just can't bring myself to do it. Especially not those cheesy ones you could get away with as a kid because you were 6 and it was cute for you to hand your dad this garish creation with your handprint on it in brightly coloured puff paint. And definitely nothing with words on it.
- chocolates are for Thank Yous and miscellaneous anniversaries
- man-jewellery tends to run expensive...plus you never know who actually wears the shirts that require cuff links
- socks don't say anything particularly nice, and perhaps even say, "here; since your old ones had holes."
- Clothes are difficult unless you're brilliant at pulling a Vesper Lynd and sizing people up the moment you meet...I'm not.
- for people who fathered you or your spouse, gift cards feel a bit like a last resort. As in: only if it's a store they really like, only if there's nothing else they'd enjoy, only if they've asked for one.
Needless to say, my Fathers' Day shopping didn't take me very long: I started by giving up and moved on to card-making. Huzzah!
Okay, it's probably not that bad, but for this year, at least, I'm sticking to heart-felt expressions of gratitude with a cute half-naked baby in a Trilby. When I finally stumble upon the ultimate gift-buying guide for dads of all stripes, I promise I'll share the info.