Howdy shoppers, thanks for clicking through to my post. My name is Margery and I am the proud mother of two beautiful girls. This year I want to do a lot better than last year so I have put a lot of thought into shopping for the best Christmas gift for dad from daughter. Last year I let the girls do their own shopping and they thought their dad a pair of shoes that didn’t fit him. Sure, they were nice shoes, but pretty useless if they don’t fit. It was my daughter’s first foray into the world of online shopping and she didn’t do as well as we had hoped so this year I want to try to do my little bit to make sure that this story won’t get repeated elsewhere.
I have scoured the web and done my best to survey everyone I know to come up with all their horror stories in an effort to make a shortlist of online shopping mistakes worth avoiding.
- Buying Christmas Gifts for Dad Mistake #1 – Clothing types of gifts that don’t fit.
- Christmas Gifts for Dad Mistake #2 – Buy him a gift you want instead of a gift he wants
- Buying Christmas Gifts for Dad Mistake #3 – Try to change him gifts
I will quickly elaborate on each one just so that you get my drift.
First up is the mistake of buying semi-formal jackets or pants, shoes, hats, sunglasses etc that just outright don’t fit. This might not be a game breaker if you purchased from the shop down the road and his item and be exchanged but when it comes to shopping online I don’t know, somehow returning items becomes a lot longer ordeal (and can get expensive too). Don’t get me wrong there are ways and means to get it right when you are shopping for yourself online but trying to covertly measure up dad’s inner leg length while he sleeps is fraught with danger. Lesson here is if you haven’t successfully purchased a similar item for dad you take the risk of getting it all wrong.
T-shirts are the safest clothing item to buy in this respect, just find his favorite shirt and see what size it is, disaster averted. Difference being that t-shirts come in a lot less sizes than slacks or jackets, or even polo shirts.
Second cab off the rank is the very common scenario when you buy him a gift that you want him to use but he has no desire to have anything to do with it. I will give you a few examples
- Expensive aftershave,
- nose and ear hair trimmers
- cooking utensils
- gift cards for day spas or massages
- car cleaning utensils
- gardening tools
- anything exercise or diet related (depending on the man of course)
Last mistake on the list is what I call the “I am trying to change you gift mistake,” some of these aren’t as obvious. Here is a bunch of good examples of what I am talking about
- clothes that are a COMPLETELY different style to what he chooses himself
- buy the redneck a man bag (complete fish out of water)
- buy the proudly bearded man a bear trimmer
- gift the gamer dad a baseball and glove
I hope you get my point. The perfect gift for dad is going to build on his strengths and compliment his likes. This is actually one of the fundamental points of contention between men and women. Most men don’t want to be changed so don’t waste the gift giving opportunity by making such a bold statement. It can actually be a detriment to the relationship if you give the wrong gift.
So what can I recommend that steers clear of the above mistakes?
Father – Daughter Novelty T-shirt – “Proud Dad of a Freaking Awesome Daughter”
I showed this one to several father daughter pairs and got a different reaction every time. What I did notice is that in pretty much every instance one of them loved the shirt and the other one wasn’t sure about it because they thought that the other one wouldn’t like it. It might seem a gift gaudy so some, at first, and a bit low brow but that is kind of the point. I really like the idea of gifts that speak the unspeakable or release the locked up conversation that social barriers have hidden from plain sight. I believe this shirt does those things – give it a try.
Meaningful Message for Dad on a PocketWatch
This is a gift that really surprised me when I polled everyone I polled. I never would have picked it myself. I kind of thought pocket watches died off a hundred years ago but I was dead wrong. Here is a few of the comments people responded with as to why they thought this pocket watch was the perfect gift for their dad
Response 1: “Our grandfather had a very special pocket watch that he carried with him through the war and Dad always idolized what that watch meant to granddad. It was a big loss when we buried it with grand dad, it could have been a great link to hundreds of good memories.”
Response 2: “My husband is right into all that steampunk gear. There is something about the past and particularly something about gears and mechanical things that he collects. I don’t get it but it must be a man thing.”
Response 3: “Dad thinks of himself as a modern day Hipster. We all think it is pretty funny but he still walks the hipster line, inhibited by our comments. I can just image the looks of approval he would get down at the coffee stall Sunday morning when he pulls up on his fixie, orders a short black and reaches into his waistcoat pocket to check the time on his pocket watch. I may think it is corny but that is exactly the type of Dad he is.”
Response 4: “Dad has always been fascinated with history and antiques. I can just image the plethora of research and historical facts about pocket watch and old-school time-pieces that a present like this would spark in Dad. Like a light bulb going off.”
Response 5: “I can’t get him to wear a wrist watch without breaking it. Maybe something that is chained to him and kept in a pocket next to his groin will be taken care of a bit better. He is always late.”
Thanks, Response 5 was priceless. Please leave us a comment below so I know someone is reading.
As a single mother of two beautiful girls I hope my experiences can inspire and motivate all you other magical moms out there to win the game of life. I am twice divorced. I am independent and I am working hard to put a roof over my own head.