My dad was really good at guessing what was in his presents. One time, to fool him, I bought him a magazine subscription and I put it in a toy jack-in-the-box. When he turned the handle, boom. The clown delivered a note about the present. He was really surprised.
This year, in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic, a lot of the activities we’d usually do with our dads, wouldn’t be a good choice for this year. For example, getting on an airplane to visit your dad is risky. Also, going to a restaurant with a large group of people isn’t advisable. Nor or hugs, unless you’ve been staying at home together.
But, you can order a present and make plans for a get together later.
Some gift ideas include:
- Tech gadgets. Apple iPad, Kindle or Nook, digital camera.
- Tools. Drills, rakes, hoes.
- Clothing. Shirts, ties, t-shirts, jackets. (For some dads, but not others.)
- Sporting goods. Book on sports, sports paraphernalia, new gear.
- Books. Check AARP’s list of summer reads.
- Music. Smart speaker, Apple AirPods.
- Photos. Favorite family photos, digital photo frame, photo book.
- Gift basket. Golf, fishing, grilling, baseball, brewing, coffee, beer, wine.
- Gift card. O.K. if you’re out of ideas.
- Limited funds. Small pocket knife, coffee mug with your photo, framed photo of you and your dad.
But, these should be avoided:
- Gag gifts.
- Lawn tools.
- Goofy ties.
- Socks, especially sandal socks.
- Gadgets advertised on TV.
Happy Father’s Day to dads everywhere in this unusual year.