If you are not sure what would be the best Christmas gift for Dad this holiday season, then let’s take a step back and engage in a little bit of reflection. Before you run out and buy him that necktie or that pair of socks, let’s take stock of who your dad is and what he might like. The best Christmas gift for Dad just might be something you would never have thought of otherwise.
Who is your dad? Not what is his name, but who is your dad to *you*? What does he mean to you? What role did he play in your life growing up? What role did he play in shaping and molding you into the person you are today?
The absolute best Christmas gift for Dad should be one that expresses your gratitude to him for being your Dad. It should be one that comes from the heart and not be some empty token or meaningless gesture. Even if you and your dad weren’t that close, or if the two of you have had your differences, it is important that you pick the best Christmas gift for Dad, because it sends a clear message to him that you do in fact care about him and that you do in fact appreciate him for being your dad.
Is your dad into techie gadgets? Is your dad into music? Is he handy with tools? Or does he like to read? Is a huge sports buff? Or is he into music? Does he like to spend time at the gym and keep in shape?
What you don’t want to do is get him a gift that emphasizes a weakness of his. If he is overweight or unhealthy, you probably don’t want to buy him a gym membership. If he smokes, you probably don’t want to buy him nicotine patches. Why? Because even though you might mean well by wanting him to quit his bad habits and get in shape, the best Christmas gift for Dad ought to be one that shows that you accept him and appreciate him for who he is. (That’s not to say that you should get him a gift that nurtures his bad habits either.) You can always get him a "self-help" gift at some other time of year. Christmas should be about bringing out the best in everyone, not putting a spotlight on the negatives.
The best Christmas gift for Dad should be one that is either symbolic of your father and child relationship, or which shows that you care about him but without criticizing his lifestyle.
What you probably don’t want to get him is some kind of generic gift that you speculate that he might just go to the store and return the day after Christmas. You want him to open his Christmas gift and see that twinkle in his eye when he sees what you got him.
Now your gift doesn’t have to be anything cheesy or sentimental. It could be something humorous as well. If you have a laid back relationship with your dad, you could always get him a prank as a joke. You could always get him something silly and goofy. The point is to make him laugh and appreciate your way of poking fun at him. [Read more...]