A father in all his generosity and wisdom is by far the most difficult shopping experience one can encounter, which makes Father’s Day perhaps the most frustrating holiday of them all. Why is this so? It’s because for most men (especially fathers), direct communication is too big of a mountain for them to conquer. They’ll make every attempt to find a way to get around the mountain as long as they don’t have to actually climb it.
This means the odds are stacked against you in learning what your father wants. But say you brave the conditions and decide to ask what he wants for Father’s Day anyway. What will his response be? It can be broken down into three potential replies based on likelihood:
1) 60% chance: “I don’t want anything so don’t get me anything.”
The most overused response, your father is scrapping his way around the communication mountain because either he a) actually has no idea what he wants or b) doesn’t want another tie.
2) 30% chance: “It’s Father’s Day?”
Congratulations! Your father’s cluelessness allows you to proceed to deny ever asking the question and you’re officially off the hook until his birthday!
3) 10% chance: “I’m glad you asked. I want this and that and those and these!”
The least likely of the responses, this is reserved for the fathers who have this day circled on their calendar from the get-co. They love the attention and take advantage of the gift giving. These are the rarest creatures of them all.
But what does this all mean? It means that men are truly difficult to understand. So this Father’s Day, to ease your frustration and make life easier, it’s time to take the decision out of your father’s hands and get creative. 2013 is all about the pampering and your father is next on the list! Here are three ways to spoil your father on his big day.
1) Golf Outing: For most women, the sight of an endless aisle of designer shoes and limitless credit card is heaven. For most men, it’s the seemingly endless green fairways of a golf course, a 50-pound golf bag slung over his shoulder, four hours of blistering heat, and a cart that goes no more than 15 mph. Like I said, men are difficult to understand. Team up with your friends and get the entire dad gang together for a round. It can’t miss.
2) Spa Retreat: No matter how feminine it may seem, a lot of men would gladly welcome a day of manicures, pedicures, and massages. All of that yard work, sports activities with the kids, and constant sinking into a couch to watch the game takes a toll on the body. Trust me, he’ll be grateful.
3) Beer/Wine Tasting: Find your local brewery or vineyard and set your dad up with a day of sophistication, knowledge, and alcohol. Do your research and find the one that provides the most pampering (behind the scenes tour, food, etc.) for your buck. He won’t turn down free booze and he’ll be feeling happy in no time.
And what goes better with a round of golf, a day at the spa, or a beer/wine tasting than chocolate? Complete the pampering process and show your dad some real love by surprising him with sweet and delicious personalized Hershey’s candy bars. Pick a design such as Caddy Daddy or All Tied Up and include a special message to the man of the day. These irresistible treats will provide a sincere keepsake from an incredible day for him to cherish.
Fathers are important figures in everyone’s life. They provide protection, care, and the occasional comic relief. They’re not always perfect but don’t hold it against them, instead celebrate their imperfections. Pamper your father on this Father’s Day and perhaps for your sake, the next time around that monumental mountain won’t seem to big for him to scale.