The Scoop on Shopping Stocking Stuffers for Dad
Mom Knows Best
Your mom knows just about anything, including what gift costs less than $15 and would make your dad’s day. Keep in mind she’s been buying him gifts for years, so she probably has this down to a science.
Does your dad really dig getting the best of the best? (Don’t we all!) You can deliver on that even in a stocking stuffer. Just pick one thing, rather than a set, and then get the top-of-the-line version of it. He’ll be impressed with his mighty-fine grill tongs.
Tagged and Identified
Does your dad like things to be in order? Then think of a fun, manly way to tag and identify his most favorite things. You can find custom leather tags to I.D. what’s on the bar cart or give his frequent-flying luggage a fresh tag before the next takeoff.
Are you going the gadget route with stocking stuffers for dad? Then keep in mind little tools or gadgets that channel his survival instincts — to be prepared for anything (like a tiny flashlight to keep in the car.)
Is your dad a rugged dude who also happens to have the biggest sweet tooth? Then look for little treats that are a combination, like a chocolate bacon bar.
Whether he’s a whiskey man or prefers a cold brew, there are all sorts of solutions for keeping his drink of choice chilled. From ice trays in unusual shapes (so the ice doesn’t water down his drink) to stones to keep his spirits chilled.
Who would you reach out to beyond family if you were organizing a surprise party for your dad? Bowling buddies? His business partner? Sometimes asking family for ideas leads nowhere, because they’re equally stumped on what to give dad. That’s when it might be best to email a buddy of his to see if he has any clues about what dad would want this year.