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When your dad wants ‘nothing’ for Father’s Day

three types of fathers hard to buy for

Gifts for dad who wants nothing

Here’s a fun idea: make a wish-list of all the gifts you might want for a special day that celebrates you, and all the great things you do.

You don’t have to tell us, just have a little think.

Let me guess: there’s a few things on that list, some general, some specific, some maybe oddly specific (no judgements here, our last wish-list had to be burnt)…but it’s not a blank paper, is it?

But we know a lot of fathers who - for reasons unfathomable - ask for one specific thing, every year: nothing. Dads who don’t want anything for Father’s Day! Whoever heard of such a thing?!

Why doesn’t your father want a special Father’s Day gift?

It’s a tough ol’ world out there for those of us in the Super Special Father’s Day Celebration Surprise Gift market.

The potential for failure is great: choosing wrong, choosing right but too late, buying without consulting, and last but not least, the double gift.

Here we identify three major offenders in the ‘difficult fathers to buy for’ category.

 

  • The ‘low-maintenance’ father
the low maintenance father cartoon

Presumably they think that they’re helping by taking the pressure off. They believe they are keeping us from worrying, possibly over-spending, or from wasting our precious time looking for their specific request.

Maybe they hate our taste.

 

  • The father who plans his own gifts
the father who plans his own gifts cartoon

Perhaps you have that most dreaded of the bunch: the planners.


These dads can not be surprised. They will not be pleased with your interpretation of their request. They have the exact model, colour, and technical specifications decided on for their next purchase. It’s been on their secret wish list for months. Oh, they want something all right, they want something very, very specific, and they can’t have us coming along and fumbling right at the crucial moment!

Unsurprisingly, these fathers are particularly fond of requesting ‘nothing’. They can be devilishly tricky to please with a surprise gift.

 

  • The father who has everything already
the father who has everything already cartoon

Moving along, there’s one more relevant breed. The father who is already so spoiled that he has everything he has always wanted. These fathers genuinely need nothing.

These dads see something they want, and they get it. No ifs, ands or buts. No waiting for special holidays, no slyly leaving a heavy-handed hint on the kitchen table for someone to find.

Go-getters all the way; they go and they get, and they leave us with very little to work with.

This is also a tricky situation for the gifter, as who among us has not been disappointed by a giftee’s lack of enthusiasm … when they receive something they already have?

How can we surprise these fathers on Father’s Day?


As outlined above, we have a very delicate game to play here: we want to surprise our dads, but not give them something they won’t use.

Let’s harken back to when things were simpler. Before internet shopping.

Before buying things for themselves that they didn’t even know they were missing.

Back to simple delight.

Imagine this: your difficult-to-read father hears a knock on the door.

He opens it, wondering, ‘now who could this be?’

On his doorstep are a wooden crate and a crowbar. No clues as to what may be inside.

He brings the crate inside, and places it on the table.

Looking for an opening, he realizes: this is no ordinary crate. He needs to solve a riddle! He loves puzzles, but is secretly glad it came with a hacksaw… just in case his impatience gets the better of him.

 

Now he’s smiling.

Now you’ve done it.

 

Looking for an opening, he realizes: this is no ordinary crate. He needs to solve a riddle! He loves puzzles, but is secretly glad it came with a hacksaw… just in case his impatience gets the better of him.

 

Now he’s smiling.

Now you’ve done it.

 

You’ve given a mystery, a puzzle, a memory, and - of course - a perfect gift. Because inside the crate is a selection of treats and goodies, all on a theme he loves. Maybe Dad isn’t the brute force type? No problem, we can swap the riddle and hacksaw for a crowbar, and he can show a little more finesse in his safe-cracking.

Who wouldn’t be pleased with this? No planner could plan for it. No low-maintenance guy could claim it isn’t his style, and he definitely won’t have received a gift like it. 

If you’re looking for this type of experience, have a look at our range of Rare-Boxes, running the gamut from gin to whiskey, fitness to chocolate, and chilli to BBQ.

And good luck out there.

 

 

 



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