Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Senior Dad

Father's Day Gift Ideas for the Senior Dad

With Father’s Day just around the corner, plans for spoiling dad should be under way.  Chances are, your dad is a baby boomer or even older. With people living longer these days and more and more boomers hitting retirement age, the infamous Father’s Day blue striped tie probably isn’t the right gift for your still quite active father.

Intangibles. That’s the ticket. Father’s Day gifts should be consumables, which can be eaten, used, spent, sipped or enjoyed. No dust catchers for later generations to sort, no hideous “Necktie of the Month Club” ties.

  1. Do a dad check. This means simply standing in dad’s shoes for a few minutes and seeing what items he might need upgraded that would make a great Father’s Day present. For example, if he has trouble reaching into his back pocket for his wallet, consider getting him a wallet designed especially for the front pocket of his pants. If it is difficult for him to turn lights on and off, maybe a clapper light would be a great gift idea.  The idea here is to get him a gift that will make something difficult for him become very easy, but to do so in a way that comes across as a considerate gift and not one that focuses on how he is aging. You are shopping for dad’s day and the object is to make him feel appreciated and loved.
  2. If your dad plays golf, what better gift than tee-times? Many public clubs offer gift certificates. Even if you are a duffer, why not line up a tee-time or two with dear old dad? If he belongs to a private club, consider purchasing cart rentals or other extras that don’t come with membership.
  3. Digitize family pictures and put them on Dad’s computer. Help him set up email and social networking with family members. If Dad is a collector of family treasures, sort through and label items with an archival-quality pen.
  4. For fathers over 80, there’s a chance they may live in assisted living or a retirement home. Such facilities often have onsite barbers with gift certificates. Many offer occasional bus trips for an extra fee. If Dad isn’t driving anymore, pay for taxis or a car service to take him where he wants to go. If Dad can’t travel, bring family members to him.

All these gifts have one thing in common, your involvement. Dad doesn’t want more socks, he wants time with you! Make sure your Dad knows that “He’s the Greatest!” this Father’s Day.

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