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Great Father's Day gift ideas

Posted June 5

Historically wisecracked as one of the most difficult people to buy for, Dad still generates $12.7 billion in Father’s Day sales, according to the National Retail Federation’s “Father’s Day Spending Survey” conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics.

Father's Day will be here on Sunday, June 19.

“Every year, we showcase a variety of gifts for Dad because we know every Dad is different and difficult to buy for,” says Nelson Tejeda, senior VP and chief merchandising officer at Things Remembered, a leading retailer of personalized gifts. “After 50 years in the personalization and gifting business, there are a few things we know score well with most Dads.”

Dad clichés that hit home

Most Dads love a good burger, whether going out for a smoky BBQ bacon burger at the local joint or grilling the perfect piece of grass-fed beef at home. Dads who are convinced they make the world’s best burger would appreciate a personalized grill set or apron that declares him the master. Have a Dad who takes grilling even more seriously? A monogrammed chef’s coat is ideal.

Beer pairs incredibly well with burgers, and a monthly subscription to a club that specializes in microbrews is certainly in good taste with any beer lover.

A personalized beer cap collector can help Dad visually document his greatest sipping memories and add some flair to his home bar while engraved pint glasses or tankards can help him better taste the subtle nuances of his craft brew while watching the game.

Speaking of games, season tickets to cheer his favorite team on to victory makes for a fantastic gift. If you have a limited budget, select one or two games against the biggest rivals. Dad’s favorite team showcased on a pair of cuff links is a fun way to show team spirit while still looking professional at the office. Or, get him ready for tailgating on a cold morning with an NFL throw.

If golf’s his game, make sure his buddies never again snag his marker and declare it their own by personalizing a multi-function golf accessory (which also features a divot tool he surely won’t need).

Or consider monogramming a personal item Dad uses every day. A sentimental saying tucked in a wallet or on the back of a watch will be appreciated. Or customize a shaving set to give Dad a boost of confidence every morning when he gets ready for the day.

One interest of Dad’s you can’t go wrong on is you. Consider getting sentimental with a personalized frame that features pictures of you and Dad together, customized with a special message.

Still considering a tie for Father’s Day? “If you insist on getting Dad a tie,” says Tejeda, “get him a monogrammed tie bar to go with it. You can engrave a special message on the back.”

More ideas for personalized Father’s Day gifts can be found at thingsremembered.com.

With a bit of effort, you can give your dad a Father’s Day gift that will be both useful and meaningful.

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