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One thing my dad and my husband have in common is that they are both notoriously hard to shop for —when you ask them what they might like, the reply is almost always the dreaded, "Huh, I really can't think of anything." Sigh.
In reality, though, nobody wants to be unthought of, especially on a day that's supposed to be honoring them. That's when it dawned on me — dads just want to be thought of, more than anything else. It's not so much that they want some thing, so much as that they want some reminder that we know them well and think of them often.
The solution? Go with a gift that's personal — or better yet, personalized. When someone sees their name on something, it's like instant reassurance that they weren't an afterthought. You clearly didn't just go to your local department store, buy 10 of the same ties, and give one to him. His name on the item shows you made or ordered something specifically with him in mind.
There's a plethora of personalized gifts for dad out there, but here are some of our favorites:
A version of this story was published May 21, 2021. It has been updated.