Dear dads, grandpas and fatherly figures, why must you be so tricky to buy for? As we approach Father’s Day once again (this year it falls on Sunday June 18th) people the world over are scratching their heads as they search for unique Father’s Day gifts. If you’ve exhausted socks and hobby-related paraphernalia, allow us to offer a little advice with this edit of presents he really wants. For the men who love to share a sarcastic quip instead of a helpful gift idea, we’ve curated a guide that takes those requests seriously, including a few OKA pieces that will help you bring them to life. His wish is your command.
What’s more annoying than trying to find gifts for a dad who wants “nothing”? Probably being that dad who’s insisting he really doesn’t want anything, but is being hounded with requests for present ideas nonetheless. Not even a joke about wanting “five minutes’ peace” can stop the texts from gift-givers coming in. This year, why not take his word for it? Perhaps the fatherly figure in your life is secretly dreaming of having carte blanche when it comes to the TV, or for a day to pass by without any DIY requests. Let him settle into his favorite armchair—newspaper, remote control or cup of coffee in hand—and enjoy some much wished for time on his own.
If you’re searching for simple Father’s Day gift ideas, look no further than the liquor cabinet. Many a dad has uttered the need for “an ice cold beer,” so why not let his drinks order to serve as Father’s Day inspiration? Whether his tipple of choice is indeed an ice-cold beer, a glass of the finest whisky or a full-bodied red wine, he’ll be sure to appreciate a bottle of his go-to drink—consider it the ideal gift for the dad who has everything.
Step away from the personalized golf balls (he still hasn’t used last year’s, after all). The best Father’s Day gifts are the ones that allow you to show your love and appreciation, and what better way to do so than via the medium of food? A home-cooked meal with the whole family will bring everyone together. Plus, if you’ve left your shopping to the last minute, a delicious dinner is the perfect way to pretend you had something special planned all along (your secret’s safe with us). Bonus points for doing the washing up, too.
If you’re striving for the position of favorite child this year, spending one-on-one time with the fatherly figure in your life will no doubt secure you the top spot. Sure, a book of dad jokes might inspire a chuckle or two, but actually listening to his terrible puns will mean more to him than anything he can unwrap. If you can’t make the calendars work, a promise of future plans and a photo of treasured times gone by will be just as well-received.