With Father’s Day around the corner, here’s a look at the best gift experiences for dads with different interests.
A wallet personalized with engraved initials? A hand-tooled leather belt? The finest chocolates you can find? Do these sound clichéd? Indeed, when it comes to gifts, fathers often seem to get the short end of the stick so perhaps it’s time to rethink those gift options.
One way to do so is to focus on a key aspect of your father’s personality and build out from there. Every father is different, after all, but they all have one thing in common: all Dads want to spend more time with their kids.
To help you along, we looked at a few different interests and shortlisted a selection of budget-friendly ideas for each of them this Father’s Day. Whether you can meet up with your Dad or not this year, here’s how to make this June 21 memorable.
When Dad loves movies
Movie buffs are among the most difficult to shop for because they often have strong, passionate likes and dislikes. Ironically, their love for the medium means they’re more likely to be open to watching new or offbeat movies – as long as they can criticize them afterwards! To please the film connoisseur, then, why not schedule a private screening at a cinema in the UAE? In view of the new normal, a number of movie chains in the country now allow you to book out an entire cinema for small groups – so it’s up to you whether you just want to celebrate quality time alone with Dad, or whether you want to take your siblings along.
Current travel restrictions mean you may not actually be in the same city as your father, so why not schedule a watch party instead? Several popular movie-streaming apps available in the UAE permit simultaneous viewings with people in other countries. Typically, you’ll need to download a special extension and all parties will need their own subscriptions – but apart from those minor technical details, synchronizing your agendas will probably be the hardest bit!
A third option is to book Dad something he can enjoy at his own pace over an extended period, such as an online masterclass or film appreciation course. Celebrity directors such as Werner Herzog, Martin Scorsese, and Mira Nair all offer online masterclasses, and many educational institutes also have remote learning packages. These are easy to book and pay for online and some also offer gift receipts.
If your Dad’s artistic
Like movie buffs, art lovers have traditionally been difficult to please, because what appeals to one person may not appeal to another. Not only is art subjective, but the best pieces may well be out of your budget. So while a canvas or artwork from an emerging artist is one idea, you could ring a gallery in the UAE and arrange for them to set aside a selection of works for your Dad to pick from – while your credit card guarantees the purchase, of course! Similarly, you could commission a UAE-based artist to execute a bespoke piece for your father, while you pay the bill.
Alternatively, channel that togetherness vibe by touring a virtual museum together. Some of the most famous museums and galleries around the world – including the Louvre Abu Dhabi – have put their collection online, so why not tour one with Dad? You can discuss the finer points of each exhibit as you go along.