Father’s day is just around the corner and so many of us will be scouring the internet for suitable gifts. Finding one which is suited to your dad can be tricky – after all, while he might share a lot in common with other people’s dads, it would be nicer to find something which is tailored exactly to him.
There are few better gifts that those which are personalised to the recipient. Many gift companies understand this; that is why many of the tea and coffee mugs sold in the UK convey some pithy apothegm relating to the person who might drink out of it.
Fortunately, there are ways of doing exactly this.
Get a personalised gift!
Thanks to advances in printing technology, these gifts can be personalized even further. You can get your dad’s name emblazoned across the front of a mug thereby ensuring that it is unmistakably his. You might even get a witty apothegm unique to you and your dad’s experience of one another – perhaps one you might even have composed yourself.
Personalisation can have an even more practical application. For example, your dad might happen to be especially fussy about the quality of his tea. Perhaps he likes it to be a little bit stronger than most and with a specific amount of milk. Dads are known for being a little bit set in their ways and so it’s often best to eliminate the possibility of mistakes when you come to make his next brew.
Now, you can print onto the mug precise instructions for making your dad’s ideal cup of tea. These instructions can include obsessively accurate brewing-times, milk quantities and stirring guidelines. What’s more, if you are comfortable with delving into an image editor, you can stipulate the exact shade of brown that the finished article should be. We believe that the ideal cuppa is around #FFBA64, for what it’s worth.
But there are other things one might do with an image editor, too. You can put your dad’s image onto the mug. But you can also flex your creative muscles and come up with something which your dad will find uniquely compelling. You can superimpose your dad’s face onto a famous celebrity – perhaps his favorite football player, or musician. You might even include him in a famous painting, such as da Vinci’s The Last Supper.
Your efforts need not be restricted to mugs, either. You can get an image of your choice printed onto a phone cover, a tablet case, a set of coasters or even a pair of socks! You should be aware, however, that the results after printing may be slightly different from what you see on your screen, since not every monitor produces colour perfectly!
If, on the other hand, you’re not so comfortable with getting your hands dirty with the editing software, then you can delve into the abundant trove of ready-made clipart and other images available to you. There are literally thousands of royalty-free images available, so there’s no reason that you can’t come up with something which your dad will love.
Decorating for the day itself
While getting your dad a gift is an excellent way to demonstrate your affection for him, you might also consider hosting a little celebration – or perhaps even a big one. If you want to transform the house at short notice, then there are few better ways than with balloons. Balloons are cost effective, disposable and can be easily cleaned away. What’s more, thanks to the technologies we’ve discussed, they can be personalised to the extent that your dad would appreciate.
Balloons come in both latex or in foil. The former can be printed with any text or simple image that you like. The latter, however, allows for more complicated and detailed images – if you want to print your dad’s photo onto a balloon, then you can do. You can even get a balloon in a box and present it to your dad as a gift.
Other personalised options are available too – You can get a line of personalised bunting and string it across the ceiling, or up and down the stairs. Whatever your personal taste, there will be something you can use to get your house prepared to give your dad a father’s day surprise he won’t soon forget. You require only imagination and a knowledge of your dad’s likes and dislikes. So what are you waiting for?