Jared Rowley runs Solly Baby with his wife, founder Elle Rowley. Today he’s offering advice for buying gifts for dad! We are so eager to implement his fatherly perspective while shopping for the main men in our lives this week—don’t forget that Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21! If you have yet to snag something special, Jared has 11 ideas that are sure to put a spark in every dad’s eye. Keep reading for a curated gift guide, plus Jared’s tips for shopping for hard-to-please dads.
JARED’S FATHER’S DAY SHOPPING TIPS:
Create an experience.
The older I get, the more I want to do things rather than get things. And my favorite kinds of gifts are ones that will lead to a memorable experience, such as a surfboard or camping gear.
When done right, meaningful gifts are the best.
The most lasting gifts are the ones from my kids, things like handwritten cards, photos, a story or their latest piece of artwork. However, I really like when they’re given to me in a way that will last or that I can easily display and not have to worry about losing. Photos of my kids from the past year put into a cool calendar or my daughter’s writings scanned and bound in a book that I can put on our shelf are the best kinds of keepsakes.
Choose quality over quantity.
One awesome thing is better than five little things. Clutter drives me crazy, so I’d rather be given one big gift and nothing else.
Fit is everything.
When it comes to clothing, keep it simple and make sure it will fit well. It doesn’t matter how cool the color or pattern is—if it doesn’t fit well, it won’t be worn for long.
Most men don’t play the “I want you to know what I want, but I don’t want you to ask what I want” game. Get a list of five things they want and then go from there. You can still make it a really thoughtful (and even surprising) gift if you put a lot of thought into the details.
Click through Jared’s top 11 picks below.