It sounds really conceited to say that I am known for being an original gift-giver and have Father's Day covered with cool and very personal gifts. But it's not because I am especially gifted at it. It's because I am skilled in eyeing original product ideas and continually researching. So I thought that in today's article, I would share with you the way I get gift and new product ideas and my list of techy twists on gift ideas for Dad.
Here's my process guide for turning shopping into a science with valuable product market research that will make your new products more competitive and sell through faster:
Gather all year round: We gather data and images year round in store and online so that we can track what's trending in the product categories and in the product lines as well. Evaluating products during a seasonal event, like looking at Neck Tie sales during Father's Day, gives a false sense of viability and trend. It is not an indicator of high desire and shopper value.
Consider more than the price: Knowing the return policy, product quality expectations and test standards of the various retailers helps make better competitive comparisons. It is not just about getting the best price - you have to be sure you are comparing apples to apples. Insider knowledge helps you avoid the lure of a false deal between different retailers.
Planning gift purchases: Researching and planning are the keys to reducing overspending by impulse shopping. Always the list maker, I am constantly on the lookout to fill the gift list in my head and on my Amazon Wishlist. Planning ahead not only cuts down on any holiday stress but it allows me to find more original gift ideas like these.
Lego Dad - Turn Dad into a Lego mini-figure like these from Funky3dfaces and have your kids build him a castle and record a mini movie where he saves the day.
Sound Wave Art - For the new or expecting Dad (or Papa), a picture with the sound wave of the baby's heartbeat or your toddler saying "DaDa" or "I love you" is a great one-up to the typical gift of a picture. SoundViz can convert any words or song into a downloadable file so you can make this one yourself or have them turn it into a canvas or fine art print.
Bake Cookies with Love - Cooking or baking for your Dad might be just your thing and adding a customized 3D twist with a 3d printed cookie cutter that reflects your dad is just the thing to show you care.
3D Print Twist on Typical Father's Day Gifts - If you have the maker itch and access to a 3D Printer, taking a typical Father's Day gift like cufflinks, key chains, USB drives, garden markers, guitar picks or a Lithopane and turning it into a 3D print personal work of art shows thought and DIY love. If you don't have the tools or skills, check out a 3D print marketplace like Shapeways, Cults3d, or search on Etsy, browse designer creations to have them printed for you.
Want To Go Even Cooler and More Techy? Try these:
3D Print Footwear - While you can go to Adidas, Nike, New Balance and buy Dad kicks with a 3D printed insert or sole, you might want to go all out and try Fused Footwear. A completely 3D printed shoe with varying levels of personalized comfort and styling.
Geek Dad Neck Tie - I know, you can't get more cliché than a necktie, but these aren't your average ties. Even if your Dad doesn't wear neck ties often, an off-beat option of a Josh Bach science or math tie or a 3D Wow Tie make a great tech twist on the tried and true gift.
Musical Man ODD Guitar - If your dad truly has seen it all, try an ODD Guitar, made to order and made to size with Dad's name 3D printed right into the back of the guitar. With intricate and unusual forms that emerge from the tech production process, the styles take the electric guitar to a new level.
For me the best gifts are useful, fun and relevant, but I know it's a gift homerun if I can add a little bit of innovation, a little disruptive technology twist, or high touch personalization. These fun and tech-ish Father's Day ideas might just make you the hero to your Dad and make all the Dads in your life feel loved and appreciated.