Show dad that his thriftiness has rubbed off through a Father’s Day experience at GCC

Let’s face it, most of our dads seem to fit within the stereotypical image of an American father — hard-working, practical, and most certainly frugal.

So when it comes to a Father’s Day gift, rest assured that they probably will prefer something that’s simple and useful — without all the fuss.

Many of us recall our fathers turning off the lights in every room, or closing doors with the admonishment “were you born in a barn?” Frugality is the hallmark of most fathers so the least we can do is show them that their thriftiness has rubbed off.

Finding the right gift for pops is a difficult task, and only gets harder as the years go by and he seemingly has EVERYTHING. It’s easy to feel like you’ve run out of ideas. That’s why the perfect idea is to curate a customized Father’s Day Favorites gift basket just for him.

Goodwill Central Coast stores provide the perfect venue. Grab a cute but inexpensive basket from Goodwill and go to town filling it with all of his favorites. A new pair of name-brand socks, a leather belt, some barbecue tools, a gardening book, a picture frame that will soon adorn your favorite family photo, anything, really.

Whether it’s gift-ready items off our store shelves or inspiration for a DIY present, you can bring a smile not just to dad’s face, but also to the face of a job seeker whose employment training is supplemented by your purchases.

Complete the circle

For a unique gift that touches the heart of dad and helps the community, too, here is a truly inspired idea.

Clean out your garage, then donate all the unwanted items to Goodwill Central Coast!

Take a photo of the orderly space and make a greeting card out of it. Write on the card: “Thank you, Dad, for teaching me to make an impact!” Then add the following numbers showing GCC’s annual community impact: 13,877 (local job services provided), $14,000,000 (local wages, taxes, benefits), and 12,000 (tons diverted from local landfills). Now that’s WAY better than another tie!

On Father’s Day, sit and tell him the whole story, describe the circle that your adventure-created that helps invigorate communities. Donated items lead to employment programs and thriving communities while keeping unwanted items out of our landfills. And who loves a win-win-win proposition more than dads?

Whether it’s your dad, uncle, brother, grandpa — anyone who has been a father figure to you — you want to make sure you express your love and gratitude for him on that third Sunday in June.

Whatever gift you choose, make sure it is accompanied by a personalized card with a special message describing your appreciation of all of his priceless advice and unconditional support.

Remember, too, that the most frugal gift for dad on Father’s Day is the gift of time. Be sure to end the day with a big hug and two wonderful words: thank you. Even through the rough patches, Dad has always put his kids first; and on Father’s Day, it’s our turn to return the favor.

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