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What’s the Best Gift For the Man Who’s Hard to Shop For? Sometimes, Nothing.

Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition - Tuesday, December 03, 2019

What’s the Best Gift For the Man Who’s Hard to Shop For? Sometimes, Nothing.

My father is impossibly hard to shop for. Now, a dad myself, I am too. And I understand why.



By Tyghe Trimble

Nov 22 2019, 4:05 PM


When I receive a gift I’m not expecting from someone who doesn’t know me all that well, I sort of lose control. It starts with a prickling sensation in the back of my neck and follows with a reflexive, forced smile. My heart quickens, the hair rises on my arms, and I feel myself blush fully. Openly sweating, I open the thing. I praise it before I can fully grasp what it even is. I thank the giver profusely. Make eye contact. Keep smiling, I say to myself. Be cool.


I try to make sure whatever internal valve makes the normal thoughts flood in my head say untouched. But it doesn’t and the thoughts flood in: I don’t like this gift. God, I hope no one notices. I’m terrible at receiving holiday gifts. A lot of men are, too. 


I find most stuff — the trinkets you get for someone that are nifty things you might see in a “cool gift” catalog — are just not for me. I don’t really want stuff and I find this sort of gift exchange to be super impersonal. Yes, I fit the hard-to-shop-for dad cliché. But I am also a defender of that narrative. Everyone is hard to shop for. If you’re giving someone a gift because you care for them, that gift should show that you know them. Great gift-giving is an act of empathy, it’s being able to see the world as someone else sees it and buy them something that fits who they are.  It’s damn hard to know someone well enough to give them a good gift. That’s the point. 


But if you really knew me, you’d know that I, in fact, do like a great variety of things. If Patagonia sells it, I’m there for it. Have a good book? I love books and will even read it and talk to you about it. I’ve yet to find a running gadget I didn’t enjoy. I’m someone who can be shopped for. You just have to listen. 


I came to my curmudgeonly view of gifting through my dad. He’s the reason I’m terrible at receiving gifts.
But he’s also the reason I’m a good gift giver.


Even though my dad has an MBA and is a dealmaker by trade, he’s a very bad liar. More often than not, I can bluff through my palm-sweating, blushing reaction to a bad gift. He definitely cannot. He’s also a little more honest in his actual dislike of gifts. “I don’t need any of this crap,” I once overheard him muttering under his breath one Christmas at his parent’s house. I was maybe 10 at the time. The sentiment blew my mind. I was a kid and kids love crap. Who didn’t like a bunch of crap? 


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Sussex County Family Bowling Night

Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition - Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Sussex County Family Bowling Night



Saturday December 7, 2019
from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Millsboro Bowling Lanes
213 Mitchell St.
Millsboro, DE 19966

RSVP TODAY

Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway

Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition - Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway

Tuesday Nov. 26, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM



Rose Hill Community Center
19 Lambson Lane New Castle, DE 19720

The DFFC will be donating Thanksgiving Turkey’s to 15 Families. All Families must register.


REGISTER TODAY

ORE INFO: Waneka Armstrong (302)498-0454 EXT: 401, warmstrong@firststatecaa.org

Creating A Faith-Based Trauma Sensitive Environment

Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition - Thursday, October 10, 2019

Creating A Faith-Based Trauma Sensitive Environment

Presenter: Dr. Barry Ball, United Methodist Church West Virginia

This workshop provides community and faith-based leaders as well as congregants with an understanding of the impact of trauma on their congregations, the impact of doctrine on their trauma exposed congregations, and strategies to create a trauma-sensitive faith community.



2 Days & 3 Locations

November 20, 2019 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wyoming United Methodist Church 216 Wyoming Mill Rd. Dover, DE 19904
November 21, 2019 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Goodwill Center
300 E. Lea Blvd. Wilmington, DE 19802
November 21, 2019 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Victory Christian Fellowship
100 Wilton Blvd. New Castle, DE 19702

Domestic Violence Awareness Workshop

Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition - Thursday, October 10, 2019

Domestic Violence Awareness Month
THE WAR WITHIN



Thursday, October 17, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm

At Rose Hill Community Center
19 Lambson Lane
New Castle, DE 19720

Kent County's Million Fathers March Social

Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition - Saturday, September 21, 2019

Kent County's Million Fathers March Social


Friday, September 27, 2019 from 6 - 8pm
Central Middle School 211 Delaware Ave. Dover, DE

Relaxed Environment All are welcome, Open Gym free throw shooting contest, 3 point shooting contest Free Food Prizes, Educational workshops

RSVP: http://www.dffcdads.org/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=176595

For more INFO contact
LAMONT PIERCE (302) 674-1355 EXT: 218 email: lpierce@firststatecaa.orG www.dffcdads.org | call (855) 733-3232

Kent County Family Symposium

Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition - Monday, July 01, 2019

Kent County Coalition

Family Symposium

Kent County Family Symposium

July 13, 2019 from 10 am to 3 pm
registration starts at 9:30 am

DELAWARE TECHNICAL AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE
100 Campus Dr, Dover, DE 19904

Panels and Teen Workshops


RSVP TODAY

for more information: admin@dffcdads.org or 855-733-3232
WWW.DFFCDADS.ORG

6th Annual DFFC Award Ceremony

Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition - Saturday, June 29, 2019

6th Annual
Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition Award Ceremony

September 28, 2019
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Dover Downs
1131 N. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901

The Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition Recognition Awards were created to celebrate the accomplishments of those who work and are committed to Fatherhood and Healthy Adult Relationship as it pertains to co-parenting and child well-being involving fathers. The Community of fathers, mothers, parents, and organizations, social/service/faith-based leaders, entrepreneurs and DFFC members deserve public recognition, volunteerism, promotion of your community service and accomplishments.


CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR DFFC NOMINATIONS!!

For more info:Email: admin@dffcdads.org or 855-733-3232

New Castle County Family Symposium

Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition - Tuesday, June 18, 2019

STRENGTHENING EMPOWERING & TRANSFORMING

FAMILY SYMPOSIUM

Connecting the Pieces of Me!!


August 24, 2019 from 10 am to 2 pm

DELAWARE TECHNICAL AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE
300 N Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801


RSVP TODAY

For more info:Waneka Armstrong (302)498-0454 EXT: 401, warmstrong@firststatecaa.org

Journey To Oz Family Symposium

Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition - Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Sussex County Coalition

Journey To Oz
The Brick Road Experience
Family Symposium

Journey To Oz The Brick Road Experience Family Symposium

July 27, 2019 from 10 am to 2 pm

DELAWARE TECHNICAL AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE
21179 College Drive Georgetown, DE 19947

The symposium will be addressing the lions, tigers and bears (oh my!!!) that we face on our journey to OZ.
Wherever our destination, wherever the place is that we are trying to get to, we will encounter some very scary and
uncomfortable circumstances and situations but instead of turning back or running away, we have to make a song out of it (as they did in the movie).
How do we handle the things that we encounter on our yellow brick road, whether in finances, health, or our purpose?


RSVP TODAY

Tanisha Showell (302) 518-0618, tshowell@connectionscsp.org


About DFFC

The Delaware Fatherhood & Family Coalition is an extension of the Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program and the Responsible Fatherhood Initiative created specifically to give a voice to fathers and the importance of their involvement for the well-being of their children.


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