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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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NCC Father and Son Event

Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition - Sunday, May 05, 2019

Raising The Standard
Father & Son Event



Stanton Middle School
1800 Limestone Rd
Wilmington, DE 19804

Raising The Standard is a day for Stanton Middle School boys and their fathers or positive male influences to collectively participate in interactive activities.
A panel discussion that promotes healthy masculinity among young men, team building, high scholastic and positive law enforcement interaction.

Father & Daughter Dance 2019

Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition - Thursday, April 25, 2019

Father & Daughter Dance 2019


SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2019
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The Great Hall @ St. Andrew’s Lutheran
425 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, DE 19901

RSVP TODAY!!

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT :
WANEKA ARMSTRONG (302) 498-0454 ext. 401 (office) | WARMSTRONG@dffcdads.org
www.dffcdads.org | email: admin@dffcdads.org | phone: 855 733-3232

Dads Take Your Child To School Breakfast

Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition - Friday, August 31, 2018

Kent County's Coalition

TAKE YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL
BREAKFAST & BOYS TO MEN PANEL



Tuesday Sept. 18, 2018 7am - 9am

Continental Breakfast starts at 7am and Boys to Men Panel at 8am

Central Middle School
211 Delaware Ave. Dover, DE 19901

Kent County Family Symposium

Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition - Monday, June 04, 2018

Kent County Family Symposium

Kent County Family Symposium

Saturday, July 7, 2018
Dr. David B. Mills, Panels and Teen Workshops
Registration: 9:30 AM: Program 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Delaware Technical Community College
Dover, DE 19901

RSVP TODAY

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Sade' Truiett (302) 674-1335: 214 (O) (302) 278-5449 (C) struiett@dffcdads.org

Take Your Dad to Breakfast

Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition - Monday, June 04, 2018

Sussex County Delaware Fatherhood & Family Coalition

Take Your Dad to Breakfast


June 16, 2018 from 9AM to Noon

IHOP Restaurant
22812 Sussex Highway, Seaford, DE 19973

Click here to sign-up

FOR MORE INFO: Tanisha Showell (302) 518-0618, tshowell@connectionscsp.org WWW.DFFCDADS.ORG

Boot Camp For New Dads

Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition - Thursday, February 01, 2018

Boot Camp For New Dads

GIVING MEN THE TOOLS AND CONFIDENCE TO BECOME GREAT FATHERS!!!


Kick off Boot Camp for New Dads
Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Wilmington Hospital Annex
Room 100 1400 N. Washington St.
Wilmington, DE 19801

Please contact Health Ambassador, Todd Hartsock, at 302-320-1379 for more information.

New Castle County Recruitment and Retention Event

Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition - Thursday, December 21, 2017

New Castle County Leadership Coalition

Recruitment and Retention Event

January 18,2018 from 6 pm to 9 pm

New Castle County Recruitment and Retention Event Flyer

The Mill Space
1007 N. Orange ST. 4TH Floor, Wilm., DE 19801

Sign-Up Today

FOR MORE INFO WWW.DFFCDADS.ORG or call 1-855-733-3232

Funded by the Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services, Delaware Children's Department –Title IVB-II PSSF Act

24/7 Dad AM 3rd Ed. Program

Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition - Monday, July 10, 2017

24/7 Dad AM 3rd Ed. Program

5pm -7pm Every Tuesday starting
July 11TH, 18TH, 25TH Aug. 1ST, 8TH, 15TH


Wilmington Public Library in the Broom Room
10 E 10th St. Wilm., DE 19801

SIGN-UP TODAY
http://www.dffcdads.org/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=123497

Funded by the Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services, Delaware Children's Department –Title IVB-II PSSF Act


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