By Alex Gladu, IWS Content Team
He already has three “World’s Greatest Dad” mugs, and he doesn’t need another wacky tie to add to the growing collection in the back of his closet. Instead, get your dad something he’ll really love this Father’s Day, like a unique, personal item from a local business. Maybe he needs a new toolbox from the hardware store down the street, or he has his eye on a pair of running shoes from a local sporting goods store. Whatever it is, a thoughtful gift from a local business will mean more to both Dad and your community than another mass-produced “World’s Greatest Dad” mug.
He may tell you that he doesn’t need or want anything, but you know he’ll still light up at the sight of a fancy new grill or power tool. Local businesses have all of these gifts and more, so you can find a meaningful, exciting gift to show Dad just how much you appreciate him. What’s more, local businesses have the personal customer service you need to help you pick the best gift from your list of great ideas. That way, you can still find exactly what he wants, even if you don’t know the difference between a STIHL trimmer, brushcutter or clearing saw.
While they’re helping you find the best gift for your awesome dad, local businesses will also help grow your local community. These independently owned stores return more than three times as much money per dollar of sale to the local economy than national chain stores. When you shop at local businesses for Father’s Day, your gifting budget goes toward making Dad and your entire community happy.
If everyone shopped local for Father’s Day, we could make a big impact on local communities. According to the National Retail Federation, Father’s Day spending is expected to exceed $12.5 billion this year, an average of nearly $113.80 per person. That’s an opportunity to make millions of dads happy and thousands of communities more economically viable.
Over the years, dads have taught us how to ride a bike, drive a car, fix a leak, and so much more. Now, let’s show them how much we appreciate all of it by finding the perfect Father’s Day gift at a local business. To find the store that’s perfect for Dad, browse the Independent We Stand local business search engine online or the mobile app on your smartphone.