With Father’s Day around the corner, many people are thinking of gifts to buy for the men in their lives. Here are some products that gallery owners and artists suggest for the holiday.
People say that it’s hard to find just the right thing when shopping for men. Is that accurate?
Lois Atherton of Sparrow House, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, a gallery which supports a 1640 historic house and museum, says, “Men’s gifts are a difficult category and always has been. It’s been hard to find gifts that appeal to men to stock in our gallery, because men are notoriously hard to buy for.” However, she mentions that, in their gallery, Schlabaugh & Sons clocks make excellent gifts, and that they also sell a lot of Campbell Pottery’s bread and oil plates for men as well.
Walter Hazzard of the Topeo Gallery in Bucks County, Pennsyvania agrees. He has noticed that men will spend less money on themselves than women do, and says that sometimes a couple will come into the gallery to look at items, which the woman will encourage the man to buy.
Sales of men’s items at Topeo have increased in the past few years since they created a special display area just for men’s jewelry. Rings and bracelets in gold, titanium and silver have been popular, as well as money clips. They also have male customers picking up Judaica in their gallery, and find that Cuba Buckles are very successful for them as well.
At Santa Fe Stoneworks in New Mexico, owner Bill Wirtel calls Father’s Day a “mini-Christmas” for their business. They sell pocket knives, money clips, cutlery, and corkscrews, among other items, with handcrafted handles made out of a large variety of gems, shells and minerals.
He laughs and agrees that men’s gifts are tough. “Yes, that’s right. I made a business out of it. Men’s gifts are bought by women, in general. When you give a man a gift that he uses on a daily basis, like a letter opener, he will think of you every day when he opens the mail. Key ring knives, pocket knives, and money clips are our most popular sellers.”
Shipping orders out wholesale for the Father’s Day market works well for Santa Fe, as it is halfway through the year. “We ship a lot in May and June in anticipation,” Bill says, “The week of May 1 is one of our biggest weeks.”
Gregg Palm of G3 Studios makes wood home and office accessories, as well as other items for men. He got into the business a few years back, when he tired of the corporate world and started doing craft shows.
G3 Studios’ signature products are peppermills, and they sell many of them to men who like to cook, or just collect them. Pens, card boxes and clipboards are newer items which are proving popular for Father’s Day also. Gregg mentions that “Men in particular like wood. While their wives are in a jewelry booth, they come into our booth. My process involves segmenting, where wood is all mixed together, with a geometric, angular look. There is a masculine look to many of our products.”
Do you make products which would be good gift items for men? Why did you design for this market?