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Father’s
Day gifts aren’t always the easiest to shop for. In fact, most gifts
for men can be difficult. It’s not like you can just get them jewelry
and call it a day. (Well, unless you’re married to Mr. T.)

I tend to be
skeptical of sites that promise you gift recommendations based on some
secret algorithm, but I can’t believe it, I’ve found one that’s actually
terrific.

Wantful
is like an online concierge meets high tech gift card.

Hit the site and describe the sex of the giftee and your relationship, and then answer a
bunch of graphical multiple choice questions; like which house would he rather live in,
or what would he like to do in his free time.

I gave it a shot with my
own sigOth and lo and behold–awesome gift ideas. They nailed him as a foodie (he’s a trained chef) and an outdoorsman,
and offered up dozens of tasteful gifts from $30 and up. In foodie alone, there
was this grow your own mushroom kit,
a fancy vinegar that he happens to own, a high end knife set I know
he’d love, and even an organic beef jerky like the one we recommend in
our own Father’s Day Gift guide last year.

Hey, wait a minute..maybe I am a good gift picker after all.

wantful
But here’s where Wantful is different than just a recommendation
service:  you add up to 16 gifts or have them choose for
you (you can make adjustments at checkout) and they’re all bound into
this beautiful little mini catalog with a custom cover, and sent to your gift recipient by
snail mail, email or Facebook. Kind of like a very super duper
personalized gift card. Your man (or dad or Mother-in-Law) enters a
gift code, takes his pick, and the cost of everything is covered–by
you.

You can also connect with Facebook to store birthdays or special occasions, which can be a terrific resource.

Of course you might just use it to spark some ideas–for anyone in your
life, except kids; it’s definitely adult focused right now.  But I think
the
whole pick your own from these ideas so you’re happy with it is the perfect balance between thoughtful and “ack, here’s a gift card because I don’t know you very well.”

Genius. Especially for
those very, very, very hard to shop for men in your life. –Liz

Visit Wantful for gift recommendations and more

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