1) Step one: Find out what style wallet he has now.
A: Most Dads don’t like change unless it radically offers a solution to a wallet problem he might be experiencing. Ask him if he likes his wallet and what he would change-believe me that he has been thinking about more than he even realizes. Everyone has a strong opinion about wallets, just ask him.
2) Front pocket wallet or back pocket wallet? Or put it another way, does size matter? Imprint & surface area of the wallet…
A: Small to Big size continuum of wallets goes in order from card cases-money clips-clip wallets-trifolds-bifolds-to hipster or super skinny sizes. Most bifolds and hipster models are usually too big for the front pocket unless they have hinges that move with the body (like the super skinny model). Most trifolds fit easily in either pocket depending on how much they are overstuffed.
3) Does he carry pictures? Does he need inserts? Or has he gone digital already?
A: If he hasn’t gone digital with his photos in his cellphone or keychain photo thingy, some wallets already come with inserts or he can just use his old inserts-all inserts have a “tongue” portion that fits into a card slot-he can simply pull out his insert and put into your new gift wallet!
4) Is he a bifold or trifold kind of guy? i.e. most Dads stick to these two basic styles over the years.
A: The most popular trifolds are the regular triple foldover or the L-Shaped Trifold which coincidentally is also considered a bi-fold with a flap and is the most popular bi-fold wallet. Ahh the world of wallets and what’s in a name…Those are the top two wallet styles so you got a 50-50 chance of being on the money so to speak.
5) Find out how many plastic cards he usually carries which will help dictate the right style.
A: If he doesn’t have many plastic cards, then go for a model with very few card slots so the wallet will be thinner due to less material. If he has a lot, go for one that breaks the card deck in half just like the “super skinny model” does. Most people average about 16 thick plastic cards in their wallet, hopefully your Dad doesn’t carry everything in his wallet like George Costanza did in Seinfeld TV show-remember the exploding wallet Seinfeld episode?
6) Does color matter?
A: Most Dads opt for black although some fashion forward Dads go for brown or a lighter color that they can find easily. Black is the percentage play unless he already has a different color; then by all means take a chance! Other colors are easier to find if the wallet is bouncing around in the backpack or if it falls out of his pocket in the dark. Women have known this findability issue for years so learn from them…
7) How versatile does he want his wallet to be in a perfect world?
A: Most leather wallets are not versatile, they can’t get wet without self-destructing shortly thereafter. Nylon wallets are much more versatile especially for a sports-oriented Dad. If he Digital wallet is a weekend warrior then you can buy him one for the weekends and/or one for the work week-he probably never thought of having one for each part of his life or moods but heck women have been doing it for years, why can’t men have a variety of wallets for a variety of occasions?
8) Does he even need a special wallet for a certain occasions?
A: Maybe he needs a leather wallet for work reasons but a alternative material wallet for weekends and sports? A card case wallet for short jaunts to the local pub? A full on motorcycle wallet with chain if he motors around and wants the security of a chain? A travel wallet or a passport holder when he is on the road or in flight? A wallet that needs to hold a checkbook when he is running around with his best bookie. Okay, that can’t happen because your Dad doesn’t gamble right?