Finding a Father’s Day gift on a non-existent budget can be quite a challenge, so what’s a kid – or a mom shopping with a kid – to do? The answer might lie in personalizing his phone with ringtones he’ll really appreciate. There are plenty of sources for free or low-cost ringtones online, so it will cost time, but not a lot of money.
Ringtones can be intensely personal. They reflect the personality of person who owns the phone as well as the way they feel about the caller. Taking time to figure out what will appeal to your dad will reveal a depth of thoughtfulness and care far more than a few dollars spent on a cheap generic present could.
Here are a few things to consider before beginning the search for the perfect Father’s Day ringtone:
Most people identify most with the music popular when they were young adults. A 50-year-old dad might be completely unfamiliar with ‘90s music, and a 30-year-old dad might hate his own father’s music (disco) with a passion. So the first thing to consider is age. Fathers who are between:
- 45 and 55 will relate best to music from the 70s
- 35 and 45 will relate best to music from the 80s
- 25 and 35 will relate best to music from the 90s
What kind of music does he listen to? Some dads keep up with the times. This is especially true of country music fans, because country is more likely to remain true to its roots than any other genre and doesn’t change radically from decade to decade. Check out CMT’s list of the best Country Songs for Dad on Father’s Day. There are several categories that might get Dad’s toes tapping. If you can’t decide what his favorite genre is, check the preset radio stations in his car for a clue. The music he listens to in the privacy of his own space is most likely to be what he likes best.
Temperament and Atmosphere
Everybody’s different, and music choice often reflects personality. Fun, spontaneous people like upbeat music, but even a fun Dad might be embarrassed by “Rock Lobster” blaring from his pocket during a business meeting. If your dad works in an office situation, consider an orchestral tune, like the theme from Rocky. If he’s a military or retired military man, a patriotic song, like “Proud to be an American” by Lee Greenwood might be a good choice.
Favorite Artist or Group
Sometimes the choice is obvious. Dad may perk up, comment, or sing along when a certain artist comes on the radio, or collect CDs of his favorites. If you know what his favorite music is, disregard this advice and download the obvious.
Sports or Movie Themes
Sports fans or movie buffs would enjoy theme songs from their favorite shows, and some college or professional teams have chants or songs recorded. Themes from ESPN programs are readily available and many college fight songs, like the “Notre Dame Victory March” can be found. Movie themes are also popular with men (suggestions below). Select a classic movie that would be recognizable to anyone or the theme from his all-time favorite.
You may want to use this opportunity to show your dad how you feel about him. In that case, one of the choices from Dad Themes, below, would be ideal. These are songs about love, relationships or responsibility.
- He Didn’t Have To Be – Brad Paisley
- You’re My Best Friend – Queen
- Takin’ Care Of Business – Bachman-Turner Overdrive
- I’ll Be There For You (Friends Theme) – The Rembrandts
- That One Is My Dad – Keni Thomas
- Who’s Your Daddy – Toby Keith
- Wind Beneath my Wings – Bette Midler
You can find more Songs for Dad on About.com.
Classic Movie Themes
- Theme From Rocky (Gonna Fly Now), Bill Conti
- Main Theme From Superman – The Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams
- Raiders Of The Lost Ark (Main Theme) – The Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams
- Star Wars (Main Title Theme) – The Hollywood Strings
- The James Bond Theme – John Barry
You can download songs as free ringtones on Myxer. If you can’t find them for free, look through a subscription site like SendMe Mobile, which might carry more ringtones. If you still can’t find the ringtone you’re looking for or can’t afford to buy one, consider making one yourself. Ringtones are generally about 30 seconds long, and there are several computer programs available for free that you can use to crop, fade, and send any song to a cell phone.
Three Free Ringtone Creators
The most important thing to remember is that this ringtone should reflect Dad’s taste or have a sentimental meaning. If you can find a tune (or several) that really speaks to him; one that will secretly delight him or lift his spirits every time he hears it, he will remember your Father’s Day gift – and the thought behind it – for a long time to come.