Why does shopping for gifts for dad present such a difficult challenge? I believe there are a couple of reasons 1) Men will tell you "I don't need anything." 2) Men buy what that want when they see it. (See #1)
Why not take dear old dad at his word and get him something fun and frivolous? Make a list of five things father doesn't need and go from there!
If dad is sports-minded, perk his interest in activities he has yet to explore, with prepaid tickets: women's wrestling, college football, hockey or blow the budget and buy him a season pass.
Heighten father's culture by giving him tickets to a local dinner theatre, musical or a high school play. (Hint: check your local senior citizens center for good deals on cultural events they sponsor.)
Send dad off with a lunch allowance and tickets in hand, to poke around local museums,
Remember that parents cherish anything their children make for them. Do you knit, crochet or paint? Crochet a funny hat or knit an afghan to cozy under while he reads or watches TV. Knit a striped scarf in fluorescent colors. Paint, mat and frame a pretty picture.
Everybody eats! Prepare a couple dozen of his favorite home baked cookies and put them in a decorated tin.
If pop is a reader, browse though coffee table books for his particular interests. My husband adores anything war related, so I buy him great books about the Civil war, etc.
Don't neglect his hobbies. You will find great coffee table books on stamp collecting, coin collecting, golf, trains, nature and so on.
Once we are adults we tend to forget about spending quality time with one parent. Ask him to mark his calendar for a father/daughter or dad/son afternoon. Take him to a high-end restaurant where the two of you can chat in a peaceful ambiance and play the memory game. (Dad, do you remember when.?)
Afterwards, go antique shopping or browse flea markets. Give your father a homemade gift certificate and let him select his own gift. You'll likely find your gift of time is the highest best blessing a child may bestow upon a parent.
For coffee aficionados a personalized coffee mug, stuffed with wrapped candies will work wonders as a gift for dad. Personalized golf balls, photo frames (with the grandkids picture), book markers, socks with his initials, guitar picks or a donation to his favorite charity in his name are other options.
Write a poem dedicated to dad and frame it.
Start now and let your imagination lead you to the Father's Day, birthday or holiday gift that will make his day.
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