Father’s Day is right around the corner, and I’ve already been thinking about what to get my Dad for a while now. You see, my father is one of those people who is incredibly hard to buy a gift for. Basically, all he does is work. He has few hobbies. He isn’t into DIY. He doesn’t go to movies. He has way too many clothes already. He doesn’t shop or go out very much. Regardless, I am always determined to find a gift that he will like and use. What’s a girl to do when you need a Father’s Day present for a Dad who doesn’t need gifts?
Cook Him a Meal or Take Him Out to Dinner
One thing my Dad does love is eating his favorite foods. If I lived anywhere close, I’d make him a steak and baked potato dinner, even if that’s not on my low cholesterol plan! For a few years, I thought I was very smart because I sent him gift cards to restaurants that he sort of likes. I guess he goes out less than I thought because I found the whole stack of unused gift cards in my parent’s kitchen drawer. Honestly, he likes my Mom’s cooking better than any restarurant meal. Back to the drawing board.
Although my Dad really does’t read novels, he will read non-fiction books on occasion. My Dad is somewhat of an oddity in that he doesn’t like to travel and hasn’t been that many places, but he could tell you just about any route to get to a destination and what things are in the area, especially golf courses. I’ve given him a books about geography and the world’s best golf courses in the past. He also could tell you any detail about most cars from the 50’s through 70’s. He used to have a muscle car, so books about those are always a good choice.
Many of our Dads did not grow up with the idea of getting news online, so they like their morning paper. My Dad has had a subscription to the Louisville Courier Journal since before I was born. Giving him a year subscription would be something I know he’d use.
Since I have connections, I’ve bought my Dad some really nice glasses over the years, the ones with the flexible frames and no line bifocals. I know he was grateful, but in reality, he likes his cheap old reading glasses that you can get two for $5 at the discount store. I think knowing that he can bend, break, or lose them without it being a big deal is a huge draw. If your Dad only needs reading glasses, giving a multipack of ready made readers would be a practical and inexpensive gift. If you aren’t sure of what strength, look at the inside arm of his current pair. The numbers are usually stamped there.
Homemade Gift Baskets
I’m about as crafty as a shoe, but that hasn’t stopped me from making some really cool gift baskets. Last year, I took my daughter to the dollar store and told her to pick out some stuff Pa would like. It was great. She picked gum, hard candy, peanuts, aspirin, and tape. Who doesn’t use tape? I picked out a few more things and we got a basket and some wrappings there. The whole gift cost more to ship that to buy, and he loved it because it was different.
While I do think many people take pajama pants too far (The lady who was grocery shopping in them last week, this is directed to you) , my Dad has developed a huge fondness for the flannel type pant. Since he used to sit around in his boxers, this is a huge improvement! He even started wearing them under his work pants in the winter. He says they feel better than thermal underwear. My Dad never gets rid of clothes so he has too many of most items, but he only discovered the pajama pant recently. Who would have ever thought?
Roku, Amazon Prime, or Netflix Subscription
I am so impressed with our Roku, Netflix and Amazon Prime that I want the world to drop cable and adopt on demand viewing. My Dad would never cancel their satellite TV, but if yours is on the fence, this could be a way to let him see that you don’t have to pay lots for TV.
While all of the above items have promise, I’ve decided to send my Dad a framed picture of the image in this post. We just took them during our last visit in May. A few years back, Dad would have never come outside to do pictures, but he’s mellowed since he became a Grandpa. I think this is one he will enjoy, and doesn’t their yard look awesome? Pictures with the grandkids are always a winner.
I love my Dad, even if he’s a hard one to find Father’s Day gifts for. I hope everyone has good luck finding the perfect gift this year. Also keep in mind that with most parents, it is the thought that counts, so you don’t have to break the bank to show your Dad that he’s important.
Any thoughts for the hard to buy for dad?