Great Gifts for Dad

Buying appropriate gifts for men is difficult, particularly guys who live simply. Getting the right present for a father means finding something different.

The standard refrain heard in many families is “What would you like for Christmas, Dad?” with the answer, “Oh, I don’t need anything.” Although the temptation is there to go along with this and not buy him any presents, the difference between a regular holiday and a great occasion may depend on getting the right gift.

Usually, the father is being sincere. An adult male really doesn’t need anything, other than household and personal items that do not make great gifts. Dad may need new underwear or disposable shavers, but very few eyes will light up when those kinds of gifts are opened, although a few eyebrows may be raised.

Gifts for men who have everything should therefore be useful, but not commonplace. The key is to buy something practical, but not something he would buy for himself if he actually went shopping.

Gifts Dads and Other Men will Like

Christmas is not the time to send a message, so try to buy him something he wants, not what you would like him to have. If Dad likes to watch sports on television, buy him a comfy seat cushion or his favorite team’s stadium blanket. A team beer kozy is going to be more popular than tickets to a game in the middle of winter.

If, like most men, he does not like to shop, do not get him gift cards. If you do, make sure it is something that you like, because there is a good chance it will be regifted. Instead, consumables are good. Beer, snack packs, or a charge account at his favorite pizza place will be welcome and used up quickly.

Cool Sports Gifts for Dad

A lot of dads are into some kind of sports whether it be as a spectator or player. If the dad enjoys watching sports, consider tickets to an upcoming game he was hoping to see. If he enjoys participating in some kind of sport, he would probably love some kind of sports accessory. If unsure of what he needs, a gift certificate to a sporting goods store would make him happy.

Tools for Dad

If Dad is handy around the house, he might enjoy some new tools. This can be as simple as a new hammer or as elaborate as a new tool cart. When thinking about tools, remember not to just think of tools for the home, but tools for the car as well.

Robes for Men

One thing dads don’t think about too often is the condition of their robes. A gift suggestion is a nice, new velour robe. Not only would it keep Dad warm, but it would also be very soft and comfortable to wear. For an added touch, have it monogrammed.

Beer Baskets and Home Brew Kits

Does the intended dad enjoy beer? How about a beer gift basket? There are baskets available with just beer or ones that incorporate food, as well. For a unique beer present, give him his own homebrew kit which will allow him to make his own beer. has a few different kits to choose from.

Spas for Men

Women aren’t the only ones who like to feel pampered from time to time. A growing amount of spas are specializing in spa treatments for men. Corporate dads could benefit from a nice manicure and just about any dad would enjoy a nice, soothing massage.

Automotive Gifts

For dads who love their cars, an automotive gift would be a terrific gift. Inexpensive gifts could be a license plate holder that has some kind of special meaning to the dad or a nice steering wheel cover. A more elaborate gift to think about is some new hub caps or a car navigation system.

Movie Rental Gift

Watching a movie is a great way for a dad to be able to kick back. Treat a dad to a Sunday afternoon of movies with a gift card to a movie rental business such as Blockbuster. Be sure to include some munchies with the gift card such as a package of popcorn, a box of hot chocolate, or his favorite candy bar.

Reading Gifts

Some dads love to read. Is there a new book he’s been talking about, but, hasn’t yet purchased? That would make for a great gift. Also, consider the idea of a subscription to a magazine that he enjoys reading. A gift card to his favorite book store is also a nice present.

Giving a Christmas gift to a dad that has meaning behind it can really make a dad feel special. If finances aren’t there to do much shopping, one can always make a gift for a father. The most important thing is that the gift comes from the heart and makes the dad feel special on Christmas day.

Specialty Gifts for Dad

If you are aware that Dad has a special interest, such as woodworking or participant sports, try to buy a more expensive item than he usually would in that area. It is likely he has always wanted the highest quality item but has always deferred to save money or provide for someone else.

A golfer will appreciate a 3-pack of the most expensive golf ball more than two dozen of the cheap kind. In the same vein, if he likes to attend sports events, get the best seats for one game, or if he likes wine, one expensive bottle will be prized more than a case of cheap red.

Spending Time as a Present

Although certainly, your father enjoys time with you, he probably already has his schedule set. Spending some artificial face time watching TV is likely to be more distracting than enjoyable, and shopping can be a chore for some men.

Rather than blocking out one evening a week for a month to text across from him in the living room, the best thing you can do is take a few minutes each day to communicate together. Let him know what you did that day or fun things that happened at school or work.

Neither of you will be bored in just a few minutes, and the more comfortable you become talking about simple things, the easier it will be when there is important information to discuss, which may turn out to the best gift of all.

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