Finding Christmas presents for Dad may be the most difficult challenge you face at holiday time. If he’s like many fathers, he shrugs off requests for a wish list or just offers an all-encompassing “whatever” in response. The key to finding a great present for him is to think about what he enjoys and likes and then selecting an imaginative gift that suits his tastes.
Contrary to popular belief, there are just as many men as women who love chocolate. If your dad is one of them, consider giving him a box of quality gourmet chocolates. You can find some uncommon choices as well, such as raspberries or strawberries coated with chocolate. Some companies provide custom treats, such as his name or a symbol like a golf club, crafted from pure chocolate.
Perhaps he is less than fond of yard work. You might give him a gift certificate for a season of lawn care provided by a professional service. Whether you just include the basic mowing and edging or add in fertilizing and weed killing, it’s a gift he can enjoy for months.
If Dad has a favorite hobby, you may consider giving him either supplies or a gift card to a hobby shop so he can select his own. Leather crafts, wood carving, and model building are popular categories for men. These require not only the raw materials, but also specialized tools. Some of these he may have resisted buying due to the cost. If you know of some examples, you can give him a special treat he would likely not have bought for himself.
Back pain sufferers might appreciate a chair or pillow designed to help relieve the soreness or stiffness. There are those that vibrate, others that produce heat, and some that offer both. Some styles are shaped for the lower back and still others to fit the neck. There are also full-body styles that fit the whole back.
If he has a favorite sports icon or old-time actress, you could try to locate memorabilia related to that person. It is often possible to find autographed pictures or jerseys online. Other types of collectibles to consider are those from the moon missions, antique swords, and nautical items.
Your father might enjoy just spending some time with you. A day trip or weekend excursion might be the best Christmas present you could give him. You could go to a sporting event or a special museum. Almost every state has some type of sports hall of fame or a museum of natural history with dinosaur exhibits. If he was in the service, he might enjoy a military museum. Think about his interests and then research possible trips. You may end up giving yourself a gift as well.
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