Holiday Gift Ideas for Dad
By now chances are you have already put a big dent into your holiday shopping list. You’ve probably scoped out the best deals, coolest products, and the most coveted items. However, there always seems to be one member of the family that proves to be elusive to shop for; Dad. Whether it is your own dad, or your husband, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve known them; they are impossible to shop for. Now, I realize I’m making a sweeping generalization here, but based on my own personal experience, finding a gift for my father has always proved to be the most difficult. He certainly isn’t going to encourage me to purchase him something because that would mean spending money that I should be “saving instead”, so I never have any luck getting hints or suggestions out of him. What this means for me is hours of online browsing until I’m finally able to find something that A: he doesn’t already own, B: would be considered appealing by him based on his interests, and C: isn’t lame. We’re all busy during the holidays, so I’ve put together a little gift guide for all the different types of dads out there, from the outdoorsy to the intellectual, to help you find a great gift without all the fuss.
This type of dad is likely to have forced you to try a number of his different dishes while growing up, whether you liked it or not. He’s master the art of the holiday turkey and isn’t too proud to admit he has a Food Network addiction. An Omaha Steaks package is the perfect gift for him because it has a number of different options and what dad doesn’t like a good steak?
The connoisseur type of dad is known to drop some big bucks on his drink of choice. He isn’t the beer drinking man, he appreciates a good scotch, whiskey, bourbon, or vodka. This set of Luigi Bormioli glasses are a great gift option thanks to their stylish look and break-resistant, titanium-reinforced design.
He’s more likely to have caught and killed his own dinner than he is to have bought it. He thinks that camping in a tent is actually fun, and knows how to skin and gut a fish in record time. This Bear Grylls ultimate survival kit will prepare him for any number of situations that might occur during one of his hunting, fishing, or camping trips.
The Sports Fanatic
With the sports fanatic it’s more than likely you were forbidden from speaking to him during the game, and saw the true meaning of rage when his team lost. While tickets to his favorite team’s game are a fantastic option, they can put a big dent in your wallet. Instead get him a customized scoreboard picture with his name on it for his man cave. It’ll be a great way to remind him how much you care the next time you accidentally talk to him during the game.
You know the type; the dad who is likely to greet his daughter’s prom date at the door with a gun and who threatens her suitors with dismemberment if they ever hurt her. While his methods are questionable, his motive is pure love and concern for his loved ones. An ADT home security system will give him peace of mind that the most important people in his life are safe, just in case he isn’t there with a baseball bat in hand to protect them.
The Sharp Dresser
He’s no stranger to fine Italian leather and his dry cleaners know him by name. This dad is the type that knows the suit makes the man, and isn’t afraid to take a sartorial risk or two. These Geoffrey Beene cufflinks are a timeless design that will compliment any of his suits without being boring or unoriginal.
The Eternal Kid
He’s every little boy’s dream dad, because his collection of toys is bigger and better than any child’s. There have likely been a few times where he’s started to play with his children’s toys before they’ve even gotten to touch them. A remote control helicopter is the perfect choice for the man who gets more excited at Toys ‘R Us than his kids, but just make him take it outside, for everyone’s safety.
The Music Lover
This dad was likely in a band at some point in his life, and has some hearing loss due to one too many concerts. He’ll shush you when a guitar solo begins and he’s likely to have almost driven off the road more than once due to excessive head bobbing to the music. A pair of sound cancelling headphones will let him enjoy his favorite bands and spare you from having to listen along with him.
Often found with his nose in a book or watching the Discovery Channel, this type of dad is a source of endless information. His trademarks are an unquenchable curiosity and an extensive knowledge of generally useless facts. A Kindle or other e-reader allows him to have all his favorite books and magazines with him wherever he