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What to Get Dad for His Birthday?

Sep 13, 2007

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Ah, dear old Dad. He can be the joy in your life, your rock when you need support, and the man with endless arrays of indispensable advice. Yet he can be a complete pain in the you-know-what when it comes to buying a gift for him around his birthday. You ask him what he might like, and he responds with a noncommittal shrug. You ask your mother what he might like, and she suggests a tie. The trouble is, you haven’t seen your father wear a tie in twenty years.

So it’s up to you. You’ll get no help from your family, so you’ve turned to the internet for gift ideas for Dad. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place, and this article will try to set you on your way to making sure that your father’s birthday is as special as he is.

If your parents are typical, they don’t change or upgrade their kitchen appliances very often. Some of you may be thinking of the microwave under the cabinet that’s been there since microwaves were first invented. Or the coffemaker that is scarcely a step up from manually making coffee on the stove. Though people don’t often think of the kitchen when they imagine birthday gifts for Dad, it can be a great place to start. If your father enjoys his coffee in the morning, consider buying him a coffee maker. Perhaps even a thermos so he can take his coffee to work with him without it growing cold.

In a related note, perhaps your father enjoys grilling outdoors. If the grill is already in place, there are still a range of ideas that could be perfect to complement this hobby. Cookbooks, grilling utensils, and aprons are all needed accoutrements that might make terrific gift ideas for your dad’s birthday.

If your father is more the handy type, then tools may be the order of the day. From electrical saws, to all-in-one toolboxes, to electronic levels, this world is wide open. The only thing that can be difficult is determining what your father needs, and what he already has. For this, you may want to go to the source himself. If you want to keep it a surprise, take a look around his workshop, and determine what it is he might be missing. If you’re not familiar enough with tools to make that decision, you may want to enlist someone who is knowledgeable, for their suggestions.

Whether you decide to go with tools, grilling instruments, kitchen accessories, a hammock, a GPS system, or a DVD player, understand that it is not the price tag or the fancy brand name that makes the great gift. What your dad will appreciate is the time and effort put into the gift idea, and your understanding of what he would most enjoy. It is tired and cliche, but it is as true now as it has ever been: it’s the thought that counts.

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