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Guy Gifts for Dad's Day (Good for Dads, Brothers & Husbands)

Updated on June 27, 2011

Father's Day History

Father's Day was always a big day in our family.  Mom celebrated Dad's day with a special meal and a day of family fun.  Most of Dad's gifts were of the homemade variety.  An array of hand-prints, clay ashtrays, paperweights, pictures and cards filled the years.  Dad's exclamations of joy over each gift made us each feel talented, special and loved.

Mulling these memories, I decided to look up some history on Father's Day.  Shock and surprise were my response!  I am 10 years older than the public law that made Father's Day a permanent fixture on our calendars.  What about all these happy memories?  Where is the truth?

Sixty-two years passed from the first Father's Day to the signing of the law.  A motherless girl, who had been raised by her widowed father since the age of 16, first imagined Father's Day.  Sitting quietly during a church sermon on Mother's Day, 27 year old Sonora Dodd thought about all her father had been through since her mother died. 

He had held the family together and continued the raising of the 6 children.  He had taught them love and hope.  Being the oldest child and only girl when her mother died in childbirth, Sonora was acutely aware of all her father had sacrificed for his family.  His compassion and faithfulness to his family inspired Sonora.  She envision a day dedicated to fathers, a Father's Day to complement Mother's Day.

Sonora's eloquence and persuasion convinced the people of Spokane, WA.  June 5th, her father's birthday, was the day Sonora chose for the first Father's Day.  However, it was not until the 3rd Sunday in June of 1910 that the first Father's Day became a reality.

A Tribute to Dad

What Would Dad Like?

Men and women want very different things in gifts.  Men want something useful.  Something with a function.  Something they can show off to their friends.  Men like practical items, items that they can use.  Men like items with substance, things that are functional and handy. Men want something they can operate, something serviceable.

Men do not want the foo-foo gifts.  The t-shirts that say #1 DAD, the trophy, the plaque (don't even mention the tie) are all a wasted effort to Dad.  Sure they are cute gifts and he will wear them or place them in a prominent place.  Sorry to say, these Father's Day gifts are not the ones that have him on the phone bragging to his brother, his friend, his father.

A study done by Best Buy finds 40% of men want electronics for their Father's Day gift.  The great thing about men is that, although they want the big screen TV, the new computer, the XBOX 360, they are also very happy with something a little less expensive.  I have asked friends and searched the internet until I found these items.  As a woman, I may like something a little more shiny or soft...but that is one of the differences of the sexes.

Here are a few gift suggestions for all the Dads, husbands, brothers, uncles, grandfathers and friends who are the wonderful Dads in our lives.  They are useful and handy, practical and functional...just what a man wants!

Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Gold-Tone Leather Watch

Citizen Men's Watch

What is it with men and their watches? Women may go for jewelry, shoes or purses, but for men it is watches, watches and more watches. Most of the men I work with have 3 to 5 watches. But at least a third of them have several more than that...I would be willing to bet 50 or more. They wear a different watch every day it seems.

This is a watch they all like! It is lightweight to wear, pleasing to the eye, and environmentally friendly. This watch is powered by light, no need to ever replace the battery...and no batteries to go to the landfill, leaching out toxic waste. The numbers are large enough to be easily read by anyone whose eyesight isn't what it used to be. The design will look good with professional or casual clothing.

If you are looking to buy your guy a gift that is functional, but still a fashion statement, try this watch. Unlike the #1 Dad t-shirt, he can wear it to work (and brag about how good his honey is when everyone oohs and aahs over it). An additional benefit is that he will be thinking of how much he loves you whenever he glances at the time.

Sony ICF-C318 Automatic Time Set Clock Radio with Dual Alarm (Black)

Dual Alarm Clock Radio

Years of habit are hard to break, but you will happily break the habit of getting out of bed and resetting the alarm so that your spouse will get up later.  Hard enough that you have to be up first, but then to reinforce the knowledge by having to set the alarm to their "sleep all day" awakening time.  (OK, OK, we know it's only an hour, but by then your day is already started.  They should be getting up and using that time to...make your coffee.)

This may not be a romantic gift, but it does have a lithium backup battery.  No more worrying if the electricity will go off during a thunderstorm.  This clock will keep it's time and still wake you, electricity or no electricity.  (Don't brag about this feature at work...or there will be no more "the alarm didn't go off" excuses.)

All in all, this is a wonderful gift for under $20.  No more hard feelings, no more losing sleep during thunderstorms, and the radio works well.  Oh glory, can't get much better than this!

Flip Video MinoHD Camcorder, 60 Minutes (Black)

Flip MinoHD Camcorder

How many times have you been out enjoying yourself and wished you had brought your camcorder. But you didn't want to be bothered with carrying it around, so now you are stuck trying to get that hilarious event on your cell phone. This situation will never happen again if you buy your husband a Flip.

The Flip will fit easily into pants pockets or purse. No bulky camera to lug around, you will hardly notice it is there...until you need it! Then you can just flip it out, point, push the big red button and Voila you are capturing history. Not just capturing history, but capturing it in HD with sound, one touch record and digital zoom! With 4GB of memory you can record for up to 60 minutes, you never need an additional card or tape.

Holding history hostage until you get home, you flip out the USB arm, hook it to your computer and start downloading. Yes, it is that easy! When you hook the USB arm to your computer it will automatically launch the FlipShare software. This software will "easily email videos, edit individual clips, make custom movies, capture still photos from video, and even upload video to sharing sites like YouTube and MySpace".

The unit recharges when it is plugged into the USB port of your computer, so there is no need for batteries. And did I mention it is compatible to MAC. This is by far the easiest, most user friendly recording system out there. You will never again miss an event...or a memory, just flip it out and they are yours forever.

**Updated 12/23/10*** 

Check out the 2nd Generation Flip!  It has 8GB of memory and records up to 2 hours.  You'll never lose the cord to hook it to your computer, because the Flip has a USB port that flips out of the side (yes, switchblade cool style!).  I love this little camera!

This Is Actually a FLIP Review!

American Hawks High Performance Basic Metal Detector with Audio Alert and Red LED Alert

Metal Detector

Ladies, don't laugh! Don't judge! Just listen. What man do you know that doesn't secretly want to be an adventurer...a pirate finding buried treasure...Indiana Jones discovering lost tombs...Ben Gates finding the National Treasure. Every man secretly (or not so secretly) wishes for the chance to find treasure.

Now is the time to allow him his dream. In fact, for the price, get two, one for him and one for the kids! Then go to the beach and relax, really relax, ahhh. While you are sunbathing, hubby and the kids are searching for buried treasure. Everyone wins with this gift! Your husband and kids get to indulge their fantasies and you get to RELAX! This may be the best gift ever.

Metal Detecting Finds


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      Catherine Brooks 6 years ago from Santa Rosa, CA

      I really like your presentation especially the initial part of the hub. as for gifts ideas they are truly amazing.



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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      I will sell those, if you find them! LOL! Really, I think most men would want to be Knights of the Rose! Let me know what you find! LMAO!!

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Haha well I am going to have to burrow through me little black box and see what I can find LMAO

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks BP! I think they would much rather be a Member of the Middle Temple, don't have any official plaques for sale or anything, do you? I bet they would like it even more than treasure hunting!

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      This has some super cool ideas. Just brilliant :)

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Diana, That is beautiful...I bet your Dad would be proud to get that for Father's Day!

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Happy Birthday!! (a little late) :D

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      mayhmong 8 years ago from North Carolina

      I already did! Just celebrated my b-day recently with the family. Well, not in May but in March

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Hi May! I bet her would love the video! I know I would! You should remind your family that you already have a day...May Day :D

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      mayhmong 8 years ago from North Carolina

      I never knew Sonara was responsible for creating fathers day? Why can't there be a brother or sister day too?! No wait, I be in serious trouble finding gifts for 5 sisters. Its tough enough as it is for Christmas?!

      AEvan sort of suggested video taping all of the kids saying something special to our father. He had always love using the camcorder on special occasion when we were kids. We haven't done that in such a long time now.

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      G-Ma, I answered last night, then my internet went are right! The senators of the day thought they may be too self serving to pass Father's Day. I guess, when I read up on this, men all over thought it was "silly".

      I agree men may not think it is as important, but I bet those who raise their children do! As you is just how we differ! Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting! HUGs to you too!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Well this is all true but I can bet ya back then most men thought it silly to have Father's Day...times and thinking of course change and I am glad because too many dad's went un-thanked for way too long...but even now some don't really care as much as we women all ok... is just how we differ...

      Loved the ideas here and elsewhere since we are specializing in men...Have a good day my dear...G-Ma :O) Hugs

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      RB, I glad you had a good day. Sounds like a very good time...that is the biggest treasure! Thanks for reading, and letting me know I got at least one item correct :D

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      R. Blue 8 years ago from Right here timely....I just spent the Easter afternoon with my dad....he's getting older (80) and I never know when our visit will be our last. Dad just bought himself a new metal detector and gave me his old one...We're both treasure hunters all our lives. We spent most of the afternoon playing with his new toy....found a quarter and a penny out in his yard...wasn't about the treasure ....was a great day...and yes....most men would love a metal detector!!!

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Everyday Miracles, My father is one of those wonderful men and we always made a big deal about Father's Day. I was amazed to read that while Mother's Day was officially endorsed in 1914 in the USA, Father's Day had to wait until 1964 and then the law was not signed until 1972! Thanks for stopping in and taking a look!

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      Becki Rizzuti 8 years ago from Indiana, USA

      k@ri, not only was this a great idea (the format you used for the hub) but I know that there are a lot of men out there who will truly appreciate this hub. My husband is always talking about how there is such a "stink" made about Mother's Day but nothing is really said about Father's day. It isn't fair to the men, who are often wonderful fathers and husbands and who deserve the day to be celebrated just as much as their wives and significant others do!

      Thank you for posting this! I will definitely take some of your suggestions under advisement!