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Father's Day, What to Give the Man, Your Dad, Who Has Everything

Updated on March 28, 2022
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Born in the 1950s in Yorkshire where she still lives this English woman has a keen interest in politics, travel, music and animal welfare

My father as a young child, with his father’s image top right
My father as a young child, with his father’s image top right


Sadly my Father passed away when I was aged only seventeen. Oh how I would love to be able to treat him on Father's Day, or any day in truth.

Treasure your Dad and make sure that he has an extra special day at least once a year.

Apart from giving you life your father will hopefully have been your guardian, rock, tower of strength, support, provider and so much more.

If your Dad is rather mature and life has been kind to him, he may appear to have everything. If that's the case you will probably be stumped as to what gift you can buy for father’s day.

Even if your Dad is fairly young it may seem as if there is nothing he wants or needs The fact is that, many people these days have the money to be able to buy what they want and when they want it.

This can make it very difficult when there are celebrations such as Birthdays, Christmas and Father's Day.

Use your imagination and your knowledge of, and relationship with, your Dad to inspire you.

Your father and what makes him tick

First things first then.

What's your Father like? Does he have a wealth of hobbies and interests or is he a couch potato? Is money always tight for him or is money no object in his life?

What I am really saying is, in order to buy your Dad the perfect Father's Day gift you need to know him well. You may or may not.

This is why a little planning ahead and forethought will pay dividends.

Try asking leading questions in the month before Father's Day to make sure you are still in touch with Dad's hobbies, hopes and dreams.

Stay away from boring gifts such as socks and toiletries. Instead aim to be adventurous as long as you know Dad will like the result.

It is no good you thinking that the gift is brilliant if Dad will hate it.

Gift hints and tips

Try searching online for unusual Father’s day gifts for the man who has everything and you may find a great selection of weird, wacky and bizarre gifts, such as:

  • A scale replica of Dad’s favourite sport’s stadium. This can make a great conversation piece and help Dad reminisce about his favourite team..
  • A garage parking wizard could be perfect for a Dad who struggles parking in the garage. This device is small and unobtrusive and mounts on the front wall of the garage. It can then be programmed so that it ensures the car is far enough in the garage for the door to close.
  • Personalized Newspapers can be fun. You can create newspaper headlines that puts your Dad in the limelight and highlights just why you love him so much.
  • Does your Dad yearn for the board games of his childhood? Would he enjoy creating his own personal board game? “Make your own Opoly” could be the perfect gift then. The game can be personalized with Dad's childhood neighborhood, family memories and so much more.
  • Would your Dad like some I Tunes or Kindle downloads?
  • He may actually yearn to own a Kindle. Perhaps family members could all share the cost. If his eyesight is not as good as it used to be this could be a great idea. Many older people live in smaller accommodation where space is at a premium and there is no room for books and book shelves.
  • Membership to local sport's facilities could also be just what Dad wants.
  • Perhaps Dad has always wanted to play a musical instrument? Why not book him some lessons?

And there’s more

Of course many Dad's would just enjoy some time with their children. Organizing a special family Father's Day lunch might fit the bill but how about a family weekend away.

It could be to a health spa, sport's event or to include a theatre visit. The theatre could be showing Dad's favourite play or you could book such a weekend to include a special music event.

Many people these days are researching their roots so what about a gift based around Genealogy. That might be appreciated. Up to date software which includes the wherewithal to make a family tree, store information and link to registry offices could be fun.

Perhaps you would like Dad to start to record some of his own life. There are some great journals around these days. It is fine storing such information on a computer but this means that the information can be easily lost. Hand writing journals or family trees can be relaxing and make a valuable family history archive for future generations.

Of course, if you want Dad to neatly record his life, or his family, a decent pen will be the order of the day. For the man who has everything a gold or gold plated fountain pen may be just the thing. If he does not usually use such a pen then there will be an assortment of accessories needed also.

If there are a few children you could share the gifts between you all.


Have a rummage through the old family photos and put together a very personal and poignant photo album just for Dad.

Better still assemble a collage of photo's of Dad and you. When this has been assembled have them mounted on card and framed.

Are there old family movies rotting away in the cupboards?

Whether these are on film or video it is possible these days to have them updated and transferred to DVD. Imagine playing Dad a recording of the day you went to the beach 40 years ago, for example.

Personalized gifts may be treasured for years to come. These could be items of clothing such as bath robes, jewellery such as silver tag bracelets, sweatshirts and more.

Never discount any items related to Dad's Hobbies. For example, he may have loved fishinb for years but this year be struggling to buy a fishing licence.

Then again he may badly need a new fishing reel but will never get around to buying one.

Don't forget to ask Mum what Dad may like.

Make sure that she can keep a secret first though so that your Father's Day gift will bring the most delight.

© 2010 Ethel Smith


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