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Christmas Presents for Dad | Older Dads Gift Ideas

Updated on March 29, 2013

What presents are you putting under the tree for your dad this Christmas?

This article will help you find ideas for Christmas presents for dad this year. You see, my dad is not the easiest person to buy gifts for. He's older, has most of what he wants or needs and yet, I want to get him something.

This compilation features items we plan to give or have given my dad over the last few years with wonderful results.

I figured there would be a few people out there as stumped as I have been in the past, so take a look at these suggestions. Even if they aren't exactly what you want, they may inspire an idea that is perfect for your dad.

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Reflections of Dad - A book most dads will relate too

I'm not a dad or a son but this book was awesome! My brother had bought it out of curiosity. Let's face it -- the title instills the curiosity of anyone. My brother read it, laughing and relating all the way through. He is the father of two teen-aged sons and the product of an eccentric father himself. He loved it. He passed it along to me and I laughed all the way through.

This year, I'm getting this book for dad's stocking. I have a feeling he'll read it straight through!

This is a truly unique gift item. It combines a chess set with auto parts. Ingenious! I don't know about you, but my dad loves tinkering with cars as well as the game of chess. Combining the two was inspired. Dad can play chess on it or use it as a conversation piece when his retired friends come to visit.

Order this early as it is shipped from the artist out of Mexico. Each one is a bit different depending on the materials he has on hand. Artisit - Armando Ramírez.

The Ultimate Slipper for Dad - Christmas Presents for Dad

My dad loves to put on his slippers and read the paper in the morning. He loves for his feet to feel pampered and these Minnetonka slippers are a perfect fit! Luxury, comfort and warmth -- these slippers are great for indoor or outdoor use (like dad going to check the mail). The rubber sole and supple sheepskin fabric make this a front runner on my list for dad!

Price varies with size. Click link for pricing and information.

Which do you prefer? - Dad's Christmas Presents

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Dad Quote:

"There are three stages of a man's life: He believes in Santa Claus, he doesn't believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus."

~ Author Unknown

Family Name History and Crest - Very Unique Christmas Presents for Dad

My brother gave my dad a family history and crest. It is one of dad's most cherished possessions. It's his lineage, histroy and ancestry. Most dads, especially older dads, would appreciate this type of gift. My dad did!

11" x 17" suitable for matting and/or framing.

"Memories are the greatest gift

to receive."

My Dad - His Story, His Words - Christmas Presents for Dad - A Gift Dad and for the Family

This book will walk dad through reliving and recording some of his favorite memories for generations to come. You give the book, but then dad gives it back filled with his thoughts and experiences in his own words. It will be a treasured gift for sure -- both times it's given.

I Love My Country - Military Service

Christmas Presents for Dad

My dad is a veteran of the US Navy. He served 20 years and was a Corpsman during the Vietnam War. He was recently deemed a disabled veteran due to health problems attributed to Agent Orange.

He is a patriot, through and through, and is very proud of his service to his country and people. One of his most cherished gifts is his Vietnam Veterans hat. He wears it proudly everywhere he goes.

Is your dad a veteran of a branch of the military? A hat showing pride in his military service is a wonderful Christmas present for dad.

Vietnam Veteran Black HatCHECK PRICE

Black Vietnam Veteran Deluxe Low Profile Insignia CapCHECK PRICE

Navy Cap ~ U.S. Navy Veteran CapCHECK PRICE

United States US Army official black baseball capCHECK PRICE

Deluxe US Marine Corps, Black Cap HatCHECK PRICE

United States US Air Force official seal design baseball capCHECK PRICE

Christmases Past:

"Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope."

~ Bill Cosby

Gave My Dad a Kindle Fire for Christmas Last Year - He Loves It

Dad is in his 70s and not all that computer savvy, yet, he wanted to see what all the fuss was about computers. Last year, we pooled our money and bought him a Kindle Fire. Less than a year later, he has an email address, FaceBook account, reads non-stop and peruses the internet.

Yup, we brought him into the new century with the assistance of the Kindle Fire. It's a tablet that is not as involved as a laptop but perfect for getting his feet wet in technology. This year, Amazon has introduced a new Kindle -- The Kindle Fire HD. For an older dad, it really is a perfect gift.

The link below is to an article I wrote last year about the Kindle Fire. Comparisons, review and lots of info about why a Kindle Fire is good for dad. Take a look!

Kindle Fire - Christmas Present for Dad Idea - Great for Older or Tech Challenged Dads

Kindle Fire Review | The Perfect Gift for Dad & Why
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Sports are Serious Business - Christmas Presents for Dad

One last thing my dad takes very seriously is his sports. He's originally from Illinois and has a mixture of teams he follows:

* Fighting Illini

* Chicago Cubs

* Indianapolis Colts

* Chicago Bulls

Holiday gift baskets like this one are perfect for the true sports fan. Find your dad's team and get him a basket too!

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What's your favorite Christmas Presents for Dad idea?

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      BuckHawkcenter 4 years ago

      I would love to be able to give my dad a Kindle, but he is so far behind the times, it would take him years to learn how to read from it! Great gift ideas for those hard to buy for dads!

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      Dianne Loomos 4 years ago

      That auto parts chess set is awesome! For the chess playing dad, that would be perfect!

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      Mary Beth Granger 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I like the Kindle idea! The sports gift basket is great too...just the wrong teams :) Great ideas!

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      DecoratingEvents 4 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: Miss Mouse, I mean.

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      DecoratingEvents 4 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: I'd say it's high time for slippers for your dad, Miss Elf!

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      DecoratingEvents 4 years ago

      @Ann Hinds: That chess set really appealed to me too! Thanks for your comment!

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      DecoratingEvents 4 years ago

      @Wednesday-Elf: I knew the Cubbie basket would tickle you, Miss Elf! Right sport, wrong team for you! LOL

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      DecoratingEvents 4 years ago

      @Wednesday-Elf: I knew the Cubbie basket would tickle you, Miss Elf! Right sport, wrong team for you! LOL

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Love the 'Cubbies' gift basket.... oh, wait, that's for me.... LOL. Any or all the ideas on this list would work for dad. Such fun to shop for Christmas presents for dad.

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      Ann Hinds 4 years ago from So Cal

      My dad has been gone for several years but that doesn't stop me from looking for things he might have enjoyed. His hobby was making money so we bought anything money related from boxers with a money print to money clips. Great ideas here, especially like the chess set.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      I almost always start with a book and add something like a gift card to his favorite restaurant. Perhaps, this year I should get the book and slippers :) Oddly enough, I don't believe I have ever purchased my Dad a pair of slippers. lol