Dad Celebrated His Birthday on St Patricks Day
IF you need a green gift for Dad...
Each year St Patrick's Day was celebrated as I was growing up as Dad's Birthday. I don't remember ever really knowing much about St Patrick. But we had green cake with candles, green gifts (as clever as we could be over the years) and anything with clovers or a green theme.
Dad would joke that he didn't like green. But of course we believed he was just joking. The older we got the better we were at finding great birthday gifts for Dad on St Patrick's Day.
This page isn't about 'eco' green. It is about gifts we bought for Dad when we were kids which were the color green because his birthday was on St Patricks Day.
This page will show you great gifts for Dad on his birthday. Each has a 'green' theme and will make great St Patrick's Day Gifts for men as well.
Quick Guide: The Funnest Green Gifts For Dad
Dad Tinkered In The Garage
My Dad could fix just about any car made before computers became a major component. I remember sitting next to his tool box in the driveway while he was under the hood or literally under the car. I would hand him tools. While other girls in the house were helping in the kitchen, I preferred to be helping with the toolbox.
I will always cherish the way Dad was so patient with me (at age 10 for example) when he would want a Phillips screwdriver and have to go through several other tools before finally getting the wrong screwdriver. See, most of the time he couldn't see his toolbox so he would try to describe what he wanted to me so I could find it and hand it to him.
Every now and then I blurt out the name of a tool and I know it must be part of his lessons surfacing. Because I will look at it 'after saying it' and wonder things like "well, I think it is anyway"
Stack-On BIN-10 Medium Parts Storage Organizer Bin, Green
Viper Tool Storage LB20MTB 20-Inch Steel Tool Box, Lime Green
Designers Edge L1306 108-LED Portable Bright LED Workshop Lighting, Green
Dad Loved The Backyard
Dad loved to be out of doors and often would spend time in the back yard tinkering. In fact... you'll find that word 'tinkering' a lot when you are getting to know my Dad. Since I only saw him at home there were years went by before I understood the 'job' he went to day in and day out.
Tinkering was what I saw my Dad doing. And he loved it.
Suncast Deluxe Garden Hose Hangout with 150-Foot Hose Capacity And Enclosed Storage Compartment, Taupe DHH150
Marathon Industries 70015 5-Cubic Feet Poly Residential Yard Rover Green Wheelbarrow with Dual Pneumatic Air Filled Tires and Cushion Grip Handle
Sandusky Lee CW Steel Crate Wagon, Green, 1000 lbs Load Capacity, 27-3/8" Height, 48" Length x 24" Width
Dad Was Hyper Organized
Amico 9 in 1 L Shaft Hex Security Torx Key Wrench Set w Green Plastic Holder
One thing really remarkable about my Dad is he always had all of his tools neat and clean. Sometimes it would take him two hours to tidy up after tinkering. But, this way (he told me time and time again) You know if you have everything put up since you can easily see any empty spots on the wall or in the drawers.
I believe when my siblings and I were younger (ranging from age 2-12 I think) he actually had his peg board marked with the outline of each tool. So... even we could see when the hammer or the large socket wrench was missing.
Dad Loved Toys
Dad loved to play cards. We played as a family. Games like ''go fish'' and matching games. At a time when the standard decks were used for just about any game we played. Now you can find special decks for countless games each specialized for that one game.
When DAD received one of these it was obvious my brother was hoping Daddy would share.
And I believe he did. Cars it seems are a great gift for guys of any age.
My Dad was in the Navy (before I was born) and I always admired him for that and the stories he would tell us from time to time.
It is always a great gift to buy a teddy bear (I PROMISE) for anyone at any age when the bear is a theme bear closely similar to the themes in the person's life.
NO ONE I have ever given a bear has ever said """REALLY?"""
They always hug the bear and say "Thank You!"
Sports!!! Most Dads love sports so anything in the sports realm in the theme you want (in this case 'green') works well as a gift for Dad.
This is not the one I bought for Dad one year. This is of course a more modern style item. The one I gave Dad one year (I think I was 9 at the time) was a similar looking creature with long hair which stood straight up. In later years that hairstyle started to be popular but the dolls went away...
Dad Repaired Roads
By the time I was old enough, to comprehend what his job was, Dad was a foreman on a road repair crew for a large county.
When he was younger he started out after getting out of the Navy as a road crewmen and worked his way up.
Dad was a gradual retirement candidate.
I still recall talking to him, right after they put him on a desk job, and he expressed how much he missed being out there in the middle of the productivity. He felt as if the contribution he was being asked to do wasn't important.
He never was one to sit for long after all.
When he was fully retired he would spend many hours in his yard, on his tractor, moving the earth around. He lived on a hillside so he was able to plan many modifications to beautify his little piece of the planet.
You might have guessed and I know... That tractor wasn't GREEN!
We Will Miss Him
We Miss You, Dad
I believe Dad is still working on the roads now. I'm sure he has a plan so he can be a part of any golden highway projects God has waiting to be done.
I will miss my Dad deeply until the day I see the roads he was called to work on and I'll get to see him again.
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