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3 Ideas To Make Dad Smile At His Father's Day Gift!

Updated on May 23, 2013
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SheilaSchnauzies is a Miniature Schnauzer rescuer, writer, crochet designer, gardener, crafter, wife, mom & friend living in Omaha, NE.

Gifts For A Great Dad Take Some Thought!

Sure, you could run out to one of the "big box" stores and hit the Father's Day gifts section... another tie, another bag of underwear or socks, while probably needed, won't set off that big smile you want. You have to dig a bit deeper for that.

"But he doesn't need anything!" is the common lament. I've said it too, many times. I have, in a 35- year marriage, come up with exactly three gifts my husband has actually liked. I'll tell you about those, because they were all recent and show the kind of thought I'm talking about.

The first great gift I just stumbled into, dumb luck. We were living on a 5-acre farm and one day these people knocked on our door. They were aerial photographers, and they had just taken aerial photos of our little farm! Better yet, they were selling framed copies. I was IN on that deal! My husband was absolutely thrilled with it. Idea for you? Go to GoogleEarth and find your home. Copy the right image, crop it to the right size, and pop it into a nice purchased frame. You could use scrapbooking markers or stickers to spell out an arrow with "Here's Where A Great Dad Lives!"

The second gift was a little more useful. My husband loves music from the '50s and '60s with quite a record collection... but nothing to play the 45's and 33's with. I went and found one of those nostalgic-looking stereos that has a turntable, a CD player, and even a cassette player! When he opened that present, his delight was very obvious. He adores it. That showed some thought figuring out something he didn't really "need" but that he would really appreciate.

The third gift was long ago, and just as long appreciated. My husband used to be a mechanic and was going to school for it, so I bought him a full set of Craftsman mechanical tools. Yes it's practical, and needed, but well loved. And guaranteed for a lifetime, too.

My philosophy is always two gifts - the "big one" that shows some thought and creativity, and a "usual" one - some type of clothing he needs, for example a nice dress shirt for work. I've learned over many years of gift giving that sometimes despite your best efforts, they just don't like "it." So you may have to go and return the gift, and let him pick something else. Don't let your feelings be hurt -just be relieved that it's off your shoulders!

Now what you need to do is write down a little list, answering these questions:

- How does he spend his leisure time? Is there something he talks about wanting to do, like golf, but won't buy the equipment?

- What's his communication setup? Does he have a car charger for his smart phone? Is his case worn out? Does he need a sleeve for that new notebook?

- Try going by his favorite color. Does he love blue? Why not go out to a department store or his favorite sporting goods store, and look for everything that is blue. Something is bound to inspire you.

- Is there a favorite food he likes that you do not, and therefore he rarely gets to eat it? How about preparing a meal of just his favorites?

- Is he a fruit hound? Does he love special blends of coffee? How about a big basket of his favorite treats? (If he's a coffee aficionado, get him a Keurig - he'll love it!)

- What are his hobbies? Does he gaze at those ships in bottles longingly? Does he like to do jigsaw puzzles? Play board games?

Remember, it IS the thought that counts, but if you really pay close attention and think about his life from his perspective, I bet you will be inspired with a great gift idea! I'll suggest a few here in this lens.

It really IS possible to find out what he wants! Take him test shopping (hopefully he won't know what you're up to!) See what he picks up, looks at and puts back down. Oldest trick in the book but it does work!

Please Say Hello! - Nice to meet you.

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