Gifts for Young At Heart Fathers
Fathers will be Boys
Fathers (men in general, even) of all ages can be pretty tricky to buy gifts for. Unlike mothers who have an endless list of shopping cravings, each with an equally long list of designs, styles, and stores, fathers seem to be pickier. At least my dad is. One thing I've noticed though is that he still has a penchant for comic books, music CDs, and DVDs (of cartoons even!). After interviewing a couple of other fathers, I've realized one thing: that boys will be boys and that includes dads! So stop looking for serious gifts for your father, and start looking for something that will renew the youthfulness that all fathers still have!
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Light, Fun Reading
Not only are comic books fun, they're also good for light reading, so dads don't have to worry about straining their eyes. There's a LOT of comic books to choose from, so there's definitely something for everyone.
New to the comic book world? You can start with the most popular ones - DC Comics and Marvel comics have been used as bases for many movies like Ironman, Spiderman, Batman, etc. If you think your dad goes for something a bit darker, you can try Vertigo Comics eg. Sandman. There are also very light humorous comic books, like The Far Side, which contains several different tongue-in-cheek and spoof panels about mundane topics. In between these are so many other comic books by so many other artists and publishers, so feel free to ask the Comic store clerk for some help. And, try to be sneaky and subtly ask your dad what kind of comics he likes to read.
Comic Book Finds Online! - My Dad Recommends
Some comic books my dad loves. He reads them over and over again. It also includes a manga, a Japanese comic book, titled "Buddha".
DVDs make awesome gifts because they serve two purposes; the first is the obvious, the second is they're great to watch as a family, so you won't just be giving your dad a DVD, you're giving him some quality bonding time as well! It's good to choose movies or TV shows he used to watch as a kid, or even movies your dad and mom used to watch during their dates (aww!) so do a bit of research and ask your mother for help.
My dad loves a few funnies like Three Stooges, loves a good action flick like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, goes for dramatic epic movies like Ten Commandments, and from to time, enjoys a war movie like The Longest Day, just to name a few. He also still laughs like a kid whenever he watches Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes do their antics.
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My Dad's Favorite DVDs - Bring out the popcorn!
Epic, moving, and one of Heston's best performances
Where slapstick comedy was born.
Robert Redford and Paul Newman. Need I say more?
A sort of High School Musical of its time
Features a very large ensemble cast of famous actors during that time. Your dad will love reminiscing about all his favorite actors
Serious Gifts with a Fun Twist
There's another way to go about your youthful father's day gift. You can think of a very practical item, then just put a bit of a boyish fun spin on it. For instance, how about a necktie with a more unique design? A very colorful graphic tee or funny graphic tee (my dad loves these!)? How about an art print?
Just make sure you don't go overboard and stay within your dad's comfort zone and just tread a tad outside of that ;)
Then there are gift baskets containing little things your dad will love - from golf to gourmet food
Think Outside the Box
There are a lot of other ideas you can think of. The important thing is to keep your dad in mind, then think of something playful, but also meaningful to him. Gifts that make him remember his childhood are A-ok - there's nothing like the gift of memory. Enjoy your shopping!
What does your father like that boys all over the world equally like? Share your stories below :)