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Top Gift Ideas for Fathers Day

Updated on June 14, 2012

Time is running out!

I know this hub is coming much later than I would have liked but what is a holiday without last minute shopping!! If you are anything like me then buying gifts for a guy is one of the most difficult things to do. This is not because they don't want or need anything. No, it's because they refuse to give any indication as to what it is they want or need! Is it because they feel guilty asking for gifts? I could understand how a husband or father would feel reluctant to ask for something materialistic when they already have the greatest gift in the world.. You! Seriously though, it is the capitalistic tradition to exchange tokens of our appreciation and gosh darn it that's exactly what we are going to do.

Sports, Tools and Ties, Oh My!

The first thing you are going to have to do is determine what kind of man you are working with. Believe it or not, not all men follow the stereotype of loving sports and needing the latest tool for his garage. I happen to have been dating a guy that despises sports and would rather sit back on game night with a nice chick flick. So, what kind of man are you dealing with?


I am going to start with the sport enthusiast because he is probably the easiest person to shop for. Excellent ideas include the following:

-Favorite Team Members Jersey

-Tickets for a game (If you are well off and want to go for wife, daughter or son of the year you can get this and the jersey together. Give him the jersey first and then tell him he can wear it on Monday night and hand him a card with the tickets.)

-Signed baseball, football, soccer ball, etc... You get the point.

-Offer to host and cook for game night with the boys. When a guy sits down to watch his team the last thing he wants to worry about is having to get up and miss an important play to get his buddy a beer. For one game be at his and his friends beckon call.

You can never have too many socket wrenches!

If the man in your life is or wishes to be handy around the house then a new tool is definitely the way to go. One day while he is at work go through his tool chest and if there is something that looks worn out or is in desperate need of replacing then go ahead and do it. Drill bits and screw drivers are usually the first things to go after extended or frequent use. Also, listen while he talks to his guy friends. I always find it amusing when men start talking about tools and working on their latest project and immediately think that because I am a girl that I don't know what they are talking about. After working as stage crew for several years and putting together and taking apart many sets I probably have a better understanding of construction that some guys. That's ok though. Quietly listen and when he mentions how so and so tool would make his next project easier, make a mental note and sit back to enjoy his surprise when he opens it up on the big day.

Pedicure for two please!

The metrosexual male is becoming more and more prevalent in our society and I for one couldn't be happier. It has taken too long for men to be secure in their sexuality to be able to come out and say "Yes! I like getting manicures. What about it?". This is a great opportunity for you and your husband to bond over something relaxing and you both can enjoy. Go all out with a spa day. Many offer packages for couples where you can get massages, mani/pedi and do mud baths together. It's something he will enjoy while being about 30% selfish :-)

A quiet night at home

In our society it is not uncommon at all for the father to stay at home and watch the kids while the mother goes to work. Arrange a babysitter for a night or ask a relative to take the kids for the weekend and prepare a quality "just the two of you" experience. Tokens of appreciation don't have to be acquired through monetary means.

Everyone should be honored in our hearts and deeds every day of the year but it's always nice to go that little bit extra during the holidays. I wish everyone a happy and safe Father's Day!


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    • Angela Brummer profile image

      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      This is great! I will get this on the web for you: fb, twitter, google+ and hub followers! Thank you for everything Michelle!

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      Michelle Taylor 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you Nell! It is very difficult when someone doesn't have a hobby or specific interest. I had a guy friend that only liked to hunt and watch chick flicks so for his b-day I wrote him a letter about all the ways he has inspired me and changed my life for the better and then we stayed in and watched Beastly :-).

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, great ideas! I think the idea for a ticket for his favorite game is a good one, or maybe the shirt. If he likes sport then you can't go wrong, its when they have no outside hobbies then It can get confusing what to buy, if in doubt buy him some tool for diy, love the ideas, voted up! cheers nell