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Gifts for Dad...Need some Help

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by scott91575, Dec 13, 2005.

  1. scott91575

    scott91575 Resident hater

    I'm out of Ideas...

    Ok, my dad is 63 years old. He is retired. Doesn't really do a whole lot except hang out or golf. All my gifts in the past have been golf involved. I'm looking for help on ideas other than golf gifts.

    I looked into getting him a roomba. Nothing better for a retired guy that not having to worry about vacuuming, but I have seen some sub par reviews and he is not that tech savvy.

    I thought TV, but I did that about 6 years ago, and most of the time he watches sports at the bar, not home. Besides, it's still a decent TV and the old ass entertainment center only accepts a 27" TV.

    I might buy Bengal tickets for New Years Eve in the club seats, but hey, he is an old guy and sitting in the cold is probably not tops on his list.

    Any thoughts? Please help.

    Think in the range of cost that I have mentioned. $100-$500. Even then $500 is a bit of a stretch since I still have alot of other people (especially the sis and the three nieces) to think about.

    My ultimate is a St. Andrews or Pebble Beach trip, but that is years away (even then St. Andrews may not work since they have a time limit and no carts).
  2. Lazlo

    Lazlo Good people drink good beer. ~ HST

    Get him a blow gun
    Seriously who wouldn't want one of these?
    I'd go with the green one myself, but hey that's just me.
  3. kinch

    kinch Wash me Staff Member

    I got this for my gadget loving, techno-savvy grandpa:

    It is an alarm clock. The time is set by atomic clock/radio.

    It comes with a thing you put outside to monitor the temperature. The clock gives a readout of indoor and outdoor temperature, stores highs and lows, etc.

    But here is the kicker: It has a projection lamp on it. It projects the time and temperature/weather onto the ceiling. I have one, it is kinda freaky/cool. You wake up and see the time and temperature on the ceiling while groggy. Kinda fun. . .

    edit: Holy shit! I didn't see the blowguns! That is just awesome. Go for the blowgun.
  4. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Some ideas:
    1. power tools
    2. microwave oven or other kitchen appliance (other than a bread maker)
    3. snow blower
    4. new towels or sheets
    5. gift certificate at his favorite restaurant/bar
    6. new kitchen stuff (dishes, glasses, pots & pans, and/or silverware)
    7. CD/VCR player
    8. cell phone
    9. something for his computer (golf game, flat panel monitor, new printer/fax/copier, etc)
    10. tickets to indoor sporting event, concert, or a nice performance (see Broadway Series plays).
    NJ-Buckeye likes this.

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  6. Darkhorse79

    Darkhorse79 Freshman

    Take him to a Jackets game. Tickets shouldn't run you too much right now. Grab some food before the game and some beers during and after the game. Went with my dad last week and had a great a damn Roomba.
  7. scooter1369

    scooter1369 HTTR Forever.

    Maybe season tickets for the Destroyers? They start at about $90.00
  8. BuckBackHome

    BuckBackHome Wolverine is largest member of weasel family

    If you are considering spending up to $500 you might want to do something like a Fall 2006 golf weekend for you guys. I know places up north in Michigan offer some very nice deals. I would imagine northern OH, PA and maybe even NY do the same. Heck, make the trek to NC. You could make a road-trip weekend of it and have memories to last forever. Plus, you could combine both this and next year's gifts together. Maybe get him something small this year that he can use on the trip next year.
    NJ-Buckeye likes this.
  9. similar to bim said i knew a guy who did a once a month thing with his dad as his gifts for the year, christmas, fathersday bday. they went to play golf, indians, reds, bengals, browns, jackets, all kinds of cool stuff. but really it made sure they had quality time atleast once a month.

    your dad is im sure at the point in life were your time is more important than your money.
  10. ScarletBlood31

    ScarletBlood31 Buckeye in Blacksburg

    If youre worried about having him sit in the cold, you might want to try a college basketball game if he's into that. I think that really any kind of sporting event, for the most part, would be a fun thing to do because you would get to spend time with him, and i'm sure at his age that means a whole lot more than the actual game. But combined with a pretty decent game, it could be a great gift.
  11. exhawg

    exhawg Mirror Guy Staff Member

    If he watched a lot of TV I would say get him a Tivo. I'm getting my parents a year of DVR through their cable company for Christmas. My dad has 2 VCR's to tape all of his shows so the DVR should be able to take care of all of that and give them better use of their HDTV.
  12. Wadcutter

    Wadcutter I'm a Buckeye, everybody else sucks. Former Weekly Upsets Champ

    Didn't know where else to put this but thought I'd share for those interested in neat Buckeyes stuff. Just opened this year's birthday present from the wife and kids. A near perfect copy of "You Win With People". Been wanting one for years and could never find a copy, or at least one I could afford. Best birthday present ever! :banger::banger:

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