Oh oh. Father’s day has crept upon us, only a week and a half away. For those wives out there, or maybe for your own dad, here are some gift ideas if you’re struggling (like I always do).
I always like a good book and will throw in some I always recommend below, along with a few newer fathers would get a kick out of.
The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet (my favorite book on intro to why to eat better, great gift if actually followed by the recipient)
The Bogleheads’ Guide to Retirement Planning (a little weird maybe to give this as a Father’s Day gift, but great, simple advice for those that struggle to separate the good from the bad in planning to one day retire – it is the slow and steady approach with great financial wisdom for the masses)
Mohu Leaf Indoor HDTV Antenna – Afraid of cutting the cable? Don’t be. Look at your bill and even if you keep internet, you’ll save a bunch if you cut it (we also choose to use cell phones exclusively saving more money by cutting the landline, but as Get Rich Slowly stated, there are positives and negatives). We have two of these antennas (which work great and allow us about 12 local stations including the major networks), a Netflix account supplemented with movies from the library, and we don’t miss cable at all. Another odd F-day gift maybe, but perhaps a slight nudge for the man in your life in the right direction to free up money as well as do other things with your time.
Landmann Ball of Fire Outdoor Fireplace – We bought one of these last summer and it’s been a huge hit. My kids and I all put it together (fun experience in and of itself, isn’t spending time with your kids partly the purpose of F-Day?) and we use it every few weeks with the neighbors while enjoying a few beverages and s’mores. Highly recommended.
Photive CYREN Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Built in Speakerphone & 8 hour Rechargeable Battery – Black for $40 you could do a lot worse (well reviewed item). We use ours a lot and even out at the campfire. It’s only 6″ x 2″ x 2″ in size.
I’m sort of anti-consumer, so not really the one to tell you the cool new things to buy. I don’t like watches, cologne, electronics, ties. Don’t waste your money. If those ideas above don’t suit your fancy, maybe that one missing piece of hardware or upgraded cordless drill would be appropriate for your man. And you can rarely go wrong with a new piece of unique clothing or hat from his favorite sports team.
Really though, you don’t have to buy anything… just spend time with your family/kids/dad and enjoy each other’s company. Time together is precious and will last longer in spirit than the latest electronic doodad. Instead of a gift, a hand written heartfelt letter (from you, or from the kids, or both preferably) about how much you appreciate him as a father. We don’t hear that kind of stuff enough.