- Cologne: Unless the cologne that your father uses is running low and you are going to buy a replacement, then this should not be an option for you. There are too many different types of cologne out there. You run the risk of picking out something that he won’t like and will only use when you are around. In the game of buying a generic gift, this is one of the least safe choices you can make.
- Tools: Buying tools can be a nice gift, but you should try and figure out what tools your dad needs rather than just buying a box set and hoping that he gets around to opening it. Try and stick to tools that have use around the house such as screwdrivers, wrenches, hammers and ratchets. Don’t buy your dad a saw if you know he won’t have any use for it.
- Clothes: Clothes, ties in particular, are a go-to gift for many people around Father’s Day. However, a tie can easily be the kind of gift that he never gets around to using. If you purchase clothes, you run the risk of getting something that he just won’t like, and clothes are a gift that he can really get himself.
- Novelty Items: Unless your father is a collector of these sorts of things or is planning to start, then these aren’t a good idea. He won’t have much use for shot glasses, bobble heads and paperweights. There are exceptions to this rule however. If your father is a fan of a sports team, then novelty items that have been branded with his favorite team’s logo might be a good choice.
- Extremely Impractical Gifts: While the general idea of this article is to try and avoid gifts that are too plain, doing the opposite is just as dangerous. It is very possible that in the search for a unique gift, you will end up picking something that is flat out impractical. A lot of stores will be trying to prey on these concerns and push things on you that are just not necessary. Some examples include the USB-powered George Foreman grill, a superhero bathrobe, or a head and eye massager. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill gifts. While your father will not be expecting these gifts, the odds are high he won’t be using them either.
Cool website to help you with Father’s day fun.
GLAMOUR’s 10 THINGS YOUR FATHER WAS RIGHT ABOUT
- You are the prettiest girl in the world.
- You should always keep jumper cables in your car… just in case.
- Righty-tighty, lefty-loosey.
- That guy really wasn’t good enough for you.
- You do not need a pony.
- The cardinal rule of grilling: Pressing down on the burger will only dry it out.
- Yes, honey, all your male “friends” do secretly want more.
- Paying $200 for a haircut is crazy.
- It’s not worth trying to repair the toaster yourself.
According to a survey conducted by Spike TV, more and more guys are turning to their MOTHERS when they look for advice on how to be a good dad.
The fatherhood study revealed that today’s dads are doing more than ever before, taking on roles and activities that used to be taken care of by the wives.
Here are a few of the findings …
* Role models for dads today are … moms. Dads look for advice from their own mothers and wives — rather than their dads — as a guide on how to be a good father.
* Today’s dads are “soccer dads.” Guys are doing double-duty. They’re doing dad stuff like providing for the family and disciplining the kids. They are also doing “mom” stuff, like being actively involved in the kids’ lives.
There Are 4 Categories Of Dads:
1. “Super Dads” — 22% of dads are highly involved and nurturing. They are very confident that they are doing a great job of parenting.
2. “Struggling Dads” — 30% of dads feel the least prepared for fatherhood. They want to be highly involved and nurturing in their children’s lives, but feel like they just don’t know how.
3. “Juggling Dads” — 20% of dads want to be highly involved and nurturing in their children’s lives, but feel that they lack the time.
4. “Traditional Dads” — 27% of dads think dads should be less involved as nurturers and feel confident that they have a handle on their role.
Poor Dad. His big day’s coming, and what’s in store. Solar-powered ear-hair trimmer? A tie covered with golfing ducks? Try something a little more sentimental:
- Revisit Strawberry Fields. The Beatles, the Boss, Petula Clark. Buy him CD’s of the artists he introduced you to as a kid. He’ll be thrilled you remember his favorites.
- Make it art-felt. Go back to the days when all your gift-giving was taken care of in arts-and-crafts. Paint a new family heirloom and have it framed. Or roll it, tie with a ribbon and include a few refrigerator magnets.
- Go classic but personal. Pick out a money clip, a robe, PJs, socks, handkerchiefs, then get them monogrammed: D-A-D.
I’ve always loved this. Happy Father’s Day! – Justin
4 years of age: My daddy can do anything!
8 years of age: My dad knows a lot! A whole lot!
12 years of age: My father doesn t quite know everything.
14 years of age: Naturally, Dad doesn t know that either!
18 years of age: The old man? He s way out of date!
25 years of age: Well, he might know a little bit about it.
35 years of age: Before we decide, let s get Dad s opinion about it.
60 years of age: Wonder what Dad would have thought about it.
65 years of age: Wish I could talk it over with Dad once more.
Father’s Day is Sunday. Buying gifts for men is not nearly as complicated as it is for women. Follow these rules and you should have no problems.
Rule #1: When in doubt, buy him a cordless drill. It does not matter if he already has one. I have a friend who owns 17 and he has yet to complain. As a man, you can never have too many cordless drills. No one knows why.
Rule #2: If you cannot afford a cordless drill, buy him anything with the word ratchet or socket in it. Men love saying those two words. “Hey George, can I borrow your ratchet?” “Okay. By the way, are you through with my 3/8″ socket yet?” Again, no one knows why.
Rule #3: If you are really, really broke, buy him anything for his car. A 99 cent ice scraper, a small bottle of de-icer or something to hang from his rear view mirror. Men love gifts for their cars. No one knows why.
Rule #4: Do not buy men socks. Do not buy men ties. And never buy men bathrobes. I was told that if God had wanted men to wear bathrobes, he would not have invented jockey shorts.
Rule #5: You can buy men new remote controls to replace the ones they have worn out. If you have a lot of money, buy your man a big screen TV with the little picture in the corner. Watch him go wild as he flips and flips and flips. Forget the program, your entertainment is watching him have fun!
Rule #6: Do not buy any man industrial-sized canisters of after-shave or deodorant. I’m told they do not stink-they are earthy.
Rule #7: Buy men label makers. Almost as good as cordless drills. Within a couple of weeks there will be labels absolutely everywhere. “Socks. Shorts. Cups. Saucers. Door. Lock. Sink.” You get the idea Again, no one knows why.
Rule #8: Never buy a man anything and then tell him he should read the instructions because the box says “some assembly required.” It will ruin his special day. He will always have parts left over.
Rule #9: Good places to shop for men include Northwest Iron Works, Parr Lumber, Home Depot, Lowe’s, John Deere, Valley RV Center and Les Schwab Tire. (NAPA Auto Parts and Sears Clearance Centers are also excellent men’s stores. It doesn’t matter if he doesn’t know what the gift is. “From NAPA Auto, eh? Must be something I need. Hey! Isn’t this a starter for a ’68 Ford Fairlane? Wow! Thanks.”)
Rule #10: Men enjoy danger. That’s why they never cook (but they will barbecue). Get him a monster barbecue with a 100-pound propane tank. Tell him the gas line leaks. “Oh the thrill! The challenge! Who wants a hamburger?”
Rule #11: Tickets to a sports event are a smart gift. However, he will not appreciate tickets to “A Retrospective of 19th Century Quilts.” Everyone knows why.
Rule #12: Men love chain saws. Never, ever, buy a man you love a chain saw. If you don’t know why, please refer to Rule #7 (Remember what happens when he gets a label maker?)
Rule #13: It’s hard to beat a really good wheelbarrow or aluminum extension ladder. Never buy a real man a stepladder. It must be an extension ladder. No one knows why.
Rule #14: Rope. Men love rope. It takes us back to our cowboy origins, or at least the Boy Scouts. Nothing says “I love you” like a hundred feet of 3/8″ manila rope. No one knows why.
Dad pulls a tooth, WITH A ROCKET!
One week to Father’s Day! Do any of these sound familiar? Have YOU become your dad? Have any to add? – Justin
- Don’t ask me, ask your mother.
- Were you raised in a barn? Close the door.
- You didn’t beat me. I let you win.
- Big boys don’t cry.
- Don’t worry. It’s only blood.
- Don’t you know any normal boys?
- Now you listen to me, Buster!
- I’ll play catch after I read the paper.
- Coffee will stunt your growth.
- A little dirt never hurt anyone-just wipe it off.
- Get your elbows off the table.
- I told you, keep your eye on the ball.
- Who said life was supposed to be fair.
- Always say please and thank you. That way, you get more.
- If you forget, you’ll be grounded till the end of the world.
- You call that a haircut?
- “Hey” is for horses.
- This will hurt me a lot more than it hurts you.
- Turn off those lights. Do you think I am made of money?
- Don’t give me any of your lip, young lady.
- You call that noise “music?”
- We’re not lost. I’m just not sure where we are.
- No, we’re not there yet.
- Shake it off. It’s only pain.
- When I was your age, I treated my father with respect.
- As long as you live under my roof, you’ll live by my rules.
- I’ll tell you why. Because I said so. That’s why.
- Do what I say, not what I do.
- Sit up straight, knucklehead!
- So you think you’re smart, do you?
- What’s so funny? Wipe that smile off your face.
- Young ladies perspire, they do not sweat.
- If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times.
- C’mon, you throw like a girl.
- You want something to do? I’ll give you something to do.
- You should visit more often. Your mother worries.
- This is your last warning.
- Your mother worries.
- I’m not sleeping, I was watching that channel.
- What keeps those jeans of yours from falling off?
- I’m not just talking to hear my own voice!
Women’s Health gives us some Father’s Day stats:
1966 was the year Father’s Day was first declared a holiday.
1 in 5 women say their first word was “dada.”
- 18% of women hope to find a guy just like their dad.
- 15% of women said as kids they thought their old man could kick Superman’s butt.
- The Average Woman’s all time favorite sitcom dad is ‘Cliff Huxtable,’ The Cosby Show
- Coolest thing the Average Woman’s dad taught her to do how to be a ‘Ms. Fix-It.’
- She calls her dad a average of 6 times a month.
- She visits her dad 3 times a month.
- She spends her quality time with dad yapping over coffee most often chatting about her lazy brother, nagging mother, or mooching uncle.
- 50% of daughter’s send dad a card for Father’s Day.
- 42% give him a call or a gift.
- $88.80 is the amount the average woman spends on her dad for Father’s Day.
- $122.16 is the amount the average women spends on her mom for Mother’s Day.
- The most popular gift for Father’s Day is a necktie.
- 30% of dad’s think a necktie is the worst choice for a gift.
- 22% of women say they’re closer to their Dad than their Mom.
- 1 in 3 say Dad’s easier to talk to than Mom.
- 26% of women would describe their dad as a tough guy.
- 14% of women think their dad is a big softy.
- Nearly a third of women say their trait they inherited from Dad and which they hadn’t is his temper.