This June, an estimated 70.1 million men will be celebrating Father’s Day. My father and my husband are two of the men that make up that number. Many people often grapple with what to get the fathers and grandfathers in their lives on that day. I, however, have never been one of them. The men in my life have always made it perfectly clear what they wanted. With that said, I thought that I would share what the top five Father’s Day gifts are in my household. Here they are:
Cologne is one gift that my father and grandfather always favored for Father’s Day. The men in your life may appreciate a bottle of cologne as well. Both my father and grandfather each had their own signature scent. For dad, it had to be a bottle of “English Leather.” Any deviation from that led to a lecture. He was adamant about the scent as well as the size bottle. It had to be the big one with the lid that looked like a wooden door knob. For grandpa, it had to be a bottle of “Old Spice.” If you bought him a different scent he wouldn’t lecture you. He just wouldn’t wear it. He’d just smile politely and place it onto his night stand where it would remain unopened for what seemed like all eternity. As for my husband, he is flexible on the matter.
Tools have always been a big hit with my husband as well as my father. When it comes to buying tools as a Father’s Day gift, I do have one caveat. Be careful what you buy. Some men, like the guys in my family, are very particular over what tools get to hold a spot in their workshop. Each one has their favorite brands and woe comes to the person who purchases the wrong one. As such, I’d suggest that you scope out what’s in dad’s workshop before you rush out and pick up that new sawzall. After all, the last thing that you’ll want to do is make dad cranky on Father’s Day.
Sports gear also makes a great Father’s Day gift. In my family, the guys love all kinds of sports and recreation. Subsequently, I never have an issue finding something appropriate. You could go with an autographed photo of your dad’s favorite athlete, a magazine subscription or tickets to a game. A new hunting knife, a fishing rod or a surfboard may be in order too. Just think about what your dad likes to do in his leisure time and go with it.
Does your dad, husband or grandfather like music? Most men do, so you might want to consider giving him a new iPod or a CD. For my dad, it would have to be either new country music or old school rock. The man has always been in love with both Stevie Nicks and Cher. Those two ladies could sing “Happy Birthday” off key and he’d still applaud till his hands fell off. He’s also a sucker for Shania Twain and Connie Frances.
There is also a good chance that at least one of the men in your life is a technology junkie. As such, he may appreciate a Kindle or a new laptop. In my case, both my dad and my husband love electronic gadgets. If you are not savvy when it comes to electronics, you may just want to pick up a gift certificate. That way your dad, husband or grandfather can buy what he wants with it.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys spending time with her family and has traveled extensively.
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