Dads can be tricky to shop for, but when you want to show your dad how much you appreciate him during the holiday season, you'll want to spend some time choosing a great gift. He may seem like he already has everything, or he may say that he doesn't really want anything, but the perfect gift is out there. Think about his interests and hobbies and then consider these five time-honored gift ideas.
Games: Deep down, dads are just grown-up boys, and boys love to play games. Think about how your dad likes to spend his time before you choose the game that's right for him. Does he fondly remember his first video game system? Then he would love to get the latest video games now. Does he like spending time with his friends? He would love something for his rec room, like a foosball table or a dartboard. Is he into science fiction and fantasy? He'll likely enjoy a strategy board game.
A nice timepiece: Get a few dads together, and there's a chance they might start checking out each other's watches, so give your dad something to show off. There are sports watches for athletic dads and traditional watches for stylish dads. Some are a bit of a splurge, but they're available in several price ranges.
Outdoor gear: There are outdoor gifts for every kind of dad, depending on where he likes to spend his time. A fishing reel is perfect for the dad who enjoys sitting quietly in a boat on the lake. A new set of skis or a pair of goggles would be great for the dad who likes racing down a snowy mountain. A new tent or a hiking backpack would suit the dad who likes camping. He may also be interested in the latest outdoor gadgets.
Classic barware: Choose a barware gift based on your dad's drink of choice. A whiskey decanter would let him store his best stuff in style. If he's more of a beer drinker, look for a set of glasses meant for his favorite brew. He may even like a beer brewing kit, especially if he's a bit of a foodie. A set of monogrammed wine glasses is perfect for the dad who enjoys the finer things in life. If he's a reader, he may also like a book about the history of his favorite spirits.
The latest gadget: Whether it's a faster tablet, a smarter smart phone, or a better digital camera, the newest electronics are a great gift for anyone, but especially for fathers. Dads tend to appreciate high-quality technology, so this gift isn't always the cheapest thing to give, but it will go a long way toward showing him that he deserves the best. Has he already bought the newest thing for himself? Look for accessories that will help him get the most use out of it, like headphones or wireless speakers.