OT: Father's day gift ideas

So I usually have troubles getting a gift for my dad, whether it's for Father's Day, birthday, Christmas, etc... so I thought I'd ask fellow Hokies to get some ideas.

Background on my dad:

  • Went to VT as well so I have already gotten him enough VT-related stuff
  • Only 60 years old but VERY old school... Just to give you an idea, he still uses a flip AND disabled text messages.
  • I've gotten him some technology stuff already like amazon echo, etc. but can only go so far since he is not tech savvy.
  • We are not that close of a family, so pictures really don't do it for any of us.
  • Has zero hobbies because of his bad knees from playing football... Doesn't fish, boat, golf, etc.
  • Likes to grill but I have already gotten him all kinds of grilling accessories.
  • He likes his miller light but I have already gotten him stuff for that like the yeti can cooler

The only thing I can think of that I haven't done is going to a butcher shop and getting a couple good cuts of meat and maybe different kinds of cheeses to pair.

Would love to hear some suggestions and/or what you all have gotten for your dad's in the past.

Thanks in advance!

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Does he actually enjoy grilling, or is it just something he does? If the former, maybe a a Sous Vide or a smoker, along with a good piece/selection of meat. BUT if he just grills because it's the only way he knows how to cook food, then don't go this route.

What does he do for fun? Watch sports? Does he hang out with buddies? What was his past like? Where does he go? Is there any place he likes to go? Are there any vacations he talks about? Are there any foods he really likes? Does he have a significant other at the moment? What type of sense of humor does he have? Does he listen to music?

Based on your very limited description of him as a person, it's tough to say. As someone who enjoys experiences more than things, I'd say plan something for him and the family, or him and his friends. Maybe you get a reservation at a cool restaurant (whenever they open again), maybe tickets to a stand up act or something.

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Is he more of an inside person or outside person?

Does he like reminiscing about his childhood, or does he drink to forget?

Also, we will need first pet's name, favorite teacher, and mother's maiden name. (NO, DON'T! JUST IN CASE ANYONE THINKS I'M SERIOUS!)

Wait, what?

Pellet grills are awesome

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He has no hobbies really, so doesn't really do anything for "fun"
Has friends but no in the area, so he doesn't hang out with them
Not an interesting past... went to school and starting working since. Been working for DOL for 15+ years
Doesn't go anywhere... doesn't travel
Doesn't take vacations
Doesn't really have a favorite food and doesn't have a sweet tooth... Currently on diet aka cutting carbs
Still married to my mom but relationship is strained... basically like roommates now

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He has to do something to occupy his time, right?

Of course, if he works at Department of Labor, maybe the only thing he really wants is to retire.

Wait, what?

maybe mowin the lawn in the summer time, but doesn't really do anything else but do random work around house and watch tv

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Any favorite TV shows? Boxed set maybe?

Wait, what?

Still married ... but relationship is strained... basically like roommates now

This sounds familiar.

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

Bottle of whiskey. Done.

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinski, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

Yep. A nice bottle, but not too nice. He sounds like he would appreciate quality, but might get mad if you spent too much money. I suggest a fifth of Bulleit Barrel Strength, or Chivas 18 year.

Leonard. Duh.

Best to buy them already broken in:

Does he like wine/beer? What about a beer/wine of the month club? There are so many good local beers that I've been getting or making a variety pack for my dad lately and he love them! He's always afraid to get an entire case/pack of something he won't like, so he's found a lot of great new beers through sampler packs.

Also, is your dad retired?

he likes miller lite and nothing crazier than that.... but he only drinks as he does yard work

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Tool vinyls

I've got this feeling
The tide is turning now baby
Funny feeling everything's gonna be alright now

Like a shadow board?

Recruit Prosim

Not exactly

I've got this feeling
The tide is turning now baby
Funny feeling everything's gonna be alright now

Oh the band? I was thinking like actual tools

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Bottle of liquor for those that drink is always good. Not having any sports due to knees is not quite the same as hobbies. What does he like to do? Price point also matters. If he can go buy pretty much anything he wants, being personal is the way to go, and you need to know what he enjoys doing. Or get worlds greatest dad stuff. If not, anything you spend some money on - like a better bottle of bourbon than he would buy himself, or dinner at nicer place than he would likely go, is going to be appreciated.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

He has zero hobbies, like nothing lol... wakes up, goes to work, eat and then sleep... repeat.

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I have a plan b gift list. It includes:
Tie down straps.
Extension cords
Tarps
Zip ties
Bungie cords and similar tying devices.

Great for regular use. Maybe just don't purchase all at once. Makes it look like you're planning a murder.

I would love it if anyone gave me that stuff. Seriously.

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Spend quality time. That's the best gift you can give him.

โ€œBut do kind of enjoy reading this thread, it's really nice because Auburn can't swoop in and take our juicy ripe tomatoes.โ€ ~ lewiswb

Experiences. Way to go. Anything that you can do together. He'll cherish it.

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Definitely. Those are the times you will never have back.

โ€œBut do kind of enjoy reading this thread, it's really nice because Auburn can't swoop in and take our juicy ripe tomatoes.โ€ ~ lewiswb

This is my first father's day as a father and I don't feel like getting anything....ok I need a beer

Hokies, Local Soccer, AFC Ajax, Ravens

Just take joy in being a father. Everything else is gravy.

My wife takes the kids and leaves the house while I watch my Hokie games.........nuff said

this is my 2nd and all I want is a day to myself with no responsibilities

Danny is always open

Amen.

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"Look at this... This is just spectacular.... These people are losing their minds"

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Does he have a personalized license plate? In NJ its a one time fee of $50 to get one. Go to the DMV and get the forms he needs to fill out and sign, Give him an envelope with said forms and a check written out for the fee, along with some plate suggestions. Let him decide and fill out what he wants for his plate on the forms and mail it in.

My wife takes the kids and leaves the house while I watch my Hokie games.........nuff said

My dad's been going through a phase where he's been buying all sorts of greatest hits CDs and ripping them, finally building his own MP3 collection. I've had lots of options with that, although usually my problem is that those items are too inexpensive.

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Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

I got my dad a couple of the new stackable yeti cups. They're pretty awesome and don't take up as much room in the cabinet as the older ones. I bought a few for myself a few days back and can attest to their ability to keep whiskey drinks very cold.

Yeti Stackable Rambler

yea I got him a yeti cup cooler but never uses it

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My dad's getting a gift card so he can get himself a pair of allbirds

(I really like my swank shoes, ok?)

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"Sam Rogers is a college football icon" SB Nation

Thanks Frank!

Why would he want women's shoes?

/s

Was first thought after looking at front page of website.

just got some for boat shoes...they are great!

A tasting at a brewery if there is one nearby.
Outdoor furniture
A dinner out

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

Guided fishing trip

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

Since it sounds like he doesn't particularly like doing anything, do Something for him. Go over and grill a nice piece of meat For him while he relaxes and drinks his Miller lite and shoot the shit.

Here lies It's a Stroman Jersey I Swear, surpassed in life by no one because he intercepted it.

Agreed. Doesn't seem worth it to give him an object he likely won't use. If he lives close by, offer to spend time with him eating a meal or whatever. If he doesn't, give him a call and talk. The only other thing I can think of that nobody mentioned are cigars.

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinski, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

he doesn't smoke, so cigars would be a no go

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I think everyone should buy their dads some artwork.
--guy who sells art

I am also at a loss for what to get my dad. He doesn't really need any more stuff and I am wary of taking him out to a brewery or something (my normal go to) since he is old enough to be in an at risk category.

I think it's probably going to be bourbon and steaks sunday afternoon.

Do you live close enough that you could go do something for him? Such as:

Wash and detail his car
Landscaping
Cook dinner

Order a meal kit (Omaha Streaks, Hello Fresh....)
There are also gift cards....

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

Does he read?
My family got me the newest kindle for Father's Day.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

Or read news or financial stuff? You could order a Wall Street Journal or the like subscription.

Does not read

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Full disclosure, this is a shameless plug for my wife and her development team, but this is one of the products they recently introduced that is really neat as a gift idea, especially for individuals that may be more into memories or family experiences vs. actual objects.

https://quilted.io/

It's a tool that curates a story, and allows people to answer questions via video, and then puts them together into a really neat video production. You get to control the questions that are asked, who is invited to respond, etc. and the app takes care of the rest. They have Father's Day packages already set up. I know you said you arn't that close of a family, but throwing it out there. I've seen some guys firsthand really get choked up over story telling or having loved ones relate what they mean to them or how they have helped them over the years.

That's pretty cool.

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

Came here looking for ideas.

But mostly at this point, I just get something I like that intersects with his hobbies. Mostly as an excuse to get one for me, too. Or something I got for myself at some point this year that looks like he might like, particularly if it looks like a splurge.

Does he do coffee? Get him a Keruig or coffee subscription...

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

Subscription boxes are kind of a neat idea because it gives them something to look forward to every month. But some of the cooler ones are not cheap, and some of the cheaper ones are not cool.

Wait, what?

Counter-point. Is he like me, hates coffee but likes tea? A variety of teas - loose or bags depending upon what he likes - would be something I know I would like. But he has to enjoy tea for that. A variety of black, oolong green, and white teas. If they like tea but don't use loose, could include an infuser.

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like coffee but likes going to mcdonalds to get their coffee.... and I am not a gift card giver... while nice to have, they are cop outs imo

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Not trying to sound harsh, but by all of your own descriptions your dad sounds like one of the most boring people imaginable.

Maybe just go nuts and get him a gift that would force him out of the "comfort" zone that you have described. It almost doesn't matter what it is.

If it doesn't work, oh well. Whats the worst that could happen, he doesn't remember/appreciate the gift? It sounds like he does that already. At least you'd have the piece of mind knowing that you gave it a shot and actually cared about whatever you chose. Make it something that you could see yourself enjoying with him if it happens to stick.

your dad sounds like one of the most boring people imaginable.

You're not wrong... that's why it is so hard to get him a gift. Even gifts that I think he should use, like the yeti cup cooler I got for him on Christmas since he drinks a lot of can drinks... still hasn't used it to date. Was still in the wrapper.

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That sucks. Maybe just don't get him anything then. Call him, tell him sincerely Happy Father's Day, you're a good dad...and move along

I think of my own dad, I've been here in AZ since 2006 and my parents are in Delaware. Most of my "gifts" involve giving money to my two brothers out there and then they buy something (Eagles/VT golf related apparel, grilling utensils, etc)

I do a lot of pickling and home brewing and so forth, big hobby of mine. This past Christmas I made my dad a homemade batch of lacto fermented spicy horseradish mustard to give to him when they came out to visit for a couple weeks right after Christmas Day. He took the jar to their AirBnB and ate the whole thing in a couple days. He couldn't stop talking about it.

So now I spend about $1 on brown/yellow mustard seeds, buy a few funny/funky jars, and print out a few silly labels to attach to it. He's getting a 6 pack of homemade mustards and pickles for Father's Day, and it will be his favorite gift.

lacto fermented spicy horseradish mustard

Ok, we need a demo class.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

I'll happily share the recipe, it's pretty darn easy to be honest. I'll start a new post for it

The homemade gifts are a good idea, and a hit. I grow peppers as a hobby, and usually give my dad some heirloom pepper plants I started for his garden for his birthday, and give the family homemade pickled peppers, hot pickled vegetables and hot pepper jelly for Christmas every year. That and scotch whiskey.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

Damn....i was pretty much coming to the same conclusion (all based on avtfan's own descriptions of his father - sorry man). I just didnt have the balls to come out and say it. Sounds like he just wants to be left the hell alone. How bout as a gift you take everyone else in the house away for the weekend and let him do his thing in peace?

My wife takes the kids and leaves the house while I watch my Hokie games.........nuff said

haha its all good dude... not a relevation to me or anything... Even he asks himself what he is going to do when he retires but he honestly doesn't know.

That's why I created this thread because I wanted to see if there was some things I didn't think of as I knew I was able to have a rebuttal for most of the suggestions.

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I mostly just call my dad on Father's day. He does have hobbies but usually researches everything he wants to a ridiculous degree so he already has exactly what he wants. If I come across a great idea, I will get that but its not worth stressing out over since he doesn't seem to mind a call. If he's visiting sometime around fathers day, we will grab a beer and go to a game.

This is my 5th fathers day as a father myself and I don't expect much. Usually a six pack of interesting beers is good for me. Our anniversary and my birthday are soon after fathers day so it makes it easier for my wife to figure out a gift.

Does McDonalds have a premium coffee mug or something?
I've heard some localy owned stores have a coffee club type of thing.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

Hookers and blow

Whatever. It was one bad year.

Seasonal Brew means High ABV for football season and standard the rest of the year.

Maybe not your dad, but for anyone who's hanging out on a hot day or grilling, this is awesome.

Ryobi Bucket Fan

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I'm locked into Dewalt - they better be making a version of this soon.

It's an unwritten law that it's my lunch pail. I've issued the challenge. If someone outworks me, they can get it.
Darryl Tapp

My aunt gifted me a Ryobi drill some Christmases ago (she worked at HD and snagged it off the returned/not sellable pile when the employees got to buy them). I now have an impact driver, Bluetooth speakers, string trimmer, hedge trimmer, bucket fan, and circular saw all working off of the same battery platform and love the convenience.

My bench tools are DeWalt, Delta, and Wen, though.

Click here to destroy wall.

I love these fans (have 3 of the Artic Cove version...same thing uses Ryobi battery).

Btw-you can buy an adapter (3D printed) adapter that allows you to use DeWalt batteries in ryobi tools.

We put the K in Kwality

This is pretty cool... I can see him using this potentially.

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I nominate 2HokiesIn1 for a Nobel Prize by coming up with a viable gift in this seemingly impossible situation.

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinski, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

Full disclosure - this is my Father's Day gift from my kids that I picked out for myself.

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Nothing wrong with that. HokieEnginerd does that all the time :-)

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

I wonder if I could fit this on a hinged lid and a bubbler hose for a 5gallon.....

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What about booking a BnB for later, or a long weekend somewhere where he and the wife can do something fun and new together. Expensive, but maybe there's someone to go in on it with?

Hokie fan | W&M grad

he is not one to travel and he is HORRIBLE at planning trips.... My mother and him are still married but its very strained... more like roommates.

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My dad is similarly hard to buy for, but for different reasons. Two lifelong hobbies, hunting and fishing, but has everything he'll ever need. Doesn't drink or smoke, ever. Doesn't do vacation or trips of any kind, ever. He's extremely ill with a rare kidney disease (300-400 kidney stones currently in his kidneys, over 100 surgeries for a variety of purposes, etc) and can't get out much.

He enjoys reading and keeping coffee hot and tea cold. I got him a new Thermos and some books. I wanted to expand his horizons a bit so I mixed up the title selections. Walden, as he loves the outdoors. Man's Search for Meaning, as he could use some perspective and encouragement due to his health. And just to mix it up on a comical level, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Road.

He's never used anything I have given him, and it's usually still in the gift bag in the spare bedroom 6 months later. I figure this way, if he doesn't like them, I'll just ask to borrow them as I'd like to read the latter two titles.

TL/DR: I usually try my best to be thoughtful, but more so to feel like I tried than any particular hope he actually enjoys what I get him.

And just to mix it up on a comical level, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Road.

This is some good dark humor to get someone a dark book to read as a joke.

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

The Road is incredibly written but so messed up. like i shudder thinking about it over a year after i read it

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

I saw the movie and it completely ended any remaining interest I had in horror films. I haven't watched one to this day, other than maybe one dumb zombie movie. I'm actually debating whether or not to actually give him the book. Considering the state he's in right now, may not be advisable.

You've read it. How dark compared to the movie, assuming you watched it? Should I just keep for myself?

Never saw the movie, never will after having read the book. The book comes across more as post-apocalyptic thriller than true horror, and the way boy and man are written is incredible and it was riveting. But having said that, two or three scenes in it were so chilling and the implications were abjectly depraved that I wouldn't recommend for anyone. daaaaaaark stuff, man

edit: read a couple quick synopses of differences between book and movie and it looks like the movie is even less bleak than the book -- big oof. Especially since it appears the worst scene from the book didn't even make it into the movie: https://www.pajiba.com/boozehound_cinephile/the-road-film-to-novel-compa...

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Yep, that's a no for me dawg. This one's headed back to Amazon. I appreciate the link. Having only seen the film, I wasn't aware of the missing scene. No way in hell I'm gifting this to anyone. If I deserve to lose whatever dark humor street cred I earned from suggesting it, so be it.

Damn...

I read the book 10 years ago in my AP Lit class. It was absolutely brutal. It's a fantastic book that explores a lot of themes/concepts: human nature, coping with loss (a person dying, life as you were used to, etc.) and bonds with family. But, wow is it depressing and tough to get through.

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

I found it an uplifting story of family and bonding through adversity.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

Lol

Huzzah, dad made it easy. He is craving a cherry pie. I have the technology to make this happen.

I am surprised no one has suggested a pair of tickets to a Hokie game. Go with him and build positive memories and the relationship. It may not lead to anything but it is worth the try. You will be glad you did. I would do almost anything to have another day with my Dad.

Ut Prosim Ad Dei Gloriam

That's what we did when i was younger, but he doesn't like to travel to games anymore. Barely watches them on tv now too

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get him whatever you want for Christmas next year

This is another of my go to strategies.

If you both enjoyed those, put together a highlight video of the best games you went to see then and sit and watch them with him.

Wait, what?

Hopefully he's not the kind of person with the attitude of "why the hell would I want to watch an old game?"

It's possible that nobody suggested tickets because of the uncertainty of having a football season or how the season would work...

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

Well, avtfan, did you come to any decisions on a gift?

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

I am curious also.

I hope whatever it was that it was a hit with him.

Ut Prosim Ad Dei Gloriam

Went to a butcher shop and got him 4 cuts of T-bone steaks... also got him a "DraftTop" for his canned beers/sodas... https://drafttop.com/

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Nice.

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

I feel like his response probably looked like this:

FYI.... HIGHLY recomend Draft Top. easily and safely cuts off top of a can. Can easily drink out of a can or put a lemon/lime in it without using a cup.

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I hate saying this on Father's Day but I wonder if avtfan's dad may be depressed. Some men do not handle retirement very well. My father in law took an early retirement at 55, and while it was tough hoeing early, he said he would not trade the time he has with his wife.

I hope I'm wrong, though, on avtfan dad.

โ€œBut do kind of enjoy reading this thread, it's really nice because Auburn can't swoop in and take our juicy ripe tomatoes.โ€ ~ lewiswb

I wondered that too....

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

I don't think he's depressed... fills most of his day with work but just doesn't know what hes going to do for retirement

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I'm glad I'm wrong. Hope you had a pleasant day with him.

โ€œBut do kind of enjoy reading this thread, it's really nice because Auburn can't swoop in and take our juicy ripe tomatoes.โ€ ~ lewiswb

thank you, I appreciate it... It was a good family dinner with everybody.

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