Some people are just hard to buy for
January 21, 2012 11:03 AM Subscribe
What should I get my 81-year-old father for his birthday? (special snowflake details inside)
posted by Marie Mon Dieu to Shopping (28 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My dad will be 81 on Jan. 31st. We kids were talking about getting him a new laptop, as he has expressed an interest in obtaining one. But the others are having a hard time coming up with the $ right now, so soon after the holidays, and Dad wants to wait until he gets a room set up as an office and of course probably have a say in what machine he gets.
He is a retired educator. Likes to read the paper, but going out for the paper is part of his daily routine (so a subscription is out). Doesn't go out to eat much. Doesn't drink anymore since heart surgery a few years ago.
Got him a nice sweatshirt for the holidays, as he lives in a cold clime. He has hat and gloves and does not wear scarves. Has a wood stove. Likes sports, knows all the stats on every player from just about every American sports team.
Money seems crass and he might be embarrassed by that as a gift. Would probably not use a gift card (closest big store is Walmart, 30 miles away and he hates shopping). Likes a good steak but my sister buys him Omaha steaks (drat her!).
It is very cold where he lives. He has a cool LL Bean indoor/outdoor digital thermometer. All the furniture he needs.
Recently a widower. Something geared toward the man who has everything he wants but prefers to stay home and read (especially this time of year). Not sure if he would read a book but something sports-oriented?