What to get for the guy who has everything (including the kitchen sink)
March 24, 2012 10:46 AM Subscribe
My dad is turning 67, and he's a rather eccentric guy. I want to get him something unique for his birthday. Help me find a gift for him! Details inside.
posted by oxfordcomma to shopping (24 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I'm wracking my brain trying to find the perfect gift for my dad. He has a lot of eccentric interests, but he runs an antiques/oddities shop and collects everything he deems "neat" (Believe me, we have a early 1900's children's coffin, a polygraph machine, and 1950's-era hot dog machine). It's extremely difficult to pinpoint one area of interest, but again, he likes anything that's a little odd or offbeat.
+ He really, really likes history. He tends to veer more toward American history, but I caught him reading a book on European social folklore.
+ Buying my dad new books is out of the question. He has literally thousands of first edition books.
+ He doesn't really watch television, but he makes an exception for British dramas/comedies [Think "Are you being served?" and PBS programming rather than "Monty Python" or "Doctor Who"] I might be inclined to get him some DVDs or memorabilia, but I'm not quite positive what shows he's already seen.
+ He already has a desktop computer/laptop/cell phone/e-reader/etc. He's pretty satisfied with the level of technology he has, and getting him, say, a new cell phone will just lead to months of frustration and accidentally calling New Mexico.
+ He's also really interested in legal matters, especially of a historic nature.
+ I'm considering taking him somewhere for the day. We live in Upstate New York [near Albany] so anything within a 2-3 hour drive would be good. He's in pretty decent health, but outdoors-y things aren't really his style.
+ I'd like to get him something under $100.