Last minute gift for dad
September 4, 2013 11:41 AM Subscribe
My dad is turning 60 on Saturday. Yay, good for him! I left it way too late this year and I have no ideas - he is very tough to shop for. My price range is $40-80, lower is better (could swing up to $100 if I really thought he'd like it).
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Typically, I end up getting him a gift certificate to a sporting goods store, candy & wine or beer, socks, or a book that he'll read once and then never again, and my attempts more creative ideas typically flop. my best gift in recent years was tickets for him & I to go see a show at a local dinner theatre that he likes. Unfortunately this year they have a crappy selection.
He likes: tennis (playing & watching on tv), pinot grigio & beer, sudoku, chess on occasion, bossing people around, certain older musicals, busting chops and teasing people, and he does a lot of work on family cars or fixing the house. He's a NYC firefighter by trade but is not interested in memorabilia.
Not a foodie, not interested in tech or gadgets, reads maybe 1 book a month, doesn't see the point in upgrading (ie, we play scrabble sometimes and our old board was, well, old and missing a piece, so I bought him a fancy one that spins and holds the pieces in - every time we play it, he busts my chops about not needing a new one), doesn't like knick-knacks, into health & fitness (doing p90x right now)
ideas that I've had and discarded:
-specialty "you're 60" boxes of candy from 60 years ago (he's not a big fan of candy)
-a rifle (he wants one, but it's out of my price range)
-a kindle (a little out of my price range, don't think he'd get enough use out of it)
-wine of the month club (out of my price range)
I'm in Putnam County, NY, so I can get to lots of stores (can drive up to an hour) or can order online & pay for fast shipping. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated! Also interested in gifts that you've had success with for hard to shop for people.