Monday, June 13, 2011

FATHER'S DAY gift ideas

While gifts certainly aren't the only way to show you care on Father’s Day, there's nothing like the sense of personal satisfaction you can gain from giving a thoughtful item to the most important man in your life. With the help of, here is a list of the top 10 most desired Father's Day gifts. Combine giving something in the list below with a day you've planned just for him, and you’ll make the old man very happy.

No.10 Grilling tools: The grill, like a man's office, is a personal sanctuary where mastery means everything. Your dad may not realize just how many useful tools exist now to help make the grilling experience that much better, so providing him with a practical tool belt or grilling tongs will both educate and impress him.

Why? Taking the time to upgrade dad’s grill equipment will give him even more joy out of the primal experience of cooking meat over an open flame. It'll also translate to better meals for you when you drop in on his next barbecue.

No.9 Alcohol: Sometimes nothing can take the edge off of a day of stress and work like a nice stiff drink. Buy your dad top-shelf booze like a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue Label, or more affordable Bombay Sapphire, and you'll give him a gift he can enjoy and appreciate with you on Father’s Day.

Why? It may be less permanent, but nice liquor is a luxury he's unlikely to give himself. Good quality liquor is also good to have around for when he’s having a few buddies over, and he’ll think of you even when you can’t make it.

No.8 Fishing gear: The traditionalist in your dad may lead him to believe that fishing is only about a rod, a reel and some line. Once he opens his gear, you're likely to see his vision of this age-old pastime expand to include his new toys.

Why? Besides looking absolutely amazing, owning a good reel is a must for the skilled fly fisherman hoping to keep his catch fresh for dinner.

No.7 Anything GOLF: If your father considers a round of golf as the closest thing he's found to heaven on earth, then enhancing his equipment to improve his game is an obvious Father’s Day gift idea. If you've got deep pockets, wow him with a new set of workhorse Ping G15 irons, or add yards to his drive with the Callaway FT-IZ and he'll think of you every time he hits a great shot. He'll also appreciate the necessities; golf balls, a new pair of shoes, a glove.

Why? No matter how good he is at golf, owning the latest equipment is sure to improve his game.

No.6 Leather wallet: A man rarely thinks about the quality or image his wallet projects. After all, it’s tucked out of sight most of the time. Feeling, smelling and looking at a good quality wallet will quickly make your dad realize just how shoddy his faithful standby is and show him it's time to retire it.

Why? The older a man gets, the more he appreciates craftsmanship and durability. Providing him with a fine new wallet is something he'll notice with every transaction he makes, which won't involve paying for you for once.

No.5 Wine: Good wine is a luxury most men only learn to appreciate and have the means to acquire later in life. So remind your father of the perks of being an experienced dad by supplementing his collection. If a wine shop's massive selection intimidates you, start with something full-bodied from California – Pinot Noirs from the Russian River Valley and Chardonnays from Sonoma are sure bets.

Why? A bottle or two of fine wine is an easy gift that can either be consumed on the spot to enhance a meal, or be stowed away and aged to enjoy at a later date, when he can recall your thoughtfulness on Father’s Day.

No.4 Driving gloves: Did your dad sell the family car for his own two-door roadster once you left the house for good? If so, then a pair of leather driving gloves will certainly add to his driving experience. BMW M driving gloves are perfect for those attached to German engineering, otherwise a set made of classic deerskin will do just fine.

Why? Your dad's 9-to-5 may not involve doing laps around the track, but with a pair of driving gloves, he'll certainly feel much more in tune with his prized toy while zipping along his commute.

No.3 Meat: Most men associate the chance to dine on high-quality meat as a luxury only provided by restaurants. There are some excellent mail-order meat establishments such as Omaha Steaks or Prime Chops that can deliver the same level of quality for your dad to use in his own special recipes to make grilling at home that much more of an experience.

Why? Every dad thinks he holds the secret to the best grilling tricks on earth. Working with top quality ingredients will just add to his sense of confidence that his cooking is the best the next time he's called into action for guests or the family - for men, confidence is everything.

No.2 Sports tickets: It sounds sappy, but often great experiences and the memories they create are the only gifts that matter. A pair of tickets for you and your dad to go to a game and support his favorite team is a gift that will wow him and give him something to look forward to once Father's Day is over.

Why? Your father may be a sports addict from the couch, but getting him to the game will take things to a different level. It’s also a great way to spend some time together. Find great deals on sports tickets at

No.1 Landscaping services: The notion that a man enjoys mastering his domain by slaving away in the hot sun to cut grass, trim hedges and plant becomes less true as guys get older. However, frugal dads who never like to ask for help may not be too keen on admitting they'd rather have someone else step in. Give your dad the gift of a prepaid landscaping service and it will save his ego as well as his back.

Why? Signing your dad up for landscaping services will let him finally catch up on those relaxing afternoons he missed out on while carting you to Little League and make his outdoor space a truly enjoyable place to spend time in.

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