Are Dads difficult to buy Xmas presents for?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Blue Velvet, Dec 6, 2007.

  1. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    My Dad used to be hopeless... I could never think of what to get him come Xmas or his birthday. Is that just me or is your Dad impossible to buy gifts for? Discuss. :D

    Oh, and gift suggestions for Dads are also fair game for comment... :)
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Yes, impossible. Mums are easy (steady now). If you can't think of anything some nice jewellery will normally work. My Dad normally gets CDs, books etc unless I have some inspiration.
  3. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    My dad was easy to shop for. He was a big kid and was happy with a rare import LP (we were both classic rock fans) or things that I liked myself. It was like shopping for myself. :D

    My step father is also easy. He likes gadgets. It's like shopping for myself. :D

    This year he's getting one of these. I spied him checking them out on Amazon.


    No way. Shopping for my mom is a nightmare.
  4. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    I'd say my Dad was slightly harder to buy presents for than my Mum.
  5. amiga macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2006
    Oooh so difficult! Yeah music, books (although he's dyslexic so he doesn't read to much), chocolate, wine, anything Beatles related for my dad... but he's kinda got it all. I bought him a DVD of a musical tribute to George Harrison at the Royal Albert Hall a few years ago, he loved that. He watched it at least three times over Christmas and made everybody else watch it too!!! Best present ever. :D
  6. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    My dad is so easy to buy for.
    He loves vouchers for cds, he loves spending 1-2 hours in record shops looking for new music.

    Alternatively reference books on electronics...
  7. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    My dad tends to be a bit tricky to buy for, and generally I need to have a bit of a think and a scout around to find something suitable. Luckily, Miss Jaffa Cake took charge this year and came up with a nice idea we're sure he'll like...
  8. takao macrumors 68040


    Dec 25, 2003
    Dornbirn (Austria)
    my sister and i found presents for my father always easier than looking for presents for my mother (this year we are going the easy route with perfume ;) )

    really hard are grandparents or uncles
  9. Nickygoat macrumors 6502a


    Dec 11, 2004
    My dad's easy to buy for.

    I always get him some decent wine - stuff that they would never buy themselves, like a Puligny-Montrachet or a Corton.

    And then I add on a few small things like books. We tend to make a bee-line for the same non-fiction stuff so I usually get something that I would like, knowing that he will too :D

    My mum finds it impossible to buy for him though.
  10. 119576 Guest


    Aug 6, 2007
    My Dad likes whiskey...

    It's a no-brainer come Christmas time.
  11. xodonniedarko macrumors 6502


    Aug 15, 2007
    North Carolina
    We bought my dad a few seasons of Seinfeld on DVD - he loved those!

    My mom is so easy to shop for, but since I'm her only daughter, I guess I can figure her out easier. My dad has basically everything though. I bought him a new case for his ipod - a leather one.
  12. nbs2 macrumors 68030


    Mar 31, 2004
    A geographical oddity
    I think I'm pretty easy to shop for, but the wife would heartily disagree.

    I think if there is something specific that I'm pining for, it's easy enough. If there isn't, then yeah, I'm pretty tough. The problem isn't the shopping though. It's the receiving. I just don't really care about getting gifts. Maybe it's that from non-family, I feel like I'm obliged to get them something. Maybe is that from family, I know that the money can always be better spent on more important things and I'm doing well enough.

    I don't know.
  13. iBlue macrumors Core


    Mar 17, 2005
    London, England
    Well, funnily enough, I live my life how I please and not doing as father wishes equaled a mutual cross-off the christmas list. Sorted.

    As a general statement though I think mothers are more difficult to buy for. I can never think of what to get my mom. The dumb thing is, she's easy to please, I just want to do better than that and often can't think anything up.
  14. 119576 Guest


    Aug 6, 2007
    My Mum is really easy to buy for. She loves books, and there are a huge amount of books out there.

    Dad doesn't like much though.
  15. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    Whiskey or Whisky?
  16. 119576 Guest


    Aug 6, 2007
    Well, both. Actually probably Whisky more.
  17. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    I'm a big fan of Single Malt Whisky. I've yet to find a good whiskey...
  18. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    I bought my stepfather the "Planet Earth + The Blue Planet: Seas of Life" DVD box set. Easy.

    My mum wants the same thing for her birthday and Xmas every iPhoto PhotoBook filled with photos of me and my friends. ;)
  19. scotthayes macrumors 68000


    Jun 6, 2007
    Birmingham, England
    My Dad died two years ago, so have to say, pretty easy to buy for (sick I know).

    When he was alive, always easy to buy for, any book on politics did the trick
  20. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603


    Aug 20, 2005
    Thank you Jah...I'm so Blessed
    My pops is in love with tools and boats so anything in that category he's lovely about

    Quite easy for me.

  21. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Generally speaking Dads get the shaft in terms of gifts. Whatever moron thought the whole Tie on Father's day was a good idea should be hung with said tie. ;) That said, my dad is indeed difficult or he was growing up. As I matured my understanding of his tastes matured.

    We don't buy him tools because he doesn't work with his hands really. They have a groundskeeper who takes care of things. He plants the occasional garden but not enough to warrant anything specific and when he does, he uses the groundskeeper's tools.

    We don't buy him clothes because he shops often and still has things with tags on.

    We don't buy him cologne because just like above, he takes care it himself.

    That leaves things that he is very interested in. As a highly educated introvert he enjoys travel, books, and music. For the first time I nailed it last year. Tired of buying impersonal gift-cards I took about 3 dozen of my photos from my trip to England and made him a book through iPhoto. I wrote a small introduction about what I thought of him and how he inspired me and then throughout I wrote something about each photo such as where/what it was. The fact is I take a fair amount of photos when I do get to travel but never get take the time to do anything with them. He bothered me for years. The book actually brought tears to his eyes and the hundreds of dollars spent on the rest of my family soon was overshadowed when the book was given. In other words, little did I know but the $60 book trumped everything. It will undoubtedly be hard to top that one but I think I may come close.

    This year he wants all of his LPs on the computer to put onto CD. Last year he got the turntable and no one showed him how to use it. This year I'm going to spend time doing that with him. As he tells me about it his face lights up and I can see this is important to him. I'd rather spend cash on him, but alas he doesn't want it. In turn he'll get a fat bookstore gift-card which makes him very happy nonetheless and my time, which he knows is quite precious these days.

    Think about what your Dad does, what he has the most interest in and go from there.
  22. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    For my dad it is easy. My mom on the other had is a bit harder. My Father, brother and I all go to my sister to figure out what to get her.

    For my dad a safe default is golf stuff always golf stuff. Rightnow I have my dad's gift sitting on my bookshelf.
  23. Rhosfelt macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2007
    I don't want to be raped :(
    A giftcard to Sears or Lowes/Home depot is perfect for my dad.. Can't go wrong with tools or some free cash to get chores mom is badgering him about done.

    My mom is also easy to buy for..she loves books (King, Koons, Sparks) as well and recently got into wine.. Also she has one of those pandora charm braclets, which she keeps asking for charms idk..
  24. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    nope.. not at all.

    I got my dad a 2007 Red Sox WS Championship Hat. :D
  25. Schtumple macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2007
    I have the luxery of being able to buy everyones xmas presents in january (money woes have put it off) still, no idea what to buy for my dad, i would buy him a stargate dvd, but he downloads them all, so why bother...

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