Five Father's Day Gifts (You Probably Never Thought Of)

Veronica Daehn Harvey

This article, entitled "Five Father's Day Gifts (You Probably Never Thought Of)," comes from Veronica Daehn Harvey.

Skip the tie this Father’s Day.

Unless, of course, your man really loves ties …

But we’re thinking you can do better. We can do better.

Stretch that imagination (and that dollar) and give these ideas a try:

  1. Coupon book. Have your kid make one. Give Dad coupons for things like “One free lawn mowing session (done by either Mom – eh – or Kid, if Kid is old enough),” “One free week of trash taken to the curb for you,” “An afternoon of football, uninterrupted (really, Dad, we promise!),” etc.
  2. Hiking, camping or fishing gear. All men, even those who work in an office all day (maybe especially those men), have a primal urge to be outdoors. Give in to that. They’ll be happy. You’ll be happy. Get Dad a new sleeping bag, tent, flashlight, tackle box, binoculars or other outdoor appropriate gadget. Men like gadgets.
  3. A container of hops. Yes, hops. With this gift, your guy can GROW HIS OWN BEER. Sort of. It will at least get him started. And will no doubt score some points for you. “She gave me hops. I knew she was cool.”
  4. A day out. Guys like time to themselves, too, even if we’ll never quite understand how they spend it. At any rate, give him the go-ahead (read: schedule it for him) to spend a day and/or night however he likes. Options: golfing, fishing, camping, Man Cave, dinner at a sports bar with buddies, Vegas (hey, some wives are really cool).
  5. Items that speak to their inner boy. Sites such as have a ton of this crap, er, stuff. Think plush Battlestar Galactica toys, Star Wars earbuds and a joystick for your iPhone. Hey, to each his own.

However you celebrate, ladies, remember what my husband always tell me: They are man underwear, not “undies.”

Happy Father’s Day!

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