Top 5 Age Appropriate Gifts You Can Give Your Dad For Father’s Day

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When Mother’s Day rolls around there’s never a problem choosing a gift. If it has to do with clothes, jewelry, accessories or some kind of bubble bath she’ll love it. And there’s always something within your price range that will work. If you’re really at a loss you can always just ask her, too. Moms always let you know exactly what they want because, well, they know they deserve it.

But Father’s Day is a whole ‘nother story. Your gift giving options are severely limited to A) Things you can’t afford like power tools or a new set of golf clubs, or B) Things you can afford but he’ll have no use for, like a cheap tie, a goofy coffee mug or another cheesy T-shirt.

The problem is, you can’t really ask your dad what he wants and get a straight answer. Dad’s hate the thought of you spending your hard earned money on a gift for them. My dad always told us, ‘Don’t waste your money on me – Buy something for your mother” and I vividly remember the day we gave my mom a beautiful gold Mother’s ring for Father’s Day!

At this time of year everyone’s scouring the Internet, reading all those articles and blog posts about “The Top 10 Gifts For Father’s Day” and “The Top 10 Ways To Tell Your Dad You Love Him” and to me, it’s all just a waste of time and money. (Money my dad would say I should put in the bank or spend on my mother!)

So I’m going to make it easy for you. I’ve done all the research and whittled away at the list of possibilities and I’ve interviewed Dads to come up with this list of the Top 5 Age Appropriate Gifts You Can Give Your Dad For Father’s Day.

If you’re under the age of 10, you can bring him breakfast in bed and then leave him alone for the day. At this stage of his life your dad is probably under a lot of stress. There’s his job to think about, and the bills, and somebody has to mow the lawn and unclog the toilet and after a while, all he really wants is one day of peace and quiet. Save the baseball and hot dogs for next year.

From the age of 10 to 13, your dad would love to spend an hour or two with you, just one-on-one. Take him out for ice cream or, if you can con your mother out of the money, get tickets to the game. And when you get back home, give him some more of that peace and quiet stuff. He loves you, he had a great time, he appreciates the gesture, but he’s tired. And tomorrow is Monday.

From the age of 13 to 18, your dad would love to spend a day with you – provided you can be civil. If you’re just going to be another moody teenager then give him another Father’s Day of peace and quiet. He’s earned it. He’s been putting up with your grumpy behind for the past 5 years.

From the age of 18 to 25, your dad would love for you to come home for the weekend and spend time with your mother. She misses you and he’s gaining weight because she’s still baking cookies every weekend, even though you’re not there to eat them. We’re back to that, ‘Make your Mom happy” thing, now, only this time it’s because if you don’t, she’s going to make HIS life miserable.

From the age of 25 up, there’s really only one gift that will make your dad truly happy. Sure, you can probably afford that set of golf clubs. You might even be able to afford season tickets or a whole garage full of power tools.

But most of the time, these gifts will just make your dad feel uncomfortable. Dad’s never think you can afford the gifts you give them and they always think you’d be better of just putting your money in the bank. Seriously, Dads really consider a Father’s Day gift to be a big waste of money. At this point, you probably have your own kids to take care of, your own mortgage to pay and your own bills to worry about and they just feel guilty accepting your gift.

So what’s a 25-year old or older child supposed to give Dad for Father’s Day? What’s the one gift that will really melt that stony heart and turn him into mush?

It’s not what you think. It’s not a hug and it’s not an ‘I love you, Dad’.

If you’re 25 years old or older, the best gift you can give you Dad for Father’s Day is to tell him he was right! Right about what? About anything. Just let him know that all those words of wisdom have finally sunk in and … You were right, Dad! Thanks!

This is a guest post. Donna Anderson is a freelance writer who enjoys small-town living in rural Kentucky. She’s an active member of several online communities and enjoys taking part in discussions that focus on how real people can live real lives in this fast-paced world we all live in.

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