Post # 1
A little back story: My mom left my dad 2 years ago and since then, he and I have become pretty close. He plans to sell the house in the next year or so and has been giving away a TON of material possessions. He does not have really any hobbies other than drinking Keystone Light beer (semi-functional alcoholic) and metal detecting. He already has all the toys he needs for metal detecting and I wouldn’t know what to buy for that anyway.
I have been wracking my brain with ideas to give him for Christmas. If I ask him directly, he says not to get him anything. But that feels really lame since I know he will be getting me some really nice gifts AND we have become pretty close.
So, I came up with the idea of gifting him tickets to a baseball game for next summer (Go O’s!). The only problem is he only has one friend who I doubt would go with him. My plan was to make it a bonding experience and my husband and I would go with him. But that seems like gifting tickets to ourselves. I ran the idea by my brother who said essentially that. So now I am at a loss. Is it a bad gift idea? I was thinking of getting him an Orioles shirt or hat as well.
If it is a lame idea, what would you recommend for a single dad with not many interests and no desire for material things building up in a house he plans to sell soon?
Post # 3
i don’t think it would be giving yourself tickets…you can buy 2-3 tickets and give them to him…he can choose who he wants to go with. you can mention that you guys would love to go with him, but you want him to choose whomever he’d like.
if he’s a reader, a kindle would be good. my semi-antisocial dad loves his. 😀
Post # 4
I think tickets sound like a great idea. You are not only gifting him the experience, but also your time and company. My dad is also not into material possessions, so my go to with him is food. Specifically some nice craft beers, fancy cheese and sausage, and good quality chocolate.
Post # 5
My dad is the same way. Not materialistic at all, but we are super close and he loves to indulge his baby (30 year old) girl at every chance. He always gives the same answer your dad did… “don’t get me anything.” Pfft.
I think the tickets would be a nice idea! Give him the option to take whoever he wants of course, but let him know that you and DH would be more than happy to accompany him if he doesn’t have someone to go with. It’s more about spending time with you than the money spent on the tickets. =)
Post # 6
@Ms.Dachshund: If it’s something he would like to do then I don’t feel like it’s “gifting yourself tickets”. Now, if you were giving him a spa day with you when he wouldn’t want to go to the spa, THAT would be bad! I think adding in a hat & shirt… maybe one of those seat cushion things… that would make an awesome gift!
Post # 7
I don’t think it’s gifting the tickets to yourself, you’re giving him the gift of going to a game, and going with you and your husband, which I’m sure he would love. Especially as someone who has very few people in his life, and no hobbies. I think it’s a fantastic idea. The fact that you have to buy your own tickets as well is just… well its just part of the deal lol
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I love the idea of tickets! Honestly, most parents would rather do some activity with their kids than just about anything else.
If you still need ideas, what about a nice gift basket full of yummy cheese / meat / chocolate / etc?
Post # 9
Give him a hug and be done with it.
Post # 10
I think the experience of the ball game with your company is absolutely a gift.
I just bought my ex MIL (we are still close) a gift card for the local taxi company where she lives. People of a certain age have less and less need for “things”, but every time she takes a taxi she will think of us as she slides that gift card.
Post # 11
The ball game’s a great idea.
Post # 12
I like the idea of giving practical gifts. Lame but always wanted
Gas gift cards
Grocery gift cards
Favorite restaurant gift cards
subscription to fav magazine or newspaper
Post # 13
I love the game idea. I usually get my very simple, retired father a walmart gift card if I’m stumped.
Post # 14
Thanks for all the replies. It has boosted my confidence that my idea was actually a decent one. I’ll be going with the ticket idea as well as a shirt, maybe some local beef jerky and cheese. Thanks for your help bees!
Post # 15
@Ms.Dachshund: Whatever you get him, pleeeeease bury it in his yard topped with a little piece of metal so he can hunt for it! 🙂
Post # 16
im doing college baseball tickets for my dad’s gift as well.. only problem i am facing is that they are not on sell yet so i just gave an iou slip inside a new college baseball hat