Post # 1
My parents are paying for about half of our wedding, and long story short, my dad made a lot of sacrafices to be able to do so. I really appreciate it…but my dad and I are NOT sappy people. At all. So any “daddy I love you, I’ll always be your little girl” gift will just feel forced.
FI’s dad is contributing less, but we still want to give something to (duh).
Our dads do not golf, are not in business, do not have a lifestyle were they dress up a lot, and neither drinks whiskey or smokes cigars.
His dad is a mechanic by day, bouncer by night, who loves harleys. My dad is a retired carpenter who now works at home depot. He likes guns and camping. And being left alone, ha.
Both of our dads own everything they could ever want in relation to their hobbies, and then some.
Our budget is around $150 for my dad, and $100 for his.
If it helps, our moms are getting nice pieces of jewelry (probably a bracelet for FMIL and earrings for my mom). And of course they’ll be getting albums and a thank you letter, but we want something physical to give them, too.
Post # 2
Would it be too impersonal to give them a gift card? I mean, if they are not sappy people, they may appreciate this. I dont care WHAT the occasion is… I LOVE a gift card!
Post # 3
Well, my dad doesn’t sound too similar to yours…but he is NOT sentimental really or sappy. He also doesn’t golf or drink. So I can relate on the difficulty of searching “father of the bride gifts” and only seeing golf tees and engraved flasks – or stuff related to that. I got him a tshirt from his favorite sports team because that is something he does follow religiously and truly cares about. I also got him his favorite candy only in giant novelty size. It was hilarious to see him open a 3 foot long tube of smarties! I tried to play off of things he loved daily and expand it, like make them giant. I doubt I’m much help, but I know the difficulty!
Post # 4
What about a watch? It could be engraved also (as long as that isn’t too sappy :))
Post # 5
is there a regular item they like that you could upgrade to the luxury version? like robe, slippers, gloves, pillows, shaving stuff, etc? i was thinking camp gear but you say they have everything. is there anything ‘extra’ out there? my dad is similar to yours and we got him a ‘gravity chair’ once and he loved that gift. maybe cool hammocks? like a portable one? my dad also likes outdoor games, we introduced him to ‘cornhole’ and he loves it. you can get those boards customized too. what about sporting event tickets? or concert tickets? or a restaurant gift cert? the movies? what about any subscriptions? magazines, netflix, etc? my dad is similar. for christmas this year i got him a fruit of the loom brand sweatshirt (he loved it lol), a subscription to a fishing and hunting magazine, and a pair of camo print slip on croc-ish shoes for when he’s at his camp and wants to step outside without putting his boots back on hahahaah. he was psyched on that. good luck! they are def tough to buy for!! the fall back for my dad is always food. hahaha.
Post # 6
StL.Ashley: I agree with the watch idea. Also, every man I know carries a wallet and keys, so maybe a new wallet or key-chain (obviously nice ones ).
Post # 7
For your Dad who likes camping, what about one of those backpacks with the solar panels on the back? They charge during the day and can power lights, electronics at night?
For his mechanic/Harley Dad – this might be a stretch – but what about a new radio for the shop? Or an MP3 player with a bunch of his favourite songs pre-loaded, so he can work or ride his motorcyle while listening to his favourite tunes?
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
StL.Ashley: these keychain leathermans are the bomb! They’re only like $30 but you could get it engraved and include it in a larger gift. They’ve got pliers, wire clippers, mini screwdrivers, etc etc – soooo handy for outdoorsy / handyman types!
I’d include a picture but i don’t know how to copy and paste one anymore…
Post # 9
This is what I mean by a “Solar backpack”
Post # 10
My dad is the same way, so I ended up finding a 3-piece gift set of a muti-task knife, an engraved keychain, and a nice watch.<br />http://www.exclusivelyweddings.com/Weddings/Wedding-Party-Gifts/Gifts-for-Others/Father-of-the-Bride-Gifts/Three-Piece-Gift-Set
Post # 11
What about a harley themed shop stool for ffil. For your dad, what about some high tech hiking boots?
Post # 12
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
StL.Ashley: Nice tools! Is there something your dad has always wanted or maybe a new project he’s got in mind? Or, if they have pretty much everything already, but what about a nice leather toolbet with their name or initials engraved? Do they have workshops? What about some cool artwork/signs for the mancave/workshop? Or what about sending a nice Omaha steak/meat package? When I buy for my grandpa I usually think “Ron Swanson.”
Post # 13
Watches? Tickets to a sports game? Is an engraved picture frame to put a picture of him walking you down the aisle (if you are doing that) too sappy? Nice ballpoint pen, nice restaurant gift certificate? There are also some cool monty “clubs” like beer/wine of the month club where they send you something new every month for a year.
Post # 14
What about an experience gft, especially something you could do together before the wedding? Like tickets to something, or I dunno, a camping trip together (would that be weird? lol)…
Post # 15
StL.Ashley: Commenting to follow! My dad sounds like a combo of yours and your FFIL. So stumped on what to get him.