Picking Out a Gift for Dad
Selecting the perfect gift for my Dad isn’t always an easy process. But my working at Retro Planet has made the job quite a bit easier. I’ve foregone the annual fads ever since I moved out of the house. Nowadays, it’s all about being unique… and fun.
So what should I get my father? Here’s my top picks so far, based on his generation (he grew up in the ’40s and ’50s) and his hobbies. Take a look and let me know what you think.
My dad grew up in simpler times, which meant simpler toys. Rather than gobs of unitasking playthings, his generation would create several games out of simple, yet popular, single items. For the Parachuter, it was about who could get it to soar the highest or the longest. For the Balsa Wood plane, the longest or the furthest. And there were several variations of Jacks. (Actually, there’s another post about how to play Jacks different ways.)
Of course, I could just opt for a Classic Toys Gift Basket, which includes many of the classic favorites.
For the Shed…
He may deny it, but I think my father loves to mow the lawn. He just seems so relaxed riding around on his riding mower. He also snowblows in the winter. Storage was a must, so he built a shed for his equipment during off-seasons. And he loves John Deere. Some tin signs or a clock just might do the trick.
For Fishing Fun…
But my dad also likes to fish. He’s offered to take me many times, but it’s just not my thing. Nonetheless, I remember him packing the truck with his gear and heading out to the lake for several hours. Nowadays he spends more time casting from the backyard, playing catch and release in the creek that runs along my parents’ property.
Ironically, he also likes to know the temperature (I think sometimes he’s obsessed with needing to know it from anywhere indoors and outdoors). So perhaps a vintage replica of a classic thermometer would be nice.
Actually, my father is pretty easy to please. But it’s always nice to get him something he can “ooh” and “ahh” about.
What’s on your list for Dad this year? That is, if he’s not reading this…
If you need ideas, check out Retro Planet’s Father’s Day Gift Ideas section. Oh, and a little tip here… if you sign up for the mailing list, you might also be able to save a little coin along the way.