Finding a gift for an older father requires a little reconnaissance research from his friends, family and neighbours. Being diligent and creative will provide you with the knowledge necessary to find that unexpected gift for the man who raised and supported you. And if your father has no known hobbies, maybe this birthday gift provides you with the opportunity to pique his interest in an activity or craft.
Trade, Craft and Hobby Magazines
Many older men are active in a variety of hobbies and regularly read magazines regarding their interests. Visit a large bookstore and gather several hobby magazines specific to your father's interests. Make note of any new technology, gadgets or trends in the craft and where to purchase books, tools or educational material regarding this new trend or skill. Purchasing the magazine that showcases the new trend or craft is also a good idea.
Attend an Interest Meeting
Ask your father about any special interest or civic groups he participates in and attend a meeting with him. While he's not paying attention, ask his friends or fellow members about any upcoming fees that you may cover as a gift for him, such as membership dues. Also ask about any special outings, equipment or books regarding this special interest that might provide a good gift for the father.
Men tend to be guarded when it comes to gifts, especially at an older age. They might not express a desire or want to a family member, particularly if the gift is expensive. Ask his friends, neighbours or spouse about any mention of a special item or desire to take classes or go on a special vacation. You can also gather pictures from these friends taken during their long friendship and create a print-on-demand photo book as a special gift to accompany the gift purchased from your findings.
Find a Service
Treat your father to a special gift of services that he might not readily purchase on his own. Certificates for free car washes, a cleaning service for his home (though this may be taken the wrong way), massage certificates or even a free year's worth of oil changes for his vehicle. Even a gift token to his favourite restaurant will serve this purpose. Find some small service that would make his daily life a little easier or cause him to indulge himself in a new way.
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