Gifts for Older Dads

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Gifts for Older Dads
Finding the right birthday gift for an older father can be difficult. (birthday image by Albert Lozano from

As dad matures, his tastes and styles may change making shopping for a gift a bit more difficult. In these situations, consider a gift of time and share an experience or buy him gifts reflecting an activity he may enjoy. You may also purchase more traditional gifts that will reflect his current tastes.

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Dad may get lonely as he leaves the work force. Time with you may be the best gift you can give him. Consider joining a weekly activity with him, such as golf or dance lessons, a bowling league or a car club. Another option is to schedule biweekly lunches for two or spaghetti night dinner.


You can purchase dad a laptop and teach him how to send e-mail if he doesn't already know. Encourage him to explore the Internet by sending him short e-mails on a steady basis and pointing out sites he may enjoy. That way he has a reason to check his account and bookmark favourite sites. Also, consider giving him a digital photo frame and send him pictures of you and the grandchildren.


You can include dad in your family vacation or consider one for the two of you as his birthday gift. Whether you bond over a weekend fishing trip or attending an out-of-state football game, be mindful of his comfort zone. Another option is taking your dad somewhere he has always wanted to go but has never been, whether it is Alaska or the Hawaiian Islands.


Some gifts make good choices throughout the years, such as jewellery, cologne, CDs of his favourite artists or DVD movies he might want to see. Other options include a shoe shine or shaving kit for his appearance, a humidor or flask for his vices or outerwear such as rain coats and sweaters for his comfort. Also, he may appreciate large-print books about history or war.

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