Your dad's 65th birthday is a monumental occasion, so celebrate it by getting him a meaningful and appreciated gift. You know his likes and dislikes, hobbies and collections; you also know his humour and personality, which often helps when picking out gifts. Get him something from the heart, a practical gift or a gag gift. Understanding what he appreciates is your best gift-giving guide.
Gift of Time
Your dad is likely as busy as are you. For his 65th birthday, give him the gift of time. This could be time spent with you or other loved ones, such as lunch out once a month for the year, or it could mean freeing up his leisure time. Hire him a lawn service, dog walker, housekeeper or gardener. However, if he truly enjoys performing these tasks, do not take them away from him.
If your dad has a dream vacation in mind but has never splurged on himself, try to give it to him as a gift. If you have siblings, ask if they would pitch in or help plan the trip. You can also take your dad on a family weekend getaway where his siblings or other children can join you. Plan a road trip for just you and him.
Gifts That Keep Giving
Many seniors have everything they need, but often live on a fixed income. Help your dad out with a practical gift. If he doesn't have a cell phone, buy him one and pay for his plan. If he has a favourite local sports team, buy him season tickets to the home games. Get him a membership for a club, museum or gym he enjoys, or buy him gift tokens to his favourite restaurants. Enrol him in a "dinner of the month" club, or "fruit of the month" club. Make him a personal Rubik's Cube by pasting personal pictures over a traditional Rubik's Cube and cutting them to fit the individual squares.
Make a photo album or memory book that takes him through his life. Ask other family members for stories or pictures they have. Frame your dad's favourite poem or quote. Take a picture of his favourite place and get it framed. Ask your dad's family and friends to write down their most treasured memory of your dad. Compile them into a book for him.