While this list is a great start, when buying for dad, grandpa, or uncle, consider his interests. Does he like collecting baseball cards? Visit a hobby shop for ideas. Does dad like to cook? Consider cookbooks, high-end equipment, or even foods and condiments from a mail-order supply or gourmet store. Another great no-fail gift idea is (if your budget allows) is to go away for the weekend. Failing that, try planning an outing that the whole family can take part in and enjoy.
Whatever gift for dad you choose, let your preschooler get in on the act by helping you shop and then wrap (and don't forget a handmade card!). Sure, if your preschooler is charge of the wrapping paper, the presentation might not be the best (think five or more bows!), but dad or grandpa or any other important guy will know that whatever is inside is truly from the heart!
- Gift card to driving range for a couple of baskets of balls
- iPad or iPad Mini
- Car washing gift set, or, better yet, wash his car for him
- Swiss Army Knife
- Model car kit
- A good quality flashlight
- Anything for his barbecue (I really like the branding iron!)
- Digital camera
- Noise-cancelling headphones
- Gift card to Redbox--movie rentals start at just $1 for one night!
- A classic book
- A fun gadget gift
- Tool kit
- Remote control vehicle -- not just for cars any more. There are tons of cool helicopters, airplanes, boats and more!
- A favorite movie or television series on DVD or Blu-ray
- Coins for the batting cage
- Television or movie streaming service
- Train set
- Gardening supplies
- Lego kits designed for grown ups
- Dinner and a movie -- treat him or give him a gift card
- A (tasteful) tie. (Or, if you are crafty, take his collection of ugly ties and try you hand at this stunning quilt.
- Time with you! (Truly, the best gift of all!)