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Hay Dads! Father's Day help
June 18, 2005 | Sandlady

Posted on 06/18/2005 10:41:04 AM PDT by sandlady

My husband and I have 3 children. We are planning to spend family time together tomorrow--a picnic in the park.

Even though he will be thrilled to simply BE with us, my children and I want to give their father a token of our appreciation for the love and support he gave us throughout the year.

I'm looking for ideas--what gift would YOU like for Father's Day?

My husband would love a custom painted chromed-up Harley but I'm looking for something in the $50-200 range. What do Dad's pine for these days? What cool item would you like but would never get for yourself?

Any and all suggestions welcome!

Thanks!!!


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1 posted on 06/18/2005 10:41:04 AM PDT by sandlady
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To: sandlady

I cannot even believe I typed "Hay" in the title. Should be "hey" but maybe those "hay-dads" will have some unique gift ideas!!! LOL!


2 posted on 06/18/2005 10:42:14 AM PDT by sandlady
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To: sandlady

DEFINITELY handmade LOVE LETTERS!!! with lots of X's and O's.


3 posted on 06/18/2005 10:42:20 AM PDT by redhead (Are you 2? I'm 2, 3! --Victor Borge)
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To: sandlady

A baby sitter , a steak dinner..and a roll in the "hay"....heh heh


4 posted on 06/18/2005 10:46:10 AM PDT by Crim (I may be a "know it all"....but I'm also a "forgot most of it"...)
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To: redhead

Thanks Redhead--yes, letters of love are plentiful and frequent!


5 posted on 06/18/2005 10:46:26 AM PDT by sandlady
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To: sandlady

How old are your three children?


6 posted on 06/18/2005 10:47:49 AM PDT by savedbygrace ("No Monday morning quarterback has ever led a team to victory" GW Bush)
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To: sandlady

I'm a pilot in training. Saw these in Sporty's. They require that a certain activity is passed at a certain altitude though. c);-)

7 posted on 06/18/2005 10:48:17 AM PDT by Textide
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To: Crim
A baby sitter , a steak dinner..and a roll in the "hay"....heh heh

Yes! Time alone for the two of us DOESN'T happen so often around here! LOL

8 posted on 06/18/2005 10:48:47 AM PDT by sandlady
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To: savedbygrace

My children are 7yrs-15 yrs.


9 posted on 06/18/2005 10:49:29 AM PDT by sandlady
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To: sandlady

How's about sending the kids to grandma's for a while, and renting a movie at home?


10 posted on 06/18/2005 10:50:04 AM PDT by Beernoser
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To: Textide
I'm a pilot in training. Saw these in Sporty's. They require that a certain activity is passed at a certain altitude though. c);-)

Ah, yes. I'm familiar. It seems like even DADs may have one-track minds!!! LOL!

11 posted on 06/18/2005 10:51:39 AM PDT by sandlady
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To: sandlady

Tools are always great,cordless drill maybe?


12 posted on 06/18/2005 10:51:58 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland
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To: sandlady
A case of beer, pint of Jim Beam, a quart of jumbo shrimp and a jar of Bookbinders Cocktail Sauce. I assume he already has a hammock under a shady tree....

FMCDH(BITS)

13 posted on 06/18/2005 10:56:04 AM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: sandlady
Then they're old enought to write a "Why I Love You, Dad" or "Why My Dad is the Best Dad" composition to give him. That's the best Father's Day present a Dad could get.

Much preferred over new handkerchiefs or a cordless drill, if you know what I mean.

Then you can spend the money on food for the picnic. ;-)

14 posted on 06/18/2005 10:56:45 AM PDT by savedbygrace ("No Monday morning quarterback has ever led a team to victory" GW Bush)
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To: sandlady

Ipod? MP3 player? Digital Camera? Membership at Free Republic?


15 posted on 06/18/2005 10:57:57 AM PDT by infidel29 ("It is only the warlike power of a civilized people that can give peace to the world."- T. Roosevelt)
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To: sandlady

iPod Shuffle, gift certificate at the iTunes music store.

And a babysitter, steak dinner, and roll in the hay.


16 posted on 06/18/2005 11:00:37 AM PDT by anonymous_user (Not everything's a conspiracy.)
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To: sandlady
Does he go camping, canoing, cycling, travel..... I got a new hand held GPS a while back and can't tell you how useful and how much fun it has been. There are a few brands but mine is by Garmin. Might just squeeze into your budget. Other than that, your misspelling of 'hay' was appropriate.... as in 'roll in the ___' lol.
17 posted on 06/18/2005 11:06:13 AM PDT by Asfarastheeastisfromthewest...
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To: sandlady

Have the kids frame their favorite picture of them and dad with a comment or two on the back. I'm sure that's what I'll receive and they'll join the 80 plus pictures I have in my office collection.


18 posted on 06/18/2005 11:08:44 AM PDT by Founding Father ( Republicans control the Oval Office, Senate and House, but still can't govern.)
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To: sandlady

Last year, I gave my Dad a $25 gift card from Wal-Mart. This year I just sent him $25 in a card. He liked the latter more than the former.


19 posted on 06/18/2005 11:09:13 AM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: sandlady

Whatever it is he HAS to do...but HATES doing...take that money and hire someone to do it for him, for a while. Say, Honey, I got so and so to take care of yadda yadda, for the next two months. Thanks for doing it all the time, but we thought you needed a break.


20 posted on 06/18/2005 11:09:29 AM PDT by John Robertson
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To: lilylangtree

I told my kids a simple card would do. You know, Visa, Mastercard, etc.


21 posted on 06/18/2005 11:13:32 AM PDT by csmusaret (Urban Sprawl is an oxymoron)
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To: sandlady

I got my dad one of those pushable golf bag caddy things so that we can walk the golf courses when we play.

I also gave him a golf ball monogrammer so we dont mistake which ball is which anymore....


22 posted on 06/18/2005 11:14:34 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (LOL!!!)
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To: sandlady

Dr. Walter Williams would probably suggest a new lawnmower, the manual type…nothing too fancy…to replace that old machete he’s been using to cut the grass.


23 posted on 06/18/2005 11:18:22 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: nothingnew

> I assume he already has a hammock under a shady tree...

$0 Have the kids do the yard work *today* so there will be peace & quiet for Dad's nap in the hammock.

$50 expensive whiskey

$100 good tools (I need a floor jack, myself)

$150 take the fambly to a water park or a ball game

$200 flat screen for the puter (might get it at this price including a rebate)

$200+ it's only Father's Day. Bank it.


24 posted on 06/18/2005 11:18:53 AM PDT by cloud8
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To: sandlady

The only gift I need for Fathers day is to spend it with my beautiful 4 year old daughter. She is the best gift I can ever get.


25 posted on 06/18/2005 11:19:12 AM PDT by Pylon
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To: sandlady
A big plate of Lobster, ice cold Heineken in a frosty mug, and the final round of the U.S. Open.

That ought to do it.

26 posted on 06/18/2005 11:19:22 AM PDT by andyandval (Try flushing a book down the toilet....get back to me on how you did)
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To: sandlady
My husband says good sex, good food, and the remote control.
27 posted on 06/18/2005 11:22:21 AM PDT by concerned about politics (Vote Republican - Vote morally correct!)
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To: sandlady

$200 buck Gift certificate card to the Home Depot. You can't go wrong!


28 posted on 06/18/2005 11:29:45 AM PDT by Bommer
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To: sandlady
My husband would love a custom painted chromed-up Harley but I'm looking for something in the $50-200 range.

That is one of the cutest honest expressions from a wife (and mother of three) that I have seen in a long time.
At least you know what his acceptable fantasy is. Most wives couldn't care less.

Sounds like he probably already feels blessed and it wouldn't take much to make him smile.
Personally, I would avoid clothes and accessories of any kind.

In my case, the most expensive gift I have ever expected recently was a new DVD player when my old one died.

Usually, I am pleased to receive less ambitious stuff like Flight Simulator, a Yoke and Pedals set for it (FS), books, a PDA, Noise cancelling earphones, A weather station, a set of portable battery-powered tools, Solid state USB memory for computers (1 gig is down to $60 now)...

In short, the traditional boy toys.
I regret not being able to help you with sports-related stuff, cuz I don't "do" the professional sports thing.

29 posted on 06/18/2005 11:31:07 AM PDT by Publius6961 (The most abundant things in the universe are ignorance, stupidity and hydrogen)
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To: Beernoser

Seems you have forgotten that Grandma's other half, Grandpa, most likely is the Father you want to babysit. Oh sorry I forgot, they don't have a life as they are too busy trying to save their SS that their kids don't want to pay.


30 posted on 06/18/2005 11:31:40 AM PDT by Snoopers-868th
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To: sandlady

Give him something that costs nothing:

Some alone time with you...wink...wink...


31 posted on 06/18/2005 11:34:58 AM PDT by dinok
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To: Trout-Mouth
That's strange. I never thought of Social Security and my children in the same mental sentence.
But that's just me.
32 posted on 06/18/2005 11:35:15 AM PDT by Publius6961 (The most abundant things in the universe are ignorance, stupidity and hydrogen)
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To: sandlady

Ah well, if you've already considered that...

I quit smoking in honor of my dad last Fathers' day. Whenever I had a pang for a cig, I just thought of that promise to my Dad. Selfish I know, but I figure it was a good gift since he always stated that smoking was the greatest mistake of his life. Must've hurt him to see his eldest son smoking. If you're a smoker, that'd be a great gift to someone you love (and it'd ensure that you'll quit for good.)


33 posted on 06/18/2005 11:43:48 AM PDT by Textide
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To: MikeinIraq
I also gave him a golf ball monogrammer so we dont mistake which ball is which anymore....

I got one of those for my hubby when we first moved into a golf course subdivision. He wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole and sold it at the first garage sale we had -- or dumped it in the Good Will collection. He said that the last thing he wanted was for his ball to fly over someone's fence, carrying is name! LOL

34 posted on 06/18/2005 11:45:41 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: sandlady

Food - something extravagant -- the biggest and best of his favorite item, catered in the park, if possible, and something he can share with all the family.


35 posted on 06/18/2005 11:46:49 AM PDT by Ed_in_NJ (Who killed Suzanne Coleman?)
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To: Beernoser

That's it -- a babysitter and time alone. And a steak dinner.


36 posted on 06/18/2005 11:47:01 AM PDT by bboop
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To: afraidfortherepublic

:)


the tool I gave him would only have initials....


but I would be creative and come up with a 3 letter word that I would know would be mine :)


37 posted on 06/18/2005 11:47:21 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (LOL!!!)
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To: Trout-Mouth

ummm ok...

completely off topic rants are probably not what the thread author wanted.....


38 posted on 06/18/2005 11:48:20 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (LOL!!!)
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To: sandlady

Just chase him around the house.


39 posted on 06/18/2005 11:48:45 AM PDT by cornfedcowboy
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To: Publius6961
Well, don't you find it a bit thoughtless to think that Grandma (and Grandpa) are jumping for joy at the thought of babysitting on Father's Day. Most Grandma's and Grandpa's want to help their children all they can but they don't like to be taken for granted.

I just wanted to point out how much the younger generation really does relies on Grandma and Grandpa while at the same time they might be the one squawking about how much they might cost them someday. Seems obvious me that Granny and Gramps are a huge liability now days and should be declared brain dead and killed as soon as possible.

40 posted on 06/18/2005 11:49:13 AM PDT by Snoopers-868th
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To: Trout-Mouth
Oh sorry I forgot, they don't have a life as they are too busy trying to save their SS that their kids don't want to pay.

And NO, I don't want to pay for anyone's social "security" but my own.
41 posted on 06/18/2005 11:49:13 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (LOL!!!)
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To: Trout-Mouth
I just wanted to point out how much the younger generation really does relies on Grandma and Grandpa while at the same time they might be the one squawking about how much they might cost them someday. Seems obvious me that Granny and Gramps are a huge liability now days and should be declared brain dead and killed as soon as possible.

What was your point again? it seems EXTREMELY muddled to me.....
42 posted on 06/18/2005 11:50:22 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (LOL!!!)
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To: sandlady

Yup... You're on the right track. Pretty much anything gasoline powered is a winner. A bike, a hedge trimmer, a riding mower, a weed-whacker, a high pressure water pump... You name it.


43 posted on 06/18/2005 11:50:32 AM PDT by Redcloak (We'll raise up our glasses against evil forces singin' "whiskey for my men and beer for my horses!")
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To: MikeinIraq

You are probably right but I was not responding to the author.


44 posted on 06/18/2005 11:51:30 AM PDT by Snoopers-868th
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To: sandlady

How about a Rush 24/7 membership? Only $49.95!!!

That's what this dad asked for and got on his birthday!

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/menu/fathers.guest.html


45 posted on 06/18/2005 11:52:22 AM PDT by zencat (The universe is not what it appears, nor is it something else.)
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To: sandlady
These are very hard to find these days ....

I want a girl just like the girl
That married dear old dad
She was a pearl and the only girl
That daddy ever had

A sweet old-fashioned girl
With eyes so true
One who loves nobody else but you

Oh I want a girl just like the girl
That married dear old dad

46 posted on 06/18/2005 11:55:45 AM PDT by One_who_hopes_to_know
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To: John Robertson

He uses power tools daily for his job so that's out. Hiring someone to do the things he has to do but hates to do is a good idea! I think he would enjoy a GPS, too.


47 posted on 06/18/2005 12:25:38 PM PDT by sandlady
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To: sandlady

Framed, small photographs.


48 posted on 06/18/2005 12:31:12 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Publius6961

Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Publius. :)

We just came home from an acquaintance's home -- he was watching golf and had TIVO--my husband was impressed with the rewind feature. We have cable--is TIVO compatible? Is it available in a separate unit? How much?

I have some research to do!!


49 posted on 06/18/2005 12:35:29 PM PDT by sandlady
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To: One_who_hopes_to_know

WOW! We used to sing that in the car as kids when we were on Sunday visits to see relatives. Thanks for the memory.


50 posted on 06/18/2005 12:36:39 PM PDT by Faith
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