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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Ask a Dad

Father's Day Gift Basket

Dear Tyler,

Father's Day is approaching and I have NO idea what to get my husband. Help!

Best,
Desperate in Davis

Dear Desperate in Davis,

People who don’t know what to get fathers for Father’s Day don’t know where to buy beer. Seriously, unless your hubby drinks port and plays polo, shopping for your lover shouldn’t be laborious. You ought to know by now that men are easy. We frequently try to pretend to be complex in order to disguise our simplicity. This is both frightening and comforting. It’s frightforting.

The following is a gift basket idea for that special man in your life who’s not like most guys (wink). Don’t over-think this one. If you do, chances are your gift will blow.

Father's Day Basket
Instead of a wicker basket, just put all of the following items into a giant cardboard box. Why a box? Because you can build forts with boxes or drive them down stairwells. Inside the box, include the following:
  1. Two kinds of bottled beer. One kind should be Dos Equis. If you’re wondering why Dos Equis, don’t. He’ll know. Even if he doesn't drink beer, he'll still appreciate it.
  2. Video Game. You should get him a game you’d rather he didn’t play. Trust me, he won’t play it around the kids…as long as you’re around.
  3. Gift certificate to Home Depot. Even if he’s no craftsman, this will boost his male ego that has probably been shattered by years of being forced to watch Oprah. He’ll probably end up buying curtain rods, because he’ll know that’s what you want.
  4. Sporting event tickets for him and (this is the important thing) one of his buddies. Remember, this is a gift, not a trend setting habit of female exclusion. Male bonding activities are essential and easily forgotten about.
  5. Magnets. Magnets = rad.
  6. A note that promises you will take the garbage out.
Happy shopping!
Lovingly,

Tyler

PS: You're welcome

Tyler is a guest blogger and father to Emi. The Three Bay B Chicks have asked him to shed light on a Dad’s point of view under the stern supervision of his loving wife. If you have a question for Ask A Dad, feel free to submit it in the comments section. The Three Bay B Chicks are not responsible for Tyler's "advice."
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24 comments:

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

HAHAHA! Love it! Great ideas! Now I won't have to think so hard about what to get for Father's Day... ;)

Life with Kaishon said...

This is hilarious : ) and so perfect!

One time someone gave my husband a gift card to home Depot and he LOVED it. He even said it was his favorite present. I asked him why since he CAN'T BUILD A THING and he said "It just is." Hmmmmmmmmmm. You gotta love boys!

Kameron said...

Thanks for the advice. i got him sporting events tickets, but is it bad that I am going to insist that I go too? Just wondering...it is the Red Sox after all.

KC Mom said...

All good advice!!

Joanna Jenkins said...

:-)))) Very funny. I'll keep it in mind when I shop for Father's Day or any other guy holiday! Thanks for the "indside tip".

Randi Troxell said...

very great... and very funny! though i still think the beer idea rocks! i think it would be brilliant to buy 6 or 7 beers he's never had... put them in a basket and then waaa-laaaaah!

Grand Pooba said...

Tyler is a genius. The cardboard box is brilliant! Now my hubster is not a father but as soon as that day comes I am prepared for a lifetime of fathers days!

Thank you Tyler, thank you.

thesixkents said...

That's hilarious!
So true - men are just not as complex as we are. Something simple will hit it every time.

mommy4life said...

I love these ideas, especially cardboard box! Soooo true!

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom said...

Beer is right on. That's always the best present--always makes him happy! Same goes for a bottle of Jack, too.

the ungourmet said...

These are great suggestions! The gift basket is a terrific idea that I had not thought of.

Thank goodness my husband has taken up golf. It gives me something to work with for gift ideas.

Kathy B! said...

Tyler is in rare form today :)

I'm glad to know we aren't the only family zooming down the staircase in cardboard boxes...

Jen said...

Fabulous idea!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Hmm. What if your husband does not like to attend sporting event? Would a GPS system be an appropriate place taker? I'm stressing here.

Amy said...

I really like the box idea. I may use that. The beer is so yummy.

Hey Fran, Thanks for leaving me sweet comments while I have be away from blogging here and there. I am having my Round Robin if any of you lovely ladies want to stop by. Yes, Tyler you can add an idea if you would like.

Kameron said...

Tyler, in response to your email, it is lucky that I am a diehard Red Sox fan who probably knows the stats better than my New England born and bred hubby!! I'm pregnant so no beer for me, but I will gladly indulge in some sloppy chili cheese nachos and sausage and peppers!!! Thanks for your concern!

Helene said...

Great post!! A Home Depot or Best Buy gift card usually goes over well with my husband! Also, I enjoy stepping aside and letting him completely enjoy his time with the kids on Father's Day.

Life As I Know It said...

You lost me at magnets...
I would add some grilling tools to the cardboard box.

Willow Tree said...

Tie a ribbon on a six pack and I do believe that's called "Man Flowers."

Blessings, C~

Noah's Mommy said...

fabulous Idea....truly....

WhisperingWriter said...

Love that.

My husband is getting a funny card and that's about it.

Counselormama said...

Yeah, my hubs would love the beer idea, I guess that's easy enough!

Deb said...

I am totally doing the gift basket this year. My problem is that Sven's birthday is only a couple of weeks after Father's Day, so I run out of producers.

NovelTeaMommy said...

This is awesome! Thanks for affirming my gifting tendancies.

And who would have thought a guy could put together such a great list? ; )