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I cant afford too much, and havent really put too much thought into this so i dont even really have a budget in mind. But my dad turns 65 this year. This man is my hero. He was my Scoutmaster and saw me to Eagle, taught me how to fish, and shoot, and camp, and golf, to drive, to work hard, to be honest, and love life. He is calm, and positive. Lives a clean life - doesnt drink or smoke. Always willing to help anyone in need.

My mom died 5 years ago yesterday, so he's been working a little less and playing more - now an avid fisherman, bowhunter, likes to camp, watches golf (cant play anymore since a back surgery 10 years ago).

Only problem is that he doesnt tell people what he wants - he just buys it.


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What's the budget? I know my dad would like something cheaper that's sentimental and well thought out than something for $10,000 that has no meaning behind it


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Does he have a collection of vinyl albums--and a decent turn table to play them on?


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Get him a boy scouts of america commemorative 10/22




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If he is like most baby boomers he probably has a collection of photographs in old albums or just disorganized in a box. You could scan these and present them to him in a nice digital format. Photographs of the two of you together over the years is especially welcome.

Think of the times you spent together that were most memorable to you and write them down as well.

I can guarantee these will be appreciated.
 
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What's the budget? I know my dad would like something cheaper that's sentimental and well thought out than something for $10,000 that has no meaning behind it


Same. I can probably pull up to $200ish


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If he is like most baby boomers he probably has a collection of photographs in old albums or just disorganized in a box. You could scan these and present them to him in a nice digital format. Photographs of the two of you together over the years is especially welcome.

Think of the times you spent together that were most memorable to you and write them down as well.

I can guarantee these will be appreciated.


My sister did that a few years back. Shes a professional photographer and digitialized our family photos.


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Get him a boy scouts of america commemorative 10/22


Ooo, that actually looks very nice. I wonder if he has a 10/22. Ill have to ask


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Does he have a collection of vinyl albums--and a decent turn table to play them on?


Hes actually never really cared for music other than playing the local country station in the car


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You know... I worked hard all my life, about 12 years of that at two jobs and
just recently retired myself, Wife, 3 kids, 8 Grandkids, 2 Great Grandkids, 2 Son in laws... And I got nothing from any of them!

On a budget of $200 it would be pretty hard to beat you taking him out to his favorite restaurant, just you and him, and telling him what you just told us about what he means to you.



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How about a nice Benchmade or Zero Tolerance knife?
 
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No help on the gift.

But dam cparktd, either you are a terrible, mean sob. Or your family needs a good kick in rear end. Everyone of them. That is disturbing to say the least. And please tell them to read this thread. That piss' me off the read that! It really does. Wth?




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You know... I worked hard all my life, about 12 years of that at two jobs and
just recently retired myself, Wife, 3 kids, 8 Grandkids, 2 Great Grandkids, 2 Son in laws... And I got nothing from any of them!

On a budget of $200 it would be pretty hard to beat you taking him out to his favorite restaurant, just you and him, and telling him what you just told us about what he means to you.


Been there, done that.

You're right, though. Probably the best dinner he's ever going to have. Only problem that might arise is that saw dust in his eyes.


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A nice portrait of you, your siblings, and all his grandkids. A generations photo.







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How about taking him on a fishing trip?
Material things are crap, time with family and friends is where it's at.


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Take him fishing. Go to his favorite spot and just talk and drown worms.

Take him to supper, maybe the favorite place he and your mom went.

Tell him "Thank you
 
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Does he live in UT like you do?

If so, how about a nice automatic (swichblade) knife?

There are plenty to fit your budget.

If he's a fisherman and hunter, he could probably use one. They are very handy.


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Bowhunter, you can buy him a new treestand (can always use another), 3-d archery target, camo, game camera, all within your budget. I guess depends on what he has.
 
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I like the fish all day, then an amazing dinner somewhere idea and either tell him what you said in this thread, or write him a card or something with it in it. I'm not sure if you guys camp, but that could be fun too. A weekend camping at a lake, fishing, bonding etc


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I read your post and the immediate thought was time. Give him your time.

Plan a camping trip for you guys and go. It's the perfect gift.
 
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