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Holiday gift shopping for the friends and family in your life can go one of two ways. Either you breeze right through it, choosing just the right gift for everyone in under an hour or you’re awkwardly looking for hints in the form of “what do you want for Christmas?” questions. It seems that most shoppers fall under the second category.
It often seems that dad is the hardest person in the family to shop for. You know he’s probably got enough ties and even if he specifically asked for a certain type of tool would you even know what he’s talking about? Of course there’s always the gift card but that’s taking the easy way out. You want to get your dad something he’s not expecting and something that he’ll really enjoy.
So, in honor of hard-to-shop-for dads everywhere we’ve created this handy guide filled with fun and unusual gifts that just might have your dad thinking he raised you right after all.
Bourbon of the Month Club
Subscription boxes are the trendy gifts these days and not only are they incredibly easy to order but your dad gets 12 gifts instead of one! The boxes can be customized from companies that stock them with everything from shaving products to bacon but we think you can’t really go wrong with alcohol.
A Bourbon of the Month subscription box gets your dad a monthly delivery of a full sized bottle of craft bourbon every month. What if your dad isn’t a fan of bourbon? Don’t worry, there are subscription boxes for just about every other type of alcohol too.
Coin Collection Starter Kit
If your dad is a history buff or just simply likes to collect things a coin collection starter kit is the perfect gift. There are a number of different kits available from those who are mildly curious to those who might want to take up coin collection as a serious hobby. The kits come with a variety of popular, collectible coins, books on the history of coins and how to care for them, and the proper materials for coin storage.
Be warned, though. Sometimes people go down the coin collection road and never look back. It really is a fascinating hobby and chances are your dad will be thrilled with this gift. Just don’t be surprised if he asks you if you want to go to a coin show with him sometime.
A Fancy but Simple Espresso Machine
Gone are the days of the simple drip coffee machine. From the French press to self-contained espresso machines that turn you into an instant barista the way we drink coffee has changed greatly over the last few years. You don’t want to see your dad stuck with his old Mr. Coffee, do you?
Today’s espresso machines are compact, easy to use, and spit out a perfect espresso every time. Your dad can even harness his inner barista and steam up some milk while he’s at it. What could be easier than throwing in some whole beans and some water and having delicious espresso in minutes? Your dad will thank you, and he might even share.
A Flying Lesson
Unless your dad is already a pilot or has a fear of flying the chances are good that he’s always wanted to be in the cockpit of a plane, hands on the controls, and whizzing through the skies. Luckily most flying schools offer an introductory flight that includes some of the basics on how the plane operates and the voodoo that keeps it in the sky.
Or if your dad isn’t really interested in piloting the plane but would still like a great aviation experience book him a flight in a vintage WWII fighter plane or something similar. After he takes a couple of barrel rolls and nose dives the smile on his face when he lands will be priceless.
The gift giving season is all about spending time with family and friends and giving them gifts to show you care. This year take your gift giving game up a notch or two and give your dad a unique gift that he’ll remember for years to come.