Best Christmas Gift for Dad! 2018

best christmas gifts for dad

Hello. My name is Margery and I have been moonlighting as a personal shopper for several years now which is why I chose to write a topical article this time for year all about helping you get the Best Christmas Gift for Dad. Unfortunately my Dad pass on several years ago now but I can still remember the stress associated with trying to choose the right gift and then the disappointed afterward when reflecting how poor a job I did. Luckily I still have two father in laws and my boyfriend’s father that I call Dad.┬á It’s raining Dad’s.

The good news is that now we have tens of thousands different online gift choices at our fingertips, just waiting for the right choice to be made. Therein is the hard type. Choice. Remy has set me a mission for this post – two recommendations. By giving you the choice of one gift or the other I plan to help you make the dad gift your best gift this year.

Upon reflection about my Dad there is three gifts I failed to gift him and I wish I could give him now.

First up I wish I had somehow worked out a way to give my dad the gift of downtime. Still to this day I can’t remember ever seeing him relax. He always had something on the go, someone to talk to, something bothering him, somewhere to be, somebody waiting for him or a long list of projects half-way done. I wonder what it would have done to his stress levels if we could have just removed him from all that for a day every now and get and get him isolated into a world without those distractions.

Second up I would have really loved to see him pursue a hobby. I know exactly what it would have been too. He was a massive fan of Greek philosophy and Greek mythology so I would have loved to see him use a bit of spare time (gained in the paragraph above) to read some ancient manuscripts so that he could ponder on life and probably tell us all how wrong we’ve got it. ­čÖé Priceless.

Last but not least I really think he missed out on spending quality time with us kids while we were really little. As we got older our relationship with dad actually strengthened once we were teenagers but it would have really been great to have a strong connection with dad from day one.

Taking all that into consideration here is my two picks.

Gift Idea #1 – Relaxation, Time Out & Peace (aka A Hammock)

Here is a very old school kind of gift but don’t pass it by without hearing me out. The common Hammock has come a long way since those rope hammocks we used to push each other around on as kids. The materials have jumped ahead leaps and bounds to the point where people are actually using Hammocks to take hiking with them in place of tents.

Back to the task at hand though here is a gift that tells him that he is allowed to take a break, lie down and read book or drink a beer. What’s even better that that is that these things come in a double size. The double hammock will let you or a handful of the kids jump in there with him and swing the afternoon away. How’s the serenity?

Before you say to yourself : But what about those of us who live in apartment complexes – there are no trees here, no backyard even. I give you the gift of nature – take it camping, find a park – reconnect with a tree. If you can get your dad to spend an afternoon in nature it will do him a world of good when it comes to stress levels (which in turn in undoubtedly do a world of good for your stress levels.)


Gift Idea #2 – Family Time, Outdoors away from it all (Cornhole)

Cornhole has been around for just about ever and it never gets boring (depending on who you play with of course). I remember my dad made us a set out of an old car bonnet he had lying around (it wasn’t pretty but worked really well).┬á┬áSometimes it is also known as Ben Bag Toss.

For those of you who have never come across it before it is very simple (and very addictive), just throw the bag into the hole. Usually two players battle it out again each other with different colored bags.

The simplicity of the game is a massive contrast to your modern day world of tablets, iPhone & apps etc. which is why I think you really need to consider this gift idea. Imagine the freedom of being able to play a game without having to sit next to a power point? Amazing.

Now, for those of you who are veteran Cornhole players or those of you who have got a very vivid imagination I will share with you some things that the more advanced players may venture into.

Cornhole golf – we used to have half a dozen or so Cornhole boards all set up around the yard into a quasi golf course. It was kind of crazy and mum hated it but that is what kind of gave the game it’s charm. Dad would occasionally venture out of the shed “to show us how it’s done.”

Trick shots – round the back, over the shoulder, through the legs, over the roof, you get the picture.


In closing out I want to thank you for sharing the last few minutes with me on my journey. I hope I have given you enough inspiration to connect your dad with the perfect gift that is just right for him. If you did get yourself that hammock or game of Cornhole don’t forget to share your experiences below.

As a single mother of two beautiful girls I hope my experiences can inspire and motivate all you other magical moms out there to win the game of life.  I am twice divorced.  I am independent and I am working hard to put a roof over my own head.

11 Replies to “Best Christmas Gift for Dad! 2018”

  1. Hey Margery, 

    I’ve enjoyed reading this article as it’s informative and interesting. My dad is actually visiting an island in the Adman and Nicobar Islands located in Thailand. I’m planning to get him a hammock as he loves them because he can relax and read his favorite books. I’m definitely planning to get him the Unigear Single and Double Hammock. I have a question though. How much does the shipping fee cost? 

    Thank you in advance for answering my question. Good job! 

    1. amazon will give you a shipping cost as part of their check out process AV.  Sorry I can’t answer that question myself because you could be anywhere and location counts when in shipping terms.

  2. Thanks for posting about the Cornhole game! I just got back from a spiritual retreat in Palm Springs and stayed at the Hotel Paseo, and that is the first place I had ever seen this game before! It was set up in their courtyard and two men were playing it together for over an hour, they were having such an obviously good time, too. It seemed so simple, but I had no idea what it was called or that I could purchase one so cheaply until I found this post. After seeing those two grown men having such a blast, I know your recommending this for Dad is spot on.

  3. These are a couple of great gift ideas for dad.  I think the hammock is the one that i like the best.  They are so relaxing to just tap a nap in.  They are often times reasonably priced and a great gift idea that dad would actually use.  Thanks for the article, it has given me a couple of ideas that i would not have come up with on my own.  

  4. I love this article. It made me miss and think about my Dad who is currently overseas. He’s really old and i think the best gift he would want is quality time with all his children. I wish my siblings and I would get together and can make that happen soon. Thanks for the reminder:)

    1. I hope it can happen to sheila.  Sometimes these things don’t just spontaneously happen by themselves though.

      Don’t wait until it is too late.  Regret is very hard to overcome.

  5. Hi Margery! I posted my comment directly through your site and was so excited to learn about the cornhole game!!! Here is what I posted:

    “Thanks for posting about the Cornhole game! I just got back from a spiritual retreat in Palm Springs and stayed at the Hotel Paseo, and that is the first place I had ever seen this game before! It was set up in their courtyard and two men were playing it together for over an hour, they were having such an obviously good time, too. It seemed so simple, but I had no idea what it was called or that I could purchase one so cheaply until I found this post. After seeing those two grown men having such a blast,  I know your recommending this for Dad is spot on. “

    Just in the interest of helping my fellow WA fam member to build the best site possible, I wanted to mention that I do think your posts could benefit from using the spellcheck/grammar tool. It is so easy to forget that last part when we are eager to just get those posts out, but too many spelling/grammar errors can be a distraction as a reader, I find. It helps to run our posts through the checker to make sure we look like the professional, authoritative bloggers we really are. I even use grammarly because it is way better than the spellcheck/grammar tool included with WA, and it catches so many errors for me.

    Great post and very engaging. And I could not agree more with the premise of your whole site. Have you read Strong fathers, Strong Daughters? That book blew my mind and might be another great resource to promote on your site.

    Take care and keep up the good work,

    Desa

  6. Hi Margery, This is a great read for every child, mom that has a busy dad! 

    It’s good to take the time and think about this for a while, instead of doing nothing and letting things go like usual. Busy dads don’t always know better than being busy, because that’s how it goes in their lives…

    I like both gift ideas, as they both have great social interactions and provide the necessary chill time with family.

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