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Today is my father's birthday, any suggestions?

Asked by qashqai (2465points) September 25th, 2008

Today my father turns 59!
I am coming back from my business trip abroad and I need to find a present for him, but I have got absolutely no idea.

There’s no budget limitation, but the present has to fit in a hand luggage, since tomorrow I will fly back again to client location. (E.g. I cannot buy him a racing-horse).

Any idea is more than welcome.

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Judi's avatar

What country are you in?

Judi's avatar

I think you can get an ipod touch at the airport. My husband is 58 and loves his.

qashqai's avatar

Thank you Judi!

I am in London, UK and I am flying towards Nice, France.
It doesn’t have to be an “airport present”, my flight leaves around 6pm and I stop working at lunch time, so I have a couple hours of spare time to roam around the city looking for something.

JackAdams's avatar

It’s always been my advice that you can’t go wrong with a gift certificate, because then the recipient is then free to select and obtain something that s/he genuinely wants.

I have never had anyone tell me that they were ever “disappointed” to receive a gift certificate.

Judi's avatar

Have you ever had anyone rude enough to say they were dissapointed to receive any gift?

JackAdams's avatar

Yes, indeed.

Judi's avatar

I don’t think I want your friends!

JackAdams's avatar

It’s one of the reasons why I will never again try to buy SHOES for a woman!

“Wrong size!”
“Wrong color!”
“Wrong style!”
“Wrong store!”

Judi's avatar

shoes are tough, but then again, you can never have to many pairs of shoes!

JackAdams's avatar

Shoes are not “tough.”

Shoes are impossible!

I give gift certificates to shoe stores, from now on.

I learned my lesson, well.

Nimis's avatar

Shoes are impossible.
Silly Jack. Trying to buy shoes for a woman. Tsk.

JackAdams's avatar

I know. Forgive me; I was a newlywed. Nobody told me that men should never buy shoes for a woman.

Nimis's avatar

It was a sweet gesture nonetheless. Foolish mind you. But sweet.

JackAdams's avatar

She thanked me for the thought, but told me that if I ever did it again, that she had the right to shoot me. (I forgot the specific law she quoted.)

Judi's avatar

I still think your dad would like the ipod touch. Just load it up with some ‘60’s iTunes.

Knotmyday's avatar

A watch. He’ll like it.

marinelife's avatar

What about writing you father a letter about what he has meant to you in your life? The things that you learned from him when young that you use today; the values that he instilled in you; the times you had with him that you treasure. End with how much you love him.

You could never give him anything he would appreciate more.

JackAdams's avatar

In your letter, let him know that you know someone (me) who never had any kind of father, ever.

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