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Kittydreamer
10-30-07, 01:54 PM
I drew my dad's name for our family Christmas exchange this year. He's impossible to buy for. He's retired and travels a lot so I can't get him anything like a "cake of the month" club or something like that. I've already done the RV cookbook and travel games.

Here are the rules:
$30 limit
no gift cards
no books
nothing large
no "I donated money/time" type thing, did that for Father's Day

There must be something cool out there for a dad that has everything, needs nothing yet expects the moon. Please help me, I'm normally done with my Christmas shopping by now.

DVD Josh
10-30-07, 01:57 PM
Audiobooks are great for travelers. I recently listened to Manhunt, and the new Colbert, very good.

shadowhawk2020
10-30-07, 01:57 PM
Give him a kitty :)

Or just kick him in the nuts and call it a day.

shadowhawk2020
10-30-07, 01:58 PM
Audiobooks are great for travelers. I recently listened to Manhunt, and the new Colbert, very good.


The new Colbert was awesome :)

Pointyskull
10-30-07, 01:58 PM
Too many rules.
What's wrong with gift cards? Or books?

Your only choices are a nice bottle of tequila or Dexter: Season One.
Those are really your only two choices.

devilshalo
10-30-07, 01:59 PM
$30? Give him the gift that keeps on giving.. a lap dance at the local gentleman's club. $10 cover.. $20 dance.. you're all set.

Kittydreamer
10-30-07, 02:00 PM
Audiobooks are great for travelers. I recently listened to Manhunt, and the new Colbert, very good.
This isn't a bad idea, thank you.

:p to the rest of you. :lol:

shadowhawk2020
10-30-07, 02:00 PM
$30? Give him the gift that keeps on giving.. a lap dance at the local gentleman's club. $10 cover.. $20 dance.. you're all set.


Nothing says Merry Christmas like a VD :)

Minor Threat
10-30-07, 02:04 PM
http://www.hasbro.com/common/images/products/H01641be2dec_Main400.jpg

http://www.hasbro.com/default.cfm?page=ps_results&product_id=19490

Nick Danger
10-30-07, 02:19 PM
Nunzilla!


http://www.mcphee.com/pixlarge/10354.jpg

http://www.mcphee.com/items/10354.html

The Bus
10-30-07, 02:47 PM
Binoculars?
Lighter?
Beer stein?
Cigars?

Sorry, I automatically think to what the old man shop at the mall sells. That's about it. They only sell those four items above.

dick_grayson
10-30-07, 02:55 PM
http://www.dcbowden.com/images/LPs/small/Emperor_reverence_small.jpg

wendersfan
10-30-07, 02:56 PM
Binoculars?
Lighter?
Beer stein?
Cigars?

Sorry, I automatically think to what the old man shop at the mall sells. That's about it. They only sell those four items above.Don't they also sell those all-in-one weather stations that tell you the barometric pressure in Sri Lanka to the fifth decimal place? What old man wouldn't want one of those?

DVD Josh
10-30-07, 03:01 PM
Nothing says Merry Christmas like a VD :)

If you can get VD from a lap dance, that's one hell of a lap dance.

dick_grayson
10-30-07, 03:02 PM
If you can get VD from a lap dance, that's one hell of a lap dance.


or one serious case of VD

RunBandoRun
10-30-07, 03:04 PM
Are you sure no gift cards? I give my dad a Wal Mart gift card for Christmas and birthdays and he loves it. If your dad travels a lot in an RV, I'd think that would come in handy.

If he's really that picky, though, say it with plain old cash. :D

The Bus
10-30-07, 03:32 PM
Don't they also sell those all-in-one weather stations that tell you the barometric pressure in Sri Lanka to the fifth decimal place? What old man wouldn't want one of those?

Bonus if it's a shortwave radio. Now he can listen to Deutsche Welle or BBC World Service wherever he is!

madara
10-30-07, 03:33 PM
I feel your pain Kitty, I have same problem with my dad.
He no longer watches movies or any entertainment media for that matter really. He still has Band of Brothers box set I gave him like 5 Christmases ago sealed. All my little knowledge is in books, games, movies and computer stuff and he has every tool needed for his handyman mechanic stuff so my gc's end up being the only viable idea I have left after weeks of brainstorming.

Kittydreamer
10-30-07, 03:41 PM
I'm thinking there must be something cool on eBay. Hmmm.....

Jeeden
10-30-07, 03:47 PM
He travels...by air...or by car/RV?

If by car, maybe this?

Accutire Programmable Tire Pressure Guage with backlight
link (http://www.amazon.com/Accutire-Programmable-Gauge-Flashlight-Case/dp/B000RN4GT6/ref=sr_1_26/103-7329828-8343822?ie=UTF8&s=automotive&qid=1193776801&sr=8-26)
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41YsL1ry4xL._AA280_.jpg

I saw them at Costco for $14, but the Amazon price isn't bad. I have one of the earlier ones and it works well.

For air traveler (or car if he isn't driving) how about this?

JVC NC-100 Noise Cancel headphones
link (http://www.amazon.com/JVC-HANC100-Noise-Cancelling-Headphones/dp/B0000U19F0/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-7329828-8343822?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1193777104&sr=1-1)
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/413MNTYE4YL._AA280_.jpg
they got great reviews here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16057995/

I bought a pair for my wife and she likes them, they are good bang for buck. They have neat features (cord winds up into headphone, etc), a little over your budget, but you can use a coupon at Amazon, etc. They were about $80 last year when I bought them and worth it.

Kittydreamer
10-30-07, 03:57 PM
They travel by RV and he is mostly deaf so I'm not sure if the headphones would work? He's also helping an elderly gentleman in his neighborhood on his geneology project. I wonder if there's anything related to that I could find for him that he doesn't already have.

Pharoh
10-30-07, 03:59 PM
A new pocketknife or multi-tool?

devilshalo
10-30-07, 04:48 PM
or one serious case of VD
Well, if VD stands for vaginal discharge (see Superbad).

DVD Josh
10-30-07, 05:28 PM
They travel by RV and he is mostly deaf so I'm not sure if the headphones would work? He's also helping an elderly gentleman in his neighborhood on his geneology project. I wonder if there's anything related to that I could find for him that he doesn't already have.

Maybe some geneology software?

ukywyldcat
10-30-07, 05:32 PM
Your only choices are a nice bottle of tequila or Dexter: Season One.
Those are really your only two choices.

:thumbsup: :lol:

NotThatGuy
10-30-07, 05:40 PM
How about a CB Radio? RV people seem to be into stuff like that, talking to others on the road.

-p

Abelkems
10-30-07, 05:49 PM
This is a little over your budget but always a great gift.

"The Ex" (http://www.amazon.com/Stainless-Steel-Knives-Unique-Holder-BLACK/dp/B000KMAIHS/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/105-5874565-2060438?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1193784484&sr=8-2) Knife Set


http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41-WNVNCBoL._SS400_.jpg

ukywyldcat
10-30-07, 05:53 PM
A few boxes of condoms. Men that travel a lot often get around.

Kittydreamer
10-30-07, 06:26 PM
Ok, things to not say in this thread: VD, lap dance, condoms, sex, anything to do with anything of the sexual nature!!!! :grunt:

:lol:

shoppingbear
10-30-07, 06:33 PM
Your only choices are a nice bottle of tequila...
What about a nice bottle of Durex? :D


What? :lol:

glassdragon
10-30-07, 06:56 PM
Ok, things to not say in this thread: VD, lap dance, condoms, sex, anything to do with anything of the sexual nature!!!! :grunt:

:lol:


hmmmm that's a Hard One

Chrisedge
10-30-07, 07:03 PM
Cheap (Timex) watch, Multi Tool, Instructional DVD, Music CD's...

ernestrp
10-30-07, 07:32 PM
Are you sure no gift cards? I give my dad a Wal Mart gift card for Christmas and birthdays and he loves it. If your dad travels a lot in an RV, I'd think that would come in handy.

If he's really that picky, though, say it with plain old cash. :D

My 81 year old father gets a Walmart, Sears or K-mart gift cards or other GC every year from his 3 daughers. I, the ungest ends up givng him the cash for the cards. I dont mind Walmart but the others really suck and I'am Sears/Kmart stock holder.

-popcorn-

dick_grayson
10-30-07, 07:44 PM
checkout thinkgeek.com

i recommend the lcd faucet thing

glassdragon
10-30-07, 07:44 PM
and I'am Sears/Kmart stock holder.

-popcorn-


How's that panning out for you? :D

Kittydreamer
10-30-07, 07:48 PM
checkout thinkgeek.com

i recommend the lcd faucet thing
Yeah that's a good site, I'll see if I can find anything there. Thanks. :)