I may have intimated in the past that my father is a little "grumpy," well this personality quirk come delightfully into focus around birthdays, weddings and obviously father's day.
Let it be known, I love him.
However how do you buy a present for someone who doesn't want a present. He has no hobbies (save alcohol and smoking, hobbies which I do not really want to subsidise.*) Although maybe some nice cigars (he could save one or two for the wedding) but mother may kill me (he is not meant to smoke) and
Bean's family are not really into the whole present giving. Although the siblings do tend to club together to buy presents. Last year it was a 4x4 day (which he is yet to take advantage) which is a great idea but at the same I don't think he really wants a present either.
He is a man who spends his time acquiring music and radio plays from the internet which he transfers onto his tiny mp3 player. (He does not want a new mp3 player). He then spends hours immersed in his little world, working in the garden or house, and away from my mother's calls.
So in the past we have bought him in no particular order
...golf balls and associated paraphernalia (when he used to play golf many moons ago)
...rather nice headphones (mainly so we didn't have to listen to his music - he likes to play it loud!)
...some foam lining for his old speakers (which I am pretty sure he has not taken advantage of)
...a decent modem (which he wanted)
...cheese (he likes his seriously smelly cheese but we buy him cheese everytime)
...red wine (although there is no point in buying "nice" wine because after £20 he thinks it's a waste of money)
Pickles (my brother) has suggested we recharge one of his special drill batteries. (Although I think he is too lazy to sort it out and we may have left it a little late.) Heartfelt no, but at least something practical.
So I ask, apart from offering time to see said father when I shall be cooking (hopefully BBQ!), what on earth can I buy him? After 20 odd years of gift buying I am stumped!
Oh dirty bearded daddy and a pretty blonde anna. I imagine my mother would be horrified by the photograph!
*As an aside, I may have said before it is your own choice to smoke or drink. I happen to think that if you are younger than me (less than say 30) and you have grown up with all the negative publicity campaigns then you are a little silly to smoke or drink heavily. Yet I have no real idea of how people older than me have been exposed to the negative press and thus I would never force anyone to give up (unless they wanted me to). Although at the same time I am fully aware that booze and smoking taxation pays my wages. Swings and roundabouts.