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Top Ten Creative Gifts for Dad for Christmas

By November 28, 2004

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Girl giving gift to dadEntering the Christmas shopping season, lots of kids start wondering, "What in the world should I get for dad?" Well, here is my definitive list of the hottest creative gifts for dad for Christmas. They are definitely out of the ordinary, but definitely cool.

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October 31, 2008 at 8:44 pm
(1) adaddy'sgirl says:

I have no idea what i will get my daddy for christmas

November 9, 2008 at 12:08 am
(2) dadlilgirl says:

I bought my dad a some fishing gear and a a new fishing boat then secretly asked my brothers and sisters if they would go in halfs with me to pay for a deep sea fishing trip for hip that included gas,food and a hotel and all together was not bad it was a $300 dollar gift but dad only lives once and it is a story that he can share with friends and family for a lifetime

November 9, 2008 at 3:51 pm
(3) daddysgurl says:

Well, think about what your dad wants or needs something of like my dad needs a new computer and printer so i am saving up to get one,even a tie,socks or any type of clothing he would problably like, or just something you made because your dads love everything taht you make beacuse you are so special to them! i hope i helped!

November 30, 2008 at 9:33 pm
(4) a daughter of a dad says:

ok so like if you have like a really smart dad like muahh than i would most definitely give him the GRAVITY GLOBE it is super cool just go to amazon.com then type in gravity globe and a bunch will come up. i hope i helped youu

December 1, 2008 at 1:26 am
(5) christmas wonders says:

My dad never tells anybody what he wants so I have no idea whatsover . please help me.

December 5, 2008 at 7:10 pm
(6) meagain says:

Night vision goggles, or some equally unusual and unnecessary yet way cool item.

December 7, 2008 at 4:41 pm
(7) Daddysprincess says:

I’m trying to figure out what to get my dad for Christmas. He needs something cool but its kinda hard, but i do have a few ideas in mind

December 7, 2008 at 8:30 pm
(8) sue says:

My dad is so like serios and wants a new Tv for christmas but i cant afford that so what should i do to make my dad happy this year? o
and every time i ask him, he says nothing just
behave!! Help me please!!!!

December 12, 2008 at 3:45 am
(9) Tera says:

I know, my dad says the same thing… “I don’t want anything, just you.” and it drives me NUTS! I know he is sincere when he says it, and perfectly satisfied with no gift, but I still want to get him something. I know he likes Harleys and and he has a 42 foot boat and he’s into hunting and fishing, but I have no idea what I can get him that’s under $50 and he can enjoy. Any suggestions? I would reaaaalllly appreciate it. And I want to get him something that he can look at and think about me because we live about 70 miles apart, and we don’t get to see eachother often. Thanks for the help!

- Tera/23/f/MI

December 12, 2008 at 2:04 pm
(10) luvnmydaddy says:

My daddy is really hard to shop for, too…so I know where ya’ll r comin’ from but I decided to put a “Daddy basket” together for him…I’m putting bullets for his gun, new headphones for his idpod, and lotto tickets and some other lil random stuff like that! Hope this helped!

December 15, 2008 at 5:31 pm
(11) Daddyslittlegurl says:

Everyone know Christmas is rite around the corner. I still have no idea what to get my dad. Some help me please!!!!!!!

November 3, 2009 at 2:22 pm
(12) Daddysgift??? says:

my dad is my soccer coach and doesn’t want anything but i still want to get him something cheap. He loves harleys and victorys and doesn’t really need anymore clothes help!!!

November 13, 2009 at 12:53 pm
(13) Jen says:

I know how you feel my dad never tell anyone n I used to buy him the new seasons of his favorite show , but now he bought the new one when it was out so im not sure what to buy him, butI hope I helped you out :)

- Jen

November 14, 2009 at 4:33 pm
(14) cookies...yummy:P says:

ok i know this might be like cheesy but it works. I make like these lil coupon books like free hug… clean my room…mow the lawn.. But my dad really likes it so i guess thats a good idea.

November 30, 2009 at 6:57 pm
(15) Ashley says:

I Got my dad the travel scrabble game and then a metal puzzle thing that he has to figure out how to get the thing off. i also went online on swisscolony.com and found a gift basket with pretzels mustards cheeses meats nuts etc. that he will love! you can also find out his hobby like say cars: a collectable car, Fishing: a photo of you and him fishing or of you with your fish you caught in a nice frame!

December 4, 2009 at 2:39 pm
(16) Jasmien says:

my dad is in to sports football basketball and somewhat baseball he likes radios and blasting them!! im not sure what to get him what so ever, i was thinking of getting him a sports poster for the jets but what would that do for him he has no where to put it since my parents share a room. any ideas. PLEASE HELP!!! :)

December 6, 2009 at 10:23 am
(17) Isabella says:

if your dad likes sport think about getting him something having to do with that. i got my dad a miniature sports stadium of the yankees

December 8, 2009 at 12:41 pm
(18) emily says:

my dad is really hard to buy for to. i was thinking of making him his favorite cookies and putting it in a christmas tin or somthing.

December 9, 2009 at 8:46 am
(19) Kate says:

well I might know what to get my dad i just don’t if it”s the right thing to get him. He is really into clocks so i was going to get him some is that a good idea?

December 10, 2009 at 2:27 pm
(20) Jessica says:

Just make him a photo album of all his most memorable moments. I’m sure he’ll appreciate it much more.

December 14, 2009 at 11:45 pm
(21) Waka says:

I think I’m going to get my dad a wallet or planet earth DVDs, he wants to travel but doesn’t have the money. Is that a good idea?

December 15, 2009 at 3:29 pm
(22) capia says:

you should get him a model airplane

December 16, 2009 at 7:50 pm
(23) Mike says:

I only said that because I was touched as a child

December 20, 2009 at 10:12 am
(24) Mark says:

A weather station from walmart is a great gift 89.00

December 21, 2009 at 9:24 pm
(25) natalie says:

I am getting my dad a nice gift basket with puzzles,peanuts,and well i dont know that far yet but i am thinking a mini game kit or cards.Please Help Me!!!!!!!There is 2 more days till christmas!!!

December 22, 2009 at 1:55 pm
(26) julie says:


December 22, 2009 at 6:05 pm
(27) kristie says:

omg, i know how you all feel, im going crazy, my dad is a truck driver and he only wears jeans, wrangler shirts and cowboy boots so its hard to buy any kind of clothes, he doesn’t like sports, but his most recent interest is gold panning, but he has everything for that.. i dont know what to do!

December 23, 2009 at 6:36 am
(28) Bella says:

House slippers, shop towels/rags, car waxing kit, popcorn tin, scratcher tickets, packs of nails and screws, WD-40, car cover, pajama pants, boxers, undershirts, new hammer, snow shovel, ice scraper/brush, windshield washer fluid, car air-fresheners, and then throw it in a 5 gallon bucket with a bow!

You’d be surprised how grateful dad is for the getting little things that he now doesn’t have to buy himself!

December 23, 2009 at 12:04 pm
(29) sarah says:

thanks i really like the bucket idea i am just going to do that!! and i also got him a nice collar shirt from Kohls and they were all on sale! also get him a picture of you and him and put in a frame he will love that!

December 24, 2009 at 5:34 am
(30) iheartmydad says:

here’s what i made my dad last year. I took an empty light green coloured wine bottle, and wrote lots of things about him on pieces of paper. and titled it THIS IS MY DAD. i also added on a couple of pictures of him with the family. then i put a few cool feathers in the bottle, stuck in a cork and voila! a caring pressie for your dad. i really hope i helped!

September 27, 2010 at 12:49 am
(31) Help me ! says:

Help I am only 12 and so I can’t buy expensive stuff & I only have. 37$ to spend from saving up my babysitting $ on each family member and I have 6!!!!!

October 7, 2010 at 7:53 pm
(32) Wayne Parker says:

Here are a couple of ideas. Ways to give of yourself to your dad involve time but not much money. I also have a list of inexpensive Father’s Day gifts that might give you a few ideas. Good luck!

November 9, 2010 at 6:48 pm
(33) lung duck says:

last year i bought my 63 year old dad a pair of Vans slip-on with Slayer Logos and a big pentaram in the middle of the toe area. i figured i would buy him something i would want and it would remind him of me. everyone is always trying to out-think what to get dad. dad doesnt need anything because, by default of being a father, dads usually endure pain and sacrifice over the years supporting a family ulitmately turning off the impulse to need for themselves. in other words the Dad is in need of nothing except a happy family. so give dad a super happy day for christmas and keep the fighting to a minimum, and you can never lose with something that will remind him of you.

November 13, 2010 at 11:24 am
(34) Lisa says:

My dad is over 50 and is into computers and stuff he is diabetic and is not into sports so i really have no idea. something cheap.

November 13, 2010 at 11:31 am
(35) Lisa says:

My dad is over 50 is not into sports or traveling and is kind of a computer geek. I don’t want to get him socks or a tie or something like that I’m really stuck please help!

December 2, 2010 at 8:33 am
(36) KT IS DADDY'S GIRL says:


December 3, 2010 at 4:11 pm
(37) Noah says:

I got my father a subscription to the second half playbook. It brings the internet to them. Before this, he was having trouble finding what he needed on the internet.

The website is: http://www.secondhalfplaybook.com

Hope this helps!

December 5, 2010 at 8:12 pm
(38) Lisa says:

Thankyou! I like that idea

December 5, 2010 at 10:40 pm
(39) prestige_ww says:

thanks for nothing, adaddy’sgirl.

December 20, 2010 at 8:00 am
(40) youdontknowme:) says:

hmm i never see my dad i think i see hime like 3 times a year..
i dont know my dad well but what he likes and what i got him last year was fosters beer i know it seems thoughtless but i dont know him well and everytime i i go to his he has beer (he aint a alcholic)
Any ideas what to get him this year?

November 10, 2011 at 8:47 am
(41) me says:

Im getting my dad sports tickets, like the less expensive ones.

November 17, 2011 at 11:04 pm
(42) myself says:

my ‘rents sre divorced so my dad lives in italy. i havint seen him in more than a year so i cant remember what hes like. i need to get him something but i dont know what. if you have any ideas about great gifts that every dad likes please post them!!!! than you;-]

November 21, 2011 at 12:15 am
(43) Laurie says:

I get my dad the same thing every year. And he LOVES it!! I go to a local coin shop. They have these huge bins of coins and you pay by the ounce. I get him a few scoops of coins, put them in a little velvet bag, and for the whole day, he, my brothers, my husband, my uncles, and my sons all go through the coins looking for “treasure”. From time to time I am able to find old post cards from his home town “back in the day” and he really likes those too. He doesn’t really NEED anything. So I figure, he likes the coins, I will keep giving him the coins.

November 27, 2011 at 5:38 pm
(44) lovemydaddy says:

im not sure wat to get my dad i was thinking a money clip, or funny boxers but he’s into wine, loves his iphone, and likes the cool techy gadget stuff any ideas? under 50$ please!

November 29, 2011 at 9:59 pm
(45) I love my dad!!!!!! Best one ever !!!!!!! says:

I love “iheartmydad”‘s idea! I really hope my dad likes it! Thanks for the help!

December 15, 2011 at 7:05 pm
(46) turtle says:

why dont all of you just make him a coupon book it is not very costly!

December 18, 2011 at 8:53 am
(47) Yoyo says:

My dad likes speed biking and likes tech stuff I need something inexpensive 4 my dad HELP!!! 😰

May 28, 2012 at 5:04 pm
(48) Lucero says:

I would love to either do your onlnie workshop if you offer them. Or possible if your in the southern California area. I am finally following my dreams and want to be able to learn as much I can. Reading your little story about having a daughter at 19, really hit home for me. As I am too became a mother at 19, growing into the single mother role & now having a husband who loves her as his own. You are such an inspiration to me, I am shedding tears as I write. I hope to meet you one day and really get some amazing training from you..Jessica

October 8, 2012 at 5:24 pm
(49) jessie says:

My dad loves his iphone and im thinking to buy him a little basket with all kinds of thingies.. hope This might of helped you out :) )

November 12, 2012 at 7:11 pm
(50) lexii says:

my dad said he has worn the same pairs of shoes socks and shirts for 5 years im planning on getting him a gift certicfate to get anything and a coupld of other thingies

November 23, 2012 at 11:17 am
(51) Bill says:

As a DAD, I have to say some of these ideas are just great. Have to back the 5 gallon bucket idea. Fill it with a bunch of non-exciting but absolute essentials (shaving cream, anit-freeze, snow shovel, a six pack, gloves, a scarf, altoids, deodorant, odd tools, batteries… LOL). I just jumped on here to send out ideas to my own family. Thanks for the help!

November 27, 2012 at 7:45 pm
(52) sammy says:

Thanks for all the help!
But my dad is a construction type so i’ll go with Bill’s idea

December 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm
(53) Meghan(; says:

So i got my dad a wallet,new headphones ofr his ipod and Eagles (The football team) Pajama pants. Im only 14 but im getting him something else to probably a comic book (he’s into those)

December 1, 2012 at 8:19 pm
(54) dadslilgirl says:

ok my dad says he wants car parts but i dont have the money please help me

December 2, 2012 at 9:57 pm
(55) mydaddy says:

ok so this year in going to put together a basket for my dad for xmas yeah

hope it helps 😄

December 8, 2012 at 9:11 pm
(56) dokm says:

i loike these ideas mate!!!

December 9, 2012 at 7:11 pm
(57) emiliee says:

if ur dad is into fishing. give him a gift card to brass pro shop or by that anouying fish that sings. guys always get a laugh out of that. if not any visa gift card will work.

December 12, 2012 at 8:53 am
(58) Daddy's gurly says:

Wellllll I think I am going to get my whole family to pitch in and gett my dad a. Wood cutter because I am only 13 and I have saved up since October and I have only got 300 hundred and they are alot of money………

December 15, 2012 at 8:43 pm
(59) Dad's BIG girl :3 says:

Maybe you guys can buy him a watch… my dad already has TONS of watches… so any help?

December 16, 2012 at 10:37 am
(60) emily love says:

i love all these ideas and i only have like 80$ for friends and family so its gonna be tough but i think im going w/ the bucket idea. and for all the people that dont know what to get there dad, my dad LOVES chocolate…just saing!!! maybe some gift cards to go w/ it and my dad loves cards that i make not store bought ones- no love in those get him some funny shirts or tools or like a football or soccer ball

hope this helps!!!

December 17, 2012 at 10:03 pm
(61) Couchpatato says:

I might get my dad a new house coat and a tacky christmas mug!!

December 21, 2012 at 6:49 am
(62) Hi says:

I want to get my dad some new earphone’s and like a pen for touchscreen stuff… He’s kinda gadgety but also outdoorsy, what should I get him?

December 21, 2012 at 5:25 pm
(63) joe says:

a bonsai tree

January 29, 2013 at 10:10 am
(64) Joe Amiss says:

I always struggle to buy my dad presents,
Ive started just using those gift websites because it seems to be
easiest and most convenient to order him things online.
Loads of ideas and full of geeky gadgets that he loves lol!
GiftThings.co.uk seems to be a good one, ordered him some gadgets on there this christmas at good price.
Good Luck!

May 18, 2013 at 2:17 pm
(65) zombieedthemovie.com says:

Excellent article. I certainly appreciate this website.
Stick with it!

May 25, 2013 at 6:27 pm
(66) ILA says:

My dad is about 60 and he is very quiet and cool and every time when we bought something for him, he said: why you paid your money for somthing like that! And i feel sad, i love him, so I’d like buy somthing for him and i dont know what! I lost my job and i dont have enough money :(

August 16, 2013 at 9:52 am
(67) Lana says:

It’s my dads b-day and I have “NO IDEA” what to get him! I’ve already gotten him 2 ties but that’s “NOT ENOUGH!” It can’t be anything too big or too heavy! And I need something that I could take on the plane since we live in different countries!!

November 7, 2013 at 9:57 pm
(68) Daddy'sGurl says:

Well, sometimes I make a coupon book. One coupon for a free car wash. One coupon for free massage, one free etc….

November 26, 2013 at 11:36 pm
(69) daddysgurl says:

why can’t they just tell what they want i mean im 9 not a mind reader!LOL

December 1, 2013 at 2:58 pm
(70) person says:

I always have got my dad one of those popcorn tins. They have about 3 different kinds of popcorn and have some pictures on the outside. There like 5 dollars and the container it comes in is reuseable.

December 1, 2013 at 3:02 pm
(71) person says:

I have always got my dad a popcorn tin. There is about 3 different types of popcorn and there is a picture or scene on the out side. The container it comes in is reuseable. He is always fine with that.

December 9, 2013 at 1:11 pm
(72) Agnes says:

I decided to make a home made stocking thats personalised with a few presents

December 18, 2013 at 7:49 pm
(73) daddysfav says:

my daddy is 34 and he likes shirts and ties he asked for a computer but he does reilize thats like $500 right help me something under $50

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