What does Dad want for Father's Day?

What are you getting Dad for Father's Day?I've never been big on gift-giving for Father's Day. I'm pretty reserved and practical. I don't wear ties much. I appreciate the simple things fatherhood provides - like time and experiences with my family. 

The rest of the world seems to be different. Holidays like Mother's Day and Father's Day skew toward retail, using these special days to get us to buy the latest gadgets, ties or $19.99 flower bouquets that last a few days. 

This year, put together a list of the 10 best gifts for Father's Day. It's a fun and visual look at popular items for today's busy Dad. (I mean, who wouldn't want a new set of golf clubs?).  

But lists like these always ring a bit hollow for me. 

Don't get me wrong, I appreciate giving and receiving gifts - any time of year. But I'm more interested in what those gifts can create. Like No. 10 on's list - grilling tools. I love to grill dinners for my family in the backyard. Would new grilling items help? Sure. But the better part of that gift is how it enhances the time I get to spend with my family.  

This year, my family and I are spending Father's Day together at a Major League Baseball game. I can think of few things more enjoyable on a summer day than going to the ballpark and experiencing the sights and sounds with my kiddos. (My only regret is not getting to spend some Father's Day time with my dad.)

This year, I appreciate the gift of game tickets and having the health and means to get there. But I will remember how my kids reacted to the day's events more. 

What does your dad want for Father's Day? Hopefully, you can spend some time together this year with the Dads in your life.

Leave a comment and win this cooler/grill combination!Editor's note: Leave a comment on this blog post, and tell us your best Father's Day gift idea. For doing so, you'll have a chance to win this grill-cooler combo (see photo to at right). This giveaway closes Monday, June 17, 2013 at 12 p.m. CST.  One entry per email address is permitted. We'll select the winner using and announce him/her the following Tuesday, June 18, as an update to this post.  We'll notifiy the winner via email and ask her/him to provide a mailing address to receive the prize; if the winner does not respond within seven days, the winner forfeits the prize and another winner will be selected.

by Tom Buchheim on Mon, Jun 10 2013 11:34 am
Posted by Tom Buchheim on Mon, Jun 10 2013 11:34 am


Laura Esperanza said on Jun 11, 2013
My kids want to get there day a breast cancer hat that his been wanting and take him out to eat. They also want to make him a big card..
Crystal Brown said on Jun 11, 2013
I plan on getting my Dad a new radio for the new shop he had built this spring. His barn fell in last year during the storms we had, so he tore it down and built a new shed where it used to be. He is a widower and still runs the business that he had when my Mother was alive.
chad stephen said on Jun 11, 2013
definitely a grill/smoker
Tiffany B said on Jun 11, 2013
Photo book to show off his family!
Liz Fransen said on Jun 11, 2013
A relaxing day laying on the couch watching a Brewers game uninterrupted by his 3 kids with a Mountain Dew, chicken wings, pringles and the remote within reach!
Tom McCormick said on Jun 12, 2013
My suggestion to my 5year old daughter was for a small Lego set.
Darlene Watterson said on Jun 13, 2013
I think the best gift is quality family time. I just wish my Dad was here to have time with.

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