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 10:34 am
Posted by Tom Buchheim on Mon, Jun 10 2013 10:34 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..
Brenda Miller said on Jun 11, 2013
A Pawley's Island Hammock with stand.
Laura Esperanza said on Jun 11, 2013
This would be a great gift for my husband cause we are always at the ball park... He would love it...
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.
Tom Buchheim said on Jun 19, 2013
Congrats, Crystal! You're the lucky winner of the grill-cooler combo from American Family Insurance. Check your inbox for details. Thanks to everyone who participated!
chad stephen said on Jun 11, 2013
definitely a grill/smoker
Keith McDaniel said on Jun 11, 2013
A Samsung smart tv.
Steve Rodgers said on Jun 27, 2013
These are really cool ideas. My kids and I always do something really nice for my dad for Fathers Day. This year we got him about 15
<a href=";&gt;New York mugs</a> which he collects. He must have over 50 now! Thanks for the post! You've given me some great ideas for next year.
Tim said on Jun 11, 2013
I always like getting a new Dad t shirt from my boys, but the best gift that can be given or received in my eyes is kicking back with the family at a cook-out, just being able to spend time with everyone is enough
Melisa Boeck said on Jun 11, 2013
Grill would be great!
Paul LaVoie said on Jun 11, 2013
I hear I'm getting a new radar detector, which will save me some cash in the long run with the speeding tickets I'll be ducking!
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!
Ambrielle Bender said on Jun 11, 2013
My Husband says he wants a new fishing/grilling chair... so he will be getting a gift card since he is so picky on what type lol. He will also be getting Steak and red potato salad (His favorite)
Kelly H said on Jun 11, 2013
Tools are what makes our Dad light up! Some careful research or quick questions about what he's been needing will make him day special. This year a new power drill perhaps?
Randy Stewart said on Jun 11, 2013
We are making homemade bbq sauce with our own labels, then the kids will decorate a apron with pictures of hot dogs and hamburgers. We will then bbq our pops some good mood food :)
Chris Cunningham said on Jun 11, 2013
Tickets to our favorite football team
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.
Carolyn E said on Jun 14, 2013
Love these family days
Chris Arnberg said on Jun 14, 2013
New running shoes!
Marjorie Robertson said on Jun 14, 2013
I like to keep lists all year long of comments made, or in simply observing
make a note of items that might be needed (or wanted). Then, as different occasions come up, I can give those gifts.
Having said that... I feel many of the BEST gifts, are those that can be nearly free, but are so meaningful, such as writing a poem or letter to your father, and expressing what he means to you, how he has helped you in life, etc. As our Dads get older, maybe just simply spending TIME with him, means more than any monetary item.
Michelle Washburn said on Jun 15, 2013
My dad is 65 and never owned a computer, I would like to get him started on one. However, he is the grill master and would love this prize

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