It’s Thursday. Father’s Day is on Sunday. I have several Dads to buy for and I haven’t even begun shopping. I usually put a lot of thought into what I buy my mom for Mother’s Day. For some reason, I have a hard time finding gifts that Dad will actually appreciate. This year, I decided to appeal to the inner child of the geeky dads in my life. The best gifts are memorable experiences, right?
Men love things that explode, launch into the air, or make loud noises. Something in their DNA makes them giddy at the site of destruction. Rockets are fun for boys of all ages. Not only will the men have fun putting them together and shooting them off, but it will give them an opportunity to complete a project with the kids.
Yep, I said it. If your man is truly a geek, there is definitely some sort of toy out there that will get them excited. Figurines, old school toys from their childhood, models, RC Cars, etc., will be a sure hit with your geeky dad. Actually, anything that you find on ThinkGeek.com would be perfectly acceptable.
Go on a Raid
If your geeky dad loves gaming, why not put aside some quality time and game with him? If you are not a gamer yourself, this is a huge sacrifice, and shows you truly care. Put on your first-person-shooter face and kill some enemies with him by your side. Or, level alongside them in their favorite MMORPG. Whatever game is their fancy, it doesn’t matter. Get a babysitter, order pizza, and let the good times roll.
Nothing says loving like an Arduino starter kit. The ultimate in geekiness, Arduino is a tool for making computers that can sense and control more of the physical world than your desktop computer. The open-source physical computing platform is based on a simple microcontroller board, and a includes a development environment for writing software for the board. What can dad make with it? Only your imagination limits you! From stop watches, to thermostats, alarms, bug zappers, and robots, your dad will be able to experiment and develop their own ideas.
Prepare a Feast
Every man loves to eat. I will go even as far to say every man loves to have someone cook specifically for them. It livens their egos and their bellies. Add a special flare to your meal by wearing a pretty apron and a dress. Give the allure that you are a domesticated diva from the 1950s, and you will have your geeky man salivating! What to cook? Steak and potatoes, of course. If they happen to a vegetarian geek, cook them a beautiful pasta dish. Not sure what to cook? Moms Who Think has some awesome recipes for you to discover.
Just for Him
Whatever you decide to give your geeky dad for Father’s Day, just remember one thing: appeal to their interests! Every man has different hobbies, but they all will enjoy feeling appreciated.