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5 Things Dad REALLY Wants For Christmas

By jasonavant |

Now that Michael has told you all what NOT to get for that special Dad in your life, I’m going to give you 5 suggestions that will brighten any pop’s holiday season. I speak from experience: I have seven holiday seasons as a father under my belt, and my family has done a pretty good job with their gift-giving. No string ties, no dickies, no Expand-a-Belt slacks – I actually look forward to opening gifts, knowing that I’ve done a great job in coaching them. If you keep in mind the basic rule of Dad Gifting – we dads like to play hard almost as much as we like to relax – you won’t botch it up.

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5 Perfect Holiday Gifts For Dad

Hobby Time

A well-rounded dad is a good dad. Encourage him to pursue his hobbies, even if you're like 99% of spouses and think Rush sucks.
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Jason Avant is the founder and Managing Editor of DadCentric. He lives in San Diego county with his wife, two kids, and a dog. He presides over a vast blogging empire that includes his personal site, Pet Cobra, writes for MamaPop, and has contributed to Babble in the past.

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5 thoughts on “5 Things Dad REALLY Wants For Christmas

  1. Cheryl says:

    Amazing! That’s pretty much exactly what we MOMS want for Xmas too. Hobby time, sleep (more please!), time w/ our gal pals, alone time (without you dads and the kids in the house bugging us, tugging at us, wanting something from us), and family time!

    I’m happy to give, if you are. Deal?

  2. katie says:

    Cheryl you are 100 percent right, besides its about give and take in a relationship…shoot i give my husband 20 hours a week to play magic cards out at this center alone(yeah i know its an immature game) plus countless hours playing video games at home, where is my spa day!!! lol…geez after reading what i wrote he sure is like a teenager

  3. katie says:

    and he wonders why im on the computer alot, hmmm because i can space out and not have to tell the computer to not bite mommy…ha ha

  4. Heather says:

    Yeah…he’ll get his after I get mine.

  5. Ben says:

    Amen! Think you’ve hit nail on head. Time to *do* stuff is better than any material gift. However, fact that 4 out of the 5 ideas are about being away from family does raise question of how to improve time with family. It’s why I’m a champion of family activities that don’t suck and that are equally enjoyable for child AND parent. (Think car shows, rodeo, kung fu class, CrossFit, horse tracks, ice fishing.) Makes me wonder, therefore, about hybrid time — i.e. hobby time with your kid (i.e. building your awesome something with kid’s help), guy time with your kid (i.e. bringing your kid to the baseball game). Not saying hybrid time should replace family or non-family time. Just a blended supplement.

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