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what to get my dad for his birthday

post #1 of 12
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My dad was born in 1936 and I'd like to get him a birthday present that will be sort of nostalgic for him. He doesn't eat candy and really has everything on the face of this planet. So I'm stumped. I want to get him something fun that will remind him of his childhood.

any suggestions of gifts or where to look?
post #2 of 12
What I did for my dad for fathers day is to put together a photo album w/ some scrapbook pages for when he was in the Air Force. He really enjoyed that!!
post #3 of 12
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that's a good idea. i don't have any pictures here though....hmmmmmmm
post #4 of 12
Can you tell us a little about your dad's interests and career?
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
ok,

my dad went to a catholic school, he was in the service and stationed at Auschwitz (sp) after the war. he lives in a small small small town. he is a wood worker and a gadget guru. he knows more about digital video recording and cd making than i do - and I think I know a lot. My dad is also French-Canadian. He can speak french fluently and he likes puzzles. he also has a habit of not throwing ANYTHING out.
post #6 of 12
I don't know what kind of woodworking he does but how about some unusual types of wood that he could make something with????
post #7 of 12
Oh yes yes yes, that's a great idea! There's a shop here in Dallas that imports the most fabulous exotic woods... zebra wood and Brazilian rosewood, marvelous things I've never seen anywhere else.. If your dad loves woodworking, I'm sure he'd be thrilled to receive a box of gorgeous woods just waiting for him to turn them into something beautiful!
post #8 of 12
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cool, where would i get that kind of stuff around here......
post #9 of 12
Can you frame some of his army medals? When my Grandpa turned 75 we took all of his WW2 medals and put them into a cherry box. It was beautiful and he loved it.
post #10 of 12
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that's a good idea too. i'll see if mom can locate them.
post #11 of 12
You could look in phone book for woodworking stores/lumber mills and call to see what types of unusual woods they have. Some could be mail ordered but shipping costs would be $$$
post #12 of 12
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maybe I could just get one or two small pieces and he could make book marks for us kids out of it.....
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