So my father is one of the most difficult people ever to shop for, because if he ever needs or wants anything, he just buys it for himself. He is also a very practical man that doesn't like watches, doesn't wear ties anymore, and will wear shoes until they have holes, even though he could easily afford new ones.
There is a basic formula that has seemed to work throughout the years. It is "buy gator shit." He went to the University of Florida for undergrad and a year of his masters (he was offered a job before he finished his masters and has been with the company ever since). So he literally has all the artwork, memorabilia, and polos that UF has to offer. We are always trying to buy him something different and end up resorting to the UF formula. This year, I decided to make him some things.
I know this isn't the most beautiful thing in the world, but in my defense I had drank a lot of wine while doing it. I made it at a "paint your own" pottery place called All Fired Up in Winter Park because I had some expiring Groupons. Now, this glorious place not only ALWAYS has a groupon but there is no time limit and there is a BYOB rule. They have it figured out, drunk people spend more money than sober people.
|A spoon holder thingy for the stove. He calls himself "Chef Pierre," when cooking.|
Then I found a great set of beer glasses for the appropriate beer type at Bed Bath and Beyond. I bought some glass acrylic paint in, surprise surprise, gator colors to personalize them for him.
I also spent the time to go to Whole foods and have the beer guy there and built a 6 pack of each beer so he could use the glasses... of course he likes his beer cold and didn't end up using the dang glasses...