Saturday, June 4, 2011

Father's Day Gifts (The real ones!)

So this is gets me every year…why do all the so called “Experts” always give you a list of suggested Father’s Day gifts that are so completely stupid and ridiculous!

I mean my Dad and my kid’s Dad will not appreciate the completely Dorky Dad gifts that they suggest.

But I know why they suggest it, because men are hard to shop for. Not like a woman where something cute and pretty would make them happy. Men are too focused to like something just cute.

Since they have a one track mind they have trouble focusing on something shiny or cute because they are thinking on just the one thing.

No, silly I don’t mean sex (well not all the time). I mean they can only focus on one thing. Like if they are hungry they are only focused on making eggs and pancakes not the dishes in the sink. If they are feeling lazy they are only focused on watching TV in the recliner and slipping off into a nap coma not picking up the pillows off the floor as they step over them. They don’t care what color the pillow is just that they have one. They don’t want something that makes the house smell good because the perfume distracts them from eating their beef jerky or a cheese log.

So what do you get your Dad or Hubby for Father’s Day? Don’t get those dumb gifts thats for sure.

Like golf organizers or anything golf for that matter. If you played golf before you were a Dad do you really have time for that now?? None absolutely NONE of the men in my life play golf so maybe I am living in the odd golf free world but it seems like golf is something for only a few and should not be generalized in to a perfect for all men category.

Not too many men would enjoy a Customized Reasons Why I Love You book (too mushy), or desk accessories, or a new alarm clock (too work related).

None of the men in my life would want a new tie either, if they HAVE to wear a tie to work they really don’t like it. So why would they want a new work shirt? Nope they wouldn’t.
I don’t think they really want any kind of cute handmade do-dad (ha no pun intended!), nah I think they would rather a cheese log than a handmade ashtray or key hanger.
If your Man likes to work on cars or in the shop chances are he has all the tools he needs or goes and gets a tool if he needs one for a project.

So the only thing we can get him so far is a cheese log, I tell ya that would be a really great gift for a man. It sounds stupid but guys love that stuff. Cheese logs, peperoni, beef sticks with mustard, deviled eggs…hmmn that is pretty much anything stinky or gives them gas! That could really save some green, just get Dad a beef stick and some cheese. Trust me they will love it!
Want a couple other money saving gifts for the Dad??? Here are a few more REAL WORLD Suggestions...

Let him sleep in (you will have to duct tape your children or take them elsewhere so they cannot make noise) (disclaimer: I was joking don’t ever use duct tape on your children just dream about it!)
If he likes a certain movie or show get him the DVD of the series or just let him do absolutely nothing all day and bring him pickled eggs and beer to his chair so he can watch TV all day long.

Let him BBQ some ribs on the grill and you make his favorite deviled eggs, egg salad, or some other gassy favorite food. Guys like to BBQ and they love to eat.

Rub his feet or back, they are just big babies and like it when you treat them that way.
Also do you remember when they took you to dinner on Mother’s Day so you don’t have to cook?? Guys really like to go out to eat breakfast so take your man out for some Pancakes. They like pancakes all day long.

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If you want to get him some clothes get him the clothes he really wants, sweat pants, jeans, shorts, and tee shirts, if it has a picture of beer or cheese printed on it that is even better!
Here are a few more ways to save even more with those items:

Kohl's   Use the coupon code SHOP15JUNE and get 15% off,  and  $.99 shipping!   

Macy's    They are having a Father's Day Sale on men's clothes and such,  Use the coupon code MENSVIP for select men's purchases!

JC PENNEY   Use coupon code WELUVYA for 20% off when you use your JC PENNEY card or 15% for any other form of payment!  Use Ship to store for free or use code SHIP69 for free shipping on all orders $69 or over!

Does he like to read?   Barns and Noble use coupon code L9E7J9F for 15% off any one item online!

Or if you like a good smelling man try this PRINTABLE coupon:


Hickory Farms:   Use coupon code VISA15 for 15% off when you pay with a Visa.

Wisconsin Cheeseman $5 off orders $50 or more Coupon Code : 8C5off50

Or Make your own CHEESE BALL:

1 (4 ounce) package dried beef
2 tablespoons dried parsley
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese softened
1 to 2 tablespoons horseradish
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Working in small batches, coarsely chop dried beef in a blender or food processor. Combine 2 tablespoons of the chopped beef with dried parsley.

Combine cream cheese, remaining dried beef, horseradish, celery salt and garlic powder until well blended.

Roll cheese mixture by hand into a ball. Roll in chopped beef-parsley mixture to coat. Chill until firm.

Serve with crackers.

Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Here is another, you can never go wrong with bacon and cheese:

Bacon-Cheese Ball

1 pound sharp Cheddar cheese
1 pound cream cheese
1 pound bacon, fried crisp and crumbled
1/2 pound Roquefort cheese
Pinch of garlic salt
Worcestershire sauce

With all ingredients at room temperature, mix well. Shape into 2 medium balls or 4 logs.

Serves 20.

If he really needs a tool or you think he does try:

Harbor Freight:
20% off with coupon code: SHOP20

(Check their flyer too, because there is always a Free item coupon in it)

HomeDepot: $5 off $50
Use coupon code HDMEM5

OR How bout these grocery coupons use them for a nice sausage and cheese platter:

Use $1 off any Hickory Farms Items from 12-05-10 RP RP

Use $2 off any Hickory Farms Snack Platter from 12-05-10 RP

IHOP~   CLICK HERE to join on Facebook get a FREE meal for signing up, and a FREE one on your Birthday and 1 year from now!  (PANCAKES!  LOL)

Or Make your own breakfast!

Use $1/2 Jimmy Dean Sausage Rolls, any from 05-22-11 RP

Still need more ideas?   

A nice collage or photo of his children in a simple (dollar store)  frame.  Matt it and then have the kids sign I love you Dad all around it.  

Pay for one months worth of lawn care so your Dad gets the month off!  

Give him a gift card to his favorite store.  

Back massage or a foot rub!  

Free hair cut coupon!   

Coupon for a free oil change.

Day of Xbox or paint ball.

Take his favorite "baby"  (car or motorcycle) and have it serviced and detailed.  (Take it to a place he has trusted with his "baby" before!  

Make your man some pancakes at home, and if the kids are not around you can serve it in high heels.   :)      Or if the kids ARE around make him breakfast in bed and then all of you dress up to serve it, that way you will look less silly in your little cocktail dress!    

These ideas may seem silly but it is all about finding what he likes and then having some fun with it.  The whole idea is NOT the gift but making him feel special and appreciated.   If you have to think outside the frugal box to do that then so be it!   Have fun!  


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  3. Terre this is hysterical! Soooo true! Men do not want soap on a rope. My husband always wants the big tins of popcorn. Seriously!

  4. Thanks Andrea! A big tin of popcorn is the exact same as a cheese log they require the same type of situation to eat it...on butt in front of TV. A perfect gift just requires a little thought of their favorite thing to do! :)

  5. [Sigh] Terre, serving your man a homemade cheese log in heels. Perfect! A man would do just about anything for a woman like that.

  6. Another sigh Terre, Can I clone you? Cheese logs, meat sticks and BBQ. Back rubs and high heels. Perfect. Oh and I used to tell my kids " I have duck tape and I am not afraid to use it!" For some reason they just giggled.

  7. Thanks Ken, love your comments always. I guess with those awesome comments you kind of proved my point, and that even though you men are from that other planet I can still figure out what makes ya smile.


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