A Father’s Day Gift
This would also be a great idea for Christmas as well, or even Birthday’s
**For y’all that have asked, yes that is my Dad and I in the original picture**
I swear y’all, my Dad is the hardest person to get a gift for. He is in his mid 80’s, in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s, really doesn’t have any hobbies at this point in his life and he has purchased everything he has wanted or needed.
As I sat here day dreaming about our relationship when I was little and trying to figure out if I should send another shipment of overpriced fruit, another box of frozen steaks or a shirt that he would most likely never wear….it came to me!
I would send him things that reminded me of him, from my childhood!
I quickly got on Amazon (of course, because where else could I find all these things on such short notice and still have them arrive on time LOL) and started searching out the things that had special meaning. I was able to find everything and have it all sent. One of the great things is the way it worked out, I purchased 5 things and they ended up being delivered over 4 different days. This was not going to be a “1 and done” type of gift, he was going to be able to have almost an entire week of memories and gifts.
Here are the gifts that I sent and the meaning behind them.
Red Skinned Spanish Peanuts – These were something that my Dad would always get when we would go to Sears. They used to have them in a little kiosk in the middle of the store where they would roast them and you could purchase them in bags. My Dad would buy several bags and we would go home and eat them. He loves all kinds of nuts, but these are his favorite.
Mercurochrome – I know, this may sound like the strangest gift, but it really does conjure great memories for me where my Dad is concerned. My Dad would bowl on a league one evening a week. He would come home and would have always gotten some sort of open sore on his ankle. He would go into the bathroom and get out the Mercurochrome. I would sit on the vanity and watch him apply it to his ankle, that smell…that bright orange pink color.
A Kingston Trio CD – This was the soundtrack of my childhood. My Dad has always been very into music. When he retired from being a real Rocket Scientist, he became a jazz producer. Well when I was young it was the 60’s and early 70’s. Folk music was very popular and my Dad loved the Kingston Trio. I would listen with him and even play his albums on my own “entertainment center” that my Dad had built for me.
Old Spice Aftershave – This was what my Dad wore every day for my entire childhood. I remember when my Dad would give me hugs, Old Spice is what I would smell. To this day, when I smell Old Spice, it puts a smile on my face as the memory of my Dad’s hugs come flooding back.
Red Corduroy Slippers – My Dad had these old, worn out red corduroy slippers that he would always wear. Now I know y’all are going to find this hard to believe, however, I was not the most well behaved child when I was young. (I know, y’all are completely shocked, right?) Well, when I would get out of line, really out of line, my Dad would take off his slipper and put my over his knee. Yep, he gave me a whooping! I tease and say that to this day I still have the imprint of the bottom of that slipper on my hiney. Not because he hit me hard, but because again…I was not the greatest behaved child LOL
At this point, my Dad has received everything but the slippers. I had to explain what was going on and what the memory was for the Mercurochrome which gave us other memories to talk about. After he received the Kingston Trio CD my Dad called and left me a message. He was going on and on about how much he was enjoying listening to it and singing along with it. (My poor stepmom, Lorraine, is probably tired by now of hearing the same CD over and over LOL). On the message, my Dad also told me how wonderful this Father’s Day Gift has been. When I listened to the message, I cried. To do something that my Dad this happy…. it meant everything to me and well…happy tears. I did save the message and will make sure to never lose it because one never knows how many memories we have left to make.
I hope perhaps this helps y’all if you are looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift. It doesn’t have to cost a lot, as they say, “It’s the thought that counts” or in this case…the memory.
Happy Father’s Day
This is a great idea for Christmas as well!
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