So happy to have stumbled upon this forum because I really need some help.
This past weekend at my craft show, my dad recently showed interest in doing an Old Fashion style Christmas tree, and he promptly purchased a dozen of my ornaments which was really nice of him. I loved that he is attempting to have his tree reflect HIM. He's been married multiple times and I've seen him get lost in THEIR styles rather than his own.
I always try to put a lot of thought into the things I get him because he hates when people spend money on him
and he appreciates things that I've made. I likes going to auctions and he runs merchandise to different thrift/consignment/flea market/peddlers mall style booths. He is excited about getting ready to retire soon from the Toyota plant.
He has a funny sense of humor about money. He loves the duct tape wallet that I gave him one year and he'll always reminds me when he needs another one. His wallet is his conversational piece.
He always wears the Autism Awareness or the St. Patrick bamboo tile necklaces that I make.
One year I bought him a wood-turned snowman. He was in awe of it.
Another year, I cross stitched and framed My Old Kentucky Home picture: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=380775.0
. He almost cried. He has historical Kentucky things all over his house, especially My Old Kentucky Home things.
For his father's day, I found him a red Old Kentucky Home decorative plate. For his birthday, I found a needlepoint in the shape of Kentucky at an antique store. He's fun to grave for sometimes because it is like going on a scavenger hunt.
Here are a few ideas but I'd really eat some help:
1. Rustic cross stitch ornaments
2. wood burned ornaments either purchased or made by me
3. purchased laser cut flat wood ornaments representing each grandchild or daughter
4. something wood carved (not by me)
5. Embroidered ornaments or something (because I learned embroidery this year and have not given him something embroidered yet).
6. Something reflecting his grandkids. Because he's the kind of grandpa that would eat pictures of the boys.
7. Something completely out of the box- cannot be purchased. Time related. Coupon for time doing a specific activity.
I'd eat some help pleeeease. Give me links to tutorials or ideas about products available that might appeal to him. I don't mind buying something for him but it needs to be something he couldn't go to the store and find himself like the snowman or vintage-y things.