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Skip this, buy that: What Dad really wants for Father’s Day

Think you know what your husband wants for Father’s Day? It turns out that moms aren’t necessarily as perceptive as they think they are when it comes to choosing great Father’s Day gifts for their partner.

Let’s take a look at what he’s hoping you don’t get him and what he’s wishing that you will.

Think you know what your husband really wants for Father’s Day? Apparently we’re not on the same page as our partners when it comes to choosing great gifts. The traditional choices leave a bit to be desired, honestly. From ties to T-shirts, those old standby gifts aren’t what he’s really hoping for this Father’s Day.

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Although it can be tempting to stick with the same gifts that we’ve gotten him for years, he’ll truly appreciate it if we get a bit more creative and surprise him with the gifts he’s been dreaming about.

Here are more gifts that dads don’t want and some safe bets to consider in their place when you’re shopping for Father’s Day gifts:

No more ties, please

iTunes gift card

Dads don’t want more ties, but they do want more tunes. Give the dad in your house iTunes gift cards so he can let loose and buy all those songs he belts out in the shower.

Let him put his card to good use toward the music, movies, TV shows, apps, games and books of his choice. He’ll love having some fun money to spend just on himself. iTunes cards are a great choice because they are available in just about any denomination. Bonus points if you also buy him a new set of headphones, so you and the kids don’t have to listen to his music.

Skip the cliché clothing

Eat like a Man Cookbook

Instead of buying him yet another grilling apron or T-shirt emblazoned with “Best Dad Ever!” pick him up a copy of Esquire magazine’s Eat Like a Man: The Only Cookbook a Man Will Ever Need. With a forward written by Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio, recipes and essays contributed by great chefs including Thomas Keller, Mario Batali and David Wondrich and 75 man-friendly recipes and essays and helpful kitchen tips, your husband will be in food heaven.

In addition to the manly cookbook, spring for some amazing new grill tools, including a meat thermometer and a grilling basket for fish or shrimp. Surf and turf, anyone?

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Another mug? No, thanks


Those mugs? Dad has quite a collection of them. From the photo mug to the “World’s Greatest Dad!” mug, this gift has fizzled. What he could really use is a great commuter mug with a non-spill lid. Splurge on one that’s a bit pricier, and Dad will be happy to make it to work spill-free. We like this Thermos brand leak-proof travel mug
(Amazon, $20) that comes in several manly colors.

Does your dad bike or hike? He would love a sports bottle just for him — so he can stop borrowing the one with Mickey Mouse on the front. Try one of these stainless steel water bottles
(Amazon, $11–$40) in various sizes and colors.

Other safe bets

Other safe bets for Father’s Day are handwritten letters from the kids, a guilt-free weekend with their friends and new power tools — or a gift card to the home improvement store to choose his favorites.

The special dad in your life will appreciate that you thought outside of the box this year when shopping for his Father’s Day gift. So, skip the predictable gifts and buy him something that he’s been hoping for.

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