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Dad Approved Christmas Presents For Boyfriends
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Dad Approved Christmas Presents For Boyfriends

OK, so here’s something this dad hadn’t given a lot of thought to before: what do you tell your teen daughter when she asks you what are appropriate Christmas presents for her boyfriend?

Um, a classic novel. Or even better yet, the book “1,000 Ways to Break Up With Your Boyfriend”; and if it isn’t written yet it soon will be.

I don’t know, how do you answer a question like this? Probably the worst thing a daughter can do is come to her dad and ask such a thing. We’re still in protective mode because we’re still breathing, that will never change when it comes to daddy’s little girl.

But OK, fine…let’s give it a shot (no particular order):

• Electronics seem to be a winner with these young bucks nowadays. There are so many gizmos and gadgets, surely there will be something for everyone (even dads). Whether laptops, cameras, video consoles-games-controllers-headphones….well, anything video I’m sure.

• Dinner gift cards and then he can take my daughter somewhere nice. I really like the ones that are restaurant specific because then you know where you’re going and he can’t pick some random fast-food joint on a whim.

• Sports are always a good idea; out in a public venue, should he choose to take his girlfriend, and you get to see how he conducts himself in public. Oh, almost forgot that there are pay-per-view events as well, but no worries, he’s usually with his buddies for that (don't think you want to be around).

• Guys like to drive and what do they need in order to do that? Their own vehicle, of course. Why not look to accessorize that for him? Whether it’s electronic cables, stereos and speakers, music to download or upload (whichever), so he can blast blissfully while cruising into the midnight hours (I don’t encourage this…daughter!)

OK, enough about him. These should give you some good ideas as to what guys like for presents. Just a couple of cautions though:

• Don’t get cute presents if you’re in the early stages of a relationship. He will tell you he likes it but actually won’t tell his buddies what you got him. Give some thought as to what he would brag about to his friends and maybe even his own family and you will know you were successful with your selection.

• Don’t try to accessorize too much. Girls like to do that (endlessly) but for guys, you can tastefully do it but don’t call it that. Call it something macho like “stuff”.

These are just some of my thoughts about Christmas presents and boyfriends but I may be way off base, after all, I’m a dad.

I would be glad to hear from other parents, maybe even the girls looking for presents: did any of this make sense or am I too biased? If so, what are your suggestions? What do you think guys want? And these don't have to be expensive either, it's the thought that counts, right?

Ask around, see if I’m even close but remember this…I’m not only a dad, I’m also a guy so I know what guys would like.


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Kali Webb  

Whew, I am a lucky one - 2 boys. I'm afraid if I had a daughter I would have her relay that dad owns a gun, isn't afraid to use it, or of going to jail.

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  about 6 years ago

LOL, I don't have one but it did cross my mind to include a reference to that. Thanks for reading.

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  about 6 years ago
Kymee  

Always great articles Love this one, smart to get a jump on Christmas Right? ; O)

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  about 6 years ago

My daughter chuckled at me but she is starting to see another guy so maybe she will soon check this out. Thanks for reading

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  about 6 years ago
Anna Ware  

Brilliant article, it gave me a good laugh. Considering that there is only one thing those testesteron filled teenage boys wants from your daughter I think there is enough emotion as there is. Spoke to my boys and these are things that they would be really happy to get. They are a bit younger but tried to picture them self getting some of these things from future girl friends :).

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  about 6 years ago

Thanks for reading. As a dad...and a guy...I know exactly what these young bucks are thinking. I'm trying to head them off :)

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  about 6 years ago
C. Hughes  

I think you missed the boat on this one. Your daughter wants to give him something special and memorable. "Stuff" is useful but doesn't provide the emotional connection that she wants.

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  about 6 years ago

Excellent point. Need to give that some thought. Thanks

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  about 6 years ago

You came up with some very good ideas that would surely please a guy. This will be helpful to a lot of people. Thanks Rick!

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  about 6 years ago

Thanks. Wasn't sure if I was getting it right or not, my daughter is not helping :( Thanks for reading.

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  about 6 years ago
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