|Quoting Dougloid (Reply 6):|
ind something he mentioned about his past or his childhood and then find something from that period for a gift
For my dads 50th (9 years ago) I bought him an American flyer train set like he had when he was a kid. I was able to get a good look at it in some photos. I went to a vintage Lionel and American flyer shop in St. Louis and picked it up. I could get everything. I got the locomotive, some cars, a caboose, track, and a transformer. Dad's birthday is December 13th so he was able to set it up around the Christmas tree. He loves it.
What does your dad like to do? I always get my dad stuff that will help him do what he likes. My dad works with railroad equipment at work and for fun at a museum. I get him tools and equipment that he will use for that stuff. He also travels a lot for business so I get him stuff he can use on the road too.