What do you get for a 55 year old's birthday?

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Well, it's my dad's birthday coming up, and we've always had something of a strange international positioning. Usually, he's been working abroad, and I'd been being educated in the UK, but now it's the other way round - he's in Britain, and I'm now working in South Korea. At least now I can use Amazon or somesuch to deliver presents.

So, what do you think is an appropriate gift for the older gentleman? What kinds of things do you get *your* parents for their birthdays?

Just get him wine glasses or something. That's what I usually do.

Nice fuzzy slippers, a robe, a pipe, a new heart, a mistress, several bottles of viagra, a nice bottle of scotch, moustache wax (in my mind your dad has a moustache like Burt Reynolds. Deal with it) you know, classic midlife crisis gear.

The gift of thanks for being the person they are, and that also of spending time with them. At that age, you've gotten everything you want in life. The most important thing is to know those you love feel the same way about you. As a father, I'm sure all he wants is to see you well.

The distance makes matters hard, but an emailed letter would be very appreciated, I bet.

That or a good book, lol.

Get him some kind of fancy alcohol, maybe an expensive bottle of whiskey, wine or champagne.
If he's not into alcohol then maybe get him something relating to a hobby he has, if he's into fishing, golf or even DIY or something there's probably something in that area he could be looking for.
EDIT: ooh you could maybe even get him something interesting from south korea aswell (not sure what though)

You should give him something he's interested in. Mind you, I usually give my dad a pair of socks and sometimes a history book.

Edit: He collects socks, so he's not dissapointed :P

Age has nothing to do with it whatsoever. You should have at least some idea of what he likes.

Don't get him socks. Or hankies.

Depending on your budget:

A 2011 Road Atlas : Cheap, useful and his is bound to be falling apart.
Booze : Jack Daniels Mug? Cheers - Hipflasks or Lighters work well
A Bathrobe: Because you know Mother will have already nicked his.
Slippers: But proper ones, not silly ones.
"Top Gear" DVD: Or any of the Carry On Films.
Chilli Chocolates: Stops Mum nicking them all, and they're really damn good.

Just think of what your mum would tut at, and get him that :) (He'll do the same to your Mother's Day Presents like "My Fair Lady".)

Try getting him some neat souvenir from South Korea.
My dad's 56 and for his last few birthdays I just got him cards and say Happy Birthday. He doesn't really have that many interests other than horse races so I don't have a lot to work with.

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Something that he'll use, that he genuinely appreciate and enjoy. So gardening tools, a good book, album, concert tickets. Something special.

My dad loves to cook. So I get him a pan or spices.

Go with what ever his hobby is look for something he doesn't have or needs more of.

Two words.... Mid-life Crisis

Tallim:
Age has nothing to do with it whatsoever. You should have at least some idea of what he likes.

This is the only post that makes any sense.

Get him something he wants.

My dad's sort of a crazy hillbilly (in a good way, not in the confederate flag-waving, Larry the Cable Guy way) so I usually just buy him pocket knives or something like that. Maybe get him a leatherman. They're pretty awesome...

a gun with no bullets

My dad liked playing video games with me...so this was never a problem for me...

OT: But yeah, get him something that he likes and that will be potentially useful...dad's like useful stuff!

A coffin.

It'd be the best poor-taste gag gift in history!

My dad really loves his coffee, so i usually get him a couple of pounds of the crazy fancy quality stuff

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Something that he'll use, that he genuinely appreciate and enjoy. Taiwanese hookers

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A kidney.

Ilikemilkshake:
Get him some kind of fancy alcohol, maybe an expensive bottle of whiskey, wine or champagne.
If he's not into alcohol then maybe get him something relating to a hobby he has, if he's into fishing, golf or even DIY or something there's probably something in that area he could be looking for.
EDIT: ooh you could maybe even get him something interesting from south korea aswell (not sure what though)

I think this is probably the best post that gives suggestions. Seriously, you should know your dad's hobbies, so get him something that he likes.

My dad is a huge Sci-Fi buff, so my brother and sister and I usually chip in to get him a boxed DVD set of one of his favorite shows that doesn't air that often (Original Star Trek, Original Twilight Zone, Sliders stuff like that).

Pick a hobby and get him something related to it, even if he doesn't like/need it, he's your dad and will pretend to like it anyway.

It all depends on the person...what's he like? Get that.

Depends on your fathers interests I guess? Not all are alike.

lots of viagra and hookers

Technocrat:
Well, it's my dad's birthday coming up, and we've always had something of a strange international positioning. Usually, he's been working abroad, and I'd been being educated in the UK, but now it's the other way round - he's in Britain, and I'm now working in South Korea. At least now I can use Amazon or somesuch to deliver presents.

So, what do you think is an appropriate gift for the older gentleman? What kinds of things do you get *your* parents for their birthdays?

How much money are you prepared to spend, and what are your father's interests?

Get him a wristwatch. You can get a nice TISSOT for around $500.
If you don't want to spend that much money, you can get him a book. Books always make the best presents.

Other ideas:
-If he smokes you can get him cigars.
-A limited edition bottle of whiskey (over 15 years old) - around $100
-Jewelry
-If he's into technology/gadgets you can get him a nice camera or mp3 player or even a laptop PC.
-You can get him a woolen/cashmere coat for about $200-$300.

...

Just ask him be upfront about it, tell him you are getting something for him but just outright ask him what he wants. I've done that for my dad since I was 6 and I have never gone wrong in 26 years.

new dentures *badoom-bish*

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You'll find something.

Honestly, Lottery Tickets. At least that's what my grandfather asked for when his birthday rolled around.

Just ask him what he's into these days, and base your gift on what he tells you.

Make sure it's something that he can't just go out and buy himself...

Souvenirs from South Korea?

Ilikemilkshake:
Get him some kind of fancy alcohol, maybe an expensive bottle of whiskey, wine or champagne.

This. Always makes a good, easy present.

Alternatively you could see if he reads and get a book you think he may enjoy. Since you're in South Korea, i'm sure you could pick up something novel. Gifts from abroad are always entertaining, just for the novelty alone. Pick up something from a curio shop.

Fifty Pounds of peanut butter at first he wont understand it until eight years from now when its still more than half full. Then he will get it.

A bunch of Trojan Condoms. :D

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Something that he'll use, that he genuinely appreciate and enjoy. Taiwanese hookers

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Also, don't just buy with some wine glasses or shelving brackets.

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