June 9, 2009

The T.V. Martyr/ Western Union Father's Day Giveaway!


Father's Day is fast approaching and I am struggling with gift ideas for my husband. What do you get a man who has everything? He already has a 19" inch television set purchased in the early 90s, a broken X-box, and a VCR from the Reagan administration.

My sister, who is visiting us this week, broke the news gently. "That TV is an embarrassment," she said. "I have to squint to see the picture, and I'm only three feet away."

The announcement that the only t.v. in our house is an eye sore (and may cause them as well) was not a news flash. My husband's desire for a larger television, preferably one with remote control, led me to purchase a 32" set for him last year for Christmas. After everyone appropriately praised the purchase, the object sat unopened in our living room for a week before my husband returned it. The guilt of spending so much money on an item that we really didn't need got the best of him.

Over the next few months, I felt increasingly bad about depriving my husband of such an important symbol of masculinity, so I purchased an even larger television for him for his birthday in March. As I dragged the box out of its hiding place in the hall closet, my husband's emotions of surprise and excitement quickly gave way to feelings of unworthiness and frugality. My husband politely declined the gift and I returned the television the next day.

"You know, at some point, Tim might actually decide to keep one of the televisions that you buy him," my sister reminded me last night. We were in the home theater section of the electronics store, where I was picking out my husband's Father's Day gift.

I threw back my head and laughed. "Impossible!" I replied. Owning a new t.v. for more than twenty-four hours (and actually removing said television from its original packaging) would elevate my husband out of martyrdom, and he likes feeling persecuted way too much to make that sacrifice.

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FATHER'S DAY GIVEAWAY!

I'm very excited to be joining forces with Western Union to give the martyr in your life an awesome gift this Father's Day.

Western Union is giving one lucky winner $100 CASH!
No hidden fees, obligations, or commitments. Your winnings will be transferred to the Western Union agency of your choice (chances are, the closest one is your grocery store!).

Western Union makes it easy to send and receive money to loved ones with over 300,000 agent locations worldwide (44,000 in the U.S. alone). In this current economy, providing some extra cash may be one of the easiest--and in many cases, most appreciated--things you can do this Father's Day.

Did you know that Western Union isn't just for transferring money overseas? I've used Western Union to send money to relatives living in Spain, Mexico, and Brazil, but my dad sent money to me when I was in college and I lost my wallet in the middle of the Nevada desert (don't ask) and I needed money for gas. Western Union can send money in minutes, the next day, or directly to a bank account, either online or over the phone. Use cash, credit, or debit cards.

In addition to their money transfer services, Western Union makes it easy to pay bills, make purchases, and manage your budget with bill payment services and convenient money orders. Who knew?

To enter this special giveaway, all you need to do is leave a comment that includes your "best" (interpret this however you see fit) Father's Day Gift idea.

Contest starts NOW and ends THIS FRIDAY, June 12th at midnight EST. The lucky winner will be announced the next day. Want an extra chance to win? Post a link to this contest on your blog and leave a second comment!

GOOD LUCK!

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tonya said...

Well for my man, the "best" gift would be the new dave matthews cd that was just released, he is a die hard fan, next to that i think he would just love a day to himself with the boys, he is a stay at home daddy and he REALLY DESERVES IT !!!
contact email tonya@abstractelec.com

Kathryn said...

Well, the best gift was the fact that we just bought a house. So that is his Father's Day gift (was my Mother's Day gift as well!).

Needless to say, because of said Parent Days purchase, we could use the $100.

:)
Kathryn
kath21270@netzero.net

wifethereof said...

This is my husband's first father's day (finally!) after taking almost 5 years to get pregnant. I thought about making a sculpture with specimen cups to remind him of all the ones he's had to fill over the years with all the infertility treatments. But he might not be overjoyed to be reminded of all that time spent in a closet. So I'm going with Bacon-of-the Month Club instead.

Michael said...

Me Me pick me. wave holler scream. I know just what to do with it too. College is expensive...

wifethereof said...

and to add $100 bucks would be great after $100k to the IF clinic.
wifethereof@yahoo.com

Dina said...

The "best" gift would be a whole day to spend with his sons by himself to remember why he is celebrating Father's Day! I CAN'T WAIT to surprise him with it!

Suzie said...

My husbands best gift will be the John Deer riding lawn mower he has always wanted. After 6 years of push mowing almost 3/4 of an acre he will be so excited!!!

michelle said...

I, do not sink to the level of my husband's Mother's Day Giving of breath mints and anything else sold right next to the checkout stand. Instead I put a lot of thought into my gifts...namely gifts that can benefit me in some way like tools to fix things around the house, and gift certificates or vacations so he has to take me away!

Michelle
Woods Cross, UT

Chens said...

I am 37 weeks pregnant and would love to give my husband a baby for father's day this year!

Jenn said...

My husband doesn't like when I spend money on him so we try to do something non-returnable and heartfelt. Every year we have gotten a plain white tie and covered it with iron-on transfer pictures of the kids. And one day when the kids get older I'll just let them draw pictures for him.

Tara said...

I want to win this so much. My husband definitely needs $100 cash for Father's Day. I am torn between a tiller for the garden and a BBQ. At least that way, sometimes HE will be making dinner. :)

Marleepatts said...

All that my husband ever wants and gets is his favorite food for one whole day.

Tara said...

I added a link! Here is my second Entry! I hope I win...

Muthering Heights said...

My husband is terribly picky, so I took him shopping for his own gift...that way, I knnow he'll like it!

Becky T said...

Well, a tie, of course. Always a tie... right? And if not a tie, a new grill for my manly man.

Heather said...

The best gift to give my husband this year would be a new grill. He watches food network and has many good ideas that he now needs to put into practice.

anobion said...

I always make my dad some kind of homemade treat. He has a serious sweet tooth.

Whitney said...

Black socks. That is all my martyr father will ever ask for.

Heather said...

My best idea is this 100 bucks.

Janille said...

He would love a road trip - Oregon coastal highway is calling again.

JT's Momma said...

We just bought a new tv, so that won't do. lol My husband would love tickets to a Kenny Chesney concert, but alas, I couldn't possibly afford that. $100 would help though!

Kmama said...

My husband already got his Father's Day gift. It was a very expensive ticket to see the Red Wings play game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals. Not to mention, he also got to meet Ted Lindsay and get his picture taken with him.

For my dad and father-in-law, well, they'll both got autographed copies of Ted Lindsay's book, Seven.

Christine said...

I think the best father's day present is something from the kids. We always made my dad a silly t-shirt or something, and he wore them faithfully for years! My dh isn't big on gift-getting (he likes giving them, but feels bad getting them) so we always just do something fun together as a family.

La Yen said...

Bacon of the month? They make that? Because that would be a happy Father's Day indeed! As it is, I think he is getting a fancy cell-phone charging station and a ticket to go see whatever lame movie he wants to see (with the benefit of not having to take me along!)

jenj22 said...

I need a gift for my dad and my husband. Sign me up.

Sarah said...

pick me! i am a poor social worker!

Megan said...

I gave my husband a baby last year... not real sure how to top that one.

Krystal said...

My hubby wants a new fourwheeling helmet. One that is DOT approved, matte black finish with matte blue on it.

Good luck to him because I cannot find anything like that!

Oh well I guess he's getting a brand spankin new coffee cup! His last one from last year is broken.

Deanna said...

My Dad hates Fathers Day because he says it's the crappiest present day ever. So, I make it a point to prove him right. My best Father's Day present is to go into a horrible discount store and buy the UGLIEST tie I can find.

:-)
Deanna@divinec.com

Lauren said...

Well it all depends what he got you for Mother's Day. This year I got squat (well... a dishwasher we got a week before Mother's Day because we haven't had one in forever and found one for $30 at a garage sale all of a sudden became my Mothers Day present when I was pouty on Mothers Day). So for Father's Day, last week my husband got himself some nintendo game thing. I think that's the best gift... I'll let him that was his Fathers Day gift when he's all pouty.

kandra said...

Oo pick me! My poor husband generally gets ties for Father's Day because he's a teacher and needs lots of them. Last year was one with our son's face all over it. This year I've switched it up though and bought an authentic on-field Red Sox ball cap. He'll be thrilled!

Melissa said...

My husband is the best and this year I'm getting him..........................get excited...............................sex with shaved legs (mine not his). Hey - we have three kids under the age of 4 - this is a rare occasion. Melissa

Emilie said...

I like to think the best Father's Day gift my Dad ever received was twin daughters. My sister and I were born the day before Father's Day in 1981 and when our birthday falls on a Sunday, we get to celebrate it with Father's Day! = ]

Jen said...

The "best" gift would be winning that $100 to give to my dear hubby. I lost my job over 6 months ago and haven't had any luck in scoring a new one. Hubby works hard to make sure there's a roof over our heads, food in our bellies, the bills get paid evenually, the cars have gas and there's diapers on our child's bottom. We simply can't afford luxuries like mother or father day gifts right now. Being able to give him $100 to spend on his self for once would be awesome.

Carla said...

For my busy husband, the best Father's Day gift would be a day of laziness... TV, video games, lots of good food- all being served to him happily by us.

Callie said...

we dont do gift, unfortuanaley mothers day is first and since i dont get anything he doesnt either.. you think he'd leard after 6 years if he buys me something, i would buy him something? me actually "getting" him something could change the whole scheme of our gift relationship, i think its worth a try!
calliecondie@gmail.com

Carla said...

Well, I linked it on my blog so here's comment #2... Really what my husband would want would be a new car, to be done with school, a Wii- basically a bunch of stuff that's not going to happen for him right now :)

Melissa said...

A few years ago my husband wanted a PDA so bad he couldn't stand it. I looked at his life and wondered what on earth did he need one for? He has no appointments to worry about and I send all the cards and pay the bills. But he wanted one. I am a stay at home mom and I worked so hard to save up MY OWN money to buy him a PDA. I did it and I gave it to him for Father's Day. He never used it. I even programmed it with all kinds of useful things on it like birthdays and all the scriptures. It sat on our dresser. Now I don't know if he even knows where it is. So I will be giving my husband a cheeseball this year. I know he will use that :D

Mary and Steve said...

My husband recieved a cupon for a free tie from a mens' clothing store. He asked me what he should do if he didn't like any of the "free" ties and I told him to just pick one for my dad or his, it would be a super cheap gift for Fathers' Day.

Zanna said...

The best gift would be a week long vacation to the Caribbean sans whiny children or dirty diapers. Barring that, a dinner out and a nice card are the best I can think of.

Kaylynn said...

My husband would love it if I (or I hired someone) to tackle the gigantic bushes against our side fence. He has wanted to trim and prune them ever since we bought the house a year ago - but between supporting the kids on Saturdays with baseball and spending time with me it always gets put on the back burner. If I could get him anything this year - that would be it!

Stephanie said...

The best gift for my husband, father of my child, might be NOT reminding him about botching Mother's Day.

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

My father is so hard to buy for... Many gifts have gone unused or passed on to my sister- which aggravates me to no end. What I've started to do is sponsor an animal for a year - thru an animal or bird sanctuary.

Hes an animal lover and LOVES these gifts and will usually continue to sponsor them after the year is over...So he gets a gift he loves and it helps the life of an animal or bird in need

tracy

Melissa said...

There is a link on my blog now!

Leanna said...

If my husband wants it, he buys it. So, it I want to get him something he is excited about, it has to be food. I think that I will make all of his favorite foods.

LisaDuvall said...

For the martyr in our house the best gift is a Best Buy Gift card. It's all he asks for and all he wants. It drives me nuts.

Rachel said...

My husband makes it nearly impossible to buy anything for him that he really wants. To ask him, he doesn't need or want anything that we could afford...sure an all expense paid golf trip or some kind of MMA event would be great. Does $100 cover all that? So, months ago he mentioned that he would love to have one of those thingy's that disinfect the toothbrushes. He's convinced that all germs and illness lead back to the brush. I'm sure he thinks that I have forgotten, which let's be honest...I have found myself standing in the mall saying "What was it that he wanted????" But this Father's Day...What says "We love YOU!" more than sanitized toothbrushes? Am I right?

Amanda said...

Since my husband's birthday falls right around Father's Day, we sometimes do a combined present (or forget one or both all together). This year, though, I picked up these great little "Made For Dad" books at the discount bookstore. I had each of my kids draw in them (they were scrapbook style books where kids can draw pictures of them and their dads doing various things) and then make a book of coupons to put in the pocket in the back. (Everything but the crayons were included in the kit.) The kids had fun making them, my husband LOVED them, and I got props for thinking of something so thoughtful. He didn't even notice that I didn't get him anything!

Dress Like Jane said...
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Melanie said...

I think the best gift would be to cure them of the martyr syndrome, but my father-in-law is a hopeless case. We usually get him something for the kitchen since that is where he spends most of his time.

Samantha said...

One Father's day, we bought my dad the truck he was looking at. My mom had told him that the dealership had sold it but in fact, she had picked it up. We parked it in the driveway and put a HUGE red bow on top.

This Father's Day, I'm hoping to give my SO a positive pregnancy test. :-)

~Samantha B.

wolfantha@hotmail.com

Heather said...

Time without the kids to mess around building his robat.Yup-he's a geek

Dress Like Jane said...

best gift? a beer and some quality time with the remote that would make my husband happy=)

A Few Tacos Shy... said...

Oh! please, please, pick me!

-Alta

MommaKiss said...

Hello Killer Giveaway!

For father's day when my kid was almost 2, we put on daddy's shirt and tie, and stuck his fat lil feet in daddy's shoes and I printed that pic next to a poem. It's sort of 'schmoopy' for us, but it turned out awesome!

angela said...

I think the "best" gift for my husband this Father's Day would be--Letting him play Mom for the day. You know, dressing them, feeding them (every meal and snacks in between), diapering, going to the potty with, entertaing them, and cleaning up all the messes in between, bathing them, and putting them to bed. He could really spend a TON of quality time with our girls that way!!!

Cora said...

The best fathers day gift idea that I have is to eventually be able to send my Dad on a fishing trip in Alaska but that might take more than $100.

Johnsons of Haymarket said...

Cash? I'm always up for some free cash!

Gina said...

I didn't know it when I bought it, but evidently, my best Father's Day gift to my husband was a ticket to go see Tool with his buddy. He still says it was a "religious experience." Hmm.

Erin said...

Best Father's day gift would be a new flash for our Nikon camera as we are enjoying so much photographing our boys, it's a much loved hobby for my hubby!

Rebecca said...

I was thinking of getting my husband a weed whacker. Then I could encourage him to try out his new gift on the three foot tall weeds in our back yard. Clever aren't I? Hope I win!

Janae said...

I always give my Dad kitchen knives. It is now the family joke. But they are always nice knives

aubrey said...

My hubby is getting shoes this year...may not be the best present but it's what he's getting. Although I did promise we would buy a new grill before the 4th of July...

Melody said...

I'm getting my hubby this http://www.thinkgeek.com/electronics/retro-gaming/ba65/ for Father's Day.

Its a nintendo handheld device that plays the OLD nintendo games.

Tasha said...

my hubby likes to say that holidays don't matter and he doesn't need anything. unfortunately in order for me to justify the pouting when he forgets mothers day, birthdays, anniversary, ect.. I have to make sure that I make a REALLY big deal about his days. So this year I'm getting him a home made card with a heartfelt letter cause we're broke! Hopefully he feels its a big enough deal to get me something special for my birthday *fingers crossed*

The Davis Family said...

We have 2 little bundles of joy that I think eat money when I am not looking since it has been disappearing like crazy since they were born. I would love to get my husband a little something for fathers day.

amberdavis78@insightbb.com

Connie said...

The best gift for my husband would be a whole day by himself with no interruptions from anyone and he gets to watch black and white movies all day or take a nap!

The Queen said...

i'm giving my hubby a device from Netflix that lets you play movies instantly on your T.V. Not sure exactly WHY I'm feeding his addiction to movies/the T.V. I must really love him.

Stephanie said...

My husband already has a grill but swears he needs a charcoal grill in addition to his huge, expensive gas grill. So that is what he's getting. I keep telling him that if he continues to buy giant grills, TVs etc. people are going to think he is trying to compensate for "something."

The Mom said...

The 'best' father's day present? The same one he gave me! Breakfast in bed and a clean house! woo hooo, unfortunately I think he was hoping for something different!

Will and Cara said...

This is my husbands first fathers day! I am excited to surprise him.

Heidi said...

My hubby loves breakfast in bed made by the grubby hands of his children.

Barron's Mom said...

Wow! My husband would totally dig that! Although, he'd most likely use it to pay bills or get something fixed on the car. He's such a great dad and husband!

Laurie said...

Great contest- it made me leave my first comment. Who couldn't use $100? My husband is getting a book made online with pictures of him with his kids. Oh, and a new camera lens. :)

Anonymous said...

Wow! My husband would totally dig that! Although, he'd most likely use it to pay bills or get something fixed on the car. He's such a great dad and husband!

keri_wise1@yahoo.com

CodynStacey said...

I think for this father's day I'm getting my husband a grill....I guess it's kinda for me, too, since I really want to make s'mores on it...But it's the thought that counts, right?! That money would definitely be perfect for buying one and all the s'more supplies we could handle :)

Elizabeth said...

Breakfast in bed is all my poor little hubby is getting, unless I win this $100 dollars, that is!!!

Ross & Amanda Goodman said...

My husband just wants a night alone with me without the kids. That is pretty handy since that is what I planned to give him. :)

Tutu said...

I have two! One of the best was the year our oldest was 2. The Hubs had been complaining of a backache, so when I asked what we should get him, she said, "Bandaids for his back". None of us remember what else he got, but we did get him some princess bandaids.

The second is the Father's Day 8 years ago when we brought our second gorgeous baby girl home from the hospital!

Robin said...

The Melting Pot is calling his name.

Kirsty said...

One year when we were completely broke I baked my husband a "boob cake" with Hostess cake sno ball "boobs" on a gorgeously curvy torso fashioned from cake. I even threw in a frosting bikini bottom . Then we sat as a family and enjoyed our wholesome treat. I think he liked it. It beat the low quality (practically see-through) t-shirt with various children's smudgy hand-prints on it. We made him wear that on a business trip.

Lori said...

Quite a few years ago we got my dad a Big Foot Wagon. The best part is when he heard us rolling it up, he thought it was one of those push reel mowers, because my mom had been telling him to get one for the exercise. He was so excited when it was a wagon instead! It was perfect for him to haul his cooler, etc, over to the neighbors or to a parade. And it's great for yardwork. I use mine to haul bags of mulch around the yard. It's actually got pneumatic tires - which are SO quiet compared to those crappy plastic tires they put on those plastic wagons. This is a MAN'S wagon. :)

Cara said...

Awesome giveaway idea. I will not be purchasing any thing for my lovely husband this year b/c he never uses/wears what I get him on this special day. I will on the other hand be filling his pillowcase full of the toilet paper card board tube things that toilet paper goes on. ( I've been saving them) He will not throw these things away, even though the trash can is oh about 12 inches away. It drives me bananas.

With the $100 I think I will buy him a economy size/industrial size toilet paper holder with that awful paper to go in it.

~j. said...

Best gift: shred your credit card. Put the shreds in a box. Tie with a bow.

Jamie said...

The best present for my hubby is going to be a new tie with his little girl's hand prints all over it so he can wear it to work! (he waits tables and a colorful tie is part of the uniform)

Callie said...

For my dad, I send him a couple page attachment on email of everything that is going on in my life. I no longer live at home and am getting married in August, so he likes the updates. An extra special long one will be perfect for him.
For my fiance, I will make him an extra special dinner followed by some nice cuddling, since we can't do any more than that until we're married.

Mindee Graver said...

Reading this whole post just made me laugh! Our TV is also a bit old... okay, its anccient! My hubby has wanted a new one for a few years now, but being a martyr like yours wont buy one or let me buy one... maybe with and extra $100 incentive he will.... maybe not, but we could still really use it!! The gift I'm giving him is breakfast in bed made by his children =)..... he's been wanting to loose some weight and I think their breakfast will do it to him =)

becbloggin said...

well....this would be FUN to win :) this year i made a special photo book for my hubby all about him. i did it at snapfish.com and they were running a special-so all i paid was the shipping!

rebecca
picturepro@msn.com

Nichole said...

Great giveaway! My husband will be getting a plate of homemade lemon bars - his favorite. It is better than a new tie, cheesy golf memorabilia, or other trite, predictable offering. He loves them and rarely gets them, so it is a winner in my book (cheap and easy don't hurt either).

dolls123 said...

Letting DH watch sports all day in his underwear

luckydolls123[at]verizon[dot]net

Jennifer said...

I want to get my hubby a kayak, but he won't spend the $$. I can get all kids of things for myself, but, when it comes to him, he won't get anything. AUGHHH!!!!

Sandy said...

We've had at least one and usually two kids in college for the past 11 years - and 5 more years to go! The $100 will be the very best gift!

Rachel said...

My 6 year old daughter said that Daddy should get a watch or a bracelet. I think that we will go with the bracelet. It is exactly what the Daddy of three little girls needs to go along with his dress up tiara and boa.

JD said...

Haha! My wife does the same thing. So a few years a go, I gave her an envelope full of cash and told her she had to buy a new wardrobe. I told her she had 4 weeks to spend it, and anything unspent, would be lit on fire and burned to ashes.

(I even had her submit receipts to prove it was spent on clothes for her, and not diapers or babywipes).

Her frugality got the best of her and the fear of watching money be burned pushed her to follow through and get the clothes.

-thanks for a never disappointing read on your blog!

I'm just me... said...

I bought my husband a helmet to wear when he rides his four-wheeler. I gave it to him early, when he went on a weekend long four wheeler trip last weekend. He informed me I could still buy him a "real gift" for father's day if I felt like it. Apparently he didn't like the gift, I had thought it was perfect.

The Millers said...

This is my husband's first Father's Day, and I would say I've given him the best gift ever...our son. Especially since he married later in life and wasn't sure if he'd ever be a father.
Now, what to get him (physical gift he can unwrap) this year???

Monica said...

The best gift I could give my husband is a new Harley to replace the one that he sold last year....

But in reality, he will be likely to get a new pair of crocs. LOL. He has discovered that he loves to spend the weekends wearing shorts and crocs. Unlike how he used to spend his weekends, in biker boots and leather. LOL!!

Sheila said...

The "best" gift? That's a good question. I have no idea what to get my husband for father's day. My son suggested a sword so they can play together, a fake gun so they can play guns together and my favorite, a transformer (he already has about 20 of those) that daddy will let him play with. I'm thinking more along the lines of not nagging him to get stuff done, just for the day :)

Diana Fisher said...

My husband would love it if I gave him access to funds to shop for anything he wanted under the following categories: guns, knives, guns, did I say guns?, or knives.
Email: dianadesigns@rochester.rr.com

Post-it Note said...

Well I'm sure John dear would love to use the money to choose the carseat for our next child himself, or put a lump sum donation towards master's tuition, but his 25th birthday is coming up and he's been dreaming of renting a car. With a hundred dollars cash we could get that car out of the rental place and possibly lost somewhere in the Nevada desert.

Love Paige.

Elizabeth said...

The best gift I could give my dad is....ME! Seriously. I mean me getting to spend time w/him :) That is something money can NOT buy.

Foursons said...

My husband would fall over backwards for Laser Hair Removal. He is so embarrassed to go swimming because of his back. It's not that bad really-I've seen some real bears out there, but he is self conscious about it.

emily said...

My dad's dream was to be a pilot but his eyes were too bad when he was young enough to do it (in the 1950s) so a few years ago my siblings and I went in on flying lessons for him. He LOVED it. He doesn't have his pilot's license yet but the lessons were a dream come true for him, and I was sooo proud of myself for thinking of it. :)

Nick and Tiffany said...

The best "gift" for my sweet hubby would be a good paying job since he just got laid off :( So needless to say we could really use the $100. Although he'd probably spend it on me and our two kids. Her really is the best daddy and hubby anyone could ask for.

Nick and Tiffany said...

Ha ha ha, small correction. *he really is the best daddy and hubby anyone could ask for. whooops, guess i can't type today. lol

Carolin said...

Don't worry about the TV my husband has gone with NO CABLE for 13 years now. We have a total of 11 channels and it seems every time we turn on the tv we have lost another channel do to the tv antenna changes. http://conversationsatthepark.blogspot.com/

Malea said...

Well, with our anniversary, his birthday, father's day, and our two kid's birthday in the month of June, I'll get him some great scented lotion that he'll like as well while he rubs my feet since June wears me out:)!

Stacy said...

I know my husband would probably want his '69 Chevelle put back together and since I can't help him do that or get the parts for it...I think the $100 would give him that OK to get a few things. He may just end up with a picture of the kids with the car....to hang in the garage, of course.

Heather said...

This is my "best" idea!

My second choice is the pony my martyr husband always says he wants. He ALWAYS says he doesn't want/need anything!

The Roberts' Report said...

Letting him sleep in past 8am. It's hard to keep 4 kids quiet...maybe I'll have to take them out for breakfast.

The Standrings said...

well, i think the best gift for my husband would be a trip to spain, and tickets to see real madrid. BUT since we can't really afford that, i think we'll go for a digital picture key chain this time. maybe next year, honey...

The Tucker Family said...

The "best" gift for my hubby would be a book. He's a professor and he can never have enough books!

rella12 said...

Hmmmm... the "best" Father's Day gift? I would have said our 5 month old if you had asked 4 weeks ago. Now, I'm saying a job. He was laid off and this is his last week at work. That's it, nothing else, just a job.

Jenn said...

My husband would love a few nights away without the kids (he'll bring me, of course).

My dad? Well, he loves ties--he's a clothes pack rat!

Mindy said...

My husband never spends anything on himself and always takes things back but I know he would absolutely love an i-phone.
Love your blog btw.
Mindy
foofoodibble@comcast.net

Stacy said...

I just put a link on my blog. We could really use the $100

Megan said...

My "best" father's day gift is what ever my husband says he wants this year. We secretly tell each other what we want and then the kids "surprise" us with it.

Jenette said...

Pick Me... I love Western Union! My parents have used it several times to help family members out.

And besides this is my husband's first father's day.

jwmice@yahoo.com

Mendy said...

My husband recently took up photography as a hobby and is very gifted at it. (www.michaelgilliam.com)
I would love to have the photo he took of the Mississippi River Bridge in Vicksburg, MS, printed on stretch canvas for him for father's day. If I win, that is what I will do with the money!

Kylee said...

The best gift for my husband would be this $100. That tv looks EXACTLY like the one that we have. Pretty awesome!

Latu-Vaki Family said...

OK I REALLY NEED THAT $100 FOR MY HUSBAND. HE NEVER BUYS ANYTHING FOR HIMSELF AND ALWAYS BUYS ME STUFF TO SURPRIZE ME. I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO GET HIM EITHER AND 100 DOLLARS WOULD BE PERFECT FOR HIM TO SPEND ON HIMSELF!

Natalie said...

the best gift would be for me to pull all the weeds in the yard...I'd do it for $100 :)

Marisol Avendano Avila said...

The best gift would be a day where he would take those $100 and take the girls on a trip and leave mommy at home to enjoy the silence. :)

EliB said...

every year my sisters and I gave my dad a mug full of candy... now my dad has a whole lot of mugs and a belly to show the candy!

Mama Hen said...

My husband would love another canoe, he just loves canoes.
clarksrfun(at)gmail(dot)com

Babs said...

He probably wants a day fishing. He would refuse a tv as well. he refused a new paddle for his kayak for xmas becuase it was too expensive. maybe I will get him fishing accessories.

babszilla22 at gmail dot com

Vixie said...

$100 would be awesome!!

Amy said...

I strongly feel it was divine intervention that Father's Day falls after Mother's Day. When we approached our first "real" MD and FD I was excited what my husband was going to give me. Well...he gave me nothing. So I thought I would show him what a true FD gift was and went around to various golf courses and got gift certificates so that he could golf numerous time guilt free. Of course he LOVED the gift (I admit it was a good one), but he had not remorse about my lack of Mom Day gift. So I fumed for a few months and realized that these 2 holidays can actually be quite detrimental to one's marriage. I decide right then that I would put in as much effort as he did. So...the next Mom day arrived and I awoke expecting nothing. I was not disappointed. I was told "I was going to get you a big pot of flowers to put on the front porch (something I DID want)...but I ran out of time. I'm sorry." So the very next month what should arrive but Father's Day. When he awoke he was SUPER excited since he got that killer gift last year. However this year he was told "I was going to get you a new set of golf clubs because I know you wanted them so much...but....I didn't feel like it".

Mom's Day is much better now!

Mollie (aka Mimi) said...

The best Father's Day gift I've given my husband was a really nice gas grill. I is a few years old, and he could use a new one.

http://molliehubenak.blogspot.com/

Sara said...

The best gift for my dad would is probably a gift card to Goodwill. I can't make this crap up. He can spend hours in there, rifling through t-shirts with stupid sayings on them. It has to be one of his favorite things to do, bless his heart.

zelzee said...

I think the best Fathers Day gift would be an all expense paid vacation for two to Hawaii....(him and me)

No, really, I'm only thinking of all the stress he has been under lately!

Gina said...

My husband's "gift" for Father's day will be not having to do anything. I will take care of the kids and house entirely. which is really no different from any other Sunday; except on Father's day I will get to point out all that I do as the "great gift I gave him". hah
-Gina
star_kissed_addiction@yahoo.com

Denise @ Sunflowers, Chocolate and Little Boys said...

I am broke so if I win then maybe I could actually get hubby something for Fathers Day. Otherwise it will be homemade gifts from the kiddos again.

Melissa @ A Child at Play said...

I don't know if it's the best gift, but my hubby's getting the "holy grail" of hoses for Father's Day - a Flexogen (atleast that's what one of the Amazon reviewers called it). I have to be very practical with my gift giving as well. It has to be better than my Mother's Day present, which was nothing (I'm a martyr too)!

Kayla said...

A cruise to Alaska would be the best thing I could give my hubby - but he'll probably have to settle for a new shirt.

Kim said...

I'm suprised there aren't more comments like this but all my husband gets for Father's Day is to relive how our four children came to be. I know it's a sacrifice on my part, but I figure I can put out once a year! :)

heather said...

I think the "best" gift was a golf club he always wanted and finally got last year.

heatherlw@gmail.com

Jeanna said...

Since I can never buy my husband anything, I may just say here's $100 go buy yourself the right wrench instead of me buying you the wrong one and you returning it and buying the one that's not on sale and costs about twice as much... he may appreciate that. haha!

Chris and Annalisa said...

Here's my "best" father's day gift idea for you. Buy your hubby a TV online so he can't return it! :)

(P.S. You know there are good deals to be had right now on TV's, right? Look at this one: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?dest=9999999997&product_id=10993793&sourceid=39449194422556708579#ShortReviewTitleBar)

Annalisa

annashopper at gmail dot com

The Slothower Family said...

I am getting my husband a pooper scooper for the back yard. I'm really good at giving hints! Maybe then my kids can actually play in the backyard. I thinks it the best gift for the family.

Stephanie said...

I always got my dad some kind of star trek memorabilia ... lucky him :)

stephanielonas@gmail.com

Auntie Tracey said...

Pick me! Pick me! :)

I always chose to give me Dad whatever I was really wanting that year. New CD, movie, etc... He would discard it after a couple of days and then it was mine... all mine!!! Maybe I could use the winnings to actually buy something for him! Maybe... ;)

Tracey
traceygraham500@yahoo.com

Sarah said...

I've seen my hubby looking at a new RC car and I would love to give him $100 towards that or one of his other hobbies. This will be his first father's day even though I'm only 30 weeks pregnant with our first. The way I figure it is that he goes above and beyond to help me out and will be a wonderful dad come August!

Alison said...

I am so boring with Father's Day gifts. He's gotten everything from a leaf blower (exciting, right?) to video games. Why are men so hard to shop for?????

V and Co. said...

for my husband it would be a new hoop in the front yard...or sex.

Jackie said...

My hubby would LOVE Depeche Mode concert tickets for Fathers Day. He's stuck in the 80's and is a die hard fan. He never gets tired of DM concerts...

dips said...

Well my idea of perfect Father's day gift would be to let them be themselves , that is by not asking them to take bath,shave,help in household chores,baby sit their own kids or get up from the bed whole day !!

Francie said...

well....on mothers day my hubby did not get me anything because he said i was not his mother!!! LOL so i recieved cards from the kids, flowers picked out of my flower bed and ceramicidunnowhats from school. so if i were to give my suggestion for a fathers day gift it would have to say, ask my kids because...after all, it is THIER father not mine!!!

Dancing Hula in the Sunset said...

When my 10 yr old daughter was 5 yrs old she wanted to give her daddy "breakfast in bath". Everyone has had breakfast in bed, why not bath. The night before hubby asked me to give him a hint. I said "you have to keep your underwear on." On the morning of Father's day we filled the tub, brewed some coffee and scrambled some eggs. We also made a sign that said "no hands in water". We woke him up with kisses and said "your bath is ready."
Andrea
hulasunset@gmail.com

Jenglamgirl said...

VERY SIMPLE and a sure to please! MY HUBBY loves my homemade bread THERE is nothing like the aroma of homemade bread. Even beter its DELICIOUS! probably most people have the ingredients to make a loaf of homemade bread. Tie a ribbon around the bread with some homemade cards that the kids made. Its easy on the pocket book in this economy! ;)

Marcie said...

i got my husband tickets to take our daughter to Dora Live - woohoo! :)

maybe he would like some cash to buy a treat during intermission...or maybe to send me on a shopping spree while he is enjoying the time with his daughter.

Marcie said...

And I posted in my blog. :)http://dmanandsassy.blogspot.com/

Ashlee said...

Ashlee Perkins
ashleep@readytek.net

A Father I know once said for Fathers Day he got "a piece of tail" and a pair of socks and neither were long enough. He will never get those gifts again! lol!

Kristen M said...

I think the "best" Father's Day gift would be a day alone with the kids. Right? He just doesn't get to see them enough, and I will happily let him spend the whole day with them. ;)

Carrie said...

You know, I'm quite beside myself here. No matter what I buy he either doesn't use or takes back. I hound and hound him for answers and to no avail. I can really see his eyes light up with my winnings (hint, hint) and he can purchase whatever he likes with it. (i.e. deposit it in the bank for savings)...the accountant in him.

Carrie
ncpage2007@yahoo.com

Holly said...

The best gift for my husband would be a pole barn where he could have a workshop, a space for building guitars, and a place for storing his many toys. Maybe he'll get it eventually :)
~Holly
wild_basil (at) hotmail.com

Olivia Singleton said...

My "best" gift would be something I wouldn't have to spend a ton of time thinking about while at the same time hoping that the father in my life doesn't decide to take it back. $100 cash sounds about right!

Lady of Perpetual Chaos said...

This for for Father's Day my husband is getting Guitar Hero. He's frugal enough not to buy it for himself, but not enough to return it if I buy it for him. ;o)

shayla said...

How about a personalized photo book (from Shutterfly for example) to celebrate his fatherhood.

Bert Bell said...

The best gift for my hubby is anything in the tool department at Sears!...he already has more tools then he will ever need or use, but it is a guy thing!

As for your hubby returning the TV...try this one. It is time for Him to receive and enjoy the gift in the love and manner it is given. To return it would cause your blessing to be returned!

Michelle said...

This will be my husband's first Father's Day and since I'm a stay-at-home-mom I have all the time in the world (hahahahaha!) to maybe try to make something crafty. I'm thinking of maybe doing something with footprints or handprints. We'll see.

Janet H. said...

My father always asks for the same gift each year. I make him a basket with all his favorite treats: oatmeal raisin cookies, dutch apple bread, molassas cookies, and banana nut bread. I usually throw in a surprise, too. This year I am going to try rosemary shortbread. I hope he likes it!

Seth and Natalie said...

When I was in college I got my fire fighting dad a toy firetruck and filled it with his favorite candies: giant cherry cordials and Idaho Spuds. (You should try them, they're disgusting, only something a dad would like) I left it on my kitchen table and left for work. When I came home all the candy had been opened, (only partially eaten)and were scattered all over the place. My roomies thought it was a creative invite for a date for one of them. That was Saturday night and all the stores that sold that gross candy were closed, so he ended up with a toy firetruck. I'm sure it just thrilled him to death.

Mama Nut said...

Last year I bought him one of those generic "World's Best Dad" tees. Then I designed an iron on add-on for the back that said, "Property of (my kids names), Father's Day 2009, then scanned their handprints onto it. He LOVED it. Still wears it proudly.

Donna said...

The best Father's Day gift for my hubby would be to keep his job as a special ed science teacher (teacher licensure issue - resolved on my hubby's end but now waiting for school). He still won't know if he has a job until a week or so from now. :(

Justin and Ashley said...

My husband doesn't like money spent on him either! He'd probably just save the $100!

pan x 8 said...

Okay... so I think the best Father's Day gift we gave to my husband was... looking at frugality and also never having enough to get what he REALLY wants... I'd have to pick a homemade gift. My children made a coupon gift that allowed Dad to have free hugs, kisses, free chore days, all night T.V. pass with no interruptions (especially during the NBA finals..), night out with the guys w/o planning, etc.. Of course, I threw in a couple of husband coupons for date night already planned, free of kids nights, etc..

okay, so not the big electronic gift but a gift that keeps giving after father's day.. that's the way we like it!

Melinda said...

My husband is prepping for his first triathlon, I would love to win to help out even more than we are already planning!!!

Nathan and Aubrey said...

I'm due with our second child on the 21st. I told my husband his gift this year will be a 10 pound bundle of joy Ü

Desiree and Lars said...

I would love a $100 bucks to spend on my hubby!! My "best" gift for him would be me in a nighty!! :) Oh, and nice condom advertisements on the side bar. I was surprised to see that on your blog! lol

Just Another Hofeling said...

I'm not sure you really want me to answer this one. The best gift for my husband for fathers day would have to be some *cough* Great nookie,some Pho' afterwards and then the rest of the day spent without a nagging wife and screaming children watching whatever he darn well pleases on the television. lol

Just Another Hofeling said...

blogged about this giveaway-http://justanotherhofeling.blogspot.com/2009/06/great-giveaways.html

autum22@gmail.com

jenyphrc said...

As we added children to our family, my husband's collection of "Harley stuff" moved from spare room to spare room and eventually to a box in the attic and then, he just got rid of it. We don't have any spare rooms any more and any evidence that a man lives here has effectively been removed from the house. So... for Father's Day this year, I took a really nice black and white photograph of his Harley and am having it blown up and framed to hang in the place of his choice in the house .

Shaunte Wadley said...

Probably the best gift would be um...free, and um...(nudge, nudge, wink, wink) but I would rather just BUY him something.

That hundred bucks would be awesome.

April said...

Best for whom? For me??? For me, it would be my dear hubby taking the kids to the inlaws to celebrate father's day with his dad and leaving mom out of it. ;-)

Julie said...

having suffered with what my brother in law called a 'rotary cell phone' for many years, i feel your husband's pain. my husband, however, needs no new toys. but sign him up for the giveaway anyways!!!

Amy said...

For my hubby, its Church clothes. He will not ever buy them for himself, and I always remember it right before father's day.

Brooke said...

My man bought me a fishing pole and wadders (in his size) for mothers day, so...in return i bought him a day at the spa...manicure, pedicure, facial and more ;-) I think we will both enjoy our own gifts more than the ones received from each other.

throuthehaze said...

my dad's grill broke (he still manages to use it even though I tell him hes gonna end up blowin himself up) sooo he definitely needs a new one. It would be the perfect gift.

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

throuthehaze said...

blogged
http://throuthehaze.blogspot.com/2009/06/western-union-giveaway.html

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Lauren said...

socks and underwear. definitely. :)

Gina and David said...

My best gift would be a day spent with his family doing whatever it is he wants. Which would mean, making us breakfast (seriously, he likes that) and going out to dinner to one of his favorite restaurants.

Annemarie said...

The best Father's Day gift would be a set of mystery books featuring yesteryear's detectives: Philo Vance, Ellery Queen, etc. He reads to relax and this would be perfect for him.

Trish said...

Your link in my google reader to your new post about e.l.f. makeup is no longer there. I rushed to buy up some of their stuff just now and when I went to link you to tell my sisters about it, it was gone. So I did some checking on my own and guess what? Not a legitimate email, it turns out. e.l.f. did NOT get bought out by Nordstrom. Their stuff is a dollar all the time. I feel pretty stupid having just spent $25 on what sounds like trial-sized junk. How well did you check things out?

Carrie said...
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Carrie said...

I had to delete my last message because, I didn't follow directions!! I didn't put the best gift idea. My "best" gift for my husband would be a positive pregnancy test. I should be able to test on Father's day. This is the one thing that he really wants right now.

Fosters said...

Ha! My hubby would love this, especially since his gift is the car payment- he gets to make it in person this month instead of mailing it! Maybe someday we really will give each other a worthy gift.

Lisa and company said...

The best Father's Day gift I could give my husband is a lawn mower. Ours broke and we are too broke to buy a new one so every week we have to call around and borrow one. Then borrow a trailer to pick up said lawn mover. Eventually we will probably run out of people to ask.

Lisa and company said...

I posted a link as well.

maddiesmom220 said...

I would love to find something my husband already has (here in the house or in the sty of a garage), doesn't use, but insisted that he needed - and wrap it up for him and see if ever remembers that he already has it. Let the games begin!

prettybyrdie said...

Wow, best giveaway ever!

Anonymous said...

Why did you delete all the mean posts about your siblings??? Those were angry but funny posts.

Amalie said...

my husband is a total martyr too, maybe he'll win?

Mothership said...

Isn't it obvious what the husband would want most?

Michele P. said...

The best gift my hubby could ever want would be good health and a happy healthy family... however, if I was to throw in oodles of money and a new Toyota truck he'd be jumping for joy! lol

micaela6955 at msn dot com

Lissa said...

Pick me! I'm sure that others deserve it more but this would be GREAT to show him up after not receiving anything for mother's day! (though he more than made it up for my b-day) I really want to pick him up the fancy new iphone he's been coveting, and a tie of course! lolol And maybe a paperweight made by my 15 month old daughter.....

Lissa
lissak@optonline.net

Marci said...

Best father's day gift for my husband? A day of boating and bbq-ing. He's a simple man and I love that. :)

Caldwell said...

The best father's day gift for my husband would be a free weekend for himself. No visiting family or friends...no church service to do or callings. Just time to work on things he needs or wants to work on and time with the kids.

But as that is probably not going to happen...he's getting a cheap digital camera.

debbiekl said...

Cool! My under 2yo son and I are making a wooden storage box for my husband. If I get brave, we'll paint it too. Should be interesting!

Nora Mair said...

I want to win!!!!

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