Best Father's Day Gift You Ever Received (or wish you'd received)

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Best Father's Day Gift You Ever Received (or wish you'd received)

Post by jkushne1 » Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:30 pm

With Father's Day around the corner, I was looking to get my father something nice. This year I won't be home for father's day and am still a medical resident with little money. But next year I will be back home and also should have more money as at attending. So, I was hoping to throw this out to the group for ideas. What are some of the best gifts/experiences you have ever received, given, or wish you had received.

-Category 1: medical resident budget (less than $100 ideally) and unable to be there in person.
-Category 2: attending budget and able to be around in person.

Thanks.

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Post by Loik098 » Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:21 pm

A letter or note with heartfelt sentiment is a cheap, but extremely effective gift.

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Post by rob » Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:39 pm

Not going to answer the question in the title because it's neither PG rated nor fits your more detailed description :D

For your scenario... How about calling him and talking for a couple of hours... Tell him what's happening at school etc.
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Post by SimonJester » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:40 am

For me my boys are the best gift I have. Both earning eagle scout, one heading off to college this fall the youngest the following year. I am so proud of them both.

A phone call with a thanks for everything dad will probably mean way more then any material gift...
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Post by Grt2bOutdoors » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:43 am

Loik098 wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:21 pm
A letter or note with heartfelt sentiment is a cheap, but extremely effective gift.
+1. Sometimes the best gifts have no tangible value.

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Post by indexonlyplease » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:46 am

You are giving him the father's day gift every day. Going to medical school to be successful is what a dad wants for his kid. I would state a nice long phone call telling him how you are doing in life and school will be a great father's day gift.

I have a 18 and 22 year olds in college and this is all I would need from them. They ask me what I want as a gift and I tell them nothing.

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Post by dwickenh » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:52 am

My best gift is being received this year as my whole family(4 children w/spouses and 7 grandchildren) are going for a 4 day vacation in Branson, Mo. We are all staying in one large house(this is going to be exciting). I have 2 children living on the west coast, so getting them all together has not happened for several years. My wife(who has been fighting cancer) is doing well right now and will be able to enjoy the trip. Health and family is the best gift in my opinion.

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Post by arsenalfan » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:53 am

Letter thanking him for a specific lesson or value imparted.
Photos of family/kids.
If you're an attending, frame the photo for dresser/desk/home.

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Post by bob60014 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:19 am

Certainly sounds like it's a "Hallmark Moment" time!

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Post by gasdoc » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:38 am

I have a daughter in college. I have told her I do not want a gift- I am spending the day with her this weekend which is the ultimate gift. If she could not be there, I would understand, and just talking on the phone would be great. I am proud of the young lady she is becoming, and that is the ultimate gift.

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Re: Best Father's Day Gift You Ever Received (or wish you'd received)

Post by djpeteski » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:48 am

jkushne1 wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:30 pm
With Father's Day around the corner, I was looking to get my father something nice. This year I won't be home for father's day and am still a medical resident with little money. But next year I will be back home and also should have more money as at attending. So, I was hoping to throw this out to the group for ideas. What are some of the best gifts/experiences you have ever received, given, or wish you had received.

-Category 1: medical resident budget (less than $100 ideally) and unable to be there in person.
-Category 2: attending budget and able to be around in person.

Thanks.
For me the best and most fun father's day gift was a day out at World of Beer with my adult children. We each tried a couple of beers and had some food. I think my wife paid, so in a way, I paid. Heck we even took the dog.

In your case something like this seems impossible because of distance, so a phone call, and a coupon for an activity he would really enjoy when you are back home. So be that fishing, beer tasting, bike riding, whatever his interest just spend some time with him. Express some gratitude for things he has done for you is also a great gift that money cannot buy.

Reading some of the other answers this is a common theme!

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Re: Best Father's Day Gift You Ever Received (or wish you'd received)

Post by Jack FFR1846 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:55 am

Put me in the car. Drive me to the Harley dealer. Check me in to rent a Dyna or soft tail for the day.
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