Over the Memorial Day weekend, I shared a beer or two with some family members to discuss what dads would appreciate as a Father's Day gift this year.
Of course, I immediately encouraged everyone to get a Big Green Egg for the dad in their lives, especially if they liked to barbecue. I also suggested that dads who are into lawn work would like anything from Stihl Power Equipment. Or a new lawn mower, especially one of quality like Honda.
That's when a female family member said, "Seriously? To me, getting him something that means work is the same as you buying me a new dishwasher or washing machine."
Let me speak for almost any father who takes pride in their home: That's not the same thing! If anyone invested in something of that quality for me, I would cherish and work with it enthusiastically around my home or property.
Obviously, if Dad doesn't enjoy that kind of work, I agree that getting him something like a tractor would be the equivalent of me buying a bread maker for my wife, who doesn't like to bake.
But if the dad in your life relishes every opportunity to keep the property up, or if they love cooking outdoors for the family, I encourage you to consider this list of ideas:
Any Stihl power equipment
Any Kubota tractor
Any Honda lawn mower
Or you could get them a copy of my new book, "Texas Tough Gardening." This Saturday, you can get it signed and buy it cheaper than ever before at The Woodlands Home and Garden Show. In fact, if you purchase two or more copies, I'll also throw in a free bottle of a Lady Bug or Monterey Lawn & Garden product. So, for $25, you'd save $5 on the two books and get a free gift valued at $15 - that's $45 worth of stuff for $25 and a great value on a Father's Day gift. But that's only available 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at The Woodlands Home & Garden Show. If you can't make it to the show, pick up a copy at many area Ace Hardware Stores and the nurseries, garden centers and feed stores I endorsed on GardenLine each weekend.
By the way, I'll be broadcasting GardenLine from The Woodlands 6-10 a.m. on Saturday, but keep in mind that the doors don't open until 9.
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