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This year for Father’s Day I thought I would try something a little different.

You see…..the most amazing, wonderful, incredible, tool-infatuated father lives here at Thistlewood.

And every year when I give him his gift…..

…..I get it almost right.

I mean….really, really close.

Like when he opens up the package and he see the name brand and it’s the kind he likes and his eyes light up….

….and then he tears off the rest of the wrapping paper.

And tries valiantly to tell me how amazing it is. 🙂


He reassures me over and over and over again.

How it’s exactly what he wanted and how lucky he is how it’s okay that he has a tool just like it and it’s okay that it’s not cordless and it’s okay that it’s only 18V.


And then he smiles at me.

And I know that it really is okay…..and okay is fine…..

….but I want it to be perfect.


So this year I tried something different.

Together….we put together an entire collection on ebay of his favorite tools.

Tools that he loves.

Tools that really work for all the projects he wants to create.

Tools that come in the right size and shape and style and color.

In other words…..

…tools that are perfect. 🙂


Like this one.

I mean….seriously?  A radio with a battery pack where you can charge all your tools and it has a CD adapter?

I didn’t even know that something like this existed.

But he did.

And now I’m going to shop the collection that we created together.

No more awkward smiles when he sees his father’s day gift.

No more valiant attempts to convince me he didn’t already have 20 of them.

This year is going to be different.

I told him I would pick a few items off the list….but he wouldn’t know which ones.

That way it would still be a surprise…..

….a surprise that will be absolutely perfect.

father's day gift guide

PS  I also created another fun collection of unusual gifts for Father’s day.

Like a bike that folds up.

Or a personal caddy that’s totally electronic

Or a putter that’s an umbrella.

#whoknew. 🙂


ebay has put together a great Father’s Day gift guide…click here to shop.

Create your own #eBayDad collection and enter for a chance to win $500 to shop on eBay.

If you are interested in what else I’ve been collecting this year…..

…..you can see the rest of my Collections….here.

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  1. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Are you going to reveal the amazing gift that you are giving that special father? When it comes to tools I am at a complete loss!! I can "talk" about many things but tools aren't one of them so I end up giving that special man who is the father of my kids the same gift every year -- he seems pretty happy with it ;-)

  2. Image for Mary Miller Mary Miller

    Karie-Ann, This is brilliant. Thats for the idea...a collection, a mini catalogue of all his favorites! xo Thanks!

  3. Image for Cheryl at Snaps of Ginger Cheryl at Snaps of Ginger

    My dad is so hard to buy for. He always just tells me he doesn't want me to spend any money on him. When I press him for an idea he tells me socks... haha! I think I do pretty well anyway. I definitely going to look through your collections for some ideas. ~Cheryl https://snaps-of-ginger.blogspot.com/

  4. Image for Celeste Celeste

    Oh boy, do I know about gifts that are really, really close. One year I bought my husband something he had been looking at in the electronic store. I was so proud to get him something he wanted. He opened it up and had that puzzled look. I said "Let's listen to it now". That's when he explained that an amplifier must be hooked up to something else. Something we didn't own. It doesn't play anything on it's own. Well, duh. But he was so sweetly grateful and patient with his electronically challenged wife. Your story just brings back that moment from almost 30 years ago.

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