Christmas Gift Guide for Father-in-law

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How to Christmas Shop for Your Oh-So-Important Father-in-Law
You just figured out the appropriate moniker to call your father-in-law. While it may not be "daddio", you're jumping in with your place in the family (and figuring out the family dynamics as you go.) Now it's time to find a Christmas gift for the man who sits at the head of the table - your father-in-law. This guide to finding Christmas gift ideas for a father-in-law will help steer your search, so you can be confident in your choice.

Deliciousness Wins

Good food is sure to delight that father-in-law who loves seconds at the Thanksgiving table. Speaking of Thanksgiving, what dishes does your father-in-law seem most excited about? The savory stuffing or the sweet apple pie? Then choose accordingly on the salty-to-sweet spectrum of artisanal treats.

Up to Speed

Does your father-in-law like being in-the-know on what’s new in technology? Think about a Christmas present for your father-in-law that brings him up to speed on something he loves. If he’s all in with digital photography, maybe it’s time to introduce him to photography drones.

Complete Collection

Ask around the family to find out if your father-in-law is really into a specific something — or maybe he’s started a collection that you could help complete. See if there’s a certain film franchise that’s his top favorite, because then you know the whole collection on DVD would really make his day.

Playing Around

Sometimes the parent crew need gentle reminders on how to have fun. Your father-in-law is no exception. Think about whether he’d rather be in the family room or out in the backyard to find playful Christmas gifts for your father-in-law (darts in the basement or lawn games?).

Toast to Him

Have you checked the bar cart for what he keeps in stock? Whether he’s a whiskey aficionado or a beer lover through and through, zero in on his drink of choice. You’ll be sure to play up his spirits.

Special Details

Have you noticed any distinct details in the house? Does your father-in-law jive with nautical style? Or is he true fan of hunting motifs? Look for accessories that feel special because they include a detail that’s all him — like that anchor hook for the father-in-law who’s a sailor at heart.

Best of the Best

You can’t go wrong when you choose the best, so they say. What are some everyday things your father-in-law uses? Give him an upgrade to turn ordinary into something much better.