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Sep 9, 2019 08:32:42   #
MzBarnz (a regular here)
 
It's time to start thinking about what to do for my husband's 70th birthday coming up in April. The problem is, he has no hobbies, he needs no clothes, he's not social so he has no friends. If he sees something he wants, needed or not, he buys it. He has so much "stuff", it will take me forever to get rid of if he goes before I do. He mentioned to our kids he would like to go to Las Vegas one more time, but that costs plenty, which I don't have. We eat out at restaurants often. He goes to the movies at least once a week. I even thought about making a substantial payment on a huge bill HE has made. I hate to not do something special for him because 70 is a big milestone, but I am at a loss. Our son and his family would come for a short visit from Canada to help celebrate, too. Sorry... just needed to vent....
 
Sep 9, 2019 08:39:30   #
charbaby (a regular here)
 
A professional family portrait when your family can all be together?
Sep 9, 2019 08:43:15   #
greenaprils
 
Why not go to Canada to meet your son and his family? Make a week long trip out of it. Eat at some new restaurants and see the sites? Make some memories?
Sep 9, 2019 08:45:39   #
Colour wheel
 
Make it different by making it simple. Create a special memory for yourselves and any other family members who may join you, by packing a picnic with some delicious picnic food and a bottle of bubbly. Take him to a beautiful spot and enjoy the fresh air, the solitude and the view.
Sometimes the simple pleasures in life are the best.
Sep 9, 2019 08:47:55   #
janallynbob (a regular here)
 
Boy am I following this, Bob is impossible to buy for, exactly the same reasons other than movies. Bob's a mechanic, one year I gave him a giant bag of rags, million old t-shirts cut up, I'd like to get a little more creative, gotta laugh.

Janallyn
Sep 9, 2019 08:50:32   #
inishowen (a regular here)
 
For my brothers 70th birthday I made a photo book of our childhood photos. He loved it
 
Sep 9, 2019 08:50:33   #
inishowen (a regular here)
 
For my brothers 70th birthday I made a photo book of our childhood photos. He loved it
Sep 9, 2019 08:56:56   #
crafterwantabe (a regular here)
 
My hubby gets his favorite snacks from us. Nuts, jerky, and candy. I gave up giving him anything else. Good luck....
Sep 9, 2019 09:07:50   #
knitnanny (a regular here)
 
If he likes movies, he may enjoy going to a play especially a comedy. Do you have a theatre in your area?
Sep 9, 2019 09:08:12   #
Namaste Nan
 
Send a donation in his name. Nan
Sep 9, 2019 09:10:28   #
mommomtwo
 
Since your husband and mine seem to be the same type, I would just put some money toward what he owes and
have a simple family party with the foods he loves, a cake and whatever his preference is in drinks. Why stew over things that you want for him, when what he likes is important? At 80, I have found this out, and hope you have a wonderful time with your family.
 
Sep 9, 2019 09:15:48   #
saukvillesu (a regular here)
 
I am in the same boat--my husband's 80th coming up at end of month. Only thing I came up with: Ride along in dump truck. Might sound weird, but he has always wanted to have a chance to drive a dump truck. Being an accountant during his work-career, he never had a chance. Then after retirement, he loved his 4wheeler and large Kubota tractor for upkeep of our 5 acres, but still had that idea on his bucket list. After a stroke in early 2018, which affected his eyesight field of vision, he had to give up his driver's license and has said multiple times that now he knew he could never do it. I was drafting a letter to several trucking firms in our area, and my daughter asked whether she should reach out to childhood friend that she stays in touch with--married to man who owns such a firm.
Short story long here...it looks like it might work out. It would be a compromise, but (in my mind) might be exciting just to ride along for part of this man's day. We still have to work out the details, and I'm nervous about it because sometimes DH is overly concerned about "what CAN happen". But at least it's not more clothing or other mundane gifts we usually come up with. As many here have said, the husbands get what they want--but want little and need even less. Our downsizing included his "giving up" so many things, but a smile on his face for a while would mean so much.
Sep 9, 2019 09:20:02   #
janallynbob (a regular here)
 
saukvillesu wrote:
I am in the same boat--my husband's 80th coming up at end of month. Only thing I came up with: Ride along in dump truck. Might sound weird, but he has always wanted to have a chance to drive a dump truck. Being an accountant during his work-career, he never had a chance. Then after retirement, he loved his 4wheeler and large Kubota tractor for upkeep of our 5 acres, but still had that idea on his bucket list. After a stroke in early 2018, which affected his eyesight field of vision, he had to give up his driver's license and has said multiple times that now he knew he could never do it. I was drafting a letter to several trucking firms in our area, and my daughter asked whether she should reach out to childhood friend that she stays in touch with--married to man who owns such a firm.
Short story long here...it looks like it might work out. It would be a compromise, but (in my mind) might be exciting just to ride along for part of this man's day. We still have to work out the details, and I'm nervous about it because sometimes DH is overly concerned about "what CAN happen". But at least it's not more clothing or other mundane gifts we usually come up with. As many here have said, the husbands get what they want--but want little and need even less. Our downsizing included his "giving up" so many things, but a smile on his face for a while would mean so much.
I am in the same boat--my husband's 80th coming up... (show quote)


I think that sounds wonderful, the ride along would be fun, just one word of caution, dump trucks don't have the best shocks, seriously. And a shirt of some sort.with the companies logo on it, or a hat, signed by the driver, just a thought.

Janallyn
Sep 9, 2019 09:29:29   #
saukvillesu (a regular here)
 
janallynbob wrote:
I think that sounds wonderful, the ride along would be fun, just one word of caution, dump trucks don't have the best shocks, seriously. And a shirt of some sort.with the companies logo on it, or a hat, signed by the driver, just a thought.

Janallyn


Yes, I thought about the shirt/hat idea--not sure how I request that. But he'd love those items too.
Sep 9, 2019 09:31:31   #
hildy3 (a regular here)
 
"wants to go to Vegas one more time".. pool your money and grant his wish. May be your last chance. Vegas bound!
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