Dyson Digital Slim Vacuum Cleaner $299
If anyone gave me a vacuum for Mother's day, I'm not sure how pleased I'd be. But when I brought home the Dyson DC35 Digital Slim to test it out, my husband ran off with it and I haven't seen it since. It's pricey, but anything that can get my husband vacuuming the house, and cleaning up after himself when he does projects around the house, is totally worth it.
The Digital Slim has Dyson's innovative technology built in, a digital motor that claims to be three times faster than the average motor, and it comes with a "fade-free" lithium ion battery. The detachable long-reach wand cleans way up high, does the floor without bending over, and attachments lets you fight into very tight spots. http://www.dyson.com/store/product.asp?product=DC35-IRSBL
Your father might enjoy a vacation. Make sure to cater it to where he would like to go. You could send him on an all-inclusive cruise. You can send him on a tour or put something together yourself. If you are worried that he might not like it, then you might want to tell him about your intentions and let him pick out the exact vacation, cruise, time, etc so that you know that he gets what he wants.
If you really have a big budget, then a car might be the ultimate gift. Obviously, you will have many choices in this. You can get him a sleek, brand new car or an antique car that he can fiddle with if he has such a hobby. This would make a great surprise gift (if you know that he would like it) or you could go with him and let him test drive and pick one out himself. (
Those who think dads are better-loved find support in the theory that the sorts of things we buy for our dads—tools, electronics—are more expensive than the sorts of things we buy for our moms—brunch, flowers. (A corollary to this theory says that women, the main buyers on Father's Day, are more enthusiastic shoppers than men, the main buyers on Mother's Day.) A few surveys support this hypothesis. Ebates, the online coupon store, for instance, queried shoppers and found that they spent more on Father's Day than Mother's Day by a significant margin—$144 to $82. ....
The National Retail Federation, the most reliable source for these sorts of statistics, insists that Mom still reigns supreme. It reports that in 2011 consumers planned on spending more on their dads than ever before—an average of $106.49, up from $94.32 last year, for total spending of $11.1 billion. But mothers still get the bigger haul, with the average shopper shelling out $140.73 in 2011 for total spending of $16.3 billion. (Spending on both holidays has now fully recovered after taking a hit during the recession.)
NRF data also indicate that moms get more expensive individual items than dads, too. Both parents most frequently receive cards as gifts, with the average shopper spending $5 to $10. But people purchasing "consumer electronics or computer-related accessories" for Dad report that they plan on spending an average of $67.20. People purchasing the same class of goods for Mom spend an average of $94.91. And mothers frequently receive pricey items like spa treatments and jewelry (average price tag: $84.09). Dad's tools, ties, and gadgets are cheaper. (http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2011/06/i_love_you_dad_but_35_less_than_mom.html)
By the way, I am not angling for gifts, I just found these intersting facts or gifts. Plus we just got a new car 6 months ago, so kids scratch that one from the list!