I always start planning for Christmas months in advance. This year, I am having a huge problem finding the perfect gift for my FIL. A little about him: he is in his early 60's, retired, cooks alot, gardens, and does all the house maintenance and home upgrades. My in-laws are at the stage of their lives where they buy things they see that they need or want. They don't wait for Christmas or birthdays for someone to surprise them.
I have shot out several ideas to my husband that I believed to be thoughtful or personalized for my FIL like a garden hose reel concealed in a stylish box (since they don't have a reel and just kind of loop the hose on the ground near the faucet) or a sturdy container filled with things we know he likes (shaving cream, body wash, candy, etc) which is modeled after the gift he gave me last year (container filled with kitchen jars pre-filled with sugar, flour, etc which I loved!) or even a gift of the month item like movies or gourmet coffee. Husband has shot down every idea. MIL told us he wanted a winter cap with the ear flaps and tie strings. I reluctantly agreed so we picked one up last night, but she already vetoed it as the wrong kind.
I am at my wit's end. I came up with great gift ideas for my MIL and SIL that are super creative and tailored to their tastes, but I can't get anywhere for my FIL. I don't want him to feel like an afterthought at Christmas.