20 Hobbies, Books & Gifts for Granddads & Dads

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Time to set up some ideas for grandfathers? Looking forward to retirement?  Just retired? Feeling old?

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Ask Granny is  busy researching (with grandad of course) some topics that will interest men over 50 or over 60 looking to start a hobby or create a lucrative income or business on-line!…   If you have any tips please let me know!

  • 100 Books for Men.The Perfect Gift
  • This list has a great choice of  100 books to suit men of all ages and with varied tastes!A great gift for  Father’s Day.
  • Art of Manliness ~ Click Here to Visit the Site
  • Need to know when Father’s Day is in your country?
  • Here is a useful list of all the Father’s Day dates from 2009-2014.Don’t forget Dad’s  Day!Send a card, make a call, or even send a text message to tell him you love him.Granddads are Fathers too!
  • Apple 4 the teacher ~ Click Here to Visit the Site
  • Just for Men: Uncrate, a Website for Men of all Ages
  • Women can look at this website too, but this classy site is designed to appeal to men and it has virtually anything the human male could want in the realm of shopping. There are clearly defined categories such as “gear” and “rides”. Each site has a concisely written description of an item to purchase along with photos and prices. Shoppers can buy directly or create wish lists for future purchases. There is also a question and answer forum where men can share information on a topic such as the best book on photography or where to find the best beaches in Hawaii. The site is clean and uncluttered and it will appeal to men of all ages.http://www.uncrate.com
  • Uncrate ~ Click Here to Visit the Site
  • Granddads, Dads and Sons Together Can Build and Create!
  • Building kits are a great way for kids of all ages to develop important skills while having fun . Building activities encourage imaginative thinking and creativity while also teaching about materials and construction, developing problem solving techniques and improving hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Teach your child or grandchild the value of organization and neatness. Thats a lot of learning in one little box. You and your grandchildren will learn an amazing amount about each other and the world while you have fun building models.
    Building kits are not just an activity for budding engineers. The planning, organization and problem solving skills developed while building models are directly useful in all walks of life. The practical skills learned regarding materials, use of tools, following written directions and spacial thinking are critical skills in fields as diverse as art and medicine as well as engineering and science. These skills are also pretty handy for any driver who’s car breaks down in the middle of nowhere and any homeowner needing to deal with household maintenance.
    Hobby Engineering carries a number of different building systems so you can find the kit that best meets your child or grandchild’s skills and interests.  As with most learning activities, you need to have a plan for introducing increasingly challenging lessons as your child progresses. That usually means getting the most advanced system your child can handle so they don’t get bored too quickly. It also means upgrading to the next most complex system every year or two until your child graduates to “real” tools and materials.
    Most building systems have introductory sets that include parts for a small number of models. These sets are a great way for you to see if your child can handle the system. Starter kits can get frustrating when your child is ready to start building his or her own designs because you will almost always be missing some critical part. You need to plan on purchasing one or more larger sets as your child learns the system and wants to build increasingly complex models. Great Gift ideas for Christmas and Birthdays for the men in your family!
  • Hobby Engineering ~ Click Here to Visit the Site
  • Model Kits for the Grown Man
  • Dads and Granddads are still enjoying building model kits of some sort or another and Model Hobbies has a complete list of  kits to make at reduced prices.
  • Model Hobbies ~ Click Here to Visit the Site
  • Personalized Gifts For Men
  • Personalized gifts for  Dads, Grandpas, Brothers, Boyfriends etc are always appreciated.Take time to look at this website and get some new ideas for  Christmas for that special Father, Grandfather or Man about the House!
  • Personalization Mall ~ Click Here to Visit the Site
  • Original and Useful Gifts for Him
  • Ask Granny  has bought her Christmas gifts for “him” this year from this store.Unusual, interesting and first-time-seen gifts
  • Brookstone ~ Click Here to Visit the Site
  • Gift Idea for Men of All Ages
  • 100 Must-Read Books for Men
  • The Essential Man’s Library: 100 must-read books for menOn the interesting and somewhat tongue in cheek website The Art of Manliness you will read articles ranging from how to shave like your grandfather to the reasons every man needs to carry a pocket knife. You can watch a video of how to tie a square knot. You can read about being a gentleman and how to apologize like one. And you can find an article on 100 books that every man should read. Along with the list you will find a short review of each selection and the reasons the book is a must read. There are also links to online bookstores to purchase each book if you so choose. Some of the selections include The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, The Call of the Wild by Jack London and The Art of Warfare by Sun Tzu. It is a solid reading list and worth viewing.http://artofmanliness.com/2008/05/14/100-must-read-books-the-essential-mans-library/
  • Art of Manliness ~ Click Here to Visit the Site
  • A Little Fun
    • Couple in their nineties are both having problems remembering things. During a check-up, the doctor tells them that they’re physically okay, but they might want to start writing things down to help them remember
    • Later that night, while watching TV, the old man gets up from his chair. ‘Want anything while I’m in the kitchen?’ he asks.
    • ‘Will you get me a bowl of ice cream?’
    • ‘Sure.’
    • ‘Don’t you think you should write it down so you can remember it?’ she asks.
    • ‘No, I can remember it.’
    • ‘Well, I’d like some strawberries on top, too. Maybe you should write it down, so’s not to forget it?’
    • He says, ‘I can remember that. You want a bowl of ice cream with strawberries. ‘
    • ‘I’d also like whipped cream. I’m certain you’ll forget that, write it down?’ she asks.
    • Irritated, he says, ‘I don’t need to write it down, I can remember it! Ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream – I got it, for goodness sake!’
    • Then he toddles into the kitchen. After about 20 minutes,
    • The old man returns from the kitchen and hands his wife a plate of bacon and eggs. She stares at the plate for a moment.
    • ‘Where’s my toast ?’
  • Some Fun Jokes To Cheer Old Folks Up! ~ Click Here to Visit the Site
  • Meet Andy the Hobo at Hobo Traveler.com
  • Meet Andy the Hobo at HoboTraveler.comThis is a truly unique website that is a great read and, for those who share Andy’s travel enthusiasm, a place to share insights, experiences and “war stories.” Andy Graham is a senior who has traveled non-stop for the past eleven years. He has been to 85 countries all around the world and has shared and documented his experiences for all to enjoy. He has catalogued a remarkable amount of information on varied topics such as how to pack, the best hostels to visit, and how to do your laundry in each country. He has some humorous entries such as the names given to foreigners in each country and he invites you to add information or pictures to his journal entries. This is a fun and informative site with some philosophy of a true hobo lifestyle thrown in for free.http://www.hobotraveler.com/index.shtml
  • Hobo Traveler ~ Click Here to Visit the Site
  • The Importance of Grandparents. Contact Them if You Need Help or Advice
  • Did you know that 60% of childcare provision is provided by grandparents and over one million grandchildren are denied contactwith their grandparents? One in every hundred children is living with a grandparent – an average of 2-4in every primary school.Grandparents save the economy £4 billion per annum (Age Concern report). 20% of grandparents under 60 are also step-grandparents and we estimate that there are over13.5 million grandparents in the uk.
  • Grandparents Association ~ Click Here to Visit the Site
  • A Grandad’s list of Math and Science Activities for kids
  • Grandfathers worldwide will have fun with  the grandchildren, working out some of the projects and problems thought up by a clever grandfather!Hands-on science and math activities, puzzles, and thankfully at last (!) non-violent computer games
  • Grandad Science ~ Click Here to Visit the Site
  • 2009 Summer National Senior Games Schedule
  • Granny Look thought this news bulletin about the 2009 Summer National Senior  “Olympics”  was a must for all her readers! Gents or Ladies!Follow this week’s events  schedule
  • Aarp ~ Click Here to Visit the Site
  • Build a Model Helicopter or Airplane
  • This site is for people interested in collecting, owning, trading or building model aircraft – including airplanes, helicopters, ultralights, trikes, gyroplanes, rockets, paragliders and many more. Grandads can enjoy working on one of these projects with grandsons when they come to stay!
  • Models Aviation ~ Click Here to Visit the Site
  • Fishing is Fun!
  • Fishing is FunOne of my fondest memories of my Dad is the picture I have in my mind of him preparing for a day of fishing. The night before we went out on Puget Sound in the beautiful Pacific Northwest of the U.S. he spent hours getting all his fishing tackle in perfect order. Poles, line, leaders, hooks, bobbers, weights and sinkers of all sizes and shapes and colors were laid out, organized and put into tackle boxes with precision. There were lures of all kinds in case the herring didn’t work; feathery, plastic, silvery and our family favorite, the “pearl wobbler.” Dad not only was in charge of all the gear, but he knew he would be baiting the hooks for the whole family, while at the same time steering the boat and trying to catch a nice fat salmon for himself. We loved our days on the water and usually got up early to strike out because none of us could sleep anyway!Fishing is a wonderful sport. It is addictive. It gets people out into natural beauty and offers long hours of peaceful, quiet enjoyment interspersed with minutes of frantic excitement when you get a bite and try to capture the wiggly prize. There is the thrill of the hunt involved whether you catch and release or take home the entree for dinner. There are skills to learn depending on the kind of fishing you are doing and the place you are doing it. There are widely different skills to learn and some are quite difficult. They run the gamut from simply tossing a line off the end of a dock, to precision casting on a river and stream, to lake fishing in a rowboat, to bay and ocean fishing with outboard motors, tides and currents to contend with–all while hoping for the big prize.Fishing is a skill worthy of passing on to the younger generation. If you are ready to teach a young boy or girl the fine art of fishing you might want to look at this link for some tips on safety and preparation before the first outing.http://wildlife.state.co.us/Fishing/ResourcesTips/TipsforFishingwithKids/One of the interesting traits of fishermen and women is that they usually have secrets concerning their success. They have secret places and secret lures. They like to keep those secrets and share them only on special occasions. Here are several sites where you will find favorite fishing spots in various parts of the world. Perhaps one of these will become your new “secret” place to fish:http://www.articlesbase.com/travel-articles/top-5-fishing-holes-in-the-pacific-nw-932483.htmlhttp://www.landbigfish.com/fishingspots/default.cfmhttp://www.larrysfishinghole.com/http://www.tiscali.co.uk/travel/features/top-uk-fishing-locations.htmlHave you ever met a fisherman who didn’t enjoy telling tales of fishing exploits? Here is a site for sharing your best experiences and for posting pictures of your catch too if you so desire:

    http://www.waymarking.com/cat/details.aspx?f=1&guid=65cc84b6-1e26-4d78-a7fb-e16a3ab6ad24 Happy fishing!

  • Tips for Fishing with Kids ~ Click Here to Visit the Site
  • Father’s Day
  • Ask Granny and her “Grandfather friends” agree it is appropriate to start the Grandfather and Father category with information about Father’s Day world wide!Please add any topics you would like us to research
  • Apples for the Teacher ~ Click Here to Visit the Site

Grandpas are fathers too, it’s really a month to spoil the men of the family. Grandfathers, this is your opportunity to spend some time with the grandkids in the great out of doors. Baseball season is in full swing. If your grandkids are on baseball teams or any other sports teams, be sure to enjoy rooting for them. It doesn’t matter if your grandson or granddaughter is the star of the team or not, they’re a star in your book and that matters a great deal.Fun on the water

Many of you grandfathers are avid outdoorsmen. You love to go fishing, hiking, camping and maybe you enjoy time on the water. Why not try taking your grandkids kayaking or canoeing? These paddling sports are wonderful ways for kids to enjoy the out of doors.http://paddling.about.com/