For the dad who doesn’t need a tie, and already has a personalized photo mug

Before I show you Tom’s Father’s Day gift, I want to give you a window into his personality.

You know that ice breaker question: what you would do if you won a million dollars? Usually the conversation goes to vacations, big houses, live-in maids, and live-in maids who clean vacation houses.

When I ask Tom what we’d do if we won a million dollars he says, “Well, if you win a million dollars, you don’t really get a million dollars. Winnings are taxed at almost 50%. Then we’d tithe, and then max out our Roth IRA and 401K, then pay off our mortgage. After that, maybe we’d go out to a nice dinner?”

I don’t even get to have a fancy Thoroughbred in my imagination.

When I really press him, Tom says that if we were millionaires the only thing that would change about our lifestyle is that we’d have fresh berries every day. Blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries. Especially blackberries. Tom loves blackberries and blackberry pie.

I keep telling him that buying a box of blackberries, even at their most expensive, wouldn’t really add that much to our budget. Even if we bought two boxes a week it’d be like $40 a month. Most people pay more than that for cable or a gym membership.

But Tom isn’t the kind of guy to allow himself that sort of frivolity. So this is what I got him for Father’s Day — enough blackberries that he can shove them into his mouth with both hands and feel RICH RICH RICH.


Nothing but the best for my man.

David decorated the inside of the card.


I also got him a Starbucks gift card. It doesn’t have any money on it because that’s exactly what Tom would want on Father’s Day — for me to not spend any money at Starbucks.

You can read other Father’s Day posts here:

For the fathers in my life

DIY Father’s Day wrapping paper


  1. Courtney June 13, 2014

    Now that is too funny and the perfect father’s day gift! My husband always says we’d pay off everything, and buy a house. Hopefully we’d have some leftovers for berries every day too!

  2. Lynsie June 13, 2014

    Love it! Ryan NEVER wants anything either. I have a running list of things I’d like to have. I think ONE time in the 11 years I have known him he mentioned he wanted some kind of a wrench to change the oil, but that was it. Will decided we should make him homemade check mix for Father’s Day and I ran with it!

  3. Rachel June 13, 2014

    This is hilarious. ESPECIALLY the empty starbucks card. David would probably really appreciate that gift also…

  4. Meredith June 14, 2014

    ahahahah about Starbucks. Love the gift, you are so frivolous.


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