I know that this is probably a really odd post, but I am totally drawing a blank for what to get my Grandpa for his 78th birthday this weekend and the family has been no help in giving suggestions. I figured that if I throw the question out to a larger audience I might get more responses/ideas?
Here's a mini description:
1) He's a Polish immigrant who's been here since the 60's, but still for some reason or another speaks no English. However, he has the miraculous ability to watch TV in English, follow the program and tell you exactly what's going on.
2) He's retired and doesn't really have any traditional hobbies. He does putz around in the garden and in his garage tinkering with things. I would get him gardening tools or general tools, but I'm afraid that he a) wouldn't know what to do with them since he's more of an improviser when the need comes up and b) he's very old school.
3) He's diabetic, so wine and chocolate are out. Even the special sugar free chocolate is out since he's suspicious of it (he only got to 3rd grade in Poland because of the war so his understanding of his disease is very poor).
4) He's is very bad with gifts. The family jokes (not in front of him of course) about his collection of mostly opened, but never worn shirts, sweaters, etc. that are sitting in his closet.
5) He's technologically challenged - they don't have a VCR let alone a DVD player, no computer, etc. I'm surprised that they are able to use the mircowave.
Wow, based on that description it kind of sounds like he's stepped out of time or something. Is there any hope of actually getting him a good gift?