Holidays & Gift Ideas
We just wrapped up our "Kansas City's Best Dad" contest, and wanted to share the entries. We chose 3 winners, and each of them receive a $100 Chux Trux gift card. Here are the entries (in no particular order):
Fred H. Submitted by his daughter Christina - Belton, Mo.
Hello. My name is Christina Sxxx. I would like to nominate my Dad, Fred Hxxx., for your Best Dad Contest. He is a Father to three girls, ages: 40, 38, 36 and has seven grandchildren ranging from 15-22 years old. My parents have been married since 1981. My Dad is a very hard working man, who always puts everyone before himself. He is retired from the U.S. Air Force, but currently is employed as a delivery driver to supplement his income. He enjoys reading, art and diy projects, fishing, riding his motorcycle and spending time with his grandkids in his spare time. He is a very devoted family man to his wife, children and grandchildren. My Dad has been the only male role model in my childrens' lives, since their Dad and I separated 15 years ago. He likes to tinker around in his garage to pass the time and sometimes even manages to pass a few tricks of the trade down to his grandsons. My Dad is very deserving of recognition for all of the joy, love, laughter, wisdom and support he has provided us all with over the years! Thank you for your acceptance of my entry and even if he is not selected as the contest winner, he IS the best Dad I could ever ask for!
Jeffrey E. - Submitted by his wife Samantha E. - Kansas City, Mo
I want to nominate my husband for Kansas City's best dad. My husband, Jeffrey Exxx is the father to our 2 year old son and our adopted 14 year old daughter. He is 24 years old and has been serving active duty in the Marine Corps for the past 7 years. He is the most selfless father, devoting every spare second to his children. Being military he has missed too many holidays and birthdays to count, so he values all the time he can get at home. He is patient and loving. He's better then all the other days because he's a real life superhero according to his kids. He takes every moment with them and makes it special, he knows how to make memories and truly be present in their lives. He sacrifices so much to give them the world. Even if that means he has to miss milestones and important events because he's overseas. He always puts them first, no matter how tired he is, he gives them 110%. They're favorite memories with him are: Little jeff: "workin' on dadas jeep!" Amber: "Camping trips, building science projects (blowing up rockets!) and his homecoming from Afghanistan." Jeffrey is loving, hardworking and dedicated. If he is willing to die for people he doesn't know, imagine what he would do for his kids!!
Jason A. - Submitted by his son Dillan - Independence, Mo.
Hi my name is dillan I am 8 soon to be 9 my dad's name is jason who is the best dad and always makes time for me and my little sister between two jobs he always talks about how much he wants to fix his truck up but we always end up at the park. size medium but a big heart love you dad from dillan
Ed K. - Submitted by his daughter Emily - St. Joseph, Mo.
Dad deserves more than I can repay, he has given up his dreams,idea’s and projects to help me with my son, he’s put things on hold, so that I can work,and finish school. I’m a single mom, and I catch myself coming and going.
It’s really hard to put it all into words, but I have yet to hear of any complaints, Dad is 60 now and still babysits, he has given up way too much in order to help me.When he got his truck, it was all he ever dreamed about, or wanted and what his intentions was, I threw him a curve ball, when his grandson came into this world.I don’t know much about his truck, other than he’s very protective over it, but he his teaching, and allows my son how to work on it, which is amazing.
Dad deserves much more than I could ever imagine.
Jeff W. - Submitted by his daughter Emily - Gladstone, Mo.
My name is Emily Wxxxx and I’m sixteen years old. I’d like to submit my father for the best dad contest. His name is Jeff Wxxx, and he is a dedicated father and loving husband. There isn’t any real significant event that makes him the best. My dad isn’t a super hero, famous, rich, or invincible, but he certainly is someone to never forget.
When I was a little kid I thought my dad was superman. He was the strongest man I knew, and when I sat on his shoulders I felt like I was at the top of the world.
We were never wealthy. We owned a small store for vehicle paint jobs. It was my dad’s dream to own a business, whether small or large. By the time my parents had my brother and me, we were struggling with payments. As much as my dad loved the business, he loved us more. He sold the business and found a local job that he loved. That made us wealthier than anyone could ever understand.
Not everyone knows my dad. You won’t see his picture on magazines, or advertisement boards next to the highway. People don’t gasp in disbelief when he walks by, but he makes statements. He puts himself in everything he can, whether it is school activities, neighborhood jobs, or family events. Everywhere he goes he leaves an impression. He lets everyone know that he cares and that’s all people ask for.
My dad is anything but invincible, and don’t take that as a negative trait. My dad cares more than anyone I know. He’s the type of guy to go to every single one of my soccer games, even though we didn’t keep score and they gave participation trophies. He’s the type to go to 9 years worth of T-ball/baseball games, 3 years worth of choir concerts, and the kind who cries during a sad movie. He never had a problem showing exactly how he feels, and I’m appreciative that I learned exactly that from him. He shows the world just how much he loves his family and friends, and I’m thankful for that.
One thing I can always count on him for is to love my mom. He acts like a goof when we are all out together. He’s my mom’s best friend and I’m so lucky to be able to say that. I know so many friends with divorced parents. My parents still act like they’re having their first crush back in high school. I just couldn’t imagine anyone loving someone as much as my dad loves my mom.
I probably don’t tell him as much as I should, but I love him more than anything. He’s always been there for me, and I hope one day I’m able to pay him back for that; whether that be changing his diapers when he’s old, or going to his bingo matches at the nursing home.
One of the best memories I have with my dad is when he coached my flag football team. I was so mad because he forced me to pick a sport to do during the summer. I remember during a game having the ball and running for the in zone. I thought I was untouchable, and my dad was on the sideline cheering me on. Just when I thought I had the touch down, I heard the referee blow the whistle, which meant someone had pulled my flag. I was pouting because I wanted to score so badly, and my dad pulled me off to the side. He told me that sometimes me have to have small losses to create a greater win. He told me that no matter what I did during this game, he was still proud of me. I just thought he was the coolest dad in the world. We ended up losing the game, but he still took me out for ice cream. It’s memories like that one that run through my head when asked what I think of my dad.
My dad has always been there for me, and he’s always bragging about his fantastic kids. I thought this would be a way to show my appreciation as well. I just want people to see the same guy I do: a selfless, loving father and husband.
Jeffrey E - Submitted by his daughter Amber E. - Kansas City, Mo.
I am Amber Exxx and I'm 14 years old.
My dad is Jeffery Exxx and he's a US marine, he adopted me when I was 10 years old and he's my hero. He would give up his whole world if he had to for me and my little brother. He's the best dad I could ever ask for. My favorite memory with my dad was something so simply but made me so happy, we were just fixing up my dads old jeep while my mom was out of town so it was just me and him. And he was just so proud of how well I could help him with it, that day was the best day ever! Spending a whole day with my dad was not only rare(because of his job) but fun!
Charlie K - Submitted by his son Darrin - Kansas City, Mo.
My name is Darrin Kxxx and my dad, Charlie Kxxx deserves the win for this contest!!!! He's the best dad anybody could ask for! He loves his ford f-150! He calls the truck ole' blue! He works at the ford assembly plant. He works a lot but when he gets a day off he usually goes to chux trux! That's were he got his wheels from and where he gets most of his truck accessories from!!! What makes him better than any dad is that he cares for my family before himself. The best memory I've had with my dad is probably when he did a burnout with his truck! It was awesome! Here is a good photo of his truck:
Will E. - Submitted by his daughter Savannah E. - Prairie Village, Ks.
My Dad’s name is Will Exxx he is a social worker at the Wichita Children’s Home. He is nothing short of amazing. What makes him better than all the other dads? He has 4 children and I am the oldest. My dad has never gotten a degree but he is the hardest working man I have ever known, even sometimes when it is frustrating to not make as much as others with a higher education. My parents did not have a lot, but I will say that there was not one day I went to bed hungry or ever felt like we were lacking. I love him for being such a strong male role model in my life. My parents have been married for 30 years, my mother is white and my father is black and they have been together before that was really accepted in our culture. So I guess if they made it through that they can make it through anything! I played basketball since the 7th grade and up until college he never missed a game! I could always hear his deep voice yelling at me to rebound in the stands. I didn’t really appreciate it as much until I got to college and went to the University of Memphis 9 hours away. Considering I had three younger brothers they couldn’t make as many games, but I chose to go that far! It actually made my bond to my father closer. I called him every day, laughed, cried, shared stories of being away for the first time. He was always there to listen and support and encourage me. So why does he deserve to win? If there is a funnier, more laid back, more dedicated, family man then my dad then please make sure they win this contest because I do not think that it’s possible. It’s hard to show that in 750 words or less but hopefully I gave you an idea.
My best memory of my dad would have to be 2 years ago. I moved into my own place and my family came to stay with me for the weekend. I was so excited to host. I bought all of them their favorite groceries, cooked dinner, had my dad’s favorite alcoholic beverage. I took care of them breakfast lunch and dinner for three days. (my father is 6’8 and brothers aren’t too far behind) so this is like feeding an army. Everything went great and I said my goodbyes. I get a text from my dad a couple hours later saying “Thank you for this weekend I am so proud of you.” Which doesn’t sound like that big a deal except my father can’t text more than one word! I felt so great that I made him that proud that it probably took him an hour just to write that out for me. Being able to start to give back to him like he has been doing my whole life is an amazing feeling so that is why this is such a great memory for me.
Edward H. - Submitted by his daughter Stephine H. - Marshall, Mo.
My dad is the best dad anyone could ask for. He has a 69 chevelle it needed some work done on it. So one day I walked out side and my dad was doing some work to it I asked him I said I have a stumped question he stopped what he was doing turned me and said there are no stuped questions except the ones not asked. I said why are you doing this he said its needs work done to it would you like to help? So I did I jumped right in and started helping. He would tell me what he was doing step by step what tools he was using he even let me help drain the oil. My dad wanted to fix the motor but didn't want to take away from our Christmas to do it. So my brother my mom and I sat down and talked and we all pitched in and helped my mom pay for having the motor rebuilt in his car. We blind folded him on Christmas eve and took him to his car. He was the Happy's man he cryed. My mom pasted away and he talked about saleing his car but we talked him out of it. I would like to see my dad win and put this towered the things he needs to finish fixing his car up.
Ron P. - Submitted by his wife, Terri P. - Lee's Summit, Mo.
My name is Terri Pxxx. I am nominating my husband Ron Pxxx. We are a blended family, and we have 7 kids between the two of us, he does everything he can possibly do to make all of the kids feel like they are his. He always makes sure the kids come first. When we go on vacation to the lake, weather it is father's day or not, it is all about the kids. Always. He is the best dad, husband and best friend we could ask for. That's why MY HUSBAND RON Pxxx IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE THE BEST DAD ANYWHERE AND EVERYWHERE
Chris M. - Submitted by his daughter Jennifer M - Bonner Springs, Ks.
I will start off by telling you who I am, I am Jen Mxxx a 24yr old Daddys girl to the core. My dad is my best friend and he is my biggest supporter. He has been married to my mother for almost 30 years and together they have 3 grown children, and also 3 grandchildren. He is the man you call if you need a pick me up, when you need a laugh, and when you just have an awesome story to tell him. My favorite memories with my dad are all of our lunch dates. We both love Kansas City’s barbeque and enjoy spending time together so we try to make it a weekly thing. He is an awesome man, and I think he deserves many awards
Chux Trux would like to thank everyone who entered, and offer a huge "Thank You" to all of these dads for being such positive role models.
What's the Best Advice Dad Has Ever Given?
Father knows best. Doesn’t he? Whether you got fatherly advice from your dad, grandpa, uncle, older brother, or Mike Brady from the Brady Bunch, chances are you’ve forgotten most of it. Sure, you remember bits and pieces or maybe you can remember that one thing your dad told you that stands out the most. Either way, we’ve put together a list of fatherly advice that the coolest, wisest, grooviest dad would tell you if he got the chance.
- Work smarter, not harder.
- Ask for forgiveness, not for permission.
- A man is only as good as his word; stand by your word and be a good man.
- Always shake a man’s hand as if you’re in a competition. A soft handshake is a sign of a weak man.
- Make friends first, do business later.
- Your daughter is going to marry a man like you. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
- Always wear clean underwear.
- Don’t put things off till tomorrow when you can get them done today.
- Treat your girlfriend or wife like your mother.
- Always look a person in the eye when you talk to them.
- Go for the women you consider “out of your league.” You’ll surprise yourself.
- Don’t eat yellow snow.
- A small amount of every paycheck should go into a savings account.
- Call your parents every week.
- Buy a plunger before you need a plunger.
- Exercise makes you happy. Run, lift and play sports.
- Never leave a pint unfinished.
- If you aren’t confident, fake it, it will come.
- Never lend anything you can’t afford to lose.
- Buy high quality tools so you only have to buy them once.
- Go with the decision that’ll make for a good story.
- Nice guys don’t finish last. Boring guys do.
- Find your passion and figure out how to get paid for it.
- Never stop learning.
- No matter their job title or status in life, everyone deserves your respect.
- Don’t change yourself just to make someone happy, unless that someone is you.
- No one is on their deathbed wishing they spent more time at work. Enjoy your life.
- The sun will always rise and set again tomorrow.
- Don’t worry about finding the right girl. Concentrate on becoming the right man
- And finally, if you want the girl, you’ve got to drive the coolest car.
These little nuggets are pure gold and you’ll find yourself referring to them daily. Or at least on occasion. Whether your Dad told you these things or you only wish he had, they’ll get you through the tough days. So go, live life to the fullest, don’t look back, have no regrets and don’t worry about a thing, because everything usually works out alright.
We’d love to hear some of the fatherly advice you’ve been given or maybe some that you’ve given to others. Comment below to teach us your words of wisdom.
So are you ready for the religiously rooted holiday that gives you an excuse to drink, eat, kiss strangers and party all day? We’re talking about St. Patrick’s Day, of course. Everyone gets to pretend they’re Irish, drink green beer and act like fools all day. It’s like college weekends, but with a few leprechauns thrown in the mix.
All these shenanigans have been added to what started out as a religious holiday to celebrate an actual Saint. And the color of the day was blue, not green. It’s been changed and altered so that now everyone associates March 17th with the color green, clovers, leprechauns and of course, drinking. Guess this makes it easy when it comes to decorating or throwing a St Patrick’s Day party. Just add some food coloring to every drink and dish you want to serve and you’re done. You’ve got great stuff to serve and plenty of time left for more drinking. It’s a win-win.
If you think about it, people have taken this holiday and pretty much turned it into what they really want. You get an excuse to drink all day without the guilt, a reason to party and you can finally waste a few hours on Pintrest looking at St. Patrick’s Day recipes. You know you’ve wanted to.
But is there something more you can learn here? You know, other than how many green beers you can drink and still drag yourself to work the next day. How about taking something and turning it into something you’ve always wanted, the way society has done with this greentastic holiday? Think of something you’ve always wanted, going back your childhood. You probably had some cool trucks that were pretty awesome. You’d roll them through the mud and pretend you were in that little plastic seat. Then the truck was suddenly real and you had the most bad ass truck on the playground.
So do it. Make it your own. Do what people have done to St. Patrick’s Day and make it your own. Take your truck now, that stock one sitting in your driveway and turn it into that truck you dreamed about as a kid. You don’t have to roll on monster tires or put a glow in the dark flaming paint job (but how cool would that be!), but you can outfit it to have a little fun in the mud on the weekends without breaking something.
So when you’ve guzzled all the green beer you can handle, the glue has worn off of that leprechaun beard you woke up wearing the morning after and you’ve assured your boss that sunglass are a new trend even indoors, check us out. Chux has all of the parts you need to take your stock “grownup” truck into the plaything you’ve always wished for.
Okay guys get ready; the scariest day of the year is almost upon us. No, I’m not talking about tax day or the end of football season or the day for your root canal appointment, I’m talking about Valentine’s Day!
That’s right Valentine’s Day is the scariest day of the year because the gift you buy can either make or break your relationship with that special woman in your life. Get her that perfect gift and you’re in like Flynn, choose poorly and you’re sleeping on the sofa for the foreseeable future. But don’t worry, have no fear, because we are here to help you guys out with a few timely suggestions, and tips on where to shop for it, that will get you on the right track to romance and unquestioned possession of the TV remote.
Flowers. Guys, here it is, flowers are the number one, sure fire hit for Valentine’s Day. The best place to get flowers in KC? Toblers has been voted KC's favorite, hands down. They know exactly what works. . If you're on more of a budget we recommend you check out the local Hy-Vee florists (who also deliver). If you're going with flowers, order early
Chocolate. As long as she’s not dieting, chocolate will melt her heart. Here’s where you can get some of the good stuff: Elbow Chocolates
While we’re on the subject of candy, did you know that you can get M&M’s with a personal message? Well, you can and she’ll love it. Order custom M&M's here with personal sayings, her pet name, even a photo of her cat. No, don't do the cat.
A romantic dinner for two will score some huge points. And if the Shields Manor Bistro bills itself as “KC’s most romantic restaurant”, how can you go wrong?
And if things go well at the restaurant, what about following up at a romantic hotel or bed & breakfast? We’ve got two choices for you: The Chateau Avalon bills itself as KC's most romantic hotel. Or try The Inn on Crescent Lake in Excelsior Springs.
- Of course, no discussion of Valentine’s Day can be complete without talking about jewelry. There are many reputable jewelers in the KC area. We'll rely on they folks at Yelp to tell you who are the best jewelry stores in KC
Want something truly unique? Check out Kansas City's West Bottoms Antique District. There are nearly 2 dozen unique shops in a 3 block area that she'll love, but most are only open once a month on "First Friday Weekends". Find the first Friday on the calendar of any month and that's the weekend they're open. Good Ju Ju has consistently ranked one of the top places in KC for vintage and antique shopping, all at great prices. Keep it simple and go for a gift card, or take her on a shopping trip and spend some time together which she'll love even more. Love is all about sacrifice, right?
- And now here’s one that is almost guaranteed to rank you as the best Valentines gift giver ever; a spa day, with a full treatment massage, manicure, pedicure, the whole deal. Many of the hotels and bed & breakfasts also offer spa treatments but you can give her a whole day of pampering at The Spa at Briarcliff. And don’t worry if you don’t even know what a pedicure or manicure are, I guarantee you your lady knows and the professionals at this place will take good care of her!
Here’s another great suggestion for a fun and romantic evening, either before or after that romantic dinner, take her for a carriage ride around the Plaza! Most of us have lived here a long time, but have never done any of the Kansas City Traditions
Does your significant other like fine wines? A wine tasting trip to Wines by Jennifer in historic downtown Parkville, MO just might be the place to go.
Want to get her something truly personal? Check out The Monogram Shop in old Overland Park, KS. A monogrammed gift is something can be very personal and just for her;
- No matter what else you get from this list, or you come up with your own idea, don’t forget the greeting card. Cards may not mean a lot to men, but trust us, it's a big deal to the ladies. There are lots of Hallmark shops all around the Kansas City area and you can find something she'll love there.
Last, but certainly not least, the Chux Trux gift card. We know, we know. Shameless plug. But they can buy a few of the things that women truly love and that's things that keep them safe & warm. Like a seat heater for her car, a remote start system, a car alarm and dozens of other unique gifts.
Okay, we’ve given you a lot of really great ideas for Valentine giving, and now here’s probably the most important tip you can get; No appliances! She doesn’t want anything that has to be plugged in to work! She may need a new iron, the old vacuum cleaner may be all broken down, and she may even want a new crock pot, but forget about it as a Valentine gift, or any other gift giving occasion for that matter. My mom's advice: "Never buy a woman a gift that has a to be plugged in, unless she specifically asks for it". It's advice that has worked well for me for decades.
Valentine’s Day is about romance and the gift you give should reflect how much she means to you in a romantic way. But remember, although lingerie may be the ultimate and intimate romantic gift to you, it really is more of a gift for you than for her. So there’s no need for Victoria’s or anybody else’s Secret. But if you take all of our tips to heart (pun intended) she just may shop there for a Valentine’s gift for you!
Okay ladies, we know that you know that Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching and you’re wondering what to get for that special guy in your life. Well, we’re here to help you out a little bit and give you a few tips to make him happy and show him just how much you love the big lug.
We’re sure you all remember the famous book from decades ago called; “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus”. Well, it’s very true. We men are just hard wired differently than you girls are. We’re programmed from the beginning as the provider and protector and if you give him a gift that lets him know that you appreciate what he does for you, you’ll score big points in the romance department. We guys aren’t big on things like cute little Teddy Bears or a pair of boxers with hearts on them. Get us something that we already like or something we can use and we’ll love you for it.
So without any further delay, here are a few tips for a great Valentine’s gift:
- Men are motivated by food. Take him out to eat, but not to his favorite wings joint. A romantic dinner for two will make both of you happy. And if the Shields Manor Bistro bills itself as “KC’s most romantic restaurant”, how can you go wrong? http://shieldsmanorbistro.com/
- And if things go well at the restaurant, what about following up at a romantic hotel or bed & breakfast? We’ve got two choices for you: http://www.chateauavalonhotel.com/ and http://www.crescentlake.com/
- Tickets to sporting event or concert. If he’s a sports or concert fan and you aren’t, make sure you tell him it’s for him and his best friend/dad/brother, etc. That way he won’t be pressured into taking you and you won’t be miserable for 2-3 hours.
- And now here’s one that you may not think he’ll like, but trust us, it’s a winner because, hey, men get sore muscles too! A full massage treatment will relax and refresh him. Or how about a couples treatment for both of you to enjoy? The Spa at Briarcliff has a variety of services for both of you: http://thespaatbriarcliff.com/. If he doesn't love it, then he can re-gift it to you!
- Here’s another great suggestion for a fun and romantic evening, either before or after that romantic dinner, take him for a carriage ride around the Plaza that you will both love: http://www.countryclubplaza.com/Guest-Services/Kansas-City-Carriages
- Does he like fine wines? http://www.winesbyjennifer.com/ A wine tasting trip to Wines by Jennifer in historic downtown Parkville, MO just might be the place to go.
- A monogrammed gift is something can be very personal and just for him; http://www.pistachiosembroidery.com/
- No matter what else you get from this list, or if you come up with your own idea, don’t forget the card. There are lots of Hallmark shops all around the Kansas City area and you can find one here: http://www.hallmark.com/
- Want a special delivery? · Sluggerrr , the mascot of the Kansas City Royals, is available to make special Valentine deliveries. He will provide heart-shaped balloons, roses, chocolates, photo opportunity, and a Sluggerrr autograph card during the 15-minute visit. For more information, call 816-504-4332. KC Wolf, the mascot of the Kansas City Chiefs, is available to make special Valentine deliveries. He will provide one red rose, heart-shaped box of chocolates, KC Wolf autograph picture, Chiefs yearbook, Chiefs hat, and the choice of Chiefs children’s book or Chiefs cheerleader calendar. For more information, call 816-920-4212.
- Okay, no discussion about Valentine’s Day is complete without talking a little about lingerie. You may think that buying lingerie is for yourself, but it really is a gift for him. You know that he would love to see you in a little lacy or silky something that is for his eyes only and you can do it without being trashy. Not that there’s anything wrong with being trashy behind closed doors. There are seven Victoria’s Secret stores in the Kansas City area and any one of them can show you that “just right” piece that will light his fire and make your Valentine’s Day one to remember. http://www.victoriassecret.com/
- Does he own a truck? Every guy who does likes to get “stuff” for his truck. And if it’s shiny stuff, so much the better. A gift card from Chux Trux http://chuxtrux.com/ or the Tonneau Cover Store http://www.thetonneaucoverstore.com/ just may be the best thing you can get for him. He can take it into any one of our locations and pick out whatever HE wants and you just scored major points! Remote starts, custom wheels, lift kits and more.
By: Chris Ripper