My dad gave me a crisp one hundred dollar bill for my 37th birthday yesterday along with the following caveat:  "Don't spend this on groceries or bills.  Don't put it in your savings account.  Don't use it to save up for something else more expensive.  Go treat yourself to something that costs around $100 and let me know what it was."

 

(FWIW, my dad gives me a hundred dollar bill every year for my birthday and I usually spend it on groceries or bills, put it in our general savings account, or apply it towards a larger purchase... right now I'm saving up for a fishing kayak.)

 

So since I hate to dissapoint my dad and since it has been a long time since I just went out and dropped a Benjamin on something for completely selfish reasons... what's the coolest thing you can buy/do/see for $100?

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New running shoes? Hard to find something exactly 100 dollars.

Rock climbing shoes, or a good harness.

A two hour massage.

Those collectible CDs you've always wanted.

Give it to me.
Or more seriously, Give it to a charity in your Dads' name.
You can get a fairly decent hat for around $100. Not top of the line or anything. But a nice milan weave summer fedora should run about that (Biltmore makes a good one).
charity. Many worthwhile causes.
Buy a house on St. James Place.

The coolest thing is going to depend on who you are. Plenty of good suggestions that would suit many men have been made (good scotch, a nice steak dinner, a concert, etc...). To add a few of my own: seeing a good production of a Shakespeare play, a good knife, a day at the shooting range, go watch your favorite sports team, buy a stack of books, CDs and DVDs on Amazon...

Or go buy that item for your hobbies that you want but just can't afford.  If you play electric guitar, maybe it's a certain effects pedal, you mentioned fishing--upgrade a pole or something (I know little about fishing), if you like to dress well get some nice ties or cufflinks or something, if you like to cook buy some kitchen equipment. 

 

I don't know what your interests are, but there's almost certainly something you want but have been too responsible to buy.  Well, your dad is giving it to you as a gift.

 

Alternately, I dunno what sort of experience (dinner, performance, sports) you might like, but consider whether you'd have more fun with another person, whether your wife if you're married or a friend.

Thanks Nathaneal, mostly I just wanted to get some generic feedback from people because it has been a fun thought exercise.   You actually named two things I have been considering:  A good solid tactical knife (like a Ka-Bar) and having an electronic pick up installed in my acoustic guitar.   I'm also into dutch oven/campfire cooking, and always enjoy fleshing out my camp kitchen gear. 
I recently got a Ka-Bar USMC knife and have just been itching to go camping. It breaks my heart that it sits on my shelf in 100% mint condition.  That's no way for a good knife to be!!!
Something to get you started on a new hobby/interest etc? there's so many times I've been interested in something, but have been discouraged because of financial reasons. To be able to bust $100 on something like that without really being out of pocket is a chance you don't get that often. Or once a year, in your case!

I got the same thing from my parents back in January, with a similar set of orders. I didn't adhere to their wishes, and ended up spending the money on a jogging stroller for the family. I had initially earmarked it on some new waders, but just couldn't decide on which ones. I don't regret what I spent it on, but rather wish it would have been something solely for me.

 

I know that's probably of no help, but thought I would share.  Good luck.

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