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Monday, June 14, 2010

Daddies Make The World Go Around

The month of May is flying by at an impressive speed. It feels like Mothers Day was just yesterday, and in the blink of an eye it will be Fathers Day.
For many of us these 2 particular holidays can be overwhelming. We often find ourselves scrambling to get a reservation at mom’s favorite restaurant, we go to great lengths to make sure that perfect bouquet of flowers is delivered to mom’s doorstep at precisely the right time, and just pray that the glue on that macaroni art the kids made dries before morning. And, just when you think you’ve survived Mothers Day it’s time to start shopping for a gift for dad.
But don’t let yourself get discouraged. Mom and dad raised you to believe in yourself, you can do it, and I can help!
I love Fathers Day! I am fortunate enough to have a father who makes it impossible not to smile when I look into his eyes. My father is always full of laughter. He is silly & fun, but lovingly firm in his role as a parent. However, my father is far from normal. He’s definitely not the kind of guy that you would give a new tie to as a Fathers Day gift. My gift needs to be creative, something that represents all of his crazy quirks & antics.
Every father is unique, so this year make his day special by celebrating those personal qualities that make him stand out from the crowd. Lucky for you I have plenty of ideas to get you started.
Hammacher Schlemmer has a huge variety of very unique gifts. With everything from apparel to gadgets & gizmos, it’s nearly impossible not to find a gift that dad will flip over. After spending much time combing through their website with a fine tooth comb, I was finally able to settle on just a few of my favorite items.
The LP  & Cassette to CD Recorder. This product is so cool I think I would buy it for my dad just so I could secretly use it for myself. If your father is anything like mine, he has endless stacks of old LP’s and ancient cassettes that are more valuable to him than the roof over his head. But, what good are they if you can’t enjoy listening to them wherever you go? Now dad can put ALL of his albums onto CD as well as enjoy the comforting sound of those old records with all their crackles and pops.
The Ventless Portable Air Conditioner. Perhaps dad is the type to spend countless hours in the garage tinkering away on classic motorcycles or home improvement projects, but it’s just so darn hot in there during the summer time, which just so happens to be his favorite time of year to task away. Do him a favor with this handy little air conditioner so he can work to his hearts content without passing out from the heat.
The Steering Wheel Bluetooth Speakerphone. Being a father is a full time job. Juggling work, family, and trying to maintain a social life is no easy task. So, give him an extra hand with this amazing speakerphone for his car. It cordlessly attaches to his steering wheel, placing the microphone and speakers closer to him for easier conversations without taking his hands off the wheel. It provides five hours of talk time & uses two 2-watt speakers coupled with noise reduction and echo cancellation technologies for clear transmission & reception. Inbound calls appear on the device’s 1/4″ H display as either numbers or names allowing him to accept or reject calls with a press of a button. Volume and phone book buttons allow further control right from the steering wheel. It can recall up to 10 of the most recently-dialed numbers and performs call-waiting. This device can store up to 600 groups of numbers.
I saved the best for last here. The Voice Activated R2D2. Almost every grown man I know has a little Star Wars nerd in him. Heck, I have a little nerd in me too. Sure dad might like a nice shiny golf club, or dress shirt, but deep down inside all he REALLY wants is his very own R2D2 robot to follow him around the house and obey his commands. R2 obeys more than 40 voice commands and he plays games like tag, using an infrared sensor to search for people in a room. His sensor helps him follow behind you, or it can be set to detect motion, turning R2 into a room sentry that sounds an alarm when a secured area is invaded. R2’s lights, swiveling dome top, and distinctive happy and sad sounds faithfully mimic the real thing, right down to his occasional “bad mood.” R2 can also replay sounds and dialog from Star Wars movies, answer yes-or-no questions, and dance while playing the famed cantina music. Enough said.
Now on to more classy gifts for the father with a refined taste. Aspinal of London is a great retailer for the man who prefers a more suave and polished image.
Speaking of polished…. This Shoe Cleaning Kit has everything dad needs to put his best foot forward. Seen here in Black English Bridle leather it’s probably the most practical and stylish ever designed and will ensure he steps out in style every day. The kit comprises of Neutral Shoe Cream with Beeswax, Black Wax Shoe Polish, one natural and one black shoe brush that can be used for buffing or applying polish, a suede brush and a fine quality duster for applying polish or buffing to a perfect shine.
Your father is a swanky fella and wouldn’t be caught dead sipping his favorite whiskey from some cheap plastic cup. When it’s time for him to sit back and relax with his comrades he deserves to chill in style, which he can do with this dashing leather hip flask. Each flask comes with two extra cups, neatly stored beneath the lid cap, so dad came share a dram with the boys.
The remote control, it seems to have a will of its own and tends to evade even the most organized man. We’ve all experienced the hunt for the remote, lifting couch cushions, peering beneath the living room furniture, and somehow we end up finding it in the most peculiar places like the backyard, or the bathroom. How about saving dad the repeated headache of searching for the remote by giving him The Remote Control Box? Hand crafted in England, the exterior of this fabulous Remote Control Box has been hand painted, gilded and finished to faithfully reproduce the appearance of a leather bound book. It’s classy and convenient.
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Pictures are an amazing gift. Memories captured in time for all of eternity are a gift that never fades. To be the photographer or the subject, both are exciting. In my family we share photos as gifts for each and every holiday. At times they are simple gifts like snapshots, and when the occasion is more important we go all out and turn our photos into a variety of gifts, such as: mugs, posters, framed art, puzzles, coasters…. You name it we got it. At Kodak and Kodak Gallery you can purchase everything from basic point and shoot cameras to fine photo jewelry and everything in between. Kodak is an excellent retailer for younger children in the family who want to make a really special personalized gift for dad. With a little bit of help from an adult, the kids can design all kinds of amazing gifts.
For the father who is a social networking butterfly & a photo enthusiast, I would suggest the new KODAK EASYSHARE Z981 Digital Camera, where creativity and versatility come together. It zooms in faster, wider, and closer than ever, giving dad sharp, steady shots he’ll be proud to share. Kodak’s Share button lets you tag pictures directly from your camera for uploading to YouTube, FACEBOOK, FLICKR, and KODAK Gallery sites, plus e-mail too. Check the website for different models and prices of the EasyShare camera.
Another amazing EasyShare camera from Kodak, for the father who prefers live video over still photographs. The KODAK Zi8 Pocket Video Camera captures every experience in stunning 1080p HD video. While dad’s on the move he can stay in focus with integrated image stabilization. Then kick back and watch all the action on your HDTV or share the scene on Facebook or YouTube with a flick of the built-in USB arm.
This personalized photo calendar is one of my favorite gifts to design as well as receive. I have many from over the years and the best part is that when the year is over you can always crop and cut the photos out of the calendar for framing. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. This is also a really fun project for the younger kids in the family. They can help you choose the photos for each month and compose special captions just for daddy. There are many different layout styles to choose from, you can start the calendar on any month you want and they prices start at just $19.99.
Where I live it’s a big a surf community. I know most of the dads in my neighborhood and every one of them hits the beach at 5am, before work, before the kids are even awake. These dads are seriously dedicated to the surf. They say the water beckons them and they must obey. If this sounds like your father then I know these gifts will make him the proudest daddy alive.
Becker has an enormous selection of beach apparel and there is no shortage of board shorts. I just really liked this particular pattern, but I’m sure you’ll have no trouble at all finding a pair that best suits your dad’s style.
The Fedora hat is a timeless accessory to any stylish mans wardrobe. Whether he’s wearing a suit or board shorts, he is definitely going to look sharp in this hat, which Becker has aptly named the “Mafia Fedora”.
No surfer is half the man he could be without a red hot longboard from Santa Cruz Surfboards. Sure, dad probably already has one or two boards already, but trust me it’s never enough. My dad has so many he keeps two of them at my house just so they’re available should he decide to visit long enough to take advantage of the beach by my house. Each board invokes a different feeling for its master which is why they use each one for different reasons.
There are so many different kinds of fathers out there. There is the tough & goal oriented father; the laid back & playful father; the spiritual father who let’s you make your own mistakes; the over-bearing father who scares away your dates……..
No matter who your father is, he is yours and yours alone. He deserves a Fathers Day that reflects your sentiments towards him. It’s not important how much money you spend on his gift, the important thing is that your gift shows your dad just how well you know him. It’s those small details that show your father you’re paying attention to what makes him happy, that in itself is the biggest gift of all. And, on Fathers Day be sure that you remember to wrap your arms around your father and hold him tight, because whether you are 5 or 45, you will always be his baby.


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