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Father’s Day Gifts for the First Man in Your Life

father and daughter

It’s time again to let him know he matters. Think of it as an excuse to give a present to the man you keep forgetting to tell you love. You’re a grown-up now; perspective makes allowances. Idolize or accept him, dine together or just email, argue or hug, he’s your dad. (Or the father of your kids.) Here are some gift suggestions running the gamut from laugh to luxury.

“He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” Clarence Budington Kelland

Milano Personalized Leather Travel Case: 1-3 initials-all caps. Durable, supple leather in natural colored, smooth finish with convenient zippers. Side pocket. 10” x 6” x 4” Whether he travels on business or just to the gym, cruises with mom or comes to visit, this personal and distinctive gift will be a hit. www.personalizationmall.com $47.95

PowerPlate Wireless Induction Charging Base: Just attach the appropriate receiver (receivers for iphone 3G/3 phone GS and Blackberry Curve 8900 sold separately) to your handheld device and place it on the base. Direct energy transfer without wires or cables. Not only is it cool looking, it’s a conversation piece. And men like their desktop toys. www.brookstone.com $29.95

“My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, You’re tearing up the grass. We’re not raising grass, Dad would reply. We’re raising boys.” Harmon Killebrew

Decorated Sugar Cookies: Father’s Day Gift Tin includes 20 unique, hand-decorated home-made sugar cookies. Sweet n’cute. Sometimes more difficult to find than the usual gifts. www.wisconsinmade.com $39.95

Pro-Active Storage Locker for Golfers: Adjustable inner compartments. Internal mesh and zippered pockets. Reinforced panels. Rubber handle and ID pocket. 6” h x 19” w x 15” d. For keeping it all in one place ready to take to the club. Of course, your mom may end up packing it, but he’ll look organized when he arrives. www.tgw.com $26.95

“A father carries pictures where his money used to be.” Anonymous

BBQ Briefcase: 20 Stainless Steel Utensils with heat resistant handles. An on-the-go traveling case from home to summer house or your house. He’ll look like a Master. An illusion he still likes to foster. www.uncommongoods.com $84.00

And to go with it-BBQ Sauce of the Month Club: 2 large bottles of hard-to-find barbeque sauce from award winning chefs arrives every month. Locally famous. None available in supermarkets. Give him the Season package-4 months $79.80 or, if he’s retired somewhere balmier, the 6 month- $113.70. Details on www.amazingclubs.com.

“Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.” Bill Cosby

Personalized Directors Chair: Quality created with natural wood frame, 100% cotton canvas seat and back. Seat height 18” high. 33” h x 23 ½” w x 16” d. Custom personalized with any 2 line name or title you choose in script or block font. Choice of 10 imprint colors. Time to disinter that nickname, make him king, or simply V.I.P. www.personalizationmall.com $55.95

Steve Cohen’s Chamber Magic-A Demonstration of Modern Conjuring. Each show is limited to fifty guests. Experience magic and mind-reading close up and personal in a private suite at The Waldorf Astoria. This is a classy and extremely entertaining evening. The days when he pulled coins from your ear are long past. But you both remember. This is way, way, way more skilled and original. $75.00 Ticket. Weekends. www.chambermagic.com

“My father never raised his hand to any of his children, except in self-defense.” Fred Allen

Nike Dunk Low Premium iD Men’s Shoe: This classic can be customized with exclusive materials and a spiffy color palette. Full grain leather, cracked metallic leather, custom jacquard upper; metallic accent option. Molded footbed with “Nike zoom” in the heel. Embroidered personal iD. Very very sharp. For loping about the local village showing off. Style never gets old. www.store.nike.com $120.00

Architect’s Blueprint Paperweight: ALSO comes in Stock Market, Sheet Music, or Legal Paper themes. Silk-screened vinyl, hand-crumpled and wrapped around a steel weight. 5” x 4” Makes a desk look more…used. Good for home offices where windows can still open. www.momastore.org $28.00

“A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman, he turns her back again.” Enid Bagnold

BOB, the Legend Humor Mug: I couldn’t resist. If his name is Bob, Tom, Greg…check for others, there are t-shirts, mugs, all kinds of everyday objects whose distinction you can raise with exaggerated praise. Just a hoot. Sometimes one needs a hoot. www.cafepress.com $15.00

Stock Car Ride Along: No kidding! Let him ride shotgun in a 600 horsepower Sprint Cup style stock car on the legendary 2.5 miles Pocono International Raceway. 3-6 lap options, top speeds of 150 mph. Racing suit and helmet included. May through October. A dream come true. 3 lap ride $150.00 The same terrific experiential site offers: Private DJ Lessons, New York Craft Beer Tour, Private Ninja Lessons, Photo Tour, Elements of Wine Tasting, and more.  www.cloud9living.com

“It is not flesh and blood but heart that makes us fathers and sons.” Johann Schiller

Digital Camera Swim Mask: Billed as “the world’s only swim mask with an integrated waterproof 5 MP digital camera.” Operates to a depth of 15.’ Ideal for snorkeling (island traveler, retired in Florida?) or swimming pools (photos of the grand kids under water!) Eye pieces are made of tempered glass. He surely won’t receive two of these! www.amazon.com $49.99

National Geographic DVD Sets: Best of National Geographic-5 channel 5 programs including—MegaStructures, Egyptian Secrets of the Afterlife, Climbing Redwood Giants, Planet Carnivore, Through the Lens. $124.95 Many other fascinating sets like When Rome Ruled, Engineering the Impossible, and the Wildlife collection. Nature and history buffs will especially enjoy these. www.shop.nationalgeographic.com

“Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad.” Anonymous

Massaging Bed Rest: Luxurious support and a two-speed soothing massage. Covered by ultra-plush material. Adjustable overhead LED light, two large side pockets for reading material, remotes, glasses, medication. Even a built-in cup holder. Folds flat for storage. For the older dad, the infirm, and the just tired. Everything at his fingertips. Except mom. www.brookstone.com $ 99.95

Wrist Strap Fish Finder: This sonar sensor operates a 75’radius and a 120’ depth, transmitting views of fish to the 1 ¼” LCD display. Also measures water temperature. Backlit for night fishing. Waterproof. Doubles as a wristwatch. Runs 500 hours. Batteries included. 2” h x 2” w x 2 ¾” d. This thing does everything but windows. Gone fishing will take on an entirely new meaning when science meets nature head on. www.hammacher.com $139.95

“When I was..fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.” Anonymous

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