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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Father's Day gift ideas



dad.jpgA recent poll by Cozi,  the family calendar and organization service, showed how fatherhood differs from generations past. With more moms working, and parents splitting household tasks, dads are more involved in their children’s lives. When asked about their biggest struggles, 72% of dads polled cited keeping the family organized as the biggest pain point. 85% said they are somewhat or very involved in managing the family’s schedule.

I have to admit getting cynical about all the nuevo dad hype. A guy gets a parade for taking his baby along to the grocery store while the mom behind him in line who is juggling a screaming infant and grabby twins only gets dirty looks. But then, we have to remember how much more we ask of our dads these days. So let's look at some of the suggested gift ideas flooding my email inbox these days:

From the producers of the popular NPR series This I Belive comes a Father's Day book, This I Believe: On Fatherhood (Jossey-Bass, a Wiley imprint; $19.95).  It’s a compilation of inspiring stories and essays on fatherhood.

The St. Pete Beach Community Center and Aquatic Complex, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, is offering a  summer deal for the month of July only.  Starting  July 1, all Family, Adult, Senior and Child yearly pool passes can be purchased for 50 percet off, a savings of more than $250 on some memberships.  They suggested a yearly pool pass would make great gifts for Father’s Day or for recent grads.  The aquatic center is a year-round heated facility with a six -ane Junior Olympic swimming pool and an attached children’s play area featuring several water features that spray, drop and squirt water,  a mushroom -haped waterfall and two large tubular slides. Call (727) 363-9245 for more information. 

The creative jokesters at Jib Jab have a line of Father's Day e-cards where you can put your pops into a rap song, a vintage newsreel, a kung fu movie and more. Or if Dad's a fan of the E-Trade baby commercials, you can make him laugh with E*TRADE Talking BabyMail E-Cards.

The online auction site came up with these ideas:  For the fishing Dad: Fishing Rod with an Underwater Video Camera For the Star Wars fanatic: Star Wars Lightsaber to let him know he’s the best dad in the galaxy. For the speed racer and car enthusiast: Cobra 14-Band Radar/Laser Detector to save on speeding tickets. For the Mr. Clean Dad: Ninja Toothbrush Sanitizer For the daring or shutterbug Dad: Drift X170 Action Camera -- a wireless remote controlled camera you can attach to a helmet, goggles or handlebars and capture photos and videos of all his extreme fun.

The folks at MasterLock sent this roundup of locks that could be perfect for the gym rat, the handyman or the business man. Who knew there were so many ways to lock things up?

Our Gadget Guy here on offers his top 10 Father's Day gift ideas, from the retro Pocket Fisherman to an iGrill tool for the iPad or iPhone.

Another idea would be to take him. Here's a roundup of Father's Day events and free deals offered to dad next weekend at local attractions.

Maybe instead of something store-bought, you go with a day of pampering. According to Yahoo!, the top searched items for a Father’s Day Breakfast-in-Bed Menu:
1.       Banana Bread
2.       Pancakes
3.       French Toast
4.       Biscuits
5.       Waffles

A fancy breakfast and some coupons from the kids good for car washing or extra hugs may be all you need.

--Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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[Last modified: Friday, June 10, 2011 12:22pm]


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