5 Father's Day Gifts That Go Beyond the Cliches

Fathers Day giftsWhen it comes to buying meaningful or memorable gifts, Father's Day can be tough. Unlike Mother's Day, which makes at least a token attempt to fight against commercialization, Father's Day was pretty much designed to fill a blank spot on the retail sales calendar.

Unfortunately, the Father's Day options don't seem to extend far beyond classic offerings like neckties, barbecue sets, or memberships to the beer of the month club.
Sure, there are tons of sports- and car-related items on display at retailers this time of year, but coming up with a unique, imaginative present that will surprise dad takes a bit of effort.

Regardless, people are still going to spend a lot of money on dad this year: According to the National Retail Federation, the average dad will get $117.14 worth of presents. With that in mind, we've compiled this short list of cool, reasonably-priced gifts that are likely to give dad a smile without putting too much of a dent in your wallet.

Bruce Watson is a senior features writer for DailyFinance. You can reach him by e-mail at bruce.watson@teamaol.com, or follow him on Twitter at @bruce1971.

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My daughters brought my grandchildren to visit and ice cream cake for dessert !! What more could a dad ask for?

June 17 2012 at 9:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
C S Buck

I sure hope this article was meant as a joke.

June 11 2012 at 6:02 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Just another minor holiday to make people feel either guilty or slighted. Keep your flowers and cards and ties and golf tees, I just want my kids to live for God's sake!

June 10 2012 at 7:34 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

That's all well and good until you have to give up your gift from your wallet after inadvertantly trying to get on a plane with it.

June 10 2012 at 10:38 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I'd be surprised if I got even a card. Mothers get everything, dad's get forgotten.

June 10 2012 at 9:04 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Jim's comment
Hi Gram, Ty&Dill

To: Jim's kid(s) (and any others this might apply to),
Get your sorry a$$es to the dollar store and get your Dad a card! If you can afford it, do more! You don't have to spend a ton, just put some thought and effort into it. You can take your Dad to Mc Donalds for lunch for $10. Spend TIME with him if you can.If you can't, a phone call can mean the world to him. Just do SOMETHING. Father's Day is just as important to Dads as Mother's Day is to Moms. I challenge ALL kids, young or old, to so something for DAD this year.

June 10 2012 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

why is this problem even existing ? never happens here and i'm sure in many other homes the same--THE FATHER IS THE HEAD OF THE HOUSE and gets the respect due him. .........now the inside secret--the mother is the "neck" and the neck turns the head whichever direction she wants.....but the head maintains the status...and it's up to the mother to maintain the status quo within the household infront of the kids and family.

June 10 2012 at 5:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

bs continues on huffing ho over oboMBa's innocent son and as usual the self congratuating circle ____rk goes on nonstop.
and yeah,i told some so-called VETERAN who posts lib_lefturd bs exactly the above and will now be reprimanded=
moron told me that i would NOT have anymore followers and friends of huffiepooop ! boooooooooooohooooooooo

June 10 2012 at 12:00 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Big Whoop!

June 09 2012 at 10:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply