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Gifts Ideas to Celebrate Dear Old Dad

Posted June 18, 1998

— If you haven't bought a gift yet for dear old Dad (yes, Father's day is THIS Sunday), have no fear because we've gone Out & About to find some great gift ideas.

WRAL's Tracy Wilson turned to the pros for gift ideas that Dad won't put up in the attic to await the next yard sale! And best of all, they come in all price ranges.

Forget the same old necktie! The pros at Sharper Image and Brookstone put together some unique ways to wow that special Dad!


  • Take Dad down memory lane with a 1955 style yo-yo for $12.
  • Make sure he never loses his keys again with a smart key tracker for $20.
  • Help him improve his golf game with an executive putting set for $75.
  • Or make him the king of the grill with an 18 piece barbecue set for $100.At Sharper Image:
  • Help Dad stay cool this summer with a fun mist water bottle for $15 (or get him the deluxe personal cooling system for $49).
  • If your Dad has a passion for tools, pick him up a 112 piece tool set, on sale now for $39.95.
  • Make Dad's travels a little lighter with a rolling luggage carrier for $255.
  • Or really splurge and get him the king of recliners: a massage chair, ranging from $2,800 to$3,200.

    Whatever your gift choice, remember that Father's Day is all about pampering him. Cook Dad a special meal at home, or do some handy work around the house so he won't have to. It doesn't have to be expensive to be meaningful.

    Father's Day started in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd. She was listening to a Mother's Day sermon and, having been raised by her father, wanted to come up with a special way to honor him. So, she chose June in memory of her father's birthday and declared the third Sunday of the month Father's Day.

    In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge made the day a nationally recognized holiday and families have been celebrating ever since.

    Happy Father's Day to all of you Dads!

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