With the one day of the year dedicated to dad’s everywhere coming up, stores are putting novelty ties and “World’s Best Dad” mugs on sale and front and center in their window displays. But Dad may be tired of the same old song and dance from the kids and spouse, so why not try a different approach to showing dad how much you appreciate him this year?
For the Stay-at-Home Dad: A personal recliner
Today is the day for Pops to put up his feet, so why not do it with class? Plush perches for the a midday nap or game watching can be found at and Galleries on Joppa Road. Among the choices are La-Z-Boy’s Chill Massage/ Heat Rocker-Recliner ($849). Built for the summer and winter seasons, this rocker-recliner both cools and heats, and a motor-massage will eases tension.
For the Great Outdoors Dad: Fishing rod and tackle pack
So maybe Dad thinks his fishing skills are pro-level while in reality he couldn’t catch a bass in a barrel. Take the family on a day trip to Gunpowder Falls State Park and let him cast to his heart’s content with a beginner’s rod you can pick up at on York Road. Add lures, tackle and even some live bait for the ultimate fisherman’s experience.
For the Literary Dad: Nook Color, $230
knows there’s nothing better than a good book. Except maybe a device that lets you carry many good books in a slim e-reader with a color screen. The new Nook features a built in Wi-Fi and a Web browser, as well as a back-lit screen or easier viewing. Purchase a couple James Patterson e-novels and Dad is set for his summer beach reading.
For the Workaholic Dad: Keurig OfficePRO Brewing System, $129.95
Instead of a phone or computer to keep your Dad wired, why not a nifty coffee maker that can have him in a caffeinated cozy in a minute flat? The water cooler will be a spot of the past when your Dad is rocking a coffee, cocoa or iced beverage server that brews 3-, 8- and 10-ounce cups. It also comes with an 18 K-cup variety pack so by next Father’s Day, you’ll know what to stock up on.
For the Grilling Dad: Motorized Grill Brush with Steam Cleaning Power, $30
No Dad should have to make his own Father’s Day meal, but with this gift, he’ll definitely want to clean up. Using no chemicals, the rotating scrub brush blasts off the remnants of a steak dinner or grilled vegetable kabobs. As far as dinner itself, TV celebrity chef Bobby Flay's “Throwdown” cookbook ($16.17) is filled with hundreds of recipes perfect for Father’s Day.
For the Moment-Savoring Dad: Photo scrapbook
For the Dad who has it all, or the Dad who begs you not to buy a gift, pick your favorite photos, then take a trip to to make high-quality prints and bind a book of memories. Another option is a Snapfish Glossy Photo Wall Calendar. Pick your favorite pics for each month, and add photos to special dates that no store-bough calendar contains, such as Mom and Dad’s anniversary or Jimmy Jr.’s fifth birthday. You can start on any month, so the fact that we’re halfway through the year is no problem. Opt for the 18-month model to get your year’s worth.
For the Gadget-Geek Dad: Nikon CoolPix P300, $330
This new Nikon model takes sharp photos and videos, whether of baby’s first steps or big sister’s graduation. A huge high-resolution screen lets you see your work, and with fun features including panorama scene and advanced night portrait modes, you might even want to become Facebook friends with Dad to snag a new profile pic.
For the Stylish Dad: Board Shorts
A cool pair of board shorts in a non-embarrassing pattern from , plus a pair of waterproof flip flops, will have Dad set to take you to the pool or play outside in the sprinkler. Just keep him away from pairing them with a Hawaiian shirt and you won’t have to pretend you don’t know him, even at a restaurant on Father’s Day.
For the Athletic Dad: Golf polo
A cool set of clubs isn’t the only way for Dad to stand out on the course. A crisp shirt outfitted to keep your Dad cool, comfortable, and protected from the harmful rays of the sun will have him on par with the pros. The Country Club of Maryland offers individual lessons and custom fitting to set Dad up with the proper equipment and ready for the fairway.