Gift Ideas for Dads and Grads

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It may be the only holiday on the calendar that rhymes.

We’re alluding to a multi-week span of celebrating both “Dads and Grads,” in which Father’s Day shares the spotlight with all those hardworking students who are jubilantly tossing mortarboards into the air — and somehow you have to come up with gifts to celebrate the hard work of both.

Two things are certain: Dad doesn’t need (or necessarily even want) another tie, and gold pens for grads are about as passe as teaching penmanship in school.

Here are more ideas to inspire you and get your creative juices flowing:

Accessories That Are Easy, Convenient and Portable

HandyAccessoriesSome of your favorite accessories are the ones you reach for again and again, those items that are portable, easy, and convenient. When shopping for accessories for everyday use, special events, or travel, several factors stand out. The following tips will help you identify accessories that will make your life easier.

    • Easy. Ease of use is a top consideration in everyone’s favorite, go-to accessories. Be it a wallet with just the right number of slots, a purse with pockets in just the right place, or a smartphone case that doubles as an ID holder, the right accessories make your life easier. If you’re a smokeless tobacco user, a portable spittoon that can be open and shut with one hand makes it easy to enjoy smokeless tobacco on the go. The portable spittoon from Atlanta-based FLASR features a one-hand operational design for ease of use.

For The Man Who Has Everything: Eclectic Father’s Day Ideas

EclecticFathersDayCWhat is it about Father’s Day that can stump even the savviest gift giver? Mother’s Day seems almost seamless by comparison, the presents easy and unfailing: Chanel perfume, a bottle of Opus One wine, Godiva chocolate, dinner out, flowers or even a gift card for the local coffee shop will bring a smile. Dads, however, seem to get the short end of the stick more often than not.

“This is the time you can indulge Dad and get him those things he’s ogled, but hasn’t gone to buy on his own,” say Byon Penn, a manager at Jerry’s Home Improvement Center in Eugene, Ore. “But the ole, traditional necktie doesn’t quite cut it these days.”