June 13, 2013 -- intro:
More than a month after Mother's Day, families have plenty of warning to buy the dad in their lives a gift for Father's Day.
But if you're still in a rut in deciding what to give your dad, consider these tips for every budget, including suggestions from Todd Simon, fifth-generation family owner of Omaha Steaks, and Adam Schoenberg and Cory Rosenberg, co-founders of men's accessories company, hook+ALBERT.
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With a budget of $10, Todd Simon of Omaha Steaks suggests the e-book of David Deida's "The Way of the Superior Man", "a book that had a lot of meaning for me as I learned how to be a husband and father." The Kindle version of the book retails on Amazon for $8.19.
Adam Schoenberg and Cory Rosenberg, co-founders of hook+ALBERT, suggest you "give dad the gift of a dream."
They suggest you buy $10 worth of lotto tickets and spend the day dreaming up ways to spend the winnings. If he wins, insist he give you 20 percent for being the best kid ever.
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Oscar Mayer suggests families express their appreciation to dads and "say it with bacon". The company has "temporarily sold out" of bacon gift packs, featuring things like money clips, starting at $22 at SayItWithBacon.com.
For $25, Simon suggests a book of family, kids and other events from the past year. Simon said he likes Shutterfly, which offers an 8 x 8 hard-cover photo book for about $21.
Schoenberg and Rosenberg suggest you kick off Father's Day on the right foot with a set of hook+ALBERT shoelaces, and throw in a shoe polishing to make his old shoes look as good as new.
(Their company name comes from a pocket watch's chain, also known as an "albert," which was typically attached to the waistcoat using a "hook.")
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Simon suggests you allow the dad in your life to showcase family through personalized iPhone cases. He suggests photos of grandchildren, in particular, through custom products makerZazzle for $49.95.
The co-founders of hook+Albert say post-Father's Day, and not just this Sunday, should be all about compliments. They suggest you give your father a couple hook+ALBERT lapel flowers, which are modern versions of boutonnieres that start at $26, so he can continue to get compliments throughout the year.
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With a little bit more in your pocket, how about considering practical things that your dad can use and can even be passed onto the next generation? No selfish motivations involved.
Men's clothing and goods company Ball and Buck's products are all made in the U.S. and are built to last. The Boston-based company's Buck Ranger knife is made of Macassar Ebony Dymondwood and costs $75.
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The co-founders of hook+Albert suggest you take your dad to a salon for some pampering and bonding time. They prefer a scalp massage and "nice haircut" at Truman's Gentlemen's Groomers in New York City.
Sharper Image sells an old-fashioned men's shaving kit, with "modern blade technology" that uses Mach 3 blades, for $99.99.
For $100, Simon would tap into his family's heritage with Omaha Steaks' "The Grand Pack," which includes two five-ounce filet mignons, two 6-ounce top sirloins, four four-ounce boneless pork chops, four boneless chicken breasts (one-pound package), eight three-ounce gourmet jumbo franks, four four-ounce Omaha Steaks Burgers and four 5.75-ounce stuffed bank potatoes. It's available on Omahasteaks.com for $79.99, plus shipping and handling.
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If your aim is to give your father the experience of a lifetime, the Father's Day marketplace is full of ideas at any price. But you know the dad in your life the best.
Todd Simon of Omaha Steaks suggests you take your dad on a "bucket list trip."
"In 2000, I took my dad to the Olympics in Sydney, Australia, where we met up with my sister. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bond with my dad," he said.
The folks at hook+Albert suggest a gift related to America's favorite pastime if your dad enjoys baseball.
Why not get away to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in upstate New York and spend time with your dad?
If he's not a baseball fan, book a guys' weekend away at a favorite family vacation spot or somewhere you've always wanted to go.
Don't have an entire weekend? Get your dad golf lessons or a weekend afternoon class that you two can take together.
And if your dad likes music, there are always tickets to a live show. Or, Ball and Buck sells a turntable made of bamboo for $998.
Just make sure he still enjoys listening to records.