Great Gifts, So You Don't Have To!
Oh Dad, Poor Dad!
Finding Fun Gifts For Finicky Fathers
By Jan Walker-McNally
Your Great Gift Guide
not suggesting that Dad is a crab. We're suggesting that Dad might
like to eat some crabs!
Admit it. Your father is a tough guy. And I don't mean when
it comes to bopping the next-door neighbor in the nose when their dog
leaves an unwanted present in your front yard. Nope, dad is a toughie to
buy a unique gift for. In fact, buying a fresh, creative and interesting present
for any man, whether he's your father, husband, son, uncle, grandfather, brother or
just the guy you work
with, can be a real challenge.
When it comes to finding a gift idea that's perfect for your papa, the difference between a present that's fun and a present that's
quickly forgotten — such as a tie, socks, or a sleeve of golf balls (did you
just cringe because that's what you've gotten him for his last three
birthdays?) — can be as easy as thinking inside the box.
That's right! Sometimes the best gift for dad comes in a
box delivered right to your doorstep (or even his) from great shops that aren't
located at the local mall. In this Great Gift Guide showcase, we'll take
you coast-to-coast to New Jersey, California and into the great beyond for some
unique gift ideas that you may not have imagined were available!
To Infinity ... And Beyond!
Whether dad dreams of being Neil Armstrong or even Buzz
Lightyear, or if he simply dreams of owning his own vacation or retirement
property, you can make your father's interstellar dream come true with his own acre of land on
Lunar Registry (on the Internet
or phone 1-646-536-9275) has been in the lunar real estate business for several years, offering
premium property on the moon to space jockeys, investors and plain old everyday Earthlings like you and
Known throughout the cosmos as "Earth's Leading Lunar Real
Estate Agency," the Lunar Registry offers land in various actual
the moon, including the Sea
of Tranquility, the Ocean
of Storms and the Lunar
Alps. Prices are extremely
affordable, starting at just over $25 and ranging up to about $40. As
they say in their radio ads, "Nothing could be greater than to own your own
crater," and your dad may be the first father on your block to be
able to point up at the moon and say, "Yep, I own a piece of
The company recently signed an exclusive agreement with
the Crater Company which
allows everyday folks to have a crater named for themselves -- joining
Elvis Presley, Donald Trump, Princess Diana, Albert Einstein, John Lennon,
Leonardo da Vinci and other luminaries that have received this honor.
"Crater Kit" pricing begins at less than $40.
land gift package I received included a treasure trove of items fit for an
Earth-bound lunatic like dad: a beautifully
engraved and personalized
parchment deed, a glossy photograph
showing the lunar property, along with all the nearby moon craters and other lunar
formations (all identified by name for easy spotting through a telescope
or good binoculars),
an information sheet chock-full of interesting facts about the region the
lunar land is located in, plus other documents detailing how the dollars
from my purchase are being put to use in a commercial mission to settle
Last-minute shoppers can even "download the
moon" by way of an instant
gift certificate for a print-it-yourself present at the bargain price
of only $35.95 per lunar acre. It's a unique, eye-opening alternative to
the tried-and-true star name gifts that seem to be as common these days
as, well, stars.
Moon property owners are recorded in an international database
and in the Lunar Land Claims Register in the Library of Congress and
various trademark offices around the world. Sales are authorized by one
the largest international space-settlement advocacy groups, the Lunar
Republic Society. The gift package includes a complimentary one-year
membership in the organization so dad can follow the progress of their
plans for a commercial lunar landing.
Moon Property from The Lunar Registry!
Give Your Dad A Case Of Crabs!
Okay, maybe that doesn't sound as appetizing as I thought
it would ... what I mean is that your gift doesn't have to be a present
that is ageless and timeless and lasts forever. In fact, sometimes the
most memorable gifts last only as long as it takes to cook 'em and eat 'em!
One of my favorite places on the East Coast is beautiful
Cape May, N.J., home of the wonderful Lobster House (on
the Internet or phone 1-609-884-8296), which combines a delightful
restaurant, gift shop and fresh seafood market. Although their name
implies an offering limited to tasty red-hued crustaceans, I am
particularly enamored of their succulent Blue Claw Crabs (right now at
$13.95/pound) and indescribably delectable Crab Cakes ($49.95 for a
six-pack, and worth every single penny). If you think you can get the same
degree of quality, flavor and wonderfulness over at your local Stop-n-Shop,
I feel so sad for you!
Smoked salmon and tuna, peppered bluefish, soups,
chowders, salads, key lime pie and bread pudding are also on the
mail-order menu. All seafood gift packages come flash frozen and are
shipped FedEx Overnight. Other items, including T-shirts, caps and cook
books, are shipped via FedEx 3 day service. (No shipments go out on Sunday;
Saturday delivery is $10 extra.)
By the way, you can get perfectly perfect lobsters
from the Lobster House, too. And don't forget to add a Lobster House
T-shirt for dad to wear long after he has savored these amazing delicacies!
Seafood Direct from The Lobster House!
Bottle Of Wine, Fruit Of The Vine
There are a handful of excellent "Wine of the
Month" clubs on the Internet, a number of them offering exceptional
selections of interesting wines from small, hard-to-find wineries that are
just waiting to be discovered and treasured.
My favorite by far is the Gold Medal Wine Club (on
the Internet or phone 1-800-266-8888), which
offers splendid cabernets, merlots, chardonnays and even champagnes from
some of California's finest wine makers. You may select from their three,
six or twelve-month programs, or design your own custom gift package. Each
month's shipment includes two "highly credentialed" wines
along with Gold Medal's acclaimed 8-page feature publication, "The
Wine Press." An elegant, custom greeting card accompanies your
Three-month gift subscriptions
start at about $110, with discounts for six and twelve-month gift program
purchases. If dad loves wine and the finer things in life, he'll truly
enjoy this gift over and over. Recent wine selections have included
Andrew Murray Winery (2000 Esperance), Freestone Winery (2000 Sauvignon
Blanc), Optima Cellars (1998 Cabernet Sauvignon) and Paraiso Springs
Winery (1999 Pinot Noir), each highly rated and/or gold-medal
award winners in tasting competitions.
Give The Gift
Of Wine from the Gold Medal Wine Club!
Whether the occasion is Father's Day, Christmas, dad's
birthday, Valentines Day, his retirement, or if you just want to give him a gift that says
"I love you," I'm sure that you'll find an unusual and unique
present for the man in your life that he'll remember long after the
special day has passed.
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Suggested unique gift ideas for dad: looking for an interesting and unique
present for your father
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may be hard to buy for?
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