The Best Online Father's Day Gifts for 2007

Everyone is familiar with the most classic of Father’s Day gifts, the silk tie, but maybe it’s time to consider something unique and different for telling Dad how special he is this year. With all the hype surrounding shopping for the occasion, it can be difficult picking a gift with just the right message. These gifts are sure to let Dad know that he is worth it!

While a family portrait used to be the gift that could be looked back on with fond memories, today’s dads can share in more than one memory with a custom-made photo book make from your digital prints! With several online retailers specializing in digital processing, you are sure to find just the pattern, style, and price to fit your needs. Simply register with the online store, upload your photos from your camera or computer, and use their handy program to sort, edit, and arrange your photos into a variety of different themed layouts. The finished book can be delivered to your door in a week and will look like you had a professional do it.

While we usually think of flowers for Mother’s Day, some of the same online companies that deliver to your door also offer plants sure to perk up Dad’s office or den. Bamboo, cactus, palm tree, bonsai, and money plant are all good choices for a clean looking plant that require little attention. Make sure that the planter or vase that come in feature solid colors and clean lines, and pick a day that Dad will be home to have the plant delivered.

If your dad is one who enjoys playing games, there are several online retailers that specialize in this fun hobby. Themed board games featuring his favorite sports team or pastime will help him to remember his special day. Another nice option is to purchase a standard croquet or cricket set with personalized monogramming. You may even decide to have a board game custom-made with family photos or children’s artwork!

Maybe your Dad just needs some time to unwind! Many men enjoy message services and would feel awkward buying a session for themselves. Some spas offer treatments tailored specifically for men, and if he’s uncomfortable with going away for the event, you can arrange for them to do an in-home visit. Check online for a spa near you and for more information and availability.

Is your dad the adventurous type? Consider buying him an adventure vacation to one of dozens of destinations. White water rafting, spear-fishing, rock-climbing, or parasailing can be a great way to break up the monotony of daily life at work and at home. Several online travel services are available and will work out all the details of the trip from airfare, lodging, food and supplies. Trips can be scheduled up to a year in advance, and buying two packages allow Dad to bring a friend!

Still not sure what will make your Dad feel special? Gift certificates are still the most popular option, and to be certain that he gets exactly what he wants, several online retailers now offer a variety of dollar values. Some stores even offer one gift certificate that can later be redeemed for any combination of certificates for over 1,000 online or brick-and-mortar retail shops. These certificates can be sent via mail or email for your convenience.

Whatever option you choose, rest assured that Dad will know how much you care. A nice card and a big hug make the perfect compliment to that well-thought-out gift. Just taking time out to say “thanks” will make that perfect gift even better.

author: Linsey Knerl

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