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What dads want
Posted 6/10/2013 8:52:00 AM

If you go by the latest department store flyers, you'd think that dads want lots of suave clothing, fashionable ties and boat shoes. Maybe some cologne (especially with a free tote bag!).

Apparently this is not exactly what dads want, at least not according to Their list of top gifts for dads includes things like grilling tools, fishing gear and 'gadgets'.

So why the disparity? 

Well, when you're a kid buying a gift for Dad for Father's Day, you probably don't have a lot of money. So mom tells you to get him something like a tie, or a handkerchief, or maybe a funny golf ball - something you can afford, knowing that Dad will love anything you give him because you're his child.

On the other hand, when you're a wife buying a Father's Day gift for your husband, you might be inclined to buy things for him that you want him to have - you know, things that make him all the man you want him to be. Like that cologne that makes your knees weak. Or that luxurious robe that makes him look as suave as George Clooney. Gifts that will bring the two of you closer. Whereas, the gifts that men really want - tickets to sports events, golf clubs, fishing gear - well, those are the kind of things that make it easier for him to spend time away from you.

But in any long-term relationship, whether it's friends or spouses, it's good for individuals to have some time apart - the girls' spa day, the guys' game night. So if it's going to happen anyway, why not contribute to his doing what he loves? He'll love you all the more for it - and while he's out doing his favorite thing, he'll be thinking of you while he's holding his new fishing rod or golf club, or watching the Miami Heat.

Here's that Top Ten list of gifts for Father's Day.

Posted By: Ellen Jaffe  

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