5 Perfect Father's Day Gifts

Just when you thought you were done buying gifts until Christmas, there’s one more Hallmark holiday coming up this weekend – Father’s Day. Make your dad feel loved with one of these five thoughtful gifts. (You don’t have to tell him the idea wasn't your own.)

Photo gift: Parents love nothing more than pictures of their kids, no matter their age. Photo sites like Shutterfly and Snapfish will print your favorite photos on nearly anything you can imagine, from key chains to coffee mugs to photo books. For the high-tech dad, make him a case for his iPhone on Casetagram with your best Instagram shots.

Sports team swag: At this point, I think I’ve gotten my dad every Cubs, Bears and Illini shirt there is. But I haven’t gotten him the hats, ties, boxer shorts, beer glasses or car window decals. If your dad is a die-hard fan of his teams, he will be happy to add more to his shrine. Look for more unique items like a framed poster of the 1983 Super Bowl team, a collectable baseball card or a signed hockey puck.

Funny T-shirt: T-shirts with funny sayings on them are custom made for dads. No matter what he’s into – from fishing to golfing to gardening – there is likely a shirt out there to go with his favorite pastime. CafePress and Zazzle are two of the best places to look. Best of all, if you can’t find the perfect shirt, you can design your own.

Food: For the dad who has everything, you can’t go wrong with an edible gift. A case of his favorite beer, a bottle of his favorite hot sauce or his favorite decadent dessert are all sure bets. If he likes to cook, find a recipe you think he’d like and give him all of the ingredients in a gift bag or box. Or cook a meal for him while he relaxes on the couch!

Quality time: In the end, the gift your dad really wants is to spend time with you. If you live nearby, plan to have lunch or dinner with the whole family. If you don’t, make a Skype date and send a card in the mail. Or, go above and beyond and buy tickets for you and your dad to see one of his favorite bands, sports teams or a movie.

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