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Facts and figures for Father’s Day 2020

Tips for Father’s Day 2020

Father and Child From Back Dark and Light Blue ShirtsMy dad was really good at guessing what was in his presents. One time, to fool him, I bought him a magazine subscription and I put it in a toy jack-in-the-box. When he turned the handle, boom. The clown delivered a note about the present. He was really surprised.

This year, in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic, a lot of the activities we’d usually do with our dads, wouldn’t be a good choice for this year. For example, getting on an airplane to visit your dad is risky. Also, going to a restaurant with a large group of people isn’t advisable. Nor or hugs, unless you’ve been staying at home together.

But, you can order a present and make plans for a get together later.

Some gift ideas include:

  • Tech gadgets. Apple iPad, Kindle or Nook, digital camera.
  • Tools. Drills, rakes, hoes.
  • Clothing. Shirts, ties, t-shirts, jackets. (For some dads, but not others.)
  • Sporting goods. Book on sports, sports paraphernalia, new gear.
  • Books. Check AARP’s list of summer reads.
  • Music. Smart speaker, Apple AirPods.
  • Photos. Favorite family photos, digital photo frame, photo book.
  • Gift basket. Golf, fishing, grilling, baseball, brewing, coffee, beer, wine.
  • Gift card. O.K. if you’re out of ideas.
  • Limited funds. Small pocket knife, coffee mug with your photo, framed photo of you and your dad.

But, these should be avoided:

  • Gag gifts.
  • Lawn tools.
  • Goofy ties.
  • Socks, especially sandal socks.
  • Boxers.
  • Gadgets advertised on TV.
  • Cologne.

Happy Father’s Day to dads everywhere in this unusual year.


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