FATHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS FROM MANLY MEN

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Let's face it ladies, as much as we sometimes bitch and complain, and threaten divorce (well, maybe that's just one of my tactics), our lives would be much worse off without our men. And while they don't always put their clothes in the hamper or change a diaper without asking, they're pretty remarkable and generally resolute with their mellow attitudes and cerebral opinions, all the while dealing with the wrath of an overly ambitious Glamamom.

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I'm genuinely excited about honoring Glamadad on his first Father's Day and showing him that while I don't always convey how thankful I am for all the little things he does to enrich our family, I really am appreciative and know I'd be completely lost without him. The way Big Bub looks up to him already is worth at least one dedicated celebration a year. But just like every other gift-giving holiday, I'm totally stressed about what to get him. Now that I'm representing not only myself but Big Bub as well, I feel additional pressure to make this holiday special. Apparently this is a widespread concern, particularly if you don't have a hubs that (1) wears a tie to work (2) plays golf (3) likes cars. You can pretty much forget Hallmark if your man's interests fall outside of those 3 categories. So I did what I too infequently do, I called for reinforcements and asked the manly men that I work with (as opposed to girlie men, who I've also worked with but whose opinions are a little less relevant for this particular purpose) to see what they want for Father's Day. I was pleasantly surprised how sweet and simple their responses were.

Here are their manswers:

10. DOG (or another dog)
Of course I love this idea but a pet is definitely not a universal gift. Proceed with caution.

9. MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION
Lame but I guess some guys don't eat enough fiber.

8. ANY MISSING PART OF WARDROBE
Or no longer functional. You know, like those boxers with the holes in them. I swear I didn't make this one up!

7. ANYTHING RELATED TO FAVE HOBBY/INTEREST
E.g. running, fishing, poker, music, video games (ugh). Seems easy enough.

6. KINDLE OR NOOK
I got a Kindle for Mother's Day and I love it. So far I've read, Sarah's Key, The Help, and Olive Kitteridge. I rec them all, in that order (for Glamamoms not dads). 

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5. TICKETS TO A SPORTING EVENT
FYI, it's baseball season. I'm told StubHub and Ticketmaster are the most popular sites for tix.

4. iPAD
An iPad is pricey but a definite must-have for technology buffs and could potentially be fun for the whole fam.

3. ALLOWING (OR EVEN BETTER SUGGESTING) A WEEKEND WITH THE BOYS
Yes, even if it's Vegas. I personally have no problem with this and even encourage it but use your discretion. You know your man.

2. HOME-COOKED MEAL
I was amused to learn that I'm not the only one depriving my poor husband.

and the #1 answer (unanimously)...

1. SEX
See comment after #2.

Shocker. So if I understand correctly, the ideal Father's Day gift is some lovin', followed by a home-cooked breakfast. Hmm...a tie seems like so much less work, doesn't it?