We’re alluding to a multi-week span of celebrating both “Dads and Grads,” in which Father’s Day shares the spotlight with all those hardworking students who are jubilantly tossing mortarboards into the air — and somehow you have to come up with gifts to celebrate the hard work of both.
Two things are certain: Dad doesn’t need (or necessarily even want) another tie, and gold pens for grads are about as passe as teaching penmanship in school.
Here are more ideas to inspire you and get your creative juices flowing:
• Something (Semi-) Practical. Every kid going off to college or graduate school will want to personalize his or her new living space. If they’re budding entrepreneurs, they’ll probably genuflect before a framed art print of the original 1984 Macintosh computer, which was just named No. 3 on Time magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time.”
And if the print includes an inspirational quote from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs himself — a la “The people who are crazy enough to change the world often do” — so much the better.
• Something They’ll Always Remember. It’s been said that watches “telegraph” who we are — or who you aspire to be — to the rest of the world. So when The Wall Street Journal uses the word “perfect” to describe Baume & Mercier’s Clifton line of watches for men, you know they’ll be appreciated for years to come.
• Something They Can Do Together. It bears repeating that fathers, as Psychology Today says, not only “provide (their children) with approval and recognition,” but also help them become “more autonomous and self-assertive.”
In other words, they can never bond enough.