Father's Day is less than a week away, do you know what you're getting your dad?
Relax, you don't need to rush out to the mall on your lunch break and select a "what-possessed-me-to-buy-that?" gift. Sit back, enjoy your lunch and browse these online stores for the perfect last-minute gift. Each site offers a great variety of gift ideas and, best of all, the option for speedy delivery at cyber-checkout.
For the gourmet dad
Your Pop has exquisite taste? No problem. Gevalia specializes in delectable coffees, teas and gourmet desserts. For your convenience they've packaged a unique "Gentleman's Tool Box" filled with coffee, sweets and a travel mug. You can even toss in an extra gift certificate for dad's next selection.
A year-round supply of coffee will surely give Dad something to look forward to in the mail every month. Coffee-of-the-month clubs from 1800flowers.com and Clubs of America will ship two bags of fresh roasted coffee from around the world.
He's a patio papa?
Forget about storming the aisles of your local mega-hardware store. Keep your seat and check out Lowes.com for a great selection of grills, outdoor furniture and tools. Improve Dad's domain without leaving yours.
Or, click over to the Barbecue Store for a huge selection of grills, smokers and accessories. They even carry the spices and sauces to make his next meal tastier! The Barbecue Store usually offers postal service delivery, but if you want to use FedEx or UPS, just holler.
A sporty, outdoorsman -- got you covered!
Click, click, zap -- gift on the way. The Swiss Army Depot offers a great selection of watches, knives and gear. Want something different? With the Swiss Card, dad can transform his wallet into a survivor tool. They'll even wrap it for you!
If you're clueless and would rather let dad do the shopping, check out Sports Authority and pick up a gift certificates.
For the gadget guy
Indulge the Mr. Gadget in him and head to iGadget.com for an ingenious gift. The pocket shaver offers dad a quick shave anywhere, anytime. Or, he might enjoy a cordless bug zapper, binoculars with built-in radio, Harley Davidson scooter -- you name the unusual, they just may carry it.
Sharper Image also has a wide variety of devices from the Turbo Groomer to the Massage Recliner.
A dapper dad?
Land's End offers an online rack of clothes already organized for the dad at work, play or on the town -- even sleep wear.
The professional pop?
Then OfficeMax is your answer. They carry everything from deluxe pen and desk sets to electronics.
The recliner king
Maybe dad would prefer a couch-potato treat. In which case, Barnes and Noble has a great selection of books, music and videos sure to please any type of man from the gourmet dad on down.
Is dad a movie buff? Netflix's monthly DVD rental subscription will let him rent as many movies as he wants and guarantees no more late fees.
Of course, there are the long-established magazine subscriptions from Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, National Geographic, Time or Golf Digest. Enews.com offers all of these on one site for your convenience.
Let him show his team spirit with an NFL football checkers game, an autographed baseball or vintage baseball apparel.
For the non-sports aficionado, his favorite TV show, movie, or singer memorabilia is the way to go. Reminisce the old days with a Frank Sinatra 20-CD boxed set, Johnny Carson DVD collection, or a set of "Star Wars" trading cards that you can bid for at online auctions, like E-bay.
The family man
No matter how old the children get, dads always appreciate the quality time they get to spend together with the family. Take him out for a special meal or get him tickets for his favorite sporting event, musical, concert or movie. For a cheaper yet more personal touch, why not give him coupons equivalent to a fishing trip, mountain hike or other activity redeemable for time spent with you and the kids.
Or show your family pride and help him discover more about his family history with a membership from Ancestry.com. This online reference contains hundreds of databases and records such as census indexes available for its members.
Still can't make up your mind? Play it safe and let dad do the choosing. Nearly all of these online stores offer traditional, as well as online, gift certificates.
Who says you have to give dad a tie this year?
[ June 13, 2002, 11:43 AM: Message edited by: gillyharold ]