Something for every Dad

HOME FRONT

Looking for that perfect Father's Day present for dear old Dad? Show him the love with one of these neat and nifty gifts.

June 05, 2005|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,SUN STAFF

It's his favorite chair. His cozy spot. His throne. It's so comfortable, in fact, he falls asleep in it each night. But it's old, worn and on its last leg (literally). You'd love to get him a new perch. And the Miguel All-Leather Club Chair ($639.95) looks like just his thing. Soft and inviting, the leather chair has a broad back, arched arms and pyramid feet. He'll sink into this southwestern-style club chair and make it his own in no time. And if you really want to knock him off his feet, get the accompanying ottoman ($249.95). Available at www.shopathometv.com.

He's a car nut. Loves toiling around under the hood. Loves going to car shows. Loves to read about all kinds of cars -- especially the antique and classic. So consider buying him the book Cars of the Classic '30s, Cars of the Fascinating '40s, Cars of the Fabulous '50s or Cars of the Sizzling '60s, each $24.99. Each book features more than 1,000 car photos from its respective decade, as well as stories about the evolving auto industry. Available at Cracker Barrel stores and at shop.crackerbarrel.com.

He's your hero, your handyman, your go-to guy. He can fix almost anything, and you're so grateful. So, yes, the new Ryobi ONE+ Starter Kit ($119) would be as much for you as for him. The kit comes with three 18-volt power tools -- a drill / driver, circular saw and flashlight, as well as two 18-volt batteries and charger. Perfect for all those DIY projects and repairs. Available at Home Depot.

Communication is key in all families. And the new board game "Hey, Dad -- Let's Talk" ($24.95) would be a helpful tool in getting everybody talking in your family. A child psychologist invented the game, which has players picking a family-figure game piece, rolling dice and moving around the board, picking "Memory Makers," "Fun Factory" and "Talking " cards. For ages 3 and up. Available at www.couragetochange.com or 800-440-4003.

Dads of fussy and colicky babies will appreciate the new Miracle Blanket ($29.99), created by sleep-deprived father Michael Gatten. The 6-feet-wide blanket wraps securely around the baby several times, providing an even pressure on the abdomen, and features a foot pouch and arm flaps that hold the baby's arms against his or her body. It comes with the promise of more sleep for baby and parents. Available at www.miracleblanket.com.

Events

See the exhibit Personal Visions, oil paintings by Andrei Trach, and Faces, Places and Things, mixed media works by Bill Stromberg, through Saturday at Slayton House Gallery, Wilde Lake Village Green, Columbia.

The show Summer Suite. Song. Benoit. Harrison. features works by Youngmi Song, Julie Benoit and Meaghan Harrison, through Saturday at Gallery Imperato, 921 E. Fort Ave. Call 443-257-4166.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Lori Sears, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.

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