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5 Surefire Gifts for Dad

When Picking Gifts for Dad, Check Out These Ideas

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It's not easy to find great gifts for dad. Most people buy the same old ties and socks. But gifts for dads should be personalized for the man in your life. Whether it's his birthday, an anniversary or Father's Day, check out these fun and practical gifts for dad.

1. Best Buys in Pocket Camcorders

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One of my favorite gifts for dad is a pocket camcorder -- literally small enough for his hip pocket. The best camcorders combine the ease of a point-and-click camera with the crisp quality of video that you want to watch and share with friends and family.

I prefer the Flip Mino, but the Flip Ultra might be better for dad's large fingers -- and it's a bit cheaper. RCA's EZ205 pocket digital camcorder delivers poorer quality video than the Flip duo, but allows you to expand the video camera's memory and to record yourself.

2. Amazon Kindle E-Book Reader

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The Amazon Kindle 2 electronic book reader is a dream gift for dad to use on the daily commute or while traveling for business. With always-on wireless access, you avoid connection charges or technological snafus when updating your electronic reading library. Startup and use is a breeze thanks to the user-friendly design of the Amazon Kindle.

3. Masculine-Looking Diaper Bag

These days, dads are as likely to tote the diaper bag as moms. So get the poor man in your life a bag he can carry without embarrassment.

The DadGear Professional Messenger bag can practically double as a briefcase. It won't embarrass dad in the office, but holds everything needed for a baby emergency on the way to or from work.

4. Time Alone With His Lady

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Remember before kids, when you used to sit together for hours over brunch or a late dinner? Give dad the gift of some time alone with his woman. I guarantee he'll thank you.

To help you with the cost of babysitting, entertainment and food, see these ways to have a cheap date that he'll never forget.

5. Home-Made Gifts for Dad

A home-made gift for dad doesn't have to look cheap. Check out these terrific crafts you and the kids can make together that dad will proudly display -- or wear.

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