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Rant: Father's Day Cards
Posted by: dmann
Date: June 17, 2007 02:06PM
First, let me say Happy Dad's day to all of you celebrating today!

I KNOW how lucky I am to have my dad and I usually really enjoy picking out cards for birthdays, Mother's Day and other special occasions but for some reason, Father's Day cards are always really difficult to buy. My dad is a great guy, but he doesn't:

Golf
Fish
Mow the lawn
Fix things

These topics are the dominant theme in Father's Day cards year after year. Unless I buy a very sentimental card (which I do on occasion but isn't really my style) or a card that appears to have been written by a little kid (which would be a bit odd coming from a 38 year old) I have an incredibly difficult time finding something appropriate.

It is a bit sad when I have an easier time buying a card for my brother in law than I do my own Dad.

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DM
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exactly right
Posted by: enrico7300
Date: June 17, 2007 02:13PM
I end up with "You're great. Have a great day. Great Great Great." cards. Your other alternatives are blank cards from the other end of the card aisle.
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Re: Rant: Father's Day Cards
Posted by: volcs0
Date: June 17, 2007 04:13PM
About 10 years ago, we put a moratorium on all cards for all occasions. If someone has something to say, they write it in a note.
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Re: Rant: Father's Day Cards
Posted by: kap
Date: June 17, 2007 04:20PM
Hand-writing "You're a great dad!" on a necktie then gift it to him. He wears a necktie, does he? ;)



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Re: Rant: Father's Day Cards
Posted by: dmann
Date: June 17, 2007 04:27PM
Our family put a moratorium on gifts unless it is something really big that everyone chips in for or really small and fun (this year I bought him a $9 2 Gallon thermos type jug because he broke his favorite sangria jug), so for us it's ALL about the cards.

LOL kap!

DM



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/17/2007 04:31PM by dmann.
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Re: Rant: Father's Day Cards
Posted by: kap
Date: June 17, 2007 04:37PM
same inscription on his favorite material thing, i.e. watch, baseball hat, a fountain pen, a leather bounded classic novel?



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Re: Rant: Father's Day Cards
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: June 17, 2007 05:54PM
My kids seemed to each pick out the perfect card that was a reflection of them and our relationship. Granted, all my kids are under 10, and not one card had anything to do with Golf, Fishing, Fixing Things, etc.

For Father's Day I used to hand-draw copies of Calvin & Hobbes strips, since they so perfectly pegged me and my dad's relationship.

The trick is, I guess, not to look at the card aisle and what they offer. Get an old picture of you and your dad from back when, and make a card from it. Or look in the kids section instead; those are always so much better.

[ADDED] FWIW, I'm 41 this year and my dad is in his sixties, and we mostly just call or I'll make him a stupid but funny card. Or something with my kids on it, or my kids doing something silly, or with a drawing by one of them. But my point was that I was doing the Calvin cards up until I was in my mid-thirties, because they were such a hit.

Can't do Dilbert ones now because he's sort of the PHB in his office; smiling smiley







Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/17/2007 05:57PM by Zoidberg.
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Re: Rant: Father's Day Cards
Posted by: Don Kiyoti
Date: June 17, 2007 07:28PM
Does he drink bourbon or scotch? That's way better than any old card.





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Re: Rant: Father's Day Cards
Posted by: outcast
Date: June 17, 2007 08:10PM
Or you could just call him and thank him for being your father.

Perhaps not as easy as a mass produced card that is being given to a thousand other men this very same day all over the country - but call me old fashioned, I think a plain old phone call is a bit more significant. Of course you run the risk of actually having to talk to him if you don't time it just right so the answering machine picks up instead.


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Re: Rant: Father's Day Cards
Posted by: $tevie
Date: June 17, 2007 08:25PM
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outcast
Or you could just call him

That solution would be quite bizarre if one was heading over to Dad's house for the day.



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Re: Rant: Father's Day Cards
Posted by: GeneL
Date: June 17, 2007 10:23PM
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$tevie
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outcast
Or you could just call him

That solution would be quite bizarre if one was heading over to Dad's house for the day.

Not necessarily, if you call and say that you just wanted to take moment to wish him a Happy Father's Day when no one else is around, so it's just between you and him.

I think there's a certain poignancy in that.

As I always say, "that's just my opinion, I could be wrong."

GeneL
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Re: Rant: Father's Day Cards
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: June 17, 2007 10:28PM
I always called my Dad and we chatted. Wish I could do that now, but I'll say a little prayer at night when stargazing (he taught Astronomy for a few summer schools, and some of it stuck with me).

From my kids, I've declared that the picture in crayon is worth waaaay more than a tarted up piece of advertising. They generally got the idea. That and a hug from a normally annoying teenager is worth more.
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Re: Rant: Father's Day Cards
Posted by: dmann
Date: June 17, 2007 10:34PM
Thanks for the thoughts everyone. I really was just venting... I am lucky that my dad (and the rest of my immediate family) lives nearby and I see everyone very, very, very regularly so I am not relying on this occasion to express myself.

Like I said, we don't exchange gifts so it is a bit of a game to see who can come up with the funniest, most sentimental, etc. card. The really amusing part is that my parents have been divorced for 30 years and everyone gets along so well that we celebrate all the holidays (major and minor) together. My mom gave my dad a "To My Husband on Father's Day" card and wrote a big "EX" before the word husband. smiling smiley My stepmom often gives my mom cards telling her she can have my dad back anytime she wants. Yes, we can be a sick group!

Sometimes I do the homemade thing, sometimes I do the store bought thing. It just drives me nuts that you can find cards for almost any occasion, but the prevalent belief that all dads fish, fix things, golf and mow the lawn still exists.

Definitely not a true PROBLEM, believe me, I know.

DM
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Re: Rant: Father's Day Cards
Posted by: wurm
Date: June 17, 2007 11:51PM
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dmann
T... but the prevalent belief that all dads fish, fix things, golf and mow the lawn still exists.

DM

You forgot the cards featuring the ubiquitous TV remote control.
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Re: Rant: Father's Day Cards
Posted by: Jem
Date: June 18, 2007 08:17AM
I was going to suggest making a card, but it sound slike that has been covered.

It's the one way to truly personalize your card for him. I like the idea of find an old funny photo of him and doing something with that. It recalls an earlier time, and elicits a laugh... all part of celebrating what it is to be a dad and appreciated.

36, not a dad yet, but someday...
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Re: Rant: Father's Day Cards
Posted by: Jp!
Date: June 18, 2007 11:17AM
Best gift is for my kids to be/marry a good Father, and so on and so forth.

and PICK UP THEIR ROOMS!
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Re: Rant: Father's Day Cards
Posted by: the_poochies
Date: June 18, 2007 12:43PM
I am a Father and I hate Father's Day. I spent the day in my back yard, painting mouldings, drinking beer and listening to The Clash while Little Poochie played in his sandbox. Now THAT is a great Father's Day!
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