Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

Fathers and Graduates deserve to revel in their day of honor, since all have worked hard to create a better future. Here are a few gift suggestions to show your love for the special achiever in your life:

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Anyone will appreciate the Humanscale Foot Machine after a long day of toiling at work. Made of sturdy wood with rolling balls for massaging, the foot machine can easily fit under any chair for a relaxing foot massage. It’s easy to store and built strong so it can be used for years to come. Order it at www.CSNstores.com. Dad’s bone-tired dogs will thank you. Add a pair of soothing Magnetic Reflexology Insoles from Gaiam, and your loved one’s every step throughout the day will be comfortable. Find them, and other pampering products, at www.gaiam.com.

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Gaiam.com also offers jewelry, so if the proud graduate you know loves pearls, the Sterling Silver Pearl Earrings are elegant and delicate enough to be worn on both formal and informal occasions – she’ll treasure them! Visit www.gaiam.com.

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Dads will love the laptop and messenger bags at eBags.com. High quality and stylish, the bags on this site are remarkably diverse and organized by gender and type of bag. Choose a bag that fits your father’s style and needs, or give the graduate you know her first briefcase. Browse the hundreds of styles at www.ebags.com.

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Dads and grads who spend time at the gym will appreciate Wordlock, a lock that uses a combination of letters instead of numbers to open. It’s so much easier to remember names and nicknames — you’ll wish you had invented this yourself. Find it at www.wordlock.com.

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The Jack Black Jet Set Traveler Kit melds simplicity with the art of grooming, and the result is an easy skin care regimen for traveling grads and globe-trotting dads. Packaged in a gift box, the kit includes creamy shave gel, daily cleansing face wash, face moisturizer with SPF 20, and an energizing facial scrub. Look for Jack Black’s Black diamond Formula Sun Protection products as well. Available at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and at www.getJackBlack.com.

Another new male grooming offering is from MIN New York: the Proenzyme Facial Cleanser and Facial Scrub, which contain copper, zinc and manganese polypeptides to energize skin at the cellular level, minimize aging signs, and restore skin’s vitality. Dad needs this! Visit www.MINnewyork.com.

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Tweezerman’s Essential Grooming Kit with four personal care tools will keep dad’s beard or mustache trimmed, his fingernails clipped and filed, and his bushy eyebrows under control. Tweezerman also offers a 100% badger hair Deluxe Shaving Brush for a classic shave and skin exfoliation, and a Moustache Scissors with Grooming Comb kit. Order them all at www.tweezerman.com.

This is merely the tip of the gift iceberg, but it should get you started — and you already know that your father will love anything you give him. As for the graduate in your life, a pat on the back will be appreciated, too.

Originally published June 2008
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