Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

June is when we pay tribute to the big guy: dad, in gratitude for all he’s done. It’s also a time to congratulate the graduates we know, whether from elementary, middle, high or grad school. Whether you’re rewarding a grad’s diligence or lauding a dad’s devotion, consider one of these items as a notable present.

Seagate Replica is a complete PC backup system for computers for photos, movies, music and documents, which continuously backs up everything on your PC, including the complete operation system, programs and settings. What could be better than preserving the moment for posterity – and all of your information? Find it at

Wine enthusiasts will appreciate the Soiree, a wine aerator and decanter that fits directly in the bottle and artfully melds form with function. Hand formed dimples provide extra agitation, and the Soiree is as effective as a full-size decanter. Your gift will be remembered every time a fine bottle of wine is opened – perfect! Purchase it at

Underwear and socks? Yes, but not the usual, thanks to Jockey. Every dad needs them, and they’re great to include along with the more eye-popping present. The high-tech fit & fibers of the Jockey Euro Sport Collection will keep dad cool when things heat up this summer. With an array of brief and boxer styles, and sock options too, you’re sure to find something dad will appreciate day in and out at

Grads and dads will appreciate the bigger picture with the XShot camera extender. Whether it’s graduation day festivities or a family vacation, everyone can now be in the shot for posterity. Extending over 3 feet, you can fit up to ten people in the picture – a team, big family, or group of friends. No more awkward arm extending, and the XShot closes to 9 inches for easy transport at only 5 ounces. Note: before June 21st 2009, shoppers can visit to take advantage of two offers: 1.) XShot with free shipping (coupon code: XSHOTDAD), and 2.) purchase one XShot 2.0 and get the second half off (coupon code: XSHOTDAD2). Smile!

The Timex Rugged Expedition is a watch that James Bond would wear, and sporty dads and grads with a sense of rugged adventure will treasure it because it’s tough, durable, fashioned in a classic style, and fortified with stainless steel casing. The water-resistant leather strap will be useful when dads and grads fend off alligators, and the mineral glass lens will come in handy when breaking through glass doors. The large, luminescent markers and Indigio night light render this watch especially cool at dusk. Check it out at

Dearfoam’s Moccasin slippers are ultra-comfortable, and perfect for when dad hangs out on the couch at home. Affordable and cozy, these babies can be worn all year. And remember, dads with comfortable feet are happy dads. Find them at

Most important is to give dads your hugs of gratitude, and grads the congratulations they deserve.

Originally published June 2009
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