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How to make Father's Day special
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There is still time to make the day super special for your dad and/or for the father of your children. Don’t have a gift or a plan yet? Keep reading!

When it comes to a gift for dad, put some thought into it. What hobbies does that special dad in your life have? Is he the handyman type? A gift card to a home improvement store is always welcome. That way, you won’t get the wrong drill or other gadget he really wants. Be creative with your packaging — attach the gift card to a new hammer or other item and tie it with a bow.

If dad is a gardening enthusiast, why not get him a new wheelbarrow and fill it with various plants and other gardening supplies? A fancy hose nozzle, shovel or rake would be great additions. On the flip side, perhaps your dad doesn’t like yard work — in that case, why not look into a yard service as a gift? If a yard service is a bit pricey, look into a service just for the hot summer months.

Does your special dad love to grill? Even if he doesn’t need a new grill, he is sure to appreciate grilling accessories. Pick up some fancy wood chunks (apple and pecan wood are my favorites), some tongs and spatulas, grill baskets and skewers. If you really want to make his grilling dreams come true, pick up some super-thick choice steaks, some corn on the cob and a few potatoes for baking.

Is dad a golfer? A few new golf shirts, golf gloves, golf balls and a new hat would make a great gift.

If dad is a sports enthusiast, maybe some tickets to an upcoming game along with some sort of item with the sports logo on it would make his day.

Is your dad the cook in the family? In our home, Paul was always the pizza connoisseur, and I remember surprising him many years ago with a pizza stone, pizza wheel, pizza cutter and a cookbook devoted to all things pizza. Definitely plan on having all of the ingredients to create the perfect pie for dinner!

Is dad a big fan of beer? Why not get him one of those kits to let him make his own beer? If he prefers wine, you can get him one of those instead.

Does your dad love to work on cars? If so, a gift card to an auto-type store would be perfect. Attach the gift card to a quart of oil with a ribbon for a unique presentation.

Even the most rugged of men needs to take care of his skin. For the man who has everything, why not put together a basket of toiletries — shaving cream, a razor, face soap, moisturizer, hair products and cologne would make a nice package.

If your dad is a health enthusiast, why not put together a basket of vitamins, green tea, protein powder, a current health type book or magazine, a new water bottle and maybe a gift card to a sporting goods store. Alternatively, maybe dad would appreciate a gym membership or even our local recreation department.

No matter what your budget for dad is, a hand-written note/letter telling him how much you love and appreciate him is always a welcome gift. No store-bought card has your words to let dad know why he is special and what he means to you.

Happy Father’s Day to all of you dads out there!!!

South Forsyth resident Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at