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(BPT) - Fathers Day and graduations are coming up, and that means youll have to think of appropriate gifts for these heralded champions. You dont need to spend a fortune to make gift recipients happy, all you do need to do is put some thought into their presents. A few tips and tricks will help you pick out a gift the recipient is sure to love.

Here are some dos and donts for shopping for dads and grads:


* Know what Dad enjoys. Does he like to cook? To read? Enjoy a specific sports team? Its easier to buy a gift hell enjoy when you tailor it to his tastes.

* Consider giving your grad cash. Whether he or she is graduating from high school or college, there will be late-night pizza needs that pop up, and that money is sure to come in handy.

* Check your area for unique experiences. Being a tourist in your hometown can be easier than you think - whether its a trip to a local street fair, a specialty beer tasting at nearby watering hole, or even an afternoon at the ball game, sometimes sharing the experience can be the best gift.

* Spread your gift out through the whole year with a subscription to Netflix for Dads movie obsession, Hulu Plus for TV-lovers or Pandora for your grad with a music library that rivals Billboards Hot 100. Almost all online streaming devices from TVs to Blu-ray players and even a sound bar from LG can give him access to his subscription.

*Grads would love a place to plug in their music, and a docking station is perfect for everything from visiting a friends dorm room to just lounging around the apartment. With the ability to wirelessly stream from both iPhones and Androids, LGs dual docking station can play from any phone in the area and keep them charged in the meantime.


* Buy Dad a tie. Beyond being cliche, with todays casual workplace, he probably has more than enough already. Nothing says forced smile like a tie.

* Buy your grads gift card for specific stores. By now, theyve got their own flair and style, and youll run the risk of missing the mark. Best to throw a cash card or two in the mix, and call it the gift of shopping.

* Give your grad the customary graduation pen it will be lost or act as the resident paper weight until he/she moves out.

* Buy exercise equipment unless you know it will be used. Just because you think Dad should start exercising, doesnt mean he shares your enthusiasm and youre implying he needs to lose weight (not what he wants to hear).

* Skimp on technology. It changes quickly thats why stores have those clearance tables. No need to break the bank, but dont buy something thats outdated the moment you walk out of the store.

Regardless of what you give a grad or Dad, she or he will appreciate it the most when your gift comes from your heart.

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