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James Bond Gifts for Dad

When I was kid, James Bond made me clean the basement.

My dad — a Bond movie fan and avid Ian Fleming reader — made 007 movies like Goldfinger our reward for the tough chores. After hours of housework, I’d see Sean Connery on The ABC Sunday Night Movie, edited for TV broadcast.

This Father’s Day, I gave Dad a trio of James Bond gifts.

Oprah’s Favorite Things

Oprah Winfrey loves to give. She graciously signed off today after 25 years of daytime television and nearly a decade of her audience-swooning Favorite Things. The blog Jezebel estimates Oprah gave $23,809,050 worth of products since 2002. Not every gift stood the test of time — like Dell’s Pocket DJ MP3 player and J.Lo’s velour sweatsuit — but most have. Let Oprah be your guide for your next gift.


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Elementary Gifts for Sherlock Holmes Fans

My dad loves London’s consulting detective. For his birthday, I tracked down two Sherlock Holmes DVD gifts. The TV show Sherlock: Season One ($24) re-imagines Holmes as a 21st century sleuth (with GPS, Internet and texting).

Next, I paired 2010’s Sherlock with the classic 1940s Holmes. The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection ($75) features all 14 Sherlock Holmes films, starring the inimitable Basil Rathbone. If you think the complete DVD box set is too much, consider giving these two double feature DVDs:

Depending on what DVD he plays, either “The game is afoot” with classic Holmes or “The game is on” with the new Sherlock.

A John McGivern Christmas

If you haven’t heard of John McGivern, he is Milwaukee’s Garrison Keillor — only funnier. Tonight we took in his laugh-til-you-hurt, one-man show Home for the Holidays. My wife said it was her favorite part of this Christmas holiday. In this YouTube clip, John shares his childhood memories of Christmas presents.

If you know a Milwaukeean, consider giving one of John McGivern’s funny and nostalgic DVDs, like the Emmy-winning The Early Stories of John McGivern.

A Few of Her Favorite Things for Christmas 2010

She prefers no raindrops on her roses; she’s allergic to whiskers on kittens. Still, I know a few of my wife’s favorite things. This Christmas, I reflected on her favorites to inspire my gift choices.

Her Favorite TV Shows:

Her Favorite Singers:

Her Favorite Movies:

Her Favorite Sleepwear:

Her Favorite Jewelry:

And she clearly knows my favorite things from the great Christmas presents I received: