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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.

Boat Warming Gifts

Break out the bubbly — my brother-in-law bought a fishing boat today. Before that champagne bottle breaks across the bow, we sent him a few boat warming gifts that I found on Amazon.com.

Self-Inflating Key Buoy (2 Pack)
Imagine the keys to your new boat go overboard. Don’t panic. Within 90 seconds, Key Buoy inflates an easy-to-spot, bright orange tube that brings your keys to the surface and keeps them floating for up to 40 minutes ($10).
The Absorber XL Synthetic Drying Chamois
While on the lake, water splashes into the boat from waves and boat wake. Soak up that water fast with the Absorber XL, an 18-by-29-inch super drying chamois ($13).
MaxFire Marine Dual Xenon Spotlight
You never know when you will need to cut through darkness, fog, rain, smoke or murky water to see clearly from the boat. This rechargeable marine spotlight runs for 40 minutes with both Xenon bulbs lit ($25).

Father’s Day 2010

Happy Father’s Day! This year, the celebration of Dad turns 100 years old.

I gave my dad an even more established gift: a few bags of Eight O’Clock Coffee (100% Colombian Ground). This coffee brand has been perking up fathers for more than 150 years, and I know he likes it. Taste matters most for my dad, and Eight O’Clock bested other ground coffees (like Folgers, Maxwell House, and Starbucks) in a blind taste test by Consumer Reports in March 2009.

Now I could pair the coffee with a “World’s Greatest Dad” mug. But his style is more understated. Six months ago, we had brunch at the Cheesecake Factory, which serves coffee in elegant glass mugs. He really liked the mugs, so I picked out a set of four Bodum Bistro Double-Wall Insulated 10-Ounce Glass Mugs.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Yes, the tie is the ultimate cliché gift for Father’s Day. Try the links below to move your gift ideas beyond neckwear for Dad on the third Sunday in June.

Father’s Day 2009

Happy Father’s Day! I hope Dads enjoyed gifts and time with their children today. I sent my dad a Cheryl&Co. bakery gift tower tied with a blue Happy Father’s Day ribbon. The four-tiered baked goods ensemble includes:

  • 18 assorted cookies
  • crunchy chocolate chip cookies
  • fudge brownie minis
  • confection pretzel clusters
  • four slices of cake

Check out Cheryl&Co.’s different bakery gift towers for your next delicious delivered gift.