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Goods and gear for dads, grads

Dads definitely deserve their day -- but not necessarily another tie or pair of socks. Take a look at these great gift ideas for the special father or grandfather in your life:

First-time dads will appreciate Daddy's Tool Bag, a sporty-looking diaper bag that comes with changing mat and a humorous "home improvement-style" baby care DVD. Sells for $39.95 online or at retail stores -- visit www.daddystoolbag.com for locations.

A must-read book for expectant and new dads: Hit the Ground Crawling: The Essential Guide for New Fathers, by Greg Bishop, the founder of the Boot Camp For New Dads support group. Bishop, a father of four, has compiled collective wisdom and real-life advice from thousands of men who participated in Boot Camp for New Dads. Hit the Ground Crawling ($17.95) is available through our media store. Another cool gift: Sign up your favorite dad or dad-to-be for the Boot Camp for New Dads program, presented at several Puget Sound-area hospitals. For locations and more information, visit www.bcnd.org.

National Public Radio defines a Driveway Moment this way: "You're driving along, listening to a story on NPR. Suddenly, you find yourself at your destination, so riveted to a piece that you sit in your idling car to hear it all the way through." Just in time for Father's Day, NPR is offering "Driveway Moments for Dads," is a two-CD set of favorite NPR stories about Dads. Available for $18.95 through www.shop.npr.org.

Recommended reading for every grad
: Out on My Own... Now What?! Written by Joe Kahler, dad to three daughters, this practical, fun-to-read book offers important tips for young adults. Chapters provide real-world advice on topics ranging from "What to Do When You're Pulled Over By the Police" to "Basic Home Maintenance." Out on My Own ($18.95) is also available through our media store.

Here's the perfect gift for the technology-enabled Dad or high school graduate in your life: SCOTTEVEST Technology Enabled Clothing. SCOTTEVEST has incorporated third-party electronic devices into clothing through a patented Personal Area Network (PAN). Perfect for anyone who carries an iPod, cell phone, PDA or other handheld devices, the TEC line permits users to wear clothing without any visible wires, and connects devices through a hidden conduit system. Purchase online at www.scottevest.com.

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