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Yes, we're talking "Dads and Grads," a multi-week span in which Father's Day shares the spotlight with all those students jubilantly tossing mortarboards into the air -- and you have to come up with presents to celebrate the hard work of both.
Two things are certain: Dad doesn't need another tie, and gold pens for graduates are about as passé as teaching penmanship in school.
Here are some more inspired ideas:
* Something (Semi-) Practical. Every kid going off to college or graduate school wants to personalize his or her new living space. If they're budding entrepreneurs, they'll probably genuflect before a framed art print of the original 1984 Macintosh computer, which was just named No. 3 on Time magazine's list of "The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time."
And if the print includes an inspirational quote from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs himself -- a la "The people who are crazy enough to change the world often do" -- all the better.
* Something They'll Always Remember. It's been said that watches "telegraph" who we are -- or aspire to be -- to the rest of the world. So when the Wall Street Journal uses the word "perfect" to describe Baume & Mercier's Clifton line of watches for men, you know they'll be appreciated for years to come.
Does Dad epitomize the wonderfully "Mad Men-ish" masculine elegance of decades past? Then the ideal Father's Day gift is the Clifton 10055 watch. It has a 43mm case, black alligator strap, sun satin-finished, silver-colored dial and features moon phase, day, month and central hand functions. It's sure to give dad enjoyment for years to come.
Something they can do together. It bears repeating that fathers, as Psychology Today says, not only "provide (their children) with approval and recognition," but also help them become "more autonomous and self-assertive."
In other words, they can never bond enough.
Another cool idea is that the dad and the grad in the family my like tickets to some event they both like -- whether it's a ball game or concert -- and maybe even spring for dinner out afterwards.