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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Father's Day Gift Ideas for the Bay Area

Looking for things to give your father (or for the kids to give Dad)? Whether it's a donation, a gift or time together, here are some ideas.

Make him something. Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons has lots of fun food items.

Bring the family to Laurel Street Arts in San Carlos to make something for Dad, or with Dad. Studio fee is $14 total for 2 adults and 2 kids (projects are extra).

Make him a necktie. This drop-in workshop is on Sunday, June 16 at the Children's Creativity Museum. The activity is from 10-noon, aimed at kids 6 and under.

Does Dad like sports or shows? Plum District has a deal on discounted tickets through Scorebig. Spend $9 and get $30 in credit to a sporting event or show. Tickets are generally 10-60% below box office price on the site, and include Major League Baseball, college sports, concerts like Bon Jovi and Justin Bieber (yeah, he'll want to see Justin for sure!), Cirque du Soleil, Disney, etc. Scorebig is kind of like Priceline - you name your price and see instantly if the offer is accepted. He can pick what he wants to see. If you're new to Plum District, use code PLUMMOM30 and get 30% off.

Plum District has some other great things like craft beer delivery service, an Urban Quest family scavenger hunt, and gourmet treats.

My sister and I often make donations in my dad's honor as a gift, since he usually doesn't want anything. If you're in the same boat and want to do good in the world, make a microloan donation to Kiva in honor of your dad. By doing so, you'll help someone else - perhaps even another father - succeed and support a family. All repayments are funneled back into your account so you can lend them to someone else after. Look for the heart on the donation description before you check out so you can click it and dedicate your loan to your favorite Dad, including a special message about why you chose that loan.

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