Great gifts for dad

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Dad deserves a terrific present this year. Let's hear it for the dads who are staying at home to watch the kids full time, the dads who coach little league, the dads who change diapers without asking for applause.

Lands' End
has a slew of fashions for the dad on the go. They sent me the Men's Down Vest. I gave it to my hubby as an early Christmas gift and he's been thrilled. The styling is versatile. Sure, it looks good while hiking in the woods, but it looks equally snappy running errands in the city. Pick from ten colors and sizes S-XXL. Can't beat this price $29.50

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YOU CAN WIN A MEN'S DOWN VEST (or a woman's cashmere sweater).

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If dad is a full time caretaker he most likely needs a lovely glass if wine on occasion (a day filled with tantrums, a play date gone bad or maybe a surprise visit from the MIL). Alice White wines are perfect for the family on a budget that likes to explore the world of wine. The Australian vintner sent me two bottles to try out. The 2007 CabernetSauvignon was bursting with berry flavors. We found it smooth, yet hearty. Perfect for pairing with the turkey chili I had whipped up. A separate tasting brought us to the Lexia. Similar to a French Muscadet, this white wine is EXTREMELY FRUITY. Chill it to a frosty temp and enjoy with a spicy meal. Ideal for anyone with a penchant fro sweet wines. Under $7 per bottle.

Sporty dads will appreciate the new book Soccer Dad: A Father, a Son, and a Magic Season by D. Wetherell. The book is a memoir of a father's relationship with his teen son. The action revolves around his son's senior year of high school on a New England championship soccer team. Forget what you think you know about obnoxious soccer parents. This book gives us hope for both the players and the parents. $15.61

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