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June 13, 2014

The annual dilemma: what to get Dad?

DUNCAN —    It’s that time of year again.

   The clock is ticking down to Sunday -- Father’s Day.

   What do we get him this year?

    Those in the retail trade say always hear men are so much harder to shop for than women, making Mother’s Day an easier puzzle to solve that Father’s Day, presumably.

   Merchants in Duncan say it’s really not that complicated.

     “Guys definitely like watches,” said Terry Schlein over at Schlein’s Jewelry, 204 N. 10th. “Men seem to like grandfather clocks, too, for some reason, but they’re not as big as watches on Father’s Day.”

     Father’s Day gift-giving is subject to changing styles, so nobody comes into his store looking for tie tacks anymore, like the did in earlier times, Schlein says.

    But he has silver-plated money clips.

     “We have ducks on ‘em, which guys seem to like,” Schlein said.

     A money clip, even one with a duck on it, may not be the best Father’s Day gift if there’s not all that much disposable cash to slip into it.

     If that’s the case, a Father’s Day shopper might want to step over to Red Dirt Apparel on Main Street, where T-shirts with a individualized message across the front will set you back only $7 to $10 (it’ll be $2 extra for T-shirts XX and larger.)

     “It’s something different from a tie or a tool,” observed Kyle Miller, whose dad Ron owns Red Dirt.

     Coming up with something to say on the T-shirt is not a big hurdle.

     “They usually have some kind of slogan they found online, or they have some kind of sentimental slogan that’s an inside joke,” Kyle said.

    Of course, since this is Oklahoma, where men have been known to engage in earnest discussions at the drop of a hat when the subject of power tools comes up, a Father’s Day shopper likely can’t go wrong by heading to a hardware store.

      “Power tools, like cordless drills, are always a popular item. Any kind of power tool, ” said Donnie Pruitt, general manager at Duncan Builders Supply, 116 N. 7th.

     If that doesn’t work,  fallback Father’s Day gift choices typically are a Case pocket knife, that range in price from $30 to $200, to the ever-popular  Steamlight flashlight, that cost $50 up to $200, said Pruitt.

       Fine.

      But what about the other kind of dad? You know. The dad that likes to sit around and stare at the TV a lot.

      Recliners!

      “Typically, on Father’s Day, it’s recliners,” said Scott Kamrath, sales manager at Divine Furnishings, 1505 N. U.S. Highway 81 in Elk Plaza.

       Kamrath said has 40 recliners for sale, from $199 specials up to $838.



   



     

   

    

 

   

 

 

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