Don't Tie Dad Up: Our Father's Day Gadget Giveaway!

We're sure that your Dad loves ties. Really, he does. And the Garfield/Star Trek/Simpsons ties you get him every. single. year. for Father's Day? Highlarious, we're sure. But he's probably getting a leetle tired of it - it was a cute gift when you were 10. At 30, not so much.

Readers, our pals at the Max Borges Agency are here to help: They've offered up a prize package of nifty gadgets that's perfect for any dad out there, tech-y or not. The prize pack includes: one Vertbatim Store 'n' Go Clip-It USB Drive ($23 each or $60 for a 3-pack), one Smartfish Whirl Mini Notebook Mouse ($50), and one Scosche solBAT II Solar Powered Back Up Battery and Charging Device ($30).

Wanna win? Of course you do, Father's Day is just over 1 month away! To enter, leave a comment on this post or on our Facebook page with your answer to the following question:

What's your favorite childhood memory of you and your father?

You can enter up to two times: One comment on this post, one comment on Facebook. Deadline to enter is 12:00pm PST Monday, May 16, 2011. The winner will be notified via email by 12:00pm PST Tuesday, May 17th, 2011. We will pick new winners if we don't hear back from you by Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 at 12:00pm PST, so be sure to check your email (and spam filters!).

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Posted on 05.09.11 at 1:24 PM

I have too many memories of my dad.....he is the best ever! But I love all the memories I have of me and him staying up late working on extra credit school projects together. Of course, I always waited until the last minute to start, but he was always willing to help!! He's the greatest! And, he just survived prostate cancer! Go dad!!


Posted on 05.09.11 at 1:24 PM

I have so many, but probably my favorite is my dad beaming at me when I was able to identify what kind of rocks were in his collection without looking at the labels. A simple moment, but it has stuck with me for 25 years. We're geeky like that.


Posted on 05.09.11 at 1:25 PM

Looks like some great dad gadgets!

One Ring to Rule Them All

Posted on 05.09.11 at 2:00 PM

My dad taught me how to use an adding machine. I felt like I had entered the inner circle!


Posted on 05.09.11 at 2:15 PM

When I was about 6, my dad I were driving home, and we were playing the alphabet game. Or whatever game where you try to find each letter of the alphabet, in order, on signs and stuff outside. We were down to X, Y, & Z when we pulled up in front of our house. Dad turned the car around and we drove to a nearby parking lot, where we drove until we spotted each letter on a license plate. He had stuff to get to, but for that moment his only focus was spending a few more minutes to make me happy. :)

Karen S

Posted on 05.09.11 at 2:32 PM

My favorite memory of my father is Saturday dinners. My mom was a nurse and would work weekends from 3-11pm, so my father was responsible for entertaining myself and my two older brothers. There are several nights where he would make us Mac 'n Cheese and polish sausage since that's the only meal he could make us. We would watch movies, like Aliens, Star Wars, Blues Brothers, and Goonies while eating popcorn. It's some of my fondest memories with my father.


Posted on 05.09.11 at 2:50 PM

One memory of my Dad is him teaching me how to drive. He doesn't have a ton of patience but he did then, and I'll never forget it. The first time I was on the road a rude driver was behind me...he helped me feel so relaxed, which is amazing as he is not a relaxed person. I'll never forget it.


Posted on 05.09.11 at 3:23 PM

One memory of my dad that I always love to tell is the year I found out for sure that Santa Claus wasn't real. I was 8 years old, and at my elementary school we had one day where Santa would visit all the classes and give every kid a little toy. Finally it was time for Santa to come to our class, and we each got a turn to sit on his lap and tell him what we wanted for Christmas. When it was my turn, I went to sit on his lap, and when he asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I just stared at his face. Santa Claus looked really familiar to me, but I couldn't figure it out. I was looking, inspecting, thinking he looked a lot like my dad, but Santa was wearing a different pair of glasses. It was only when I looked down at his hand on my lap and saw the exact same watch my dad wears. I finally looked back up at his face and said, "Dad??"
Of course my dad and the teacher played it off that Santa and my dad just happened to wear the same watch, but I really knew it was him. The best part about it was that I got to tell everyone at school that my dad was Santa Claus!


Posted on 05.09.11 at 3:51 PM

My favorite childhood memory of my father was the kayak trips we would take together. Since I had 2 older brothers this was a time spent together, just my dad and I. Early on in our kayak adventures I managed to flip out of mine and had to coach my dad in helping me get back in by holding my kayak. That trip specifically is the one we still joke about today.


Posted on 05.09.11 at 4:08 PM

Every Tuesday and Thursday after riding lessons, my dad and I would stop at 7-11 on the way home and get Coke slurpees. Still to this day 20+ years later I remember those trips every time I pass a 7-11. And yes, I occasionally treat myself!


Posted on 05.09.11 at 5:47 PM

My favorite memory of my dad is our bedtime routine. Picking a stuffed animal to sleep with, story, prayers, hugs and kisses.


Posted on 05.09.11 at 7:01 PM

my favorite memory was when we would camp out in the backyard in the summer. i would think it was the coolest thing ever but i wonder how my dad really felt :)

Pamela Daley

Posted on 05.09.11 at 7:47 PM

The Christmas I was ten, my dad came home from work on the commuter train from Chicago carrying a great big box from Marshall Fields and a huge grin on his face. My mother always did the shopping so I was crazy with anticipation. On Christmas morning I opened up the box and in it was a red velvet dress with a beautiful detachable lace collar! I was stunned as was my mother! It was soooo beautiful. I wore it long after I'd outgrown it, I loved it so much. The best present from my wonderful Daddy.


Posted on 05.09.11 at 8:56 PM

Playing catch in the backyard.


Posted on 05.10.11 at 1:17 AM

My favorite memory with my dad was our monthly fishing trips. We didn't catch much, but we had a lot of fun.


Posted on 05.10.11 at 6:58 AM

One of my favorite memories is when my dad would take my little brother and I fishing. Here we were 2 wiggly kids on the bank fishing asking him why we couldn't catch fish but he could. He told us we "weren't holding our mouth right". Which leads to two wiggly kids sitting on the bank trying to figure out how we should be holding our mouths in order to catch fish. We studied his mouth. Turns out we were too busy wiggling to pay attention to catching fish. My dad still laughs at us.


Posted on 05.10.11 at 7:45 AM

There are so many! My favorite is probably all the goofy songs he made up with my name in them. So embarassing at the time, but great to think back on!


Posted on 05.10.11 at 8:29 AM

My favorite aggregate memories of Dad are all fishing and boating related. I'm pretty sure he wanted a boy, but I definitely reaped the benefits!

Ms. T

Posted on 05.10.11 at 9:24 AM

I learned how to drive from my dad!


Posted on 05.10.11 at 10:24 AM

I was a father's day baby, so dad and I always try to do something extra special that weekend. One year when my birthday happened to fall right on father's day we took a hiking trip to a local state park, something we both love doing. Dad was turned towards me while talking as a GIANT porcupine ambled its way across the path in front of us. I pointed and said "hey look" thinking it was cool. Dad yepled and jumped behind me. The completely disinterested porcupine continued its way into the woods, but dad and I were practically on the ground laughing. The story explains a lot about the way I was raised. Dad never tried to shield me from the world; he wanted me to be able to protect myself (and apparently him!). I'm strong and independent, and it's all thanks to my dad.


Posted on 05.10.11 at 11:13 AM

My dad dislocated his shoulder playing softball when I was 4 years old. My brother (6yrs old) and I were VERY into Wonder Woman and Superman, and we wore our capes/underoos/red galoshes everywhere! When he had his arm in a sling, he let us "vanquish" him, complete with my bro and I having Dad, on the ground, underfoot, while we proudly displayed our Super Strength (bicep flexing). Mom even took a picture. Priceless.


Posted on 05.10.11 at 12:24 PM

My dad was a hard man to love but I finally realized that he was who he was and he loved his girls in a mighty way.

kalyn farris

Posted on 05.10.11 at 4:06 PM

We got an Apple IIe computer when I was in kindergarten and we had just one game to play on it (a murder mystery/detective game that split across two floppy disks). My dad used to let me play endless rounds while sitting in his lap, even though I'm sure he had the whole role-playing game memorized and the ending never changed. Bonding over geeky stuff at such a young age!


Posted on 05.10.11 at 7:33 PM

How can I choose just one favorite memory with my dad? My dad has always been there for me, supported me, and believed in me. If I had to choose one memory though it would be riding my bike with my dad. My dad was the one who taught me how to ride a bike. He has always had a strong passion for riding his bike and this passion has rubbed off onto me. Riding bikes was something that was my dad and my thing, a father daughter activity. I will forever cherish our bike rides together and the great talks that we shared while bicycling.


Posted on 05.11.11 at 8:15 AM

My favorite memory with my dad would have to be going to the cabin with him and catching my first fish ever but he made me release it because "there were plenty more fish in the lake", but even after a full day of trying to catch another fish, I have yet to ever catch another fish. I still bug him about how he made me release the first and only fish I caught.


Posted on 05.11.11 at 9:39 AM

My dad grew up playing soccer, and when I was about six he took me to my first tryout.... only he didn't teach me how to dress- I didn't have any shin guards, and I was wearing sneakers and jean shorts!!


Posted on 05.12.11 at 8:26 AM

My father isn't a very talkative type of guy, he's more of a ahum-shuffle-behind-newspapers during breakfast kind of Dad.
But he taught me how to spell!! (And many other things like how to surf the Internet. Yea…) If it weren’t for what he did, I would not be in love with writing and the English language today.

I still remember how I failed my first spelling test on my very first day as a new mid-semester transfer student. I spelled every word wrong except 'cage'!! Haha I felt horrible. My first grade English teacher looked at me as if I was mentally impaired, and I felt my new classmates were already preparing to distance themselves from me.

That day, I literally felt like something was wrong with myself but after dinner my dad just sat on the couch and said: "Spelling is actually very easy, the secret is in the pronunciation and knowing what type of letters make that sound. Of course, there are exceptions as well. But don't worry." Something in my brain clicked! I was like, wait what? That’s the key! (But of course I also practiced spelling out loud with him).

And guess what, I got full marks on all my next spelling tests, so much so, that my English teacher pulled me to the front of the class and said, "everyone, you should follow her example, she is my best student" and a few more blah blah about how she's such a good teacher...sigh.

Funniest thing though, my dad always loves to use this to one-up my mother: “So what, *I* taught her how to SPELL! And now, her English is better than mine. Woohoohoo…”


Posted on 05.16.11 at 10:07 AM

My father and I use to go fishing together and it was some of the best times for us together!

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