Father's Day is less than a week away, and that means if you haven't already bought your dad something special, it's time to get shopping!
And if your father is anything like mine, he's impossible to shop for.
But don't worry -- we've put together a list of gift ideas for dads with a variety of interests, all that you can buy right here in San Mateo for less than $50.
And if we left anything off this list, please add it in the comments section below.
Does your dad love gadgets? We know it can be hard to find something under $50 in the tech industry, but found an Apple® - iPod shuffle® 2GB* MP3 Player (4th Generation - Latest Model) - Silver on sale at Best Buy for $45.99. It also comes in orange, blue and green (and pink, if you want to buy one for your mom too.)
If your dad loves to eat out, get him a gift certificate for , which only opened last fall at the Hillsdale Shopping Center. With a menu that features more than 200 selections, and portions large enough to share or take home as leftovers, no one in the family will go hungry after a meal there.
Does your dad love to spend his weekends watching sports games? (Maybe even weeknights, too.) We suggest treating him to a game of golf at the . Gift certificates for games -- which start at just $24 for the early AM back nine -- are available by calling the Pro Shop at 650-522-4653.
Is comfort important to your father? Does he enjoy simple indulgences? Then a pair of Men's Tempur-Pedic Comfort-Step Slippers, $49.99, from may be just the right gift for him.
Also at Brookstone, a Premium Bonded Leather Deluxe Chrome Plated Mini-Manicure Kit would be great if your dad takes a lot of business trips. The kit is on sale for $21.99.
If your father is the type who loves to display pictures in his office or home, we recommend buying a nice frame at , where they are even offering a coupon online for $10 off your purchase of $50. Be sure to select a nice photo of you and your dad for the frame, too.
Does your dad love to fix things around the house? Consider buying him a Skil 3.6V Li-Ion Multi-Cutter for $49.99 from , which aims to make all household cutting projects a snap. The cutter can handle hundreds of materials, including cloth, paper, plastic, vinyl siding and more.
If your dad is the reading type, pick up a copy of Cronkite by Douglas Brinkley, which is selling at for $21.20 (just $16.99 on a Nook). You can also see if has a copy too.
Does your dad enjoy a nice glass of wine at the end of a long day, or perhaps wine tasting up in the beautiful hills of Napa Valley? Well, you don't need to leave San Mateo for some fine wine. Right here in town, at , guests are invited to try a different three-wine flight each week on Thursdays for $13. Pass the test, and your $13 fee is waived. The promotion is good through June 28, so your dad has two Thursdays left to go. .