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DADS & GRADS 2019

Your dad is your biggest fan. He'll give you unconditional love, and will protect you, fight for you, and can always be there to listen. It's Father's Day! Show him how much he means to you.


It's also graduation time! High school grads are donning that cap and gown and are ready for their next step in life. Entering college is fun-filled and exciting – but nerve-wracking too!


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If your dad is a coffee fiend, a caffeine-laced Father's Day gift is perfect for him.

A coffee subscription keeps the java flowing. Give him the ultimate in easy coffee - a Keurig machine. Add in a paid-for recurring delivery to keep his favorite kind of coffee coming. Or try the Moustache Coffee Club. They offer coffee deliveries twice a month, and they're super serious about fresh coffee – they even have a "do not use after" date.


Does your dad indulge in a glass of whiskey after a long day or as a nightcap? Having a nice bottle matters.


The Dalmore 18 is worth every dollar. This Highland single malt encompasses notes of dark chocolate, orange, and spices—but is amped up to the extreme so it tastes even more luscious. First matured for 14 years in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, it's then transferred to 30-year-old Matusalem Oloroso sherry butts for another four years.


A brand new release with an age statement, Jura 18 is finished in European oak casks after being initially matured in American white oak bourbon barrels. Equal parts chocolatey and spicy with a dash of sweetness and peaty flavor, it'll delight dad's palate.


Dubbed "The king's own whiskey," Royal Brackla 12 is fit for the king of your household. It actually does have a royal history since in 1833 the Royal Brackla Distillery was granted a Royal Warrant by King William IV. It was aged quietly in first-fill Oloroso sherry casks, creating a superior taste.


You can buy these bottles and more at www.thewhiskyexchange.com


Is your dad a techie? These days a connected life is a must. But what works for dad?

Smart speakers are a popular trend that is only getting bigger, and if your dad hasn't jumped on the bandwagon, it's time. The Amazon Echo is the best smart speaker out there – dad can ask a question, control his smart home devices, listen to music and more.


If your dad is a bibliophile, there is a great way to keep track of and read books in full tech style. An Amazon Kindle is the front-runner to enjoy e-books, especially the Kindle Paperwhite. It features a display with a resolution of 300 pixels per inch and it's glare-free. The Paperwhite also offers 4GB of storage.


Dad likes to stay in shape, and a fitness tracker is perfect for him. The Fitbit Charge 2 monitors his workouts, tracks heart rate and he can even set it to track different metrics. As well, he'll get notifications straight to his wrist.


If your dad is a music lover, a modern yet classic turntable is a great gift idea. U-Turn makes stylish and great-sounding turntables. They offer a built-in preamp, along with a precision tonearm and a 2-year warranty. They're also super snazzy – there is a range of colors, including black, white, green, blue, and red.


You can tell a lot about a man by the kinds of shoes he wears, and your dad is super classy!

Tom Ford offers the top in the world of fashion and design through its unique brand. They present high-quality shoes in styles dad will love. Try the Suede Loafer, the Leather Espadrille, or the Suede Sneaker.


As an iconic brand, Valentino defines creativity. The brand's shoes represent the ideal image of luxury for those who thrive on high-end footwear. Try Valentino's Nero Sneakers, Havaianas Flip Flop, or the Black Leather Sandals.


Sutor Mantellasi makes men's shoes the focal point of elegance with exquisite and detailed workmanship and sophisticated style. Gift dad with the Dark Brown Shoes, Brown Leather Golf Shoes or the Beige Suede Shoes.


And here's the best part – you can buy all of these shoes on Amazon!


Vaping is a new trend where you can inhaling the vapor produced by a vaporizer or electronic cigarette. The vapor is produced from an e-liquid, concentrate, or a dry herb. There is a ton of e-liquids available with flavors raining from fruity to desserts or candies. It's a perfect gift for dad.


Starter kits introduce the basic components like mods, tanks, and coils. Kits also contain accessories like chargers, replacement parts, and tools. One to try is the Mig 21 Clear Fusion Starter Kit. With this stylish, sleek clear fusion tank system you will find power and an excellent vape pen. You can buy it at www.migvapor.com


Dad wears hats to elevate his look and there are many styles to suit. Givenchy creates hats that are equally dark, daring and dramatic. Made from cotton and cashmere, the Logo Beanie Hat has a red intarsia knit logo across the front. The Logo Baseball Cap has an adjustable fit, with a white logo detail to the front. And the Logo Snapback Cap features a front center logo stamp, a stiff brim, and stitched panels.


Happy Father's Day!


GRADS


This is it. High school is over. So what's next?


Many kids aren't sure where they want to spend the next four years of their lives. So the best way to help them figure it out is to take a road trip. It's the perfect way to explore and answer questions as you bond with your incoming freshman.


Does your kid love the beach? There are many ocean-friendly colleges out there. UC San Diego or San Diego State University provides a home away from home with an amazing amount of activities and culture.


While in San Diego you should check out the atmosphere of La Jolla, where many students make their home. With a UCSD ID and a bus sticker, public transportation is free anywhere via MTS buses. Why not explore? There are yummy food and shopping destinations. Or just take a walk and check out the art galleries or the bright murals created by local artists that dot the city. And don't forget the beach. On La Jolla Shores you can have your own beach bonfire.


Balboa Park is a short drive from SDSU and has many things to do. Many of the museums offer free days once a month and there are always free guided tours including gardens, architecture, and restaurants. On Saturday mornings, the Little Italy Farmers Market is the place to be for fresh produce and unique items for sale.


Los Angeles offers plenty of options for the scholar who wants to stay closer to home. UCLA and USC are some of the most famous – and most prestigious – universities out there.

Westwood is a great place to check out to see if your grad wants to be a Bruin. Are you in need of a sugar fix? Diddy Riese should not be missed. Want to get a clear view of the stars? Look no further than the Planetarium. If your grad is interested in lifestyle at USC there are a variety of guided tours to acquaint you with diverse aspects of the campus and the university.


If your kid doesn't want to be that near to you then UC Santa Barbara or Cal Poly San Luis Obisbo are great choices located on the central coast. You can't beat the atmosphere of these spots! UCSB students have access to gorgeous hiking, exploring beautiful beaches and parks, wine tasting, surfing, kayaking, shopping, international film festivals, theater and concerts and much more. San Luis Obispo is surrounded by multiple beaches. Every Thursday night, live music fills the streets, and the culture of downtown San Luis Obispo comes alive for the weekly Farmers' Market. SLO also offers unique classes – chocolate-making, beekeeping, tractor-driving, and bowling  – to name a few.


Cal and Stanford are great choices for students who want to explore and live in Northern California. They are also two of the most exclusive universities in the world.


Daily activities, performances, and events happen on Berkeley's campus. Take a ride up the third-tallest bell- and clock-tower in the world for spectacular views or stroll through Sproul Plaza, the social heart of the Berkeley campus.


Visit Stanford's historic Main Quad with its distinct Richardsonian Romanesque and California Mission Revival architecture, See a panoramic view of the area from the Hoover Tower observation platform, 285 feet above Stanford's campus or enjoy a meal at a campus eatery or dining hall.


No matter where you go this is a great way to connect with your grad. So keep your college journey fun and don't forget to explore!


Transportation options have changed in recent years and have become more convenient as well as eco-friendly. Hybrid vehicles are more popular than ever. But these days, your grad won't even need a car. They can simply download the Uber or Lyft apps on their phone and voila! As well, much public transportation around universities offers free or discounted options. And don't forget Amtrak or local subways. They also make it easy to get around.


Kids are more and more into what is good for the world and what is good for them. Workshops on zero waste, sustainability, going green and clean eating are common and popular – especially on college campuses. As well, change socially conscious gifts will be welcomed.


Decorate a dorm room with a Prosperity Candle. They are made by women in Iraq and Haiti. Buy a membership to the Surfrider Foundation for a beach lover. Get your grad a Bureo skateboard to get around campus – it's made from 100% recycled fishing nets. A bamboo phone case from Charity: water is stylish and durable and brings safe and clean drinking water to people in need.


Self-improvement is a major factor for young people. Get them a yoga mat to keep them healthy, a gratitude journal to write down all that they're thankful for, a reusable water bottle to keep them hydrated and conscious of the environment, DVDs so they can practice tai chi at home and even the Duolingo app – it's an easy way to learn a new language or two.

In these challenging times, students don't always feel safe. Here are a few tips:


If you walk to school, walk with a friend. Carry your keys in your hand when walking to your car. Report all suspicious activity – especially any information about a student with weapons. Carry a whistle with you. Finally, always be tolerant.


In addition, it might not be a bad idea for your grad to have a survival backpack. These should include a water bottle, sleeping bag, a lighter, first aid kit, a change of clothes, and a flashlight.


The best part of college is the social aspect. There are so many ways for new students to get involved. There are various clubs, intramural sports that include soccer and volleyball, fraternities and sororities – a great way to make new friends, and you can even write for the school newspaper or deejay at the school radio station. Whatever you're into, chances are, there is a place for you. And of course, college sports are a fun way to get into school spirit, by going to a game – especially football and basketball!


Your grad is going to dive headfirst into a brand new environment. Be supportive and helpful and they are sure to have a great college experience!


Congrats to the class of 2019!

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