Graduation celebrations and Father's Day are once again on the horizon, which means it's time to start thinking seriously about a gift-giving strategy. Previously we attempted to help you out by staging a brutal deathmatch that asked and answered the following question: if the best Father's Day gift and the best graduation gift was the same thing, and you could buy only one, would the winner be a dad or a grad?
Last year's results were a bit of a rout, but the rivalry between the two combatants have only grown fiercer in the intervening months, and the answer is far from settled. Will the grads take to the stage for another victory dab, or can the dads dig deep and finally get those pesky kids off their lawn? We're about to find out, because it's time for:
As always, the victor will be declared after five rounds.
For Dads: Showing The Way Printable | Price: Free with 7-day trial subscription
Dads start strong with this classic bit of dad humor that lays down the law while also being hard to beat in terms of price. American Greetings printable cards can be edited and printed at home, which means they look slick and professional while being uber convenient.
For Grads: Smart Grad Printable | Price: Free with 7-day trial subscription
Printed inside the card: "Yep, there's nothing like throwing hundreds of flat, sharp-cornered objects directly over your own heads to celebrate how smart you are. Happy Graduation!" This is a nice counter-jab that deploys the deadliest weapon of youths everywhere: withering sarcasm.
Round 2: Personalized Drinking Vessel From Things Remembered
For Dads: Dad Established Pint Glass | Price: $16 (Take 15% off with promo code A242)
What can be better than a glass for dad's favorite beverage, engraved with his proudest accomplishments?
For Grads: Journey Begins Graduation Ceramic Mug | Price: $18 (Take 15% off with promo code A242)
Well how about a mug for a grad's
favorite beverage, engraved with their
Round 3: A Wardrobe Reboot From Stitch Fix
For Dads: Gift Card To Help Find A Stylish Way To Wear A Hawaiian Shirt | Price: $20+
Stitch Fix is perfect for the man who has always had a style while never quite being stylish. Dad just fills out a profile that gives his size, price preference, and level of Jimmy Buffet familiarity, and a personal stylist takes it from there. He'll receive five hand-selected pieces of clothing he can then pay for and keep (that's where the gift card comes in), or send back at no charge (shipping both ways is free, and packaging is supplied).
For Grads: Gift Card To Level Up The Wardrobe | Price: $20+
Welcome your grad to the world of business casual style while teaching them that it isn't a contradiction in terms. First rule of the office: no pajama pants (unless you're working at 600 W
Round 4: The Convenience Of Amazon From...Amazon
For Dads: Echo Dot | Price: $49.99 (Buy 2 and get $20 off your order)
This hands-free, voice-controlled device gives dad the power of Alexa to do things like play music, send and receive messages, control smart home devices, and a ton more. This is the assistant he has always been looking for.
For Grads: Amazon Prime | Price: $119/year (Get it for $59/year for students + 6-months free!)
We've already gone on for some length in previous posts
about why an Amazon Prime subscription is such a great idea, but here's a new reason–members get a big discount at Whole Foods
! The discount is starting in Florida and will move to the rest of the country this year, with Prime Members eligible for 10% off sale items and additional big weekly discounts on a selection of regularly-priced items. If you've been worried about how your grad will feed themselves in the real world, this is the gift for them.
Round 5: A Watch From Macy's
For Dads: Michael Kors Slim Runway Black Ion-Plated Stainless Steel Watch | Price: $195
Some things are classics for a reason. A watch for Father's Day is the sort of traditional gift that avoids cliche (notice there are no ties on this list) by being truly useful and something that dads rarely think to buy for themselves. This understated choice from Michael Kors is striking and avoids the tired idea that masculine style equals chunky and clunky.
For Grads: Apple Watch Series 1 | Price: $249
Ooh, but it's hard to beat the Apple Watch! It also has a low key style but packs in a ton of functionality, like bluetooth connectivity and a bunch of health-monitoring features. Another truism that avoids cliche is that grads love tech.
As is tradition, the winner shall be announced in gif form. This year is Game of Thrones
-themed, with Grads represented by Jon Snow, and Dads represented by a White Walker (the reasons for both of these choices should be obvious). And the winner is...
Ouch. Well, better luck next year, dads!