TODAY   |  June 10, 2010

Dads and grads gift guide

June is not just for weddings, it’s also graduations and Father’s Day. So what do you get dear old dad or that smart student? Woman’s Day magazine’s Elizabeth Mayhew shares great gift ideas.

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>>> june is a big month for celebrations. father's day, graduations, and of course those june weddings. on father's day alone, americans will spend nearly $9 billion on presents. if you need some unique ideas that don't cost quite thatch, we a "today" contributor elizabeth mayhew. some of these ideas are unusual. for example, you can give your husband rocks or your father rocks.

>> this is literally a drink on the rocks. there's called sea stones. you get them -- you keep these rocks in the freezer, then pop them into your drink and it won't dilute the drink.

>> you're helping your father or husband not have diluted drinks.

>> for the handy manned, a magnetic wrist band , your nuts and bolts won't fall, you can be right up on your ladder.

>> i can use those. that's a handy idea.

>> woody's meat and potatoes soap. what's great about this, it is 13 bucks. what's so cool is you use it for your hair, your body. it is a one-stop shop in soap for your dad.

>> he'll like the name of it as well. this is a good gift if it comes with the beer bottles it carries.

>> built in new york. neoprene so it keeps the drinks cold. it is much more convenient than a big tote. you can fill it with his favorite microbrews or whatever. it is great just to take to tailgating or beer on the go.

>> why is this not like giving your husband something that -- we don't want to get a copymaker for mother's day. why isn't this like giving your husband --

>> a lot of dads like grilling. sliders are the in thing. you go to restaurants now, everything's like sliders this, sliders that. this is a little basket so can you make small little hamburgers. it keeps them in the basket so it cooks the perfect temperature and you can just flip it.

>> now move on to graduations.

>> this is a company called luxury attache. it is a very upscale concierge service . they can get you back-stage passes to bruce stringstein or whatever. what you can do is give your grad a special one-time offer. this is just going on through august. for $200 you give them access to this organization that they would never otherwise have.

>> they get to pick and choose what they want?

>> they can do like trips, anything you want. they'll plan it and do it for you.

>> that sounds good. i like this.

>> this is amazing for any of these categories. it's $89 at walmart from black and decker. it is just a one-stop tool kit. i just -- it's there, it's in a case. any grad, anybody would want this.

>> i caught all the guys playing with this on the floor before the segment so i know that's a winner.

>> for a traveler, $23 for these fun luggage tags. get them personalized. any time you get something personalized it makes for a nice gift because you've taken the time to put their initials and you can see your bag as it is coming off the --

>> that's keen. what's this?

>> speaking of bags, this is called tote a ton. $35 from samsonite. it is the size of a trunk. yet it weighs -- you can feel it. it weighs nothing. it found down to nothing so if you need extra storage or if you're moving, anything on the go, packing up your dorm room or going to your dorm room . then i love this. it is from the container store . it is a giant backpack for laundry. you give that to them. it is $25. give it to them with quarters or laundry card. they're going to be doing their own laundry whether they're moving into their first apartment or into their college dorm .

>> now move on to weddings. here is a sweet idea, photograph.

>> a lot of people now given the economy really want money for a wedding gift. a lot of times it is questionable, you don't know how much to give. there is a great website called the they have a questionnaire, you fill out the questions, where do you live, are you going to the wedding, and it calculates what the best amount of money is for you to give based on all the criteria. that's one thing. now another is there's nothing more personal than pictures so blu take pictures at the wedding of the day and put together this nice wedding album for them. this is one of my favorite companies. personalized ice buckets. then can you also get for $199 a wine fridge and also this is from bed bath & beyond . then wind, three years of wine, one to open on your first, third and fifth anniversary.

>> that is a sweet idea. elizabeth, thank you so much.