Shopping for Dad

He taught you how to ride a bike and drive a car. And he helped you with your algebra homework late at night when it was the last thing he wanted to do. (At least mine had to.) Once a year we honor the fathers in our lives, whether they be our own or those of our children. Here are a few ideas to say thanks to Dad:

A visit to National Harbor: It's brand spanking new and looks ultra cool from the Wilson Bridge. It's the perfect spot for a clambake, right? You can do just that at one of the harbor's up-and-running restaurants. Foster's Downeast Clambake cooks up a traditional clambake feast that includes clam chowder, mussels and corn on the cob. The feast does require a reservation. Several other eating establishments have opened up including ones inside the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, like Moon Bay Coastal Cuisine Restaurant, National Pastime Sports Bar & Grille, and Old Hickory Steakhouse Restaurant. You can also try out Potbelly Sandwich Works and Sauceity, which is inside the Starwood Hotel.

Laughter: Give Dad a few laughs with tickets to see some of the various comedians making their way to D.C. this year. George Lopez is coming to Warner Theatre in October, Weird Al Yankovic also makes his way to the Warner Theatre in July and Kevin Pollak will be at the DC Improv four nights in July.

An Experience: I know I mentioned Excitations for my Mother's Day post but it's become one of my favorite sites. And it's especially good for Dads like my husband and father who say they are perfectly happy with their kids' love and affection for Father's Day. Sweet, but ya' know you like to open a gift or two. So Excitations will set up "an experience" for Dad like taking a couple of laps in a stock car around a race track with a professional NASCAR driver or taking a sailboat ride from Southwest Washington to Old Town Alexandria and then getting dropped off a half mile from the Washington Nationals stadium to catch a game. Both of those, by the way, are under $100. I ordered experiences for my father and husband and the gift card came in a beautiful red box with a red ribbon. Plus, the gifts came within two days of when I ordered them.

Speaking of baseball... maybe Dad would prefer more than one baseball game but not a whole season. The Washington Nationals have partial season plans ranging from $187 to $374 for 11 games. And since no dad should have to enjoy a baseball game alone, see if you can convince his best friend to buy the seat next to his.

So, how will you honor your father on Sunday? Have any last-minute gift ideas? Tell us by posting a comment below.

Also, gas is on everyone's minds these days. And that's why I've been shopping for cheap gas. The only problem is I'm burning up all my gas looking for cheap gas. So where do you find cheap gas? Please let me know and I'll share everyone's secrets for finding some gas deals (if they exist) next week: shoptoit@washingtonpost.com.

By Tania Anderson |  June 12, 2008; 3:00 AM ET General Interest , Holidays and Special Occasions
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Ladies, there's only one gift that Dad wants for Father's Day, and you know darn well what it is.

Posted by: Beck Childs | June 14, 2008 8:55 AM

I predict that Beck Childs has had the first, last, and best word on this. The rest of us are superfluous.

Posted by: otter357 | June 14, 2008 5:12 PM

...and that would be another chore list, right?

Posted by: threegoldstars | June 14, 2008 10:28 PM

I like to get something that both I and te family can enjoy. Why not make father's day a chance to draw Dad closer to the family?

Posted by: DanO | June 15, 2008 6:17 AM

I just want to be left alone for one day. No family, no friends, just peace and quiet for a change

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