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On Father's Day Give Dad Something He Wants: A Gift He Can Use

Help your Dad win $50 by entering him in our Patch Father's Day contest.

Most Dads have a sense of humor.

Let's face it, they have to have a sense of humor. For some reason, Dads get some pretty rotten gifts from their children.

For Moms, there's always the thought of chocolates, flowers, jewelry or a beautifully popsicle stick-framed photo.

But for Dad the gifts seem, well, more of an after thought.

Let's face it, a man only needs so many ugly ties. Mom is never going to allow him to hang "Billy the Singing Bass" anywhere other than a mancave. And if your Dad is more like Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor than Bob Villa, tools, such as that 100-piece socket set you've been admiring, aren't going to do him much good.

So this year, consider this. Enter your Dad to win a $50 gift card from Patch.

It's simple. Just post a comment below and tell us about your Dad.

Remember, it can be anything about your Dad that makes him special to you.

Is he more like Ward Cleaver or Clark W. Griswold? Is he a dapper dude like Frank Sinatra? A grilling machine that could take on Bobby Flay in a throwdown?

Is he sporty? A tough guy? Does he have a green thumb or a way with duct tape?

What are you waiting for? You could be typing your entry by now.

But of course, you want to know all the rules.

So here they are:

On Monday, we'll randomly select one Dad to win a $50 gift card.

And if your comment is selected, we'll give you a $25 gift card as well.

Just nominate one Dad per comment, but you can post as many different comments (because we know you want to nominate your grandpa, your husband or even your brother to win) as you'd like.

Here are the obligatory rules:

  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia who are 18 and older.
  • To enter, leave a comment on this story telling us who you think is the Best Dad in the Lowcountry, where they live and what makes them special to you.
  • All entries must be received by noon Eastern Time, June 18, 2012.
  • You may enter one comment per user for each Dad you're nominating. You may enter multiple comments for multiple dads.
  • Two winners will be selected in one random drawing.
  • One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive a $50 Visa gift card for being the Lowcountry's Best Dad. Approximate Retail Value: $50. One (1) reader will receive a $25 Visa gift card for nominating dad. Approximate Retail Value: $25.
Vanessa Marchant June 13, 2012 at 01:17 AM
I think my truly amazing husband deserves this amazing fathers day gift. Growing up I never knew my father and always wanted more for my future children. We became pregnant in college at the age of 19 & 20 and he works amazingly hard everyday to provide for myself and our daughter. He has worked so hard to come as far as he has and still manages to have time to show our daughter and myself love. He has delt with a lot in his life, includig helping his mother, father and 5 siblings regain stability after they lost almost everything in a house fire. He is truly remarkable with his talents and his love for family, friends and of corse his garage. He always finds time to clean my car (wink) and is always showing us an incrediable amount of love I so wanted when I was a child and wanted for my daughter. I'm so happy that God placed me with my husband Mitch because without him I would not be who I am today and certainly not have the amazing family I have. He really deserves this gift because he works so hard for his family.
Lady Godiva June 13, 2012 at 09:53 PM
A great gift if your dad doesn't have one is a fire pit. There's something about being outdoors around a fire under the stars that men really love. It must be the cave man instinct in them. To make the gift evn better add a couple good outdoor reclining chairs; sand, wood and kindling to get the pit going; and some of their favorite beer to help them unwind. I promise you. It will be a huge hit.
Hazel Mamede June 14, 2012 at 12:24 AM
my dad was the father figure to my son.. cuz my sons father disappeared after my son was six.... dad is someone to look up to .. taught me how to take care of myself.. and in that begin a career in which took care of myself and son .. Dad adopted me cuz my birth father gave over rights .. guess he didnt want to be my father.. and Dad loved me as if I was his own.
Lindsay Street June 15, 2012 at 05:45 PM
I'm not eligible to win but I have some great stories of all the father figures in my life, so I'm going to post about them but only two of them because I'm short on space ;) My dad and I used to go on all kinds of adventures — white water kayaking, camping trips, or a regular family vacation that turned into an "adventure." He's perhaps the reason I always strive to be organized, on time and prepared! My dad has never given up, even against all odds. He's more dogged than savvy, but that's because he has heart. I love you, Dad! Thank you for putting family above everything else every time. I lost my grandfather a few years back and I still haven't gotten over the pain. What I loved the most was making Irish soda bread (the Americanized kind) with him. I still have a video of the last time we made bread together — although I wish instead of filming, I was kneading bread with him. My Gramps was an old Chicagoan and an Illinois state representative (Democrat). I've seen him fight to the bitter end about anything that could possibly be argued about, and you'd think that loud-mouthed, impassioned man would never be able to listen. But somehow he did. If you left him alone for five minutes, he would have met 20 people and memorized their life story and found out a way the family had a connection to them. I love you, Gramps! I miss you daily! I can still hear your voice counseling me. Thank you both for being there for me now and always.
Vanessa Marchant June 19, 2012 at 04:51 PM
When will the winner be announced? :)

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