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Father's Day: Get Dad what he really wants

Tacky ties, barbeque sets and beer might come to mind when you think of Father's Day, but that doesn't mean you should buy any of those items. It can be difficult to figure out what to get Dad each year, but don't settle on a stereotypical gift. Whether it's quality time together or tickets to a game, give your dad something he actually wants this year.

To help you out, we found seven dads and soon-to-be dads and asked them, "What do you want for Father's Day?"

"We've got just about anything we could ever want; good weather would be nice."

Daniel Carriere, Hallock, Minn.


"I want a new car but maybe just a new shirt. Or, if one of my sons took me to Florida, but postponed the trip until later in the summer."

Jim Haugen, Grand Forks


"A visit from my daughter in Vancouver."

Gerard Gagnon, Winnipeg


"Go to the casino by Devils Lake."

James Nelson, Oberon


"Just to be with family, just hang with them."

Mike Beaudoin, Grafton


"Go out to dinner."

Charles Pearson, Prescott, Ariz.


"It seems like you can get all the normal gifts ... but I think the most (important thing) is just making time to get out and see him and spend some time with him."

Craig Meiers, Grand Forks

If you're on a tight budget, don't worry. Two Grand Forks women said you don't need to spend a lot of money. "I just visit my dad, and he's happy with that," Erin Meiers said. "(He) doesn't like getting anything because he said it's like taking money out of one pocket and putting it in another."

Although a gift isn't necessary, if you're determined to give Dad something special, split the cost with your siblings.

Stacey Larson of Grand Forks said, "(There are) five of us girls, so we usually go together and get something for my dad that he's talked about." Whether it's something for the lake or a gift card to his favorite store, Larson and her sisters always find something their dad will love.