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What do fathers really want for Father's Day?

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We asked fathers, children, and wives to share their advice on successful Father's Day gifts. Thanks to everyone for the many thoughtful responses. Here's a sampling of them:

One unforgettable summer, my wife, daughters, and I joined friends on a whale-watching kayak trip. Years later, when I discovered a "no motors allowed" lake at a nearby state park, I fondly remembered kayaking. That Father's Day, my wife presented me with a two-person kayak. We paddle at dusk, when still waters reflect every tree, the air is cooling, and bird calls are quieting. Sometimes, just at sunset, a full moon rises. I am enveloped by an utter peace. The gift of tranquility is priceless.

Bill Fabian, O'Fallon, Mo.

The very best gift I received was a thoughtful handwritten note from my son. He just reminded me of a number of lessons that I had somehow imparted and some of the good times we had together when he was growing up.

Eugene, via e-mail

Last year, my stepdaughters asked me for help with Father's Day gift ideas. "He insists - no presents," I said. "But he would probably treasure something that shows you appreciate things that he has done for you." They created a scrapbook with written memories and old photos of events and lessons important to them. Their father loved it and proudly showed it around. He even carried it to Germany to show family and friends.

Faith Kuehn, Boothwyn, Pa.

Most memorable of any Father's Day gift was that given me by my two sons in 2004. Together they took me to Washington for a weekend of sight-seeing, the primary objective being to visit the World War II memorial to (as they announced) thank me for having served in that war.

Robert G. Rafferty, Littleton, Mass.


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