Kids ready with big surprises on daddy’s day (June 21 is Father’s Day)

June 20th, 2009 - 10:19 am ICT by IANS  

By Madhuri Juneja
New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) A simple bouquet, a quotation book, a branded watch, a lavish holiday — kids of all age groups are charged up to surprise their dads with such gifts and more to express their love on Father’s Day Sunday.

Actress-cum-anchor Pooja Bedi, for instance, plans to throw a grand surprise party for her father and actor Kabir Bedi.

“There’s no end to the material gifts you can present on such special days, but I guess at the end of the day it’s love, respect and gratitude every parent yearns for, which is the best gift any child can give any parent,” Pooja told IANS on phone from Mumbai.

“But otherwise I want to throw a big party inviting everyone from his school days to his college days to make him feel special.”

Rahul Satyan, a Delhi-based law student, wants to send his father on an “all expenses paid lavish holiday to some exotic place where there will be no pressure, no work and no tension”.

“It would be my way of saying, ‘dad, you spent your entire life working hard to raise us and gave us all the comforts, now sit back and enjoy the fruits of your hard work,’” said Satyan.

Even 22-year-old Himani Sharma, who recently joined a multinational company, wants to buy a high-end wrist watch for her father as a Father’s Day present as well as a token out of her first salary.

“My dad has been eyeing a Tag Heuer for a long time. Even if I am not able to pay the full amount for it, I would be more than glad to contribute a portion of it. I am sure it will make my dad very proud,” she said.

While working children are buying high-priced perfumes, watches, wine bottles and beer mugs, the younger ones are going for quotation books with quotes like ‘You’re the best dad in the world’ for their fathers, according to Youhan Darrab Aria, head of corporate communication, Archies.

“Younger children are buying economical gifts like the quotations book for dad and teddy bears with quotations on them. We have 37 different cards exclusively designed for this day and fridge magnets with a special Father’s Day message on them,” said Aria.

Children are also showering love on their fathers by sending fresh flowers, said Shalini Gera, a business executive at floral boutique chain Ferns N Petals.

“Orders have been placed one week prior to the D-Day requesting for the delivery of fresh flowers to their fathers. An interesting trend this year, however, is the fact that a lot of boys are going in for online shopping of gifts,” said Gera.

In the midst of the brouhaha over material presents, there are a few kids who also want to add the personal touch by doing something different.

“I will cook all the food items of his choice for dinner and spend some good moments with him, recalling those incidents of my childhood that made us laugh and cry together,” said Reena Kaul, a beauty consultant.

“Money can buy gifts that you may keep with you for some time but these moments that we spend together on such special days are cherished throughout,” she added.

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