The countdown to Father’s Day is on and if you give him a tie, you won’t hear his inner howl, but it will be there. So, forget the tie.

The easiest way to find that perfect gift is to cyber-shop especially if you’re a procrastinator. We love the concept of coupons that travel with you like Groupon and Trippon. You can gift discounts for local sports events, spa treatments, dining, eco-safaris – you name it! The best part is no fighting the crowds at the mall! Just bring it up on your mobile device or print the coupon voucher from your home computer and present it at the business.

How about an executive hoodie. Zuckerman-style is the latest must-have fashion statement for the contrarian Dad. Check-out Betabrand for more whimsical items like disco pants for channeling Dad’s staying alive urges. If you understand irony, you’ll love Betabrand.

Most Dads we know love technology, gadgets, gizmos and gear. An iPhone and one of these stylish audio systems lets his music look as good as it sounds. Surf Outside magazine for outdoor gear ideas. A gift certificate for grazing from a favorite food vendor at the farmer’s market is always a hit.

Some websites, like TOMS, will give a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair of shoes you purchase. Why not wear your social conscience on your feet! Another, Roozt, features a community of cause-related brands on their website for a one-stop shop experience. And, you can donate in Dad’s name through, as charitable gifting is always tops in boomer gifting style.

OK, if you absolutely must give Dad a tie, get one of these any occasion or any personality ties! Just maybe, Dad will wear one of these! But don’t hold your breath.

Be sure to check back to find out who won our Father’s Day “active elders” contest.

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