Saturday, June 07 2014 11:07

Gift Guide: SEARS Most-Gifted Rock Father's Day Picks #DestinationDad

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Sears: #DestinationDadThe old saying is that "the more things change, the more they stay the same." I don't know if that's 100% accurate, but I do know that there's an interesting parallel between my former and current selves when it comes to SEARS. Growing up in the late 1970s and early 1980s, SEARS was the destination for cool... toys. The annual Sears Wish Book was a staple in our home, and I can vividly remember visiting the catalog department of the gargantuan Park Forest Sears to await the arrival of some new treasure that would be delivered in a plain brown box, emerging from a mythical stockroom via  squeaky-wheeled track. Two favorites of mine have actually become sought-after, and highly valuable "collectibles" in the nearly four decades past - the 1978 STAR WARS Cantina Adventure Playset and the G.I. JOE Cobra Missile Command Headquarters. While the Sears of my youth could've been hashtagged as #DestinationToys, the Sears of my adulthood can be tagged #DestinationDad - those cool playsets replaced by other... cool playsets - like Craftsman Sheds, deck-mounted Gazebos and all the accessories. But instead of plastic blasters, starships and tanks, it's lawn mowers, coffee makers and tablets. Dad stuff.

The Rock Father and Daughter at #DestinationDad

For Rock Father's Day 2014, my friends at Life of Dad and I took a little vacation to #DestinationDad to check out some of the most-gifted items for Father's Day... and I'm serving-up a few of my own, too. Plus, since I know how much some of you dig contests, I'm helping my buds at Sears spread the word about how YOU can win some fantastic prizes in the "Snap Your 'Stache" promotion!

SEARS Top 5 Father's Day 2014 Gifts

Rock Daughter Addie!



Have a Great Moustache? A Fake One is Totally Cool! Enter SEARS' "Snap Your 'Stache" Contest!
  • Sears wants you to honor dad this Father’s Day through “Snap Your ‘Stache” – a nationwide search for the greatest moustache.
  • Now through June 15, moms and kids can take a photo of dad’s moustache – or he can snap a moustache selfie – and share it at sears.com/DestinationDad for a chance to win the ultimate Father’s Day gift – a trip to the Craftsman MAKEcation where he’ll meet a celebrity and learn to make whiskey, grill steaks, and amass survival skills..
  • Runner up prizes include other great gifts including a Craftsman Quiet Lawnmower Craftsman portable gas grill and Craftsman MACH Series tools.
  • Don’t let a bare lip stop you from entering the contest; get creative and draw one on, use a sticker or hold something to create your best ‘stache. Plus, everyone who enters will receive $5 in Shop Your Way points to use on the perfect Father’s Day gift. Plus, Shop Your Way members can vote for their favorite moustache submission, which will enter them into a sweepstakes for 250,000 in points (a value of $250).
Now, did you think I'd let you leave without a proper throwback? Here's that STAR WARS Cantina Adventure Playset I was talking about...

Sears STAR WARS Cantina Adventure Playset

And here's the actual SEARS from my youth...

Sears - Park Forest, IL

So many stories from that place...

Disclosure: THE ROCK FATHER has partnered with Sears and Life of Dad, LLC for this Father's Day promotion and was compensated for his involvement. ROCK! \m/ \m/

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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