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Personalized Father's Day Presents

Martha Stewart Living, June 2001

Belts and ties are the coin of the realm for Father's Day, but they don't have to fly right off the store rack straight into the gift box; add your own personality to the package. Embroider Dad's first or last initial on this year's tie. A simple linen tie makes a good candidate; try embroidery floss in a lighter shade of the same color for a refined monochrome palette. Or make a handsome rack for Dad's new belt: To attach cup hooks to a good wooden hanger, first drill holes with an appropriate-sized bit. (If you try to screw hooks in with your hands without first making holes, the rod might split.) Space holes evenly, about 2 inches apart; if the screws of hooks are too long, snip off ends with wire cutters before screwing them in.

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