It's "Dads and Grads" season again. Time to find a Father's Day gift or a little something for that nephew who just snared his B.A. in cultural anthropology and will be lucky to land a job at Jiffy Lube. Yes, the recession has cast a long shadow over the whole season. Then again, in a disastrous economy, why not get a disaster-related gift? According to the recent marketing e-letter from Bethpage, N.Y.-based Ice-Qube Preparedness, its handy little crisis kits "are the first emergency kits designed to make excellent gifts." The Ice Qube Starter Kit ($19.99) equips your favorite grad with a thermal blanket, flashlight, tooth brush and a face mask. Want something snazzier for Dad? The Ice-Qube Essential ($575.00) comes complete with everything from first-aid supplies to a fire extinguisher to an emergency radio. At least you can bet that nobody else at the party will have brought the present you did. Now, if only they made a Recession Survival Kit (résumés, a few interview neckties and a 60-pack of Ramen).
—Posted by Robert Klara