BMO Offers Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Man of the House



    TORONTO, June 12 /CNW/ - There are 340,000 new reasons to buy Dad a gift
this Father's Day. According to Stats Canada Data, that has been the average
number of births in Canada over each of the last five years. Retailers are
hoping the burden of additional child-rearing expenses won't dampen what has
traditionally been one of the four biggest days for retail spending, behind
Christmas, Mother's Day and Valentines Day.
    In honour of fathers all across Canada, BMO Bank of Montreal suggests
moms and kids can put a smile on Dad's face without breaking the bank by using
their BMO AIR MILES MasterCard and BMO Debit Card to shop at retailers who
provide loyalty rewards that help stretch their household budget.
    Here are 10 out-of-the-ordinary gift ideas and some popular AIR MILES
merchants who can help Canada's 9-million AIR MILES Collectors say 'Thanks
Dad' this Sunday.

    
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    GIFT IDEAS                                            AIR MILES SPONSORS
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    1. Travellin' Man     Get him out of the house,       Marlin Travel
                          maybe even out of the country,
                          on a weekday, weekend, or a
                          week-long excursion.
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    2. Road trip!         Leave the mini-van in the       Budget Car & Truck
                          garage and tackle a road trip    Rental
                          in style. Give Dad the gift     National Car
                          of cool - or at least a          Rental
                          temporary façade - with a hot
                          rental in a cool convertible
                          or racy sports car...for a day,
                          a weekend, or an entire week!
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    3. Don't sweat the    If your Dad thinks a 'six pack' InterSport sports
       details            is a small case of beer, it      equipment and
                          may be time to turn off the      apparel
                          TV and turn on the treadmill.
                          Suit him up with some killer
                          workout attire.
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    4. Pop & Pizza for    Who doesn't love pizza? Dine    Boston Pizza
       Pop                in or take out...'attsa nice!
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    5. Go for the green   If he's a one handicapper,      Nevada Bob's Golf
                          he'll love a new set of golf
                          clubs. If he's a 20 handicap
                          with a wicked slice, maybe
                          he's better off with a
                          plentiful supply of golf
                          balls...fore!
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    6. Do Not Disturb     It may be hard to picture       Holiday Inn
                          your parents as romantic love
                          birds, but Dads have feelings
                          too...give him and Mom a one
                          night retreat at their favourite
                          hotel. Just think...for one
                          night...you'll get the house
                          to yourself!
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    7. Lift his spirits   You can't beat the warmth of    LCBO (Ontario)
                          a child's hug ...but that's     SAFEWAY Liquor
                          no reason not to try! What       Store (Alberta)
                          Dad wouldn't love a             PALS (Alberta)
                          well-balanced Cabernet; a       Liquor Marts
                          full-flavoured lager; an         (Manitoba)
                          elegant bottle of Champagne;    Newfoundland
                          a silky Canadian whiskey or      Liquor
                          a classic single Malt?          (Newfoundland)
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    8. Buff the Beemer    Wash Dad's car or buy him a     CARSTAR
                          gift certificate for a
                          professional detailing ....
                          remember, the car he owns
                          may be yours some day so take
                          good care of it!
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    9. D.I.Y. for D.A.D.  More power! What Dad doesn't    TIM-BR Mart
                          like to tinker around the       Rona
                          house? Buy him a drill, a       Gagnon Freres
                          hammer, saw and a new set of     (Quebec)
                          tools so he can fix the mess
                          he made of his last do-it-yourself
                          project.
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    10. Where's the beef? Mmmmm....barbecue. The way      SAFEWAY Grocery
                          to a man's heart is through      and Drugstore
                          his stomach. Throw a couple of   (Western Canada
                          steaks on the barbie and all      and NWT)
                          the fixin's to show him how     A&P, Dominion and
                          much you really love him.        Ultra Food and
                                                           Drug (Ontario)
                                                          Sobeys Atlantic
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    Collect reward miles twice when you shop at AIR MILES Sponsors, by using
your BMO AIR MILES MasterCard or BMO Debit Card and showing your AIR MILES
Collector Card. AIR MILES reward miles can be collected from more than 100
sponsors across Canada and can be used for a growing list of hundreds of
rewards.
    Unlike customers of other major financial institutions, BMO customers can
collect BMO AIR MILES reward miles using their BMO AIR MILES MasterCard and
BMO debit card in stores and online, giving them the opportunity to build
their BMO AIR MILES balances faster. The benefits of banking and collecting
with BMO don't end with your debit and credit card. BMO customers can boost
the reward miles they earn by up to 40 per cent each month simply by holding
other BMO products such as a mortgage, savings account, line of credit, and
business banking account. No other bank can help you collect AIR MILES faster.





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For further information: For News Media Enquiries: Ralph Marranca,
Toronto, ralph.marranca@bmo.com, (416) 867-3996; Lucie Gosselin, Montreal,
lucie.gosselin@bmo.com, (514) 877-1101; Laurie Grant, Vancouver,
laurie.grant@bmo.com, (604) 665-7596; Internet: www.bmo.com

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