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Google gives dads a necktie for Father's Day

Doodle honoring Dad reminds you to give the old man a call--on Gmail, of course.

Google's gift to Dad.
Screenshot by Steven Musil/CNET

Google has a Father's Day present for all the dads out there, and as you probably guessed before looking--it's a necktie.

Unlike the traditional gift, Google's new doodle today honoring Dad does a little more than just sit in a box. Sure, it's a thoughtful gift that links to information on the holiday's history, greeting card images, and an IMDb profile of a bad Robin Williams' movie of the same name from 1997.

But most importantly, it reminds you to give the old man a call and suggests using Google's e-mail program to do it: "Dad. Father. Pops. No matter what you call him, call your dad from Gmail." Google says the call is free in the U.S. and Canada and "super cheap" to other countries.

For those dads hoping for something more jazzy to keep you from those regular Sunday household chores, this gift isn't going to do it. But that doesn't mean you can't still lay down some tracks with Google's Les Paul doodle instead of cleaning out the gutters.