What does Independence Day mean to you? Fireworks, parades, barbeques, fairs, concerts, baseball games? It’s a time of national pride and above all, it’s a time for family. Seen as a chance to get together with those who you don’t see as often as you should. It’s also a great time for giving gifts and having some fun, so here’s a bunch of ideas for gifts for dad or mom, brother or sis, or just an old friend.Beer CaddyPerhaps a favorite gift for our dad. Find a stylish little number with a sturdy metal carrier and integral bottle opener, bound to tickle the fancy of any beer lover.Novelty backpack drinks dispenserNow you don’t have to fill this one with beer, though that’s not a bad idea. Wander among your guests and dispense a cooling beverage at your ease.Personalized Barbeque ApronSomebody’s going to be working hard flipping those burgers so recognize their efforts by giving them a, personalized apron, practical and entertaining gift.SunglassesEarn lots of love by giving someone dear to you a new pair of sunnies. Why not sharpen up dad’s image with a pair of clubmasters, customize them by getting his name engraved for that extra special touch.American WhiskeyWhat could be more American than an award-winning bourbon-like Eagle Rare 10-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey which took gold at the International Spirit Challenge? Or Kentucky Owl Rye, with flavors including, but not limited to, caramel, orange peel, butterscotch, ginger, cinnamon roll, and cotton candy. The full list of flavors is much more extensive!A US themed novelty giftPatriotism is a serious thing but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a little fun with it and Independence Day is just the time for a few stars and stripes novelties. You can check out plenty of ideas here, but how about an American Flag Flask Gift Set to get the party started in a truly American way.If I Knew You Were Coming I’d Have Baked A CakeSometimes the best gift you can give is something you’ve made yourself and Independence Day is a great opportunity to get creative and make a cake. It doesn’t matter if somebody else is doing it as well because you can never have too many cakes, right? Maybe you could make a big old stars and stripes cake or perhaps you could get really creative and sculpt a fudge brownie Mount Rushmore or a scene from the Simpsons. Let your imagination go wild and create a delicious spectacle. I can guarantee they’ll be none left by the end of the day and the family will probably be talking about it until next Independence Day.