Jennifer Garner Had The Best Surprise For Her Father's Birthday Present

Jennifer Garner knew exactly what to do to put a smile on her father's face for his birthday. The actress went home for a quick trip to visit her family in Charleston, West Virginia, and while that was undoubtedly enough of a treat, she had one more surprise in store for her dear old dad. 

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While she planted trees for her birthday, the 13 Going on 30 star had something else in mind for her father. "Dad’s early birthday surprise: a ride in his childhood car — [a] 1948 Studebaker Champion," the actress wrote on Instagram. The photo showed Garner and her dad, William John Garner, posing next to a well-maintained version of the vintage vehicle.

Giving her father that thoughtful birthday present was just one of the family memories she made during her visit to her whirlwind “36 hour” trip to her hometown. Other highlights that she shared on Instagram included a trip to her nephew’s soccer game, giving her sister Susannah a squeeze, and helping her mom, Pat, get her steps in. "Of course we had to close Mom’s rings," she said in her post. Garner also made time to visit with her “beloved ballet teacher, mentor and second mother, Nina Lu Pasinetti.”

While Garner is well-established in Hollywood, she grew up in Charleston, West Virginia, alongside her two sisters, Susannah and Melissa, and clearly loves a return trip.  There's no place like home, after all!

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