With the exception of Al Bundy, Michael Lohan, and guys who turn out to be serial killers, dads rule. But no matter how great yours is, there’s always something he could use that’ll help him continue to evolve. From the tools he shaves with, the ways his ups his golf game, to the booze he sips to relax, give your dear ol’ dad something worthwhile this Father’s Day instead of wasting money on another ugly tie you know he won’t wear.
He’ll get stereo-quality sound and you’ll save some coin. Plus, the wireless connectivity will give him the impression that he’s not a Luddite. Despite being on the low end of wireless headsets — one of our favorites is the pricey V-Moda Crossfades — you can still connect multiple devices and take calls.
The Fitbit watch helps fitness enthusiasts to more accurately track their progress by recording all of their activities in given time durations. The low-profile fitness watch has multiple features to make working out easier and more fun. Some of these functions include a heart rate monitor and sample workout routines.
The Norelco shaver gives users a safe, comfortable shave through updated blade technology. The razor, which works in wet or dry environments, lifts hair and then cuts for the ultimate close shave. Users can clean and lubricate the razor with the touch of a button, and the razor has up to 45 minutes of power between charges.
It’s not just a fan, it’s an air circulator … which is a fancy way of saying badass fan, we guess. Anyway, tower design saves space but doesn’t skimp on pushing air around a room. However, if your dad is a complainer who wants it cool at all times, keep in mind that this isn’t an air conditioner. It’s an ultra-quiet fan that transports up to 500 cubic feet of air per minute.
A portable setup for lugging grilling tools (three pieces included), alcohol, and that stainless steel drink cooler we told you about a page back. The perfect portable setup, this package includes a removable cooler, a small propane BBQ grill, and three large grill tools. And the best part of all? Each component fits perfectly into the carrying case to make transportation a breeze.
It’s hard to go wrong with quality shaving gifts for Dad, except of course if he’s a beastly hippy with wiry strands of tangled hair dangling from his chin. Otherwise, you’ll score points with this five-piece chrome setup that provides a classy mixing bowl, Merkur #180 slim handle safety razor, pure badger shaving brush, chrome shaving bowl, and Col. Ichabod’s Conk Shave Soap.
It may be a little awkward to buy your dad bath products, but the Anthony The Essential raveler Kit is perfect: Sized to carry onboard airplanes without invoking a full-cavity search, and you can introduce him to the idea that different parts of the body are best cleaned with different products. The Essential Traveler Kit includes facial cleanser, shave cream, hair & body wash, and an all-purpose moisturizer.
If your dad’s golf game is limited to Wii golf, Arccos has developed a cool GPS-enabled system that will track shots, log stats and analytics, and give an overview of strengths and weaknesses through their proprietary sensor system. The sensors are attached to the handle of a club and only need to pair once with an Apple device. And if your pop isn’t going to use it, you can always snag it before you hit the mini-golf links.
The Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun: Cool Hacks, Cutting-Edge Games, and More Awesome Projects for the Whole Family ($12 @ Amazon.com)
If your pop is into building trebuchets or RC cars, and using Legos to build elaborate stuff that you probably can’t build with a set of power tools and an instruction guide, he’ll find something worthwhile in here.