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06. 11. 2008

Father's Day Gift Guide

Father's Day is just a few days away . . . but there's still time to grab that perfect gift for your dad to make him believe you've been planning the moment for weeks (or at least an hour or two). Here are some of our favorites this year:

Almost indestructible camera
If your dad can't bear to put away the camera, even while at the beach or pool, or while say, trying to escape a monsoon, then he'll surely appreciate what is deemed the World's Most Durable Camera. The Olympus Stylus 1030 SW is both shock-proof and waterproof, and can resist up to 222 lbs. of pressure. With 10.1 megapixels, a 3.6x zoom lens, and a transreflective LCD screen that is viewable even in bright sunlight, it's good enough to be dad's only camera. $500 at Hammacher.

This is not a beauty product - it's a "shaving aid"
Many men act a bit twitchy and nervous when they're in the "personal grooming" aisle but give them the comfort of a few "For Men" bottles, and they're more excited about moisturizer than Estee Lauder. Clarisonic seems to understand this and they've made a manly dark gray version of their electric skincare brush, and positioned it as a "shaving aid." Like a sonic toothbrush, the Clarisonic skincare brush uses sonic frequency for an extra-squeaky clean face. Just don't tell your dad that the pink version is exactly the same. From Sephora for $195.

A charging station for the gadget-head dad
The sanctuary charging station lets your dad charge up to twelve devices at once, while keeping them neat(ish) in the reversible-fabric finished tray. The sanctuary is compatible with just about anything- from Blackberry to iPod/iPhone, and Samsung, Motorola, Nokia, and LG phones. More than 1500 devices are supported. The cords stay hidden and your dad won't be hogging all the outlets anymore. $130 from Red Envelope.

iPod in the shower
Upgrade your dad's singing-in-the-shower routine with the iHome Shower Station. This shower station keeps the iPod totally dry and protected in its case and provides external controls. $70 from Brookstone.

Xtensor exercises the hand
Does your dad suffer from BlackBerry Thumb or carpal tunnel from working too much at the computer (or spending too much time playing games)? The Xtensor ($39.95 from their website) exercises the muscles in the hand to relieve the pain of repetitive strain injury. It's available in blue or yellow.

Marinates meat AND mixes drinks (really)
If . . . your dad likes to give dinner parties where he serves grilled meats marinated to perfection and drinks mixed evenly, but he also has a very small kitchen and is therefore loathe to own any kitchen appliances that serve only one purpose . . . and he's also someone who likes to be laughed at by his dinner guests, then we recommend this appliance spotted on Kitchen Contraptions. It marinates meat in a short of amount of time to fool your guests into thinking you've been planning the meal since the day before, and also mixes drinks to marinate the guests. No doubt the person who came up with this idea (probably not the people at Eastman Outdoors who make this product) had a few before inventing this other use. The Reveo MariVac Food Tumbler sells for $135 at Amazon.

Captain's Wine Decanter lets wine breathe
This handsome glass decanter from UncommonGoods ($40) will ventilate your dad's wine faster due to its wide base. If he doesn't drink wine, he could use it for iced tea.

Tactical Flashlight
If Dad always has to have the latest and greatest tool, get him the king of flashlights -- the 8420 T7 Tactical Light. (Seriously, that's what it's called.) With 167 lumens of focusable light and 130 hours of battery life from standard AAA batteries, the T7 will far outshine any other diddly flashlight, plus it features one-handed speed-focus. Just 5.5 inch length with 1.4 inch head diameter, the aluminum body gives it a solid, 'manly" feel. Besides, guys always like anything with the word "tactical" in the title. $130 at Lights and Knives.

Wingscapes Birdcam
Is your father the type of person who actually has time for tranquil, civilized outdoor activities like bird-watching? If he is, then he might enjoy this weatherproof, motion-activated birdcam from Wingscapes. You set up the camera near a bird feeder or bird house (or elsewhere to catch photos of wildlife on the ground). You can pick it up for $249 at Amazon.

Posted by Mia    Category: devices | gift guides 2008
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