Deserving Dads

It’s time to give the tie rack a break this Father’s Day and present Dad with some cool gifts to show him how much you care. From grilling and biking to gadgets and relaxation, we’ve got dads covered.

by Jennifer Casseday-Blair

It will probably be the last and possibly only cookbook Dad will ever own. The cookbook offers 75 recipes and essays on how food figures into the moments that define a man’s life. Esquire Eat Like a Man Cookbook, $17.50, Barnes & Noble, barnesandnoble.com

Members receive 12, 12-ounce bottles of hard-to-find microbrewed beer each month. Four beer club options are available including: Original, International and Domestic Variety, All International, and Rare Beers. Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club, $22.95-$68.95 per month, beermonthclub.com
Weighing in at less than 8 pounds, this luggage is tough enough to withstand the rigors of global travel. It also features multiple grab handles and moisture wick lining.  Briggs & Riley Explore 22 Upright, $300, Backwoods, backwoods.com Dash is an in-dash car stereo that is built around a faceplate made to accommodate an iPhone. It can be used to find a gas station, send a text, make a call, listen to music or play video. Devium Dash, $289, Devium, devium.us
This bike leads the way in asphalt commuters. It features a single chain ring upfront, internally geared rear hub with eight speeds, Freedom WTB rims, custom WTB Valcon saddle and FSA crank. Kona Dr. Fine Bicycle, $1,199, Trinity Bicycles, trinitybicycles.com The Pentax K-r has it all with 12.4 megapixels, HD video and a 3-inch LCD display. It comes in basic black, white or red. Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera, $699.95, Arlington Camera, arlingtoncamera.com
A Lunar Foam Cushioning System with dual-density foam midsole makes these limited edition golf shoes extremely comfortable for dads who enjoy golf. High-tensile strength fibers wrap the midfoot for support, and the full-grain leather with hydrophobic treatment repels water. Nike Limited Masters Edition Lunar Control Golf Shoes, $180, Golf Town, golftown.com Made famous by Steve McQueen, these re-released classics are designed with folding mechanisms at the bridge and the back of each arm. Persol Roadster Foldable Sunglasses, $360, Sunglass Hut, sunglasshut.com
Dad will love slipping out back for an afternoon nap in this ultra-comfortable pillowtop hammock. The hammock stand is sold separately for $499.99. Pillowtop Hammock – Equestrian, $299.99, Hatteras Hammocks, hatterashammocks.com The No. 1 thing every tailgater needs is a good cooler. Better yet, how about a cooler with a grill included? This one comes with all the tools as well. All-in-One Tailgating Cooler/Grill, $149.95, Sears, sears.com
Milwaukee’s Heavy-Duty 50-pocket organizer is made from water-resistant 600 Denier Ripstop Polyester material. Assorted shapes and sizes provide limitless storage options, and padded handles provide comfort for the organized handyman. Milwaukee’s Bucket-Less Tool Organizer, $33.97, Home Depot, homedepot.com For the caffeine addict with not enough time to brew that cup of coffee in the morning, Handpresso Auto allows Dad to enjoy a jolting shot of espresso from the comfort of the driver’s seat. It is powered by the car cigarette lighter and lets you know when your drink is ready with three audible beeps. Handpresso Auto, $197, Handpresso, handpresso.com
Gift These Apps

iHandy Carpenter – Here Dad will find a few simple carpentry tools including a bubble level, ruler and protractor. COST: $1.99
 

GolfLogix – This is the No. 1 app for golf because of the precise GPS distances on more than 30,000 courses, incredible course imagery, scoring capabilities and stat tracking. COST: Free HoneyDo – In an already crowded field of to-do apps, this one stands out because it allows couples and families to sync and share to-do tasks. COST: $5

ESPN Scorecenter – This app allows Dad to follow whichever sport he wants and puts his favorite teams on top. COST: Free

 

FoodScanner – For dads watching their weight, this app makes it capable to scan the bar code of any food and then compares it to an online database to find nutrition information. COST: $.99