Father’s Day gift guide


SILVER SPRING, Md, June 8, 2012 – Okay moms, our holiday came first, and now it is time to reciprocate and get Dad a gift to recognize how much we appreciate everything he does. But let’s face it, men can be hard to shop for. Here are 10 man-approved ideas to show Dad he is loved.

Team Cufflinks from The Stationary Studio

French cuffs are making a comeback, and a good gift for the sports-loving, cufflink-wearing dad are cufflinks that show off his team pride. The Stationary Studio offers silver plated, enamel cufflinks officially licensed by NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA or by the NCAA. They are approximately 5/8″ x 3/4″ with bullet back closure and arrive in a storage box. The NCAA cufflinks come in team themed boxes and the pro cufflinks come in boxes look like the corresponding sport. For the MLB cufflinks the box is a small baseball diamond, for the NFL the box is the field gridlines the the “50” on and an astro turf, the texture of a basketball for the NBA cufflinks, and the faceoff circles on an ice-looking base for the NHL cufflinks.

Photo Mug from Shutterfly

Many parents rely on coffee to get them through their day. Whether it is a cup of coffee in the kitchen in the morning or coffee throughout the day at the office, if Dad uses a mug, why not make it special? Shutterfly has quick turnaround on special, personalized gifts including ceramic mugs that feature photos of your choosing. What could be better than getting a cup with your children’s smiling faces to greet Dad with his morning coffee? If ceramic mugs don’t fit the bill for a dad on the go, they also have stainless steel and acrylic travel mugs. If you think a mug is not a big enough gift, do not worry. Staring at $13.99, these are affordable enough to accompany any other gift as well.

Tickets to a sporting event

For a sports loving dad, why not treat him to a game or two, or maybe more. Get him a pair of tickets to his favorite sporting event. A pair of tickets allows him to take a friend and enjoy a day out. Or, if you want to go big, check with his favorite team about mini-packages. Many teams offer partial season ticket packages. These are less expensive than an entire season ticket, but will give Dad the fun of catching more than one game or match.

GoPro Hero3

For the adventurous dad a GoPro Hero3 is a great gift. The GoPro cameras are great consumer cameras that are rugged and specifically designed for catching all the action shots that active dads would love to record. The GoPro takes both video and stills and are design to take a hit. Additional attachments and cases allow for underwater shots, car or bike mounting, and the ability to wear on the head or a helmet. The Hero3 is the latest GoPro model, and there are several versions available. All models include 1080p digital video recording, still photos, wifi connectivity, a wifi remote, and app compatibility. The top end model features a 12 megapixel camera versus a 5 megapixel on the base model, better video capabilities and professional grade performance in low-light.

Beer Gift Basket

Most people do not think of gift baskets when they think of gifts for Dad, but what about gift basket filled with beer and goodies? Does that sound like that just might fit the bill?

Gourmetgiftbaskets.com has not only come up with one beer gift basket, they have a dozen different options. Whether dad likes microbrews or international beers, or likes his beer with barbecue or golf, you will find a gift that matches his tastes. Aside from the beer, the baskets also include appropriately themed snack additions. Whether it is peanuts, pretzel, jerky, or barbecue sauce, Dad will find the perfect accompaniments next to the bottles.

Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor

This is a great gift for the health conscious dad or the dad who is trying to get into shape. Heart rate monitors allow you to monitor your heart rate during workouts so you can optimize how many calories are being burned. The FT4 Heart Rate Monitor by Polar is a good basic heart rate monitor for those just getting started and for those who want a little extra boost to their workout results.

A heart rate monitor takes the mystery out of how effective your workout is. It tells you if you are working hard enough, and there is no guessing game with how many calories you burn, because the FT4 calculates calorie expenditure based on your performance and personal data. The FT4 is available in several colors and is suitable whether Dad is running, playing a pick-up game of basketball, or biking. Plus, the FT4 is water resistant to 30m, so it can be used in the pool too.

Cloud 9 Living Experience

Has Dad ever dreamed of driving a racecar? What about being a fly a plane and being in a dogfight? Has he dreamed about receiving a golf lesson from a PGA pro? These are just some of the experiences that Cloud 9 Living can make happen for Dad. If you have siblings and find the price tag of Dad’s dream experience a little out of your price range, making something this memorable a group gift if a perfect idea. Cloud 9 Living also offers gift cards starting at $50 so that you can contribute towards the cost of a dream experience.

Gift card from Steam

The kids that grew up in arcades and playing Nintendo, Sega, and Atari are now dads, and many of them are still playing video games, although many of the games are now computer based. Steam is an online gaming platform and community that offers tons of video games available for download without need to purchase discs that have to be stored. Gamers can find everything from the latest release to video game classics that they played in years past. In addition to solo play, the platform also allows for gamers to play multiplayer games with other members.

A gift card allows the account of the gamer to be credited with the amount designated on the card. Gift cards can be purchased as stores like Gamestop, Best Buy or Target. If you cannot find a gift card you can also purchase games directly from Steam and gift them to dad which are delivered directly either through email or an existing account.

Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II

This is a great gift for the audiophile dad. Bose is renowned for their audio quality, and with so many portable devices today acting as music storage and playing devices, Bose has figured out how to apply their sound quality to digital music. The Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II is that solution. Just as the name implies this is a speaker that can connect to any digital music player with Bluetooth capability and then play dad’s favorite album or playlist through the speaker, rather than headphones or the tinny speakers that come on most handheld devices.

The speaker is also portable, allowing Dad to take his music with him. Running on a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 8 hours, he can move his music to the deck during the barbecue or into the living room when the sun sets without interruption in play.  The speaker can keep up to six sources in its memory, so Dad can switch between smartphone and laptop playlists easily. The speaker also has an auxiliary input for a wired connection to older MP3 devices that may not be Bluetooth compatible.

Man Crate

Man Crates has taken the idea of a gift basket and made it manly. Designed for man, part of Man Crates’ manifesto is to “ship bragworthygifts for guys.” Each crate focuses on something that the dad on your list will love. There is a Retro Gamer that comes with an Atari plug-and-play with 10 retro games, or a how about a Bacon Crate.

There is the New Dad Tactical Crate for new fathers or dads-to-be, and for the zombie enthusiast there is the Zombie Survival Crate. There are some more serious Crates too, like the Grill Master Crate or the Whiskey Lover’s Crate. To top it all off, since the Man Crates are packages in wooden shipping crates, they ship with a crowbar to open.

While not all gifts are going to be appropriate for all dads, hopefully you find something on the list that will be perfect for the dad in your life.

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