Admit it: Your dad is Superman. He may be the family handyman, chef, chauffeur, and unofficial bug-killer.
He does a lot for you, so why not tell him how much you appreciate it?
Father's Day falls on June 21st this year, and it's never too early or too late to start planning for dad's special day. Whether he's into beer, golf, traveling, or movies, we've got you covered.For the golfer: A pair of ball-finding sunglasses
The worst part about golfing is locating a lost ball. Hammacher Schlemmer makes a stylish pair of glasses that use a blue pigment to filter light as it passes through, making white golf balls easier to see against dark backgrounds like shadows and roughage. Dad will thank you for the glasses and for improving his game.
For the beer lover: An easy-to-make homebrew kit
The only thing better than enjoying a beer is enjoying a beer that you made. Get started homebrewing with Brooklyn Brew Shop's Beer Making Kit, which contains everything you need to make a gallon of beer. All you need are the bottles.
Kits vary by style, and run the gamut from Everyday IPA to Bruxelles Blonde, Chocolate Maple Porter, Jalapeño Saison, and the limited edition Brewdog Punk IPA.
For the speed demon: A cool and protective motorcycle jacket
You want him to enjoy his favorite hobby — whether that's cars, motorcycles, or dirt bike racing — but you also want him to be safe while doing it. The Milano Sport Gamma motorcycle jacket is padded to protect the wearer, but is also waterproof and comes with a thermal lining for comfort in all kinds of weather.
The reflective stripes will also keep dad visible on the road.
For the new dad: A survival kit for fathers
All new parents can be a bit clueless for the first few days (or weeks, or months), but the Man Crates Tactical Bag for new dads takes care of that problem. The ruggedly stylish bag comes with a "baby owner's manual," mustache-printed pacifier, and camouflage baby beanie and blanket.
And for dad himself, an emergency stash of beef jerky, caffeinated gum, and Red Bull.
For the techie: A sleek charging station
The station charges up to five devices at once and is compatible with all devices — Apple, Android, or otherwise. The station doesn't come with cords but holds them neatly and securely in the drawer underneath so dad can organize and charge all his devices all in one place.
For the world traveler: The ability to skip the lines
A membership with Clear is the perfect gift for travelers, and if dad travels a lot, whether for work or pleasure, he'll love that the membership allows him to skip lines altogether.
At participating airports, Clear members can bypass security lines by scanning their fingerprints on a screen to get through security. They have to be approved in advance, but the approval process is pretty simple, and members are guaranteed to get through security in five minutes or less.
Price: $179 a year
For the spiffy dresser: A custom shirt or blazer
Dad can stop wasting his time with shirts that don't fit quite right. With Trumaker, a personal "outfitter" will meet him at home, work, or anywhere else and measure him for a bespoke button-down or blazer.
Fittings are free, and after picking the fabric and other details, dad will get a new custom-made item for his wardrobe in less than a month. Trumaker stores his measurements so he can simply order online next time.
Price: $100 covers most shirts
For the avid reader: A Kindle Paperwhite
Paper may be a thing of the past but not if it's paperwhite. The Kindle Paperwhite is one of the easiest e-readers to use: The no-glare, e-ink display makes reading in the sun a painless experience, and the Paperwhite comes with the option of a built-in backlight for reading in the dark.
Dad will instantly have access to thousands of books right in the palm of his hand.
For the grill master: A new set of tools
Dad will love a set tools that bring out the best in his favorite pastime. This stainless steel grill set includes a chef's spatula, grill tongs, a silicon basting brush, four pairs of corn holders, a cleaning brush, and an extra brush head.
The tools look sleek and are easy to clean, and they come in an aluminum case that keeps the family together.
For the carnivore: Artisanal bacon
The only thing better than bacon is really good bacon. South Carolina-based Ted's Butcherblock sends you artisanal bacon smoked from small smokehouses around the country.
Previous flavors include black forest bacon, natural kurobuta applewood bacon, and pepper-coated bacon. A true foodie will be able to taste the difference.
Price: $85 for three months
For the sports fan: A vintage team sweater
There's nothing like supporting the home team on game day, and if dad is tired of the same old t-shirt or jersey, then an authentic, 1988 vintage team sweater from Mitchell & Ness could be in his future.
The sweaters are a comfortable combination of acrylic and wool, and they come made for a number of different sports teams.
For the history buff: The New York Times Complete Front Pages, 1851-2009
This beautiful, detailed edition of "The New York Times Complete Front Pages" takes even the most seasoned history geek down memory lane with the biggest events of the last 150-plus years.
The hardcover book, which includes commentary around the current events of the day as well as photocopies of the Times front covers, also comes with three DVD-ROMs with links to the full front-page articles for each cover.
For the movie goer: A Netflix membership
With nearly 10,000 movies to choose from, and countless other TV series, Netflix is the best gift for movie-loving dads. He'll have instant access from any monitor or screen (including his smartphone) to movies old and new.
Netflix releases dozens of movies to its service every month, so he'll never run out of things to watch.
Price: From $7.99/month
For the whiskey aficionado: An original cask-strength bourbon
The beauty of cask-strength whiskey is that at the end of the distilling process it's not diluted to weaken it; in essence, it's whiskey straight from the cask, with a higher percentage of alcohol.
Maker's Mark Cask Strength is a glorious, amber bourbon with a proof between 108 and 114 (about 54-57% alcohol by volume) with a port-like smell and taste that will put all other bourbons to bed.
Price: $40 for a 375ml bottle
For the foodie: An indoor smoker
Getting that right-from-the-campfire smoky essence in a meal no longer needs to take hours of working and waiting (or even owning a barbeque). Williams-Sonoma makes a hand-held, indoor smoking tool that imparts the smoky smell and taste dad's been looking for without changing the texture or consistency of whatever he's smoking, making it perfect for delicate fruits and vegetables.
And if that wasn't enough reason to get it for dad, consider this: It's called The Smoking Gun. Need we say more?
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