Father’s Day is Sunday. Whatcha getting yours? Here are gift ideas that you’ll have time to buy before June 16:
3M Tekk WorkTunes Hearing Protector: Proudly geeky, yellow-and-black headphones look like the ear protectors worn on airport tarmacs. These shut out noisy lawn mowers, buzz saws and neighbors. The second-generation WorkTunes has an AM/FM stereo radio with big buttons and voice assistance to keep Dad’s eyes on his mission. A jack connects an MP3 player or two-way radio, $59 at Lowe’s, Wal-Mart.
Diaper Dude bags: Doting dads don’t want a fussy, flowery diaper bag. Diaper Dude has manly, messenger-bag style and holds a mess of stuff in spill-resistant fashion. Nab one from the new MLB Collection, $78 at Diaperdude.com.
HausBell Mini 7W Cree LED Flashlight: Rugged, metal-cased, 4-inch-long illuminator puts out an amazingly bright glow from the U.S.-sourced Cree LED bulb. Unique optical zoom lens expands the beam. Even a young ’un can afford this useful gift for Daddy, $6.99 at Amazon.com.
Garmin nuvi 3597: Real men don’t ask for directions but will happily rely on Garmin’s sleek new pathfinder. It’s the iPhone 5 of global positioning system portables, with features to lure even cellphone GPS users: razor sharp and bright, 5-inch color touch screen; sleek metal body with ultraconvenient magnetic mount; lifetime map updates; live lane animation; real-time traffic info; localized support services; Bluetooth speaker phone function, $349.99 at http://g.factoryoutletstore.com. Splurge $29.95 for the Garmin Portable Friction Mat, offering discreet, dash-top mounting.
Nikon Coolpix S800C: Nikon’s newest point-and-shoot is a funtastic, easy-to-use toy for Dad, with Android operating system and Wi-Fi communications to zap images (up to 16 megapixel) or videos to people or social media. Also surfs the Internet, slowly, with preloaded apps for Google, Wikipedia, Weather Channel, CNN and more. $250-$300.
Black & Decker Gyro: The world’s first motion-activated power screwdriver is a delight to hold and use. Just grip and twist. The more it’s tilted, the faster the bit spins, up to 180 rpm, powered by a long-life lithium ion battery, $29 at Lowe’s and Amazon.
Accell UltraAV 5x1 Audio/Video HDMI Switch: The perfect gift for the man who needs more jacks on his a/v receiver or TV. Up to five HDMI-cabled, high-definition products can be juggled through this high-end switch box. The Accell switcher doesn’t diminish signal quality; the picture improves through the device’s video amplifier. $49.24 at amazon.com.
Pants Plus: Adventure (cargo) and business-traveler pants from Clothing Arts make a practical and handsome gift for the man who carries everything. With picketpocket-proof pockets. Trim styling. And tear-resistant, comfortable cotton-nylon, Teflon-coated material. From $99.95 at www.clothingarts.com.
iHome BT4 Bluetooth Wireless Rechargeable Boombox with FM radio: This 7-inch-square music maker redefines the boom box portable. Stream music and Internet radio stations easily from a smartphone, tablet or PC. Digital radio tuner is sweet (though no presets). Sound quality is well-rounded with SRS bass enhancement. $99.99 in dad-friendly dark gray; also light green and purple, amazon.com.
Powerstick Powertrip: Power-chatting dads can keep the mobile conversation going with this outboard power pack, the only one we’ve seen with both a built-in AC plug and a solar panel for recharging, in addition to the standard USB charge port. About the size of a deck of cards, the 6000 mAH Lithium Polymer battery offers up to three smartphone charges before needing a recharge. Left outside in direct sunlight all day, the solar panel restores about 20 percent of battery power, $99.99 at powerstick.com.
“No Pryor Restraint”: Life in Concert” (Shout!Factory): The old man will laugh himself silly with this definitive bundle of seven CDs and two DVDs devoted to one of the most profane and profound comedians of all time. The CDs span highlights from Richard Pryor’s Laff, Stax and Warner concert recordings. DVDs have “Live in Concert,” “Live on the Sunset Strip” and “Here and Now.” $74.95 at cduniverse.com.
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