Father’s Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time to answer an age-old question: What do you get for the dad who has everything?
About 40 percent of us will settle on clothes, says the National Retail Federation, which estimates that spending on Father’s Day topped $12 billion last year.
But does Dad really need another wallet or V-neck sweater? We’re guessing not. So here are six gift ideas that will help you up your Father’s Day game this year.
LaTrax™ Alias Drone
Drones aren’t just for the Military anymore. There’s a booming hobby market for these eyes in the sky and the Alias is one of the best models for beginners. It’s easy to control, comes with a high-definition camera and is durable enough to survive that inevitable brush with a tree.
($149.95 from Amazon)
The Paper Watch
For a truly original gift, try this digital timepiece from design company Suck UK. Made from a durable paper-like material, the watch is a blank canvas that you can decorate with pencil, markers, paint and even glitter. It’s a great idea for kids looking to show Dad a little love.
($10.36 from Amazon)
Black & Decker Four-Tool Combo Kit
With a drill, flashlight, circular saw and reciprocating saw, this set is perfect for tackling long-overdue DIY projects, like that wobbly kitchen chair. While the tools are compact, they’re powered by 20-volt lithium-ion batteries, giving them enough oomph to blow through almost any task.
($175.42 from Home Depot)
Dad has spent too many parties hovering over the barbecue, so free him from the shackles of the grill with this wireless thermometer. All he has to do is plug the iGrill’s probe into his meat of choice, fire up the accompanying iOS or Android app and chill out until the protein is cooked to perfection. He’ll never miss a touchdown or homer again.
($35.99 from Target)
A Baseball Game
For a Dad who’s a baseball fan, there’s no better way to say “Happy Father’s Day” than with an afternoon at the ballpark. Going to a MLB game can be expensive, so why not take him to a minor league game? The tickets are reasonable, the caliber of play is high and the cozy stadiums (look out for a GEICO advertisement!) harken back to a simpler time. With more than 120 teams spread across the country, there’s bound to be a game in your neck of the woods.
(Visit Minor League Baseball for more details.)
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