In case you hadn't already figured it out based on the amount of dad-related material you have been seeing on TV and in local merchants windows lately, Sunday is Father's Day. And because you're like me, you probably put off figuring out just what you're going to buy the old man this year until now.
As usual, I am here to help, partly because I like you, but mostly because putting together a Father's Day Gift Guide lets me waste a couple of days looking at cool crap I'd otherwise buy for myself. Furthermore, I have done you the favor of categorizing each of our picks by what type of dad you should buy each for.
Not a tie, cufflinks or "World's Best Dad" mug in sight.
Couldn't have made it any simpler for you. So, this weekend when your dad thanks you, so moved by your thoughtful gesture that tears are brought to his eyes, remember who he should really be thanking: Enjoy -CG
1. Product Name: Barnes & Noble NOOK Color Reading Tablet
Where can it be purchased www.bn.com or Barnes and Noble retail stores
What kind of dad it’s for: FOR THE DAD WHO COMMUTES 10+ HOURS TO WORK EACH WEEK
Why it doesn’t suck: The smart-looking e-reader, with its seven-inch color touch screen, Flash-enabled web browsing, built-in media player and eight-hour rechargeable battery life, and vast amount of content from Barnes and Noble will make riding the train next to the smelly guy that much more tolerable.
2. Product Name: ROKU XD|S
Cost: $100 Bucks (free shipping from site)
Where it can be purchased: www.roku.com
What kind of dad it’s for: FOR THE DAD WHO COMPLAINS ABOUT THE CABLE BILL
Why it doesn’t suck: All dad has to do is plug in the small black box, sit back and enjoy his choice of more than 250 streaming video and audio services. ROKU XD|S has built-in dual-band n Wi-Fi, plays 1080HD, and includes more inputs than a… well you get it.
3.Product Name: JAMBOX from JAWBONE
Cost: $199 Bucks
Where it can be purchased: www.jawbone.com/store (free shipping+ JAMCHAIN)
What kind of dad it’s for: FOR THE DAD WHO TALKS ABOUT 'WHEN THEY PLAYED MUSIC ON MTV'
Why it doesn’t suck: Despite is size, this little Bluetooth-enabled box puts out some pretty impressive sound thanks to larger than life front and rear speakers. And it comes in cool colors such as RED DOT, BLUE WAVE, GREY HEX and BlACK DIAMOND, so mom will like it too. JAMBOX offers effortless Bluetooth pairing to most popular iGadgets, rechargeable battery with about 4.5 hours on a single charge and can double as a speakerphone. Add this to your list of cool gifts for dad because he is worth the $200 Bucks.
4. Product Name: AUDIOVOX ecco Personal GPS receiver
Where it can be purchased: www.amazon.com
What kind of dad it’s for: FOR THE DAD WHO DOESN'T KNOW WHERE ANYTHING IS
Why it doesn’t suck:Drop the ecco on Dad's keychain and he'll never have to worry about losing the car at the mega-mall or train station parking lot again. An impressive LCD screen displays direction and distance to a destination, and indicates how "hot or cold" you are to an intended target. Battery life is around 10 hours when in use and up to 16 days when fully charged. ecco has speedy GPS reception and can store up to three locations on a single device (great for designated drivers needing to find your car after a night in Hoboken). At 50 bucks, the AUDIOVOX ecco is a great device for the location challenged father in all of us.
5. Product Name: Toshiba CAMILEO BW10 HD Camcorder
Cost: $150 Bucks
Where it can be purchased: www.toshiba.com (major retailers Amazon, Best buy)
What kind of dad it’s for: FOR THE DAD WHO IS SUBMERGED IN WATER MOST OF THE SUMMER.
Why it doesn’t suck: This camcorder takes HD video in up to six feet of water. Add to the mix an HDMI output connection and the ability to store up to seven hours' footage, and Father Dearest can finally drop the fannypack full of extra SD cards. CAMILEO features 5 megapixels, 10X digital zoom and a 2in screen, which when combined makes for an above average underwater camera for the cash.
6. Product Name: Logitech Squeezebox Radio
Where it can be purchased: www.logitech.com
What kind of dad it’s for: FOR THE DAD WHO CALLS HIS IPOD A 'BABY BOOM
Why it doesn’t suck: Dad will be cranking his old-timey tunes in no time—much to your mom's horror—thanks to an easy-to-use interface, which makes this splashy little device an ideal gift in a house full of wannabe music critics. With its easy to use interface, setting up to one of the many pre-installed streaming services such as Pandora, Sirius, Rhapsody, Last.fm, Slacker, Live Music Archive, Facebook, Flickr via wired or existing Wi-Fi network is a breeze.
7.Product Name: Western digital My Book Live (2TB)
Where it can be purchased: www.newegg.com
What kind of dad it’s for: FOR THE DAD WHO GOT YELLED AT FOR LOSING THE FAMILY PHOTOS, Again.
Why it doesn’t suck: Designed for beginners and geeks alike, this sleek device allows for easy storage and retrieval of all things digital. A downloadable app gives Dad access to photos from near and far.. It features a slim design, web based backup utilites, ability to share files with DNLA enabled devices such as TV’s, Blu-Ray players, and newer gaming consoles. The downloadable Android and iPhone app allows access to photos when not at home or near the device. Make sure to tell him he should store his "alone time" media somewhere less conspicuous, though.
8. Product Name: BeaHeadcase iPhone bottle opener
Cost:$20 bucks (3G/3Gs) $25 Bucks (iPhone4)
Where it can be purchased: www.kbcovers.com
What kind of dad it’s for: FOR THE DAD WHO NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO POP A BREW/BEVERAGE OF CHOICE AT ANY MOMENT.
Why it doesn't suck: With a simple yet clever design, this church key gets any party started with a pop (literally). A free app included with the case keeps track of how many bottles you've opened, which will delight and ultimately terrify you
9. Product Name: Breffo Spiderpodium Tablet
Cost: $35 BucksWhere it can be purchased: www.breffo.com/usa/buyspt.html
What kind of dad it’s for: FOR THE DAD WHO IS FASCINATED BY THE KAMA SUTRA
Why it doesn’t suck: Eight flexible squidlike arms embosom your Dad's tablet in a secure embrace. And we totally won't judge your old man for whatever alternate functions he comes up with for the device. Breffo Spiderpodium allows the user to read, watch movies and even display GPS directions in many unique positions. The lightweight product can be molded to fit on the back of car seats, table tops, chairs and everything in between.
10. Product Name: Ful Paul Revere Messenger Bag
Cost: $40 BucksWhere it can be purchased: www.Ful.com
What kind of dad it’s for: FOR THE DAD WHO WATCHES A LOT OF HISTORY CHANNEL
Why it doesn't suck: With ample storage pockets for everyday gadgets, eye-catching style and an adjustable strap, Paul Revere rides into town to make your dad (and entire family) look a tad bit cooler.
11.Product Name: SodaStream Fizz
Cost: $150Where it can be purchased: www.amazon.com or locally @ Kitchen A la Mode in South Orange. (tell Ben I sent you)
What kind of dad it’s for: FOR THE DAD WHO'S NOSTALGIC FOR AN EGG CREAM
Why it doesn’t suck: He may no longer be able to take his sweetheart to the drive-in for a malted after the sock hop, but your dad can make his own fizzy water—with flavorings!—from the comforts of his kitchen and his boxer shorts. The SodaStream fizz is updated with an lcd display to monitor your gas usage and new colors (Black, Red, Green and Blue) . The starter kit comes with the unit, reusable BPA free bottle and CO2 canister. With each canister you can make 60 Liters of fizzy water and each of their soda flavor varieties makes 33 12oz cans of beverage. I like the ability to play around with flavors and make them more suited for the adult crowd.
12.Product Name: Looxcie 2
Where it can be purchased: www.looxcie.com
What kind of dad it’s for: FOR THE DAD WHO KNOWS WHAT YOUTUBE IS
Why it doesn’t suck: The lightweight memory-laden camera lets Papa capture, store and send video to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube right from his face. Having enjoyed the original version of the LOOXCIE wearable camera, it was great news to hear they made some positive changes to the device. Newer software upgrades allow you to shoot in 320p or 480p resolution. Depending on the model, storage can range from 5 hours to 10 hours of footage. LOOXCIE is coming out with accessories that will take the device off the ear and worn in other areas making it more versatile and somewhat cooler to be seen with.
Happy Father's Day-Craig