He taught you how to ride a bike. He helped you build a snowman after the big snow. He cried when he saw you singing on stage at the school play. He’s your dad. Now that it’s Christmas shopping season, how can you show him how important he is? A thoughtful gift can show your dad that he’s tops on your list. Here are five suggestions for five different types of dads.
For the techie dad: The Evolve RD 5000 Universal Remote. A lot of dads have one remote for the TV, one for the DVD player, another for the cable box or satellite system, etc. The RD5000 can control up to 16 devices and has a built in TV guide that you can download. That way you don’t have to wear out your TV surfing the channels. You can do it on the remote! Not a big fan of the Food Network or QVC? You can program your remote to skip the channels you never watch, so you find the shows you want quicker. The Evolve RD 5000 Universal Remote costs $50 and can be found at Amazon.com.
For the sports-loving dad: Cooladio Picnic Plus Chair with Radio. Help your dad become a tailgating legend! This cooler holds up to 24 cans, comes with an am/fm radio so that he can listen to the pre game show while he’s tailgating, and also converts into a chair. You can also hook your MP3 player into the sound system if he’d rather pump up his buddies before the game with some stadium rock. The Cooladio Picnic Plus Chair with Radio costs $49.95 and can be found at Amazon.com or Sportsauthority.com.
For the stylin’ dad: Hematite stingray leather cuff bracelet in sterling silver. Stingray leather is awesome. It’s naturally fireproof, lasts forever with minimal care, and is ultra fashionable. It comes in black leather and has a cross and two swords on it. It is classy enough to go with your dad’s most killer suit and tie, and casual enough to work with his favorite t-shirt. This stingray leather bracelet can be found at several jewelry web sites, but I found it the cheapest for $99 at Amazon.com.
For the sentimental dad: BrightFeet lighted slippers. Ordinarily, slippers make for a pretty ho-hum gift. But if you have a dad who is up at night heading to the bathroom, kitchen, or anywhere else in the house, these slippers make a great gift. They have lights mounted on the toes that show you where you are walking. So instead of tripping over the cat, stepping on the dog, or running into a wall, your dad will actually reach his intended nighttime destination. The slippers have sensors that keep the lights from turning on unless it is actually dark. This preserves battery life. These slippers are available at a number of web sites for $39, but the manufacturer’s web site offers the most information about them, so I would suggest them. Their site is Brightfeetslippers.com.
Repairman dad: Worx BladeRunner circular saw. Worx makes the most ergonomically advanced tools around. I own a Revolver drill made by them, and it is easily the best drill I have ever used. This circular saw was an editor’s choice in Popular Mechanics magazine and will perform well for years to come. It retails for $224, but I found it for $59.99 at Bethy.com.
Give dad something special this Christmas! Pick what type of dad you have and then get him one of these gifts. It will make for a great Christmas for both of you.