Julie Loffredi; Gift Guide Guru
For the Food Friendly Dad
You can always wow dad by satisfying his taste buds! Try a dozen father’s day inspired rice crispy treats from Treat House or a hand dipped baseball berries from Shari’s Berries. If the sweet cravings aren’t enough, wow dad with his favorite stack wines.
For the Dad Who Rocks
For the dad who loves to rock, how about the gift of music. Headphones are all the rage and thanks to SMS Audio, Star Wars fans are getting an earful. The music company just released the Star Wars Street by 50 On-Ear Headphones.
For the Stylish King
For the trendy dad, pick out a spritz that evokes his personality from fragrancenet.com, a new shaver from Braun or a teeth whitening kit from Whitening Lightning ($99) If he prefers to have a packed closet, try summer short sleeve pelham shirts from Timberland.
For the Techy Dad
The latest tech gadgets are a sure hit for dads. The Kindle family just expanded to include a waterproof version (perfect for the beach reader) and the affordable Kindle Fire. If your dad already has a favorite tablet, you’ll score major points with Dad if you go with the Xbox One Titanfall Edition. This exclusive offer includes the all-in-one entertainment Xbox console so he can do everything from game, to watch TV, to Skype with his kids.
For the Weekender
Planning a weekend getaway or relaxing activity is a sure win for dad. Even dad could use some pampering, right? The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston is featuring a Gentleman’s Essential Power Lift Facial for the entire month of June. Or book dad stay at stay at Ocean Edge Resort and play on the Cape’s only Nicklaus Design golf course.
If your dad prefers pizza, convert your grill into a gourmet pizza oven with BakerStone pizza oven or opt for an T-fal ActiFry or T-fal OptiGrill, a new, one-of-a-kind way to grill healthier indoors! Perfect for apartment living or raining summer days, this grill features a cooking sensor that ensures a perfectly cooked meal every time by automatically adapting to the thickness of your food and delivering perfect doneness from rare to well-done.
For the Functional FriendlyType
Some dads appreciate a gift that offers some functionality like a Nikon COOLPIX 600 camera for capturing those special moments. Intel’s newest 2-in-1 device is another popular pick, it is a tablet and laptop in one with a touch screen. And if your dads is more concerned about tidying up his electronics and cords around the house, check out Great Useful Stuff for ideas.
For the Athletic Types
Hook dad up with the Digifit saddle, so he can listen to his favorite tunes with his new favorite handheld device. The Saddle comfortably contours to your lower forearm for hassle-free viewing and access to your iPhone 4 and 4s or iPhone 5, 5c and 5s. The Saddle provides a lightweight mount for when you run, exercise or listen on the go. ($30)
With Garmin’s GPS Approach Golf devices, you can help dad plan the best route to the green. Simply touch any point on the map to get exact distances to that spot – whether it’s fairway, hazard, landing area or the green, Approach G7 and G8 even offer PlaysLike Distance which adjusts your flat yardage based on whether your target is uphill or downhill from you; therefore, where in the arc of the shot (short or long) your ball will hit, relative to flat yardage.
For the Dad-to-Be
Give the dad-to-be a special something to celebrate his bundle of joy, whether its a great rugged stroller, a blanket for snuggle time from Little Giraffe or a Serena & Lilly gift basket – they will all make a new dad beam with joy.