HANDMADE LEATHER TOOL BOX Whether he’s a handyman with style or a handyman in need of style, this handmade leather toolbox will get the job done. (kaufmann-mercantile.com, $229)
MAISON MARTIN MARGINAL “RELICA” JAZZCLUB COLOGNE A rich mixture of scents, including musk, tobacco leaves, tonka bean, and vetiver, will transport Dad back to youthful, sweaty nights spent in dimly lit dives. (sephora.com, $125)
GIVENCHY PATTERN TIE We know that a tie is the least original Father’s Day gift imaginable, but this one’s Givenchy. Set against a solid white or black shirt, the signature star pattern is super-sharp. (mrporter.com, $220)
THE ULTIMATE BAR UPGRADE Help Dad crush cocktail hour with this high-end, 14-bottle kit, which includes everything from absinthe to aged rye and Japanese whisky to mezcal, plus mixing glasses, cocktail bitters, and vermouth. (merchantsofbeverage.com, $1,100)
SMOKEY MOUNTAIN COOKER SMOKER 14″ This mini-grill is compact enough to take on the go and powerful enough to blast any pork shoulder or rack of ribs with a heady dose of sweet, sweet smoke. (weber.com, $199)
TOM FORD OIL-FREE DAILY MOISTURIZER If Dad is skeptical about beauty products, the masculine bottle design and Tom Ford name may help convince him to finally tackle those wrinkles. (tomford.com, $105)
POWER PEN Is dad always complaining about his smartphone running out of juice before the day is done? A good portable battery like the Power Pen could be a solution. The two most borrowed items in the entire world, a pen and a phone charger, are united in one ground-breaking device — The Power Pen. It’s a small 700mAh battery built into a brushed aluminum stylus/ballpoint pen (black ink). It includes tips for both iOS and Android devices, so no matter what phone dad has, this can power it up in an emergency. The Power Pen is available in both black and gold colors. You can find it for sale at Firebox for $38.39, with options for expedited AirExpress.
LEEO’S SMART ALERT NIGHTLIGHT The sleek and easy-to-use device is perfect for even the most discerning of dads. Once plugged in, it becomes his handiest smart home tool yet, offering peace of mind when the family is away. The Smart Alert Nightlight monitors your existing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and connects to a free app (available for both iOS and Android), so that it can alert you to an emergency if an alarm goes off in your home. One device monitors a whole floor of your home. The device also doubles as a customizable nightlight with more than 16 million color options — to coordinate with Dad’s man cave, favorite baseball team, and everything in between. You can pick one up at Leeo for $99 and have the device delivered by Father’s Day with an expedited-shipping option.
IDEVICES IGRILL2 This barbecue companion is the answer to precision grilling. The iGrill works with Bluetooth so that dad can monitor the internal temperature of his favorite cuts from his smartphone. Whether you cook together with Dad, let him wear the chef’s hat, or prepare dinner for him, the end result will probably be a little tastier (not to mention healthier). And he’ll be guaranteed to get the exact medium-rare steak that he’s been craving. The device is available for $99.99 at idevices with options for expedited delivery.
UNLIMITED BOOKS ON SCRIBD Scribd has been described as Netflix (NFLX) for books. For $8.99 a month, dad can read as many books as he wants on his iOS, Android device, Kindle Fire or Nook tablet. The service has slowly been bulking up its library and now includes selections from big-name publishers Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins, as well as smaller operations. Oyster is a similar service, but it’s $9.95 per month and only available on iOS at the moment.
SWINGTIP No Father’s Day gift guide would be complete without something to help dad break 100 on the golf course. The SwingTIP, or “mobile swing coach,” is a tiny 3-D Bluetooth device that attaches to any golf club and transmits real-time swing analysis to your smartphone or tablet. The device activates your iOS and Android device to video-record your swing for extra analysis, reproducing a 3-D animation of your actual swing alongside key performance metrics. The device shows you what happened, why it happened, and how to improve it. SwingTIP costs $129.99, with expedited delivery available on Amazon
SONOS PLAY:1 If dad is a music aficionado, you might want to introduce him to the concept of multiroom wireless sound systems like the Sonos Play:1. Via the Sonos app, he can stream his favorite songs from his smartphone and enjoy crystal clear, powerful sound via two custom-designed drivers with dedicated amplifiers. The wireless speaker works with just about every streaming music service, including Pandora and Spotify. The best part is Dad can continue to expand Sonos by adding more speakers later — and the more speakers you have, the better the whole system works. The Sonos Play:1 speaker is available on Amazon in either black or white for $199, with options for expedited delivery.
CHILLSNER If you’re looking for a quick and simple way to give Dad a gift tailored to his tastes, consider the Chillsner. Love of beer is almost synonymous with all dads, and now there is a way to ensure that his lager or IPA is perfectly chilled every time. Designed like an icicle, or a “corcsicle,” the Chillsner fits into a bottle’s neck so that his drink will cool off almost instantly, down to the last drop. The Chillsner costs $29.95 for a two pack and is available at corkcicle.com or Amazon with expedited delivery, just in time for you to grab a cold one with dad.
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