Fab Father’s Day Finds
DaddyScrubs “I’m the Daddy” Medical Scrubs (www.DaddyScrubs.com) – $40
On Father’s Day, one would be remiss to not recognize expectant Dads soon to join the kid-rearing club. One great find are DaddyScrubs – “the” quintessential gift for dads-to-be. Rather than Dad rushing off to the hospital for labor and delivery in uncomfortable street wear, which he could end up wearing for many hours if not days on end, send him off in proper attire – hospital scrubs that proudly declare “I’m the Daddy!” These precious scrubs not only make a bold fashion statement, but built-in perspiration-absorbing moisture control also ensures Dad remains cool and comfortable during his time helping Mom through the childbirth process…or holding court in the waiting room as the case may be. In DaddyScrubs, he’ll fit right in at the hospital – but with the “I’m the Daddy” logo prominently displayed on the back and “Daddy” on the front, he won’t be mistaken for an actual doctor or nurse. So help the new Dad feel more connected to the whole experience – everyone knows who Mom is. With DaddyScrubs they’ll know who Dad is too.
Callaway Diablo Octane Driver Golf Club (www.callawaygolf.com) – $299.99
This Diablo Octane golf club is comprised of forged composite that, although one-third the density of titanium, features a greater load carrying capacity per unit mass in bending. The driver’s 10 million turbostratic fibers are precisely forged with six tons of force during a proprietary design process. This creates ultra-light, thin-walled components for lower total head weight and optimized mass properties. Callaway engineers then combine the lighter, more efficient clubhead with a longer shaft to increase head speed in the downswing and power at impact for longer distances and uncompromised accuracy. Callaway’s Diablo Octane powers drives beyond those of its all-titanium Diablo predecessor by an average distance of eight yards!
Filson Padded Computer Bag (www.Filson.com) – $315
Laptop-toting Dads are always in need of a high-quality, aesthetically pleasing carrier, and Filson’s Padded Computer Bag more than fits the bill. Inside, high-density foam padding surrounds and protects the laptop while the exterior has an oil finish rugged twill fabric that protects the bag from rain, mud, and abrasion. Features include full width open pockets on each side and end pockets for small items he needs easy access to like cell phone, handhelds, notebooks and business cards. The bag’s interior has roomy full-length sections that are actually tall enough to hold a standard writing pad vertically. The easy-access zippered front also contains pockets for such items as cell phone, pens, and requisite laptop accessories like cords and chargers. The bag is also decidedly stylish with leather trimmings and comes complete with an adjustable removable shoulder strap.
MIANSAI Tie Bars (www.Bonobos.com) – $95
Just like the street style of AMC’s Mad Men and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, MIANSAI (me-an-sigh) tie bars are classic and wearable accessories he’ll enjoy for years to come. These handsome hand painted tie bars come in three color combinations, Black/Gray, Blue/Red and Teal/Blue, with at least one sure to match his wardrobe. MIANSAI tie bars are made of sterling silver and brass and feature genuine silver tone hooks. Dad is sure to appreciate a little tie bling to enhance his signature style.
CEIVA Connected Digital Photo Frame (www.Ceiva.com) – $120-$150
Unlike the garden variety digital photo frames on the market, Dad will especially enjoy a CEIVA connected digital photo frame that, through the company’s exclusive PicturePlan photo sharing service, will receive and automatically display photos sent to it from computers or smart phones; photo sharing sites like Flickr, Shutterfly and Facebook; and email. Dad’s membership allows him to invite guests to send photos from anywhere — for free. He’s sure to feel connected to family and friends when he can view his frame each day and discover new photos waiting for him to enjoy. Dad will also appreciate CEIVA’s value added features like photo customization tools, gallery cards, and free CEIVA Channels like Local Weather, Recipe-a-Day, Mashable, Calendar and the New York Times. He can even make a digital calendar with all of his own family photos! Each new frame comes bundled with one-year of service with available add-on plans that also provide a lifetime warranty.
Voyager PRO+ (www.Plantronics.com) – $100
The Plantronics Voyager PRO+ Bluetooth headset is a thoughtful and practical gift Dad will appreciate, whether he uses it for hands-free driving, taking notes while on conference calls, typing during phone conversation or otherwise multi-tasking. Plantronics Voyager PRO+ headset features a comfortable, ergonomic over-the-ear design, and an elongated, pivoting microphone boom for better speech pickup and noise-cancellation. Three layers of “WindSmart” technology – stainless steel mic screens, acoustic fabrics, and an electronic filter – also blocks intrusive wind noise. Always-on dual-mic AudioIQ2 technology will retain the unique, natural sound of Dad’s voice. The headset is compatible with a wide range of Bluetooth-enabled devices, including phones, PDAs, and laptops. This headset offers up to six hours of continuous talk time and five days of standby from a single charge. Also packaged with the Vocalyst services, the PRO+ will help Dad be productive and communicate at his best.
ZOMM i-Wireless Cell Phone Leash (www.Zomm.com) – $90
If the Dad in your life often misplaces his cell phone, here is a great way to help him keep better track of it…and the related stress at bay. ZOMM, the first wireless leash for cell phones, will flash, vibrate, and sound an alarm if Dad starts to walk away from his phone. All he has to do is clip this compact Bluetooth-enabled device to a keychain, backpack, or belt and his phone will no longer be left behind. ZOMM also doubles as a speakerphone allowing Dad to answer calls directly through the device when the phone is out of reach. A panic button feature sounds a 40 decibel alarm or automatically dials for local emergency assistance if necessary. Available in Dad-friendly colors of white or black, ZOMM as a great gadget accessory for his collection.
Ultimate Ears 700 (www.UltimateEars.com) – $150
What Dad doesn’t love great sound when listening to his music, podcasts or watching a movie? The Ultimate Ears 700 top-of–the-line noise-isolating earphones will give him the pro-quality sound he craves. Special features include two custom-tuned speakers in each ear for a clean, precise audio reproduction; a micro-design that provides comfort and durability; noise isolation up to 26 dBS, interchangeable silicone ear-cushions that block outside noise; flexible listening modes for “casual” or “active” listening; and a sturdy case that stores and protects the ear phones during transit. Ultimate Ears 700 are versatile and stylish, designed with a liquid silver finish and black cord that will duly enhance his cool quotient.
Motormouse Wireless Mouse (www.Motormouse.us.com) – $50
Automotive-inclined Dads will absolutely love Motormouse. This award-winning digital wireless computer mouse is aptly styled after an iconic sports car with chrome alloy wheels, real rubber tires, and headlights that flash when the batteries need replacing. It even has a trunk that opens for battery storage. Motormouse technology includes the world’s smallest 24G receiver and is compatible with both Macs and PCs as well as all operating systems. Dad will also appreciate there is no software to install so he can just plug it in and go! Also laptop-friendly, Motormouse is an apropos gift for “road warriors” who travel frequently. The hardware arrives complete with a small mouse pad, a soft carrying pouch, the receiver and batteries.
M-Edge “MyEdge” Customized E-Reader and iPad Cases (www.MedgeStore.com) – $40-$50
M-Edge Accessories, a leading developer of e-reader and iPad accessories, now offers a way to customize a jacket for Dad’s iPad 1 or 2, Kindle 2 or 3, or Nook. Upload personal photographs or original artwork, add patterns that Dad might enjoy, or even add text like his initials to custom-tailor this case just for him. MyEdge jacket designs are printed on sturdy 100% canvas, and have a sturdy leather spine. Dad will enjoy this case that not only protects his device, but also includes a personal touch designed exclusively for him.
Contigo Stainless Steel Mug (www.GoContigo.com) – $20
If Dad enjoys a cup of coffee or cool drink while on-the-go, the Contigo AUTOSEAL Stainless Steel Mug will make his appreciation runneth over. This 16-fluid ounce reusable travel mug features patented technology to prevent spills or leaks that might stain upholstery or his clothing while out and about with cup in hand. The company promises 100% spill-proof and leak-proof performance that automatically seals between sips. With the Contigo AUTOSEAL Stainless Steel Mug, hot drinks stay hot for four hours while cold drinks will keep Dad refreshed for up to 12 hours. The mug also comes apart for easy and thorough cleaning. Available in stainless steel silver and a variety of colors and graphics, there’s sure to be a design that Dad will enjoy as much the beverage it contains.
Power Station Traveler (www.Cableorganizer.com) – $33
From cell phones to iPods to handheld GPS systems, gadgets reign supreme. But, most need to be charged to remain functional. For that Dad with so many gadgets to charge but so little time, multi-device chargers such as The Power Station Traveler will allow him to tote an array of fully functional electronics with ease. The device can charge up to 3 portable small electronics all at once while at home or on the road. He’ll just plug a cell phone or other device into the dock, then attach the DC adapter to his car’s plug to commence charging. A carry case allows Dad to conveniently tote his devices and accessories with ease. It can also be used with an AC/DC power adapter (not included) for use indoors as well.
Remington F5790 Flex and Pivot Foil Shaver (www.Remington.com) – $55
What Father’s Day is complete without gifting a shaving tool? The Remington F5790 Flex and Pivot Foil shaver is a great option. It boasts an improved cutting system with an exclusive durable Titanium triple foil that will contour to the shape of his face. The shaver also has a three-position slide-up trimmer for precise trimming of hard-to-cut hairs. All of these features are designed to help Dad finish shaving in a third less time than other electronic shavers. Additional functions include flex and pivot action, wet/dry and washable shaving options, and a charging and low battery indicator. It is also rechargeable with 60 minutes of run time and has cordless operation.
Pocket Chair (www.PocketChair.com) – $14.99
The Pocket Chair folds up to fit right into Dad’s pocket or tote and lets him take a seat anywhere – at concerts, sports and other outdoor events, camping, at the beach and more. Pocket Chair is lightweight and, despite its miniature size, is designed to accommodate people up to 250 pounds with its dual-action counter rotational support system. The chair also comes with a bonus drawstring travel case, making it easy for him to take to the kids’ soccer games, fishing, gardening, even waiting in impossibly long lines!
Star Wars Lightsaber (www.Beezid.com) – auction pricing
Dad can relive his favorite scenes from the epic trilogy that started it all in the comfort of his own home. The perfect gift for any Star Wars fanatic, this authentic lightsaber features the sound and weight of one of the great weapons in film history. Four built in motion sensor-controlled sound effects (power-up, idle hum, clash and power-down) bring the replica to life, and LEDs provide bright glowing blade that “ignites” with realistic power-up and power-down effects. Available in: Anakin Skywalker (blue), Darth Vader (red), Mace Windu (purple), Luke (ROTJ). When not in Dad’s grasp, he can proudly show off his galactic weapon in the specially designed base.
KAOS Nemesis One Handed Water Balloon Launcher (www.Target.com) – $14
Dads who are big kids at heart will love Imperial Toy’s one handed water balloon launcher – the KAOS Nemesis. This toy reinvents the traditional water balloon fight by taking it to a whole new dynamic level of “getting soaked”! Each KAOS Nemesis launcher is designed to comfortably launch water balloons a full 100ft with a simple flick of the wrist. The KAOS Nemesis has a large scoop top for quick reloads and comes with 25 Balloons. There are also cool color-coded KAOS refills for intense action packed competitions. The KAOS water balloon launcher is perfect Summer Fun for all ages.
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