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18 Father's Day gifts for dad

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Updated: 6/12/2013 4:47 pm
By Nicole McDermott,

Dad can only acquire so many socks, ties, and underpants. So this year, treat your papa (or husband, or son) with gifts that will cater to his grilling prowess, daily gym sessions, or appreciation for a little manly pampering. We’ve got gift ideas for every budget to celebrate Father’s Day in a fit, healthy, and happy way (though we can’t promise this is a sock-free list).

For the foodie father:

1. Meat Monogrammer
In the spirit of man's inherent yearning to mark their territory at all times, we love the idea of this grilling personalization tool. We think this tool will make Pops extra proud of those steaks and burgers… branded with his very own initials. $69.95 for one custom branding tool and cutting board

2. Injectable Marinade Grilling Kit

Slathering the surface of grilling grub with marinade is so last year. Bring dad to the 21st century with this easy-to-use marinade injector. The set also includes three jarred marinades, two cans of dry seasoning, and a bottle of red pepper sauce. Not only will Dad’s grilling goods look nice with a fancy monogrammer (see above), it’ll taste good, too. $24.99

3. Beer Making Kit
Dads and beer go together like golf balls and golf clubs (…and dads and golf). Get creative and give Dad DIY hops with a beer making kit. Peruse Brooklyn Brewshop’s online shop for fun flavors — such as chocolate maple porter and grapefruit honey ale — if your pops is a little more adventurous with his beer preferences. $40 per kit; $90 for the Quarterly Brew Club

4. Homemade Gin Kit
If beer isn’t your dad’s drink of choice, he may be a fan of this super easy to make gin kit (no bathtub necessary). It’s affordable, and takes all of 36 hours to whip up. $39.95 per set; botanical spice refills available for $10

5. Whiskey Stones
To chill whiskey without diluting it, try these fancy whiskey stones. Milled at the oldest soapstone workshop in the US, these beverage chillers mean business. Plus they look super duper manly. $20

For the tech-savvy daddy

6. Fitbit Flex
If your dad’s a busy guy, help him keep track of his fitness. This tracker allows users to check out stats in real-time — calories, distance, and steps taken — with Bluetooth 4.0 (syncing occurs automatically anytime Flex is within about 20 feet of a computer or Bluetooth Device). $99.95

7. Cord organizer
Make sure Dad stays tangle-free with the Cordito — a simple way to wrap up earbuds, USB cables, and plugs. This gift is genius. Nothing like a burrito for Dad’s chargers! $39.99

8. iPhone Armband
The LifeProof case, made for iPhones, is comfortable for all sorts of sweaty workouts. Built to withstand seawater, dirt, snow, and high vibration environments, this band is suitable for all situations from lawn mowing to snow shoveling. $49.99

9. Shock-Resistant Watch
The Timex Ironman Shock-Resistant 30-Lap is perfect for dudes who want a solid watch with a few fancy features (and without a super hefty price tag). For dads who like to run, this watch has lap and split recalls, plus it’s made with durability in mind. $60.00

For the outdoorsman

10. Plantable Comic Books
Make planting herbs and flowers more manly with these plantable comic books. While the comic books simply contain instructions and no real storyline, Dad can get his flower power on with style. Starting at $9.50

11. Sunscreen
Grab Dad a body mist sunscreen so he has no excuse not to stay protected when mowing the lawn, swinging some clubs, or just enjoying a few brews outside. Of course there’s a range of SPF protection and a million different types of sunscreens on the market, but here's a good place to start. Starting at $4.99

12. Sun-protective Clothing
When sunscreen just won’t do it, protective clothing can help shield Dad from Mr. Sunshine, too. This shirt blocks 98 percent of harmful UV rays. Made up of sweat-wicking fibers and breathable fabric, Dad can stay cool, dry, andprotected while hanging on the golf course or bball court. $29.99 for the Short-Sleeve Fitness Shirt; other styles available starting at $19.99

For the gym rats

13. Foam Roller Bundle
Help Dad ease aches and pains with this awesome SMRT-CORE grid foam roller and instructional DVD. Dad will learn the go-to moves (and stay safe) with a little coaching from the level-one DVD. $49.99 for the foam roller and DVD

14. Personal Training Sessions
Not all dads are up on the latest fitness trends. Give pops the gift of health with a few personal training sessions. After training with a professional for just a few hour-long sessions, Dad can use his newly found gym knowledge to stay fit on his own. Prices vary based on gym and location.

15. Sweat-Wicking Towel
Help Dad stay dry at the gym with the Nano Silver towel, which promises to eliminate odor-causing bacteria. Made out of soft and super absorbent bamboo, the towel also utilizes nanosilver particles, a natural antimicrobial agent (sure to keep Dad from being the stinky dude at the gym). $20.50 per towel

For the pampered papa

16. “Help, I Have Problems” Kit
Dads are great about fixing other people’s problems (a Band-Aid here, a little peroxide there… you know the drill). Time to pay it forward with the Help kit — six mini tins with remedies for sleep, blisters, aches, headaches, sleepiness, or nausea. Dad will be happy to stash the kit in his glove compartment and always have it on hand. $30.00

17. Manly Candles
While it’s probably not likely Dad will draw a bath and line the tub with lavender aromatherapy candles, it doesn’t mean he won’t enjoy up to 45 hours of manly fragrance. Yankee Candle’s line of man candles — from “Mmm, Bacon!” to “Riding Mower” — allow Dad to kick his feet up and relax a little. $27.99 for the 3-pack set

18. Birchbox for Men
Birchbox takes the guesswork out of gift giving. Each gift box (one per month for three months) is stuffed with lifestyle and grooming products from shave balms to sunglasses (Dad’s going to be so stylish!). $60.00 for a 3-month subscription
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