Whether shopping for a high-tech father or a sports fanatic, we've put together a few categories to help you find the best gift for him this Father's Day.
The Gadget Dad
You've heard the expression “There's an App for that.” Try a personal fitness tracker that comes in several forms including wristbands and shoe clips. Activity is recorded on the devices and connects it to your smartphone, tablet or desktop computer. There are also exercise accessories like the virtual jump rope—that's right, no more knocking over valuables during exercise. Finally, on-board cameras that affixto sporting equipment record dad's every movement as he tours the mountains on his bike, barrels down the ski slopes or kayaks through whitewater. Consider one of these gifts:
- Fitness tracker
- Virtual jump rope
- Portable camera for his bike or kayak
The Sporting Dad
Whether he plays sports or simply enjoys the spectacle these gifts are sure to spark his competitive spirit. Tickets to a live sporting event are one way the entire family can enjoy the holiday, or season subscriptions to television events are also crowd-pleasers among dads. Print-at-home online ticketing services make shopping easy for the busy spouse who is juggling work and family or there is always replacing worn-out sporting gear that is always appreciated.
- Game tickets (Cricket, Golf, Tennis, etc)
- Television subscription to a live event
- New gear: golf clubs, tennis racket, athletic shoes
The Fashion-Forward Dad
No Father's Day would be complete without at least one gift of a tie or socks. Garments that showcase Dad's favorite team, hobbies or professions can always be worn on game day or for special events. Fathers attending business meetings, conferences and special events will appreciate a chic tie that reflects the latest styles. Check for wear-and-tear on his briefcase and computer-accessories bag or tablet case. Broken zippers and weak straps might mean it's time for a replacement.
- Computer-accessories bag
- Tablet case
- Tie that's on trend
The Well-groomed Dad
Men's personal-care products are now commonplace. He's never too young or too old to begin a grooming routine. Glycolic facial products that remove dead skin are excellent for the father who works up a sweat on the job, playing sports or in the gym. Maybe an instant-hydration moisturizer with a new Gillette razor to help keep his face smooth is the perfect gift for him. Or perhaps a gift card for a handsome new pair of glasses could help take years off his look.
- Facial products and antioxidant serums
- Shaving supplies
- Chic eyeglasses
The Mass-Media Dad
Subscriptions to companies that stream television shows and movies will provide endless hours of video entertainment. If he's a fan of the printed word, how about an eBook reader or tablet that archives his favorite novels? Other reading alternatives include joining one of the burgeoning companies that offer unlimited access to books on a monthly subscription basis. Premium subscriptions are also available from many music companies for audiophiles who listen on the laptop or phone. Not a fan of his music? Pair this purchase with an awesome new set of noise-reduction headphones.
- Subscription to streaming television services
- eBook reader or tablet
- Gift card or subscription to a music service with headphones