If Dad’s a chronic thrill-seeker—or even just a weekend warrior—the ATC Chameleon Dual Lens Camera by Oregon Scientific is the perfect gift allowing him to document all of this action-packed fun. The camera features two independent lenses—one on the front and one on the back—that shoot in a split-screen format (either vertical or horizontal) and capture all of the action from Dad’s point of view and whatever other view he chooses. Great for mountain bikers, base jumpers and water enthusiasts, to name a few, the Chameleon allows Dad to get his kicks and then share the fun with others via a mini-USB that’s compatible with both PC and Mac computers. Helmet and handlebar mounts, a tripod attachment and a waterproof encasement are all available and sold separately. Available for $83.99 at amazon.com.
For the dad who loves to grill, let him skewer in style with the double prong coastal skewer set from Charcoal Companion. The durable stainless steel skewers feature two prongs each, which means that food won’t spin and is less likely to fall off. And the fun beach-themed heads—crab, lobster, shell and fish—make them great for beach-side barbecues or for simply conjuring oceanic images at home. Available at bbqguys.com for $22.99.
For dads who enjoy photography, the Sidekick 360 Smartphone Tripod is the way to go. The adaptor allows smartphones to mount on regular tripods, amping up the capabilities of cell phone photography. Perfect for capturing stills and video, time lapse or other experimental photographic tactics, the Sidekick allows for easy repositioning and a variety of both standard and unusual angles. Available in a variety of colors for $49 at mefoto.com.
Whether Dad loves to tailgate with his buddies or just bring food and beverages on the next family roadtrip, he’ll do so in style with the Mountainsmith Deluxe Cooler Cube. The easy-transport cooler features an adjustable carry strap and plenty of storage for cold drinks and other accoutrements. Unzip the side pocket to showcase a four-bottle drink holder and built-in drink tray. Or unzip the top to reveal a 15-inch-deep storage compartment. The insulated cooler is waterproof and comes with a bottle opener. Available at mountainsmith.com for $49.95.
If Dad enjoys zenning out as much as Mom, give him a scented escape all his own with a MANdle Candle. The line of soy candles is created with men in mind. Scents include “Game Day,” which brings “the smells of the field to your couch;” “Mr. Mom,” which creates the “smell of new baby to break in the dad-to-be” and others. Masculine packaging and wit to boot, the MANdle Candle is both fun and purposeful. Available in a variety of scents starting at $5.99 at elmbaby.com.
If Dad prefers the less-is-more approach to things, the Loop Attachment Mummy is the ideal Father’s Day gift. The silicone cell phone case serves a variety of purposes, most importantly as a minimalist approach to card-carrying. Simply slide your debit, credit, ID and any other cards into the mummy straps for secure storage, and wallets will quickly become passé. Second, and perhaps most appealing, the no-snag silicone texture easily slides into and out of pockets. Additionally, the impact-resistant case protects from drops. Available in a variety of colors for a variety of cell phones. Visit loopattachment.com for details and pricing.
If Dad enjoys the finer things in life—be it wine, nature or an elegant timepiece—give him all three with the cork watch. With a band made from all-natural cork, the watch is durable and naturally water resistant. Featuring a biodegradable corn resin casing and a mercury-free battery, the watch is a classy accessory for Dad and eco-friendly option for the environment. Available at uncommongoods.com for $50.
Is Dad a shower singer? Then make his Father’s Day the best yet with the STORMp3 water-resistant speaker. He can drag his favorite tunes from his computer to the STORMp3, mount the unit on the shower wall using the included silicone and sticky tabs, and then it’s game on! The player comes with 2 gigabytes of built-in storage, which is enough for roughly 500 songs, and it runs on four AA batteries, which lasts approximately 75 hours. That’s a lot of shower singing! Available at toilettreeproducts.com for $39.95.
Does Dad always like to have his smartphone at the ready? Give him a tasteful-yet-understated storage option with the Orvis leather smartphone holster. Made of genuine steerhide leather, the holster features a ball-and-stud closure for secure storage. Thread a belt through it, or use the holster independently. Personalize it with his initials for an added touch of class. Available at orvis.com for $85.
Is Dad an avid cyclist? Or perhaps just a guy who enjoys a peaceful bike ride with his fam? For the dad who prefers life on two wheels, get him Schwinn: The Biking Game. The board game for ages 4 and older is the perfect family activity for days when perhaps it's too rainy to bike anywhere. Simple instructions make it comprehensive for even the youngest riders, and old- and new-school bike models as game pieces make it fun for all ages. Players learn fun facts and safety tips about bicycling throughout game play making it the perfect blend of fun meets education. Available for $20.21 at amazon.com.
If Dad's a music lover, the best you can give him is ... more music! Dad never has to be without his tunes again with the Altec Lansing The Jacket portable wireless bluetooth speaker. Compatible with iOS, Android and Blackberry devices as well as laptops and tablets, the Jacket is perfect to throw in a beach or pool bag, to take with him on the links or simply to have handy when he's tinkering in his man cave. One charge lasts up to eight hours, and the sound quality is superb! No bluetooth? No problem. Use the built-in auxiliary jack to connect to another device that has a headphone jack. Includes two removable rubber protective jackets. Available at amazon.com for $77.26.
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