Father’s Day Gifts Your Dad Actually Wants

Father's-Day-GiftsFather’s Day is just around the corner, and we all struggle with trying to find the right gift for dad. The tie is too cliché, so what should you get him instead? The real challenge is finding a gift that your father will enjoy and actually use, so here we have a list of items that the patriarch of your household probably already wants. Keep in mind that no two fathers are exactly the same, so not everything on this list will be right for everyone. Read through, use your judgment and find what your dad is really is really hoping for this year.

LG Tone HBS-700
There is a great big world of headphones out there, and it is hard to know where to start looking, so let us talk about three different categories; starting with bluetooth. One of the best bluetooth headsets on the market for the price is the LG Tone HBS-700. It has a unique, but comfortable behind the neck design that hides under a collared shirt easily, and boasts upwards of eight hours of battery life. The sound will be a bit lacking if your dad is a real audiophile, but for the average man these headphones meet every need with ease. Price: $70.

Klipsch Image S4
What about wired ear buds? This is a tricky category because of how vastly different everyone’s ears are; and comfort is key. However, speaking strictly of audio quality in their price range, you will be hard-pressed to find a better set of earbuds than the Klipsch Image S4’s. They offer a rich sound experience with strong bass, and better sound than many brands charging two and three times the price. If Dad is looking for a good set of in-ears, this is a great place to start. Price: $50

Sennheiser HD280 Pro
Finally we have the classic over-the-ear headphone design offering the best balance of comfort and quality. Sennheiser has long since been a well-known and respected name in the audio world, and there is a reason for that. The HD280 Pro are studio quality, with crisp high-end and a well-balanced bass section, they isolate noise very well and are incredibly comfortable to wear. If your dad is a stickler for sound quality, these just might be the gift for him. Price: $100.

JBL Flip
If headphones are not what you are looking for, The JBL Flip might be. The Flip is a wireless speaker that pairs up with most bluetooth enabled devices, such as smart phones and tablets, and also comes equipped with an on board microphone for speakerphone calls. It comes with an AC adapter, but the rechargeable battery will last up to five hours of continuous play. Price: $100.

Gift Certificate to The Art Of Shaving
These specialty shops have been starting to show up all over the place, and have managed to stay under the average man’s radar. They are at the forefront of a cultural shift that has recently been bringing men back to the shaving techniques and equipment that our grandfathers once used. The Art Of Shaving specializes in various blade styles, most notably the classic double edged and straight razors. They also have a selection of lather brushes and obscure shaving creams and soaps. Even if your dad is happy with his trusty Mach 3 and is not interested in the products, he can still stop by for a barber-style straight shave; an experience every man should try at least once. Prices vary based on service and product.

Omaha Steaks
For the grill master in your family, there may be no greater gift than a gift box from Omaha steaks! They provide everything from bacon wrapped filets and top sirloins, to amazing burgers and dogs. The quality of Omaha Steaks products are hard to rival, and although they tend to be rather expensive, they always have combo packs available to make things more affordable. Pack prices range from $50-$200.

There are multi-tools, and then, there is the Leatherman. The Leatherman is what the Swiss Army Knife wishes it could one day become. With various combinations of blades, screwdrivers, pliers and wire cutters, your dad can be prepared for anything. Price: From $40 and up, depending on the model.

Apple TV
This little box is one of Apple’s lesser known treasures; it offers a handful of features that your dad will love. From the main menu, you can rent or purchase movies and TV shows directly from iTunes, and stream content from Netflix, Hulu Plus and Youtube. You can also access various sports subscriptions. On top of all of this, you can also stream directly from your iPhone, iPad and Mac, as long as you are running the most up-to-date operating system. This is great for people who browse the web on their iPads but would like a lager view, and is also the best way to show off photos and videos straight from your iOS device. Price: $100. HDMI Cable not included.

The Keurig is the easiest way to make a single cup of coffee. The coffee comes loaded in pre-measured cups so you just pick your flavor/roast, hit the start button, and enjoy. Perfect for those times when dad is the only one who wants a cup, this way he gets his coffee without having to make and waste an entire pot. The selection of Keurig ready coffee brands is enormous, ranging from the most popular and well-known roasts offered by Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks, to the less famous but equally flavorful Caribou Coffee brand. There are several different models that offer more options, but the basic Keurig starts at $60.

Rick is a freelance writer and worship leader, he blogs at culturemakerblog.com, and tweets at @letsmakeadeal26.

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