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Great Gifts for Dad That Won't Get You Disowned

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On: Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 1:59PM | By: Clay Ritchings

Great Gifts for Dad That Won't Get You Disowned

While it's pretty easy to pick out something that Mom will love for Mother's Day, Father's Day is typically a different story. While most dads grumble, "I don't need anything!" when you ask them for ideas, you still want to make sure that they have a special day, too. Show your appreciation for dear ol’ dad with a present he can really use, or take your chances on getting disowned.

There are many things you do not want to get him; as tempting as it may be, deserved or not, do not get him a nose hair clipper. Even if reading is your Dad's thing, avoid getting him the book “Fatherhood for Dummies” or any other "for dummies" titles. Is he into gardening? Stay away from any Chia Pet; he will just smash it after you leave and blame the cat. Is your Dad an avid fisherman? Believe me, he doesn’t want that stupid singing fish on his wall. Finally, stay clear of health related items; I know you have the best intentions, but since Dad is hoping for a gift with at least some degree of sentimentality, nothing says, "Dad, you have spawned an unimaginative, insensitive idiot" like giving your father a home colon-cleansing kit. That alone is enough to prompt him to leave you out of the will. If you have already purchased one of these take it back now. While he will probably give you a big smile when you give him his gift, he will be crying on the inside.

Please consider the following gifts for your Dad...

The Can-Am Spyder

The Can-Am Spyder: If you can imagine the spectrum of open-air touring machines with a motorcycle at one end and a convertible sports car on the other, the Can-Am Spyder sits somewhere between the two. Starting around $17,000, it's a gift any dad would love to park his butt on. A little too pricey? Read on...


Does Dad have a lead foot? Get dad a radar detector. The ESCORT RedLine is the most advanced radar, laser, and safety detector ever designed by ESCORT. The RedLine includes full X, K, SuperWide Ka, and Safety Warning System radar capability, front and rear laser detection, dual antennae with varactor-tuned (VTO) microwave receiver, digital signal processing (DSP) for superior range and reduced false alarms, patented Mute and AutoMute, audible and visual band alerts, and all the performance you’d expect from ESCORT. The redline is priced around $499.

Personal Breathalyzer

How about a personal breathalyzer? You wouldn’t want dad to get behind the wheel of his Rascal after he pounded a few with the boys, would you? Audible alarm beeps repeatedly to warn when you're over the legal limit! At $39.99 you can’t go wrong. Check it out at http://www.breath-tester.com

G-Floor Garage Floor Mats

Keep dad's garage looking like new! The Roll-Out Garage and Concrete Floor Covers by Better Life Technology, LLC have some definite advantage over other products such as snap-together garage floor tiles. G-Floor garage floor mats offer a virtually seamless floor that provides a high degree of protection to the concrete below. Easy installation, cushioned comfort for walking & working, thermal Insulation, noise reduction, ultra-durable—formulated to last for years. Great additions to any dad's work space! For more info: http://www.bltllc.com/g-floor_main.htm

Motorola Bluetooth Car kit

Dad can be hands-free with this Motorola Bluetooth Car kit—voted among the 100 best products for 2008 by PC World—will improve your Dad's on-the-road audio experience, and can be optimized for your car. Bluetooth 2.0 compliant, it can either use its built-in speaker or its digital FM transmitter to send the sound to your car radio. It can give you up to eighteen hours of talk time (up to fourteen days of standby time) and comes with a car adapter to recharge it. Newegg.com has it for $56.99 with Free Shipping.

Wireless Vehicle Monitor

To all the sons and daughters out there, beware; if dad or mom gets the SafeDriver Wireless Vehicle Monitor, your days of drag racing and conjuring excuses for being late with their cars are over. Since parents and other adults can't always be with them in the car, there are a slew of companies developing products involving technology that allows them to track drivers.

Some of these devices cost hundreds of dollars and require a monthly fee. The SafeDriver ($69.95, but Amazon has it for $59.04) from Lemur Vehicle Monitors is an inexpensive; plug-and-play alternative. It reports maximum speeds, miles driven, and sudden braking, which is often the result of distracted driving, and is intended to open a dialogue with parents so teens can improve their driving habits or dust off their mopeds. Hey ,dads, I doubt your kids will be getting this for you; you may have to go and get this yourself.

T-Mobile Garminfone

Regardless of what Dad says, he does get lost, but not if you get him the T-Mobile Garminfone to harness the power of Google maps. The Garminfone uses its Android backbone to deliver a smartphone and GPS devise—all in one! If the GPS navigation does not help, he can harness the power of Google maps! The device's screen is a 3.5-inch capacitive HVGA unit. It's bright, clear, and very responsive to touches.

For your $199 the phone comes with a windshield mount and a car charger, which can plug into either the phone directly or the mount, thanks to contacts that charge the phone while it's docked. Now Dad can honestly say “I never get lost”.

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gator done | 9:43AM (Wed, Jun 16, 2010)

I loved reading this article. The only problem I have is that I need to borrow some money! These are great ideas! I want the Obama Chea pet for my father because he hates him, he could use the ESCORT redline because the man gets hit by every speed trap. I need the breathalyzer for my husband for those Wing House trips. The garage floor would be nice if you could actually see my garage floor! Thanks for the Father's Day Gift Ideas they were great!


Mia Lennart | 5:02AM (Sun, Jun 22, 2014)

Hi, great article but guess I need to borrow some money as well! ;)
Since he rides a motorcycle I think he would love the Can-Am! But he was thinking of buying a gps but I might give that to him. Would be a great gift! I've read some reviews on www.motorcyclegpsreviews.com and the Garmin 665 or the Zumo 590 should be very good. Anybody other ideas? Maybe the TomTom rider? The Tomtom is cheaper but almost everybody has a Garmin now.

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