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Father’s Day Gift Guide for Dads of All Ages

Is that smile on your dad’s face real or is he just pretending to like the gift you have given him? Showing your dad how much you love him is important every day of the year, but even more so on that special day of all days the world has set aside for fathers of all ages- Father’s Day. Gifts that show your appreciation and respect for your father can run the gamut from indulgent twists on necessities to sweet treats to tasty liquors to engaging books to useful, enjoyable electronics to hobby items to so much more!

While Father’s Day might have originally been intended for dads with children of their own, it has grown into a holiday that celebrates biological dads, step dads, grandfathers, and men who stand in for dads that can no longer be there. Father’s Day is also the perfect time to celebrate men who lavish their love on their pets, nephews, or nieces. Anyone who acts as a dad can be loved and honored on Father’s Day, the day for dads of all kinds and ages. Celebrate the dads in your life this Father’s Day with a thoughtful gift selection, a sentimental card, and a sweet smile!

Pampering dad is something you can do in a number of ways depending on the type of dad you have. If you want to choose the perfect gift for Father’s Day, just think about your dad, his background, his hobbies, and how much you love him. Then, check out this Father’s Day gift guide for some really unusual suggestions for pleasing dad on his special day.


Women aren’t the only ones with a sweet tooth. Many dads have a special confectionary that they enjoy even if they can’t afford the calories. A wonderful Father’s Day gift is easily created simply by gathering a few treats together into a basket for that special man in your life.

The Vermont Country Store Orton Copper Kettle Fudge Sampler: Sweets and treats are the perfect solution for a Father’s Day gift that encourages a smile to widen into a grin. The Vermont Country Store Orton Copper Kettle Fudge Sampler offers a delightful taste of four popular flavors for dads everywhere to enjoy. Orton Copper Kettle Fudge is creamy and delicious down to the last morsel. Visit www.vermontcountrystore.com for more information or to take a look at some of their other items.

The Vermont Country Store Cookie Buttons: Whether dad drinks coffee, tea, or milk, the sweet taste of cookies is almost always a true pleasure. The Vermont Country Store Cookie Buttons offer an all-natural treat with a “purely” maple taste. Made in Vermont, Vermont Cookie Buttons are also sold in Snappy Ginger, Double Vanilla, Spicy Cinnamon, Zesty Lemon, and Peanut Butter.

That’s Caring Hard at Work Snacks and Sweets Collection: Most dads spend quite a lot of their lives hard at work so they can provide for their family. Why not show your appreciation to dad this Father’s Day with a gift choice from That’s Caring Hard at Work Snacks and Sweets Collection? The original version of the That’s Caring Hard at Work gift includes a delicious assortment of Fleur de Sel Caramel Corn, Brent & Sams Cookies in two flavors, Lake Champlain Chocolate in 2 assorted bars, Roasted Salted Cashews, and Roasted Almonds with Sea Salt- all of which is tucked into a white hard hat. This is a sweet tasting, decorative gift that should perk up any dad’s smile easily enough. This particular gift sells for $38.99, but you can check out their website, www.thatscaring.com, for other options.


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What man doesn’t deserve a relaxing drink every once in a while? If your dad enjoys a nice glass of wine or perhaps an alcoholic beverage with a bit more kick to it, why not make up a basket with several different bottles of “spirits” for a refreshing and well-deserved gift?

Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon: Packaged in a sleek, glass bottle with an attractive label depicting its namesake and produced by the Louis M. Martini winery, the 2007 Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon offers an excellent Father’s Day gift choice. Blended from the best that Napa and Sonoma Counties have to offer, the 2007 Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon offers a heavenly aroma rich with the scents of dark fruit jams, black pepper, and sweet nuts coupled with Asian spice, rich vanilla, and a nutty smoke essence. Truly an elegant choice. Buy one, buy several, or create a basket of wine bottles for a spectacular gift. For more information, please see http://ghostpines.com.

William Hill Cabernet Sauvignon: For a deliciously fruity taste with a rich chocolate finish, the 2006 William Hill Cabernet Sauvignon is perfect. Make sure dad enjoys the hints of blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, dark cherry, sweet vanilla, dark olive, and dark chocolate prior to indulging in the rich flavorful taste of this truly unique wine. The elegant label and bottle combination allows you to decorate this wine with a colorful bow and ribbon for gift giving. For more information on this exceptional wine, please visit www.WILLIAMHILLESTATE.com.

Bols Genever: Imported from Holland, Bols Genever is produced by one of the oldest Dutch companies that still operate today while being the oldest distilled spirits brand in the world, established in Amsterdam in 1575. Holding 750 ml. of white spirit, the tall, sleek bottle is attractively distinctive. Today’s Bols Genever has been created from the original 1820 recipe and so, it is just as smooth, subtle, and malty in flavor today as it was then. Bols Genever can be enjoyed in popular cocktails, chilled, and on the rocks. While the Dutch originally enjoyed Bols Genever in a tulip glass and paired with a beer, your dad can enjoy its flavor in any type of glass. For recipes, check out www.bolsgenever.com.

Tequila Partida: For a clean, crisp, all natural tequila with a soft floral aroma blended with aromatic hints of fresh herbs, tropical flowers, and citrus fruits, you should purchase Tequila Partida Blanco. Imported from Mexico where it is made, Tequila Partida Reposado is aged for 6 full months and has a light honey color and offers a delightful blend of flavors including hints of pear, apricot, peach, and dried herbs. Tequila Partida Anejo is aged for 18 months and offers a deep golden amber color while offering a rich blend of banana, pineapple, cinnamon, and butterscotch. Meant to be savored, Tequila Partida is a fine cocktail with a high standard for taste. Visit the website, www.partidatequila.com for more information.

Averna Amaro: Enjoying after dinner cocktails is a time-honored tradition that many people still enjoy. One of these spirits is Averna Amaro, an Italian after-dinner drink savored by generations of Italian gentlemen, offering a delicious flavor made from an age-old secret recipe. Noted as a premier Amaro by many, Averna Amaro is distilled from a select blend of herbs, flowers, dried fruits, licorice, and spices. Not only can Averna Amaro be enjoyed as a stand-alone drink, but it can be blended in a number of fine cocktails as a part of many different celebratory events. For more information, please visit www.avernausa.com.

Bluecoat Gin: A gift of Bluecoat Gin can be recommended solely on the strength of the bottle itself- it happens to be a classy, gorgeous, elegant blue bottle filled with American Dry Gin. This signature bottle is representative of the historic blue jacket worn by the Bluecoat Revolutionary soldiers. Bluecoat Gin is produced by Philadelphia Distilling and offers a distinguished flavor that comes from using organic juniper berries, organic citrus blend, and a base neutral spirit with triple-filtered water. This blend is out-of-this-world so it is just as easy to recommend Bluecoat Gin based upon its sophisticated flavor and excellent quality. Visit www.BLUECOATGIN.com for more information.

The Bitter Truth: Direct from Germany – A delightful collection of bitters created from an intriguing array of ingredients, the Bitters can be used in the creation of a number of different cocktails including martinis, cosmopolitans, manhattans, old fashioned cocktails, and fruity drinks. This array of tasty concoctions includes Celery Bitters, Lemon Bitters, Aromatic Bitters, Orange Bitters, and Jerry Thomas Bitters (winner of “Best of Category” and a Gold Medal during the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition 2010. For more information, please visit The Bitter Truth, a great gift at any time of the year!

VIEUX CARRÉ Absinthe Supérieure: Having achieved gold status in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition of 2010, VIEUX CARRÉ Absinthe Supérieure offers an elegant way to show dad how much you appreciate him. The stylish bottle offers promises of a wonderfully blended spirit before one even begins to pour. Made from 100% natural herbs, VIEUX CARRÉ Absinthe Supérieure is one of the finest spirits you can purchase. Produced by Philadelphia Distilling, VIEUX CARRÉ Absinthe Supérieure represents a bit of the unique and certainly colorful past of absinthe within New Orleans where it held a place of esteem for many decades. Visit www.VIEUXCARRÉABSINTHE.com for a look at some recipes as well as more information.

Nalgene bottle skins and flask: Perfect for dads who attend tailgating parties, hunting camps, fishing getaways, or other types of extended journeys, Nalgene bottle skins and flasks offer a unique twist to the old-style of liquor flasks. Each flask includes a 1-ounce removable shot cap, leak-proof flask closure cap, and polycarbonate sleeve for added durability and insulation. Nalgene flasks are available at http://www.nalgene-outdoor.com and Amazon.com. One of the catch phrases aptly attached to this product is “A sip on a hip.” No plastic aftertaste either!



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Most likely, you consider your dad to be attractive if not downright handsome in appearance. Why not help him to take good care of his skin, teeth, hair, and more with the gift of a basket filled with grooming and personal care items? Reach outside the ordinary and grab a few items that dad probably won’t purchase for himself and use anything that seems appropriate for a basket including a duffle bag, plastic container, and even a toolbox. If you aren’t interested in creating a basket of your own, why not try the first item listed below as it comes with an attractive case that holds all of the essentials?

Every Man Jack’s Modern Dad Kit:

Most dads shave every day and even those who have a beard occasionally shave it off. The Every Man Jack’s Modern Dad Kit offers a delightful and useful collection of shaving essentials all packed neatly away in an attractive carrying tote with two zippered sections. This kit includes a large size tube of shaving cream for sensitive skin, skin hydrating face wash, post-shave face lotion, and a twin pack of fragrance-free lip balm.
Every Man Jack’s Modern Dad Kit is available at www.EveryManJack.com.

Pacific Shaving Company: Offering a few nice twists to the time-proven tradition of buying dad shaving cream, the Pacific Shaving Company sells a nice collection of All Natural Shaving Oil™, All Natural Shaving Cream, Nick Stick, and Blade Oil. The Pacific All Natural Shaving Oil is designed to be used solo or beneath the shaving cream. Each bottle is good for 100 shaves. The Pacific All Natural Shaving Cream lasts for as many as 40 shaves while using a low-lather formula that softens and soothes. The Pacific Nick Stick stops bleeding fast and rolls on clear while providing vitamins A & E for better skin. The Pacific Blade Oil includes enough for an entire year and works with all types of razor blades. Pacific Shaving Company products can be purchased at local retailers. They can be purchased separately or in a natural, eco-friendly gift set that includes each of these items for $27.95. Check out their Web site, www.pacificshaving.com for more information.

Nivea® for Men Q10: As men age, so does their skin. Taking care of it is important not only so dad can continue looking handsome, but also so he can feel good about himself. Make up a gift basket for dad and include the following products for a bit of pampering protection as you give dad the gift of softer, healthier skin: Nivea® for Men Q10 Revitalizing Shaving Gel (energizes dad’s skin while he shaves and provides a close shave), Nivea® for Men Q10 Revitalizing Eye Roller Gel (visibly reduces puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines around the eyes), Nivea® for Men Q10 Revitalizing Double Action Balm (energizes and soothes dad’s face after shaving), and Nivea® for Men Q10 Revitalizing Lotion (refreshes, revitalizes, and protects tired skin). You can also toss a back scrubber, shavers, and maybe some nice cologne into your gift package. You can purchase Nivea products in a wide assortment of stores and online sites including Walgreens, www.Amazon.com, and www.Drugstore.com. Product prices range from $3.99 to $8.99.

Radius Intelligent Toothbrush:

One of the coolest features about the Radius Intelligent Toothbrush is that it offers a reverse handle for left-handed individuals. How many toothbrushes can lay claim to that? Plus, it includes a use-wear meter on the side of the handle. Each Radius Intelligent Toothbrush is intended to last for as many as 180 uses. One replacement head is included with each Radius Intelligent Toothbrush. These toothbrushes are created from 93% recycled materials including U. S. dollar bills, flax, and wood to provide an eco-friendly product. Visit the folks at www.radiustoothbrush.com for more information.

Vaseline® Men Cooling Hydration Body Lotion: Keeping the skin properly moisturized is important to a person’s health. Vaseline® Men Cooling Hydration Body Lotion is designed not only to actively hydrate the skin while fighting dryness, but it also cools skin on contact with a soothing touch of menthol. A 24.5-ounce pump sells for approximately $6.00 and has a refreshing masculine scent. For more products and information on the body lotion, see www.vaseline.com.

Royall Lyme All Purpose Lotion Spray: Everyone wants dad to smell good, so why not indulge and buy him an after shave & body cologne to help him out? Royall Lyme All Purpose Lotion Spray is sold in a convenient 4-fl.oz. size package that is attractive. Not only does it smell good, but Royall Lyme All Purpose Lotion Spray also offers a soothing, cooling action that makes men feel terrific. You can buy Royall Lyme at The Vermont Country Store or at Amazon.com. The Vermont Country Store offers countless gifts for anyone on your list for Father’s Day or any other special occasion.

TheraNeem® Botanical Cleansing Bar: Made with certified organic oils, oakmoss, and soothing shea butter, TheraNeem® Botanical Cleansing Bar is an all natural product made without synthetic colors, scents, or preservatives. Intended for use as a man’s shaving and complexion bar, TheraNeem® Botanical Cleansing Bar is sold in an attractive 4-oz. box. Its scent is pleasant and fresh. The ingredients are intended to help balance and nourish the skin. For more information, visit www.organixsouth.com.





Electronics and gadgets of all kinds are probably among the hottest items you can buy for dad to celebrate Father’s Day and show him just how much you appreciate his place in your life. This isn’t a case of the more you spend, the more you love your dad either. It is, however, a case of finding exactly which electronic gadget is going to put that look of surprise and resultant smile upon his face. Try buying one of the following items for dad this year and see if that doesn’t make him grin from ear to ear.

Dremel 8200 Lithium-ion Cordless Model:
Most fathers love their tools, so why not get dad a tool he can really use this Father’s Day? This variable-speed cordless rotary tool provides terrific performance due to its quality design. Offering maximum performance, the Dremel 8200 has the ability to utilize all accessories and attachments from existing Dremels. The design is ergonomically slim and offers great control when held in any position. With the strong performance that this model is noted to have, you simply cannot go wrong buying one for your dad this year. Visit www.dremel.com for more information or to locate a store to purchase your Dremel 8200. You can also order the Dremel at Amazon.com.

VTech Wi-Fi Internet Radio: Give dad a chance to enjoy music just about anywhere in the home as he connects to his wireless network, MP3 Player, or CD player in his home. He can listen to 1000s of music stations for free from locations around the globe. The VTech Wi-Fi Internet Radio (model IS9181) has received exceptional reviews about its features. It makes playing and listening to music one of the easiest tasks for anyone who has one. With this model, dad can listen to anything that his Wi-Fi network can reach including sports, talk radio, music, and more. The VTech Wi-Fi Internet Radio includes a subwoofer, two speakers, and clear transmission. For more information on this product, check out the Web site at www.vtechphones.com or order it online at Amazon.com.

zBoost Car Unit: If your dad is one of the many with a problem maintaining a cell phone signal in his car, the zBoost Car unit is the perfect gift for this Father’s Day. The zBoost Car unit is designed to decrease dead zones, add more miles of uninterrupted service to his cell phone usage, and create a personal cell zone right within his personal car. The zBoost Car unit supports multiple users too. It is compatible with all types of cell phones and carries except Nextel and iDEN. For more information or to order yours, visit http://www.wi-ex.com/index.aspx.

Jawbone ICON™ Bluetooth Headset with NoiseAssassin: Today’s technology keeps giving the world really cool playthings for adults and the Jawbone ICON™ Bluetooth Headset with NoiseAssassin is one of the coolest ever. Featuring up to 4.5 hours of talk time and 10 days of standby time with its battery, the Jawbone ICON™ Bluetooth Headset with NoiseAssassin is capable of connecting to multiple phones. The battery meter makes it easy to see when you need to charge. With NoiseAssassin technology eliminating noise is simplified. The Jawbone ICON™ Bluetooth Headset with NoiseAssassin offers a great fit and superior comfort along with crystal clear communication. While you can purchase your Jawbone ICON™ Bluetooth Headset with NoiseAssassin at a number of online locations, the company is currently offering free shipping at www.jawbone.com. You can also order it at Amazon.com.

System Mechanic: Almost anyone who uses a computer has experienced one problem or another leading to hours of frustration as the result of a system crash, program errors, and lack of connectivity. If you are lucky, you have immediate access to your own personal tech-savvy guru who knows almost everything about resolving common computer glitches. Even if you do not have access to a computer whiz with nimble fingers and a sharp mind, you can have access to the next best thing- computer software. System Mechanic is one such application and it is designed to fix PC problems, speed up machines, and do it all with very little input from you. System Mechanic cleans up the clutter that bogs down machines, removes nasty little viruses and spyware, eliminates frustrating crashes, and boosts your computer’s speed. This PC tune-up software works on as many as 3 computers. To find out more about System Mechanic, visit System Mechanic. It is a great tool for dads who aren’t quite tech savvy enough to do it all on their own.

JVC All-Star Headphones (HA-FX20): Another great gift for dad would be a new set of headphones. The JVC’s new All-Star headphones are sold in five attractive sport-themed color combinations including green/yellow, blue/white, red/white. red/black, and red/blue. They offer high quality 0.33-inch neodymium driver units providing exceptional sound quality with terrific sound isolation from background noise.  JVC’s new All-Star headphones utilize an in-ear canal design. The JVC’s new All-Star headphones are sold for $14.95. To learn more, please visit http://av.jvc.com/headphones/index.jsp. You can also order JVC headphones at Amazon.com.





One gift item that most dads can always use is a new article of clothing. Let’s face, some dads are gaining weight, others are losing weight, and some are simply changing in their sense of fashion. Purchasing a really cool new shirt or two can be just what you need to perk your dad up a bit this year.

191 Unlimited Shirts: The company, 191 Unlimited, was founded by two college friends in 2002 after they took $191 to the casino for a chance to make their dream come true. Well, they have been quite successful. Today, 191 Unlimited shirts are available at a number of popular retailers (more than 1500 stores) including Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Von Maur, Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Buckle. Crafted from high-quality, yarn-dyed fabrics, the shirts offer comfort, style, and wearability. A wide assortment of styles and colors are available, so start shopping now!  Check out their collections at www.191unlimited.com and at Amazon.com.

Jockey Classics Shirts: Most dads wear cotton T-shirts of some type beneath their exterior shirts at least part of the time. Of course, some dads even sport one of those dreaded wife beater shirts once the hot weather hits. Jockey classics shirts are sold in a few varieties including Classics Crew-neck T-shirts and A-shirts. Made from 100% cotton, these shirts can offer cool comfort anytime of the year, but especially around the spring and summer when things really begin to heat up. Why not buy dad a set of Jockey Classics A-shirts in black and a set of Jockey Classics T-shirts in white? Visit Jockey at www.jockey.com or order some shirts at Amazon.com.




Even though it is considered to be a dad’s job to protect his family, there’s nothing in societal rules that state that children and wives can’t also protect the dads in their lives. Does your dad play sports? If so, this next gift is perfect to keep his smile intact.

Brain-Pad Mouth Guards: Mouth guards are important to wear while playing sports in order to protect the teeth and brain from injury. Brain-Pad mouth guards, designed to provide a secure fit even over braces, protect both the upper and lower teeth while providing a safety cushion for the brain and TMJ by securely repositioning the jaw. Brain-Pad mouth guards can be used with or without helmets and come with a handy 3-way strap and anti-microbial protective case. Brain-Pad mouth guards are perfect Father’s Day gifts for all athletic dads. Learn more at www.brainpads.com or order them online at Amazon.com.

Nalgene Reusable Bottles: Made in the USA and super tough, Nalgene reusable bottles are perfect for men who like to carry their own personal water bottle. They are crafted from copolyester and so they are BPA free and dishwasher safe. The narrow mouth design and loop top of the Nalgene reusable water bottles are two features that add to its desirability. Visit http://www.nalgene-outdoor.com for more information or styles. You can also buy these bottles online at Amazon.com.


No matter how old your dad is, there has to be some type of hobby that he enjoys even if it is something simple like reading the newspaper with a cup of aromatic coffee nearby. Make sure you do a bit of sleuthing though to see if your dad has picked up any new hobbies lately before you run out to the store. The following suggestions might not suit your dad, but if they do, you cannot go wrong.

Bachmann Trains: How many times have you heard someone say that men are just like overgrown kids? Well, if that is true, maybe your dad would like a brand new set of Bachmann Trains. Even if he has matured into an adult, most fathers love to tinker and have a good time with a quality toy every now and again. The Bachmann Trains Santa Fe Flyer model comes complete with a ready-to-run electric train set on an HO scale. It includes a speed controller, EMD FT Diesel Locomotive, Hopper, Gondola, and Caboose. This is a great gift for dads with young children or grandchildren since it creates an excellent opportunity for bonding. Check out the wide world of Bachmann Trains online at www.bachmanntrains.com or order a set at Amazon.com.

What I Would Tell Her: 28 Devoted Dads on Bringing Up, Holding On To and Letting Go of Their Daughter: This is the perfect book for daughters to give their fathers on Father’s Day (for their wedding and any other special event of the year.) Carefully composed from heartwarming essays written by 28 dads, the book provides insight to the special bond that exist between daughters and their fathers. What I Would Tell Her, a Harlequin Nonfiction book, sells for $13.95 US/$16.95 CAN. You can buy a copy of this sweet and sentimental book at Amazon.com.

While it might be difficult for some individuals to say those special words, “I love you” to their dads, it is often much easier to buy a gift that says it all. Just because Father’s Day happens each year doesn’t mean that you have to keep buying the same old gifts.

Why not purchase one or more of the gifts listed above and show your dad just how much you care? Just remember to try and arrange to spend at least part of Father’s Day with your dad if you can for extra special memories. Don’t forget to have your camera ready for that picture-perfect moment that occurs when he opens his gift with surprise and a delighted response.


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