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Cool, Outside-the-Box Gifts for Fathers Day

June 17, 2009


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Father's Day is Sunday, June 21. While some dads might welcome (or at least pretend to welcome) the same Father's Day gift year after year, other dads are tougher to shop for. Here are five cool, homerun gifts for pickier dads.

Corporate Caffeine-Junkie Dad

Nobody likes cranky dad -- not you, not him, not his coworkers. Make sure he always gets his coffee -- his high-quality coffee -- with an electric moka pot. A moka pot, sometimes known as a stovetop espresso maker, usually is heated over the stove's open flame to create its thick, syrupy, hardcore brew. But models like this one, from DeLonghi, is electric-powered and is desktop friendly. About $60.

Stuck-On-Stogies Dad

Maybe Dad knows a lot about cigars. Maybe you don't. Why not join the Internet age and get him a gift certificate to online tobacco purveyor the Cigar Hut/ With frequent closeout sales, the gift certificate will allow dad to jump on a great to, or just pick his favorite. Best of all, for we procrastinators, the certificate is send via email -- no shipping delays. Dad knows what you've given him on right on time.

Eats-In-the-Car-All-the-Time Dad

Maybe the best gift for dad is one that will get mom to leave him alone. Help him clean his car with the Metro Vacuum Vac N'Blo Compact Car Vacuum. It's small enough to fit in your trunk and nimble enough to get the dust out of all the nooks and crannies of dad's upholstery, but powerful enough to clean those carpets too. About $250.

Wish He Didn't Have To Mow The Gosh-Darn Lawn Dad

Okay, granted, not many of us have $3,100 bucks to spend on a gift for dad, but what man with a lawn wouldn't want a solar-powered, robotic lawn mower? Husqvarna's Automower advertises that a user "doesn't have to lift a finger," and it's green, safe, and just plain neat-o. Maybe dad would let you count this pricey prize for his Christmas present too?

Appreciates-a-Fine-Tequila Dad

More and more premium tequilas are coming onto the market, and what better finish to a Father's Day than a nightcap of the agave-derived, lively liquid? Corzo is an impressive newcomer to the market, and offers custom labels (albeit with the 2-3 week turnaround time it's too late to get it for Saturday, unless dad is a particularly time-insensitive and understanding sort, as many are). Each bottle of hand-crafted Corzo, available in Silver, Reposado, and Anejo, runs between mid-$40s to mid-$50s.

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