Soon, it will be Father’s Day, when you have the opportunity to show the special men in your life just how much you care. Whether it’s your dad, grandpa, uncle or husband, you might be in need of some gift suggestions to make the day a memorable one. Here are five types of gifts you could give and the save and splurge options for each.
While you can’t give the gift of time, you can give the gift of keeping time – and stylishly at that. Depending on your budget, Dad can go from work to play while looking sharp.
Save: Invicta S1 Rally Quartz Watch
Sure, Invicta makes pricier watches, but the company has plenty of styles that are under $150, and this model (#90104), with its rose gold case and brown leather band, looks far more expensive than its price tag would indicate. It retails for $179, but when this was published, it was on sale for $134.25 on the Invicta Stores website. The quartz movement is protected by a mineral crystal and is water resistant up to 100 meters. The watch also has a five-year warranty. Whether making a presentation at work or hitting the links on the weekend, this watch is a reliable and sleek option.
Splurge: The Shinola Runwell 41mm
I’ve personally had the privilege of seeing Shinola watches assembled at the Detroit-based factory, and it’s like witnessing a surgery. Craftspeople wear lab coats and hair covers, and they work on a surface so clean you could eat off of it, all to ensure that each part is engineered with precision. For $550, the Runwell 41mm showcases the Argonite movement, a double curve sapphire crystal, a stainless steel case, a leather band and hands that glow in the dark. It also comes in a beautiful wooden box with leather balm that Dad can use to keep the strap looking good as new, and it has a limited lifetime warranty. This Detroit brand has expanded to cities across the country and in Europe. Even President Barack Obama wears a Shinola, so you know Dad will be in prestigious company sporting this timepiece around town!
Whether Dad already has a hardcore workout regimen or just wants to keep tabs on daily activity and sleep, there’s a fitness tracker for every level, depending on need and price range.
Save: Fitbit Charge
The Fitbit Charge tracks steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed and sleep. It’s the perfect wearable, especially if he just wants to make sure he’s getting the right amount of daily activity or make healthy changes in life. It features caller ID notifications via Bluetooth, has a battery life of 7 – 10 days and comes in slate, burgundy, blue and black. It’s sweat, rain and splash proof but not swim or shower proof. For $109.95, it gives all the stats he’ll need for everyday use, and the band is slim enough that he could wear it on the same wrist as his watch.
Splurge: Garmin fēnix® 3 HR
This wearable has all the bells and whistles – from the design to the function to the connectivity. It’s got everything he’ll need to track physical activity, sleep, running dynamics and even oxygen levels! The watch itself features a protective stainless steel bezel, a silicone band and a high-resolution color display that works in any light. It’s also water resistant up to 100 meters and has a strong battery life. Measuring distance and performance is easy, thanks to the GPS, an altimeter (if you’re climbing), a barometer to track weather and air pressure changes, and a compass to guide the way. But the watch isn’t just for running, as distance, pace, strokes and more are measured for swimming, skiing, rowing and golf, making this a great option for a man with an active lifestyle. Smart notifications can be sent via email or text, or alerts can be received on the watch itself. He can also stay tied to the Garmin Connect online fitness community through the company’s free mobile app. The fēnix 3 HR retails for $599.99 and has a one-year consumer limited warranty.
Does the special man in your life like to relax with a cold one? Here are a couple fun ways to try craft brews locally or from around the country.
Save: Pedal Crawl or Brewery Tour
Depending on where you live, your city might have a pedal pub, where about 16 people hop aboard a moving pub for a couple hours and pedal their way through town while drinking local beer. Some cities have a modified version since local ordinances say they can’t be on the road while drinking and pedaling, so instead, passengers pedal to various pubs around town and consume the beer onsite before moving on to the next place. Tickets are usually about $20 on weekdays and $25 on weekends. Some cities also have brewery tours that are organized by local visitor bureaus. They often include discount pricing at each bar or a flat fee for the entire night, and you’re able to get one drink at each stop. Last but not least, you can create your own brewery tour by bike or party bus!
Splurge: Craft Beer Club™
If dad thinks of craft beer the way many people think of fine wine, a great way to get a taste of different flavors from around the country is through CraftBeerClub.com. Each selection is produced by independent brewers using traditional brewing methods and offers their creations in both bottles and cans. For $39 per shipment, 12 beers (four styles, three 12-ounce beers each) will arrive at his doorstep, along with a monthly newsletter that shares the story and origin of the beer inside. You can choose monthly, every-other-month or quarterly shipments, and shipping is free (except to Alaska and Hawaii). There’s no membership fee, and you can cancel at any time.
Maybe your dad is a gadget guy who enjoys trying the latest technology to streamline things in his life. The next couple of smart home innovations might be just the solution he needs.
If dad has an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, he can control and monitor power usage at home with this smart outlet. Apple HomeKit technology makes it possible to turn off lights, lock doors, close the garage door and set the thermostat, all from a mobile device through the ConnectSense app, which even responds to voice commands, thanks to Siri. The outlet works with the WiFi network he already has at home and comes with two electrical outlets that can be controlled and monitored separately. For $79.95, quite a few dollars could be saved over time by controlling the power used at home, so this is a gift that keeps on giving!
Splurge: Amazon Echo
If dad has an Android, iOS or Fire device, he can pretty much do it all. It’s kind of like something out of The Jetsons, where you say something and a device answers you back. The Echo speaker connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music and provide news, traffic, weather and more whenever you ask it to. You can play music from Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn and more, and it can understand commands even when music is playing. Dad can control lights, switches, the thermostat and a variety of smart home devices, too. It’s also ever-evolving, meaning that it gets smarter the more it’s used, and new capabilities are always being added, thanks to third-party developers that work to make updates that are delivered automatically. It’s available on Amazon for $179.99, with free shipping.
Even if your favorite man isn’t an avid golfer, there might be times this summer when the green is calling his name. Make sure he has a great time on the fairway with these gift ideas.
Save: Customized Golf Equipment
He’s going to need golf balls, so why not have personalized ones made? These Titleist Pro V1 golf balls ($52.99) can be customized with any message, so you can make it heartfelt, or funny! How about providing form and function with this Cutter & Buck® combination of a divot tool, magnetic ball marker and belt clip? Dad’s name and a message can be engraved for a personal touch for under $25. Whether to keep cool or shine those clubs, these Nike velour towels ($18.95) can be personalized, come in multiple colors and have a hook to attach them to his golf bag. Or you can help him protect his favorite driver with a custom head cover (on sale for $45.95 when this was published) that can have his initials, a golf crest or golfer silhouette in a choice of 13 different thread colors against a black and white leatherette exterior. It has a magnetic closure, and the top zips open to reveal space for tees or a divot tool.
Splurge: Round of Golf at a Luxury Course
If you want to splurge on dad this year, booking a round of golf at a special location like Pebble Beach or Whistling Straits screams championship-level excitement. Expect to pay between $400 – $600, plus forecaddie fees, gratuity and any travel fees if you don’t live near an epic course. But keep in mind that the cost of a round of golf depends on a few factors, such as the day of the week, the time of day and extras, such as caddie fees. Rest assured that it would be an experience he wouldn’t forget!
While there are many gift options out there, these might inspire some ideas of your own. How do you plan on showing how much you care this Father’s Day? Gifts, a special dinner, a handmade card? Let us know in the comments!
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