With the weather getting warmer, Father’s Day is coming up fast, and you probably want to get your husband or father something really special. Sometimes, it seems like all the great gifts come with great big price tags. So, how can you find the perfect gift when you don’t have a lot to spend? Below are several great ideas, all under $50.00.
The Vector VEC222 Portable Travel Cooler Console ($44.99)
With summer almost here, finding an easy way to take a cold beer on the go is probably on your beer-loving dad’s top to-do list. This cooler will more than do the trick. With a 5-liter capacity, it holds up to 9 12-ounce cans of brew. And forget wasting space with ice or bulky ice packs – this super cool cooler runs on a 12-volt battery and drops the temperature by 40 degrees Fahrenheit. It also plugs into your boat or auto to make the refreshment last even longer. This cooler also features an extra-long 7′ power cord, dual capacity can and cup holders and an easy-to-clean aluminum liner. To buy yours or get more information, visit The Beverage Factory today.
The Intellectual Devotional by David S. Kidder & Noah Oppenheim ($16.32)
This pleasing new twist on the daily devotional helps break up your guy’s mind-numbing daily routine and stimulate his brain with interesting facts and brief one-page lessons on everything from Plato to quantum theory, opera to ancient cultures. My husband and I love this book. Available at Amazon.com, Kidder and Oppenheim prove once again that you can, in fact, teach an old dog new tricks.
Personalized Barbecue Branding Iron ($39.95)
For guys who take pride in a meal well grilled (and you know who they are), check out this unique BBQ branding iron by Personal Creations. It can be personalized with any three initials. Your husband or dad can simply brand his grilled masterpiece minutes before serving and – voila! Even the chef who has everything probably doesn’t have this.
The 60 Image Digital Picture Wallet ($29.95)
This gift integrates a standard men’s wallet with a popular digital photo frame. The viewer provides 16 MB of memory, and connects to your computer for picture management and reloading. The wallet contains seven credit card slots, an ID slip, a coin pouch with snap closure, a bill slot and a zippered pouch.
The Featherweight Bluetooth Headset ($34.95)
If the deserving dad in your life loves to talk on his cell phone using a headset, then he’ll really love this gift. Weighing only ¼ ounce, this headset has a two way flexible ear hook, automatic echo cancellation and noise suppression software to clear voice quality during calls. It even offers voice activated dialing and four hours of talk-time before recharging.
The Peaceful Progression Wake-up Clock ($49.95)
If your dad is anything like my husband, he despises the alarm clock and its jarring sounds. This progression alarm clock is the closest thing you can get to waking up slowly on a sandy beach (without the beach – that’s a much more expensive gift!). This alarm clock is intended to gently and gradually rouse him from sleep using the Peaceful Progression system. Get this: thirty minutes before the set wake-up time, the clocks lights begin to glow, brightening gradually during that period. As the lights brighten, the clock releases aromatherapy scents into the air to speed the wake-up process. Fifteen minutes prior to the appointed wake-up time, the clock generates his choice of nature sounds. At the end of the cycle, a buzzer sounds to finish waking him up, if he isn’t already. The clock can also be set in reverse, to gradually ease users into sleep.
The Flying Alarm Clock ($39.95)
If the above alarm clock is soothing, then this one is just hilarious. For guys who really have trouble getting out of bed, this is one clock that will do it. At the appointed wake-up time, the clock projects a flying disc into the air. The clock will not stop buzzing until the disc is returned to the base, forcing even the most stubborn sleepers out of bed. And, as everyone knows, getting out of bed is the hardest part. Offers a snooze feature in seven minutes increments.
The Official Scrabble Electronic Dictionary ($49.95)
Endorsed by the National Scrabble Association and found at Hammacher Schlemmer, this electronic dictionary is a must for anyone who loves to play Scrabble. Whether kicking back at home or playing at a local coffee shop, this dictionary will settle any disputes about the spelling and validity of a word. Another key point: the database on this device offers over 100,000 words, and one foolproof way to win. Although some would consider it cheating (I might buy this to play my husband!), if you enter the letters that you have, the device will give you valid words to use in game play!
The Indoor/Outdoor Men’s Waterproof Slippers ($49.95)
Since most men are shoe-challenged, these indoor/outdoor slippers offer a perfect solution for vacations or all weekend long. They offer Thermolite insolation and an antimicrobial mesh inner lining, as well as a weatherproof outsole with skid-resistant tread. He’ll undoubtedly use these for years to come as they provide warmth, comfort and practicality all year long.
The Select-A-Date New York Times Jigsaw Puzzle ($49.95)
This gift is really neat for the puzzle lover in your life, and can be found at www.hammacher.com . Select any date from 1888 to 2003, and you will receive a 400-piece jigsaw puzzle displaying the front page of the New York Times from that date! Make it his birthday, your anniversary or any other special date, and he’ll have a gift that he’ll always treasure. The final size is 18 ½” by 12 ¼”.