Dads Be Daddin': Father's Day Gifts He'll Actually Want

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
dads be daddin father s day gifts he ll actually want

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Listen up, ungrateful youngsters — dear old Dad has a special day coming up and you need to remember to get something for him. He’s brought you to hockey practice, bailed you out of the drunk tank, and deftly handled the gruff owner of a taxi company into one of whose cars you reversed into at 1:00 am the previous night. That last one was a suspiciously specific example. Anyway.

We’ve pawed through Amazon and found a few items that he’ll actually want, which means there will be no pen holders shaped like Mount Rushmore or loudly patterned ties on this list. Also, I’m a Dad myself, so I know what to look for. Now, get to reading this list before I count to 10 and turn this car around for good. Don’t make me come back there.

(Editor’s note: As noted above, this post is meant to both help you be an informed shopper for automotive products but also to pay for our ‘90s sedan shopping habits operating expenses. Some of you don’t find these posts fun, but they help pay for Junkyard Finds, Rare Rides, Piston Slaps, and whatever else. Thanks for reading.)

1. Editor’s Pick: Sony Noise Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Here’s a tip, wise guy: sometimes Dad wants to block you out. While he is endlessly supportive and will listen when required, there are occasions when he simply wants to take an hour or three to have a brew and enjoy his favorite music.

Noise cancelling means he can’t hear anyone complain, providing a virtually soundproof experience. These things are enabled for Alexa, so while the rest of the family might not listen to him, at least Amazon will. A neat feature of these headphones is the ability for the wearer to turn down the music by simply covering the right ear cup with one’s hand if, say, someone is trying to asking him something. Again. There are cheaper options out there but he deserves these good ones, ya friggin’ cheapskate.

Pros: Slick looks, awesome sound, neat features

Cons: Costs a bundle

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2. Anker PowerCore 5000 Portable Charger

Reaching for one’s phone only to get a fistful of no-go is one of modern life’s great annoyances. Besides, Dad is always exhorting “fer chrissakes, call me when you get there” but it would be difficult to do so if his phone is deader than a doorknob. Enter the invention of portable power banks.

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This high capacity power pack contains 5000 mAh of power, enough to provide over an entire replacement charge for iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S9 or almost two charges for iPhone 8. Its ultra-compact tubular design slides into his overflowing pockets or bag since it is just 10 cm tall and 3 cm wide. It’ll provide fast 2A charging as well, getting the battery on his device back in the green in no time.

Pros: Cheap insurance, compact size, plenty of power

Cons: With a fully charged phone, he’ll be able to email you those ridiculous memes

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3. Shop-Vac 8 Gallon 6.0 Peak HP Stainless Wet Dry Vacuum

Having a Shop-Vac on hand is the Dad equivalent of a teenager having an extra Instagram account – it’s not often used but incredibly useful when needed. These wet-dry units suck up all manner of debris, from wayward Lego blocks to an entire carton of spilled milk. They’re good in the garage too, of course, providing the power for any number of cleaning jobs.

This one is an 8-gallon unit, powered by a robust motor that allegedly belts out six horsepower. A secure latching system literally keeps a lid on things while a very useful rear blower port converts the vacuum into a powerful blower. I have one and trust me – this feature can blow leaves like a hurricane.

Pros: Comes with accessories, it really sucks but also blows

Cons: They’re bloody noisy

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4. Polaris PS-4 Oil Filter Change Kit

You know what Dads are? Yes, okay, sometimes they’re a pain in the backside but they are also eminently practical. That’s why they’ll appreciate tools or consumable supplies to help keep their toys running. As an example, one can purchase this oil change kit for a Polaris ATV or Side-by-Side.

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It provides two quarts of 5w-50 oil for the Polaris 4-stroke engine along with an oil filter and a jaunty box in which you can wrap it all up or place it in a gift bag if you’re lazy. Straight from Polaris so you know it’s the good stuff, buyers still need to make sure they’re selecting the correct fitment, particularly for the filter. This kit is good for the vast majority of Polaris rigs like the RZR but double-check what your Dad’s parked in the garage to make sure.

Pros: The engine in his off-road ATV won’t seize up like Golden State in Game 3

Cons: You’re making work for him

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5. Chelmon Slim Wallet RFID Front Pocket Wallet

Despite popular belief and a raft of memes, not every Dad has a Costanza wallet in which they’ve kept every single receipt since 1982. This spellcheck-vexing Chelmon slim wallet is sized perfectly to hold a quartet of credit cards and a few bills, either of which he’ll be using to bail your sorry butt out of the county clink after a night of partying.

Allegedly, this thing keeps identity theft at bay, with an RFID blocking shield that foils nefarious types who may attempt to scan his cards while he’s waiting in line at the lumber yard of The Home Depot. It looks like a hard case but is actually made of soft leather so it won’t poke his most principal parts when he’s kneeling down to tie a shoelace.

Pros: Very useful, slim design

Cons: Easy to carry

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6. Flora Guard Bulb Planter with Depth Mark

Believe it or not, every Dad in the world isn’t obsessed with hunting rifles and beer fridges. A good many of them, mine included, are gentle souls who’d much rather spend their rare spare evening doing a bit of gardening and planting flowers. The world needs more people like my Dad.

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This flower bulb planter has a spring-loaded handle which digs out a bit of earth just the right size for planting a new bulb into the ground. The bottom of the planter is a gear type which makes for efficient transplanting of existing greenery. It’s also lightweight and easy to carry.

Pros: Anti-corrosive plating, easy to use, good for both planting and moving flowers

Cons: You should also get him a pair of gloves, knucklehead

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7. Xbox One S 1TB Console (Renewed), White

Yep, your author is putting an Xbox on this list because he’d like to have one for Father’s Day if he didn’t already have one himself. A modern console like the Xbox (VS lawyers are reminding me to mention that other gaming consoles are also available) acts as much more than just a time suck for Forza Horizon and Fortnite sessions.

Microsoft has assembled plenty of entertainment apps to download, including the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime. Those services require an additional subscription fee, of course. Know what doesn’t? YouTube. For the gearhead Dad, the IMSA channel is packed full of entire race weekends complete with commentary. This Xbone features a 1 TB hard drive at just a $10 premium over a unit with half the digital storage space.

Pros: Myriad of uses, multiple options for his TV time

Cons: He might disappear for a week after discovering Forza 7

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8. Readywares Waxed Canvas Utility Apron

The term ‘waxed canvas’ brings to mind Bob Ross but, in this case, it refers to a sturdy apron that he can wear when out in the garden (see above) or tackling an oil change out in the garage (ditto). He could also wear it while playing the Xbox mentioned earlier but that would be a bit weird.

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A trio of pockets, two on the waist and one on the chest, stand ready to hold tools or a smartphone if he’s feeling particularly brave. Cross-back straps measuring a good six feet in length means this bad boy will fit Dads of all sizes. Get him the good one that covers the entirety of his torso, not just the small apron.

Pros: Made with robust materials, keeps the inevitable BBQ mess at bay

Cons: He might be motivated to fix that leaky tap for which he should totally call a plumber

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  • -Nate -Nate on Jun 07, 2019

    Thanx, we'll see . It didn't start well with her, I won't take my son's business into the street but I feel badly for and worry about him . -Nate

  • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Jun 07, 2019

    Off-topic: you have those round euro wall plugs in Canada? I always thought Canada followed the stellar American example in everything except hockey sticks and the Metternich system.

  • Inside Looking Out "And safety was enhanced generally via new reversing lamps and turn signals fitted as standard equipment."Did not get it, turn signals were optional in 1954?
  • Lorenzo As long as Grenadier is just a name, and it doesn't actually grenade like Chrysler UltraDrive transmissions. Still, how big is the market for grossly overpriced vehicles? A name like INEOS doesn't have the snobbobile cachet yet. The bulk of the auto market is people who need a reliable, economical car to get to work, and they're not going to pay these prices.
  • Lorenzo They may as well put a conventional key ignition in a steel box with a padlock. Anything electronic is more likely to lock out the owner than someone trying to steal the car.
  • Lorenzo Another misleading article. If they're giving away Chargers, people can drive that when they need longer range, and leave the EV for grocery runs and zipping around town. But they're not giving away Chargers, thy're giving away chargers. What a letdown. What good are chargers in California or Nashville when the power goes out?
  • Luke42 I'm only buying EVs from here on out (when I have the option), so whoever backs off on their EV plans loses a shot at my business.