By Estelle Sobel Erasmus
Q: I’m searching for the perfect gift for my husband this Father’s Day. Ideally, I’d like to go off the beaten track and opt for anything but the usual cologne, tie or business card holder. Do you have any thoughts?
A: My husband is hard to shop for, and for this Father’s Day, I wanted to change it up a bit by getting him something unexpected. Although he may have to wait until his birthday to get his ultimate wish, a Dream Car Tour, which offers the opportunity to drive six exotic sports cars in a single day for less than the cost of one standard rental, I can help him indulge his interests with these options that won’t blow my (or your) budget.
For Your Sporting Fellow
Bocce is a classic lawn game played worldwide for over 5,000 years; www.BocceNation.com offers a portable Bocce-in-a-Bag for $139, which includes an all-weather, portable (36’ x 7’) bocce court with stakes, stand with scoreboard and beverage holder, simplified rules scoreboard, bocce balls, a rule book, measuring device and carrying case with shoulder strap.
For Your Charity Case
Adopt a sick or injured sea turtle from a number of Loggerhead Marinelife Centers at www.marinelife.org/adopt. Adoptions start at $35 and include personalized certificates, a photograph, and updates on the state of the “patient.” Your contribution will help offset the cost of the rehabilitation treatment that the nonprofit facility provides threatened and endangered turtles 365 days a year.
For Your Fitness Freak
The S2H REPLAY from Switch2Health costs $19.95 and is an activity tracker that records and rewards physical activity. For every 60 minutes of activity, users earn a special reward code that they upload to http://www.s2h.com for points. They earn and accumulate these points towards free fitness accessories, movie tickets and gift cards to Best Buy, Home Depot, Amazon and more! Purchase it online at www.S2H.COM, www.Sears.com and www.Amazon.com.
For Your Gadget Guru
The XShot 2.0 ($29.95) www.xshotpix.com is a specially designed, telescopic camera extender that he can attach his digital or video camera to, set the self timer on the camera, extend the telescopic arm from 9″-37″, smile, point and shoot. It eliminates the need to stretch out one arm and try to squeeze everyone in the same picture.
For Your Intrepid Traveler
Does he become a pack mule loaded down with luggage while trying to catch the shuttle for the airport? Then get him a luggage stabilizer that works to produce a “weightless” effect when used on a smaller bag to leverage a larger bag, or connect two bags together that are the same size. The end result: he’ll be able to transport all your gear with just one hand. Get one for $14.95 at www.trainreaction.com.
For Your Golfing Guy
The Golfing Caddy (www.thegolfingcaddy.com) for $19.99 is a multi-compartment, pocketed tote and beverage holder (with a water bottle cooler sleeve) that easily clips to his golf bag, giving him easy access to cold bottled water. The caddy includes a Microfiber towel, key clip and wrist strap.
For Your Style Setter
Racer Treadz (www.racertreadz.com) Flip Flops are made with Goodyear tires from actual NASCAR races, giving him an authentic piece of race history with every step he takes. From $12.99-$39.95.
For Your Sentimental Fellow
Give him a handcrafted memory blanket from Willow Creek Studio (www.willowcreekstudio.net ). Gather dad’s favorite old sports jerseys, marathon t-shirts or even clothes from your childhood to create a beautiful keepsake he’ll treasure forever. Pricing for blankets starts at $145.