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A Father’s Day Gift Guide for DIY Dads

From hand tools to fishing gear to grilling essentials, here's what to buy your number one dad this Father's Day.

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Portable Ice Cooler

Proving that ice chests don’t have to be hard-sided, the nine-liter IceMule Jaunt chills as it hauls up to 12 cans or four 750ml bottles, plus ice. A hit with dads who enjoy hiking or camping, the ergonomically designed bag with double-padded straps weighs less than two pounds, so it’s easy to carry. Made of waterproof exterior material with a layer of insulated foam, it keeps beverages frosty for more than 24 hours.

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Navigator Compass

Why ask directions when Dad can get his bearings with the Suunto MC-2G Navigator Compass? A great tool for outdoorsy and globetrotting types, the baseplate features a magnifying lens, straight edge and inch markings for accurate map readings. The easy-grip bezel reads in two-degree increments, and there’s an illuminated outer ring for low-light situations. Works anywhere.

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Garden Tool Set With Stool

The all-in-one Garden Tool Set Organizer with a lightweight folding stool and backrest helps Dad get his flower beds and vegetable patch summer-ready. The ergonomically engineered set includes an aluminum alloy trowel, grass fork, transplanter, pruning shears and a pair of bamboo gardening gloves. A heavy-duty tote holds it all. It’s a great gift for dads with green thumbs.

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Antigravity Loungers

Sometimes all Dad wants for Father’s Day is to chill in the backyard with the family. One for him and one for you — the set of two antigravity loungers are made of UV-resistant mesh fabric with a weight capacity of 250 pounds each. A lockable reclining system eases his hard-working body slowly and smoothly into an ergonomic zero-gravity position that takes a load off. The cupholders are a nice touch.

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Mechanics Tool and Socket Set

You’ll most likely find a gearhead dad tinkering under the hood of his car. Make sure he has the right tools for the job with this 108-piece mechanics tool kit and socket set.

Inside the accessory carrying case are two pear head ratchets, an assortment of sockets, extensions, adapters and more. The automotive tools are crafted with a polished chrome vanadium finish. DeWalt’s DirectTorque technology prevents rounding of fasteners as well as giving a better grip. Vroom!

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Tile Trackers

Dad will never again misplace his keys, glasses or TV remote after you give him this four-pack of adhesive Tile trackers/locators. These little button-sized Bluetooth tiles stick to the back of all kinds of items. If your dad can’t find his wallet, he can just go to the free app downloaded onto any iOS or Android device, and voilà! There it is in his jacket pocket!

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Wireless Meat Thermometer

Just in time for grilling season, this wireless barbecue meat thermometer ensures Dad’s steaks are always cooked to perfection. Insert the probe, pre-set for temperature and doneness and walk away — it remotely monitors your barbecue from up to 300 feet. When the meat is ready, the Smart LCD screen with backlit display turns from green to flashing red and an alarm sounds. Come and get it!

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Clothing Care System

As a splurge for the well-dressed dapper dad, there’s the LG Styler Steam Clothing Care System, which refreshes and sanitizes garments in minutes. The ThinQ smart-enabled laundry companion uses steam to gently eliminate odors, reduce wrinkles and even put creases in pants.

Keeping your professional father looking sharp and put together is not cheap, at more than $1,000. But just think of the money he will save on his monthly dry-cleaning tab!

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Hammer Beer Opener

For the discerning handyman who’s a connoisseur of all things hops and grains, this combination hammer and beer bottle opener seamlessly melds these two worlds. A real hammer that’s also a bottle opener and ice crusher, the rubber hand grip lets Dad safely and securely pound nails on the jobsite. Then when the work is done for the day, he can use the same tool to crack open a cold one.

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Hand Crank Radio

A worthy present for any dad who used to be a Boy Scout, this solar hand-crank portable radio ensures he’s always prepared. Providing power during a storm or out on the trail, the solar-powered (battery backup) hand-crank radio keeps him updated on the latest weather reports.

It also functions as a flashlight for reading or to light the way in emergencies. Plug in cellphones for charging and never be cut off from the outside world.

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Whether your Dad fancies himself a DIYer from way back or is just starting out, there’s no better place to pick up home-improvement tips and new skills than at DIY University.

The online learning platform features instructor-led workshops and shorter on-demand classes, ideal for anyone who wants to master the art of building and crafting. Sign Dad up for a DIY Quick Class Subscription to get unlimited access to the complete library of classes!

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Aviator Sunglasses

Nothing says “cool dad” like these oversized aviators sunglasses by Maui Jim. Add dual mirror, gold-to-silver polarized lenses and you’ve got aerodynamic shades to protect Dad from UV rays as he tackles yard projects or hits the open road with the top down. Shatter and scratch-resistant, these sunglasses are almost as tough as he is!

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Fishing Rod and Reel Kit

This complete fishing rod and reel kit with a travel-size carrying case makes a great gift for anyone who loves to cast or troll. Bundled and ready to go, Dad will be eager to try out his new carbon-fiber telescoping rod, stainless-steel hooded reel, lines, lures and hooks out on the lake, beach or river’s edge. The fishing rod is available in four lengths and, along with the reel, can be purchased separately.

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Fully Loaded Backpack

For the adventurous dad who’s always on the go, surprise him with Ogio’s Convoy 525r backpack. Whether he’s crisscrossing the globe or commuting to the office, the innovative rolltop access design and zippered side entrance compartment let him easily slip his laptop into a waterproof pocket. Lightweight and durable, the non-fading, reflective material helps keep him safe when he’s out after dark.

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Video Doorbell

The ultimate gadget-guy gift, the Alexa compatible Ring video doorbell announces visitors to any Echo device when the buzzer is pressed or the motion sensor is triggered.

See, hear and talk to a neighbor or the Amazon delivery person using Echo Show or Echo Spot. The doorbell even monitors and secures your home from suspicious activity when you’re away, and uses 1080HD video with infrared night vision while you sleep.

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Tablet

Another great techy gift, the Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet lets Dad watch full HD videos on a large display that’s thinner and lighter than the previous generation.

The tablet comes in handy for downloading or streaming DIY tutorials, or listening to favorite tunes and podcasts through sharp, Dolby stereo speakers. The first Fire tablet with Alexa hands-free calling and messaging, it can even voice-control a smart home.

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Pizza Oven

Turn your dad into a bona fide patio pizza chef with the Camp Chef Italia artisan pizza oven. Made in Italy, where the famous flatbread originated, the mini-forno features a double-layered ceiling that enhances heating dynamics to replicate wood-fired artisan pizza made in a real brick oven. This pizza oven is compact enough to sit on a counter or picnic table, or at a campsite. If Dad has dough, it will travel.

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Ratcheting Screwdriver

Delivering more than 225 pounds of torque strength, Pops will love having the Megapro’s 13-in-1 ratcheting screwdriver in his DIY tool stockpile. Sporting a simple yet efficient design, this multi-tool features a patented ZAD 8 Zinc alloy solid-core ratchet and pull-out bit cartridge loaded with six double-ended bits. There’s almost no fix that’s too much for it.

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Golf Trunk Organizer

Bestow your golfer dad with a snazzy trunk organizer that keeps the stuff he needs on the links tidy and ready. The Samsonite expanding golf trunk locker stores everything from balls and tees to putters and a fresh set of clothes. The ventilated mesh front helps dry and air out up to three pairs of stinky shoes, and the top lid with various-sized pockets holds gloves, snacks, keys and scorecards.

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Cutlery Block Set

If your dad knows his way around a kitchen, reward his gastronomical prowess with this 18-piece block knife set from Victorinox. The slant hardwood knife block houses a host of high-precision blades, including paring, utility, steak, boning, santoku, chef’s, bread and slicing knives. The Swiss classic knives with textured, non-slip grips are weighted and balanced for dexterity and safety, boosting your dad’s culinary game.

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Toni DeBella
Toni DeBella is a freelance travel, lifestyle and digital content writer based in a medieval hill town in central Italy. Her work has been featured in such publications as Fodor's, The Telegraph, Walks of Italy, Italy Magazine, Frommers.com, Touring Bird (via [email protected]) and more. Most recently she authored the 2020 edition of DK Eyewitness Sicily travel guide. When Toni is not roaming around Europe, you'll find her tending her alley-side container garden or honing her clay-court tennis game.

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