Posted: Jun 12, 2012 12:51 PM by USA Today
Updated: Jun 12, 2012 12:52 PM
Being a dad can be a tough job. Who hasn't called up their own pop in a panic, needing help with something, now? The best dads can morph from handyman to doctor to mechanic - and if you're lucky enough to have one of those, be sure to thank dear old Dad for all that he does. USA TODAY selects the best bets to wow him this Father's Day:
For the sports-fanatic dad:
He's got team T-shirts, jerseys and hats galore, but this toaster will put a smile on his face every morning.
For the body-conscious dad:
He wants to look his best, and sometimes workouts and healthy eating just aren't enough. Enter Spanx for Men, the male line from the popular women's shaper maker. These basic undershirts are anything but: With varying "compression levels," they smooth the waist and support the lower back.
For the ageless dad:
He's come to terms with those gray hairs, but seems to have developed a newfound interest in Mom's skincare routine. Get him his own defense in the battle against aging with a luxe skincare product formulated especially for men - and while he might not buy it for himself, he'll definitely use it.
For the movie buff:
Make movie night even more memorable with this fun popper. Pair it with a DVD he has been wanting to see, and get popping. You'll get bonus points if you watch it with him.
For the dad with a sweet tooth:
Does Dad have your artwork plastered across his fridge? How about transferring it from the fridge to the front of a Cookie Cake by Great American Cookies, which can translate hand-drawn designs with icing to create a customized cookie cake.
For the luxury lover:
What dad doesn't love to grill out? Help him do it in style with this fancy-schmancy grill. The Element 01 gas grill has a stainless steel finish and unique design and is sure to be a conversation starter.
For the style lover:
They've outfitted James Dean, the Ramones and the Sex Pistols, so it's a pretty good bet that Dad will ooze cool with this Schott's leather bomber jacket created exclusively for Restoration Hardware.
And if you still want to get him another tie ...
Make it personalized: Upload your own images and patterns to create a one-of-a-kind tie for Dad. After all, every tailored suit needs a custom tie!
Or spiff things up: Up the style ante with an ascot! For a decidedly sharp look, gift Dad with a handmade-in-the-USA ascot from vintage, new and repurposed fabrics. The best part? Each design is one of a kind and can be worn reversibly. And then there's the packaging, which comes in the form of a chic cigar box.