TAKIN’ IT EASY
Father’s Day Gifts That Let Dad Know He’s No. 1
By Susie Tommaney
Dad texted and said enough with the ties and coffee mugs; this year he wants something he can really use. He’s looking forward to this one special day where he can kick back, relax, put something on the grill and take a break from the daily grind. Here’s our look at giving Dad the easy life.
HATTERAS LARGE PILLOWTOP HAMMOCK
Nap time beckons with this comfy, cushy hammock made by Hatteras Hammocks. It’s built to last with water resistant, fade-proof fabric from Sunbrella. The bed is almost seven feet in length and can be installed between two trees 13 to 16 feet apart. No trees? No problem. Pony up the extra dough for a steel or cypress hammock stand and you’re good to go. The sturdy stands range from $99.99 to $799.99 and are artfully constructed for the long haul.
Available through Hatteras Hammocks, www.hatterashammocks.com
DIGITAL BBQ FORK
Dad loves his gadgets, and this high tech cutlery is sure to please. Take the guesswork out of grilling with this digital fork that lights up and beeps when the right temperature is reached; it works for fish, beef, lamb, turkey, chicken, ham and pork. It’s even got an on-board light for those late night grill sessions and also works for indoor cooking in the oven or microwave.
Available through Sharper Image, www.sharperimage.com
YETI HOPPER BACKFLIP 24
Sasquatch, Bigfoot and the Chupacabra remain urban legends, but this YETI soft-sided cooler is as real as it gets. The Hopper BackFlip is engineered to work as a backpack, distributing the weight evenly and using ergonomics to keep shoulders comfortable. The HydroLok zipper is 100 percent leakproof, and it’s got a tough DryHide Shell, making it the perfect accessory for fishing, camping or days by the pool. Easily holds 20 brewskis or 25 pounds of ice.
Available through YETI Coolers, LLC, www.yeti.com
TREASURE GARDEN UMBRELLA
$149.95 to $299.95
Survive Houston’s torturous summers with this stunner from Treasure Garden. These multi-function shade covers are sort of like Transformers, letting the buyer choose from single or double wind vents, solid and patterned fabrics and trim accents, and designer finishes. This handsome push button tilt market umbrella with octagonal, single vented kiwi-colored cover inserts quickly into a table or serves as a standalone with purchase of a weighted base.
Available through Chair King Backyard Store, www.chairking.com
SWIMMING RESISTANCE HARNESS/BUCKLE BODY BELT
There’s no need for an Olympic-sized pool when Dad’s ready to get back in shape. Static Swim’s body belt is adjustable from 25 to 45 inches and is adaptable for all body types. Whether Dad’s into aquarunning, aquaboxing or any other aquafitness activities, this quick-drying body belt features an incredibly soft foam interior that fits like a glove. All that’s needed for backstroke activities is a simple half-turn, making this an affordable alternative to counter-current swimming.
Available through Static Swim, www.staticswim.com
AMMO GIFT SET
After a good workout, there’s nothing better than a long, hot shower. Ditch the bubble baths and fruity-smelling soaps because this fully-loaded gift set of five Duke Cannon “Big Ass” soaps is just what the doctor ordered. The soaps are triple-milled and three times larger than regular gift soaps, and this customizable gift set even comes with a Stanley screwdriver in a real ammo can. Duke Cannon donates a portion of its proceeds to the Armed Forces, so consider supersizing this gift with add-ons like the Offensively Large Lip Balm ($9.99), Bloody Knuckles Hand Repair Balm ($16.99) or News Anchor 2-in-1 Hair Wash ($16.99).
Available through C&D Hardware & Gifts, www.canddhw.com
1/4” CORDLESS SCREWDRIVER KIT
Give Dad the freedom to go anywhere with this lightweight DeWalt cordless screwdriver kit with variable speed, reversing trigger switch and industrial quick-release hex shank chuck. The heavy duty metal hinge gives this pivoting screwdriver 15 adjustable positions for drilling. Sturdy carrying case comes with two batteries, a one-hour charger and two bits.
Available through Grainger, www.grainger.com