Every year, we have the same dilemma when Father's Day rolls around. What do we get the man who has everything and wants "nothing but to spend time with us"? We believe the best gifts are the ones that will make dad's life easier and can be put to good use instead of sitting in the junk drawer or in the back of the closet. If you're having second thoughts about the gift you got or you've procrastinated, these 5 utilitarian gifts will come to the rescue. Available for ordering through Amazon Prime, they will arrive just in time to surprise dad at your Sunday golf outing.
1. Car Tool Kit
Working on cars is a great way to bond with dad and maybe you remember spending quality time doing just that when you were young. If he's mentioned he wants to get back into his old hobby, a new car tool kit can be just the motivation he needs. The Performance Tool mechanics set ($24) has all the essentials to get him started and lets you choose from a 38 piece set all the way up to a 265 piece set depending on his needs. Included in the durable zippered case are: a bit driver, bits, sockets, wrench, pliers, breakaway utility knife, compact flashlight, tire gauge, and 12-volt tester. Whether he uses this kit for his hobby or as an emergency set to keep in the trunk, dad will appreciate this thoughtful automotive gift.
2. Smart Garage Opener
If dad enjoys playing with new tech, he'll appreciate the creative gift of a smart garage opener. It's not only innovative and convenient but it can also save him from a bad situation. The myQ Smart Garage Opener ($40) allows users to open and close their garage doors from anywhere through a smartphone. Compatible with most car door openers, this device is simple and quick to set up through the myQ app. Included for no extra cost in the app is the capability to open and close garage doors and receive alerts on the door status. With access for up to 3 users, there will be less concern about teenaged or elderly family members forgetting to close the garage door.
3. Camping and Survival Gear Kit
For the outdoorsy dad, this TRSCIND survival and camping kit ($27) will be a lifesaver (maybe literally). Not only is it valuable to keep in the car in case of emergencies, but its contents will come in handy when he's living off the grid in the great outdoors for the weekend. It contains all the essentials to stay safe and comfortable in the wilderness including a compass, flashlight, wire saw, emergency blanket, a credit card sized knife, a larger survival knife, and a heavy-duty tact pen for escaping an emergency situation. All items are tucked into a waterproof carrying case to stash in the trunk for either the planned or the unplanned adventures.
4. Golf Trunk Organizer
If your dad's only concern on Father's Day is making his tee time, this Samsonite Golf Trunk Organizer ($50) is the right gift for him. It has all the compartments a "near pro" golfer wants when he's heading to the course. The organizer features a two-level design to keep all of dad's golf gear orderly. The top level has adjustable dividers and mesh pockets to stash small items like gloves and tees or personal items like a wallet, glasses, and phone. The bottom level holds up to three pairs of shoes with ventilation to keep both the bag and the golf shoes smelling fresh. The attached handles help dad bring both his gear and his A game.
5. Travel Grilling Set and Cooler
For the self-proclaimed grillmaster of not just the house but also the campground, the Poligo grilling and cooler combo set ($26) will be much better received than that awful ascot set you were thinking of getting your pops. The stainless steel grilling tool set includes a spatula, knife, fork, tongs, corkscrew, grill glove and more. The insulated and leakproof cooler compartment is the ideal complement to the grilling tools because no fireside feast is complete without a cold one.