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11 gifts with universal appeal for dads

It's all about dads next Sunday, so how about some creative gift ideas to make your dad feel special? Here are 11 perfect Father's Day gifts with universal guy appeal — they simply let men be men.

1. Price: $100 To the dismay of many men who's wives control the kitchen, chilled beer dispensers often don't have the same positive impact on the kitchen's decor as a nice wine rack. The BeerTender changes that — and could be sitting right next to your coffee maker. What could make a man happier?

2. Price: $30 Give Dad something he won't be able to get in just any old restaurant: Bacon-flavored vodka! It combines two of his favorite flavors and goes great with brunch!

3. Price: $50Where do you put your trusty bottle opener when relaxing on the beach wearing your pocketless bathing suit? With these sandals — never worry about this conundrum again! These flip-flops from Reef have a bottle opener embedded on the bottom of the sole.

4. Price: $30Our wives may rule the bedroom TV and subject us to "Desperate Housewives," but with this device we can watch TV anywhere! The Slingbox application lets you stream live TV to your mobile phone from your home cable box. It's also surprisingly easy to use — my own dad still has trouble with an ATM card but manages just fine with this device.

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Price: Varies. Most songs under $1.50 Some guys listen to Kanye West or Guns & Roses before a workout. Not all dads. Some need to dig a little deeper and draw upon some Winston Churchill to steel himself to face the treadmill. Whatever the preference, you can find nearly everything on iTunes — the perfect stop to help build his confidence to cut the pounds.

6. Books for the man shelf
Price: Less than $30 Like a stone lion guarding a castle, certain classic books always evoke a knowing pride when dad sees them standing vigil in the den. Two of my favorites that I'm sure any man will enjoy: "Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman" and "Band of Brothers."

7. Price: $76Is your man a chef — or at least pretends to be? Get him the perfect present for any foodie: An 8-inch blade made of high carbon German stainless steel. Other features also provide strength and ensure smooth slices. And it's approved by the Food Network's celebrity chef Guy Fieri, no less.

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    From Tom Cruise to Ben Affleck and Matthew McConaughey, see famous fathers with their adorable children.

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    Dad: Adam Sandler

    Daughters: Sadie and Sunny Madeline Sandler

    Fun fact: Sandler didn’t want to be a comedian until age 17, when he performed at a Boston comedy club.

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  • Daddy's girl! Ben Affleck picks up a very cheerful Violet from school as she holds her pink lunchbox to match her pink outfit

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    Dad: Ben Affleck

    Daughters: Violet Anne and Seraphina Affleck

    Fun fact: When asked by Matt Lauer how he'd cope with his daughters dating, Affleck, who is married to actress Jennifer Garner, replied: "I'm already planning on it – practicing the rocking-chair-and-rifle routine

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    Dad: Travis Barker

    Kids: Landon and Alabama Barker

    Fun fact: Before his daughter’s birth, he told People magazine: “Hopefully, it will be Christmas Eve. I am hoping for a girl.” On Christmas Eve 2005, a baby girl was born.

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    Dad: Brad Pitt

    Kids: Sons Knox, Maddox, Pax Jolie-Pitt and daughters Zahara, Vivienne and Shiloh Jolie Pitt

    Fun fact: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie met while co-starring in the 2005 film “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.” Of fatherhood, Pitt said it "completely changes your perspective and certainly takes the focus off yourself."

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    Dad: Ed Burns

    Kids: Grace and Finn Burns

    Fun Fact: Burn’s wife, supermodel Christy Turlington, is attending Columbia University, where she hopes to achieve a master’s degree in public health.

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    Dad: Chris Daughtry

    Kids: Hannah and Griffin Daughtry

    Fun fact: Chris told People magazine he loves doing Halloween activities with his kids and he sometimes dresses up as Batman.

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    Dad: Chris Elliot

    Daughters: Abby and Bridey Elliot

    Fun fact: Elliot’s daughter Abby, an “SNL” cast member, is known for her talented impressions of famous celebrities. Abby is the only “SNL” cast member whose father was also on the show.

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    Dad: Forest Whitaker

    Kids: Sonnet, True, Ocean and Autumn Whitaker

    Fun fact: Whitaker recorded a public service announcement with his daughter True for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in order to promote vegetarianism.

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    Dad: Jamie Foxx

    Daughter: Corrine Foxx

    Fun fact: Foxx banned Corrine from dating after the paparazzi thought she was his new girlfriend when they were photographed together outside a restaurant. “She’s not going to date until she’s married,” he joked.

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    Dad: James Gandolfini

    Son: Michael Gandolfini

    Fun fact: In high school Gandolfini was named “best-looking.”

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    Dad: Tom Hanks

    Son: Colin, Chester and Truman Hanks

    Fun fact: Colin is an actor like his father. His most famous movie was the 2002 teen hit “Orange County.”

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    Dad: David Hasselhoff

    Daughters: Taylor-Ann and Hayley Amber Hasselhoff

    Fun Fact: Taylor Ann is an actor and singer. She has appeared on the TV hit “Baywatch” and also the Showtime movie “More Than Puppy Love.”

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    Dad: Hugh Jackman

    Kids: Oscar and Ava Jackman

    Fun Fact: Jackman’s daughter Ava is an aspiring rock star. She likes to jam to heavy metal and says she’ll “be a mosh-pit girl.”

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    Dad: James Caan

    Kids: Tara, Scott, Alexander, James and Jacob Caan

    Fun Fact: Caan’s son Scott appeared in “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Ocean’s Twelve.”

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    Dad: Harvey Keitel

    Kids: Stella, Hudson and Roman

    Fun fact: Keitel once worked as a salesman at a women’s shoe store.

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    Dad: Keith Urban

    Daughter: Sunday Urban

    Fun fact: Sunday used to be a lonely day for Urban. He and wife Nicole Kidman named their daughter Sunday because now that day of the week is a joyous one.

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    Dad: Lenny Kravitz

    Daughter: Zoe Kravitz

    Fun fact: Zoe is an actress and singer who has appeared in movies “The Brave One” and “No Reservations” with Hollywood stars Jodie Foster and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Lenny Kravitz is a distant cousin to Al Roker.

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    Dad: Larry Birkhead

    Daughter: Dannielynn Birkhead

    Fun fact: Birkhead was granted custody of Dannielynn in 2007 after a paternity test proved he fathered the child with late model Anna Nicole Smith. “She’s a happy baby, and we’re moving ahead,” Birkhead told TODAY’s Meredith Vieira. “We try to do the playdates like any other family.”

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    Dad: Martin Lawrence

    Daughters: Jasmine Page, Lyanna and America Lawrence

    Fun fact: During school, his teachers would give Martin time at the end of class to make the other students laugh.

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    Dad: Denis Leary

    Kids: Jack and Devin Leary

    Fun fact: Leary fell in love with a Chihuahua he bought for his daughter. He now carries Coco around with him.

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    Dad: Lorenzo Lamas

    Kids: AJ, Alexandra, Victoria, Isabella and Shayne Lamas and Paton Ashbrook

    Fun fact: Lamas’ daughter Shayne was a contestant on “The Bachelor.” His son A.J. starred in “American Family.”

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    Dad: Matthew McConaughey

    Kids: Vida and Levi Alves McConaughey

    Fun fact: The actor is a big supporter of exposing his children to travel. “Culture and travel’s been the best education I’ve had in my life and my child’s going to have that, hopefully,” he told TODAY’s Meredith Vieira.

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    Dad: Eric McCormack

    Son: Finnigan Holden McCormack

    Fun fact: McCormack and wife Janet named their son Finnigan after the puppet in the 1967 movie “Mr. Dressup.”

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    Dad: Jack Nicholson

    Kids: Lorraine, Raymond and Jennifer Nicholson, Honey Hollman and Caleb Goodard

    Fun fact: Nicholson was raised by his grandmother after his father abandoned him and he thought his grandmother was his real mother. The truth was revealed years later during a Rolling Stone interview.

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    Dad: Richie Sambora

    Daughter: Ava Sambora

    Fun fact: Ava made her runway debut in the 2010 White Trash Beautiful show, which kicked off LA Fashion Week in Los Angeles.

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    Dad: Ricky Martin

    Sons: Matteo and Valentino Martin

    Fun fact: Martin became the father to twin boys in 2008 via a gestational surrogate.

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    Dad: Gavin Rossdale

    Sons: Kingston and Zuma Rossdale

    Fun fact: Rossdale’s son Kingston is named after Kingston, Jamaica.

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    Dad: Tim Roth

    Sons: Jack, Timothy, Cormac Roth

    Fun fact: Roth enjoys a quiet life at home with his wife and sons. He said he'd rather stay away from the Hollywood scene of parties and nightlife.

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    Dad: Russell Crowe

    Sons: Charles and Tennyson Crowe

    Fun Fact: When Crowe’s wife became pregnant with Charles, they gave up drinking alcohol together.

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    Dad: Bob Saget

    Daughters: Aubrey, Lara and Jennifer Saget

    Fun fact: Saget is known for his R-rated humor. He often told inappropriate jokes on the set of “Full House” in front of the young actresses who played his daughters on the show.

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    Dad: Liev Schreiber

    Sons: Sasha and Samuel Schreiber

    Fun fact: When asked about a third child, Schreiber and wife Naomi Watts said they’d only have another one if they could guarantee a baby girl.

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    Dad: Tony Shalhoub

    Daughters: Josie Lynn and Sophie Shalhoub

    Fun fact: Shalhoub and his wife, actress Brooke Adams, are currently starring in the Broadway musical “Lend Me a Tenor.”

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  • Image: Singer Seal sits with his two sons Henry and Johan as they watch the Los Angeles Lakers play the Oklahoma Thunder in Los Angeles

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    Dad: Seal

    Kids: Henry, Johan, Lou and Leni Klum

    Fun fact: Of her husband Seal, supermodel Heidi Klum told US magazine: "I will always want to be not only his wife, mother of his children and his best friend, but also his hot girl who keeps making effort to be attractive and fun."

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    Dad: Paul Simon

    Kids: Adrian, Lulu and Gabriel and Harper Simon

    Fun fact: Simon’s song “Father and Daughter” tells of a father’s love for his daughter and is written from Simon’s point of view.

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    Dad: Tobey Maguire

    Kids: Ruby Sweetheart and Otis Tobias Maguire

    Fun fact: Maguire told People magazine after the birth his first child, “I love being a dad. It’s amazing. It’s like everybody says, all the clichés are true. It’s indescribable.”

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    Dad:Tom Cruise

    Kids: Isabella, Connor and Suri Cruise

    Fun fact: Isabella and Connor were adopted by Cruise and his second wife, Nicole Kidman; Suri is his daughter with third wife Katie Holmes. "I'll never forget the moment I became a dad," Tom Cruise said to Esquire magazine. "It's hard to describe that level of responsibility, the desire to give such joy. And the clarity; nothing is more important than this."

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    Dad: John Travolta

    Kids: Ella and Jett Travolta

    Fun fact: John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston announced in May 2010 that they are expecting a child after trying for several years.

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    Dad: Pete Wentz

    Son: Bronx Mowgli Wentz

    Fun fact: Wentz and wife Ashlee Simpson named their first son Bronx Mowgli after the ornery main character in “The Jungle Book.”

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    Dad: Will Smith

    Kids: Trey Willard III, Jaden Christopher Syre, Willow Camille Reign Smith

    Fun fact: In 2006, Smith co-starred with his son Jaden in “The Pursuit of Happyness.” Smith plays a struggling salesman living on the street and trying to take care of his son (Jaden).

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    Dad: Robin Williams

    Kids: Zachary, Zelda, Cody Williams

    Fun fact: Williams says fatherhood was a reason he stopped drinking. He wanted to be aware and awake during his children’s lives.

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    Dad: Bruce Willis

    Daughters: Rumer, Scout and Tallulah Willis

    Fun fact: In 2004, Willis hosted a two-hour television special in which he talked about the problem with fathers in America: They aren’t present in one out of four homes.

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9. Price: $135There are certain gifts that a guy can't wait to show their friends, I call them "guy gifts" — they may never use it, but love talking about it. He may never use it, but just knowing it's there will make him feel manly.

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Price: $65Dads love dragons — they're not super excited about the pink flower motifs that mostly emblazon diaper bags. But Diaper Dude's Diaper Bag looks manly — like a messenger bag — and includes three separate compartments for bottles, wipes and diapers. It's also an apparent favorite of Brad Pitt!

11. Price: $8 Many men are content to drive for hours hoping their tracking instinct will eventually guide them to the correct destination. But with this compass, the whole family wins! No more endless circling!

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