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You only have nine days left to shop for dad, but don't resort to buying another boring tie. Gift guru Robyn Spizman, author of “The Giftionary,” shares some fresh ideas for both dads and grads.
The Diaper Dude is the stylish, yet functional diaper bag for Dad. With the Diaper Dude, dads can easily access the essentials: diapers, bottles, clothes, wipes and toys without taking off the bag. Diaper Dude has a huge following including Brad Pitt (who received the bag as a gift from Angie in February), Chris Martin, Ben Stiller, Matthew Broderick, and David Arquette. The Diaper Dude starts at $55, plus S&H; www.diaperdude.com.
You may not know what a Fretzel is, but one bite and you'll never forget! Fretzels are hand-dipped gourmet chocolate-covered pretzels covered in milk, white, and dark chocolate and adorned with toppings like M&Ms, mini chocolate chips, and toffee. Available in half-dozen, one-dozen, and two-dozen boxes ($12-39, plus S&H) as well as seasonal specialty holiday gift boxes. www.fretzels.com The “Daddle” Saddle Playing horsie has never been so much fun! The “Daddle” Saddle is a saddle for fun-loving dads with adjustable stirrups! The “Daddle” is a soft, stuffed saddle for Dad (or Mom) to strap on to give the kids (age 2-6) a horsy ride. The Daddle offers interactive fun for kids and adults, and is made of washable-sturdy cotton. Includes adjustable stirrups. The Daddle is $49.95, plus $6.95 shipping; www.cashelcompany.com/dad.php.
Black & Decker Automatic Adjustable Wrench and Laser Tape Measure
Black & Decker has introduced its 8” Automatic Adjustable Wrench. It adjusts to any size nut or bolt up to 1-1/4" with the push of a button. It’s tough enough for any job, but priced at $29.97 and powered by AAA batteries, it’s an easy buy for any gift giver. Available at Lowe’s stores nationwide. Or add this gadget to Dad's tool belt — the Black & Decker Laser Tape Measure, which is a 25’ tape measure with an Accu-Mark laser line. It projects a perpendicular laser line on any work surface and extends exact distance from end to end. Available at Lowe’s stores nationwide for $29.97.
Zingerman’s Rockin’ Reuben Sandwich Kit ToteThe deli sandwich of dad's dreams! If he loves deli fare, this gift will earn you “most generous child” status. A canvas tote bag comes with enough ingredients for a feast for four: a 1.5 lb loaf of Jewish Rye bread, 1.5 lbs of Black Angus Corned Beef, 1/2 lb of sliced Emmental Swiss, 1/2 lb of homemade coleslaw, 1/2 lb of homemade Russian dressing, 1 lb of homemade Redskin potato salad, 4 garlicky pickles, and four brownies for dessert. Even includes some instructions to give him a crash course in making sandwiches. A kit for four folks is $95, plus $40 for overnight shipping; www.zingermans.com.Customized Car and Trunk Mats for Grads & Dads
Select from many carpet designs and personalization options made by the leading manufacturer of the highest quality custom fit car mats in the world. Check out the Car Couture line, made with Stark Carpet in Oriental and animal designs (the same carpets used in the White House) or bright colors that make a bold statement like pink carpet with polka dot grosgrain ribbon edging. All carpets are stain resistant and GG Bailey has custom fit patterns for all makes and models. Custom Design Your Mats prices start at $70 (includes a pair), add $15 for personalized embroidery, up to $185 for Car Couture mats. www.ggbailey.com; 866-644-2245 SHARPS shaving productsThese shaving products will make your dad feel like he just spent hours at his favorite barbershop. From $6.99 to $7.99, the four-step shaving system includes a wash/scrub, shaving gel that goes on clear, toner, and after shave gel. Available at www.barberbrigade.com and Target stores.
Buccaneer Travel Tote with Cooler, Grill, and BBQ Tools Bring the party with you wherever you go — picnics, the beach, sporting events, parades, camping, or any outdoor activity. Inside this insulated tote are a three-piece BBQ tool set, a portable BBQ grill with lid, and a waterproof cooler. The stainless steel BBQ tools include a spatula/knife/bottle opener, a pair of tongs, and a barbecue fork. The tote itself features padded handles, an adjustable shoulder strap, several zippered compartments, and a reinforced, waterproof base with black, textured PVC. The ThermoGuard insulation keeps your drinks and food at the right temperature for hours. Available at www.cooking.com, $99.95, plus $12.99 standard shipping.
On Time iPod Dock
This speaker system includes an iPod dock that charges and plays your iPod, AM/FM radio, clock and dual alarms. It features Halo acoustics, which is a horizontal level optimization design that provides a full, rich sound field from any direction. If you don’t have an iPod, not to worry, the JBL On Time has a stereo input jack that draws sound easily from any portable music device, laptop, portable gaming system, music phone or computer. It also has a bass-out jack for added bass boost. Available in black or white, $249.95; www.jbl.com and Apple retailers nationwide
Floating desktop globeThe world just got a little bit more interesting. This high-tech desktop instrument floats in its powerful magnetic stand. It's possible to pass one's hands above, below and around the small globe as it continues to levitate. Simply plug it in, guide the globe into the magnetic field, and it floats in space — just like the Earth. Powerful magnetic stand and compact design saves desk space. Stand measures 5" x 3 3/4" x 8" high. $40; www.redenvelope.com