By Merilee Kern, ‘The Luxe List’ Executive Editor
Dear Ol’ Dad works hard all year round, but he still manages to be there to support those around him. What better way to commend him than with cool gadgets and gears that will benefit him in his man cave, garage, vehicle or office? This product round-up offers a little bit of everything to help you find the perfect present for the incredible Dad, stepdad or father-in-law in your life!
Big Date Chronograph (www.DakotaWatch.com) -- $275
Have Dad make a stylish statement while at work or at play with this incredible get-noticed men’s watch. It’s a big and bold solid sport watch designed in black ion stainless steel, offering a perfect combination of durability and design. The watch features black ion 50mm case, black ion 22mm band, and a large number and date face. It also has a chronograph function and Miyota movement. Dad can wear this impressive piece daily and think of you often.
Velodyne vQuiet Headphones (www.Velodyne.com) -- $199
If Dad enjoys listening to his music, sports, or movies with headphones, he will absolutely love the over-ear noise cancelling headphones from Velodyne. Perfect for travel or even enjoying some peace-and-quiet while in the man café, these high-tech headphones are designed to reduce jet engine and other ambient noise by 90 percent while delivering the highest quality musical or audience experience. A control module on the vQuiet’s detachable audio cable enables users to seamlessly transition from listening to music to watching video to talking on the phone when connected to devices that have these features. The headphones are available in matte black with a diamond-blue Velodyne insignia on each ear cup that serves as a bypass/mute button. They are also foldable for easy storage.
PGF Personal Golf Cart Fan (www.PGFFan.com) -- $199.99
If Dad loves to play golf, this The PGF Personal Golf Cart Fan is a great gift to help him stay cool, comfortable, and focused on his game when hitting the greens. This patented, portable, and rechargeable fan is designed to fit into the cup holder of a golf cart and features many high-performance components. Offering high air flow for outdoor use, it feels like a 20MPH wind. This fan can run for six and a half hours on normal speed or nearly four hours on high speed. It only takes three hours to charge and uses a new chemistry lithium-ion battery so it will not lose charge over time. The fan comes with a water-resistant carry bag and is designed to fit five different golf carts.
Case Amber Bone Hobo Knife (www.WRCase.com) -- $98
If Dad travels for business or pleasure, then he will be sure to enjoy this keepsake item. The Hobo Knife is popular utility tool for travelers, and this beauty features an interlocking knife, fork, and spoon that separates to become three utensils. This particular style has stunning Amber Brazilian cattle bone on the handle with American stainless steel bolsters and blades. Not only is it a practical tool for traveling, but it is certainly an artisan conversation and heirloom piece sure to get noticed.
Keurig Elite Brewing System (www.Keurig.com) -- $119.99
IF Dad loves his coffee, he will appreciate the ease and convenience of the Keurig Elite Brewing System. This machine is the essence of simplicity, capable of brewing a cup of coffee, tea, hot cocoa or iced beverage in under one minute at the mere touch of a button. It is also capable of brewing consecutive cups before refilling. With the choice of three cup sizes (6-, 8-, or 10-ounces), this brewing system offers a removable drip tray so that it can also accommodate travel mugs. The brewing system comes in a choice of black or three vibrant colors, including Rhubarb, Patriot Blue, or Coconut White.
Seagate Backup Plus Slim (www.Amazon.com) -- $180
Here’s a practical gift any guy will gloat about. This is a great external hard drive option for Dad as it is not only the thinnest portable hard drive available at a 2TB capacity, but it can also store years’ worth of documents and can even be accessed via a mobile app, using Seagate’s dashboard software. This makes it the simplest, one-click way for Dad to protect and share his entire digital life. There is enough storage space for over 1,000 full-length HD movies. It offers an easy way to back-up all his important digital files wherever they reside, including the PC, social media platforms, or media devices. The mobile back-up capabilities make it easy to back up photos and videos directly from a smartphone or tablet.
Staples Space-Saver Shredder (www.Staples.com) -- $149.99
Keep Dad productive in his office and on top of the paperwork with this space-saver 10-sheet, cross-cut shredder. Forget his old bulky shredder and get him this one that he can store right under his desk. Perfect for the office or home office, this Staples Space-Saver Shredder can be integrated into any office space design since there are a variety of fashionable metallic colors to choose from. This smart shredder features an innovative vertical paper feed. No-look shredding is also made possible for the on-the-go business person that wants to shred-and-go without the hassle of babysitting the process.
John Varvatos Artisan Black Gift Set (www.FragranceNet.com) -- $49
Created by men’s designer extraordinaire John Varvatos, this handsome all-black gift set contains a 4.2oz spray, 2.5oz aftershave gel, and 2.5oz body wash as well as a convenient toiletry bag. The powerful combination of notes in this cologne includes coriander, ginger, and cardamom along with some lighter floral scents and deeper woodsy notes. The end result is a dynamic daytime fragrance he’ll love. This set is available from FragranceNet.com—a leading beauty e-retailer with the largest inventory of name-brand perfumes, colognes, gift sets, skincare, hair care, makeup, aromatherapy, candles and more. They carry the latest designer and celebrity brands with prices up to 70% off retail.
Dial-a-Smile Zero White Teeth Whitening System (www.WhiteningLightning.com) -- $115
Whitening Lighting’s Dial-a-Smile Zero White Teeth Whitening System is an all-natural process that’ll have Dad’s teeth’s smile-white in no time at all. He can throw away those ineffective trays and strips because this system comes with its own LED light just like they use in the professional offices. Dad will get three complete treatments that will have his teeth two-to-five-times whiter in just 20 minutes. There is no peroxide, bitter taste, or mess to deal with thanks to this sophisticated system. Unlike professional teeth whitening that can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars, this is a wonderful alternative so there’s no need for Dad to break the bank at the dentist.
MISSION Enduracool Father’s Day Kit (www.MissionAthleteCare.com) -- $30
If Dad stays active all the time, then this special, limited-edition Father’s Day Kit from MISSION Enduracool is for him. It includes a signature Cooling Towel and brand new Instant Cooling cap. It is the latest innovation in performance technology and is made from a proprietary performance fabric that instantly cools to approximately 30 degrees below the average body temperature in under a minute when soaked with water or sweat. The ultra-wicking Eventure fabric encourages quick drying while the Ultra Violet Protection Factor (UPF) 30+ provides sun protection. Each item has a different saying, so there’s one sure to fit your Dad’s personality.
SYLVANIA ZEVO Interior Strip Kit (www.Sylvania.com) -- $35
Whether or not he’s and auto enthusiast, here’s a cool and colorful way to give Dad’s ride a little pizazz. He can Dad light up the interior of his car in a stylish and safe way thanks to the SYLVANIA ZEVO interior strip light kit. With easy installation and 16 different choices, a number of personalization options are possible that can be changed quickly at the touch of a button via the kit’s remote control. The lights turn on automatically, with five lighting modes, and come with a 12-volt car adaptor. There are two different extension kits also available to accommodate up to twenty feet of LED strips in one system.
Liftoff Portable Notebook Cooling Stand (www.MobileGear.com) -- $15.95
Dad’s notebook can get a lot of usage whether in the office or on the road, so keep it cool with the Liftoff Portable Notebook Cooling Stand. This thoughtful device lifts the notebook to promote airflow and reduce heat build-up. It also has an adjustable tilt and height that helps to reduce neck and eye strain. Lightweight and collapsible with a built-in handle, this notebook cooling stand can fit into a computer case to be at-the-ready for travel. The nonskid base holds the notebook in place when on the stand. It is compatible for notebooks up to 17”.
"The Luxe List" Executive Editor Merilee Kern scours the luxury marketplace for exemplary travel experiences, extraordinary events, and notable products and services. Submissions are accepted at www.LuxeListReviews.com. Follow her on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/LuxeListEditor and Facebook here: www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList.
***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above were provided at no cost to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***