1. For the Audio-Lover Dad
Como Solo Radio – This is one of the best-sounding table radios that plays Internet radio stations, FM, streaming music and much more. It’s able to access thousands of radio stations from all over the world over WiFi, using the built-in menu or a phone app. The Solo is constructed of half-inch thick veneered wood, and it contains a three-quarter-inch tweeter, a three-inch woofer and a 30 watts per channel amplifier that delivers rich, accurate sound that can fill a room.
There are many more features, including six station presets, a color display, remote, USB input for a music player, a charging port for your phone, and multi-room capabilities. From $299.
2. For the Backyard Cook Dad
Thermapen Mk4 – For Dads that love to BBQ and cook, the Thermapen pocket thermometer is the best-in-class cooking thermometer for measuring food temperature accurately and nearly instantly. Unfold the probe and the digital display turns on and provides an accuracy to plus/minus three-quarters of a degree Fahrenheit.
The display adjusts to always be upright no matter how you hold it and to light when needed. It’s rugged and waterproof as well. Thermopens are widely used by professional chefs as well as others in the food industry for their accuracy and reliability. $85 to $99 from ThermoWorks.
3. For the Auto or Boat Dad
Dyson V6 Car+Boat Portable Vacuum – The most powerful handheld vacuum made, designed to capture everything from pebbles to fine dust in its built-in bin. Cord-free with a rechargeable battery lasts for 10-minutes per charge. Considered by many to be the best hand-held vacuum made. Includes a variety of tools and attachments aptly named, such as the combination tool, the crevice tool, the extension hose, the mini soft dusting brush and the stubborn dirt brush. Instant on and off trigger handle extends battery life. From $215.
4. For the Coffee-Lover Dad
Gene Cafe CBR-101 Home Coffee Roaster – If your dad loves coffee, it’s an easy step and a revelation to go from buying roasted beans to roasting them himself. You just need two things: a source for buying the green beans, easily solved, and a machine to roast the beans. Roasting takes about 15 minutes and the results are so much better than what you can buy from your local coffee shop.
One of the best home machines is the Gene Café Coffee Roaster CBR-101 that roasts a half a pound at a time. Simply add beans and turn it on. Roasting is completed shortly after you hear the sound of the beans crackling, called the first crack. Seventy varieties of some of the best coffees are available from Sweet Maria’s for about $6 per pound. From $600.
5. For the Gadget Dad
Anker PowerCore II 20000mAh Portable Charger – Ideal for dads who carry lots of gadgets or do a lot of traveling, this backup battery has about seven times the capacity of most batteries you’ll find in the stores, yet it’s still small enough to carry with you. You can charge three devices at once and do it faster than most other batteries. It has enough capacity to recharge a phone seven times over or an iPad three times. From $44.
6. For the Wine-Lover Dad
One of the best wine accessories in recent years is the Coravin Wine System that lets you pour a glass of wine without removing the cork, and then lets the rest of the bottle continue to age with no degradation.
It changes the way we drink wine, allowing us to pour one glass and not have to finish the bottle within a few days before spoiling. The new Coravin Model One Wine System is $100 less expensive than the original model. From $189.
7. For the Handyman Dad
The Leatherman Surge is one of the most versatile of the multi-tools from the inventor of the category. This model has 19 tools, including a large pair of needle-nose pliers, regular pliers, wire cutters, electrical crimper, wire stripper, knife, serrated knife, saw, scissors, awl, 8-inch ruler, can opener, bottle opener, and a wood/metal file, all packed into a 4½ inch long, 12-oz package. From $100.
8. For the Traveling Dad
This brand-new Briggs & Riley Kinzie Street Framed Wide-Mouth Backpack is a sharp looking, tailored executive-style backpack. It has a unique hinged opening at the top that opens wide to hold most anything. With a number of highly functional pockets, it’s easy to organize your things without struggling to find them later. Designed to hold a computer, tablet, chargers, a change of clothes, camera gear, and even a pair of shoes. From $269.