Keep in Touch
The Blackberry Z10 is a feature-packed smartphone delivering the quality Blackberry fans (old and new) have come to expect. The Blackberry Z10 model is the company’s latest touch-screen display model. CNET Editor Brian Bennett gave the device rave reviews earlier this year, stating that the Blackberry Z10 touchscreen is a joy to type with. He also particularly appreciated the Blackberry Hub which highlights important communications coming through the device which eliminates the chance you will overlook them. The Blackberry Z10 starts at $199 (with a contract from most carriers).
For a lower-cost mobile phone present, you could purchase a gift card to your father’s cell phone provider; generally you can add the dollar amount that’s comfortable for your budget and your dad could use this gift card toward either his monthly bill, a hands-free device to go with his phone or he can put the money toward the purchase of new smartphones when he’s ready for an upgrade.
Wine & Spirits
It is, of course, the season for relaxing under the sun. So, if your father enjoys unwinding with his favorite cocktail, adding to his bar is a great idea. A little dark rum along with ginger syrup and citrus will yield a Dark ‘n Stormy your dad will love. However, ginger syrup has been referred to, loosely, as the little black dress of beverages — meaning, when put with just about anything, ginger syrup can be the foundation for a fabulous drink (alcoholic as well as non-alcoholic). Try it with sparkling lemonade, green tea or make dad a cold, refreshing homemade ginger ale. You can find Hand Made Ginger Syrup at Hickorees.com for about $13.
If your father is a do-it-yourself kind of guy, he might really get into making his own whisky — with the help of this Age Your Own Whiskey Kit by the Woodinville Whiskey Company. At $149.99, it is a pricier option, but the kit comes with the aging barrel, funnel and step-by-step instructions to create the perfect whiskey again and again. The whiskey is ready for use within 3 to 6 months and the kit can be used multiple times. Who knows, your Dad may just turn into the next Jim Beam!
For His Office
One of the joys of fatherhood is being able to proudly display the things that are important to you. So, you should never discount the sentimental value of hand-crafted items. At MarthaStewart.com, you’ll find the perfect template for a paper picture frame which can either display “Dad” or can be used to spell out his name. The frame can be used on his desk with the help of card stock paper and paper clips. Creating this attractive and meaningful display costs no more than $5 for the cardstock and paper clips and a little of your time.
You can also take dad back to his youth with one of his favorite childhood gifts — the Rubik’s Cube — re-purposed as either a stress cube, decorative notepad or pencil holder. These items are priced individually at less than $20 at perpetualkid.com.
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