It's not your father's Father's Day. This year, consider a variety of unique gift choices to appeal to every kind of modern dad.
For the outdoorsy dad
Whether he is golfing, fishing, camping, hiking or gardening -- the outdoorsy dad's greatest summertime nemesis is insects. Yet many outdoorsmen and gardeners think twice about slathering on synthetic, man-made pesticides. This year, give Dad a less invasive, more elegant option: BugBand wristbands, whose natural vapors repel mosquitos, flies, gnats and more.The wristbands are reusable up to 120 hours, and come packaged in reusable plastic "pods." They are available in summery colors (including genderless choices such as red, yellow, light and dark green, blue, even a glow-in-the-dark version) and can also be fastened to belt loops, hatbands and the like. One of many BugBand natural insect repellent products (including sprays, towelettes and diffusers), the wristbands are available at retailers across the country ($4.95) and at www.bugband.net.
For the homebody dad
At the end of a long day, many guys love nothing more than unwinding at home; and nothing aids relaxation more than a soothing scent. This Father's Day, help Dad relax at home with the calming scent of sandalwood, used by aromatherapists the world over as a top fragrance to relieve anxiety, stress and depression. Colonial Candle offers masculine amber-colored Tibetan Sandalwood candles in a variety of options -- from rustic textured pillars to elegant jar candles, tealights and more. Prices range from $1.98 to $15; available at retailers and at www.colonialcandle.com.
For the backyard dad
For dads whose backyard is their sanctuary -- consider giving a convertible firepit. The Walden Ring is a convertible system that offers nine inserts, which transform the ring into elegant focal points including a grill, fire, heated bird bath, fountain, cooler, planter and table. The base ring with wood fire is $595; inserts start at $150. Available at www.waldenbackyards.com.
For the dad who has everything
Can't decide what to get Dad because he has every gadget known to man? Consider Shower ClearMirror, a permanent fog-free mirror that enables users to enjoy a steamy shower and shave at the same time. Thousands of designers and homeowners have installed ClearMirror products in homes and luxury hotels across the country, to enhance the look of tiled showers with a flush installation. Available for around $325 at leading bath and plumbing showrooms across the country, or online at www.clearmirror.com.