Dad has worked hard all year, so he deserves a truly great gift. Give him something that is geared just toward him, taking into account his personality, hobbies and desires. Whether Dad is a golf aficionado, a movie buff or a music lover, you’ll find something here that will thrill him on Christmas morning. Gifts range from the inexpensive to the decadent and can fit any budget.
Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Dad 2012
Syma S107/S107g R/C Helicopter – Blue by Syma
Every year, Dad spends Christmas morning playing with the kids’ toys, and you’ve always secretly thought that he enjoyed them more than the kids. This year, get him his own toy. This top-rated radio-controlled helicopter by Syma is the perfect gift for that little boy in a forty-year-old body. The helicopter is super easy to fly and will require only a little bit of practice before he’ll have it zooming down the hall, through the living room and into the den. It has three channels for flight in every direction: up, down, left, right, forward and back. Range is thirty feet, and flight is recommended for indoors only. The only real drawback is the short operating time. It takes 25-30 minute to charge the helicopter, then you only get about 12 minutes of flying time. Consider buying two and switching off for uninterrupted fun.
Bushnell Medalist Laser Rangefinder
Help Dad improve his game this year with the Bushnell Medalist Laser Rangefinder. The Pinseeker technology is able to spot the flag up to 250 yards away, even when trees, bushes and other items can distort the view. It has a reflective range of 1,000 feet and is accurate within a yard. The Medalist offers four targeting modes. The SCAN mode gives Dad the distances between him and the targets he scans as he pans across the course. Rain mode allows him to compensate for rain or snow to accurately gauge distance. Reflector mode allows for up to 1,000 feet of range for accurate distance of reflective objects. Pinseeker targets the hole and calculates distance to lower his score. The Medalist has a 4x magnification and is rubber coated for easy grip. It runs on a 9-volt battery. The Medalist is very lightweight — only 9 ounces — and comes with a carrying case to make travel to any course easy.
Men love steak, and the Cattleman’s Collection will satisfy even the heartiest beef-loving appetite. The package comes with four 10 ounce sirloin steaks and six 5 oz burger. The top-quality Angus beef comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Combine this gift with a BBQ grill, or grill tool set. Grab the steak sauce, fire up the grill and have a party!
Clint Eastwood Collection Blu Ray
This 10 disc collection on Blu Ray offers some of Eastwood’s most popular movies from Warner Brothers. From “Where Eagles Dare” (1968) to “Gran Torino” (2008), Clint Eastwood has delighted audiences with his gruff demeanor and subtle acting skills. The 10 movies also include “Kelly’s Heroes” (1970), set in Nazi Germany, “Dirty Harry” (1971), the classic film about a tough cop who does things his own way, “Absolute Power” (1997) the murder mystery thriller, another popular cop movie, “The Rookie” (1990), “Unforgiven” (1992), Mystic River (2003) which was directed by Eastwood, the award-winning boxing movie, “Million Dollar Baby” (2004), and “Letters from Iwo Jima” (2006). Many discs include extra footage and commentary.
Victorinox Swiss Army Men’s 241404 Chrono Classic Black Dial Watch
by Victorinox Swiss Army
For the truly discerning Dad, this high-quality watch by Victorinox Swiss Army is just the thing to update his wardrobe, and its plethora of functions make it more than just eye candy. Features include a tachymeter, date window and three chronograph subdials. It’s water-resistant to 300 feet. An attractive black leather band, top-stitched in white straps the watch face to Dad’s wrist with a buckle. The face is antireflective with a sapphire crystal for easy viewing even in bright sunlight. This watch offers Swiss Army quality precision along with stylish design for the perfect time-keeping device.
Ken Burns Jazz: The Story of American Music (Box Set, Original Recording Remastered)
Documentary whiz Ken Burns brings Dad a comprehensive history of jazz music on audio CD. The set of Ken Burns Jazz includes five CDs covering a century of jazz greats such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Louie Armstrong, Thelonius Monk, as well as many, many more. From Benny Goodman in 1938 to contemporary Wynton Marsalis, this collection is a great overview of the genre. While every single history-changing musician and song can’t possibly be covered in a boxed set of any size, this small set seems to be able to cover the highlights. Great for the Dad who already appreciates jazz, and the Dad who wants to explore the music for the first time.
National Geographic Image Collection (Hardcover)
by National Geographic
For the photography-loving dad, this collection of stunning National Geographic images will bring endless hours of perusing pleasure. 450 photographs are included in this 512 page hardcover edition. Photos include some from as early as the 19th century, to much more recent images. From all over the world, highlighting people of all races and nationalities, animals of many species and subjects as diverse as African tribes and outer space, these photos engage, enlighten and entertain. Dad is certain to spend many hours reading about the back story of these photos, as well as studying their detail.
Kelty Lakota 65 Internal Frame Backpack
For the adventurous Dad, a new internal frame backpack is just what he needs to head out into the wilderness for a backpacking adventure. This Kelty Lakota pack has a capacity of 4,000 cubic inches — enough to pack for a short backpacking trip — but only weighs slightly over 4 pounds. Kelty has been building quality backpacks since 1952, and they’ve spent years of research to develop the best features possible.
The Lakota is a top-loading pack that also offers front panel access for easy retrieval of necessities along the trail. An interior hydration bladder sleeve and tube access port allow compatibility with CamelBak or other hydration systems. Foam waist belt, sternum strap and load-lifter straps help stabilize and distribute weight for a comfortable hike. The back panel is ventilated to minimize moisture. Side compression straps compress contents and keep them from bouncing around. Made from 420-denier polyester Ball Shadow fabric, it’s rugged and sturdy. The heavy-duty zippers won’t bust or tear, and have easy-use pulls. Measures 14.5 x 34 x 15 inches and includes a limited lifetime warranty.