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Father’s Day doesn’t have to be a grin-and-bear-it ritual of Dad opening up a tie or a three-pack of undershirts. There are great gift ideas for beer lovers, outdoors buffs and couch potatoes. Here are nine gifts that might elicit a real grin from Papa:
1) Christian Moerlein Brewery Tour: The iconic Cincinnati brand is being brewed in Over the Rhine for the first time since Prohibition after years of planning and dreaming. Tours of the operation – a modern facility built in a pre-prohibition brewery – are offered on weekends, and Dad can stick around to sample the goods in the tap room, which opened this month. www.christianmoerlein.com
2) Pour-over coffee brewers: For dads who really love coffee and don’t mind taking an extra minute for a great cup, pour-over brewers are the way to go. There are dozens of models to choose from, and enterprising kids can even make one. Here’s a place to start: www.sweetmarias.com/sweetmarias/coffee-brewers/filtercones.html
3) GPS Golf Watch: If James Bond were on the golf course, he’d have a watch like the Garmin Approach S2, which comes loaded with detailed information on 30,000 golf courses worldwide. It shows the precise location of the ball, yardage to the front, back and middle of the green, and offers layup and dogleg distances. Knockout gas to thwart enemy spies sold separately. https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/into-sports/golfing/approach-s2/prod126596.html
4) 3-D Glasses: It looks like 3-D movies are here to stay this time around. If Dad is a movie buff, his own set of 3-D glasses will be a nice upgrade from the disposable ones offered at the theater. http://tinyurl.com/kjqt9st
5) Learning Thermostat: This nifty gadget learns what temperatures users prefer and when, and it powers down the heat or air conditioning when occupants are away. Comfort and savings. www.nest.com/
6) Variation on a tool theme: Instead of buying a cheap screwdriver set, the Leatherman Sidekick Multi-tool combines pliers, knives, screwdrivers, wire strippers and other handy tools into one sturdy package. http://www.leatherman.com/product/Sidekick
7) Cool speaker: Big Jambox, available at www.jawbone.com, is a wireless, portable speaker for music lovers who want more than a tinny phone dock sound. Sleek, simple, and it pairs with just about any music-playing Bluetooth device.
8) Reel mower: For dads committed to conservation and calorie burning, go for a reel mower. They’re motor-less, affordable, quiet and nearly maintenance-free, excepting the need for extra elbow grease. http://bit.ly/19zZTS8
9) Personalized LP Record: Designer Jeff Davis has created customized records with up to five songs of the buyer’s choice to commemorate an anniversary, a birth or even good parenting. An album title of the buyer’s choice along with the playlist are printed on the label, and the record is framed and encased between clear glass. http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/personalized-lp-record
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