The Father of Inventions
Forget buying neckties for Dad’s Day. What all patriarchs long for are sharp objects, long, straight drives, and Bond-worthy technology. Here are some gift ideas.
1 Shimano Stella FD1000 Reel Light, fast and precise, this beauty is one of the finest freshwater spinning reels available. $599; shimano.com 2 Personal WiFi Hotspot The Cradlepoint PHS300 Personal WiFi Hotspot attaches to BlackBerry and many other 3G phones, creating an instant, movable WiFi network using a cellphone service. Battery or plug-in operated, it can sit at home for family Internet access. $180; cradlepoint.com 3 Kyocera Kyotop Damascus Knives The perfectly balanced Kyocera has great “hand,” and the wave pattern on the ebony blade makes it a pleasure to look at as well. $130 to $400 (sashimi knife, shown), kyoceraadvancedceramics.com 4 Fuego Element Gas Grill It roasts, bakes, slow-cooks, smokes and even makes pizza. Plus, the Element can handle a barbecue or two. $399 to $599, elementbyfuego.com 5 Garmin Zumo 660 Motorcycle GPS With a screen bright enough for sunlit reading, the Garmin Zumo 660 Motorcycle GPS offers voice-prompted directions and can transmit MP3s and audio books to a Bluetooth headset. “Lane assist” guides bikers to the correct lane, and navigation in major cities includes a 3-D transparent building view. $800, jr.com; garmin.com 6 Padroñ Cigar Sampler This sampler contains the best of the cigar-making Padroñ family’s products: three of the Anniversary 1964 Series series, three of the Anniversary 1926 Series and two of Padroñ’s Original Series cigars. $109.95, available at Corona Cigar Company’s three Orlando locations; padron.com 7 Glenkinchie Single Malt Whiskey From one of only three Lowland distilleries, this 12-year-old whiskey is created 15 miles from the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland, and is a product of soft water, native barley and American oak casks. A true sipping whiskey, it offers a scent of grass and young wood that’s so far removed from the heavy smoke and peat taste of Highland and Skye malts, it might as well be a different drink. $54; malts.com 8 Adams Speedline Driver Adams Golf says the Speedline driver is a technological marvel of aerodynamics and reduced drag, resulting in a higher swing speed. It comes in a draw-biased model, too, so Dad can turn his slice into a straight ball. Well, in theory at least. $299.99; adamsgolf.com 9 Ridgid R3030 One-Handed Fuego Reciprocating Saw The R3030’s lightweight but powerful action is perfect for working in tight spaces or on a ladder. $100, ridgid.com/fuego