11 genuinely useful Father's Day gifts for busy dads, according to a dad with little free time
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- A gift that a dad just doesn't have the free time to use can end up being a bigger source of frustration than pleasure, so think carefully when buying Father's Day gifts this year.
- Practical gifts that make a dad's life easier and more efficient are always welcome, especially if they are an upgrade to a product he already uses.
- Father's Day gifts that are consumable are always welcome, as dads need to eat, so they might as well have some treats on hand.
I recently got a GoSun Go Portable Solar Cooker, a camping stove that cooks food using nothing more than sunlight, and at first I was thrilled. What a cool product, right? A totally eco-friendly stove I could use to bake food and boil water there at my campsite - no gas, wood, charcoal, or anything else required. Then I started looking at the calendar trying to figure out the next free weekend where my son and I could go camping. Long story short, we don't have a place to fit in a couple nights out in the woods until late summer. And I'm writing these words in late May.
When you're looking for the perfect Father's Day gift this year, keep in mind that the dad in question may not have time to enjoy most gifts, thoughtful as they might be.
So instead of giving a golf club that's going to collect dust in the garage or a book that's probably going to serve primarily as a paperweight, look for a dad gift the guy can actually enjoy despite having about five minutes of free time in his day, what with the job, kids, yard work, travel, and the rest of it.
Great Father's Day gifts for busy dads are those products that replace something he's already using, like a new pair of pants or a high-quality tumbler, or that are treats he'll enjoy without having to carve out extra time in the day, like some gourmet snacks.
And ... if you're looking for a great Father's Day gift for me, keep it simple: I'll gladly accept a bunch of Hi-Chew candies and/or a bottle of gin. Or some socks. Seriously, I know it sounds boring, but great socks are genuinely a great Father's Day gift.
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A Harry & David gift box
Crazy comfortable and flexible jeans
A grill he can use indoors that doesn't get messy or smoky
A shirt that can't get stained or wet
A multi-tool that can pretty much do it all
A jogging stroller that combines parenting with exercise
Mail-order gourmet meat
A digital picture frame that plays videos and music
A fitness-tracking watch that helps Dad make the most of his runs
A smart hose timer that lets him control the watering from anywhere
An oil Dad can use on his face, body, and hair
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