Father’s Day Gift Guide

Jun. 20 2009, Published 12:10 p.m. ET

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Big Tool

If Dad always has to have the latest and greatest tool, get him the king of flashlights – the 8420 Tactical Light.(Seriously, that's what it's called.) With 167 lumens of focusable light and 130 hours of battery life from standard AAA batteries, the T7 will far outshine any other diddly flashlight, plus it features one-handed speed-focus. Just 5.5 inch length with 1.4 inch head diameter, the aluminum body gives it a solid, 'manly" feel. Besides, guys always like anything with the word "tactical" in the title. $130 at Lights and Knives.

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Teddy Bear Car Navigation System

We wouldn’t make this up – the Japanese iXs Research Corporation has developed a robotic teddy bear designed to work as a talking car navigation system. The prototype robot stands 30 centimeters (1 ft) tall and has 6 joints in its arms and neck, which it uses to make gestures while providing spoken directions.

The robot bear is also equipped with functions to improve auto safety, such as an alcohol detection sensor embedded in its neck. If it smells booze, the robot confronts the driver, saying, “You haven’t been drinking, have you?” Other sensors detect reckless driving, so if the driver suddenly accelerates or slams on the brakes, the robot says, “Watch out!” We predicate said Teddy will be hitch hiking by the side of the freeway soon.

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Dad Can Play Tiger Woods!

Tiger Woods is back with PGA TOUR 10 which is even better than the original game in the series. There’s something for everyone with the Amateur and Tour Pro. As you might expect. the Amateur division is for less experienced players who are looking to get a feel for the U.S. Open and the famous Bethpage Black course. If Dad considers himself an expert, he can select the Tour Pro division where you he can score  authentic Tiger Woods memorabilia provided by Upper Deck.

The Upper Deck Challenge featuring the 2009 U.S. Open will be playable on Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 and Wii versions of the game.

Prices: Xbox 360 $59.95,  PS3 $59.95 , PlayStation 2 $29.95,  PSP $39.95,  Wii $49.95

An Apple For Father’s Day

If the big guy is an Apple guy, then why not upgrade him to the iPhone 3G S, featuring improved speed and performance — reportedly up to twice as fast as iPhone 3G (big YAY!) —longer battery life, a high-quality 3 megapixel autofocus camera, easy to use video recording and hands free voice control.

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What we can look forward to is a new OS (operating system) OS 3.0, with over 100 new features such as Cut, Copy and Paste, MMS, Spotlight Search, landscape keyboard and a new Find My iPhone feature that works together with MobileMe to help you locate a lost iPhone.)

If you’re lucky enough to be a new customer or at the end of your contract, contract pricing is set at $199 for 16GB and $299 for 32GB when it goes on sale June 18th Stateside.  The 8GB 3G will remain on sale for $99, effective immediately. You'll have to pay a bit more if you're mid-contract, though -- $299 for the 3G and $399/$499 for the 3G S.

Did we mention the “S’ stands for speed? You can find it on line at the Apple  store July 18th, so just wrap a photo of the new one and give him an I.O.U.

The Cavemen Wish They Had this: Infrared Grill

It’s almost summer and you know what that means! BBQ! Dad would be the happiest Dad on the block if you got him a Char-Broil RED Infrared Gas Grills With Rotisserie.So why InfraRED? Because the 100% InfraRED heat sears in flavor and keeps foods moist and juicy, not dried out. Expert chefs will love it for intense searing at the cooking surface and the flexibility of slow-and-low barbequing and rotisserie cooking. We’ll ALL love it because Char-Broil has engineered these grills to use one-third less gas. They’re easy to use and easy to clean up. $599! Not that we’re insinuating Dad is a Caveman but hey, he loves fire.

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Get Dad In Shape

If Father is a fitness buff – or even better, if he’s not --  he’ll pretend to be delighted with the new Tanita Pedometer 724. We like it for one big reason -- it utilizes unique technology that allows you to carry the pedometer in your pocket or around your neck instead of the traditional method of clipping it to your belt. Apparently, 10,000 steps a day is the recommended amount of walking for long term health and reducing chronic risk of disease. For successful, sustained weight loss, 12,000-15,000 steps a day is recommended. And for those of you that want to burn as many calories as possible during the day, make 3,000 or more of your daily steps fast. We like it because it's easy to use and features a panic alarm in case you're threatened while out walking. $34.99 at The Competitive Edge. After scarfing hamburgers, beers, and chips on the Big Day, he can use this the next day.

Keep Dad Current With Celeb Fave Style

Hot celeb dads like Mark Wahlberg, Hugh Jackman and Ryan Phillippe all love casual outwear by Wet Cement. Sold at Saks Fifth Avenue locations across the country, the garb is athletic without seeming devoid of thought (pictured above). And best of all--every price point is under $100.

Color Him Happy Without The Sun

While the tanning revolution certainly hasn't made its way to your father, it doesn't mean you can't try. Such popular celeb sons like Robert Buckley, Dave Annable and Dominic Monaghan are fans of Fake Bake Men's Kit. While Fake Bake is a superior personal spray service, this kit comes with a face crub, shave gel and a bronzer to finish for a healthy glow.


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