Father’s Day will be here before you know it so it’s time to start planning. If you are like me, you find it really hard to buy gifts for the men in your life. Maybe it’s because what they really want, they buy for themselves. Or perhaps their wants are WAY above the normal gift-giving price range, like a motorcycle or boat. But on a recent visit to my parents’ house, my dad who is the ultimate gadget guy, showed me some of his favorite “toys” that lots of dad’s may enjoy, especially those who like to work around the house and garden. I added a couple from our home that we have found useful as well. This list does not include items for the sportsman or outdoorsman but hopefully you will find something that sparks your interest.
Under the labels Gorilla Ties, Nite Ize, or Bendies, these sticks can be used for so many things. They are better than zip ties because they are reusable. They beat bungee cords because they are flexible, yet stiff.
This may look like your typical tool organizer but it’s not. The beauty of this one is that it grabs any size handle and the claws can slide from side to side, accommodating wide items like rakes.
Most people don’t have a hand truck. Usually they are bulky and heavy-weight, making them a cumbersome item to store. But the design of this one allows for storage anywhere while having a 150lb capacity. The price point makes it even more attractive.
If your men do yard work, this gadget is great. The best feature is that when you cut a branch, the pruners keep gripping it until you release it. This makes for a much safer and neater job site.
My dad is all about efficiency, so he designed a caddy on his trash can to hold his yard tools. When I complimented his ingenuity, he decided to find a manufactured version and gave it to me for Mother’s Day. This item holds hand tools, as well as rakes and shovels, plus it even has a trash can for weeds and debris.
We own a very good gas-powered blower that the hubs uses all the time. But my dad has one of these. Chances of me using ours? About 1 in 500. Chances of me using a lightweight cordless version that starts with the touch of a button? 1 in 2 (just being real).
One of my dad’s main yard annoyances is dandelions. He bought this tool particularly for them. It gets them out by the root using a pretty vicious-looking claw. It does a great job and there is no bending required.
A friend of my husband introduced him to this fun way of getting rid of flies. It uses table salt and is surprisingly effective at killing bugs. You would think it would make a mess but it doesn’t.
I discovered this a couple of years ago. It is a great tool for cutting awkward areas that can’t be reached with a saw. But since it has other attachments, it also can sand in tight spaces, remove grout, scrape surfaces, etc. It truly is a multi-tool. I wish I would have had this years ago.
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