Holiday 2011 Gift Guide: Your Gruff but Lovable Dad

He's just as hard to shop for as Mom, but maybe even worse, because when you ask your dad what to get him for Christmas, he says, "Oh, don't get me anything, I have enough stuff." And yet he always seems to appreciate what you get him. Dads are awesome, aren't they?

Holiday 2011 Gift Guide: Your Dad

Top row:
Replace Dad's Timex with a Nixon, a line of watches that come in classic styles but unexpected materials. Nixon Gunmetal Watch, $350

This year's totally fail-safe Dad gift: Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, $18

Because his current system of duct-taping a flashlight where he needs one is not always the best, Dad would appreciate this go-anywhere LED torch light.  GorillaTorch LED Light, $26

Middle row:
Fact: Dads like hats. This is the style that mine prefers, in a timeless, English-countryman style. Lock & Co Hatters Herringbone Tweed Flat Cap, $140

If your dad gets as upset as mine does when the local grocery store stops carrying his beer of choice, then perhaps he'll appreciate a beer-making kit. Home Brew Kit, $15

My dad is hopelessly devoted to Old Spice, but if yours appreciates the finer things, he should love this set featuring one of my favorite manly scents in the world.  Acqua Di Parma Colonia Gift Set, $120

Bottom row:
Do you know any dads who don't love gadgets? Didn't think so. He should get a kick out of this cool handheld scanner. VuPoint Magic Wand II Portable Scanner, $100

True, that trip to Starbucks may be a highlight of his day, but after he starts making his own espresso, he'll never want to go back. De'Longhi Lattissima Plus Espresso Machine, $500

Win-win: This compost collector creates nutrient-rich soil for Dad's garden, and its odor-resistant design means Mom won't complain about the associated odor. FRESH AIR COMPOST COLLECTOR, $30


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