Do yourself a favor this Father’s Day: Don’t leave Dad’s gift until the last possible second. Here, our top gift picks for dads who like to stay healthy and fit (or need a little help getting there).
Canon PowerShot D10 12.1 MP Waterproof Digital Camera at $262, Amazon.com
For the Dad Who Wants to Capture It All
If surfing, swimming or sculling on the Schuylkill is his thing, a waterproof camera is always a good call. This high-quality camera has a 3x zoom lens and a waterproof, freezeproof, shockproof casing, so it can literally be brought anywhere.
Sony Water Resistant Wire-Free MP3 Player, $60 at Sony.com
For the Music-Loving Runner Dad
Running with an iPod can be a pain. Headphone cords are everywhere, not to mention the pain of changing a song with sweaty hands. It’s just not happening. This Sony MP3 player takes care of those issues. Dad just needs to load up the tunes, stick it in his ears, and head out the door with his favorite jams playing—rain or shine.
Coleman Road Trip Grill LXE, $165 at Amazon.com
For the Griller On-The-Go Dad
This 36 inch grill is perfect for taking to the beach, tailgate, or on a camping trip. It’s easily transportable with wheels on two legs and has side tables and tool holders built-in for convenience. And let’s face it, what’s a guy without his grill?
Sport-Brella Portable Sun and Weather Shelter, $60 at sklz.com
For the Spectator Dad
Perfect for the soccer sidelines or the seashore, this umbrella/tent/rain shelter combo gives instant protection from rain, wind, and sun (UPF 50+). It comes in a portable lightweight pouch and easily opens to eight-feet wide. Big enough to house family members, chairs, and of course, the cooler.
Timberland Pathrock Leather Hiking Shoes with Gore-Tex, $130 at Sunnysports.com
For the Adventurous Dad
Sometimes he’s just got to get out of the house and this hiking/climbing/running shoe hybrid opens up a world of possibilities. They’re waterproof and perfect for trails. The unique lacing allows for a mold-to-the-foot feel.
Nike Free Run iD, $130 at NikeiD.com
For the Newbie Runner Dad
The kids can design a shoe for dad complete with an iD personalization or message on the back, so they’re with him no matter what mile he’s on.
P90X Extreme Home Fitness Workout, $140 at Amazon.com
For the Dad Who Wants to Get in Shape Without Leaving the House
The DVD pack includes 12 high intensity workouts, a three-phase nutrition plan, and detailed fitness guide. The workouts are tough but will whip him into shape in just three months. It’s called “extreme” for a reason.
Gerber Steady, $45 at Amazon.com
For the All-in-One Dad
At 5.9 ounces, this pocket-sized multitool doubles as a tripod for the lone self portrait in the wilderness or—more realistically—when y’all want to get a shot of the whole family. Along with the tripod, features include a serrated knife, three screwdrivers, a bottle opener, pliers and more.
Garmin Forerunner 310XT, $250 at Garmin.com
For the Geek-Gone-Triathlete Dad
This waterproof, GPS-enabled trainer records distance, pace and heart rate data for swimming, biking and running; offers real-time stats; and stores each type of activity data in separate sports modes so Dad can go all out analyzing his performance.
iPhone 4s, Starting at $199 at Apple.com
For the Dad Who Doesn’t Have an iPhone
We’ve all heard it by now: “The most amazing iPhone yet.” But seriously, this phone can do it all. It has a great camera, GPS system, and instant access to the internet. Best of all, it can be made 100 percent his own with free apps. Check out Nike’s NG360 for the golfer, Instagram for the photographer, MapMyRun for the runner, and SparkPeople for the guy whose trying to loose a few pounds.