Top 10 Father's Day Gift Ideas

on June 3, 2011

Star Trek pizza cutter

Who wants a slice of sci-fi? Fans of the trailblazing TV series Star Trek can echo the show’s iconic catchphrase as they boldly cut across time, space and pepperoni with this stainless steel pizza cutter in the shape of the show’s galaxy-hopping flagship, the USS Enterprise. ($34.99) Buy it now

Stetson cologne

Stetson has been helping modern-day men saddle up an American West state of mind since 1981. With its wide variety of fragrance products, Stetson lets you keep dear ol’ Dad smelling like a million bucks for as little as $11.

The Yugo

It was widely, almost universally reviled as the worst made automobile of all time, an inexpensive little import that became an international punch line. How did the Yugo earn its spot in the basement of the transportation hall of shame? Jason Vuic’s The Yugo, new in paperback, is a fascinating, enjoyably bumpy ride through the optimistic rise and precipitous fall of the lowly, low-cost, low-quality lemon the whole world came to hate. ($14)

When It Was A Game

HBO’s acclaimed documentary baseball trilogy When It Was A Game: The Complete Collection, now on Blu-ray, spans the game from the 1930s into the ’60s and takes fans for a unique, golden-glow walk down memory lane with vintage home-movie footage, rare snapshots and vivid storytelling about the game’s most memorable players and moments, plus commentary by Billy Crystal, Kevin Costner, Geraldo Rivera and other stars, sportscasters, players and writers. ($29.99)

Wet Circuit protector

Dad will be pleasantly surprised—but not shocked—when he gets a Wet Circuits water-resistant power strip, with innovative circuitry designed to operate safely even when exposed to rain, snow, sleet, coffee spills or other splashy events. And its groundbreaking safety features make it perfect for use in areas frequented by kids and toddlers. It won’t even give a jolt if someone does the very thing you’ve always told them not to do: stick tweezers, a paper clip, screwdriver or any other metal object into its outlets! ($70 from wetcircuits.com)

Outback camera

Give your father Swann Security’s weatherproof OutbackCam and he finally may be able to capture video of Bigfoot—or anything else lurking around when no one’s looking! The two-megapixel color camera shoots both still images and video, is triggered by motion-detection or pre-scheduled time settings, and can be attached to trees, fences or almost any other surface. ($149.99)

Baseball Now!

Get out of the dugout and into the game with the second edition of Baseball Now!, packed with profiles of 70 major league players, more than 150 color in-action photos, and a full recap of last year’s regular season, playoffs and World Series. Author Dan Bortolotti, a sports journalist, spreads the stats over a rundown of record-setting achievements, dramatic highlights, costly fumbles and the superstar personalities that make America’s pastime a summertime delight. ($25.95)

Linda McCartney: Life in Photos

Fab Four fans will really yeah-yeah-yeah for Linda McCartney: Life in Photographs, a collection of shots by Sir Paul’s shutterbug wife. The handsome coffee-table book is an eye-opening reminder that, in addition to being Mrs. McCartney from 1969 to her death in 1998, Linda was a first-class rock-’n’-roll photographer, looking through the camera at The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and other musical icons that became part of her star-spangled, inner-circle world. ($41.99)

Ernie Kovacs collection

Tickle your dad’s funny bone with The Ernie Kovacs Collection, a bountiful box set of the on-the-air works of the 1950s TV-comedy pioneer whose offbeat wackiness rippled through just about every strain of TV comedy—including Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Captain Kangaroo, Pee-Wee Herman, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In and Saturday Night Live—that followed in his zany wake. ($56.97)

The Green Hornet

Fathers and sons will enjoy connecting across generations with the latest version of The Green Hornet, released theatrically last year and now on DVD, which trails its pop-cultural roots across more than seven decades of radio, television, comic books and movies. With Seth Rogan as a newspaper heir who makes his own headlines by moonlighting as a masked do-gooder, it riffs on the saga’s pulpy roots but remains true to its original crime-busting spirit. ($28.95)