With Father's Day rapidly approaching, there's still time to find a gift. And, to take some stress off you this year, check out some ideas and sites below that will get you to the perfect present that much faster:
Brookstone: Too few hours in the day to head to the gym? Get him a home fitness machine or accessory that will make it easier for him to work out without having to spend extra time traveling to the gym.
Take a look at these sources if he's into home improvement projects:
Lowe's: Check out the Gift Center section of the site, where you can search for the perfect present by price range, level of expertise or by type of person you're buying the gift for (i.e. the hard-to-buy-for and the gardener). You can even design your own gift card.
Home Depot: The other known haven for the DIY Dad also offers a special Father's Day page on its site that offers gift advice for the sports enthusiasts, gardener, outdoor entertainer and more. Or just browse the name-brand tool set, lawnmower and workbench options on your own. If you're looking for a last-minute gift, the eGift card is always available.
This Old House - Tools & Products: While this isn't a shopping site, it's perfect for finding the best gift for a dad who's into home improvement. Search for interesting gift ideas, like eco-friendly lawnmowers and wacky garden products. And, to find the best option for various tools like the cordless jigsaw, check out the Tool Tests series, which show the results of reader-tested products.
The Man Registry: Created as a wedding registry strictly for the groom, this site features a "tools and home improvement" gift section that includes lanterns, pocket tools and tool storage.
Sharper Image: The physical store may not be around anymore, but you can still buy cool high-tech products online. They have a Father's Day Gift Idea category, which features a seven-day forecaster, wireless headphones, digital video converter more.
Think Geek: This gadget site has a section specifically for dads, including a pocket microscope and bug vacuum gun.
Hammacher Schlemmer: Like Sharper Image, this site offers the coolest, why-didn't-I-ever-invent-that types of products, like a portable handheld scanner, wireless TV speaker and video recording sunglasses. Browse the Electronic category for ideas or check out the Father's Day Gift Guide.
Here are some gift ideas for the ever-traveling father:
iGo: Give him an all-in-one charger (or any of the other useful accessories this site offers) for his laptop, phone, iPod, camera and whatever other devices he uses on a daily basis. Whether he is traveling for business or just going to the office, it will be nice for him to have everything ready to use.
Amazon: It's always nice to have a book on hand for those downtime moments during traveling. Score the cheapest deal for reading material on Amazon. You can even just send a gift card day of and let him do the choosing!
Barnes and Noble: Check out fun gifts perfectly selected for the jetsetting dad, like a portable DVD player, mini travel bar and language translator pocket devices.
6PM.com: Dads on the go need a top-notch watch to stay on time and looking smart, so check out this site's selection of discounted designer watches.
These gifts will definitely make your dad the host with the most:
GrillsDirect.com: For all things grilling, this site has everything from BBQ grill smokers to the portable camping grills to the normal gas or charcoal grills. Once your dad has one of these bad boys, you can bet he'll start planning a Fourth of July party in the backyard.
Best Buy: Whether it's big-screen TVs, video game consoles or surround sound, this is the spot for the dad who wants to host the big game.
The Man Registry: The groom's registry site also features staples for the party animal dad, like an inflatable floating beer pong surface for the pool, poker table, putter set and more. You can also buy a ton of accessories for a home bar - a think wine fridge, personalized sports beer mug and bartender guide.
Whether he's a gourmet in the kitchen or just enjoys a fine meal at a restaurant, these gift sources will keep him happy:
Williams-Sonoma: Any cook swears by this high-quality store for cookware, utensils, electronics and cutlery.
Harry & David: Let Dad relax with this great assortment of food gifts suitable for every palate. Feed Dad's caffeine habit with the Gourmet Coffee Gift Classic arrangement, bring out his inner Bobby Flay with the Grilling Gift Basket and indulge his sweet tooth with the Ice Cream Gift Basket. For a gift that keeps giving, try the 4-Month Father's Day Fruit-of-the-Month Club Collection.
Restaurant.com: Buy him a gift card so he can go to his favorite restaurant for a free meal (or two). This is also the perfect last-minute gift, since it sends electronically instantly after purchase.
Food Network Store: If he never misses a Chopped or Iron Chef battle, then the Food Network Store is the place to shop for him. Check out the cooking gadgets and cookbooks, as well as fun sets for the adventurous cook - like a sushi kit.
For a creative, unique gift, check out these ideas:
Collage.com: For a unique way to tell Dad how much you care, say it with a custom photo collage. Instantly arrange hundreds of your own photos into a special shape, such as a sailboat, football, guitar, or the word "Dad." Then, print your creation onto an object that Dad will love best, such as a canvas, blanket, coffee mug or mouse pad.
Box for a Bottle: For a personalized, thoughtful Father's Day gift, try a beautiful, engraved Box for a Bottle. These unfinished wooden boxes are perfect for storing a special bottle of wine, and they make a perfect home for Dad's favorite whiskey or scotch. The best part? Add your own custom message.