Need a Doodad for Dads?
Whether shopping for Father’s Day or another special occasion, it’s rewarding to hand-pick items that are as unique as your relationships with the men in your life. Here is a variety of gift recommendations for new or interesting gadgets. Because what guy doesn’t enjoy a fun thingamabob?
For men who like liquid spirits, St. Louis Wine & Beermaking at 231 Lamp and Lantern Village in Chesterfield offers an Italian-made, double-lever “The Gloria” bottle capper, which is a device used to affix bottle caps to filled bottles of homebrewed beer. It’s wonderfully satisfying when someone takes the first swig of a drink they handcrafted. So combining the capper and a gift certificate with which recipients could purchase a beer- or winemaking kit makes a creative gift. The store’s team has served homebrewers and winemakers for 27 years, so they can answer questions from beginners to experts alike. To purchase from this local store or for other ideas, visit WineAndBeermaking.com or call 636.230.8277.
For men who need or like to locate anything within seconds, the TrackR Bravo allows them to use iPhones, Androids or tablets to find possessions. It’s a coin-sized, wireless device that can be attached to keys, slipped inside a wallet, put on a pet’s collar or placed inside a vehicle, for example. It tells a person how far away the item is. It also works both ways, using crowd GPS technology. With a tap of a finger, one can locate both the item desired and a missing smartphone. This tracking gadget can be purchased at the Bed Bath & Beyond located at 141 Highlands Boulevard Drive in Manchester, or it can be ordered directly from the manufacturer at TheTrackR.com.
Know a man who has outdoorsy tastes and likes to be prepared for unexpected developments? Gander Mountain in Chesterfield has a hand-cranked LED Torch 250 USB power hub flashlight that charges manually and by an outlet or the sun. It’s perfect for power outages, to take camping, to sporting events or to have in vehicles for emergencies or flat tire changes at night. It has flood, spot and red light functions, and an output for charging phones or tablets. Get this water-resistant, multifunction flashlight at Gander Mountain, 18491 Outlet Blvd.
Having a dashboard camera makes recording videos on the road easy while documenting eyewitness accounts in case of accidents. Get a reliable, in-vehicle camera from Sears in Chesterfield. Many dash cams have helpful safety features that include warnings when collisions or unwanted lane switches may occur. Also, dash cams capture aesthetic moments on the road to save as memories, such as beautiful scenery or passing wildlife. The Yada Road Dash Cam, which starts recording when driving begins, can be ordered online from Sears.com and delivered free to the local store at the Chesterfield Mall. Its SD card enables videos to be transferred to computers.
Wearable technology is sure to be a big hit, especially if it features built-in GPS. Secure smartwatches and Fitbit accessory bands at the Best Buy store in Chesterfield, located at 178 THF Blvd. Some watch products now have heart monitors and measure heart rate, steps taken, calories burned, floors climbed and sleep quality. Some also sync with cell phones, allowing notifications and hands-free access.
Pedal to Big Shark-West, a bicycle store at 17233 Chesterfield Airport Road to get helpful products for bicyclists. A universal chain tool to carry on bicycles for roadside repairs would be an extremely thoughtful gift. Another idea would be to provide a bicycle butler or saddle seat bag within which to tuck keys, cash, credit cards or IDs safely. Contact the store’s knowledgeable staff at 636.534.8080 or visit BigShark.com for other ideas.
Cynoculars are a gift that will provide virtual reality experiences. Coming with a headset and remote that works with any smartphone, Cynoculars can be used for 360-degree viewing of movies or gaming. This device can be ordered online at Cynoculars.com or on Amazon and is a featured “As Seen On TV” product. Customer service representatives for the New Jersey-based company can be reached at 844.299.1119.