Bob Vila's Father's Day Gift Guide for 2012

Shopping for a Father's Day gift? Here are ten products that we thought were truly dad-worthy.

  1. The Art of Shaving

    The Art of Shaving

    Treat dad to the perfect at-home shave with The Art of Shaving’s full-size shaving kit. Featuring pre-shave oil, shaving cream, after-shave balm and a handcrafted pure badger black shaving brush, the kit is available in either Lavender, Lemon, Sandalwood, Ocean Kelp or unscented. Available at The Art of Shaving, $100

  2. Gorillapod


    To help dad capture family memories--and his DIY endeavors--consider the Gorillapod; the nifty go-anywhere tripod for cameras of all sizes. Rubberized ring and foot grips, along with over two dozen leg joints, allow this tripod to hold on tree branches, light posts and railings. The magnetic version, shown here, provides even more odd grip options. Available at, from $19.95

  3. Weber Grill

    Weber Grill

    Dad will surely get fired up with this Weber Genesis E-330 Gas Grill. The mobile unit features 507 square inches of main cooking space with three stainless steel burners and convenient side tables. Grilling is easy and fun, too, with porcelain-enameled cooking grates, built-in thermometer and flavorizer bars. Available at, $799

  4. Lumix Waterproof Camera

    Lumix Waterproof Camera

    Come hail or high water, capturing memories is a cinch with the Lumix DMC-TS4 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera. This compact model is waterproof, shockproof, and freeze proof and comes with Full HD Recording and a GPS function that includes an altimeter, barometer, and compass. Available at, $399

  5. Nautica Chronograph Watch

    Nautica Chronograph Watch

    Whether he’s going for a run, working on his latest DIY project or heading to the office, dad will keep time in style with the Nautica Men’s Chronograph Watch. Featuring a flexible resin band, polished stainless steel face, and white Arabic numerals, the timepiece includes three stopwatch sub-dials plus a discreet date window and tachymeter. Available at, $83

  6. Orvis Leather iPad Portfolio

    Orvis Leather iPad Portfolio

    This beautiful tanned steerhide portfolio will protect dad’s iPad from bumps and scratches while making him look sharp and professional. The Leather iPad Portfolio includes a legal pad and nonslip backing to keep it secure on a lap or table during use. Available at, $350

  7. L.L. Bean's Wicked Good Slippers

    L.L. Bean's Wicked Good Slippers

    Yes, slippers are a bit of a cliché when it comes to dad gifts, but these Wicked Good Scuff III Slippers from L.L. Bean are a cut above the rest. The indoor/outdoor shoes--made from superior sheepskin and available in brown or chocolate brown--are designed to draw away moisture so feet stay warm on chilly mornings. Available at, $59

  8. Sharper Image Multitool

    Sharper Image Multitool

    Bob Vila believes that some sort of pocket knife should be in your pocket at all times--so this one could be dad's most prized possessions.  The multi-functional pocket-device combines 10 separate tools--pliers, saw blade, screwdriver, bottle opener, nail file, ruler, screwdriver, can opener, fish scaler/hook disgorger and knife. Available at, $39.99

  9. Craftsman Tool Chest

    Craftsman Tool Chest

    Help dad stay organized with this Craftsman Heavy-Duty Tool Storage System. Measuring 26-1/2" W x 18" D x 33-3/4" H, the 4-drawer, rolling caster-supported chest comes features 8,513 cubic inches of storage space. A 9" tall bottom drawer is the perfect place to house power tools. Available at, $255.99

  10. Bosch Tool Combo

    Bosch Tool Combo

    We all know dad can never have enough tools. Expand his collection with the Bosch 2-Tool 18-volt Cordless Combo Kit that includes an innovative new drill driver with a high performance 4-pole motor. Maximum performance in a truly compact size. Available at Lowe’s, $279

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