How can you slip more than 12 different tools into your wallet? With the Pocket Monkey, of course. This multifunction tool boasts a cellphone stand, bottle opener, orange peeler, screwdriver, hex wrench, ruler, letter opener, scraper, and more—and it's just the size of a credit card. At The Daily Grommet; $18.95.
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Keep dad warm outdoors with the Sandstone Active Jac by Carhartt. Built to go the distance on long work days, the 12-ounce, 100 percent cotton sandstone duck jacket features a quilted flannel lining in the body and hood, along with two inside pockets and two deep hand-warmer pockets. At Carhartt; $105.
Lithium Ion Drill
The days of considering a lithium ion drill to be a luxury are in the past. Given their comparable prices, lighter feel than other cordless drills, and a torque conversion designed for driving screws without stripping them, these small drills have become a must-have for the DIY dad. Shown here: Bosch's PS21-2A 12-Volt Max Pocket Driver. At Amazon; $94.
It may not look like much, but one little clump of Sugru can be the fix-all you've been dreaming of. Made of self-setting rubber that sticks to any material, Sugru can be used for patching holes, making wall hooks, adding grips to tools, creating a watertight seal, and fixing just about anything. At Sugru; $18.
If the words "Can you hold the light right there?" still ring in your ears from childhood, then the Gorilla Torch will relieve you of any future responsibility. With flexible, articulated, and magnetic legs, this portable lamp can be mounted pretty much anywhere. Dad can even wrap it around a nearby tree or mount it to the side of a car while he's changing a tire. At LL Bean; $29.95.
Heavy-Duty Portable Speakers
If Dad is going to spend all day in the garage or basement, he'll work more quickly—and happily—with his favorite jams. Whether he goes for Springsteen or Billy Joel, he'll appreciate the Move M, a portable Bluetooth speaker that can fit in the palm of his hand. Made with thick silicone rubber, it can withstand those accidental drops and knocks that might ensue in the workshop. At DijitalFix; $69.99.
Pendleton Camp Blanket
Even the manliest of men need to keep warm. Give your dad America's favorite blanket, the Pendleton Camp Blanket, so he can stay toasty by the fire, just like the early sheepherders of the Pacific Northwest who first made the blanket famous. Did I mention Pendleton blankets are made in the United States? At Pendleton; from $99.50.
Mini HD Folding Binoculars
Did your dad ever drag you out of bed to watch a meteor shower and hand you his 30-year-old binoculars that seemed about the size of your head? Hand him these 100 percent water- and fog-proof miniature folding binoculars, equipped with Ultra HD lenses and an antireflective coating that optimizes light. When does Halley's comet come back around? At Amazon; $163.50.
Never again will your father have to worry about his pen exploding in his shirt pocket. The Wallet Pen is a sleek, sterling silver luxury writing instrument handmade in Vermont to fit neatly and discreetly into a wallet. It's simple, elegant, and guaranteed for life. At The Daily Grommet; $75.
Cork Tablet/Laptop Sleeve
The Cork Laptop Sleeve doesn't just look great, it's eco-friendly too. Perfect for the DIY dad who likes to have the newest and most unusual accessories for all his gadgets, this sleeve will certainly bump up his "cool dad" standing...to at least "moderately cool." At The Grommet; $39 (for 15-inch laptop sleeve).
If you have the money to hire a handyman for every household woe, go ahead. But if you want to hang on to your cash and exercise some self-sufficiency, check out these clever products that solve a million and one little problems around the house. Go now!