For the Traveler: Upgraded Nuts

Does Dad travel a lot? Upgrade his plane snacking with a pack or two (or 6!) of these all natural spiced nuts created by Sugar Plum and offered exclusively through Food52.

There are 6 tantalizing flavors to choose from. Offered in 1 pound bags, or (and this would be my choice) a variety pack giving you a 2.6 ounce bag of each of the 6 flavors. 

They are all vegan, kosher and absent of added fat, oil and butter.

Details on each flavor from Food52:

Chinese 5 spice cashews: Made of cashews, cane sugar, water, sea salt, and 5 spice (ginger, cloves, allspice, star anise, and other natural spices).

Coconut curry peanuts: Made of peanuts, cane sugar, sea salt, and curry powder.

Sriracha peanuts: Made of peanuts, sugar, cinnamon, pure vanilla extract, and Sriracha sauce.

Smokey whiskey almonds: Made of almonds, cane sugar, water, smoked sea salt, and natural flavor.

Spiced cocoa pecans: Made of pecans, cane sugar, water, sea salt, cocoa, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper.

Coffee stout cashews: Made of cashews, sugar, stout beer, and natural flavor. 

Buy now through Food52.

For the Weekend Breakfast Lover: Bourbon Maple Syrup

Upgrade weekend breakfasts with this Bourbon Maple Syrup

 Noble Tonic 01: Tuthilltown Bourbon Barrel Matured Maple Syrup. Photo courtesy of Food52.

Noble Tonic 01: Tuthilltown Bourbon Barrel Matured Maple Syrup. Photo courtesy of Food52.

"The Noble brand of handcrafted wares has maple syrup down. This medium amber grade starts off as Quebecois sugar, then crosses the border to Tuthilltown where it's matured in charred American oak barrels with a bit of raw Tuthilltown bourbon. Bourbon and maple syrup: a beautiful marriage." Per Food52.

At $29 (plus shipping) for a 450ml bottle, it is an affordable luxury. Buy now through Food52.


For the Flask Lover: Metal Travel Shot Glasses

These metal shot glasses come 4 to a set and sit neatly in a leather sleeve. Lightweight, easy to carry yet does the job brilliantly. 

Perfect for Dad to enjoy a few splash of whiskey or the like with friends around the camp fire, at a cool football game or a concert. 

And at only $7.20 (and free shipping with Amazon Prime), you might be able to splurge on a nice flask or Dad's drink of choice to use with the glasses. Buy now - Kirkkerland Metal Shot Glasses.

For the Music Lover: powerbeats2 wireless Earphones

I have these and they are fantastic. I normally do not like ear bud type headphones as they do not stay in my ear and just make my ears feel weird. But these go over your ear so they can sort of just sit in front of your ear. Very comfortable. And they are by beats so you know the sound quality is great. The extra bonus is that these are wireless! Great for working out, train rides, plane travel and so on. Who needs extra cords getting in the way? The one down side is that you cannot plug into an airplane's entertainment system. 

A pair of these would make anyone happy, so why not upgrade Dad's headphones this Father's Day? 

They come in 5 different colors, I have the black and red which is great. The other newer colors are also very cool. I'm loving the white one and the all red one. Photos below are courtesy of the Beats site.

Read more and buy now at the Beats website

For the Cigar Smoker: Coolest lighter ever

Now I must admit, I am not a fan of smoking. Not happy that my husband smokes cigars. I debated even including this gift idea. But this lighter is so cool that if the special dad in your life does smoke cigars, he might as well do it in style and have the best lighter ever to do so with. 

The Blazer CG-001 Wide Flame Butane Refillable Torch Lighter is just that - the coolest lighter ever. The thing is amazing. It looks like it belongs with a Navy Seal and once lit will demand ohs and ahs from anyone nearby. The flame is blue - yes like the desired color on a Bunsen burner - which means it is hot! It is wide to allow for nice even lighting of cigars. It is even loud, adding to the drama. This is a gift that will wow, and for under $50. 

  The Blazer CG-001 Wide Flame Butane Refillable Torch Lighter - Photo courtesy of Amazon

The Blazer CG-001 Wide Flame Butane Refillable Torch Lighter - Photo courtesy of Amazon

You'll want to get a canister of butane to go with it so he can try it out right away. My husband recommends this one: Vector Quintuple Refined Butane Gas Fuel Refill.

Buy now through Amazon - Lighter - Butane 

For the Foodie: Farm To People Box

Farm to People sources unique and delicious products from small-batch artisanal producers food lovers everywhere. Plus they are committed to only offering products that are non-GMO, humanly raised and that contain nothing artificial. 

They have assembled a number of boxes with Dad in mind such as "A Burger's Wardrobe", "Smoke & Bourbon", "A Happy Hubby" and "Eat Your Beer". 

You can buy a single box or your own selection of products from their carefully curated offering. For something extra special and to remind Dad that you love him all year long, you can get a monthly subscription to one of 2 boxes, The Casual Foodie and The Food Critic

Explore more on the Farm to People site. All photos courtesy of Farm to People.




For the Adventurer: GoPro Camera

You have probably heard about GoPro cameras by now. The camera is small and does a fantastic job at recording action videos, including great audio. There are also so many accessories now making it easier to get amazing shots no matter where you are or what you are doing. So far my husband has taken his snorkeling and race car driving (see video below!). It lives up to the hype. 

A GoPro camera would let your Dad/Spouse record, relive and share all of his adventures from snorkeling to skiing to cycling to car racing to surfing. Really the sky is the limit. 

They have a variety of models, starting $129.99 and going up to $499.99. With accessories galore: hemet mounts, water proof cases, surf board mounts, car mounts, chest straps and the list goes on. 

Buy now on Amazon or do a little more research on the GoPro site.

Still now sure, see one in action! Here is a snippet from my husband's last racing class at Skip Barber, filmed with a GoPro Hero 3+. And by the way, if you want to really treat dad, sign him up for a racing class, try Skip Barber's 1 Day Racing School and Intro to Racing. But I will warn you, it is addictive.

For the Tech/Gadget Guy: littleBits

 littleBits Smart Home Kit

littleBits Smart Home Kit

littleBits has created a collection of functional components that snap together easily allowing the creator to invent anything! No engineer degree required. 

They have many kits to choose from providing you with a nice starting point. A fantastic gift for any dad who likes to tinker and loves technology. Kids will love littleBits too, really they are like Legos for this generation. A great opportunity for a daddy/child project. 

With their Smart Home Kit ($249) you can do things like build an automatic fish feeder you can control from your phone! Or find out if your dog is having barking fits while no one is home? Everything you need in in the Little Bits Smart Home Kit. 

Interested in music? The Synth Kit ($159) lets you build things like your own analog synthesizer or a Spin Table. 

Their CloudBit Starter Kit ($99) lets you create internet-connected devices in seconds. For instance, find out if someone rings your doorbell when you're not home or when your in your backyard hosting a cookout might not hear your doorbell. 

Some of their other kits are Base Kit ($99), Premium Kit ($149), a Deluxe Kit ($199), and even a very exciting Space Kit ($149) - a collaboration wit NASA. You can also purchase individual components. 

Learn more and purchase now at littleBits. Free shipping on all orders over $60. 

 littleBits motorize bicycle with littleBits and Lego parts

littleBits motorize bicycle with littleBits and Lego parts

 SMS Doorbell Alert

SMS Doorbell Alert

 littleBits Robotic Arm

littleBits Robotic Arm