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Father's Day Gift Ideas for Clueless Shoppers

Father's Day Gift Ideas for Clueless Shoppers

(ARA)-Clueless about what to give Dad for Father's Day? With so many nifty new "guy" toys on the market, there's no need to settle for yet another new tie or bottle of cologne. Here are some Father's Day gift ideas that will make him wonder how you knew what he wanted.
For the guru of the garage and yard: Two powerful new cleaning tools are perfect for the guy who loves to escape the house to clean up the garage, patio, driveway, sidewalk, pool area or basement workshop. The Hoover GUV Garage Utility Vac has a three-gallon dirt receptacle, 30-foot crush-proof hose and seven wall-mounted attachment tools to clean far-flung corners of the garage or inside the car. The Hoover SpinSweep outdoor sweeper cleans up twigs, excess mulch, grass clippings, pebbles and even empty aluminum cans without need for a motor, batteries or fuel. Hoover GUV prices range from $169-$199; Hoover SpinSweep from $99-$129. Both can be purchased at www.garagegear.hoover.com.
For the party animal: Dad will be the envy of the neighborhood if he offers drinks from his own customized vending machine or mini-fridge. The SkyBox by Maytag personal beverage vendor, the first-ever home beverage machine, dispenses 12-ounce beverage cans, bottles or a combination from four coin-free selection buttons. Another option is the SkyBox Rookie, a mini fridge on wheels that has a convenient flip-top storage bin for bowls of snacks or beverages on ice. Both have back-lit panels that he can customize with NFL, NHL, college team or NASCAR logos, or even pictures of the kids. Estimated price for the SkyBox is $607 and for the Skybox Rookie Fridge, $199. Personalized panels sold separately for $29. Available at The Home Depot, Maytag Home Appliance Centers, Maytag Stores or at www.skyboxbymaytag.com.
For the avid angler: If he'd rather be fishing on Father's Day (or any day for that matter), give him a membership in Club Rapala, an organization that allows the world's avid anglers to share tips, test lures and swap fish stories. Members also receive a subscription to North American Fishing magazine and have access to field-testing opportunities, exclusive merchandise offers, gear giveaways and more. Sporting goods retailers offer the Club Rapala Membership kit, complete with two limited-edition Rapala lures, decal and membership card for $19.99, or enroll on www.rapala.com.
For the motorcycle-minded: If your dad is the kind of guy who prefers to receive "experiential" gifts, go for the ultimate dreamed-of motorcycling experience by renting him a Harley-Davidson for a getaway weekend or vacation. Just about any Harley-Davidson is available for rental through dealerships. It's a great opportunity to try out a new model if he already owns a HOG, and a dream come true if he simply hopes to drive one someday. While you're at it, enroll Dad in a Harley-Davidson Rider's Edge Course, a specially designed skill training course for new riders, experienced riders or group riders. Rider's Edge Courses begin at $195; day rentals begin at $60. Visit www.harley-davidson.com or contact your local Harley-Davidson dealer by calling (800) LUV-2RIDE.
For the ultimate host: Dad won't hear any "lumpy mattress" complaints from house guests--even the in-laws--if he can offer them a better night's sleep on The Sleep Number SofaBed by Select Comfort. By day, it sits like a custom quality couch, and by night it pulls out to reveal a plush, full-length Queen-size Sleep Number mattress with dual-adjustable firmness. And, he won't be able to resist showing off the digital hand-held remote that comes with it, allowing guests to adjust each side of the mattress to their ideal level of firmness, comfort and support. Available at many Select Comfort stores starting at $2,199.99, or call 800-535-BEDS for more information.
For Mr. Remote: What guy can resist yet another remote control device to play with? The Maestro IR remote control dimmer from Lutron Electronics lets Dad adjust the lights up to 30 feet away without getting up from his recliner. He can simply press the infrared remote's raise/lower button to create a home theater atmosphere for watching movies on TV or taking a nap. He can even save the setting and recall his favorite light level by pressing and holding the one-touch button. The remote is available for $39.99. For more information visit www.lutron.com.

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