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Holiday Dad Gift Guide 2014

Here it is again. The Dadand Gift Guide. For Dads. Or really anyone that wants to learn, shave, shoot, jump start, ratchet, measure or retain the fingers on one or both of your hands.

Happy Holidays.

Airsoft gun

The G&G CM16 Airsoft Rifle

G&G CM16 Raider DST Airsoft Rifle

“Holy crap you guys are putting a gun in your gift guide?”

Nah. Well, yeah. It’s an airsoft gun. Kinda like a BB gun but the BBs are plastic, the gun runs on batteries and it’s made to shoot the crap out of each other. Think paintball but less messy. They come in all shapes and sizes, many are replicas of the real thing—right down to being metal. We’ve had a lot of fun playing against others at our local airsoft field—especially on the fully-auto setting. Get some accessories like safety goggles, a charger and a battery.

About $150. Plus another $50 – $100 in accessories.

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TinkerCrate sends STEM projects right to your door.


When we were young, we were lucky to get Highlights magazine or maybe the occasional Boy’s Life in the mail. While looking for some cool stuff to do with our kids, we stumbled upon TinkerCrate—a subscription of science projects delivered right to your door. Kinda like Beakman’s World in a box, only without the big hair. (We love you Beakman). And if they are all as good as this trebuchet looks, we might just snatch the package before the kids get home and get all medieval on the cats.

Starts at $20 per month.

InstaBoost from Lowe's jump start your car

InstaBoost Car Battery Jump Starter and Accessory Power Supply


Look, Dad wants to feel like he still has some power. He didn’t care when you chose that color for the living room. Or when he had to go in that one store in the mall, that smelled like a sachet of frou-frou dried flowers…holding Mom’s purse. At least give him the power to jump start the car like a man. With the InstaBoost, Dad also has the power to charge your smartphone and power other stuff with the 12V power socket. Heck it even has a flashlight so he won’t have to use that cinna-pumpkin-spice candle anymore to see under the hood.

Pays for itself the first time you use it at about $80.

Get one at Lowe’s

merkur shaving set

The Merkur 34C Shaving set.

Double Edge Safety Razor Shaving Set

Become the Dad your Dad’s Dad was. He drank whiskey straight. Drove cut nails. Ate what he caught and shaved with a double edge razor. Why do you need five blades? He didn’t need power brakes to get to the butcher and pick out a t-bone. So pick up one of these Merkur 34C double edge safety razors and get back to basics. And probably the best shave ever. Oh and the blades are like ten cents.

About $40 for the razor. $110 for the set.

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d-Link wireless range extender

D-Link Wireless Range Extender

D-Link Wireless Range Extender

All you wanted to do was go out on the deck with some coffee and your tablet to enjoy some fresh air and look at cat pictures. And you seem to pick up every single wireless network in the neighborhood except your own. What do you have lead-lined walls? Nah. Your neighbors probably have one of these range extenders. Open the box. Plug it in an outlet. Look at cat pictures on the deck. So fast that your half-mocha-something-or-other is still warm. Well, maybe not that fast but I was getting ALL OF THE BARS in just a few minutes. And I never drink anything “mocha.”

About $40.

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Bosch laser measuring

Bosch GLM 15

Bosch GLM 15 Compact Laser Measure, 50-Feet

Wanna measure how far your WiFi range is now? Lasers. Measure. Awesome. Accuracy. Lasers. ‘Nuff said.

Worth every penny at $50.

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Gripper for table saw review

The Gripper

Gripper™ 200 Advanced System

All I want for Christmas is the fingers on my hand…fingers on my hand…fingers on my hand. Look at this thing. Knobs. A handle. Grippy stuff. Stop sneaking your fingers by that table saw blade and use the Gripper to push some wood. It’s all adjustable and stuff. It can hold both sides of the work piece. And $50 is waaay cheaper than getting the doc to sew those fingers back on.

What’s the cost of a finger? Not $80.

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kobalt direct drive ratchet set dad blog review

Kobalt Direct Drive Ratchet Set

Kobalt Direct Drive 14-Piece Ratchet Set

Isn’t a ratchet called a ratchet because it makes that ratchety clicking noise when you use it? Well the noise conscious folks at Kobalt made a gearless roller bearing drive ratchet that can turn your fastener with a really short swing. It took a little while to get used to it but now that we can turn that stubborn header bolt without using every wobbly extension in the toolbox, I no longer fear tight spaces.

Under $20.

Buy at Lowe’s

Happy shopping!

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