Great Father's Day Gifts for Sporty Dads

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Father’s Day is coming up and everyone knows what that means. If your dad (or children's dad) is a sporty guy, there are lots of creative gift choices. And you still have plenty of time - the big Sunday is June 19th this year.

Some dads never grow up, especially when it comes to their childhood sports and sports heroes. This is a great time of year then, to allow your dad to put on a uniform or get some new gear and become a kid again. From fantasy sports camps, to high tech gadgets that will improve his game, there are plenty of sporty Father's Day gifts in all price ranges.


Garmin Golf or Running Watch

If your dad wants to train like a pro, a Garmin device is definitely in order. The GPS-enabled watches measure time, pace and distance. Advanced models come with training plans, multisport courses, wireless data sharing and more. There are even golf versions that provide distance information to the front, back and middle of greens for more than 16,500 preloaded courses.Whether on the road or on the golf course, Garmin offers updates so Dad has no excuses for getting lost. $199 & up.

Power Trek Fuel Cell Charger

A portable fuel cell charger is a perfect gift for any dad who loves to spend time in the great outdoors. PowerTrekk provides instant power to electronic equipment such as cell phones, digital cameras, and GPS devices. And the best part? All you have to do is just add water. Sleekly designed in Sweden.

Video Games NHL11, Madden NFL11

From the old Atari to Nintendo, all the way to Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 3, video games have come a long way. Without question the best types of games are sports games and if you're a sports-loving video gamer, this gift might just benefit you as well as Dad. Almost all the leagues and big names in sports have licensed their names so whether you want a family dual in tennis, hockey, basketball, baseball or golf, there's a title that will fit the bill.


Fuji Film Fine PixFuji Fine Pix XP20

Not only can this compact 5.7 oz digital camera withstand the harshest of conditions (water, shock, freeze, and dust…), but it comes in an awesome green color! Any dad would love to take advantage of the 5.0 optical zoom or the camera’s ability to capture both photos and movies in high definition. Either way, your dad will always be able to capture his latest adventure. $219.99

Klean KanteenKlean Kanteen

Klean Kanteen’s sleek design is perfect for any dad on the go. The 18 oz bottle holds enough to keep him hydrated and it’s also small enough to fit in any backpack or briefcase. The eco friendly Kanteen is made out of stainless steel and bamboo, and also comes in nine krazy colors – enough to keep any dad happy. Our personal fave? Reef Blue. Enjoy! $16.45


Gerber FitGerber Fit

It’s a fact – Dads love gadgets. And we promise no sporty dad will be able to resist this practical one. Components include: tweezers, bottle opener, micro cross driver, micro flat head driver, l.e.d flashlight, fine edge & serrated blade, and scissors. $40.99


JerseyAthlete Sports Jersey

Let your dad be Kobe, Beckham or A-Rod for a day (or at least let him dress like his favorite athlete).  Try getting him an official sports jersey and see if it improves his skills. Soccer? Baseball? Basketball? The possibilities are endless..


Bottom of the 33rdBottom of the 33rd by Dan Barry

Every boy growing up wanted to be a Major League Baseball player at one point in his life. If your dad was one who harbored such a dream, "Bottom of the 33rd" will be an entertaining read. This book is about the 1981 minor leagues game between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings lasting 33 innings. Sporty dads can’t constantly being doing sporty things, so for the time in between he might as well be reading about America's favorite sport…$26.99

Fantasy Basketball Camp

If you think the dad in your life has what it takes to run the court with Dwayne Wade, sign him up for a four-day fantasy camp where he can feel the thrill of playing with hall of famers and being coached by some of the best names in the game. It's not inexpensive (10K+), but if you can splurge on this once in a lifetime experience, you'll be golden (at least until Christmas).

Of course, it's not always what you buy or how much you spend that counts, but quality time spent together. So after serving Dad breakfast in bed, plan an afternoon hitting golf or tennis balls or watching a game together. Indulge his infatuation with playing or watching sports and you'll develop a bond that will last a lifetime.

Any other suggestions for great sporty gifts?



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