Father's day gift ideas to help dad stay hip, mobile

Father's Day is a time to let Dad know how much we love him – and take the opportunity to help him improve himself. Here are some gift ideas to improve his vocabulary, grilling skills, golf game and more.

With Dad's day several weeks away, here are some gift ideas – in a variety of price categories – that will appeal to South Florida fathers of all ages and interests, from grill masters, to golf amateurs to technology buffs.


Under $10

Smarthpone apps.


Dad is only as smart as his phone these days so why not upgrade him with some of the coolest apps available for Father's Day. For the golfer, check out GolfCard for iPhone, $7.99, which keeps track of his scores and analyzes trends in his personal playing habits by comparing to previous rounds. The GPS feature also helps track ball distance. Visit

If Dad is more of a deep thinker, consider the New York Times Crosswords app for Blackberry, $2.99 per month subscription. That's cheaper than buying the actual paper on Sunday. Visit

Under $25

EZ Grill portable, disposable grill, $19.99


. It's not a cliche to connect the dots between Dad and barbecue grills. But how about modernizing the concept for the Dad-on-the-go go with a grill that makes a trip to the beach, campground or park a snap? This grill comes with everything you need minus the matches: Just remove the packaging, shake the grill to evenly distribute the included charcoal bits, place it in the provided metal stand, light the corner and you're in business. The kit comes with a pack of four (9.8'' x 12.2'') smaller grills or two larger grills (18.9'' x 12.2''). Visit

Under $100

Powermat Portable Home Charging Mat, $90

. Most modern Dads rely on multiple devices to make phone calls, play games with their kids or keep tabs on what's happening at work. And all these items need to be charged. Help the father in your life stay juiced and organized with an electronic mat that simultaneously charges up to three wireless devices and a fourth device via USB connector. Like the perfect waffle maker, this device will let Dad know exactly when each device is charged with individually-assigned tones and light controls. The mat normally sells for about $100, but some stores are offering Father's Day deals about $10 cheaper. Visit

booq Laptop or iPad bag, $79.95

. Stylish enough for men and women users alike, this messenger bag will also pass Dad's cool test for a functional man bag that will conveniently carry and protect his 13-inch PC laptop (Taipan Shadow S) or iPad (Taipan Shadow XS). Bags and cases for larger laptops and Macbooks also available. Visit

Under $300

TiVo Premiere multimedia TV box, $299


. This fourth-generation TiVo is like no other device on the market, seamlessly marrying your TV with your computer. The Premiere unleashes Dad's inner-multi-media star and allows him to connect to existing cable service (for pausing live TV or recording 45 hours of HD or 4,500 hours of standard definition programming); stream movies from NetFlix, Amazon Blockbuster and (for free) from YouTube; and browse the Web (including check email, shop and hit social networking sites like Facebook and Flickr). Visit

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