As a father, I understand how difficult it may be for some to shop onFather's Dayto find the perfect gift for the most important, possibly most handsome, man on earth. I am here to help.
Hint: No tie, socks or Hawaiian shirts. Guayaberas are acceptable, we are in the tropics. Here are my picks for products made in South Florida, or at least with the South Florida father in mind.
Shower Station, $69.99. South Florida men get dirty, thanks to the sun and humidity, beach and pool. Let Dad shower in comfort and style, without lifting a finger. Invented by Josh Wright of Boca Raton, this thing is a shower caddy that can be customized for any user. It has a rectangular metal frame with four detachable shelves so users can determine what soap and shampoo goes where. The best part: Dad doesn't have to screw or nail a thing, no installation necessary. The Shower Station sold out this week, but the company says it will be available within three weeks ofFather's Day, so give Dad a rain (shower) check. Visit http://www.Quirky.com/shop or call 1-866-5784.
iPad, Blackberry or Kindle covers by Ballistic, from $69.99. If Dad carries an iPad, Kindle or other not-so-cheap tablet, you'll make his day by providing the ultimate protection system. Ballistic, of Sunrise, has created a Tough Jacket series of covers which wrap delicate electronics in a multi-layer system that will help protect your device whether you drop it on the concrete at Marlins Park or on the sand at the Deerfield Pier. For instance, the Tough Jacket for the latest iPad has a silicone inner-lining, outer hard plastic shell and a shock-absorbent polymer layer around both of those. Visit http://www.GoBallisticCase.com.
SkyDroid Golf GPS app for iPhone and Android, $1.99. This inexpensive app packs plenty of I-love-you-dad sentiment, given that every man who lives in South Florida either plays golf or secretly wants to. The app gives golfers an edge on the greens, given that it uses GPS to determine a player's distance to the front, center and back of every green on the course. The app lists 22,000 courses nationwide, including the Boca Raton Municipal Executive Course and the Fort Lauderdale Country Club South Course. Visit http://www.skydroid.net/.
Telikin desktop computer for senior citizens, $699. If the dad you are shopping thinks an Apple is, well, an apple, this may be the computer for him. It boasts a nearly 19-inch touch-screen display, and includes integral speakers, camera, and microphone is video-chat ready. I like that anyone who has trouble with a mouse (thanks carpal tunnel and arthritis) will zip online quickly using the touch screen. We can talk 2 GB RAM and 350 GB harddrive, blah, blah, blah. This computer has enough in the tank to get someone who is not familiar or comfortable with computers easily onto Google, Facebook and Twitter. To the left of the screen, are touch-sensitive tabs labeled Home, Video Chat, EMail, Photos, Calendar, Contacts, Weather, News and Web, which makes it simple to navigate . Visit http://www.Telikin.com.