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Father's Day gift ideas

Many men seem to downplay the idea of gift-giving throughout the year, but they always seem to embrace Father's Day. Whether you want to celebrate dad with a little something or make a big deal of it, here are our suggestions to pay tribute to that important guy in your life:

For the dad who loves to grill

Make dad’s life a little easier with this
Photo Credit: Hammacher Schlemmer

Make dad’s life a little easier with this automatic grill-cleaning robot from Hammacher Schlemmer. Three electric motors and a built-in CPU rotate three brass brushes to move the robot across grill grates, removing food debris and grease. Although it usually only takes a few passes, the device can be set to clean for 10, 20 or 30 minutes. The brushes are removable and dishwasher safe. $120; Hammacher Schlemmer, 147 E. 57th St., 800-421-9002, hammacher.com

For the techie dad

Une Bobine is more than a cell-phone charger.
Photo Credit: Une Bobine

Une Bobine is more than a cell-phone charger. Its bendable, snake-like cable adjusts a phone's height and angle for talking eye-to-eye during FaceTime, viewing recipes while cooking and using as a tripod for photography and video. $19.95 for iPhone 4s, $34.95 for iPhone 5, 5s and 5c; fusechicken.com

For the DIY dad

Sugru is every handyman's dream for quick fixes.
Photo Credit: Sugru

Sugru is every handyman's dream for quick fixes. The self-setting rubber compound can be used to reinforce plugs and wires, provide waterproof patches and even mold grips, hooks and handles to make life generally easier around the house. It is electrically insulating and dishwasher- and microwave-safe. $9.99; The Container Store, 629 Sixth Ave., 212-366-4200, containerstore.com

For the new/expectant dad

Give a new dad the No. 1 tool
Photo Credit: DeLonghi

Give a new dad the No. 1 tool he needs to deal with fatherhood. The Nescafé Dolce Gusto Circolo by DeLonghi is a single-serve coffee machine with coffee bar-grade power that can craft up to 17 hot and cold beverages in just seconds. While dad may opt for the double espresso, he can treat mom to a relaxing peach iced tea or a diet-friendly skinny cappuccino. He can even customize the strength and blend of his brew. $179; bedbathandbeyond.com

For the socially-conscious dad

This modern-looking arrow tag wrap bracelet from Article22
Photo Credit: Article22

This modern-looking arrow tag wrap bracelet from Article22 is actually a lesson in history. The company works with an NGO partner that helps to safely dispose of unexploded ordnance in Laos. The metal charm is made from Vietnam War-era bombs, plane parts and aluminum scrap. The arrow is symbolic of looking toward the future while remembering the past. $50; article22.com

For the fashion-forward dad

If it's difficult to buy clothes for dad
Photo Credit: Men's Wearhouse

If it's difficult to buy clothes for dad because he has a better fashion sense than you, turn to Esquire magazine and Men's Wearhouse for help. The two companies have teamed up to launch the Esquire Ultimate Shirt & Tie Collection. The editorially curated selection of men's dress shirts and ties offers the magazine's signature style at an affordable price. Shirts $79.50, ties $59.50; menswearhouse.com

For the dad who loves music

If dad is always trying to share his
Photo Credit: Flips

If dad is always trying to share his music with you, you'll both love Flips audio headphones. The innovative headphones convert into speakers just by flipping them outward. The sound is amplified when in speaker mode, so you get high-quality, hi-definition listening. The lightweight headphones are foldable and come with a carrying case. $120; Brookstone, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Concourse Level, 212-489-3234, brookstone.com

For the sporty dad

Keep active dads cool with a cap and/or
Photo Credit: Mission Athletecare

Keep active dads cool with a cap and/or towel made with Enduracool technology from Mission Athletecare. When soaked with water or sweat, the ultra-wicking fabric instantly cools to nearly 30 degrees below body temperature in less than a minute. It also provides sun protection, making it ideal for outdoor sports, yard work, home improvement or grilling. Special Father's Day towels ($15), caps ($25) and towel/cap combos ($30) are available at missionathletecare.com. Hats only are available at Sports Authority, 5130 Northern Blvd., Woodside, 718-205-4075, sportsauthority.com

For the dad who needs a drink

Paying tribute to the father of baseball, Abner
Photo Credit: Cooperstown Distillery

Paying tribute to the father of baseball, Abner Doubleday's Double Play Vodka from Cooperstown Distillery will take dad back in time. The baseball-shaped decanter has the detail of a real ball, down to its 108 stitches. Made of hand-blown glass, it comes wrapped in tissue just like old-time hardballs and is packaged in a nostalgic box. $45 for 750 ml bottle; cooperstowndistillery.com

For the inquisitive dad

Photo Credit: St. Martin's Press

"Humans of New York" by Brandon Stanton offers a close-up look at all the interesting New Yorkers we see every day. Based on Stanton's popular blog of the same name, the best-selling book includes 400 color images along with quotes and stories, bringing a sense of realness to the characters that roam our city. It's entertaining and inspiring at once. $29.99; Barnes & Noble, 160 E. 54th St., 212-750-8033, barnesandnoble.com

For the crafty dad

If dad enjoys beer and likes to experiment,
Photo Credit: The Plaza Hotel

If dad enjoys beer and likes to experiment, test his skills with a beer-making kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop. The supplies contained in the Everyday IPA box yield one citrusy, hoppy gallon of pale ale. Special equipment, ingredients and detailed instructions are included. $59; Todd English Food Hall at The Plaza Hotel, 768 Fifth Ave., 212-986-9260, theplazany.com

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