For Father's Day, I've seen a lot of hipster Dad gift guides that probably won't appeal to Dads of a certain... "vintage". So I chatted with Hubby and I made a list of great tools we have and love (that my Dad covets) and ones that look really enticing and perfect for a handy Dad.
WORX SWITCH DRILL AND DRIVER
This WORX 2-in-1 switch drill and driver is compact, plus it switches easily between driving and drilling modes. We have added this to our "stuff for the boat" tool arsenal and I love how lightweight it is!
Work lights like these are awesome enough to cause major fights in my family, as whoever borrows them (me) tends to resist returning them to their rightful owner (my Dad). They have been used so many times - they make late night DIY projects so easy and are perfect when you've cut power to an area of the house but need some light. An extension cord and one of these makes midnight wiring possible - perfect for busy Dads!
Magnelex, this clever magnetic bracelet, helps keep track of nails and screws - such a genius idea, and way better than trying to hold a bunch of screws in one's mouth (we're all guilty of that). I classify this as the type of thing Dad would never buy himself, only to use it all the time once he has it.
MASTERCRAFT ARTICULATING LADDER
When we were shopping for a sailboat, every boat was on land and had to be accessed by a ladder. Every older dude who showed us boats rolled up with a sketchy, rickety ladder. I'm convinced that ladder sales must be slow. Now that I think about it, I've never actually seen someone purchase a ladder. And no one I know has a shiny new one, they're all the dicey kind that make my palms sweat.
This articulating ladder is worth every penny - we splurged and bought ourselves the exact model because Hubby and I are both afraid of heights (although one of us has been sky diving and so that someone has to clean the gutters because you can't pretend to be scared of ladders and then jump from a plane). It's been handy for accessing the roof, reaching the smoke detector on our 13 foot ceiling, and so many others tasks that make my heart skip a beat. It's so sturdy and really versatile, transforming into eight different positions, like a stairway scaffold - genius!
Fiber Fix, a handy little product that can mend anything from shovels to hockey sticks and eek out a little more life out of whatever 100 year old shovel or fishing rod he won't let go of.
I was sent a sample of this stuff and it's so handy to keep around for making emergency repairs - with a more permanent hold than duct tape. It's a one time use product, so go ahead and toss a few packages in your cart.
Is Dad doing some electrical work? My Dad is super thrilled that he was able to successfully repair my parents' washing machine after watching a ton of YouTube videos. This digital multimeter is one we own and it's something we use a lot so I highly recommend it if your handy Dad doesn't have one!
BOSSE TOOLS ERGONOMIC SHOVELS
It's really easy on the back when you're digging a lot - it improves your posture and the center handle rotates and locks in place for comfort. Dads with aching old joints and backs will surely appreciate this!
People laugh at us because it normally takes us about 20 minutes (sometimes half an hour) and eight ratchet straps before we're ready to drive off with our precious cargo, but properly securing larger items is SO important - things flying out of a pick up truck or an SUV with the tail gate open can seriously injure or even kill other drivers. But if your Dad is like my Dad, he might rely on a handful of aging bungee cords and hope for securing larger purchases because ratchet straps are too expensive. Buy these ratchet straps for him. Please.
Some of my gift ideas for handy Dads veer toward the practical - and affordable! - but if you're looking to splash out on an expensive and deliciously FUN tool, this FLIR TG165 Spot Thermal Camera (with image storage) could definitely fit the bill! Just over $300, yes, but it could save Dad tons of money because you can use this handy gadget to find heat loss in a home, track roof conditions, spot electrical issues, etc - home inspectors love these.
Hubby is positively drooling for one of these.
LINCOLN ELECTRIC ARC WELDER
These are just come suggestions based on tools/handy gadgets we have - and love - or things we think a Handy Dad would appreciate. My best advice? Poke around Dad's garage and check out his tool situation. Treat him to a better, fancier version of what he's been using for years - or the thing you borrowed and never returned. He might fight you on it ("oh I don't need it"), but he'll thank you for it later.
Feel free to chime in with your own suggestions in the comments! Please note that for some, not all, of the products I recommended I was able to use affiliate links so I might make a small commission. I never allow affiliate linking to drive the products I promote in any way.