11 Thoughtful Gifts for Dad

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iStock, FatCamera

This holiday season, spoil your old man with gifts that will help him kick back, pick up a new hobby, or spruce up his space.

1. Pit Boss Single-Burner Portable Tabletop Grill

Pit Boss
Amazon

This portable single-burner grill features a 305-square-inch stainless steel cooking area, making it perfect for picnicking, tailgating, and camping. With a set of folding legs, the grill can be easily collapsed and stored in a trunk or truck bed.

Find It at Amazon for $61 and also at these other retailers:

2. Apple Watch Series 4

Apple Watch
Best Buy

This watch is perfect for active men: Sporting Apple's largest display yet, this "swimproof" timepiece comes equipped with electrical and optical heart sensors, an accelerometer, and even a gyroscope that can detect when dad trips while he uses the hiking workout feature.

Find It at Best Buy for $429 and also at these other retailers:

3. Cocktail Courier Subscription

Cocktail Courier
Cocktail Courier

A boozy version of Blue Apron, Cocktail Courier promises to surprise dad with a monthly shipment of ingredients—such as bitters and garnishes—needed to make some of the tastiest cocktails. Along with the ingredients, the shipment comes with a card providing step-by-step instructions from some of the world’s best bartenders.

Find It at Cocktail Courier.

4. Whiskey Appreciation Crate

Bourbon Kit
Man Crates

When dad is finished making those drinks, he might want to proudly display them for all to see. Thankfully, this box (or “Man Crate”) comes with a personalized whiskey decanter and a personalized pair of rocks glasses. Also included are two slate coasters, two sphere molds for making ice, a whiskey drinking journal, and an assortment of savory snacks.

Find It at Man Crates for $150.

5. Bushnell Phantom Gold Course GPS

Bushnell GPS
Amazon

Preloaded with maps of 36,000 golf courses from more than 30 countries, this Bluetooth-enabled GPS tells dad just how far he need to launch his next shot. The device boasts a battery life that can last up to two rounds, meaning dad can spend as much time hacking away in the bunker as he needs. (But he insists he doesn't need that, right?)

Find It at Amazon for $100.

6. Wise Owl Hammock

Hammock
Amazon

Made from heavy-duty parachute nylon, this hammock is soft, lightweight, and reliable. It can hold up to 400 pounds, in case dad's favorite furry friend is used to cuddling in for naps. And if dad isn't an expert at knot-tying, have no fear: The company will send an email with instructions after your purchase, making sure this hammock stays high-strung for good.

Find It at Amazon for $26.

7. Train spotting Log Book

Trainspotting Book
Amazon

This train spotting guide is perfect for any dad who slams the brakes every time he sees a freight train passing him beside the highway. With this handy logbook, dad will never forget the time he spotted a rare 4-6-0 chugging beside a Dash 8-32B.

Find It at Amazon for $7.

8. Himalayan Salt Plank

Himalayan Pink Salt Plate
Uncommon Goods

Forget the old-fashioned Charcuterie board! And don’t even think of chopping up your steaks on a cutting board made from plastic. Rather, impart some flavor by resting your food on this handsome slab of Himalayan pink salt. (Dad can even use it as a cooking pan!)

Find It at Uncommon Goods for $30.

9. Baseball Stadium Blueprints

MLB Stadium Blueprint
Uncommon Goods

These attractive, vintage-style blueprints depicting every Major League Baseball stadium are of museum-grade and printed on archival paper, meaning they’ll last forever on the walls of dad’s office.

Find It at Uncommon Goods for $185.

10. Philips Sunrise Simulation Alarm Clock

Sun Alarm Clock
WalMart

We’ll admit that $124 sounds like a lot for an alarm clock—but after just a few days, dad will thank you. Research suggests that, to avoid grumpiness and overall fatigue, it’s healthier to wake up to a gentle glow of light than the shrill screams of a sudden alarm. This light by Philips is indisputably one of the best.

Find It at Wal-Mart for $124.

11. Audio-Technica AT-LP2X Record Player

Audio-Technica Record Player
Guitar Center

Whether dad likes classic rock or the latest release, this sleek, silver turntable will give him the option to KISS (keep it simple, stupid!), or eventually add on speakers and amplifiers. Plus, a record player is the gift that keeps on giving—as in, it gives you the freedom to make future gifts all vintage vinyl.

Find It at Guitar Center for $180 and also at these other retailers:

7 Top-Rated Portable Air Conditioners You Can Buy Right Now

Black + Decker/Amazon
Black + Decker/Amazon

The warmest months of the year are just around the corner (in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway), and things are about to get hot. To make indoor life feel a little more bearable, we’ve rounded up a list of some of the top-rated portable air conditioners you can buy online right now.

1. SereneLife 3-in-1 Portable Air Conditioner; $290

SereneLife air conditioner on Amazon.
SereneLife/Amazon

This device—currently the best-selling portable air conditioner on Amazon—is multifunctional, cooling the air while also working as a dehumidifier. Reviewers on Amazon praised this model for how easy it is to set up, but cautioned that it's not meant for large spaces. According to the manufacturer, it's designed to cool down rooms up to 225 square feet, and the most positive reviews came from people using it in their bedroom.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Black + Decker 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner and Heater; $417

Black + Decker portable air conditioner
Black+Decker/Amazon

Black + Decker estimates that this combination portable air conditioner and heater can accommodate rooms up to 350 square feet, and it even comes with a convenient timer so you never have to worry about forgetting to turn it off before you leave the house. The setup is easy—the attached exhaust hose fits into most standard windows, and everything you need for installation is included. This model sits around four stars on Amazon, and it was also picked by Wirecutter as one of the best values on the market.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Mikikin Portable Air Conditioner Fan; $45

Desk air conditioner on Amazon
Mikikin/Amazon

This miniature portable conditioner, which is Amazon's top-selling new portable air conditioner release, is perfect to put on a desk or end table as you work or watch TV during those sweltering dog days. It's currently at a four-star rating on Amazon, and reviewers recommend filling the water tank with a combination of cool water and ice cubes for the best experience.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Juscool Portable Air Conditioner Fan; $56

Juscool portable air conditioner.
Juscool/Amazon

This tiny air conditioner fan, which touts a 4.6-star rating, is unique because it plugs in with a USB cable, so you can hook it up to a laptop or a wall outlet converter to try out any of its three fan speeds. This won't chill a living room, but it does fit on a nightstand or desk to help cool you down in stuffy rooms or makeshift home offices that weren't designed with summer in mind.

Buy it: Amazon

5. SHINCO 8000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner; $320

Shinco portable air conditioner
SHINCO/Amazon

This four-star-rated portable air conditioner is meant for rooms of up to 200 square feet, so think of it for a home office or bedroom. It has two fan speeds, and the included air filter can be rinsed out quickly underneath a faucet. There's also a remote control that lets you adjust the temperature from across the room. This is another one where you'll need a window nearby, but the installation kit and instructions are all included so you won't have to sweat too much over setting it up.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Honeywell MN Series Portable Air Conditioner and Dehumidifier; $400

Honeywell air conditioner on Walmart.
Honeywell/Walmart

Like the other units on this list, Honeywell's portable air conditioner also acts as a dehumidifier or a standard fan when you just want some air to circulate. You can cool a 350-square-foot room with this four-star model, and there are four wheels at the bottom that make moving it from place to place even easier. This one is available on Amazon, too, but Walmart has the lowest price right now.

Buy it: Walmart

7. LG 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner; $699

LG Portable Air Conditioner.
LG/Home Depot

This one won't come cheap, but it packs the acclaim to back it up. It topped Wirecutter's list of best portable air conditioners and currently has a 4.5-star rating on Home Depot's website, with many of the reviews praising how quiet it is while it's running. It's one of the only models you'll find compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, and it can cool rooms up to 500 square feet. There's also the built-in timer, so you can program it to go on and off whenever you want.

Buy it: Home Depot

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9 Great Gifts for the Friends Fanatic

Paladone/Toynk
Paladone/Toynk

More than 16 years after its final episode aired, Friends is still one of the most popular sitcoms around—and every day, new fans are discovering the iconic '90s series, whether it's through reruns that play all day long on TV or by streaming the show on the new HBO Max service. That means that you either have a Friends fan in your life that you'll want to buy a surprise for—or maybe you just want to treat yourself. Either way, here are a few of our favorite Friends gifts.

1. Friends Box; $36 per box

Friends box from CultureFly

If you’re looking for a Friends gift that keeps on giving, you’ve found it. The Friends Subscription Box from CultureFly provides a plethora of goodies quarterly, with its contents determined by a particular season of the hit TV show. In each box, you’ll find cool collectibles and signature items that you can’t find elsewhere, like a plush version of Marcel or a Central Perk fleece blanket.

Buy it: CultureFly

2. Monica's Door Pool Float; $30

Friends pool float on Amazon.

If you’re a true Friends fan, you know how necessary this pool float is. Shaped like Monica's trademark purple apartment door, this float measures in at over 55 inches long and features a peephole that's more than just a screen-accurate decoration—it actually works, allowing you to feel more like a Geller than ever.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Central Perk Ceramic Mug; $21

Central Perk mug from Friends.

Central Perk is the epicenter of the Friends universe, so it’s only fitting to commemorate the gang's home away from home with this 24-ounce coffee mug that should hold enough java to get you through an entire episode.

Buy it: Toynk

4. "PIVOT!" T-Shirt; $23-$27

Friends "Pivot" shirt from Hot Topic.

One of Ross’s more undignified moments came during a failed attempt to get a humongous couch up a narrow staircase with Rachel and Chandler serving as helpers (though they could have really used the freakishly strong Monica). Now you can relive the infamous "pivot!" scene with this made-to-order shirt from Hot Topic, featuring an exasperated Ross front and center.

Buy it: Hot Topic

5. Smelly Cat Face Mask; $10

Friends mask from Teepublic.

For all the diehard "Smelly Cat" fans out there, this is the perfect gift for 2020. Now you’ll be able to stay safe during the pandemic and still wear Friends-inspired merch in style. The mask comes in standard and double-pleated versions, and TeePublic will donate a medical-grade mask for every one of these that are purchased.

Buy it: TeePublic

6. Friends Lip Balm; $9

Friends lip balm on Amazon.

They may not taste like a latte, but these Friends-themed lip balms are still authentic collectibles for fans of the series. Modeled after Central Perk to-go cups, the balms come in strawberry or vanilla flavors and stand at just 1.75 inches tall, making them perfect for slipping into a purse, backpack, or glove compartment.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Friends Trivia Game

Friends trivia from Lacesi.

Do you remember Chandler’s middle name? How about how Rachel chipped her tooth in season 4? This trivia game features 342 questions stretched across topics from all 10 seasons of the show. And while the rules are simple, there is one requirement: You must be a Friends fanatic to come out on top.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Central Perk Neon Light; $40

Central Perk neon light-up sign.

What better statement piece could there possibly be for a Friends fan? This light-up Central Perk sign would be right at home in the kitchen, living room, or just in a bedroom as a night light. No matter where this neon light is placed, it’s sure to liven up the place.

Buy it: Entertainment Earth

9. Friends Novelty Quote Socks; $17

Friends socks.

These comfy and colorful Friends ankle socks come in packs of five and feature a different slogan and graphic on each, so you can pick the perfect pair depending on your mood. Feeling affectionate? Go with the warm and fuzzy "You're my lobster." Not in the mood? Well, then opt for the classic "We were on a break!"

Buy it: Toynk

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