Permasteel 80 Qt. Patio Cooler | $179.99
To achieve true alpha dad status in the neighborhood, you need a great cooler for those backyard bashes and casual summer get-togethers. Along with the high volume (20 gallons) for plenty of drinks and the right height to rest your beverage while bragging about your walk-off dinger in the intramural softball championship from five years ago, this fire engine red beverage cart is powder coated for ultimate durability and easy clean up.
80 Qt. | Powder coated | Bottle Opener
Pack30 Professional Tool Backpack | $199
Unless your dad is Batman, he doesn’t need a heavy tool belts. If he’s an electrician, the Pack30 backpack is much easier on the lower back and won’t tug down pants, ensuring the secret identity of his butt crack safe…for now.
5-lb. weight |30+ pockets | Waterproof base
Marvel Thor Hammer Tool Set | $99.99
Whosoever holds this hammer (toolbox), if he be worthy, shall possess the power to tackle any job around the house. It’s loaded with tons of tools, but while it is shaped like a hammer, it’s probably not a good idea to use it as one.
44-piece tool set | Pliers, socket wrench, knife, tape measure and more | Forged in the Heart of a Dying Star (or so we hear)
DeWalt 165-Ft. Laser Distance Measurer | $99
Forget guesstimating on the jobsite or home project. Your spatial awareness will be laser focused with this handheld device, which uses the only math equation I remember, the Pythagorean theorem, to measure distance, along with area and volume and works up to 165 feet, accurate down to 1/16 in.
Stores Last 5 Measurements | Backlit Display
Black & Decker Combo Kit | $99.00
Black & decker
Every new dad’s power tool collection has to start somewhere, and sometimes even the grizzled experts need a spare. For under $100, this 4-piece combo takes care of both, including a 20V drill/driver, both circular and reciprocating saws and a worklight.
- Drill / Driver: 11 position clutch | LED worklight
- Circular Saw : High torque motor | 5-1/2-in. blade
- Reciprocating saw: 3000Spm motor | 7/8-in. stroke length
- LED work light: 70 Lumens | 11-hr. runtime
Nintendo Labo | $69+
With its console/ mobile dichotomy, the Nintendo Switch can be played anywhere you want. Labo is a series of DIY kits, comprised of perforated cardboard and various parts, that now let you and the family play any way you want. The makeshift piano, fishing rod, robot exoskeleton and more sync up with the sensor-laden controllers and main unit to create a refreshing gaming experience, as well as offer your kids a nice intro course into robotics and electronics.
Requires Nintendo Switch
Hubsan X4 H501S Drone | $205.99
As a recent drone owner (got a great deal at closing Toys R Us), I can tell you they are fun as heck— and even more unpredictable due to shifting orientation and wind speed. I know I’ll be paying for a neighbor’s window this summer. The modestly priced H501S checks all the boxes you want in a mid-tier drone, from camera to decent battery, with “hover” and “return home” features to ensure expert control for even novice quadcopter pilots.
1080 HD Cam | 20 min. battery | 3.3. lb.
The Boring Company 'Not a Flamethrower' | $500+
Designed by Elon Musk’s Boring Co. to help raise money for its subterranean world domination scheme, this limited edition propane powered flame dispenser, which is not a flamethrower because that would raise some legal concerns, you can only get this right now by paying a high markup on ebay. But imagine the next family reunion, your pa smugly charring brats and burgers with this bad boy while his uppity sister and obnoxious husband look on in horror.
PowRyte Elite 2100 PSI Pressure Washer | $149.99
I tried to cheap out and buy a long narrow nozzle for my hose for $10, which is essentially an oversized water pick. After shopping around, this looks like the best value on Amazon, which is marked down 25% for Prime members from $200. On the low side for PSI, this upright light model might not blast your driveway to its original luster like a gas-powered 3,000 PSI machine would, but for decks, lawn furniture and light layers of dirt, should do the job nicely.
1.8 gpm | 1600-w motor | 20-ft. hose length | 35-ft. cord