- Charcoal grill or smoker. If your Dad is a true Tong Master, a grill that uses real charcoal is the way to go. Nothing beats the tantalizing aroma of a slow-smoked brisket. Prices range from $50 to $1,000.
- Outdoor beer dispenser. If your Dad likes to stand out from the crowd, a weatherproof kegerator is a surefire way to give him backyard bragging rights. No more ducking into the kitchen every five minutes to retrieve ice-cold suds for guests with one of these appliances on the deck or patio. Expect to pay $400 to $1,500, and you’ll need access to electrical power.
- Gas barbecue grill. Cement your place in family history by springing for a handsome gas grill. Built of heavy cast aluminum or thick-gauge steel, these outdoor cookers will put a permanent smile on Dad’s face. Prices for good-quality units start as low as $150. Pay $350 or more for top-quality gas grills with enough cooking surface to cook two dozen burgers all at once.
- Chainsaw. C’mon, you know he wants one. Even if he doesn’t use it all the time, a chainsaw is a lot of machismo in a little — and affordable — package. A 40 cc saw with a 16-inch bar is good for most yard work, and costs $130 to $200.
- Wheelbarrow. Think a wheelbarrow is a corny present? Not so! A wheelbarrow is the heart and soul of yard work. Plus, it takes a load off Dad’s back without breaking your budget. You’ll find them from $30 to $250.
From Mom, with love (and a hidden agenda)
- Steam shower. Let’s be honest: Dads don’t have to get all the fun on Father’s Day if you play your cards right. A steam shower will relax his aching muscles after a day of felling trees and planting petunias. Plus, you’ll get to luxuriate in it after a week of planning the perfect Father’s Day for a guy who certainly has it all. $1,000 to $5,000.
What are you getting your dad this Father’s Day?