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A selection of gifts ideas for your father-in-law in 2023
Flint and Tinder Waxed Apron
Before you fire up that grill, slip on this apron to ensure your clothes are fully protected from smoke, ashes, and food splatter. The waxed canvas is sturdy, waterproof, and stain-resistant, and all you have to do to clean it off is simply wipe it down with a damp cloth for it to look good as new. The longer you wear it and the more you use it, the more beautiful it will become as it develops its unique patina over time. And wait until you see all the storage: three large waist pockets, two chest pen pockets, one larger chest pocket, and a tool strap capable of holding your favorite tongs or spatula. The tough cotton straps and metal peekaboo rivets used to reinforce the various stress points ensure that this apron will last you for many backyard BBQs to come.
YETI is best-known for their insulated coolers and bottles, but they’ve finally gotten into the everyday, lightweight plastic bottle game with the Yonder. This 750-ml bottle is built as tough as any YETI cooler or metal bottle, made using a shatter-resistant, BPA-free plastic that will handle the stresses of an active life without ever showing wear and tear. The cap is 100% leakproof and features a user-friendly two-part system that makes it easy to drink without spilling and removes any difficulty or mess from the refilling process. Clip it to your backpack or carry it by hand—it’s more than tough enough to keep up with you anywhere you go.
Huckberry x Craighill EDC Kit
With this EDC kit, you’ve got a solid loadout sized just right to fit in your pocket. The kit includes the following: a stylish stainless steel keyring that makes it easy to carry all your essentials hooked onto your belt or pocket, a low profile folding knife that’s surprisingly sturdy despite its small size, a steel-bodied, brass-capped pen with integrated clip crafted specifically for use on the key ring, and a screw-top key capsule that can also be used to haul around mints or painkillers as needed. The set is sturdy, well designed, and even comes in a gift box that makes it the perfect Christmas or birthday present.
Katchy Indoor Fruit Fly Trap & Mosquito Killer
The Katchy Indoor Insect Trap is not only one of the best-selling fly, moth, gnat, and mosquito-killers on the market, but also one of the best-rated (with 4 stars and nearly 60,000 reviews on Amazon alone). As if it wasn’t awesome enough, it’s now been updated to the “Duo”, which features twice the insect-killing power. That’s right: the fan and UV lights will draw the bugs into the trap, where they’ll be stuck to the sticky pads until they die, and the addition of a scented bait pod will offer them a tempting lure they can’t ignore. On auto mode, the fan and light switch on automatically when it’s dark enough to work (thanks to the built-in daylight sensor), but manual mode allows you to switch it on only when you know the bugs are out en masse. It’s a whisper-quiet bug killer you’ll absolutely want to have on hand this summer to stay insect-free at home and on any camping trip.
VSSL Essentials Kits
These kits are designed to be ultra-portable and tough enough to withstand literally anything—from a boat capsize to an avalanche—but contain all the survival tools you need for your camping, hiking, trekking, and mountaineering adventures. Hyper-tough rope, razor-sharp blades, fishing line and hooks, first aid supplies, fire starters, and survival gear, these kits have it all. You’ll become a prepared outdoorsman in no time with these fellas in your back pocket.
Milwaukee M12 Mounting Fan
Powered by Milwaukee’s M12 series batteries, the M12 Mounting Fan throws a cool breeze with no cords. The durable design delivers airspeed up to 14 MPH, pushes 400 CFM, offers adjustable 3-speed control and 360º rotation. What really makes this unit stand-out are the mounting options including a magnetic base for metal, and a spring-loaded clamp for hanging.
High Camp Tumbler 2-Pack + Wool Felt Carrying Case
When you’ve reached that special spot to pour one & reflect, this pair of stainless steel tumblers from High Camp make the perfect vessel for your well-deserved drink. The 11-ounce tumblers have a double-wall vacuum-insulated design that’s great for both hot & cold beverages. Packaged in a wool felt carry case for simple portability.
Wooden 6-Bottle Caddy with Bottle Opener
Handbuilt from wood for a classic, old-time feel, the Wood Beer Bottle Caddy carries six beer bottles and features a metal bottle opener mounted on the side. For home brewers, it makes a great way to give the gift of beer. Or for those who prefer to BYOB, you’ll arrive in style.
Damn Lucky: One Man's Courage During the Bloodiest Military Campaign in Aviation History
The horrors & heroism of war are laid bare in this riveting true-life tale. Written by NYT #1 Best-seller Kevin Maurer, it follows Major John “Lucky” Luckadoo, a young man from Tennessee who enlisted in the days following Pearl Harbor. Luckadoo went on to become a legendary pilot. By the end of WWII, Lucky had flown through Luftwaffe machine-gun fire and anti-aircraft flak in subzero temperatures, completing an incredible 25 missions.
ToughBuilt Fastener Bag
The ToughBuilt Fastener Bag 3-Pack simplifies storage of small items and supplies. They measure 10.94 x 6.81 x 2.91 inches and feature heavy-duty mesh windows that allow you to see everything inside. Grommets for hanging them on the wall & webbing handles for carrying add function to a smart, simple design.
WUBEN H5 Multifunctional Clip Flashlight
The multi-use H5 flashlight from Wuben packs a ton of function into a compact & weatherproof package. It’s got a 360º rotating beam, a magnetic design for hands-free use, 400 lumens with a beam angle of 175º. Power comes from an A2 battery or the integrated 14500 lithium-ion rechargeable battery, so “it’s dead” won’t happen.
NEBO OMNI 2K Work Light
With an ultra-bright 2000-lumens of LED light, the multi-directional Nebo Work Light is a serious lantern for work as well as indoor-outdoor applications. The hinged design makes it stable in all positions, while adjustable lights rotate in all directions. The handles are also magnetic for convenient hands-free use. USB-C rechargeable.
Designed for high-demand industrial work and used by mechanics and techs from NASA to NASCAR, Grypmat tool mats keep your tools safely stored, handy, and organized. Made of a rugged yet silent & soft material, they’re chemical and oil resistant and they don't slip off of whatever surface you place them on. Made in bright, high contrast colors, they simplify visual management for keeping track of nuts, bolts, parts and tools. Multiple sizes are offered.
Puebco Glass Popcorn Maker
Made of heat resistant glass, the clever, minimalist design of this glass corn popper from Puebco gives you a crystal clear view of the popping process. A slotted glass insert lets your butter melt slowly into the vessel for perfect coverage every time.
WeMo WiFi Smart Outdoor Plug
Equipped with two, waterproof & grounded 3-prong outlets and a USB-A charging port, plus support for Alexa, Apple Home Kit and Hey Google voice control, the WeMo wi-fi Smart Outdoor Plug gives you precise mobile control for all your outdoor devices & appliances. An “Away mode” function turns various lights in the home on and off to make it appear occupied, when you’re away.
Readywares Tool Bag
Plumbers, electricians, carpenters, painters, or home DIYers, this one is for you. The Tool Bag by Readywares is an ultra-tough waxed canvas bag that features 11 spacious pockets plus a large main compartment that offers you plenty of room to carry around all the tools and essentials you’ll need for your job. The cotton and polyester-blend fabric straps have all been reinforced so you know they’ll bear up under the weight of your tools even if you over-fill the pouch (which, let’s be honest, us working guys tend to do). Plus, the waxed canvas is tough enough to shrug off rain, spills, and stains, and you can literally rub out any scuffs in the wax coating to make it look as good as new.
NEBO BIG POPPY Rechargeable Flashlight and Lantern with Power Bank
Equipped with a 300 lumen lantern, a 120 lumen spot light, and a flickering flame mode, the rugged & rechargeable Big Poppy is a versatile wireless light & USB power bank in one. Battery life ranges from 3 to 15 hours on a charge depending on light mode.
Johnsonville Sizzling Sausage Grill
Purpose-built to do sausages and brats the right way, Johnsonville’s Sizzling Sausage Grill takes the guesswork out of grilling to deliver mouthwatering results. With modular cooking plates for dogs, bratwurst, and even breakfast patties, this mess-free countertop cooker heats up to cook links and patties in under 10 minutes, and bigger brats in 15, all indoors, with automatic alerts when finished & quick, dishwasher-safe clean up.
1982 VHS Playing Cards
Two or three generations ago, movies at home were watched on a format called VHS. It was a giant plastic box with magnetic tape inside that was placed into an even larger set-top box called a VCR. The picture quality was garbage but for a time, high tech. True story. Ask someone old. The Kings Wild Project has created the VHS 1982 collection: playing cards that pay homage to this beloved dead technology. The high-quality, limited edition cards feature 80s-era graphics inspired by period design. Choose from their 3 retro styles.
Power up your phone on the fly and keep your hands cozy, all with one pocket-sized device. The ThermoCharge is a 4400 mAh Lithium-battery power supply for your USB devices & it also doubles as a handwarmer that heats up to 113º. It runs for 6 hours of simultaneous warming & charging.
Greys The Outdoor Slipper
Crafted from a temperature-regulating wool blend, Greys Outdoor slippers are perfect for chilly winter mornings & feature a grippy rubber outsole that will keep you cozy & dry even for outdoor use. Comfy with or without socks, they also feature a stub-proof toe box & leather pull tab quick on/off.
The Leaf Hauler
Raking season is coming. This fall, get it handled like a pro with the Leaf Hauler. This rugged, reinforced clean-up tarp carries 4X what a wheelbarrow does and has 6 handles for easy transport. It comes with stakes to keep it down on windy days & folds up flat for storage.
This Pen is Made From a Fighter Plane Propeller
Made from the propeller of an original Spitfire—the infamous WWII fighter plane—this pen pays homage to aviation history with its Hydulignum construction, a high strength birch laminate seasoned by years of wartime use. The pen is also engraved with the serial number of the original propeller and comes in a handcrafted ash wood presentation box.
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