We know it’s not easy to find the perfect gift for Father’s Day, which is why we crafted this guide for you. BUT, if your dad loves outdoor landscaping and will even forego hiring a professional landscaper to do the upkeep, then you need to check out Carson Arthur’s expert guide to finding the right gift for dad. After all, he’s the outdoor expert!
Enough with the plaid shirts, colourful socks or ties for the office; its time to get dad something he really wants this year. As an outdoor expert, I get to try a lot of new technology specifically designed for making the most of our outdoor spaces. This year, I tested all of these new technologies with my friends to see which ones were real winners for Father’s Day.
Here is our top five, guaranteed to please any dad who likes to be outside during the summer.
Honeywell’s Outdoor Evaporative Air Cooler
This is truly perfect for any dad who loves sitting in the shade on the deck or patio. The Air Cooler can attach to the garden hose, blowing cool air on you as it evaporates the water. If you’ve been to Vegas or to Palm Springs, then you know the feeling of a cooling mist when its hot outside. The beauty of this product is that the 48L version (mid-size) can cool a patio approximately 600 sq. feet using the same energy as it would take to power a 150W light bulb.
Dewalt Yard Tools
Originally designed for landscaping contractors, this new line of Dewalt yard tools turns any dad into a pro when it comes to yard work. All of my guy friends agree that the cool factor alone makes this gift perfect. These heavy duty trimmer and blowers in the signature yellow is sure to make dad the envy of the neighbourhood.
Side note: our landscaping experts might be envious too!
Koolatron W75 CoolWheel Cooler
No more soggy sandwiches or beers with the labels peeling off because the CoolWheel cooler doesn’t need ice. This is brilliant for Dad. This cooler plugs in. Whether in the backyard by the pool or on a camping trip plugged into the car, this cooler keeps your food and drinks at the perfect temperature without any need for running to the corner store to buy more ice.
Green Strike Mosquito Preventer
While zapping mosquitos might be satisfying, getting rid of the larvae is significantly more effective! The Preventer tucks into a back corner of the yard and does it’s job by reducing the population by up to 70%. The Preventer creates a perfect breeding ground for female mosquitos, complete with water and a lure to bring them in. Each female mosquito can lay up to 30,000 eggs and every three days, the Preventer cycles these eggs through a filter effectively stopping a whole generation of new mosquitos.
Gladiator GarageWorks systems
All the dads agree that while this may not be specifically for the outdoors, garage storage is crucial for outdoor enjoyment. Whether an outdoor dad or a sporty dad, every dad will love getting organized in the garage with this system of hanging racks, bamboo work benches and enclosed shelving systems. With a spot for everything from rakes and shovels to golf clubs and hockey bags, having good storage for the garage is key to making the most of your space. Buy Dad the first piece and let him customize the rest! Go for the Gladiator Premier Tall GearBox – a unit with fixed and adjustable shelves that makes storing odds and ends easy and convenient. It’s a definite win-win! Dad is happy and the garage finally gets cleaned.
Think outside-the-box the box this year when shopping for your Father’s day gifts. If the dad in your life is anything like my friends, and me going with an outdoor theme is sure to be a success.
Of course, you could give your dad the gift of a break by hiring a professional landscaper to do some of the outdoor work while he enjoys the other gadgets you’re purchased for him! Just a thought.