Although Father’s Day is on fast and furious approach, finding that perfect gift for dear ‘ole dad can be even more of a challenge as many endeavor to stay home and shop online. To ease and expedite your e-Shopping expeditions, I’ve curated a killer collection of gift ideas perfect for food, beverage and entertaining-lovers. One or more will assuredly gratify the guys in your life.
Instant Vortex 6-Quart 4-in-1 Air Fryer Oven (www.Target.com)
Show dad you care about his health, well-being and penchant for convenience with the Instant Vortex 6-Quart 4-in-1 Air Fryer Oven. This appliance not only air fries, but also roasts, bakes and reheats to perfection using these four built-in Smart Programs. Plus, eight simple touch controls are easy to use and read, making it easy to cook healthy and tasty versions of dad’s favorites with little to no oil—even giving him deep-fried flavor without the added calories and mess. For big eaters, the unit’s air fry basket is large enough to fit a two-pound bag of fries or a four-pound chicken! With it, dad can also air fry juicy chicken wings, onion rings and more. Roast cauliflower bites, shrimp skewers, garlicky potatoes and chicken nuggets. Bake calzones or mini pizzas, fluffy cinnamon rolls and chewy brownie bites. Or, reheat last night’s dinner for lunch. All crisp-fried to perfection with deep-fried taste and texture, though using little to no cooking oil since food is cooked by circulating hot air driven by a powerful fan. So he can enjoy all of his beloved fried foods—guilt-free. Dad can even customize the time and temperature selects for total control and save his presets so meals can be made with the touch of a button. Plus, it’s easy to clean since minimal grease means minimal mess. The black surface wipes clean and the drip pan and cooking trays are all dishwasher safe.
Instant Ace Plus Cooking & Beverage Blender (www.Amazon.com)
Another stellar kitchen innovation dad is sure to love is Instant Ace Plus Cooking & Beverage Blender that makes drink and meal prep a breeze. This high-speed appliance boasts a 54 ounce tempered glass pitcher with eight hardened steel blades that not only blend, but also cooks to make hot soups, stews, mains, sides, dips, spreads, sauces, frozen treats and more. With eight smart, one-touch programs and three manual speed settings, dad can quickly crush, grind and blend ingredients to prepare all of his favorites. Beyond smoothies, dad can easily and quickly make icy treats (or just crush or grind ice), nut butters and nut/oat/soy/rice milk. Four cold-blending programs make it easy to whip up tasty dips, milkshakes, smoothies and other cold beverages. It has 10-speed customizable blending that’s paired with 26,500 RPMs of power. Or he can customize the cooking temperature for full control when preparing soups, purées, sauces and dips. It like a gentle, self-stirring pot that’ll heat and cook for you! Dad’s adjustments will be remembered automatically, plus there’s a Delay Start function and Automatic Warming. Thus blender comes with everything he’ll need: a patented 3-in-1 food tamper, measuring cup and cleaning brush and a food-safe, machine washable strainer bag.
Especially great for dads ever on-the-go is BlendJet, the original portable blender that’s available in 14 stylish colors. This versatile and powerful portable device is great for use no matter where dad may be: when at the gym, spending a day at the beach, hitting the slopes, relaxing in a hotel room or during a lengthy day at work—and everywhere in between. And highly versatile, BlendJet is a great way to make smoothies, blended frappes, protein shakes and so much more. Think portability and a compact size means sacrificing power? Think again! Powered by a rechargeable 2000 mAh battery, BlendJet is equipped with 6-point 304 stainless steel blades and a 5v motor that’s capable of blending in 90 seconds flat. And, each full charge promises up to 12 single-serving blended beverages. Designed with users in mind, each BlendJet portable blender is crafted with BPA-free, food safe materials and equipped with a built-in strainer, carrying strap and single operation button for ultimate convenience. Beyond it’s simple one-touch operation, clean up is super easy, too! When you’re done blending, add a drop of dish soap, fill with water and activate the blends to ensure your BlendJet is squeaky clean and ready for your next “bev-venture.”
HUROM Citrus Juicer (www.Hurom.com)
HUROM’s Citrus Juicer is perfect for dad’s simpler juicing needs all year thorugh, whether it’s taking care of large oranges for a breakfast OJ, medium lemons for some backyard lemonade (maybe the hard kind) or small limes for seltzer water. With a one-size-fits-all finned cone, the HUROM Citrus Juicer will help dad single-handedly squeeze any citrus fruit and yield the maximum amount of juice (leaving the rind completely empty). With automatic squeezing once the handle is pressed down, the motor automatically mimics the motion of hand-squeezing a citrus fruit. With such a simple and seamless process, dad will be juicing every day and getting the most out of every squeeze. A drip-stop juice outlet controls the amount of juice that is poured into a glass and avoids drippage. It even has a near-silent, yet powerful, A/C motor. There is a quick assembly method and it’s easy to clean with just three parts that mount on top of the motor. The squeezer cone also rotates automatically to extract juice easily and neatly. A stylish, stainless steel finish not only adds to the machine’s durability but it also complements almost any kitchen design and décor. Plus there are safety features, as HUROM juicers only operate if the chamber is precisely assembled on the base. Most importantly, no blades or sharp components are used in the design of their products, so dad doesn’t have to worry about a hospital trip in his near future.
Kendall-Jackson Wines (www.KJ.com)
Since the release of Jess Jackson’s first Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay in 1982, Kendall-Jackson Wines has long been regarded as pioneers of the California Chardonnay movement. Grapes from California’s cool, coastal regions make wines that are big, bold and flavorful, and are the perfect gift for imbibing-minded dads that seek out wines that can be paired with any kind food. As producers of America’s number one selling Chardonnay for 25 years and counting, Kendall-Jackson offers the full spectrum of Chardonnay. Here are five fab expressions that are all a perfect fit this Father’s Day: 1) 2018 Stature Santa Barbara Chardonnay, available for $80, is the crème de la crème, with grapes from the Camelot and Neely vineyards in Santa Barbara that offer opulent pineapple, mango, papaya and floral honeysuckle notes with a creamy richness finishing on the palate; 2) Jackson Estate Camelot Highlands Chardonnay, priced at $45, is crafted from single-vineyard grapes grown on the hillside above the Santa Maria Bench in Santa Barbara, featuring vibrant guava and tangerine flavors with notes of cinnamon, candied lime, and vanilla bean; 3) Grand Reserve Santa Barbara Chardonnay, at $22, has lush tropical fruit and lemon/lime aromas with a nice minerality courtesy of the calciferous soils in the Santa Maria and Los Alamos valleys. It features hints of floral notes, along with flavors of vanilla and spice to round out the palate; 4) AVANT, priced at $17, is cold-fermented in stainless steel tanks to create the purest expression of the Chardonnay grape. It showcases crisp green apple, citrus and tropical fruit notes, and is a wine that is youthful and lively; 5) Finally is Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve, also $17, which maintains its stronghold as America’s top-selling Chardonnay for over two decades. It’s long-revered for its flavors of pineapple, mango, and papaya with aromas of vanilla, honey and mild hints of toasted oak.
BetterAir Biotica800 (BetterAirUS.com)
In the current climate, health and wellness is of the utmost importance. Protect dad and everyone else under his roof (especially in the kitchen and dining areas) with BetterAir. This air and surface purifier works to eliminate bacteria, pathogens and viruses in your house, even in the most delicate areas and objects. It can give his (and the whole family’s) immune system that much-needed extra boost, as this is the only Air Purifier using probiotics to help increase immune function and fight-off pathogens and diseases before they impact your life. Better Air uses a proprietary blend of probiotics called Enviro-Biotics to re-populate the indoor environment. An ultra-fine mist continuously releases billions of these into the air to land on surfaces, penetrate fabrics and infiltrate every corner where irritants thrive. Once dispersed, Enviro-Biotics consume the same food that bad bacteria need to survive. The result? Your environment is returned to the natural state where clean air thrives, so you enjoy your home like never before. BetterAir’s Biotica800 includes one Enviro-Biotics cartridge (good for a three-month supply). Also great is the company’s Natural Probiotic Environmental Sanitizing Spray, which creates a layer of microflora of beneficial probiotics to help emphasize dad’s natural ability to protect against organic irritants. Spray two to three pumps in the air and on shared objects such as keyboards, cellphones, yoga mats, door handles, airplane seat pockets, bathroom sinks, cutting boards and much more. The spray also reduces musty and foul odors, which is a much-welcomed bonus. And don’t worry about contact irritation because it is an excellent way to promote healthier skin by spritzing it directly on.
Neato D7 Robotic Vacuum (www.NeatoRobotics.com)
Many dads do a lot of physical work to ensure cleanliness in the kitchen and elsewhere around the house, but you can help him relax a touch more this Father’s Day with the Neato D7—a premium and highly advanced robot vacuum that does the dirty work so dad (or anyone else in the family, perhaps including YOU) will not have to. This smart and powerful robot helper features top-of-the-line technology and is highly feature-rich. This includes LaserSmart technology that allows it to intelligently navigate the home; zone cleaning that lets it clean specific areas on demand; no-go lines to keep the robot out of places it shouldn’t be; turbo mode that boosts suction to pick up pet hair and tough debris; voice compatibility with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri Shortcuts; and up to 120 minutes of battery life. Beyond all of those impressive considerations, what makes Neato particularly unique? First, the D-shape (which Neato first brought to the industry) was specifically designed to deep clean corners, unlike its round shaped competitors. The extended battery life is also best-in-class, allowing for a bigger brush and dustbin. This makes it particularly perfect to give even large homes a more regular deep clean. Lastly, Neato is the only robot vacuum to use LiDAR technology for its laser mapping. So, Neato can scan and map the entire house, creating up to three multi-floor plans for the robot to follow. With lasers, Neato can even clean in the dark, getting those hard-to-reach places under furniture.
Honeywell Outdoor Evaporative Cooler CO610PM Model (www.MyHomeClimate.com)
With temperatures rising as summer looms, you can easily keep dad from getting too hot under the collar—even as he labors over that hot grill! In fact, you can readily keep him cool and collected indoors and out with the powerful Honeywell Weatherproof Outdoor Portable Evaporative Cooler, which is built to cool large outdoor spaces. This includes outdoor patios and porches, backyard decks, large common areas, studios, workshops and more. The unit’s triple-sided honeycomb and high-velocity fan delivers robust cooling to make any hot and humid outdoor space far more enjoyable. This Honeywell cooler is definitely a welcome upgrade to outdoor living. This model is even equipped with an ice compartment, wide 14″ metal fan blades and a continuous water supply option since this unit uses water to cool hot air instead. New to evaporative air cooling? The sensation is like a lakeside breeze. Evaporative air coolers do not use heavy compressors or refrigerant gas to lower air temperatures, nor do they spray mist. Instead, they effectively reduce heat through evaporating water vapor into the air. They work most effectively in hot, dry climates. So keep mom—and all of her family and friends—cool, comfortable and confident in the summer months courtesy of the geniuses at Honeywell.
Stealth Core Fitness Trainer (www.TryStealthNow.com)
After all of the eating and drinking a bit of exercise is surely in order. So, check out Stealth—a super-cool device that combines fitness with gaming. It uses a person’s body movements as a video game controller while the user moves and plays along. That’s where the name comes from: Stealth. It helps users “sneak” exercise into the day without bearing the burden of spending a lot of time. Just place a smartphone in the slot, choose one of several games from the free Stealth app and immediately start exercising while playing games! Stealth turns boring planks into a dynamic core and total body workout that is not only fun, but also highly effective—allowing you to get a workout at home in just a few minutes a day. Plus, there are virtually unlimited gaming combinations because Stealth is designed to never play out the same way. Every use is new and exciting! Stealth also uses people’s core strength to control the action on the mobile phone screen, making static exercises more engaging—for both the body and the brain. The company’s patented Dynamic Motion will have dad twisting, turning and rotating 360 degrees, playing games, burning calories, strengthening and toning muscles and having fun all the while.
BURST Sonic Toothbrush (www.BurstOralCare.com)
As safety precautions around germs increase—particularly around travel—here’s a great gift for dad outside of sanitizer, masks and wipes. Many people would say that they brush their teeth to avoid cavities, have a sparkling white smile and enjoy fresh breath. While that is all true, the risk of not brushing your teeth extends far beyond. Poor dental hygiene can have a serious impact on your body’s overall health and even lead to the spread of germs. BURST Oral Care’s Sonic Toothbrush, which has been clinically proven to remove up to 10-times more plaque than a manual toothbrush, is a quick and effective way to reduce bacteria and yuck-spreading microorganisms. In fact, it’s been clinically proven to provide up to 91 percent greater plaque removal versus a manual toothbrush. It provides enough of a deep cleaning to reduce bleeding gums up to three times more than with a manual toothbrush. In addition, it features Charcoal Bristles that are specially designed to remove surface stains, courtesy of it producing 33,000 sonic vibrations per minute. With one of the most powerful motors on the market, BURST will provide the deepest clean without damaging the gums. It also contains quad-interval technology, so every 30 seconds dad will feel a gentle vibration that serves as a reminder to move on to another part of the mouth. BURST was developed in conjunction with expert insight of dental professionals to be the best affordable electric toothbrush in the marketplace. So, it’s no wonder celebs like television personality and author Chrissy Teigen’s tout it. And, as mentioned, this toothbrush is great for travel since it has four weeks of battery life with each charge, so it’s perfect for dad is on-the-go.
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