GamePro 2008 holiday gift guide
- — 19 December, 2008 16:54
Gifts for Dad
Dads work hard so they deserve to play hard. But don't do the generic thing and get him a sweater or another golf club; check our list of sweet toys for Dad and watch the old man's face light up like a kid this holiday season.
Fanatec Porsche 911 Racing Wheel
Chances are your dad will never own a fancy sports car; it's too bad because the old man really deserves one. But you can get him pretty damn close by setting him up with a Fantec driving wheel. They have one modeled after the Porche 911 and one based on the Carrera; they're slick, well built and will give your dad the thrill of driving a high-powered racing machine. Pair it with a driving game like Gran Turismo and give your dad the racing thrill so richly deserves.
Does your dad have an office job? Does he stare at a computer screen for hours on end? Then hook him up with a pair of glasses from Gunnar Optiks. These special designed glasses purport to ease the eye strain that we experience from staring at our monitors all they; your dad's not getting any younger and he needs to protect his eyes from unnecessary wear and tear, so help the old man out and get him a pair of these special glasses.
Cardo S2 Headset
The S2 from Cardo is a sweet Blu-tooth headset that not only syncs with your cell phone but with your MP3 player as well; it'll let you listen to tunes and take calls with a touch of a button. It's an interesting alternative to those weird Blu-tooth ear things that everyone walks around with these days.
Nerf Elimination Game
Who says dads can't have fun? The Nerf Elimination game is basically a laser tag game for adults-it comes with four mini-Nerf guns and a set of whistling darts. You divide up the guns, pick targets and start shooting; if you want something a bit more sneaky, you can play a round of Elimination where you secretly pick a target and stealthily eliminate them when they least expect it. Hunter and the hunted-it's the perfect way to inject a little fun into your dad's otherwise boring work environment.
These mice, which are shaped like various sports cars including the Mustang, are the perfect gift for any father who spends a lot of time on the computer. They look sweet and add a little turbo boost to your dad's work space. Just be prepared to walk in on him making motor sounds with his mouth.
Remember when you were a kid and your dad would yell at you for not taking better care of your toys? Well, have you taken a look at your dad's collection of electronic devices lately? We're willing to bet that anything with a screen is covered in nicks and scratches. Well, now it's your turn to give your dad crap for taking poor care of his stuff; after you rub it in, make sure you take him to the Bodyguardz website and pick out a couple of protective screens for every device he owns. Ah, fathers-where would they be without us to watch out for them?
Does your dad like sports? Yeah, our dad likes sports too. Does he have a special room where he goes to watch TV? Our dad has this "office" which is really just his TV room. He's got a mini-fridge in there and a recliner. The only thing is that the walls are a little bare-old dad's not that great with interior decorating. That's why we're setting him up with a Fathead. These cool wall decals are perfect for sprucing up any space where sports is watched. They have players and logos from all the major sports, so regardless of who your dad roots for, chances are you'll find something for him.
Bacon of the Month Club
Do we even need to explain to you why this is on our list? Do we? No, we didn't think so. If your dad's a carnivore, he probably enjoys a little bacon every now and then-if he's anything like our dad, bump that up to every day-so set him up with a membership in the Bacon of the Month Club. Every month, he'll get a sweet package of artisan bacon delivered right to his door. After you do that, make sure you tell your mom about it. She'll probably frown on him eating the whole thing himself, which means there'll be plenty leftover for you.
Lafuma RSX Zero Gravity Recliner
Zero-gravity recliners are to comfort what bacon is to food: there really is nothing better. Ever sit in a zero-grav recliner? If you haven't, go find a way to recline in one; it truly is the most comfortable sitting you've ever done. Zero-grav recliners are designed to relieve downward pressure on your body and makes you feel as if you're floating on a cloud. Buy one for your dad but be warned: if he takes it outside, you'll have to suffer the embarrassment of watching the old man fall asleep where the neighbors can totally see him.