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Get Dad what he wants for Father's Day

Just because you have an everyday dad doesn't mean he deserves an everyday gift for Father's Day. Get him something extraordinary this year — he deserves it!

Get Dad what he wants for Father's Day

Outdoor comfort

Don't make Dad stand on the concrete or blacktop while he's grilling up a fabulous dinner for you! Make sure he's standing in comfort, even outside, with a Maxum Mat (, from $130). These mats are designed for comfort but built for strength. They can endure some serious wear and tear — use them for grilling or in the garage! The textured surface means they won't get slippery, even when wet, and Dad's feet won't hurt no matter how long he stands there flipping burgers.

Get Dad what he wants for Father's Day

Movie projector

Help Dad turn his garage into a man cave or throw a backyard party of epic proportions with the Epson Powerlite Home Cinema Projector (, $379). Through HDMI connectivity, this little machine can connect to almost any device — including your PC or Mac computer, Blu-ray player, game console or other streaming device. With some projectors, bigger means better where the picture is concerned. That's not so with this one, though. With Epson's 3LCD, 3-chip technology, the images from this little projector are still bright and beautiful, with true-to-life color.

Get Dad what he wants for Father's Day

Wi-Fi hotspot cufflinks

Keep him looking hot and creating his own hotspot with these Polished Silver Oval Wi-Fi Hotspot and 2GB USB Combination Cufflinks (, $250). This is the gift that keeps on giving for any techy dad on the go. All he has to do is plug the USB port into a laptop, and he's got a hotspot that works with any smartphone, tablet or other Windows-enabled device.

Get Dad what he wants for Father's Day

Personalized art

Give Dad something new and one of a kind to hang on the wall of his office with a piece from Picture Your Street. Find Dad's name in the company's database, and it'll send a photo of a real-life street sign that bears his name. Picture Your Street makes single frames, as well as frames with two, three or four photos — enough to frame names for a couple or a family of four! Prices range from $25 to $80.

Get Dad what he wants for Father's Day

Single-serve coffeemaker

Dads today do it all, so give him something that will help him stay awake through it all! The Nescafé Dolce Gusto Circolo (, $150) looks sleek and modern with its circular shape and blue LED backlight, a design that appeals to most hip dads. It uses 15 bars of pressure for a taste almost indistinguishable from what you'd get at your favorite java shop. The customizing lever will let Dad control the strength of his brew, and the single-use capsules will make it easy to customize his drink just to his tastes. Whether he's making a drink that's hot or cold, it'll be ready to go in less than a minute.

Get Dad what he wants for Father's Day

Universal remote

Get your dad a gadget he'll realy go gaga over! The Logitech Harmony Touch universal remote control (, $250) is a tiny device coveted by techy and non-techy dads everywhere. It uses the smooth touch-screen interface Dad's used to so that he can easily control the television, as well as everything else that goes with it. Once it's set up, he can use this gorgeous remote to control the TV, DVR, Blu-ray player, video-streaming device and more. Choose icons to personalize favorite channels and make it easy for everyone, including kids, to use — not that Dad will ever give it up!

High-tech trash can

Get Dad what he wants for Father's Day

What man doesn't like high-tech toys? Give him the simplehuman 40-litre rectangular sensor can (, $200). This may be a trash can, but it's a trash can that any man would be thrilled to have in his home. There are no levers or pedals — open this fancy bin just by waving a hand in front of a sensor. It's a smart can, too. It learns your habits and figures out when to open and how long to stay open. It's super handy for keeping food germs and grime off the lid, and it makes scraping dishes much easier. It comes with a removable, easy-clean inner bucket that keeps the liner hidden. It can run on a power cord, but to save your outlet, use six Duracell "C" batteries, instead. Can't you just picture your dad standing in front of it, waving his arms? We can!

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