Father's Day gift ideas

Jun 15, 2012 at 5:46 a.m. ET

  Father's Day is just around the corner. Rather than splurging on some lame tie or cufflinks he'll never wear, get him something he really wants -- toys for the yard. Here are 5 gift ideas for dad.

Riding mower


Father's Day is just around the corner. Rather than splurging on some lame tie or cufflinks he'll never wear, get him something he really wants -- toys for the yard. Here are 5 gift ideas for dad.

Outdoor tunes

Whether it's doing yard work, cooking out on the grill, or kicking back some brewskies with buddies, chances are pop spends a lot of time outdoors during the summer. Pick up a few outdoor speakers like these from Overstock.com so he can groove to his favorite tunes while flipping a burger.

Getting grilled

If dad loves to get his grill on, get him one with options. A dual gas and charcoal grill like this from Bass Pro Shops will allow him to choose his favorite cooking method, even running both sides at once. Put it to use throwing him a backyard bash for Father's Day.

Memory moment

Get the kids together (both big and small) and make him a family of customized stepping stones for the yard. Each kid can personalize one either by making it uniquely them or creating it around a favorite dad memory. A gift like this is sure to tug on dad's heartstrings a little.

As seen on TV

Dudes love gadgets and gimmicks. If pop is a sucker for infomercials, pick him up one of the infamous Topsy Turvy tomato growers.  He'll get a chuckle out of the upside-down growing method and the family gets to enjoy homegrown tomatoes year-round -- the gift that keeps on giving.

Riding mower

If a real riding mower is out of the budget or if dad is more of a sit-indoors-with-remote-in-hand type of guy, consider getting him a scented candle geared strictly for dudes. Yankee Candles has a limited edition "Riding Mower" scent as part of the Man Candles collection. Ok, this this isn't technically for the yard, but would make for a fun Father's Day gift for dad.

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