Big-ticket "man gifts" that are great for the family
Father's Day is all about celebrating the No. 1 man in your life, but that doesn't mean you can't give a gift the entire clan will enjoy! Here are our favorite splurge Father's Day gifts the whole family will love.
Ready to upgrade your gaming system? The Xbox One, launching later this year, will be an all-in-one voice-activated entertainment system that lets you play games, watch TV and movies, listen to music and access your favorite apps. The Xbox One was designed to be the "centerpiece of every living room," so you can be sure the whole family will enjoy hours of fun together with this device. (While the launch date hasn't yet been announced, Microsoft says much more will be revealed at E3, June 11–13 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.)
Bose home theater
Satisfy Dad's craving for awesome audio and show the kids what great music should sound like. How? Treat the family to a premium audio system like the Bose Lifestyle T20 Home Theater System. The vivid surround sound lets you not only enjoy your favorite music but also enhances the experience of watching movies or playing games. Connect up to six video sources (such as your Blu-ray Disc player, cable box and gaming system) to the home theater and control them all from a single remote. Home entertainment will never sound the same. (Bose , $1,700)
If Dad doesn't have an iPad, Father's Day is the perfect time to treat him to this portable, multipurpose tablet. The latest iPad with Retina Display features a crisp, vibrant display; ultra-fast wireless access; camera and video recording; and access to hundreds of thousands of apps. There is no doubt every member of the family will have multiple reasons to power up and enjoy the iPad. Movies, books, crazy photo-editing apps and games can all be enjoyed on this compact yet revolutionary device. (Apple, $499)
Inflatable movie screen
If your house is party central (or if you want it to be), treat Dad to the ultimate party magnet — an inflatable movie screen. This Open Air Cinema Inflatable Home Screen becomes a 16-foot home cinema in just 20 seconds. You might want to invest in a popcorn machine while you're at it, because chances are, your lawn will be filled with friends and neighbors who will flock to your backyard to enjoy summer nights gathered around the big screen. (Hayneedle.com, $1,199)
A tribe of goats
Teach your kids the importance of helping others by gifting Dad with a tribe of goats. No, we're not suggesting you turn your yard into an urban farm. Your purchase is actually a donation that will be used in general support of Oxfam America's efforts around the world, including purchases of goats to assist herding families who are facing drought. (Oxfam, $275)
Remember, a gift can also be an experience! Why not surprise Dad with a family vacation (or staycation)?