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15 Cool (Cheap!) Father's Day Gifts

  • Parenting.com

    App-Happy
    Oh no! You need a gift for Dad pronto! Click and get an instant application for his iPhone, the ideal gift for the kind of dude who likes practical gifts. Some of them are free! All apps are available through Apple's App Store. (Or click on the links below!) Another great idea: get him an iTunes gift card and suggest these awesome apps in a holiday card.

    Gas Cubby MPG & Car Maintenance: Track your gas mileage and vehicle maintenance to keep your car running at its best. $4.99.

    Golf Rules Quick Reference:Based on the bestseller, Golf Rules Quick Reference, this application is a pocket guide of all golf rules. Brush up on your knowledge or use it when you're stumped on the course. $9.99.

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    (Photo courtesy of Flickr user William Hook, CC Licensed)

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    Best iPhone Apps for Dads

  • fredflare.com

    On guard, hamburger patty! He'll grill with glory with this clever BBQ sword skewer—it comes complete with a musketeer mask. Sigh, you always knew he was a hero.

    ($24.99, ThinkGeek.com)

    Plus:
    Best iPhone Apps for Dads

  • Show Dad How © 2011 Published by Weldon Owen

    A Guy's Guide
    Give the dad-to-be in your life this hilarious—and useful—illustrated handbook from Parenting editor Shawn Bean. He'll learn how to build a car out of cardboard, swaddle junior and even deliver a baby on the subway.

    Buy Show Dad How

    Plus:
    Best iPhone Apps for Dads

  • Amazon.com

    Scene It? Seinfeld Edition

    Scene It? Seinfeld is the perfect way to satisfy any hard-core Seinfeld fan—it's packed with trivia questions and real clips from the entire series.

    ($26.95, amazon.com)

  • For the gift that keeps on giving all year long, sign up your brewski-loving papa for the Beer of the Month Club—they'll deliver four different varieties of American microbrews right to his doorstep. Or try another monthly club—gift options include other dad faves like wine, cigar and pizza too.

    ($30.95 - $42.95, greatclubs.com)

    Plus:
    Best iPhone Apps for Dads

  • beauty.com

    This travel shave kit, with shaving essentials plus genuine badger hair shaving brush, is perfect for traveling—it'll keep him smooth on business trips and vacations (because we know you don't want beard burn.) Choose from lavender or white tea scents.

    ($35, beauty.com)

    Plus:
    Best iPhone Apps for Dads

  • Women aren't the only ones who need a PedEgg, so they created a manly version for your guy. He can get rid of gross calluses and stinky odors without feeling like he's using your girly vanity products.

    (Available at CVS and Walgreens, $10)

    Plus:
    Best iPhone Apps for Dads

  • Road Mice

    Your husband probably loves cars as much as your three year old does, so he'll think this Road Mice is a totally cool (and practical) grown-up toy. Pointing and clicking is way more fun when your computer mouse is a Dodge Charger SRT8 or a Ford GT Mustang. Compatible with Apple and PC desktops and laptops, they come in both wired and wireless versions.

    ($34.95 - $54.95, roadmice.com)

  • Amazon.com

    The Mischief Maker's Manual

    The Mischief Maker's Manual, a hilariously illustrated book, was written for kids but is great for anyone who still laughs at fart jokes and loves pulling pranks. You might want to read it first, so you know to watch out for the "Diet Coke Explosion" trick, and the "World's Largest Butt Photo." But even if you get duped by the "Invisible Toilet Force Field" prank, try to laugh and roll with the punches—it just means your husband is having a blast.

    ($11, amazon.com)

  • spoonsisters.com

    Some of the best foods are the messiest, but with these Dress For Dinner napkins, you've got Dad covered and it will look like he got dressed up for dinner.

    ($5.95 for 20, spoonsisters.com)

    Plus:
    Best iPhone Apps for Dads

  • shopatmoxie.com

    Just add water to these shaving papers, later up, and you've got a perfect on-the-go shave. It's way lighter than a can of shaving cream, and these will pass security in his carry-on at the airport. (You can even steal a few for your legs.)

    ($5.50 for 30 sheets, shopatmoxie.com)

    Plus:
    Best iPhone Apps for Dads

  • The Dawn Patrol

    Dads will be able to relate to Dawn Patrol's crimefighting protagonist, Boone Daniels, and enjoy Don Winslow's rough-around-the-edges writing style. It's like chick lit for dudes.

    ($10.99, randomhouse.com)

  • footstepsclothing.com

    Perfect for any brand-new dad who's proud of his little chip-off-the-old-block, Footsteps Clothing has a tee for him and one for junior.

    ($17-24, footstepsclothing.com)

  • Got a sporto dad? A gift card to paragonsports.com will let him get whatever equipment he's currently coveting, from camping gear to golf clubs to running sneakers. It's also good for the last-minute gift giver; cards can be e-mailed within hours of purchase.

    ($25, paragonsports.com)

  • mcachicagostore.com

    Dads will have fun assembling MIKRO-Man: Mars from a flat piece of steel into a 3-D masterpiece he can display on his desk. It comes with instructions, in case he's one of those rare guys who read instructions.

    (Also comes in MIKRO-Man: Jungle and MIKRO-Man: The Deep mcachicagostore.org, $16)

  • It's hard to find kid-free quiet time these days, but Dad likes his own storytime too. With Audible.com, he can download his favorite book and listen to it on the go—in the car, during a run or whenever. Audiobooks are iPod/iPhone, Blackberry and for some, even GPS compatible.

     

    (Download Plans, $7.49 - $22.95 per month, audible.com)

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