Holiday Gift Guide: Your dad
Dear old Dad. When your car started making that weird noise earlier this year, he saved the day … and returned your wheels with a full tune-up, wash and wax. When you thought about opening a IRA, Dad played money manager. When you wanted to impress your sports-loving guy, Dad explained the difference between a spread offense and an I-formation. Now's the time to show Pops how much you appreciate it all, even his lame jokes. We have some ideas.
Maybe Dad's jumped on the techie bandwagon and carries all his tunes in his iPod shuffle. But we're willing to bet Dad's still a softie for a classic record or a copy of his favorite CD. Check out Vinyl Fever in Tampa, shown here, where you'll find row upon row of gently used albums, plus concert posters and all kinds of cheesy paraphernalia that'll bring Dad back to the glory days. Prices vary, but most CDs and records are less than $5. Vinyl Fever, 4110 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, (813) 289-8399, vinylfevertampa.com.
Let Dad feel like a high-roller with his own glass-top humidor for his cigar collection. King Corona Cigars in Ybor City sells a $37 version that holds 30 to 40 cigars. Stock it with a couple individual stogies and a box of matches, and let the celebration begin. King Corona Cigars, 1523 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City, (813) 241-9109, kingcoronacigars.com.
Show Dad how much you love him with a gadget that'll stop him from overcooking the steaks. This handy remote thermometer alerts Mr. Barbecue that his meat is ready from up to 300 feet away, giving him the freedom to share his lame (I mean, hilarious!) jokes with the whole block party. And just when his medium filets are nearing the world of well-done, he'll get a heads-up from the talking device clipped to his belt, $70 from Brookstone. Locations at West Shore Plaza, International Plaza, Westfield Citrus Park, Westfield Brandon Mall, Countryside Mall, Tyrone Square Mall, The Shops at Wiregrass. brookstone.com.
Deal Diva Kim
Photos: Luis Santana, King Coronoa, Brookstone