Jun 8 2011

Top 10 Hottest Father’s Day Gifts of 2011!

It’s time to break out of your cliché Father’s Day gift-giving rut! We have done the digging for you and compiled a list of unique gift ideas your dads will love – no pens, ties or money clips allowed!

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Here’s what you should get Pops this year…
Oh, and as always we have tons more ideas for Dad that you can browse on the left or right here.

Stadium Seat with Cooler
This 2-in-one stadium seat and cooler perfectly combines two favorite things – beer and sports. Comfy, heavily padded seat for those cold football days. Fully insulated cooler holds 16 cans. All folds up nicely into a backpack with adjustable straps. Keep Dad comfortable and well hydrated for every sporting event.
Picnic Plus Stadium Seat with Cooler from Sport Authority, $39.99*

Stadium Seat with Cooler

BBQ of the Month Club
Dads love to grill out. Do him a favor and give him what he wants without any of the hassle. Order him BBQ of the Month, sent right to his home. Depending on your budget, pick the number months you’d like and it’s a perfect summertime gift! Everything is locally grown and homemade with the finest ingredients. Bibs & wet naps included, of course.
BBQ of the Month Club from Pig of the Month ranging from $220.00 (for three months) – $757.00 (for full year membership)

BBQ of the Month Club

Rock-Out Speakers
Perfect for the Dads who love adventure. These rugged & weather-resistant speakers really kick out the sound from your music player. Speakers are protected and there’s a zippered pouch to put your music player. Easily hangs on bikes, backpacks, picnic table, etc. Great sound, great portability, no brainer.
Goal Zero Rock-Out Speakers from Eastern Mountain Sports, $39.95*

Rock Out Speakers

Baseball Bat Opener
Like we said… men tend to love sports and beer. Baseball loving Dads will love this authentic salvaged baseball bat bottle opener. It’s handmade from authentic game bats used in the big leagues. These one of a kind bar accessories come with all the scratches earned in the game. Sold gift boxed with signed certificate of authenticity. Select black or natural. Limited quantity, when they’re gone, they’re gone. $75.
Baseball Bat Opener from UncommonGoods, $75.00

Baseball Bat Opener

SPANX for men
Move over ladies, now Men are wearing Spanx too. Only it’s an undershirt and not tights. Same basic idea for men. Help Dad look toned in this “cotton compression undershirt”. The V-neck is a great layering piece, smoothes out the love handles and is the perfect “I’d never buy it myself, but am happy you bought it for me,” gift for Dad. SPANX: Cotton Compression V-Neck T-Shirt available in black, white and grey from Bare Necessities, $58.00*

Spanx for Men

Archos Internet Tablet
ARCHOS ANDROID, What is it you say? It’s basically a more affordable iPad. Internet, music, video, lots of apps, customizable, comes with a cute adjustable kickstand. Half the price of an Apple or Samsung or Sony… Nice case, light and can turn landscape or portrait. Oh, and it’s on sale!
Archos 101 Internet Tablet from Newegg, $293.00*

Archos Android

Help Pops accessorize. We’re all about aviators on men this season. Lord and Taylor has a fantastic selection of sunglasses to choose from. Lots of attitude, lots of choices, all different price ranges.
Assortment of sunglasses by Kenneth Cole Reaction, Carrera and RAY-BAN from Lord & Taylor, $55.00, $150.00, $129.00*

Ray Ban Sunglasses

Classics on MP3
Dads have a lot of things on their plate. If he loves to read but doesn’t always the time, here’s a perfect solution. 100 greatest books of all time are pre-loaded on an MP3 player, just waiting for you to push play. Listen on the hammock or in the car or in the airplane. The combination of the soothing voices on the audio combined with the classic literature, make this an amazing gift. Includes headphones, A/C adapter, adapter for the car and loaded MP3 player. All for $99, that’s less than a $1 a book!
Classics on MP3 from Enjoy the Classics, $99.00

Enjoy the Classics

Scratch Map
Does Dad love to travel? This is the perfect update on the old stick-a-pin-on-the-map routine. This map you can actually scratch out the places you have visited using a coin. Once you scratch the items off it reveals colorful and geographic details to make the classically cool looking map even more interesting.
Scratch Map from UncommonGoods, $24.00

Scratch Map

Sobo Cards
Power to the children! These personalized cards are totally completed by kids. The child decides what picture goes on outside of 14-page card and then colors in on the already started pages. Each page begins with a sentiment like… “When I’m older I want my Dad to… ” and the child draws or writes something to finish the page in their own way. In this age of everything digitized it’s nice to treasure a gift that is full of crayons and drawings and love.
SoBoCards, starting at $9.95

Sobo Cards



Oct 27 2010

Guys to Give Guys – Sports Trash Talk

We get it, we get it.  Sometimes it doesn’t feel like the most manly of activities to research, purchase, wrap and deliver a special gift for your buddies…
That’s why this manly, trash talking service is the perfect “gift” for sports loving, high-fiving, beer guzzling men.  
Rivalgrams.com will have a real person call your bud and talk trash about any team, any sport.  You can customize calls or make it anonymous.  They’ll brag about your sick quarterback, play your teams fight song, or celebrate a big touchdown and really get under the skin of your rival buddies favorite team. 

Prices range from $1.25 – $2.25 and for $10 you can have them call your buddy every day for 20 days leading up to the big game. 
This is a fabulous idea I found on Netted by the Webbies 

Oct 11 2010

NFL Can Sling Cooler

Sling this cooler over your back to easily lug around 6 cold beers.  
Support your favorite team proudly and keep your hands free for things like brats, beers and fist pumps.

Sep 10 2010

Solar Powered Sound System Sweepstakes

The Gift Insider is giving away one of the coolest new gadgets out there – A SOLAR POWERED SOUND SYSTEM FOR IPOD AND IPHONES – THE ETON SOULRA ($200 Value).

It’s solar panel let’s you play your music without plugging it in for up to 7 hours. It’s made of rubber and aluminum so it’s super durable and splash proof – perfect for partying and entertaining outdoors.
A huge thank you to Eton for providing this innovative and green product.

Ways to Enter:
You can do just one or all of the below – each can be done once daily
2. Follow me and Tweet about the contest – include @thegiftinsider and #contests (1 Entry)
5. Post a link to this site or contest on your site or blog (3 Entries!)
Sweeps will go from Friday September 9th, 2010 11:00 AM EST until November 30th 2010 11:00 AM EST.
We will pick one winner at random within 72 hours of the close date and contact you via email
Winner will a Eton Soulra – $200.00 Value
By Entering the Sweepstakes you are also signing up to receive The Gift Insider


Sep 1 2010

Aug 11 2010

Remote Controlled Cooler

How nice would it be to be able to sit by the pool and not even have to get up to get your second, third, or fourth beer?

Pure. lazy. bliss.

This remote controlled cooler is about to be your new best friend.

Interactive Toy Concepts R/C Cooler


Jul 23 2010

T’s For dads-to-be

Bellyman is a line of vintage inspired, uber-soft T’s for dads-to- be.

Let the future pops get in on the fun and show off his due date with these cool, unique and casual tees.

Mom has maternity clothes and a growing belly to show off her excitement, let Dad get in on the fun too and wear his paternity proudly!




Jul 6 2010

Mini Rechargeable Speakers

With all the iPods, iPads, and iPhones out there now (clearly I’m a big apple girl), it’s easy to have access to your music wherever you are.

The problem is there aren’t always plugs everywhere you’d like to jam out… the beach, the boat, the park, hikes, rooftop parties, bbqs.

That’s why these mini speakers from iHome are perfect.  The  iHM79 speakers are tiny, cute, rechargeable and ultra portable.  They have some other more masculine designs I love as well. 

$49.99 at iHome Audio


Jul 5 2010

Del Toro Velvet Shoes

Del Toro is a student run company that makes customizable men’s velvet shoes.

You can personalize with your initials, university logo, or family crest.

It’s a great gift for your groomsmen.  Try customizing each one with your wedding parties initials or alma mater.

Del Toro


Jun 15 2010

Spanx For Men

Spanx for Men are the new hottest thing in the world of male online shopping.  Retailers haven’t been able to keep them in stock!

It’s basically an under shirt but it also does a wonderful job of sucking in that beer and bacon belly.

Great thing to get Dad if you know he likes to look his best but is probably too embarrassed to go shopping for these himself.

Spanks For Men




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