A Healthy Gift for Any Dad

Family Health, Featured Article, Healthy Living
on June 10, 2013
Father's Day gift ideas.

The Outdoorsy Dad


Compass Sandal
$64.99; Weilbeing.com
Whether he’s loading up the boat after a day at the lake or simply hanging out by the pool, Dad can be comfortable and stylish in the Compass Sandal. Part of wellness expert Dr. Andrew Weil’s integrative footwear line, the sandal features a deep heel cup that naturally stabilizes and supports the foot. Available in a black or coffee colors, the Compass is made with slip-resistant rubber outsoles and leather uppers.


AIRBAC Backpack
$99.99; Airbac.com
The AIRBAC is the perfect replacement for heavy hiking packs. The air support system cuts the weight by half, which means Dad can bring every last one of his favorite hiking gadgets and supplies. Plus, the AIRBAC is made of double-stitch nylon material and extra thick shoulder straps, which means maximum comfort and long-lasting durability.


The Square by Clean Bottle
$44.95; cleanbottle.com
Outdoorsy dads need to stay hydrated, for sure. Give him a stylish hydration option with The Square water bottle by Clean Bottle. The one-of-a-kind bottle is literally square in shape; in fact, our tester commented on how when it tipped over while she was rowing, it stayed put—no more rolling around! What’s more, it has one-twist screw caps on both the top and the bottom, so it gets super clean. Perhaps the best part of the bottle, though, is the not-too-wide mouth opening. The perfect-sized hole makes grabbing a quick sip easy and splash-free.


The Gym Rat


Slingbox 500
$299.99; slingbox.com 
If Dad prefers to watch TV on the couch over a trip to the gym, dangle this carrot in front of him! The Slingbox 500 connects to your HD TV and allows you to watch whatever you can watch at home on your mobile device or computer. Simple to set up, the Slingbox wirelessly transmits in high definition anything from your home cable or satellite programming package or DVR recordings. (Catch up on “Game of Thrones” on the treadmill, anyone?!) The device is also capable of storing personal media—like smartphone images and videos—that can then be viewed remotely as well. The excuses have left the building!


Onnit Hyperwear Hyper Vest Pro
$169.99; Onnit.com 
This 10-pound weighted vest can boost Dad’s workout intensity by 10-20 percent, whether he’s doing interval training in the gym or simply walking on the treadmill or trail. The no-shift design flexes and moves with his body, allowing for full contraction and expansion as he moves. The Hyper Vest is thin enough to be undetectable under your shirt and is available in sizes M- XL. BONUS: Increase the weight with a 5-pound booster pack, sold separately.


AfterShokz Headphones
$79.95; Aftershokz.com
Whether Dad is on the treadmill while the kids are napping or he’s running outside on the streets, AfterShokz will keep him safe and alert. The headphones sit outside the ear, allowing users to enjoy their music while also being able to hear sounds like a child crying or an approaching ambulance. For the multi-tasking dad, the Aftershokz with added microphone, when used with a smartphone, automatically interrupt the music when a phone call comes in so he’ll never miss an important call.


The Businessman


Wagan Ergo Comfort Rest
$47.96; amazon.com
The Wagan Ergo Comfort Rest massage cushion is a welcome treatment for “desk-back,” a common complaint from Dads who log hour-upon-hour at desk jobs. The remote control-operated cushion has three different massage programs with five massaging motors. And when the pain is really bad, Dad can employ the help of the two heat settings and 10 bio-magnets for increased blood circulation and added relaxation for tense muscles. The Wagan is portable and comes with both home and car adaptors for added versatility.


TEMPUR-Pedic Travel ComfortPillow
$79; tempurpedic.com 
If Dad’s a traveler, be it for work or for pleasure, he can still get a good night’s sleep no matter where he goes with the TEMPUR-Pedic Travel ComfortPillow. A smaller version of the popular ComfortPillow, the travel version performs equally as well. The pillow features a super-soft cover that can be removed for washing. And the signature TEMPUR micro-cushions offer customized support to the individual’s head, neck and shoulders to ensure a restful night’s sleep no matter where they are on the map.


Pro Styleshaver
$79.99; usa.philips.com 
Keep Dad clean cut and soft-cheeked with the Philips Norelco Pro Styleshaver. This waterproof electric beard styler and shaver features a comfortable rubber grip and a handy cleaning brush. Whether Dad resembles Zach Galifianakis-style or sports a simple 5 o’clock shadow, the Styleshaver can handle it with its 50-minute battery life… a lot of power in a tiny shaver!


The New Dad


Burley Encore Bike Trailer
$399.99; Pewdo.com
Featuring a weather-resistant cover and improved parking brake, the Burley Encore is the perfect gift to keep a new dad active. The trailer for one or two little ones holds up to 100 pounds and fits most bikes. It has adjustable, reclining seats and tinted side windows for UV protection. And if Dad’s more of a walker than a biker, the trailer even comes with an adjustable handlebar, which gives him the option to convert the trailer into a stroller.


Cybex 2 Go Baby Carrier
$119; CapitalKidz.com
When Dad’s ready to go, Baby can go too—thanks to the Cybex baby carrier. This front-carrier system features padded waist and shoulder straps to help distribute the child’s weight for extended wear and comfort. It also offers five different carrying positions for added versatility. For infants or toddlers up to 44 pounds, the carrier’s seat width easily adjusts to grow with your child.


BOB Sport Utility Stroller
$379.99; bobgear.com
If Dad’s a runner, the BOB sport utility stroller will keep him active. Available in blue or orange, the SUS includes a padded reclining seat and a multi-position canopy to keep little ones both comfortable and protected. The front wheel is fixed to increase stability, and the wheels are equipped with an adjustable suspension system, making for a super-smooth ride for your child.