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Last-Minute Father’s Day Gift Guide

By: Pamela Brill

This Sunday is Father's Day, and that means it's time to pay tribute to Dear Old Dad for the many hours he's logged changing diapers, calming a fussy newborn and rubbing your tired tootsies. Rather than buying him yet another golf shirt or necktie, consider these more playful alternatives that remind him what a great—and cool—dad he really is.

Looking Good

Let's be real: He spends as much time in the bathroom getting ready in the morning as you do! Well, almost as much…To help start Dad's day off right, upgrade his a.m. routine with a high-end line of grooming supplies. TENZING's Adventure Pack (www.TenzingSkincare.com) is a trio of luxe personal care products that will make his post-shave skin supple and smooth: Pre-Shave Oil, Premium Shave Cream and Face Moisturizer. Time to toss out those drugstore staples and step up his grooming game for good.

Just in time for summer comes a fetching new pair of shades for your outdoor-loving guy. These fashionable Aston sunglasses from Revo (www.Revo.com) feature a vintage frame and mirrored lenses to protect his peepers. Available in Blue Water or Graphite lenses and a choice of four frame colors (including Matte Black Tortoise), he is sure to be stylin' now.

To complete his new summertime look comes the High Water cotton shirt from California Cowboy (www.CaliforniaCowboy.com) that is as fashionable as it is functional. Handsewn in California, these baby-soft, terry cloth-lined cotton shirts boast a hidden waterproof pocket to keep his cellphone zipped up and tucked away. Designed in a variety of prints like Vintage Floral (shown here), it's the perfect excuse to swap out that ripped tee and update his summer wardrobe.

Hand-some Husband

He can fix just about anything around the house, but his tool belt could use a break. The Kelvin 36 from Kelvin Tools (www.kelvintools.com) will become his go-to gadget for any home improvement project. With 36 tools in one compact device, including a screwdriver, hammer, flashlight, level and measuring tape, your handyman will be able to get the job done in no time at all.

If your BBQ-loving guy is the King of the Grill, but hates to clean it, check out the Grillbot (www.grillbots.com). This automatic grill cleaning robot sits on top of your grill and, with the push of a button, removes the gunk and grime left behind by charred food. An LCD alarm and timer lets him set it up at his convenience, while the replaceable wire brushes pop off and go into the dishwasher for easy cleaning.

Just because he's now a dad doesn't mean that your husband should give up his favorite things. While he may have had to retire his foosball table to make room for the baby's nursery, your guy can still enjoy the game, albeit in a smaller version. Seedling's Make a Mini Foosball Table (www.seedling.com) contains all the essentials to create his own portable game, including a wooden foosball box, felt field, wooden dowel rods and balls and other accessories. It has the makings of a charming desktop game for the office and is a fun way to spend some one-on-one time with an older child. It is Father's Day after all!