Health magazine Senior Associate Editor Joel Weber suggested a host of items, from speakers to suds to super-tools, on "The Early Show" Tuesday.
FOR THE DAD WHO HAS AN iPHONE OR iPOD TOUCH:
L5 remote control $50
Although we're not promoting the idea of Dad being a couch potato, if you're going to do it, you might as well do it in style. Just connect to any iPhone or iPod touch and the L5 works like any other app would on the device. The L5 is powerful enough to replace a full coffee table of remotes. It syncs directly with your TV, so your iPhone literally turns into a remote -- that way, you don't lose track of the 15 remote controls. It's not just for TVs, but for cable boxes, stereos, DVD players, air conditions, etc. No batteries, no WiFi, no wall plug needed.
It just came out this past May. Available online. You need to order by Wednesday in order to receive this by Father's Day.
FOR THE MUSIC LOVER DAD ON THE GO
OrigAudio Foldable Speakers $20
Made from recycled materials, these foldable speakers are universally compatible with any device with a headphone jack. On the show, we had it hooked up to my iPod; this, for me, is the Father's Day anthem: We're playing Crosby Stills Nash & Young's "Teach Your Children Well." The perfect set of speakers for Dad to take to the beach, camping, or throw on top of his desk to make it look a little less boring, giving it some character. The greatest thing is that it's portable and it's not expensive.
Available online -- if you want these in time for Father's Day, you need to order today.
GEAR FOR DAD: NEW, INNOVATIVE WATCHES FROM KENNETH COLE
TouchScreen Watch $125-150
Riding the wave of the latest touch-screen technology, this watch by Kenneth Cole is for easy on-the-go use. Perfect for any Dad in the gym or at the office. It's the first of its kind in the fashion-forward watch category, meaning it's the first fashion watch like this, as well as the only touch-screen watch available at this price point. The watch functionality includes 32-City world time and an alarm, stopwatch and light-up screen. Both the aesthetics and ease of use make the watch practical and great for everyday use. It's got a very versatile band on it that's rubber, so it will last. It's simple and hygienic. The best part is that anytime you're changing time zones, you don't have to click through menus: It's all touch-screen, you just touch corners. What you do is click up and down on the face of the watch to change the time. It's extremely intuitive and user-friendly. The price varies depending on what features you get with it.
Available online and in stores. It launched in March.
FLIP-FLOPS ARE PERFECT FOR THE SUMMER, BUT THESE ARE SPECIAL
Teva illum flip-flops $50
Tired of stubbed toes in the dark? These flip-flops are flashlight-powered to lead the way, and might even score you a night game of beach bocce with Dad. The light on the shoe is waterproof. It's powered by a CR1220 lithium ion battery and has nine hours of consecutive run time. Replacement batteries can be purchased at stores such as Walgreens, or can be found at Teva.com. They're great because, if you're walking down to the beach at night or early in the morning, you wouldn't have to carry a flashlight; it's pretty practical and perfect for summer.
The flip flops are available online at Teva.com. You need to order by Thursday to get in time for Father's Day.
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