Great Gifts for Do-It-Yourself Dads: The Latest in Tools and Trends for Father's Day

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Today's American dads are inspired to build, maintain, repair, remodel and decorate their homes, making them project kings of their ever-more impressive castles. Such DIY dads are always in need of new gear, and as Father's Day approaches, we've got a few gifting strategies for the one in your life.
Care for the Collection He Already Has
Convenient, organized storage for tools and supplies saves valuable time when Dad's digging into

Today's American dads are inspired to build, maintain, repair, remodel and decorate their homes, making them project kings of their ever-more impressive castles. Such DIY dads are always in need of new gear, and as Father's Day approaches, we've got a few gifting strategies for the one in your life.

Care for the Collection He Already Has

Convenient, organized storage for tools and supplies saves valuable time when Dad's digging into a project, and also keeps his gear in repair and at the ready. Give the project king a tool pavilion for his estate with the Lifetime 8 x 12.5-foot Outdoor Storage Shed. This attractive, weather-resistant structure protects big-ticket items from wind, rain and snow, and its stylish wood grain finish looks great in the yard. Lifetime Outdoor Storage Sheds are made of steel-reinforced plastic, making them more durable than other sheds on the market, and lockable doors protect belongings from intruders and keep little hands away from grown-up tools. Screened vents at both ends of the shed combine with a shatter-proof window to enable pest-proof airflow, and high-impact skylights lend UV-filtered illumination to the interior. Handy shelving and an MDF pegboard with tool hooks create a personalized organization scheme, and Dad can add to the setup with Lifetime's expansion kits and extra shelving as his tool collection grows. Tour this tricked-out tool shed at www.lifetimeshed.com..

Add Convenience to Everyday Tasks

On any visit to his favorite home improvement store, you can bet that Dad spots several nifty gadgets he'd love to add to his collection but can't quite justify under the current project budget. So take the Father's Day opportunity to add one of these splurge items to his arsenal. Drill Doctor's Work Sharp 3000 is a smart, convenient addition to any workbench and keeps a range of woodworking and shop tools in shape. Fast and easy to use, this air-cooled, dry-sharpening system has a port enabling precise and repeatable angles of 20, 25, 30 and 35 degrees for chisels and plane irons up to two inches wide. The Work Sharp 3000 also sports a slotted Edge-Vision¢â see-through wheel for faster and easier sharpening of carving and lathe tools. What's more, the always-flat, true grinding surface is maintenance-free, so the upkeep attention stays on the other tools in Dad's collection.

Let Dad Do the Shopping

If Dad's keeping his hardware hankerings close to the vest and you're stumped for ideas, present him with what 65 percent of all dads are hoping to receive this Father's Day: a gift card. The Home Depot gift card is sure to bring a smile to his face, and it's easy to redeem at the local Home Depot store or online for special orders. Home Depot gift cards never expire and are available in denominations from $5 to $5,000, so your dad will be rewarded with convenience and satisfaction whether he's planning to begin or complete a project. Further personalize your purchase by selecting from one of Home Depot's cool card designs¦¡we like the ¡°Dad, you rule¡± model offered especially for Father's Day.

Work on a Project Together

One of the best gifts of all is your time, and taking on a home improvement project together might just be the way to Dad's heart. Whether building something from scratch, patching up a nagging imperfection, or just doing a little outdoor yard work to facilitate the next game of catch, you'll help trim down his ever-present to-do list and enjoy the lifelong benefits of a precious bonding and learning experience.

Note: Tom Kraeutler is the Home Improvement Editor for AOL and host of The Money Pit, a nationally syndicated home improvement radio program. To find a local radio station, download the show’s podcast or sign-up for Tom’s free weekly e-newsletter, visit the program’s website.

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