COOL DAD

CUFF LOVE
Multicolored dots are always a match, $195; 888-603-8968; hickeyfreeman.com

MESSENGER BAG
A slim carryall that's chic enough for work and play, $295; 800-299-8864; tumi.com

TIME OUT
Booze Cruise watch, $115; tommybahama.com

LOBSTER CLAW BELT
Supple Italian leather and brass for that tough-yet-smooth look, $65; jcrew.com

STUNNER GLASSES
Bay Area speak for sunglasses (but Dad knows that)! Hagen frames, $235; moselytribes.com

NEW YORK TEES
Boutique label tees with old New York slang and symbols offer authentic cool, $40-$59; barkingirons.com

Cool Dad

COZY KICKS
Worn-in style. Jack Purcell Vintage sneaks for Converse, $94.99; 888-792-3307; converse.com

SWINGING STYLE
He'll look just the thing in this straw fedora. Castor hat, $45; 760-529-4271; brixtonltd.com

LET IT SLIDE
Spice up that boring tie collection. Bulldog or Skull & Bones tie slides, $36.75 each; jpressonline.com

SHIRT STUFF
Multicolored plastic collar bones in a Saville Row-smart fabric pouch, $19.75; thomaspink.com

TIE GAME
Now Dad can sport his favorite baseball team's logo every day to work. Vineyard Vines for MLB, $74.99; shop.mlb.com

ANCHOR MAN
Brown embossed leather, with a hip fabric interior, $125; 877-917-5225; jackspade.com

SOCK IT TO HIM
Italian-made hand-stitched cotton socks, $35; paulsmith.co.uk

CHRISTIAN LACROIX
NOIR Spicy and woodsy, and priced for the pocketbook, $28; shop.avon.com

Action Dad

DELUXE KAYAK
L.L. Bean's newly redesigned 10-ft. Manatee, with rear hatch, $499; 800-809-7057; llbean.com

FISHERMAN VEST
Pockets galore, and thanks to moisture-wicking fabric, only the fish will be wet, $170; 800-638-6464; patagonia.com

HIS CADDYSHACK
A snazzy new bag that weighs 8 lbs. and has a built-in cooler for drinks. The Sun Mountain C-130 Cart Bag 2008, $179.99; 800-813-6897; golfsmith.com

AN IN CHARGER
This solar-powered flashlight will also charge your phone, $30; 800-793-6542; etoncorp.com

A GREAT CATCH
Why should the kids be the only ones with a new glove? Nike Imara II 1200, $40; 800-806-6453; nike.com

MERRELL SNEAKERS
Mesh, featherlight and vegan-friendly cross-trainers, $90; 800-789-8586; merrell.com

GOLF BALL SET
Monogrammed, so he can always find his missed shots, $26.95; 866-386-8300; personalizedmall.com

BBQ Dad

WINE AND DINE
No cork in the merlot ever again! Screwpull Metal Trigger Corkscrew, $130; 877-273-8738, surlatable.com

GRILL-TO-GO
Dad's ready to roll with portable tools of the trade, $42.95; 800-967-6696; crateandbarrel.com

MMM, BACON
A Powered by Pork gift tote includes 3 lbs. of bacon and a Bacon Chocolate bar, $90; 888-636-8162; zingermans.com

BEST BRAND
Pops can truly leave his mark with this monogrammed steak brand, $39.95; 800-541-2233; williams-sonoma.com

FIRE STARTER
The 60-Second Charcoal Starter means no more match flinging, $79.95; 800-321-1484; hammacher.com

SMOKIN' HOT
For the DIY dad, Brinkmann's Gourmet Electric Smoker, $119.95; 800-663-8810; cooking.com

BARBECUE ITALIANO
Mario Batali adds a Mediterranean twist to grilling, $29.95; harpercollins.com

SPECIAL SAUCE
From Brooklyn's legendary steak house, $34.20 for six; 718-387-0500; peterluger.com

BBQ Dad

RUB SET
Add a pinch of flavor with nine different spices, $60; 800-221-7714; deandeluca.com

KEBAB SKEWERS
From Bobby Flay's kitchen to yours, $7.99 for set of two; 866-887-8884 for Kohl's stores

BEERTENDER
Chills and preserves draft beer, $299.99; 800-541-2233; williams-sonoma.com

CORN GRILLING CAGE
Perfect for on-the-cob lovers, $19.95; 800-243-0852; surlatable.com

GOURMET WOOD CHIPS
For serious and flavor-conscious fire-starters, $9.95; 877-256-8916; grillinggifts.com

BBQ CHIC
The essentials of any good grilling, $27.99 for Mario Batali apron, $9.99 for matching mitt; 800-563-6000; amazon.com

New Dad

SPORT BUGGY
A manly-looking stroller for a spin around the park, $400; 800-495-8577; giggle.com

DOG TAG NECKLACE
Monogrammed initials keeps the new babe close to the heart, $108; 877-733-3683; redenvelope.com

STERLING SILVER MONEY CLIP
Here's where to put that perfect picture, $125; 203-531-5265; romerodesigns.com

FATHER & KID FLIP-FLOPS
For little and big feet, $24.50 for men's and $14.50 for toddler's; 800-427-7895 for Gap stores

CAMO DUDEPACK
Perfect for navigating the baby jungle. $98; 877-334-2737; diaperdude.com

VADO POCKET VIDEO CAM
At the ready so Dad can catch every burp and gurgle, $99; us.creative.com

Chillin' Dad

SLING HAMMOCK WITH PILLOW
For a well-deserved summer snooze, $129.99; 800-591-3869; target.com

SPEAKER COOLER
Blasts iPod tunes while toting a 6-pack, $59 plus $6.50 for mono-gram; 888-779-5176; potterybarn.com

DERMALOGICA SHAVE COLLECTION
A sampling of a new three-step regimen with celeb following (Jack Gyllenhaal), $16-$34 for each; bluemercury.com

LAWN BOWLING SET
An old-fashioned spin on a family favorite, $71; 800-940-1170; smithandhawken.com

LEATHER CROC TRAVEL BACKGAMMON
Spark his road trip rivalry, $65; 866-986-8282; tommybahama.com

CANNABIS SANTAL CANDLE
Scents of patchouli and dark chocolate (not a Grateful Dead concert!), $48; 800-373-7420; fresh.com

Gadget Dad

BELKIN TUNEBASE
Streams music from iPhones to car speakers, $79.99; 800-223-5546; belkin.com

SONY CYBER-SHOT
Boasts face-recognition technology that snaps a picture when a subject smiles, $249.99; sonystyle.com

VU BY LG
A slick smartphone with mobile TV, $549.99; only available at wireless.att.com

Wii WHEEL & SUPERMARIO
The long-awaited Mario Kart Wii, $49.99; nintendo.com and video stores

HEADPHONES
From WeSC, lightweight and comfortable headphones that look cool and sound even cooler. $60; 877-354-4481; flight001.com

I-SONIC ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM 2
An HD radio tags songs to download on iTunes, $499; polkaudio.com

Gadget Dad

SONY READER DIGITAL BOOK
As portable as a paperback, it holds up to 160 eBooks, $299.99; 888-237-8289; bestbuy.com

LP DOCK
For vinyl fans who want old albums on their iPods, the Ion Audio converter, $249; 888-800-0681; ion-audio.com

COBY PORTABLE DVD PLAYER
A compact design but with a 7"-wide screen. Also plays CDs and MP3s, $105.74; amazon.com

Pop Culture Dad

Music

THE BEACH BOYS, U.S. SINGLES COLLECTION—THE CAPITOL YEARS: 1962-1965
Surf's up with this 16-CD limited edition. $132.98

TIM McGRAW, GREATEST HITS: LIMITED EDITION
A roundup of his best-of discs, available exclusively at Wal-Mart. $14.98

RADIOHEAD, THE BEST OF
A two-CD treasure trove of gems by the Brit alt-rockers. $24.98

DVDs

DIRTY HARRY: ULTIMATE COLLECTOR'S EDITION
All five Harry flicks in Blu-ray high-def will make his day. $74.92

FULL THROTTLE ADRENALINE: VOLUMES 1 & 2
NASCAR's thrills are explored in this two-hour DVD; includes interviews with Jeff Gordon and Co. $24.95

RAMBO: THE COMPLETE COLLECTOR'S EDITION
A six-disc salute to Stallone's epic warrior. $54.98

Books

GOODBYE 20TH CENTURY, BY DAVID BROWNE
From Kurt Cobain to Sofia Coppola, the enduring influence of Sonic Youth is explored in this in-depth bio. $26

FATHER KNOWS LESS, BY WENDELL JAMIESON
When his son started asking the darnedest questions, this dad decided to find the real answers. Sweet and indispensable. $24.95

DEVIL MAY CARE, BY SEBASTIAN FAULKS
A new novel for Bond fanatics. $24.95