Dads can be tough to shop for, which stresses many of us as Father’s Day approaches.
But if your dad loves cars, do-it-yourself home and garden projects, or gadgets, some of the experts on JustAnswer have eight good gift suggestions that each cost less than $50.
From Scott L., Honda technician and car expert on JustAnswer:
Roll-around stool. “These are great for projects that require a person to move around the car close to the floor,” he said. “A decent stool will also have a bolt/nut tray to place removed bolts to keep them from getting lost.” Here are a few suggestions:
OBD2 code reader. “This is a must-have for someone who does a lot of work on cars,” Scott L. said. “This tool will hook into the OBD2 Connector and will read stored trouble codes. This will enable the DIY type to head in a direction for repair and will also clear the code after the repair.”
From George C. Murray, arborist and garden expert on JustAnswer:
Bypass loppers. “As an arborist and lover of all things yard-related, I would have to say that a must for any dad would be a nice pair of bypass loppers,” said Murray. “When you’re dealing with smaller pruning jobs, there’s no substitute.”
From Chris (aka Moose), car and engine expert on JustAnswer:
Digital volt ohm meter. This device is great to work on cars, electric tools, battery-powered tools, or home appliances and wiring.
A super bright LED flashlight. “It’s got to be compact; about the size of a hot dog is perfect,” Chris said. “A great flashlight that does not take an expensive odd-sized battery needs to cost at least $25 or more.”
A set of vice grip pliers. “Because you can never have enough pliers,” he said.
From Michael Hannigan, consumer electronics expert on JustAnswer:
Solar charger. Now you can buy a solar charger/battery combo that’s small enough and powerful enough to be of practical use. “The Opteka BP-SC4000, for example, is thin, not much bigger than a smartphone, and includes a 4000mAh built-in lithium-polymer battery that is charged through solar panels,” said Hannigan. “It even includes 10 device-specific connectors, in addition to the standard USB.”
Annoy-a-tron. For about $10, this gadget emits a short beep or very annoying high-frequency chirp, and it’s nearly impossible to locate the device by sound. Its magnet holds it to any metal surface. “This is a gift you can be pretty sure he doesn’t already have,” Hannigan said. “And when he does find it, he can use it for a lifetime of enjoyment annoying others.”
If all else fails, Chris (aka Moose) had one last suggestion: “A no-questions-asked, guy’s day out shopping.”
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