June 18, 2007 12:00 PM

For the Working Dad

Sure, he may not need anything—but here are perfect ‘You shouldn’t have’ presents for every type of dad

(1) Flight 001 Silicone Travel Bottles

Leak-proof and carry-on-approved for his next business trip; http://www.flight001.com; $20

(2) Brooks Brothers Country Club Lobsters Tie

Even if it’s not casual Friday, he’ll be reminded of summery weekend fun; http://www.brooksbrothers.com; 800-274-1815; $59.50

(3) Coach Legacy Nylon Travel Kit

Keep those odds and ends together in this classy navy case; 866-262-2440; $98

(4) Brooks Brothers Nano Connect Box Tie

It’s stain-resistant and spaghetti-safe for business lunches (in pink/blue); 800-274-1815; $79.50

(5) Forzieri Millefiori Cufflinks

For a little fun up his sleeve, give him these whimsical Murano-glass accessories; http://www.forzieri.com; $69.90

(6) Apple iPhone

Get your technophile the multitasking gadget he’s been drooling over; http://www.apple.com; $499 (4GB) or $599 (8GB)

(7) Robie Gift Set with Business Card Case

This silver-plated holder, inspired by a Frank Lloyd Wright design, comes with matching key ring; http://www.wrightcatalog.org; $55

(8) Links of London Densworth BlackBerry Case

A chic olive leather carrier for his crackberry; 800-210-0079; $80

(9) Nautica Silk Striped Tie

Dress up his button-downs (in blue/green); http://www.macys.com; 800-289-6229; $39.50

(10) The 48 Laws of Power Audiobook

Robert Greene boils down the keys to domination using historical examples. $32.95

Ugly Betty’s CHRISTOPHER GORHAM on gifts for your hard worker

“I’d love a great black-and-white photo where my wife looks hot and my kids look like kids. It would make the guy in the next office jealous! One year my wife got me a children’s book to read to the boys to explain why I was away a lot and that I’d always come home. But I can’t—it turns me into a big blubbering baby by page 3.”

For the Dad with Hobbies

(1) *GREEN

SolLight LightCap Solar-Powered Lantern & Water Bottle

A dual camping tool; http://www.sollight.com; 888-557-6464; $24.95

(2) The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss

With these vivid marine-life photos, he can roam the sea from his recliner. $45

(3) Vivitar ViviCam 6200W Underwater Camera

The aquatic family man can share his oceanic sightings with the kids; 2007.vivitar.com; $199.99

(4) Great Cars DVD Box Set

Can’t afford a Porsche for Dad? Here’s the next best thing: a six-disc collection of the PBS series about the world’s flashiest automobiles. $44.98

(5) Nixon “The Banks” Underwater Watches

These stainless steel timekeepers—here in sky plaid (left) and emerald/mint—work at 100-meter depths, so the snorkeling dad won’t be late for dinner; http://www.nixonnow.com; $265

(6) Nike SP-8 TW Tour Golf Shoes

His putt might not be as good as Tiger Woods’s, but at least he can look like a pro—and the flexible fit means his feet won’t be killing him by the 19th hole (also in black); http://www.nikegolf.com; $220

CAPT. PHIL HARRIS of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch on my dream gift

“I make cedar birdhouses with fireplaces and inch-high lawn furniture, so I’m dying to get the Fein MultiMaster power tool [www.multimastertv.com; $279.80]. It has six attachments to sand, [scrape], cut tile, plus a little saw to make cuts in weird places where a [regular] saw wouldn’t fit.”

For the Dad Who Is a Kid at Heart

(1) Mosley Tribes Aviatrix Sunglasses

For your resident rock star; http://www.mosleytribes.com; 310-657-2553; $275

(2) Worn Free Joey Ramone Capitol Theatre Shirt

Retro reproductions of tees worn by legends like John Lennon and Frank Zappa; http://www.wornfree.com; $40

(3) Borat DVD

Sacha Baron Cohen’s hilariously smart and crude comedy is worth it for the wrestling alone; http://www.amazon.com; $19.99

(4) Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Betrayal

Amnesiac Jason Bourne offs terrorists in Eric Van Lustbader’s latest addition to the series. $25.99

(5) God of War II PlayStation 2 Video Game

If he loved the movie 300, he’ll dig this bloody mythological war game. $49.99

(6) Gola Harrier Suede Sneakers

Vintage-style kicks (here, in khaki/sun); 800-979-4652; $75

(7) The Amazing Spider-Man Pop-Up

He’ll geek out as the webbed one fights foes in 3-D. $24.99

(8) Apple TV

This gadget wirelessly beams movies, videos and TV shows from iTunes to your home screen; http://www.apple.com; $299

(9) The Fratellis, Costello Music

Elvis Costello himself would approve of the hook-heavy rock on this Scottish trio’s debut. $9.98

(10) Arctic Monkeys, Favourite Worst Nightmare

British indie-rock sensations avoid a sophomore slump with another dream disc. $15.99

Dancing with the Stars’ JOEY FATONE on necessities for Dad’s man cave

“Clean underwear. I also have a video game chair with a vibrating rumble pack seat and speakers behind it, so it’s like surround sound. It’s cool when you blare it. I play The Legend of Zelda for hours like that. But sometimes my daughter’s stuff takes over—we play a mean game of Candyland.”

For the Romantic Dad

(1) *GREEN

Under the Canopy Kimono Robe

Organic cotton for lazy days in; http://www.underthecanopy.com; $48

(2) Mistral Shea Butter Soap

Rich, masculine body bars in cedarwood marine, mandarin amber or sandalwood bamboo; http://www.mistralsoap.com; 866-647-8725; $14

(3) Piper-Heidsieck Brut Cool Box

This classic champagne now comes with its own mini ice bucket; http://www.67wine.com; $38

(4) Lancôme Hypnôse Homme Cologne

Touted by Clive Owen, a seductive new scent for your own leading man; http://www.lancomeusa.com; $45

(5) Refinery Shave Foam Gel

Help Dad stay stubble-free with this cooling mix of aloe vera, clove and peppermint; http://www.barneys.com; $22.50

(6) KnockKnock.biz “For Lovers” Vouchers

Coupons for everything from a breakfast in bed to a foot massage; knockknock.biz; 800-656-5662; $8

(7) Various Artists, Atlantic Rhythm & Blues, 1947-1974 CD Box Set

Ideal for a night of dancing and romancing. $89.98

Prison Break’s DOMINIC PURCELL on romantic gift tips for wives

“Let us sleep in without the guilt trip. [For Father’s Day this year, I want] an all-terrain vehicle. I just finished thrashing one in the Romanian mountains. The kids can sit up front, it’s easy to ride, and you get good speed on them—awesome fun!”

For the Sporty Dad

(1) Puma French 77 Racket Grip Bag

For the guy whose style is as important as his serve; http://www.puma.com; $80

(2) Nike Anvil Comold Super Watch

A sharp-looking timer to help him train; http://www.amazon.com; $69

(3) Red Envelope Dad’s and Boy’s Swim Trunks

His and his personalized beach gear; http://www.redenvelope.com; 877-733-3683; $88 for both

(4) Spalding Never Flat Volleyball

For spikes all summer—and beyond; http://www.sportsauthority.com; $19.99

(5) Under Armour Performance Eyewear-Circuit

His morning run will be glare-free; http://www.underarmour.com; $69.99

(6) Fashionation iPod Nano Armband

The case doubles as a safety reflector; http://www.fashionationstyle.com; 888-651-7900 ext. 200; $14.95

(7) MLB 07: The Show PlayStation 2 Video Game

Batter up—beer sold separately; http://www.overstock.com; $38.95

(8) Shoe Pouch

His Nike + iPod sensor will be safe and snug to track his run no matter what sneakers he wears; http://www.shoepouch.com; $7.99

(9) Reebok Pump Show Stopper Sneakers

He can kick it old-school while practicing his jump shot; http://www.footlocker.com; $89.99

Dancing with the Stars champ and Superbowl MVP EMMITT SMITH on what to get your No. 1 fan

He favors pigskin presents, even if they’re a bit late: “I think the best gift you can give a football dad is a Dallas Cowboys game on Thanksgiving Day. They’re amazing in the stadium—that’s something a father could definitely enjoy.” (www.dallascowboys.com/tickets.cfm for info; $60-$139)

For the Dad Who Cooks

(1) Smith & Hawken Permaglass Small Tumblers

Shatter-proof “glasses” that won’t break if Dad drops his drink; http://www.smithandhawken.com; 800-940-1170; $17 for a set of four

(2) Red Envelope Leather Travel Bar

Grog to go! With flasks, shaker and shot glasses; http://www.redenvelope.com; $69.99

(3) Kevin Zraly’s American Wine Guide: 2008

The wine lover’s staple covers vineyards from every state, plus expert Zraly’s picks for best wines under $25. $12.95

(4) Weber Audible Meat Thermometer

This talking tool tells Dad if meat or fish is done in five languages; http://www.weber.com; 800-446-1071; $44.99

(5) The Best of Gourmet

The magazine’s best recipes from each of its 65 years. $40

(6) Williams-Sonoma Smoking Chips Sampler

Spice up his grill with hickory, apple-wood and mesquite; http://www.williams-sonoma.com; $12

(7) Crate & Barrel Mini Grill in Cooler Bag

Perfect for a beach BBQ; http://www.crateandbarrel.com; $29.95

(8) Lobel’s Bone-In Rib Sampler

Grill-ready meat from a top butcher; http://www.lobels.com; 877-783-4512; $112.98

Top Chef’s TOM COLICCHIO on cool concoctions for Dad

“Stock his bar with rum—not the white rum or the spiced stuff but Gosling’s from Bermuda, which is family owned. My favorite summer cocktail is rum and tonic with a little wedge of lime.” One part rum to two parts tonic? “It depends what kind of day I have.” (www.goslingsrum.com/countries.asp)

For the New Dad


(1) I’m the Milkman T-Shirt

A cheeky tee for the proud bottle-wielding papa; http://www.2chix.com; $38

(2) Don’t Just Stand There

Delivery-room rules for dads-to-be from Elissa Stein and Jon Lichtenstein. $12.95

(3) Planet Earth DVD Box Set

Absolutely stunning wildlife footage to thrill Dad—and chill narration to relax baby; shopping.discovery.com; 800-627-9399; $79.95

(4) Ascaso Dream Espresso Machine

He’ll need the caffeine like never before; this slick dispenser comes in 11 chic hues (like mediterranean blue); http://www.kitchen-universe.com; 800-481-6679; $649

(5) Flip Video Camera

He can capture baby’s first moments—and post them directly to YouTube—with this easy-to-use gadget; http://www.theflip.com; $119.99

(6) Diaper Dude Bag

A natty nappy bag; http://www.missfitzinc.com; $54

(7) The Godfather: Blackhand Edition Nintendo Wii Video

Game Give Dad quality man time playing mobster with the Corleones; http://www.overstock.com; 800-843-2446; $49.99

American Idol’s PHIL STACEY (on tour in July with American Idols Live) on ideal gifts for new dads

“I guess I could say earplugs, couldn’t I? No, I loved it when my wife got me a card when Chloe [now 3] was first born. She scribbled Chloe’s name as if she actually wrote her name. And zoo or museum passes are really cool. That way you can spend time with your baby, hanging out.”

Our Critics’ Picks for Dad

(1) Blaze

This crime novel, first written in 1973 by Richard Bachman (the nom de plume of Stephen King, who wrote the foreword), is sure to enthrall. $25

(2) Angelique Kidjo, Djin Djin

With help from Alicia Keys and Peter Gabriel, the Beninese singer’s latest is world-class. $18.99

(3) Meatballs DVD

He’ll be chanting, “It just doesn’t matter!” right along with Bill Murray in this 1979 classic, with a bonus documentary on the making of the camp comedy. $19.94

(4) Mere Anarchy

In Woody Allen’s first essay collection in 25 years, his trademark oddball humor shines through. $21.95

(5) Maroon 5, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long

Featuring the No. 1 hit “Makes Me Wonder,” plus a slew of other road-trip-ready songs. $18.99

(6) Denzel Washington Spotlight Collection DVD Box Set

A four-pack including Inside Man. $29.98

(7) Letters from Iwo Jima and Flags of Our Fathers DVD Box Set

A history buff’s must-have. $49.96

(8) Genesis: 1976-1982 CD Box Set

Turn it on again with pumped-up versions of albums like Duke and Abacab. $129.98

(9) Sharper Image Digital Wireless Headphones

His TV-watching won’t wake the house; http://www.sharperimage.com; $99.95

(10) Number 1’s

CDs showcasing Marvin Gaye, James Brown and other chart-toppers. $13.99 each

(11) Conquering the Impossible

Adventurer Mike Horn details his trek around the Arctic Circle—think kayaking through icebergs and temps of -76°. $27.95

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