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Father's Day Gift Guide 2012

Dad doesn't need another sweater—or a bottle of scotch. Check out these smart alternatives to the usual suspects.

May 18, 2012

Remember the handmade ashtray you gave Dad, back when an ashtray was an acceptable gift? Or how about the Popsicle-sticks box? Yeah, you've worked pretty hard to make the man happy every Father's Day. But let's face it: There are only so many worthless knickknacks and sweaters he can stuff in his closet. This year, score some points for originality with our "alternatives to the usual crap" gift guide. We understand that only the best will do—though he probably still has that ashtray.

Instead of headphones:

Help the man get back to his musical roots with Samsung's DA-E750 audio dock. The device pairs digital amplifiers with vacuum-tube pre-amplifiers and produces a warm, natural sound—more akin to vinyl than CDs. A rear-mounted dock allows for simple positioning of a range of Samsung Galaxy S devices or any Apple device, or you can wirelessly stream your tunes via Bluetooth. It's a treat for the eyes, too, thanks to visible tubes and choice of a glossy black or cherrywood box.

$800

Photos courtesy of each manufacturer.
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