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5 Great Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas

5 Great Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas


    With Father’s Day fast approaching, I know you’ve got your gift all set for dear ol’ Dad…right?

    Right?

    As a father myself, I know we can be tough to shop for. Gone are the days where a necktie would do the trick. With the advent of better and better technology — and more affordable technology at that — fathers of the 21st century have more toys that they’d like to have in their toybox than ever before.

    But we’re not all about play. We’ve got work to do as well. But if we can have fun using the tools that we have in our toolbelt, then isn’t that the best option?

    In the unlikely case that you’ve yet to pick something up for him, I’ve put together a list of 5 great last minute Father’s Day gift ideas that will suit foodie fathers, geek dads and for those who simply enjoy a good cup of coffee in the morning.

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    Let’s get started…

    1. LiveScribe Pen

    The LiveScribe has been around for some time, but it is still an extremely popular device for people who like to use paper for notetaking and yet still arm themselves with some tech as they do so. Some consider it to be too bulky, but the folks at LiveScribe have improved the design over the years, and the technology the pen employs is simply amazing.

      For those who have fathers who are trying to bridge the gap between analog and digital, the wide range of LiveScribe pens are a perfect gift.

      2. Jawbone JAMBOX

      I recently picked up one of these and absolutely love it. I’ve been looking for a portable speaker that sounds great and I can use while I’m cooking in the kitchen and listening to podcasts while I prep meals for the family. The JAMBOX by Jawbone fits the bill – and pairs up with smartphones, laptops, tablets and more.

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        You can also use it as a wired speaker, and it sounds amazing for such a small unit. A great buy for the fathers who like to take their music wherever they go.

        3. AeroPress

        If you’re on a bit of a limited budget and your dear old Dad is a coffee lover, then the AeroPress is an ideal choice. It makes an absolutely perfect cup of strong coffee, and won’t break your bank in the process.

          It’s been widely praised by coffee-loving bloggers across the web, and for good reason: it makes a great cup of coffee. It’d be the perfect way to wake up your father on Father’s Day – with a fresh cup of coffee from his brand new AeroPress!

          4. Cosmonaut Stylus

          If your father has an iPad and has been yearning for a stylus, then the Cosmonaut is a great choice. I’ve been using it for some time on my 1st generation iPad, and it works like a charm. My kids even get a kick out of using it on the Paper app, and I’ve used for signing off on PDFs and note taking.

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            Made by the team at Studio Neat, it is an inexpensive add-on for the iPad, and a great gift idea for fathers – both of the geeky and non-geeky sort.

            5. Excalibur 5-Tray Dehydrator

            As a stay-at-home parent, making sure I can offer my kids some healthy snacks is important. The Excalibur 5-Tray Dehydrator is a dream to use, allowing me to dehydrate mangoes, pears, apples, tomatoes and pineapples all in one go. It comes with a great instruction book that offers up recipes and drying times for fruits, vegetables, meats and more.

              I haven’t had the chance to make any jerky yet, but it does a stellar job with fruits, veggies and herbs. Just turn it on and go. As a busy parent (who also happens to write, edit and more), automation is key. Automation that promotes healthy eating habits – even better. If your father spends plenty of time in the kitchen (and also likes drying up foods for camping excursions), then the Excalibur 5-Tray Dehydrator is a great addition to his appliance arsenal. (Editor’s note: I did receive the Excalibur Dehydrator in order to review it.)

              And for good measure, here’s a bonus idea…

              6. Any of Our Lifehack Deals

              Lifehack offers a variety of deals at our Lifehack Deals page…so if your father is into software anc tech gear, then check out what we have to offer right now. You might just find the perfect gift for him!

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              Still stuck for ideas? Well, there’s a service called MyRegistry.com that you can sign up for and use for situations like this – it’s not just limited to Father’s Day. And this service has just announced a new enhancement to the site for Pinterest users. Essentially, users now have the opportunity to create seamless integration between a MyRegistry.com account and his or her Pinterest boards. This new feature on MyRegistry.com enables Pinterest virtual pin boards to evolve into real and “shippable” gift registries.

                Considering the popularity and visual appeal of Pinterest, this can keep you from getting stuck for gift ideas going forward.

                So…what are you getting your father for Father’s Day? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below.

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                  The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

                  The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

                  No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

                  Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

                  Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system”.

                  A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

                  Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

                  In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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                  The power of habit

                  A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

                  For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

                  This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

                  The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

                  That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being six hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

                  Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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                  The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

                  Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

                  But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

                  The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

                  The wonderful thing about triggers (reminders)

                  A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

                  For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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                  But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

                  If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

                  For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

                  These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

                  For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

                  How to make a reminder works for you

                  Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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                  Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

                  Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

                  My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

                  Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

                  I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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