Gallery: 5 awesome and affordable Father's Day gifts

Gallery: 5 awesome and affordable Father's Day gifts

Summary: For all those grilling, wine-drinking, golfing, travelling, and sexy Dads, Jason Perlow picks a handful of gifts -- starting at $10.

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  • For all those grilling, wine-drinking, golfing, travelling, and sexy Dads, Jason Perlow picks a handful of gifts -- starting at $10.

    Getting accurate readings on meat temperatures is essential because you not only want to make sure your prized meal isn't overcooked, but you also want to make sure your meat is cooked to the proper temperature in order to kill food-borne bacteria such as e.coli and salmonella.

    If Dad is griller or smoker, the Maverick PT 100 is the electronic probe, instant read thermometer of the pros. Made out of stainless steel and dust/water resistant, the device is accurate within 1 degree C.

  • Metrokane, founded in 1983, produces the world's leading line of wine accessories, including the famous Rabbit corkscrew, and continues to develop a host of fresh and innovative tools. The Metrokane classic Rabbit lever corkscrew in red pulls a wine cork in 3 seconds and works on all types of wine bottles.

Topic: Amazon


Jason Perlow, Sr. Technology Editor at ZDNet, is a technologist with over two decades of experience integrating large heterogeneous multi-vendor computing environments in Fortune 500 companies. Jason is currently a Partner Technology Strategist with Microsoft Corp. His expressed views do not necessarily represent those of his employer.

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  • Is that the "only good for re-gift" list??

    What a crappy list. Except for the Kindle, the other 4 items were nothing but junk. Stuff that only the giver thinks is "cool" or useful.
  • What, no Nook?

    talk about favoritism. Due to the EPUB's open source format, there are more EPUB books then there are AZW file types. "The Kindle platform does not support EPUB ebook format." -Amazon
  • Galleries suck

    I wish ZDnet/CNET would do away with galleries and just let users vertically scroll down the page. Why can't you people do that?
  • No thanks

    If my kids gave me any of those I'd be taking them back for exchange / cash.
  • re: Violet Blue

    "It may damage your mind to know that your mother and father still are active in the bedroom, but sex is what keeps a marriage healthy."

    Keeping the romance alive, perhaps. Good communication, definitely. Having a good relationship overall.

    Sex may help, but I've seen relationships where it's impossible, either due to physical issues with the umm - organs, or due to physical separation.

    Indeed, I've seen a lot of people actually divorce over strained relationships due to one spouse having sex outside the marriage.

    Not to go anti-sex or anything like that, but we could be a lot less shallow in our understanding of marriage and how to keep a marriage stable.

    So I would say that I'll skip Violet Blue's so-called "education" and find something that addresses issues such as communication, handling emotions, relationships, and various social issues. Something that has a lot more breadth and depth.
    • Unless you've read Violet's material

      Then I wouldn't comment what is and isn't in it. I can assure you she covers a great deal of ground regarding communication, emotions and social issues.
      • I've read her material in ZDNet columns, not impressed.

        I've read her material in ZDNet columns, not impressed. Unless she suddenly becomes an entirely different person in her books, not interested.

        I will note that I generally have conservative values: I'm very much pro-life, I very much value the family, I disagree with our society's tendency to turn sex into a form of recreation. I'm not fond of the way marriage has turned into a secular joke rather than a serious religious institution. And oh, yeah - I am religious, and take my religion seriously. I don't bring it up very much as ZDNet usually deals with tech rather than religion, but I guess in this case it comes up.

        Frankly, I'm probably on the opposite side of the political spectrum than she is, and since issues such as abortion, gay marriage, living together, etc pop up in politics, chances are I'd probably clash with her on a lot of sexual issues as well.

        The only thing I'd likely get out of her books is that I disagree with her on a lot of stuff. Not to mention I have a list of other, far more interesting books to buy both myself and my father, so no.