Healthy Father's Day gifts for all types of Dads

Consumer Reports News: June 17, 2011 02:58 PM

If you're stumped on what to get Dad for Father's Day, give the gift that keeps on giving—good health. These gifts are sure to keep the special guy in your life—whatever type of guy he is—looking and feeling youthful. And we're not talking Botox and body shapers.

Active Dad:
Consider home workout equipment to help him stay fit. Go small with exercise bands, a stability ball, and dumbbells. Step it up with a set of kettlebells, but first make sure you read our safety advice. Go big with a treadmill. We rated dozens and recommend several.

Dapper Dad.
Give him a close shave with a brand new electric razor. Our testers found seven smooth operators. Conceal signs of wear and tear with one of the many skin-preserving wrinkle products on the market, but maybe skip the high-priced serums—our tests showed they don't live up to their claims.

Outdoorsy Dad.
He bought you your first bike, now you can buy him one. We tested 14 and recommend six. Or help him enjoy his hikes and stay injury-free with a new pair of walking shoes. Keep him bite- and burn-free with a bottle of insect repellent and one of our top-rated sunscreens for summer.

Gaming Dad. Can't pry Dad off the couch? No worries. Consider giving him a video game like the Wii Fit Plus or the Wii Sports Resort. The American Heart Association teamed with Nintendo to promote these active video games for people of any age who don't get 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week. And studies suggest that active video games can help burn calories and improve balance. Don't forget to supply him with some tasty, healthful snacks—tortilla chips, hummus, and fresh veggies.

Waistline-Watching Dad. If he's on the path to shedding a few, or more than a few pounds, help him get there. Start with our latest diet Ratings, throw in a bathroom scale so that he can track his progress, and check out our diet and nutrition information for more healthful eating tips.

Safety-savvy Dad.
Build him a safety care package—include everything Dad needs to keep himself and his family safe and sound: An air purifier, fire extinguisher, and first-aid kit supplies.

Happy Father's Day!

Ginger Skinner

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