Best Fathers Day Gifts 2013

When it comes choosing a Fathers Day gift, dads can be difficult to shop for. Ask a dad what he wants for Fathers Day, and most likely the responses you’ll get are “I don’t need anything” or “I have everything I want.”  For the loved one shopping for Dad, this makes the task difficult.There is, after all, a reason why ties are the default gifts for Father’s Day; ties are the one-size-fits-all gift for men, but unless your father is Ward Cleaver, he may not even wear a tie on a regular basis. This year, doesn’t the father in your life deserve more than a generic man gift? At HomeWetBar.com and GreatGiftsforMen.com, we think so! With that in mind, we have assembled our guide to the best fathers day gifts 2013 guide. To make things even easier to find gift ideas for Dad, we have selected a Top Dad Gift for each “Dad-egory.”

The Grill Master

Dad Meat BrandThere are very few things more iconically American than Dad grilling in the backyard. For the dad who loves to barbecue, our grilling tools make great Fathers Day gifts. From grill tongs to jalapeno grill roasters to barbecue tool sets, you’ll find excellent gift ideas for your Grill Master dad. Our top Father’s Day gift for the Grill Master is our Dad Branding Iron Gift Boxed Set! The gift that literally has “Dad” written all over it, this barbecue branding iron will allow your father to “steak” his claim when grilling.

The Outdoorsman

Classic Stanley ThermosCamping, fishing, hiking, and hunting are the activities you will find the outdoorsman father doing on the weekend. He treks away from the beaten path to interact with nature. The outdoorsman dad needs a Father’s Day gift to take with him into the wilderness. Give your outdoorsman dad our Stanley Classic Insulated Thermos, the dad gift that is just as rugged and durable as he is. Perfect for the man-on-the-go, this best Father’s Day gift idea ensures he’ll have a hot cup of coffee or warm soup in even the most inhospitable of environments.

The Corporate Maverick

Monogrammed CufflinksDoes your father call the shots from a corner office? Does he run with the bulls or hibernate with the bears of Wall Street? If so, we have a great selection of Father’s Day gifts for your dad, the corporate maverick. This type of dad spends long hours at the office and regularly goes to important business meetings. Instead of getting him the impersonal tie this year, our top dad gift is an often overlooked but very necessary men’s fashion accessory, the cufflink. Our Sophistico Monogrammed Cufflinks are the perfect Father’s day gift for the corporate maverick dad. With the included engraving, your father is sure to be the sharpest dressed maverick in his next business meeting.

The Golfer

Golf Sign golf-signGolf gifts: a Father’s Day tradition like no other. For the father who likes to hit the links, golf accessories are always a huge hit. This year, bring a little bit of the golf course home and make things personal with our Father’s Day gifts 2013 top pick, our Nineteenth Hole Personalized Golf Wooden Sign. Customize this sign with your father’s name, and this is sure to be a gift he’ll  never “Fore!”-get.

The Handyman

wall mounted battery organizerOtherwise known as Mr. Fix-It, the Handyman father works on cars, home, toys, bikes, and anything else that might break around the house. For the Handyman dad, what good would a tie do as a Father’s Day gift? The Handyman takes pride in fixing things in his family, so for Father’s Day this year, get him a Dad gift that is sure to keep things working around the house – our Test and Stack Battery Rack. Perfect for making sure only working batteries are on hand and organized, the Handyman dad is sure to love this Father’s Day gift.

Need More Father’s Day Gift Ideas?

Personalized Picture FrameDon’t fret! Every dad is unique, and it is possible that your father does not fit into one of the Dad-egories above. There is one gift that every dad is sure to love – a photo of his children! Make sure to give Dad this photo in one of our favorite Dad gifts, a Personalized Silver Picture Frame. With personalization included, this picture frame, combined with the photo, is sure to bring a smile to Dad’s face whenever he sees it.

Choosing The Best Wine Aerator

They say what you don’t know can’t hurt you, and while popping open a bottle of your favorite red wine five minutes before you drink it won’t hurt you (that is, unless you nail yourself in the eye with the cork), wine experts would argue that what you don’t know about aerating wine properly can most certainly hinder your wine’s flavor and your overall satisfaction.

Consumer Reports Magazine recently conducted a study with two trained wine experts and 62 untrained wine drinkers. Tasters sampled Gato Negro Cabernet Sauvignon (about $10 a bottle) poured directly from the bottle, through the Rabbit wine aerator, and the Vinturi essential wine aerator. The 62 wine novices immediately tasted a clear positive difference in the wine that had gone through each red wine aerator. Surveyors then let the wineglasses that were poured straight from the bottle sit uncovered for half an hour. Results showed that although the novices did taste differences in flavor between an aerated glass of wine and a glass that had been sitting, there was no clear favorite or noticeable cons. [Source: Consumer Reports Magazine, November 2012]

So what does that tell us?

The short answer is that you can get a similar effect to the flavor of your wine by letting your glass sit out and “breathe” for at least 30 minutes. But really, who has time for that? That’s where a wine aerator comes in.

The Purpose of a Wine Aerator

A wine aerator filters air into your wine. It will enhance the flavor and make your wine taste and smell better in an accelerated time, so you don’t have to sit around staring at your wine glass for two hours. When you allow the wine to breathe, you’re ensuring a smoother overall taste. [Source: Rosalind Jackson]

How to Use a Wine Aerator

The aeration process is not complicated. First, open your wine bottle with a corkscrew. Then, make sure you have your wine glass below the aerator and pour the wine directly into the wine aerator. You can also choose to use a decanter before pouring the wine into your glass.

Keep in mind, there are many types of wine aerators. Ranging from Adjustable Wine Aerators priced around $50 to the Vino Air at about $18, they come in all shapes and sizes, with varying features; the key is to find the best wine aerator for you. Some have dual chambers or a built-in decanter, such as this Grapevine In-Bottle Wine Aerator. This type of wine aerator essentially works as a mini decanter and aerator in one.

Other wine aerators assist with drip-free pouring while aerating wine for maximum flavor. (Vino-Air Wine Aerator and Pourer; HomeWetBar.com)

You can also purchase a wine aerator and stand that you hold over the wine glass to allow for perfectly aerated wine. Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator; HomeWetBar.com)

Conclusion: Stop worrying about choosing the best wine aerator, and just get out there and choose the one who’s features appeal to you. Sure, some of them boast that they open up a wine more or less, but no matter which red wine aerator or white wine aerator you choose, they will all help open up your wines; improving the flavor and the bouquet in a short amount of time compared to traditional wine decanting. Aerating  wine in short, allows you to taste the richness of the flavor, and if you don’t care about that, how about this: it will make your $10 bottle of wine taste more like a $25 bottle of wine, and a $20 bottle like $40, saving you money in the long run while impressing your guests as well.

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So What’s the Deal with Wine Decanters?

Decanting your wine is a similar function to aerating wine—both allow the wine to breathe, just in a different manner. Decanting is the process of transferring wine from one bottle into another bottle or glass and letting it sit for anywhere from 20 minutes to a few hours (depending on how patient you are!). The process is slightly different for older wines vs. younger wines, because an older wine contains sediment that can give off a bitter flavor. Therefore, when you decant an older wine, you’re essentially separating the sediment while allowing the wine to breathe. This isn’t the case with younger wines. For older wines I still recommend the wine decanting process over wine aeration. For more on the decanting process, read Joseph Nase‘s article in New York Magazine and, if you’re so inclined, check out the selection of wine decanters available at HomeWetBar.com.