That’ll impress the socks off him! (...And don't buy him just socks.)


“Don’t buy me anything too expensive…  I can’t afford it!”

My dad, Jack Sanderson, knew that a gift should come from the heart and not just the wallet, even if it ended up being his own. So now that you’re an adult with a little savings in the bank, shower your dad with a little surprise on Father’s Day! What to buy? Here are a few suggestions that will impress the dickens out of him (because you actually spent your own money). So why not make this the year to give him something he can truly use and enjoy!

– by Kristy Watson (Sanderson)

Kristy Watson with her father, Jack Sanderson 1979, Fremont, Michigan

Pellet Grill and Smoker

Traeger invented the original wood pellet grill over 30 years ago in Mt. Angel, Oregon, and is still the #1-selling wood pellet grill on the market today. All-natural hardwood pellets fuel the fire and add incredible flavor. Pick the temperature you want, then Set It & Forget It. Traegers aren’t just for grilling, you can smoke, bake, roast, braise, and BBQ food too, from ribs to apple pie. Traeger’s easy-to-use controls make wood-fired cooking simple. Just set your grill temperature like you would your oven and let your Traeger do the work for you.

$399 at Home Depot and Wal-Mart

Outdoor Rocker Mesh Chair

Take a seat in the GCI Outdoor® Freestyle Rocker™ Mesh Chair for sheer comfort. With Spring-Action Rocking Technology™, you’ll be able to sit back and relax outdoors. It features a mesh backrest for breathability, a beverage holder to keep your drink close, and a strong steel frame. The Freestyle Rocker™ Mesh Chair quickly open and closes, and folds flat for simple carrying.

$60 at Dick’s Sporting Goods

Sit-On-Top Kayak

The Ascend 10T Sit-On-Top Kayak with Enhanced Seating System sports an open design. The deluxe, updated seating system includes friction-lock bungee hold-downs. Integrated weathertight storage provides reliable gear containment, while quick-connect D-ring bow and stern attachments and 3 rails accept virtually all aftermarket rail-mounted accessories. Adjustable foot braces, dual flush-mounted rod holder with rod leash eyelets, 6 scupper drains with plugs, and bow and stern carrying handles complete this Ascend kayak as the best choice for adventurers and anglers seeking performance and stability. Size: 10’. 67 lbs.

$679 at www.cabelas.com

Joshua Creek Ranch for Clay Shooting

Located in the picturesque Texas Hill Country, the setting for clay target shooting at Joshua Creek Ranch is one of the most beautiful in the country according to well-traveled shooters. Guests can choose among four venues for shooting clays: the two 10-station sporting clays courses, the wobble trap, the triple trap wobbler and the NEW simulated driven clays machine. Any of the three can be organized into a variety of scenarios such as instruction, practice, warm-up for wingshooting, competition, games, fundraisers and tournaments. All are available year-round within an easy walking distance of most JCR lodging & facilities.

$$$ Fees vary at joshuacreek.com

Electric Bike

A rugged electric mountain bike from the makers of Cannondale and Schwinn that can easily take you anywhere and be packed away easily too. With big, grippy, fat tires, tough shocks and a Shimano motor to flatten the rough stuff, the XC E-Bike is your passport to adventure. The XC electric bike features a powerful mid-drive motor that can flatten steep hills, handle gravel roads and dusty trails all day long. With up to 50 miles on a single charge, you’re set for long adventures on or off-road.

$2,500 at www.chargebikes.com

Personal Weather Station

AcuRite Iris™ (5-in-1) Weather Station with Wi-Fi Connection to Weather Underground and Lightning Option (Sold Seperately). Displays measurements: temperature, humidity, Wind speed, Wind direction, rainfall. Has Wi-Fi connectivity for seamless uploading of data to Weather Underground. Displays forecast downloaded from Dark Sky for today and tomorrow’s forecasted highs, lows and chance of precipitation. Displays number of lightning strikes detected.

$160 at www.acurite.com

Chainsaw for the Home or farm

A feature-packed chainsaw with advanced engine technology at a value price. The MS 211 Stihl Chainsaw uses advanced technology in the form of a powerful low-emission, fuel-efficient engine. But it doesn’t stop there. It also reduces your maintenance with a professionally inspired pre-separation air filtration system (extending air filter life up to five times longer).

$309 at www.stihlusa.com

Fly Tying Kit with Case

The Cabela’s® Deluxe Fly Tying Kit with Case lets you tie or make repairs in the field with the tools you need for fly fishing. This Cabela’s fly kit comes in a beautiful case that holds everything neatly in place. The kit includes a pedestal base and C-clamp, hair stacker, large and small hackle pliers, scissors, whip finisher, bobbin, bobbin threader, bodkin, half-hitch tools, tweezers, and dubbing twister. The Cabela’s Deluxe Fly Tying Kit with Case is great for fishing trips or storage of your fishing gear.

$50 at www.cabelas.com


Tabletop Original Cast Iron Griddle

Blackstone’s Adventure Ready 17 Inch Tabletop Griddle with the patented Rear Grease Management System offers a 268-square-inch cooking surface; easy assembly and quick ignition; easy to remove griddle top, thick cold rolled steel griddle cooking surface; steel frame powder coated in protective black; and a single stainless-steel burner for versatile cooking options. The Adventure Ready Griddle is the perfect griddle for all your adventures, like camping, hunting, boating, and fishing.

$84 at Walmart


Book on Fermentation

The Farmhouse Culture Guide to Fermenting: Crafting Live-Cultured Foods and Drinks with 100 Recipes from Kimchi to Kombucha by Kathryn Lukas and Shane Peterson. Discover a hidden world of microbes that miraculously transform ordinary ingredients, like cabbage, into superfoods.

$20 at www.amazon.com


Backpack Leaf Blower

The ECHO PB-760LNT gas leaf blower is the most powerful, low-noise blower available. The yard blowers professional grade 63.3 cc engine produces 535 CFM at 214 MPH for quick and easy clean-up of the largest jobs.

$474 at Home Depot


Battery Powered 6 Piece Tool Kit

DEWALT 20V max V20 6-Tool 20-Volt Max Brushless Power Tool Combo Kit with Soft Case (2-Batteries and charger Included). Be ready to tackle any task with this 20V MAX 6-tool cordless combo kit. It includes a 20V MAX drill/driver, impact driver, reciprocating saw, circular saw, oscillating tool, LED work light, charger, two batteries, and a durable tool bag.

$500 at www.lowes.com