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COLORFUL THREADS If it’s time to de-borify Dad’s style, there’s lots to love in “lifestyle apparel” designed for looks and comfort. Color and pattern are exploding in sport coats and dress shirts that can be customized with linings and stitching. We love the value and quality of the featured sport coat, which makes Dad look and feel like a million bucks. As shown: $395. Bel Air Fashions, Miracle Hills Square

A MULTITASKER FLPSDE’s patent-pending dual chamber water bottles are so much more than just a water bottle. “Made for adventure,” these vacuum-insulated stainless steel bottles keep up to 20 ounces hot or cold for hours, while its removable inner chamber stores up to 7 ounces of snacks or personal items like keys or cash. Durable silicone grip band. Go-everywhere convenience and style with a local tie: Its inventors live in Elkhorn. $34.99.

HEAVY LIFTER Our dad tester was impressed with this Packable Stealth Shovel from DMOS. The telescoping handle stores tidily in the belly of the scoop, making it ideal for keeping in the back of a vehicle. The company claims that the shovel is “indestructible.” We didn’t test that, but it’s made from aircraft-grade aluminum and has a rustresistant powder-coat finish for two thumbs up from us. $89

Pit masters will tell you: Wood fire pellet grills are awesome if you love food with subtle smoky flavor. Hardwood pellets come in a wide variety of flavors, such as pecan, hickory, mesquite, cherry, apple, maple and more. We like Traeger’s sawhorse-style grill/smoker. It’s on the brawny side, with all-terrain wheels that easily roll over pavers, rocks and dirt. Snag a new cookbook (see page 9 for our recommendations) and get the summer started! Model shown, about $600.

THE GREAT PROTECTOR We’ve been obsessed with the handmade waxed canvas bags from ARTIFACT since the Omaha company’s founding in 2010. Workmanship, durability and function are top-notch. For the dad who makes things: a rugged apron to protect his clothes and pockets to hold whatever he needs close at hand. Lifetime guarantee. $58 to $168.


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Momaha Magazine - June 2019  

A parenting magazine from the Omaha World-Herald

Momaha Magazine - June 2019  

A parenting magazine from the Omaha World-Herald