Business Advantage: beyond ties and socks
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El Diablo
El Diablo
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Orvis Trout Bum Rainbow Trout Tee
Orvis Trout Bum Rainbow Trout Tee
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Toyota's 2014 4Runner Limited 4X4
Toyota's 2014 4Runner Limited 4X4
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Orvis Reclaimed wood headphones
Orvis Reclaimed wood headphones
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Microsoft Surface
Microsoft Surface
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We scoured the scene for the best in what Dad really wants this year. 

For the Gourmand: El Diablo is the newest specialty mustard to hit the market. What makes it different? It can be used not only on burgers, but is also recommended for the grill. The mustards come in a variety of flavors, most interestingly the Roasted Chipolte and Mango. All in all, El Diablo has six flavors available.

Prices range depending on store

Available at Publix, Kroger and other stores.

For the Outdoorsmen: Perfect for a day of fishing or spending outdoors, this Rainbow Trout drirelease T-shirt is specially formulated to keep your outdoorsman comfortable in hot weather. What’s better? Get it wet and it is guaranteed to dry quickly. 

($69 from Orvis)

For the Active Dad: A demanding schedule needs a vehicle that can keep up, with space for kids in tow. Toyota’s 2014 4Runner Limited 4X4 has seven passenger capacity and options such as automatic running boards $1,500 and leather-trimmed, split, fold-flat, third row seats $1,365.

Base price: $32,820 for SR5 4X2; 

Price as tested: $47,520.

For the Gadget Guy: Power strips are great. But are they easy to work with? Not exactly. That’s why we recommend the Quirky Pivot Power Surge Protector. This ‘power strip’ not only has all the outlets available on most strips, it is flexible. That means when you’re hooking up everything, you can avoid all the bending and twisting of power cables.

($19.99 at RadioShack)

For the Audiofile: Does Dad like music? You’ve got to check these headphones out. Leave the Beats by Dre to the kids, these Reclaimed Wood Headphones are not only classy to look at and have a timeless feel, they also possess prime audio quality. What’s better? Oh, yeah, they are handcrafted. 

($159 from Orvis)

For the Gadget Guy: Though it doesn’t hit the shelves until June 20, a preorder of Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is sure to make dad happy. It works as a tablet when you want to watch video or read e-books. It works as a laptop when you need to get serious work done. The Pro 3 runs a full version of Microsoft’s Windows 8 system, meaning that it can run just about any program designed for Windows: Microsoft Office, Photoshop and more.

The Surface has a touch screen (12 inches diagonally) like other tablets, but it also has an optional cover that opens to reveal a physical keyboard and touchpad. It has a USB port and one for external displays, both of which are rare on tablets. The Surface comes with a stylus that feels like a real pen. Clicking on it takes you to Microsoft’s OneNote app, where you can start handwriting or doodling, just as you would on a pad of legal paper.

The Surface and other Windows tablets have the benefit of being able to run multiple apps side by side. Prices start at $799, the keyboard cover is $130 extra. As a laptop replacement, you’ll want a faster processor and more memory. Configurations run up to $1,949 or $2,079 with the keyboard.

The mid-range configuration comes out June 20, with the rest coming out later this summer.



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