Shopping for Father's Day: Blåkläder Workwear, Sun Protecting Hats, Folding Walking Stick Seats, A Numeric Conversion Apron and Recipe Divider Magnet
We're ask the question yearly 'what do you need' for Father's Day? But the question is what do you want for yourself; my husband named a few items, some whose maker you may not have heard of. In addition, we added new sunscreen rules from the FDA that we thought important.
Blåkläder Workwear offers a line of very durable work clothes, many with extra pockets for special purposes such as jeans with flap pockets at the knees to add knee pads. My husband bought their Roughneck Kangaroo black vest which, as the name suggests, has multiple utility pockets — or pouches — front and back providing lots of storage for tools and materials, as well as cell phone, keys and more. By the way, Blåkläder is the only workwear manufacturer that offers a lifetime warranty on its seams. They also make gloves and shoes.
While he most often wears it for DIY tasks, it works as well in the garden. It is well constructed with triple stitched seams, and reinforced back utility pockets that are Cordura lined for extra strength. Wide loops are provided so it can be worn with a belt, but the benefit of a vest is that it carries most of the weight on the shoulders rather than on the hips which relieves his back.
Occasionally we'll both use a rest seat, something to bring along as they're so light, to sporting events, outdoor lectures or classes and on those excursions that don't supply seats at all. It's the Homecraft Folding Walking Stick Seat (see illustration) or the ProActive Golfers Walking Chair.
Although a couple of our in-laws are fantastic chefs, we found two items that each might like:
Fed up of frantically thumbing through cook books while your goulash explodes? Or coating your keyboard in baked beans and bolognese while help on Google loads? Fear not! Instead we've moved the help to the place you're supposed to wipe your dirty hands! The Cooking Guide Apron is full of useful information. Guide includes: numeric conversions, cooking times for vegetables, roasting times for birds, freezing instructions, defrosting times, a cooking glossary and more.
- Made of 100% natural unbleached cotton
- Measures 34.25 x 34.5-inches
The other kitchen item should stave off those inquiries (if the apron didn't) of 'how many cups, tablespoons to a milliliter?'. Obviously, you can point the novice (or experienced for that matter), to the Web, but a shortcut could be a Recipe Divider I picked up at a kitchen shop: Amco Houseworks, an award-winning brand, has been making cooking and cleaning easier since the 1970s. They specialize in combining precision and performance to create stylishly designed premium kitchen tools. Easily divide or multiply recipe measurement in halfs or thirds with the Amco recipe divider magnet. The outer tab helps to easily navigate through measurements while the magnet on the back keeps the divider handy on any magnetic surface. Both standard and metric conversions are listed. Made from stainless steel.
Leading up to our FDA new sunscreen rules made us think of a new hat that my husband needed to shield him from the sun that sends him to a dermatologist every four months, yes, four. The Wallaroo Hat Company of Boulder, Colorado was founded by Stephanie Carter and Lenya Shore in April 1999 after they discovered the Aussie secret to sun protection with style: colorful UPF 50+ crushable fabric hats. They began wearing them around Boulder, a city known for its outdoor lifestyle and more than 300 sunny days each year.
The complete collection includes 42 distinct styles in solid, brightly colored fabrics, as well as tropical prints and neutrals. Canvas, loose weave, microfiber, cotton twill, poly-braid, and polystraw make the Wallaroo Hat Collection washable, crushable and versatile for everyday work or play. Each Wallaroo hat has been designed with an internal or external drawstring to make it one-size fits most. The site also includes a page on hat-wearing tips for men and women.
And perhaps the best gift to everyone, including men on Father's Day, would be a sunscreen that follows the FDA's new rules:
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