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Gift ideas galore for Dad’s Day

The battery-powered Hercules: i-XPS 120 Outdoor helps keep iPods safe while out in the elements, even in wet or snowy-cold conditions.

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If you haven’t done your Father’s Day shopping yet, here are some ideas:


This is just what it sounds like: a padded wrap for your compact point-and-shoot digital camera. It would work on a film camera, but if you’re still shooting film, you might want to ask for the digital camera as a gift first.

The wrap protects the camera securely and is ideal for those who carry their camera in their pocket or a computer bag. It attaches to most any camera with a built-in plate, which has a threaded key. This attaches directly to the tripod port on the bottom of the camera.

The D-Wrap is made with abrasion-resistant neoprene cover, which stretches around the camera body for a secure fit and has a Velcro closure. That means it fits most any pocket-size digital camera.

Details: www.lowepro.com, $10.99


This speaker system keeps iPods safe outdoors — even in wet conditions.

The i-XPS helps keep an iPod waterproof and dustproof, protecting it at the beach or on the slopes. It’s powered by four C batteries, an external power supply or a car adapter.

Its watertight front door and shock-resistant, rubberized contours mean your iPod is safe; a rear-carrying handle makes it easy to transport.

Compatible iPods include iPod Nano (1st, 2nd, 3rd generation), iPod Mini, iPod (30GB, 60GB, 80GB), iPod Classic and the iPod Shuffle via line input port.

Details: www.hercules.com, $129.99


This portable speaker system for portable music players delivers big time sound. It’s built with jAura Acoustic Speaker technology, which features 720-degree surround sound 4W Speakers.

The players are connected to the palm-sized device with the built-in 3.5mm line-in port, which will accommodate any iPhone, iPod or most any MP3 player.

It’s powered by three AAA batteries to power it; a carry case is included for protection and storage and comes in black, pink, purple and silver.

Details: www.i-luv.com, $34.99


Give a gift plan for the No. 1 online paperback and audio book rental service, which offers thousands of titles.

Booksfree’s service has no due dates or late fees, and members may cancel at any time. The plans include more than 150,000 paperbacks or more than 23,000 CD/MP3 audio books. And there are no shipping charges to receive or return the books.

Details: www.booksfree.com . A la carte rentals start at $5.99; monthly plans for unlimited paperbacks start at $10.99.


Get baseball scores on the go with this handheld device, which provides automatic updates without a computer or Internet connection.

Users will get the scores, updated every half inning, along with schedules and standings for every team throughout the season. The Ambient InfoCast network does it all for the device with no extra fees.

Four AA batteries are expected to power the device for an entire season.

Details: www.ambientdevices.com, $129


Chill two 3.5-inch diameter bottles independently in temperatures between 45 degrees and 68 degrees.

The dual chamber wine chiller reads the temperature of the liquid, not that of the outside of the bottle. Two wireless temperature probes are inserted into the uncorked bottles, which seal the spout and send the temperature readings of the wine itself to an LCD screen.

It can be used with four recommended serving temperatures, which come pre-programmed. Users can also manually adjust it to any desired temperature level and simultaneously chill two different beverages at different temperatures.

Details: www.kalorik.com, $199.99

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