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The 34 best Christmas gifts for your dad — according to mine




The 34 best Christmas gifts for your dad — according to mine

How much did Santa pay for his sleigh? Nothing, it was on the house.

Dad jokes aside now, it’s time to trailblaze into the best gifts to buy your dad this holiday season.

If I’ve learned anything in all my years of life, it’s that shopping for my dad can be a difficult pursuit to embark on.

Let’s cut to the chase — if your dad is anything like mine, he’s content with everything he has, says he only wants his annual pair of New Balance sneakers and then, just as you’re about to buy the one thing he asked for, your mom already beat you to it.

To my sister and brother — this gift guide is dedicated to you, along with our fabulous New York Post readers.

I asked my dad to list 34 ideas that men actually want. While cordless drills are great and all, aren’t you tired of them smuggling their way into every gift guide on Google?

We’re here to bring you the raw, honest and practical gifts your dad will go nuts for. In other words, we’re giving you options you can reference time and time again for birthdays, retirement and other milestones.

Below, find the 34 best holiday gift ideas for your dad. Man-recommended, daughter and commerce journalist approved.

All hail the supreme dad shoes. New Balance’s 624 Sneaker has developed a cult-following among dads everywhere. They’re white, minimal and comfy to walk around in.

Yeti Hopper Flip 12 Soft Cooler

My dad loves the beach, and loves carrying as many drinks and stay-cold items in a cooler at all times. Splurge on the Yeti Hopper Flip 12 Soft Cooler for a gift he won’t stop talking about.

Barbecue Sauces Cookbook

First things first, dads want more “quick eats” ideas for meal prepping in a pinch, according to mine. Shop the Barbecue Sauces Cookbook for ideas on how to make yummy, char-flavored goodness.

Barnett’s Fine Biscotti Chocolate Biscotti Gift Basket

Fit for the dad who’s content with everything, “you can never have too much chocolate.” Gift your father a Chocolate Biscotti Gift Basket for a taste of Italy at your doorstep.

Brooklinen Waffle Robe

In the colder months, my dad’s uniform is a comfy robe. Brooklinen’s Waffle Robe is one of my favorites, and they make the style in a cool slate gray color that’s great for your parent.

Callaway Golf Men’s Strata Complete Set

Though my dad isn’t quite into golfing, he knows any golfer would appreciate a new set of clubs. This $350 set is quality, looks sharp in its storage bag and is one of Amazon’s Choice products.

Cold Beer Coats

My dad is a sucker for anything cute and unconventional so, if yours is a beer drinker, consider gifting these winter-ready Cold Beer Coats that are his next conversation piece.

Firstleaf Build Your Own Box of Wine

When my dad tried Firstleaf’s wines, he was impressed — and not just because he’s a fan of anything cabernet and multipulciano.

This Build Your Own Box of Wine comes with six bottles for $30, based on a personal style quiz. Not to mention, you can sneak into your wine fridge and see what his preferences are.

Fossil Neutra Chronograph Leather Strap Watch (44mm)

My dad still wears his Fossil watch he was gifted years ago. The brand’s Neutra Chronograph Leather Strap Watch is one of our favorites to shop from Nordstrom, plus is on sale.

iOttie Easy One Touch 5 Car Mount Phone Holder

Not to throw shade, but my dad’s years-old GPS system is far too antiquated for up-to-date, speedy convenience from Point A to B. No shade though; here’s a good one if your dad is in need.

This Car Phone Mount Holder is the perfect addition to any vehicle for access to Google Maps, Spotify and more.

Izod Men’s Crewneck Sweatshirt

My dad practically lives in these crewnecks and he says anyone would be delighted to receive a new one to wear. And, this one is $30 right now.

Kobalt 232-Piece Standard Mechanics Tool Set

Per my dad’s recommendation, “tool kits are always good.” Shop the Kobalt 232-Piece Standard Mechanics Tool Set to be prepared for any vehicle remedy or emergency.

L.L.Bean Men’s Quilted Sweatshirt

Likely because my dad is always cold, he recommends a good pullover to put under the tree. The L.L.Bean Men’s Quilted Sweatshirt is a classic option that’s hard not to love.

Little Giant Velocity 22 Ft. Ladder

What’s most recommended by my dad? Surprisingly, this 22 Ft. Ladder made me raise my brows a little bit. “They’re a splurge and are so practical, that they make a perfect gift,” he says.

Margaritaville Bali Frozen Concoction Maker

My cousin owns this margarita maker and my dad has been fascinated by it ever since. “It’s a great showpiece that has people talking,” he says.

Merrick Lane High Back Executive Swivel Office Chair

Much to nobody’s surprise, a comfortable office chair is essential for your WFH setup. Treat your dad to the Merrick Lane High Back Executive Swivel Office Chair that’s less than $175.

Monopoly Ultimate Banking Board Game

I grew up playing Monopoly with my family and, when playing the game a week ago, my dad couldn’t stop talking about the “modern” version that’s digital. If your family is into games, your dad will love this classic Banking Board Game.

Nike Dri-Fit Sweatpants

My dad recommends sweatpants to any dad because “you can never have too many.” The Nike Dri-Fit Sweatpants are one of the brand’s most popular and, for $55, they can’t be beaten.

Nike Men’s Challenger Brief-Lined 7” Running Shorts

My dad recommends a good pair of running shorts for “any dad who likes to go to the gym or workout at home.” The Nike Men’s Challenger Brief-Lined 7″ Running Shorts are a feel-good option that comes in multiple colors.

Old-Fashioned Whiskey Glasses with Luxury Box

My dad always serves some Johnny Walker whenever he hosts a get-together, so supplying the Old-Fashioned Whiskey Glasses is always a good idea — especially when this set is less than $40.

Philips Norelco 23-Piece Grooming Kit

Because my dad has been recruiting my brother to buzz his hair during quarantine, he wasn’t hesitant to recommend Philips Norelco’s 23-Piece Grooming Kit. “It does the job without having to go to the barber,” he says.

Polo Ralph Lauren Cotton Lounge Pants

My dad, along with his robe, lives in lounge pants. The Polo Ralph Lauren Cotton Lounge Pants are a designer gift option that’s less than $50, too.

Polo Ralph Lauren Slim-Fit Stretch-Oxford Shirt

Speaking of Polo, my dad says “the quality is there” for the brand’s Slim-Fit Stretch-Oxford Shirts. They’re versatile for work or family parties, among other types of wear.

Ray-Ban Everglasses 60mm Optical Glasses

This is your sign to treat your dad to a pair of nice sunglasses and not the cheap ones he’s been wearing from the dollar store. Ray-Ban’s Flat Top Sunglasses are a basic navy option that looks good with everything.

Ring Video Doorbell

It’s the 21st Century, so if your dad isn’t getting a state-of-the-art preview of who’s at your doorstep, he’s doing something wrong. Gift the Ring Video Doorbell for $100 this year to give him a gift he’ll love (and that’ll culture him a bit).

Shimano SLX Casting Rod

My dad loves fishing and he thinks a quality casting rod is good for “anyone who hasn’t fished in a while and needs a good refresh.” Not to mention, the Shimano is less than $80 right now.

Stikk Green Painters Tape (5-Pack)

Before you question why there’s green tape on your screen, hear me out. If your dad loves to paint, he thinks this green tape is like gold. Why? It’s supposedly better quality and more convenient than the traditional blue tape. So, it’s a how’d-you-think-of-that gift.

Tabletop Cornhole

Cute table games are always fun, especially this Tabletop Cornhole. Say what? Uncommon Goods has you covered with a unique gift if you and your dad love the classic outdoor game.

Teslyar Wood Phone Docking Station

For the dad who throws his keys and wallet on the kitchen counter, please gift him organization to store all the belongings. This Docking Station has slots for keys, a watch, a phone, a wallet and even a pen.

UGG Ascot Slipper

My dad parades in his UGG Ascot Slippers because they’re so plush. If your dad is stubborn about wearing fuzzy socks (I’ve been there), these designer furs are a great option.

CoolCabana5 Beach Cabana

Though it’s winter, it’s never too early to dream about the summer again. My dad loves the CoolCabana5 Beach Cabana because it’s easy to set up, provides unmatched shade and doesn’t fly away, as flimsy umbrellas would.

For trips to the Jersey Shore (or any beach, for that matter), it’s the most practical gift that your dad will love.

Bosch 4-Tool 18-Volt Power Tool Combo Kit with Soft Case

According to my dad, any power tools make a great gift. For nearly $100 off, you can’t beat this set, which comes with two drills, a saw and other essentials — all encased in this soft carry-around.

Pampered Chef Deluxe Indoor Griddle/Grill

Skip the grill pan for burger night and upgrade your dad to a fine indoor grill that does all the things. It’s a unique kitchen gadget that makes a great gift. Plus, the mini appliance is of terrific quality to make lunch and dinners in a snap.

Dionis Vanilla Bean Hand & Body Goat Milk Cream

As a great stocking stuffer idea, Dionis’ Vanilla Bean Hand & Body Goat Milk Cream is one my dad doesn’t want to remove from his desk. And truthfully, it’s one of the best practical gifts that’ll keep his hands hydrated and smelling fresh.

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Sports world reacts to John Madden’s death




Sports world reacts to John Madden’s death

Legendary NFL coach and broadcaster John Madden died Tuesday morning at 85, the NFL announced. News of the football icon’s passing hit Twitter on Tuesday evening, and athletes, coaches and broadcasters from across the sports world reacted.

Fellow broadcasting legend Dick Vitale, who is currently battling cancer, called Madden “the greatest analyst of all time of any sport” in his Twitter tribute.

Former Yankees pitcher and notable Raiders fan CC Sabathia said “your legacy will live forever.” Madden coached the then-Oakland Raiders from 1969-78, a couple of years before Sabathia, a Vallejo, California native, was born. Lakers star LeBron James had similar words about Madden’s lasting legacy, adding an infinity emoji.

Former tennis star and social justice activist Billie Jean King recalled meeting Madden as a “privilege.”

Radio voice of the Rangers Kenny Albert, a five-sport broadcaster who’s been with FOX Sports since its inception in 1994, shared a photo circa 26 years ago to remember Madden.

ESPN’s Bomani Jones took a bit of a shot at current color commentators, noting that Madden “set an unreachable standard.”

Frank Caliendo, who’s made a career out of impersonations, including one for Madden, said he was surprised how emotional he felt.

Several football players, and others, including Saints running back Mark Ingram II and former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, credited Madden with being part of the reason why they love football.

Rams wide receiver and NFL MVP contender Cooper Kupp quote the late coach in his tribute: “The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.”

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Miles McBride’s Knicks role will lessen with Kemba Walker’s resurgence




Miles McBride’s Knicks role will lessen with Kemba Walker’s resurgence

MINNEAPOLIS — The Knicks got back another body in rookie point guard Miles McBride, who was cleared from protocols Tuesday and rejoined the team in Minnesota.

But there is no longer any hype for the rookie’s return. Kemba Walker is back as the starting point guard and coming off winning Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors with four standout games, including his Christmas Day spectacular. The Knicks have gone 2-2 since Walker regained the starting job.

“It’s great,’’ coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He had a great week. He’s playing great basketball. The team winning helps him get recognized and he was a big part of driving that winning. It’s great for the team.’’

McBride was also spectacular in his last outing before getting COVID-19, when he played the entire second half Dec. 16 in Houston and seemingly earned a spot in the rotation. In fact, McBride had strung together two decent outings before he was ruled out. But things have changed since his emergence and McBride is likely back to being a bit player.

Without a practice, McBride wasn’t even expected to see time when the Knicks faced the Timberwolves to kick off a four-game road trip.

Miles McBride
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Of course, with Walker’s arthritic knee, anything is possible. The Knicks play Detroit on Wednesday in a back-to-back, so it’s uncertain whether Walker will complete both contests. In addition, Immanuel Quickley is out of COVID-19 protocols but Thibodeau wasn’t sure he was ready for meaningful minutes.

That left Walker against the depleted Timberwolves, who were missing their three top players (Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell), all because of COVID-19 .

Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker

When McBride got sidelined by the virus and Derrick Rose needed ankle surgery, Walker was resurrected by Thibodeau and it’s been a stunning comeback story.

Though Thibodeau has clear reservations about Walker based on his nine-game banishment due to his defensive malaise as an undersized point guard, he admitted after the Christmas Day triple-double against Atlanta that Walker is playing “much more aggressive.”

Walker’s triple-double that featured 10 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds was a lot different than his prior outing, when he scored 44 points against Washington.

“I thought his passing was terrific,’’ Thibodeau said before the Knicks resumed their schedule.

“Kemba had control of the game. The game tells you what to do. That’s what I loved about the way he played. I don’t think he forced anything. They puts size on him and were aggressive in their pick-and-roll coverage. He didn’t fight it. He attacked pressure the way you like to attack pressure. You don’t fight pressure with pressure. Don’t try to split it. Get rid of it, go to the backside. Let the game tell you what to do.’’

The Knicks coach is finally seeing all the elements of what Walker can do. Before his demotion, Walker was nothing more than a no-defense, 3-point shooter whose plus-minus was an abysmal minus-122.

Thibodeau was also concerned about his durability in sitting out two of the three back-to-back sets. The last load management game in Atlanta in late November triggered Thibodeau’s decision.

But now it’s only superlatives from Thibodeau in judging the last four games.

“Sometimes it’s going to be his shooting, sometimes it’s his penetration and getting in the paint to force a collapse and sometimes they’re being aggressive with their traps get rid of the ball quickly,’’ Thibodeau said. “The overall play, his rebounding. When your guards rebound, those are key to fast breaks. The more guard rebounding we get the better we can be. ‘’

The Knicks still have three players in protocols — centers Nerlens Noel and Jericho Sims and the newly infected Wayne Selden. Quickley and Kevin Knox were cleared on Christmas but were held out for conditioning.

No matter. The Knicks go as Kemba goes.

“He’s much more aggressive,’’ Thibodeau said. “That was the challenge. At the beginning of the year he and Evan were two new starters. Sometimes guys are trying to fit in. he’s being very aggressive which is the way we want him to play. Not deferring at all. When he and Julius [Randle] are aggressive like that our team is different.’’

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Bar raises dramatically for Zach Wilson in matchup with Tom Brady, Buccaneers




Zach Wilson and Tom Brady

When Zach Wilson stares across the MetLife Stadium field at the opposite sideline this Sunday, it won’t be Trevor Lawrence he’ll be looking at as his game-day counterpart.

Lawrence, drafted by Jacksonville one spot before the Jets selected Wilson at No. 2 overall last April, is a contemporary.

This Sunday at MetLife, the Jets rookie quarterback won’t be staring at a contemporary on the other sideline. He’ll be staring at the GOAT.

Tom Brady.

The bar raises dramatically for Wilson and the Jets, who are coming off of their feel-good, get-well win over the woeful Jaguars and Lawrence this past Sunday.

Brady and Buccaneers, who are 11-4, NFC South division champions and seeking to repeat as Super Bowl champions, play the Jets, who are 4-11 and seeking more signs of development from their rookie quarterback.

To say this is a step up in competition for Wilson and the Jets going from Lawrence and the Jags to Brady and the Bucs is as obvious as pointing out that Tampa Bay receiver Antonio Brown has had a few off-the-field incidents during his otherwise stellar NFL career.

There hasn’t been a lot to keep the interest of the Jets fan this season — other than watching Wilson’s development. That took an unfortunate pause for the four games Wilson missed with a knee injury, but he’s been back for five games and has looked like a better quarterback, throwing only two interceptions in those games (none in the last three) since returning from his injury.

The problem, though, is that Wilson hasn’t been producing enough touchdowns, throwing for three of them and rushing for four others in the past five games.

Zach Wilson and Tom Brady
Zach Wilson and Tom Brady
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Baby steps, though.

Wilson was the better quarterback this past Sunday when matched up with Lawrence, who threw for more yards than Wilson did, but Wilson ran for 91 yards, including his electric 52-yard scoring jaunt, and made key throws when he needed them.

Wilson will not win Sunday’s game against Brady and the Bucs throwing for the 102 yards he had against the Jaguars. He and the Jets will need more.

Consider this: Brady enters the game having thrown 37 TD passes and for 4,580 yards this season and averages a league-high 305.2 passing yards per game.

Then this: The Buccaneers average 29.5 points per game this season, second most in the NFL.

And this: Wilson doesn’t have a single 300-yard passing game, averages 183 passing yards per game and has thrown seven TD passes in 11 games.

Seven TD passes is a pedestrian two-game total for Brady.

Wilson and the Jets are playing with house money anyway in what always has been a developmental season, so Sunday against Brady should, at its very least, be a great measuring-stick learning experience for Wilson, who’s studied Brady on tape.

Wilson revealed this month that he watched film of Brady before the Jets played the Eagles on Dec. 5 in an effort to pick up tips on how Brady worked against the Eagles defense when he played them earlier in the season.

“I thought it was really cool to see kind of how he went through his whole process, how he navigated the pocket, different things like that,” Wilson said at the time.

On Sunday, Wilson gets to see that process up close as Brady tries to dissect a Jets defense that has yielded 29.9 points per game this season, the most in the NFL.

That puts an added onus on Wilson to produce on the other side of the ball, because he knows Brady is going to get his. Wilson will likely need to produce four TDs — any way he can — for the Jets to simply remain competitive with the Super Bowl champs.

That’s a lot to ask of a 22-year-old kid who’s produced just 11 TDs in his 11 starts, up against Brady, who’s thrown 618 TD passes and for 83,784 yards in his remarkable career.

It, too, is a lot to ask playing against an aggressive Tampa Bay defense that’s ranked No. 9 in the NFL in points allowed (20.8 per game) and is led by former Jets head coach Todd Bowles, who’d surely like to send a holiday message to his former employer.

If you don’t think Bowles will be blitzing the bejesus out of Wilson, then you probably think Antonio Brown is a living saint.

The good news for the Jets is that Wilson has shown incremental improvements, particularly when it comes to his decision-making and quicker releases on his throws.

“He’s coming along, he’s getting more comfortable, he’s calmer back there,’’ Jets coach Robert Saleh said Monday. “He’s in a great headspace and it’s going to be fun to watch him grow, continue to grow.’’

A big part of that growth will take place this Sunday as he watches the GOAT operate from the opposite sideline at MetLife.

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