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10 Funny And Useful Father's Day Gifts

There are no neckties in this gift list.  Not even funny ones.  But there are some other fun items that will make your dad chuckle, and that he'll likely use at least sometime between now and next Father's Day and maybe even longer.  Here are 10 fun Father's Day gifts for new dads, old dads, geek dads, golfer dads, foodie dads, and even single dads....

Shapify Turns You And Your Family Into 3D Selfies

I used to scrapbook—yes, I used to take the time to shape photos and place them over decorative and themed backgrounds and then write paragraphs of descriptions on each page. That was well before I had children, when I had time to print pictures and when I had time to sit and look at them. Since photography has gone digital, my hope has been to compile photo books for each year’s worth of photos, but I’m seven years behind schedule. And apparently not up to speed with a new form of capturing life’s moments. Shapify allows you to create three dimensional figurines of you and your family. Now you can turn yourself into an actual 3D selfie.

Would You Use An Otteroo Baby Floatie?

Otteroo is a water floatie that fits around your baby’s neck and is meant to give her free range of motion while familiarizing her with water. By allowing your baby to move and float without restrictions, the designers of Otteroo believe their product will promote muscle strength, coordination, and give your baby confidence through independence. This product scares the bejesus out of me.

SolePower Can't Recharge Busy Mom, But It Can Charge Her Phone With Every Step

SolePower is making it possible to charge your portable electronics by doing what most people do every day: walking. They are also feeding right into the feet of multitasking moms who never sit down. By using a power-generating insole, a portable Power Pack stores enough energy to charge a cell phone after 2.5-5 miles of walking, which is what the average person walks each day.

If Your Teen Feels Depressed, Alone, And Desperate, This Game Might Be Able To Help

Depression is one of the most common ailments suffered by people in their teens - so it's not surprising that suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens and young adults. Independent studio PixelBerry feels this statistic needs to change - so they've released a game for just that purpose.

Mattel & Europcar Create First Rental Car Agency For Kids

Mattel, the maker of Hot Wheels toy cars, has teamed up with European car rental agency Europcar to offer the children of car-renting adults the chance to rent the Hot Wheels models of their choice. Sound good, kids? Just sign on the dotted line...

SlotFlops, Dance Shoes And Other Unique Footwear For Moms

Mother's Day is on Sunday. Maybe you forgot to get something for your mom or are dreading what may be in store from your kids. Okay, we don't dread those awesome hand-made gifts, breakfast in bed, or scribbles in cards, but moms like to get stuff too. So for those of you looking for something unique to give to Mom on Mother's day, check out these unique pairs of footwear.

Decommissioned Czech Tank Adds Slide, Conquers Playground

Make fun not war! When authorities in a small Czech town found themselves stuck with a decommissioned OT-62 armored personnel carrier, they made the best of the beast by cheerfully repainting it and adding a color-coordinated plastic slide. End result? Best. Playground. EVAR.

SwingEase Converts Traditional Park Swings Into Baby And Toddler Swings

Being at the park together is not really being together when you have kids of different ages. It’s rare to find enough baby or toddler swings at a park and it can be tougher to find them near the big kid swings and slides. SwingEase solves that problem by converting a standard park swing into a swing safe for babies and toddlers.

Nibble Cake Pan Lets You Sample Without Ruining Your Baking

The Nibble cake pan is the perfect solution for all the premature dessert tasters out there. The non-stick pan is much like other cake pans, but with one genius addition. Off to the side it holds a small tasting cup.

PoopMD Is An App That Educates Parents On The Color Of Baby Poop

When it comes to educating new parents on their baby's poop, the everyday process can be overwhelming. From consistency to color, a newborn's poop is an important indicator of your little stinker's health. Pediatric gastroenterologists from John Hopkins Children's Center have developed an app to help.

PlanToys Are More Than Toys: They Have Plans For Our Kids' Future

We love our kids. And sometimes, sometimes, we buy them stuff. But the toys our kids play with should be more than toys. PlanToys was the first company in the world to manufacture wooden toys from rubberwood, an eco-friendly wood. Through their ideas and materials, the company continues to improve their manufacturing process while providing our children with fun and sustainable toys. PlanToys have several new products on the market, but two that go above and beyond being just toys.

Splashdown! Trainer Knows How To Potty Train Boys

Genaissance Global has the answer for getting boys to "stand up and go" when they are learning to use the potty with The Splashdown! Trainer. With an exclamation point in the name I couldn't help but get excited too. It is designed to keep your son's wayward pee from going behind the toilet seat. It's also an interactive potty training tool when Splashy! cheers on your son and reminds him to put the toilet seat down when done.

Do You Drink Enough Water? H2O-Pal Can Tell You

About 75% of Americans suffer from chronic dehydration. What that means is they don't drink enough water. H2O-Pal could help many remedy that problem. The device makes your water bottle a "smart bottle" and helps you monitor your water intake.

NuzzleHUG Aids And Comforts Breastfeeding Moms

Breastfeeding mothers need quality products and effective solutions for pain relief and lactation help while they are nursing their baby. The NuzzleHUG can be worn around the neck to sooth upper body pains or the waist to relieve lower back and pelvic tension. Read about the amazing features of the NuzzleHUG...

Shaidee Keeps Baby Protected From The Sun

When babies venture outside with their parents, most are hanging out in a front carrier and are draped in a blanket or blinded by a hat meant to protect them from the sun. Enter Shaidee. Canadian mom, Nicole Barrett, invented a chemical-free alternative to sunscreen. And bad fashion.

Monitor Your Unborn Baby's Heartbeat From Home With Bellabeat

Bellabeat is a doppler device that attaches to your smartphone to monitor your baby's heartbeat and kicking patterns while it's still in the womb. The latest app update includes the ability for expectant mothers to monitor their moods and connect with other expectant mothers, to catch early signs of depression.

FiLIP Gives 4 Year Olds Cell Phone Security

While it may seem a bit ridiculous to get a 4 year old his/her own phone, there are times when it would come in handy and give parents added peace of mind. Enter the FiLIP.

Need This New Invention? A 3D Model Of Your Fetus

For most people having a baby is one of the most wondrous and miraculous events in their lives. Now people can really get up close and personal with their baby before it is born by ordering a 3D print of their fetus. Is it cool? Is it disturbing? It is apparently up to the taste of the couple considering making the product. They sell for between $200 and $600 depending on the size you choose.

Japanese Five-Sided Oranges Look Weird, Taste Great, Won't Roll Off The Table

These new and “improved” five-sided oranges from Japan look weird, taste great and they won't roll off your table. Even more awesome, an alternate way of reading the kanji characters used to describe them makes these freaky fruits great good luck gifts for anxious students.