Father's Day is June 21. Instead of a shirt that will hang in Dad's closet, give him something useful for home and yard, like some of these products.
■ Flashlights can be difficult to position to shine light exactly where needed. Stanley's SquidBrite solves that problem with its pivoting light and flexible rubber grip stand that wraps around objects or sits securely on uneven surfaces. Magnetic backing helps hold the light tight to metal surfaces; it also detaches from the base to fit into tight spots. There's no need to buy batteries because a rechargeable battery is built inside. Near an electrical outlet? Power it through its charging cord for continuous lighting. $30.
■ A Dad who likes to keep the family vehicles clean will appreciate the new Tech-No-Kink hose by Ames. Multiple layers of spiral PVC wire covered by an outer, clear PVC layer make the 50-foot hose easy to use. Backed by a lifetime warranty, the hose features a crush-proof coupling and a burst rating of 450 pounds per square inch of pressure. $36 to $40.
■ Forget refilling the gas tank with a 24-volt battery- operated push mower by Homelite. The 20-inch cutting deck is complemented by a comfortable V-shaped handle and single-level height control that adjusts to nine cutting levels. The mower mulches or bags grass, and it comes with a two-year warranty. $229.
■ Black and Decker joins the no- pollution craze, offering a 36-volt cordless string trimmer-edger that cuts like a gas trimmer. The trimmer features a rechargeable battery and a 14-inch cut path that covers more area per charge. $199.
■ Dad can manage and conserve outdoor water use — and save on your household water bill — with a wireless moisture sensor by Vigoro. The wireless transmitter has a range of as much as 200 feet. $28.
Shopping sources: Wal-Mart, Lowes, Home Depot, and Ace and True Value hardware stores