Written By Vicki Anzmann

Does the y-chromosome trigger the fascination with how things work, and is it male instinct to want to fix things? Perhaps, but regardless of the reason, men seem to love tools and gadgets the way women love shoes. So, in honor of Father’s Day (June 21) and in the interest of assisting with the gift shopping associated with said holiday, check out these gadgets and see if you can find something to entertain his inner child or elevate his macho status.

Can Crusher Your man can channel his inner Neanderthal without risking injury with the can crusher. This gizmo also reduces the volume of recycling. $14.99, Bed Bath & Beyond, 200 Clifton Blvd., Westminster, 410-848-0137, www.bedbathandbeyond.com.

Grill Cleaner Cleanup is easy with the Grill Daddy. A bonus:The cleaning attachments are dishwasher safe. $14.99, Bed Bath & Beyond, 200 Clifton Blvd., Westminster, 410-848-0137, www.bedbathandbeyond.com.

Painter Make painting a little less arduous with the Point ‘n Paint. The manufacturer promises that Point Ôn Paint needs no tape and claims you can paint an entire room in less than one hour. $19.99, Boscov’s, Westminster Town Mall, 400 North Center Street, Westminster, 410-751-6660.

Suction Cup Dent Puller Remove those little dings and dents that seem to mysteriously appear in the car. $4.49, Advance Auto Parts, 625 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster, 410-848-9139.

Radio Shack Tool
Man is a tool-using animal, and this little pocket gadget can go anywhere. The 6 in 1 Mini Tool Set has a level, four screw driver bits, and an LED white light. $0.97, Radio Shack, Town Mall, 400 N. Center Street, Westminster, 410-876-7992, www.RadioShack.com.

Polaroid PoGo Instant Mobile Printer Print pictures on the go from a cell phone or digital camera, and there’s no ink cartridge to change. No computer connection is needed; the borderless photos are two by three inches, water and smudge proof. $99.99, Target, 200 Malcolm Dr, Westminster, 410- 848-6180.