Dads are the best, aren’t they? They wear the best clothes and make the best jokes! And they never embarrass you in front of your friends. Not even when you’re an adult, yourself, and just trying to have a nice time at your cousin’s wedding. So they deserve a little something, something on Father’s Day (June 19th in case you forgot).
But seriously, moms seem to get all the spoils while dads sit on the sidelines and collect cliché gifts. Not that we don’t love those gifts, like handmade Minion paper weights, but it’s time to get creative people. It’s time to find the perfect Father’s Day gift that isn’t a tie or pack of golf balls. Actually, if you want to throw in a sleeve of Titleist ProV1s, I won’t complain … er, he won’t complain.
What should you get the dad who has been driving the kids all over kingdom come? The dad who works 50 hours a week, busting his ass to make ends meet while you go off gallivanting to the mall and spend money we don’t have? Well let me tell you. Here are ten Father’s Day gift ideas that will make me … er, him smile for at least a day.
Craft beer is all the rage, and although you keep a beer in the fridge, some of us like to sip it down slowly, thus it warms up and loses that nice cold taste. But no worries, because now dad can keep his beer cold with the Chillsner by Corkcicle. Just keep it in the freezer and, when it’s time to use, insert it in any beer bottle and never suffer through another warm brew again. It’s perfect for parties, sitting on your patio, or tailgating.
It can cost you an arm and a leg to buy razors, especially if you want a close shave. You can easily spend $25 on a blade that has five razors! In eras past, if you wanted that close of a shave, you had to be prepared to take out a second mortgage. Well, not anymore. Dollar Shave Club allows you to pick your blade of choice, pay a low monthly cost, and have those blades sent to your doorstep with no shipping fee. Finally, dad can get a close shave at the right price (especially since you’re buying). Win/win!
Some dads need more exercise, while other dads are already on that journey. Both could benefit from a fitness tracker, like Jawbone’s new UP2. It has world-class technology that keeps track of activities, sleep patterns, food, and more. But what sets this apart from the other trackers on the market is its nice aesthetic. The UP2 comes in many different colors and doesn’t look like a big computer on your wrist. This is the Father’s Day gift that keeps on giving for the dad that needs a kick in the ass and the dad that is already kicking ass.
For the dad who tells too many dad jokes, here is a book about real comedy. Director/writer Judd Apatow (Freaks & Geeks, Knocked Up) wrote a New York Times Bestseller, which collects various conversations with some of the biggest names in comedy from the past thirty years, including Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Roseanne Barr, Harold Ramis, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, and more. Nowhere in this book is your dad.
Many dads play golf and most of them pretend that they’re good at it. But there is nothing wrong with bringing a little technological help to the game. This nice watch/golf aid will help refine your dad’s game. It can record shot distances and provide shot metrics to improve his swing. It also has a digital scorecard and updates frequently played courses for free. Your father can use the watch to get notices about incoming calls, texts, and other alerts, as well.
Written by acclaimed chef Adam Perry Lang, this BBQ cookbook will make any (meat-eating) dad happy with its macho take on how to cook up tasty meat on the grill. Lang’s extensive culinary background will bring your dad more BBQ options, ideas, and techniques than he can shake a seasoning container at. Lang not only guides you on how to BBQ fantastic meat, but he also provides recipes for side dishes like creamed spinach with steeped and smoked garlic confit, or scruffed up carbonara potatoes. If your father enjoys the BBQ or the smoker, pick this book up for him and he may never put the BBQ away for the winter.
Give your dad the gift of beer. Mr. Beer is a fantastic way to get your father into home brewing some tasty suds. There is a kit for every level and, if your dad wants to do a cider or even root beer, there is a kit for that too. If you go to the Mr. Beer website, you’ll see that you can change up ingredients for either a darker beer or maybe an IPA. There are also some fantastic accessories like bottles, flight sets, fermenters, and more. Dads need hobbies and fridges need beer, so give the gift that keeps on giving.
It’s 2016 and bookshelves are becoming a thing of the past. Sad? Some still like the feel of a paperback, but more and more dads are switching over to the e-reader. With so many choices out there, there really is one brand that stands above them all; try Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite or the brand new Oasis.
The newest Paperwhite in the Kindle family is lightweight, has a high-res display, and a new font (known as “Bookerly”) which lessens strain on the eyes. It’s as close as an e-reader will get to paper.
Most dads of my vintage grew up reading comics and may still pick up a graphic novel or two today. However just like the e-reader above, things are going from paper to digital and so there is a fantastic app that allows you to not only purchase new and exciting issues, but also stores and organizes them for you. Comixology features titles from a wide array of publishers both big and small like Dark Horse, DC, Marvel, Top Shelf, Valiant, and so much more. The app is free to download, purchasing comics is easy, and they can be viewed online or in other formats when there is no internet access.
Your dad bought a console, yearning for his youth; he doesn’t play it as much as he used to, but you can get him excited about picking up a controller again with a new game. What better way to say “happy Father’s Day” than with a brand new first person shooter called Overwatch? This game was developed and published by Blizzard Games and it emphasizes cooperative gameplay using a cast of various heroes online. Each character has their own abilities and roles within the team. The game has been getting great reviews, and is perfect for that dad and child bonding in front of a television. The game is available for PS4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows.
Featured photo credit: Dean Michaud () [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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