It’s almost Father’s Day! Don’t you just love it? I do! Except for the gift-giving part. That’s not my fave part of this delightful day dedicated to doting on Dad. I can hoot-n-holler with the best of ’em but I always struggle to find just the right gift for my husband.
This year, I checked in with a few of my favorite guy friends to make a little list of things the special father in your life just might appreciate. Check out the fountain pens, the Star Wars book (it’s not what you’re thinking) and that ever-popular grilling book. Good dads are a treasure—and even though I love to give a good gift now and then, the best things in life aren’t things.
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HANDY MAN DAD:
Stanley 65-PIECE homeowners tool kit – The neighbors will have nothin’ on your man!
Ok. This. This is the ultimate tool for every dad. My dad and his dad both love their Leatherman tools! It’s the ultimate gift that turns ordinary men into MR FIXIT! Check out this Leatherman Wingman Multi Tool . The Wingman Multi Tool is is a mid sized, fully functional, affordable Leatherman tool tha’ts project ready whether it’s used at the campsite, on the job or around the house.
Go, Go, GADGET! Clean our windows! WINBOT W710, the Window Cleaning Robot, for Framed Windows ONLY WINBOT is Today’s Solution to Window Cleaning! No more dangerous ladders. No more moving furniture. No more spraying, dripping or mess. Leave all that behind and let WINBOT do the work!
FOR THE TRAVELIN’ MAN
Dual USB & 12V Heated Mug – BLUE Plugs into your USB port or 12V auto adapter… keeps your coffee steaming while you work or drive! Cool, eh?
“Best Dad Ever” Mug – because every dad needs a great mug that says he’s great.
BOOKS HE”LL LOVE
If dad doesn’t have a Kindle yet, he’s missing out. Really. I mean it. Here’s what other folks are saying about the awesome Kindle:
“Amazon Paperwhite Is The Best Digital Reading Experience Money Can Buy” — Mashable
“Not only is it a great ebook reader, it’s the only one even worth considering—great hardware and Amazon’s spectacular ecosystem are an untouchable combination” — The Verge
Star Wars: Vader’s Little Princess In this irresistibly funny follow-up to the breakout bestseller Darth Vader and Son, Vader—Sith Lord and leader of the Galactic Empire—now faces the trials, joys, and mood swings of raising his daughter Leia.
Made by Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff No screens, no hi-tech gadgetry. Made by Dad combines the rough-edged, handmade ethos of a Boy Scout manual or The Dangerous Book for Boys with a sly sense of humor that kids love.
The One Year New Testament for Busy Dads
You KNOW I love this! In as little as 5 minutes a day, a busy dad can connect with God and read through the New Testament within a year. This One Year New Testament is a handy trim size that is convenient for busy dads. The New Testament is divided into 365 daily readings with a quick intro and a concluding thought for each daily passage. Application questions focus on the felt needs of busy dads.
FOR THE DAD WHO LOVES HIS MUSIC
Bose “SoundLink” Mini Blue Tooth speaker – This is what my husband was drooling over last week. Bose is one of the best and this baby has great reviews. Shh. Don’t tell Jay.
SOUL by Ludacris SL99 High-Def Sound Isolation In-Ear Headphones Hubby found these and bought them for our 15,000 mile road trip. He says they are some of the best he’s ever had. Just thought I’d share that fact.
iHome Stereo FM Clock Radio with Lightning Dock for iPhone and iPod Charge and play lightning-capable iPhone and iPod models via flexible Lightning dock. The iPL8BN is a great looking, space-saving speaker system for listening to all your music. Wake or sleep to your favorite iPhone or iPod tunes or FM radio stations through high fidelity drivers in a specially designed Reson8 speaker chamber with EXB expanded bass circuitry. Auto sync feature instantly sets clock to iPhone or iPod time.
THE NEW DAD
For snapshots with rich color from a camera that’s easy to use, the Canon PowerShot SD790IS 10MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom is an outstanding compact 10 MP point-and-shoot. So easy, even a sleep-deprived parent can use it!
Infant Optics DXR-5 2.4 GHz Digital Video Baby Monitor with Night Vision is the perfect gift for the guy who wants to keep a watchful eye out for his little one. Might even use it for date night, (you know the kind where you all stay home but baby sleeps in another room.) 🙂
The Baby Owner’s Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance is the perfect mix of wit and wisdom for new dads. We first saw this when our son-in-law brought it to the hospital after their son was born. Priceless!
The New Dad’s Survival Guide: Man-to-Man Advice for First-Time Fathers: FATHERHOOD DEMYSTIFIED! Finally-a manual for new dads that deciphers the immensely confusing world of fatherhood and gives crucial tips and advice from a man’s point of view. No psychobabble, no warm fuzzies-just a hilarious (and surprisingly practical) military-style guide to surviving and thriving through even the queasiest moments of pregnancy, birth, and babyhood.
FOR THE FOODIE FATHER
Mr. Good Lookin’ Is Cookin – the must-have apron for every busy dad who loves to cook! I got one for my husband. Tell that man of yours how hot you think he makes the kitchen!
Home Run Baseball Glove Style Single Oven Mitt This 100 percent cotton mitt was made for wearing while flipping burgers, but you might be tempted to play ball instead!
The Grilling Book: The Definitive Guide from Bon Appetit “Indispensable. Chock-full of recipes tested and approved by the trusted editors of Bon Appétit, it’s sure to make you a master of all things grilling.”
Barbecue! Bible Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades, Bastes, Butters, and Glazes Here are fiery spice mixtures for massaging into food, sensuous bastes to be brushed on like lacquer, killer marinades, sugary glazes, tangy mops from award-winning barbecue teams, and dozens of sauces, from the classic tomato-based American Sweet and Smoky to a bold Moroccan Charmoula with its medley of fresh herbs and spices.
Bundle – 4 Items: World Harbors Marinade Sauces – Mexican Style Fajita, Maui Mountain Teriyaki, Jamaican Style Jerk, Maui Mountain Sweet ‘n Sour This four-pack of World Harbors flavor is a great sampling of robust taste from local cultures. Each sauce, wildly popular in their own right, comes together to give you a zest to be paired with any of your favorite dishes. Use them as a marinade or side dip!
Keurig! It’s the key to really simple coffee making. Busy dads who need their coffee in a hurry love this ingenious machine. We use ours all the time for teas, coffees and even hot water. Keurig is just another way to say, “I love you.” (not really.) The Special Edition Brewing System is Keurig’s mid-luxury home brewing system. Yeah. It’s cool like that.
Two Rivers Coffee Flavored Coffee Pods Variety Pack Sampler, Compatible with 2.0 Keurig K Cup Brewers, 40 Count – 40 Assorted Flavor Box – No Duplicates. Contains maple, chocolate, cinnamon, Chocolate Vanilla, vanilla, Hazelnut and other flavored coffees. Individual flavor may vary!
Muscle Roller Stick – Gives instant relief to sore muscles, leg cramps, or knots! And as much as we love to give massages, sometimes it’s nice to have a break. 😉
Clothes and accessories of their favorite teams – I don’t know any guy who tires of a comfy shirt with his favorite sports team on it. This link has a huge variety of options and teams!
ACCUSPLIT Pro Survivor Stopwatch – Need a stopwatch to settle arguments over who won the race in the backyard? (Just don’t tell Dad it really wasn’t him!)
Reebok Adjustable Ankle Weight – These are an easy way to make a workout just a little bit more challenging. They’re adjustable and comfortable.
Ladder Toss Game – A fun game for the whole family to enjoy in the backyard on these cool summer nights.
Road and Track Magazine Subscription – From a reader, “I have subscribed to Road & Track for three decades. If I could only get one car magazine, this would be the one. It is the least biased, and unlike most car mags, it still has a “test summary” at the end so you can quickly compare with other models from past issues.”
Car and Driver Magazine Subscription – Car and Driver is for the auto enthusiasts and in-market car buyers, providing thorough evaluations and road tests across all segments of vehicles, as well as information on technology, motorsports, gear and industry news.
Meguiar’s Car Care Kit – Perfect for taking care of his favorite ride! Meguiar’s has put together a kit that will keep your car looking its best. Kit comes complete with the following Meguiars products: ultimate liquid wax, ultimate compound, ultimate polish, ultimate wash and wax, ultimate protectant (with trigger), ultimate black, ultimate quik detailer for those times in between waxes, one microfiber wash mitt, six microfiber towels, four yellow foam applicator pads, and water magnet.
Schumacher SC-1200A/CA SpeedCharge 3/6/12 Amp Charger/Maintainer/Tester – The Schumacher SC-1200A/CA SpeedCharge is a fully automatic battery charger that uses advanced technology to charge up to twice as fast as conventional chargers. Automatically adjusts the amperage rate to charge and maintain batteries efficiently. The 50-amp clamps are compatible with both top and side-mounted battery posts. Its easy-to-read LED indicators show battery charge status at a glance. Quickly charge and maintain conventional automotive batteries, deep-cycle, AGM, and gel cell batteries.
Craftsman Digital Tire Gauge with Bright LED Light – For your gadget loving guy, make checking tire pressure quicker and easier!
THINGS YOU MIGHT NEVER THINK OF – BUT THEY’RE STILL AWESOME
Parker Urban Black Matte GT Medium Point Fountain Pen Kit (1760841) – a friend introduced us to the world of fountain pens this year. Hubby and I have had a lot of fun with different inks and styles of pens. This is a great starter kit. If you know your husband would love a fountain pen, here are a few other options that are a little more cosmo. You know. Because he’s cool like that:
Lamy Studio Fountain Pen – One of our faves. Fountain pens are bringing the art of writing back with flair. Check these out! Your man will look even more manly sporting one of these!
Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player – Chromecast is the easy way to enjoy online video and anything from the web on your TV. Plug it into any HDTV and control it with your existing smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Send your favorites from HBO GO, Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Crackle, Rdio, MLB.TV, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music, and Chrome to your TV with the press of a button. No more huddling around small screens and tiny speakers. Chromecast automatically updates to work with a growing number of apps. We love this at our house!