Dads can be tricky people to shop for because they always seem to have everything that they need because they buy it for themselves with little fanfare. I am forever suggesting with a wink and smile that maybe someone can buy that apple tv/squash racquet/shirt and lo and behold, I find said item in the house a few days later. Dads can also be the easiest people to shop for. Food is almost always a home-run and so, come to think of it, are sporting events and experiences. And every dad, no matter how macho, is a sucker for a painted handprint and a simple “I love you” scrawled across the page.
Here’s a round of up of some gifts that may make dad extra happy on his special day.
I know that the hipster dads are rockin’ the beards but there are still plenty of guys (and their gals) out there who love a close shave. Son of a Sailor makes these beautiful, stained wood shave kits ($72) that may just make some hipsters rethink their look.
And because every daddy has their admirers, there is Harry’s father and son shave set ($36)
I know quite a few dads who can vouch for having seen every episode of Seinfeld, but that doesn’t mean they have to show solidarity and sport a Constanza-esque wallet. Thin card holders are the way to go and XO Bruno’s ($35) are simple, no-fuss and all that’s needed.
It’s a bummer when your phone or mobile device runs out of juice. Nomad, a company of spry young smartypants (seriously, I could have babysat these kids!) have come up with a simple, easy-to-use solution. The CHARGEKEY and CHARGECARD are sleek portable smart phone cables ($29) that either fit nicely onto a standard key ring or in a card holder (see above). It works by plugging one end into a USB port and the other end into your mobile device.
A guy that I went to high school, and whom I am friends with on Facebook, is dapper. There really is no other word for his style. His look is unique, well-put together and he appreciates the quality of fine craftsmanship. I love seeing how his little guy is following in his footsteps. When I saw this book, Vintage Menswear: A collection from the vintage showroom, ($58) I thought of him. Happy Father’s Day, J.G.!
Along the same lines, whatever happened to money clips? Are they making a comeback along with the pocket-square and slim-cut pants? I do love a nice money clip, so if the thin-card holder isn’t your guy’s thing, maybe a money clip ($262) is just what he needs. Besides a cash diet is a good thing, right?
My boys are baseball obsessed! Any chance they can get to a game, they are thrilled beyond belief. It would make their day to see their dad wearing this fan t-shirt ($38).
Or maybe he will rock an old-school look ($38).
It’s not just moms that have a lot to tote around. Dads have things too. Like their workout clothes and . . . .um . . . I am not sure what else, but this sailor bag ($79) would be an easy bag to toss workout clothes into.
Cufflinked out? This simple, leather ID bracelet ($42) is an alternative.
Have a dad that likes sipping on a drink on the back patio? Check out these glasses made from recycled beer bottles ($19). The artists have several to choose from – I bet your dad’s favourite brand is available too.
Here’s something that is on MY list (for me!) so I may just have to get it for him. Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton is based on his popular blog of the same name. He has 4 million followers. Wow!
Did this list not spark your interest? Why not try Urban Moms? Sonya has some great ideas for the hard-to-buy-for dad.
I love the messaging that has been coming from Kerry Clare at the 49th Shelf about their Father’s Day book recommendations: not all dads are only about golf, barbecue and beer. If you are looking for some great books to gift that go beyond the usual father’s day stuff, this is your list.
A while back, we were sent a label making kit from Epson. The first person I thought about when I got it was my husband! The custom label makers for wires is perfect for him! (Available only in the US.)
For Mother’s Day, my husband gave me a t-shirt that says, “I am silently correcting you’re grammar.” I wore it out today for the first time and was overwhelmed by how many laughs and comments I got. The shirt also comes in me’ns. From Arrant Pedantry.
Experiences. What does the dad in your life like to do? What does he like to do with the kids? Last year, my Father’s Day gift to Ted was a family chess night. We didn’t actually manage to host it until winter, but no matter. It was such a hit, we did it twice, the second time I also included my dad! Three generations learned and laughed together. It’s one of my favourite gifts ever.
Finally, another experience-based idea is to be a tourist in your own city. The rules: plan a family day out and about without going anywhere you have gone before. New parks, new attractions, new restaurants, food trucks or grocery stores for a picnic.