Dude, did you know Father’s Day is upon us? I was totally oblivious to this until this morning when, while not-at-all-desperatly looking for my Lindt milk pralines, I came across the cards isle at CVS. Who would have ever thought that I would have a reason to let go of the fact that Hubbyloo did not get me anything this Mother’s Day? (Set aside the fact that he was in the middle of a trial, and that prior to that he had (co)planned and booked two international trips for us for this summer. Couldn’t he delegate the buying of a li’l present to the secretary as they do in the movies?…) Well, thank God for his oversight, cause he ain’t getting jack for Father’s Day either and now I don’t have to feel bad about it. We’ll be leaving for our first vacation (to the ol’ country, then a road-trip through South-East Europe) in three days, and my to-do list has an infinite quality about it.
BUT, I did do my due diligence of shopping around and it wasn’t hard to come across some cute stuff that should make the father(s) in your life happy. Here’s my list of top finds (I was planning on suggesting 10, but once the list reached 11 I knew I did not want to waste time figuring out which item gets canned):
This was Hubbyloo’s Christmas present. He lost it. Which did not come as a surprise, more like a relief. Good to see that old habits die hard (or not at all in his case) cause his bad habits are outnumbered by awesome ones. The father of my child does not wear a watch so when he expressed interest in an activity tracker, I was on it. Men wearing watches are hot. Aren’t they? Something you may want to know: I have originally purchased the Basis which is much better looking (sexier if you will, ahem!), but it did not do the job. More than half the time it would not record the steps.
Fitbit with its slim figure had no troubles recording the steps, distance and calories burned. At night, it tracks your sleep patterns and can perform as an alarm in the morning.
I got this for Hubbyloo’s birthday this year. He loves it! He’s an avid skier, and each winter he goes on this back-country ski trip with his college buddies. I’m pretty certain that’s the highlight of his year. He tested the camera and was greatly pleased by the results. This summer we’ll test its underwater performance, which without a doubt will be impeccable. “Wear it. Mount it. Love it.” Simple as that.
I got this for Christmas. It’s the perfect gift for someone who loves to have the music on throughout the day, no matter what room you’re in. You can connect your smartphone, tablet or your desktop/laptop to it and the music will play crispy clear wherever you want it. It may be a mini speaker, but in spite of its size, it puts out an incredible sound.
4. Toiletry Bag
This will be a great gift for a frequent traveler. If your dad or your husband, depending for whom you’re shopping, are frequent travelers, may it be for leisure or work, a handcrafted, unique toiletry bag will be not only a thoughtful gift, but a practical one, too.
Before you throw this suggestion into the underwear-for-christmas category, hear me out. Obviously this is not the right gift for everyone, but if the father in your life is anything like Hubbyloo, he may be very particular about his socks. (I was actually forbidden from buying him socks for a while. And ties. The tie ban is still in effect.) If that’s your dad/husband, you can shop around for high quality socks; the feel of luxurious cotton, the plush ride and crisp appearance of high quality socks will knock him off his feet. Pun intended.
For all those tailgaters out there, this is the perfect Father’s Day gift. I still have to come across a guy who doesn’t like his beer chilled. Be mindful of the product specifications and reviews though. Apparently this particular product does not fit all beer bottles.
7. Pizza Peel
Although shameful, I must admit that there are nights when Hubbyloo resorts to throwing a frozen pizza in the oven. Now, you may have this specimen or, if you’re luckier, you may have a chef for a dad/husband, a chef who likes to make his pizza from scratch. For these two types of males, a handmade, personalized wood pizza peel is a beautiful touch. It sends the right message, too: keep doing what you’re doin’, cause you’re doing good.
If you’ve got a foodie on your hands, or a guy who enjoys his time at the BBQ grill, a collection of sauces and marinades may be your lucky ticket to both a happy dad and a yummy dinner. Take advantage! I love Tessemae because their recipes are homemade, full of natural ingredients, and delicious. (Disclaimer: cannot attest to the deliciousness of the marinades, but the dressings are yum!)
For the nerdy dad, the one who not only reads, but reads actual books, I have three suggestions:
For the serious Dad: The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert
For the humorous Dad: Dad Is Fat, by Jim Gaffigan
For the hands-on Dad: Made by Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff, by Scott Bedford
Photo books are my favorite gift to give. For Christmas, birthdays, and other occasions in between, many people in my life have received such a book at least once. I used to like Blurb, but now I favor Picaboo.
11. A weekend away
I had a talk with a new friend I’ve recently made. He told me about this original gift tradition he and his wife have: once a year, each one gets to spend a weekend away, alone. Can you imagine how awesome that is? (Especially if you have young kids. That do not allow you to sleep more than six hours a night.) I’m planning to gift this “break” to Hubbyloo, perhaps some time at the end of summer. He deserves it; he has already agreed to my going on a 7+ -day vacation by myself, when we return from… vacation.
Good luck finding something that will make Dad happy! Copiloo is 16 months old, so for a few more years I’ll be managing Hubbyloo’s Father’s Day surprises. Since all my references were to him, you may get the impression that I’m orphan of father. My dad is alive and well, in the ol’ country. He’s getting a new bike for Father’s Day, special delivery, personally handed by his one and only wandering daughter. Over there, it’s all about practicality.