Father's Day Gifts: What should we really get for dads?

My Dad is the world's best sport. When I was 5, I put a handful of my hair clips in his hair, and he went to work wearing them. He didn't know it... but, hey... details, schmetails. When my sister and I were little, we always wanted to play Barbies, and we always wanted my Dad to play the role of Ken. He obliged. Most of the time, Ken showed off his Kung Fu moves to Barbie, Skipper and her friends, but he was always animated. When we played whiffle ball in the backyard against him, Dad only got one out and us girls still got all three. (He won most the time anyway.)

My Dad has always been a good sport about the gifts we gave him too. Like the ties we picked for him for work, when he no longer had a tie-wearing type of job. I feel like we once made him a horribly gaudy tie-tac too, but part of me is wondering if that was actually something I'm remembering from a Full House episode, and not our actual childhood...(Full House and our childhood kind of blur together, we were kids of the 80's after all). One gift I'm sure he was a very good sport about however, was this sweatshirt:


This photo was taken tonight, when I asked my mom to please go to Dad's closet, take a picture of the handprint sweatshirt and text it to me.

Let's let that sink in for a minute shall we?

I'm pretty sure the orange hands on the bottom are my sister's at two, which would make me 6 when we made this "gift". I'm 32 now... my Dad not only wore this sweatshirt (with the heart 'o' and the puffy once-neon yellow and orange paint) but he STILL has it - 26 years later.

So, in honor of my Dad, the greatest sport (possibly of all time) I thought I'd dedicate a post to compiling a little list of gift ideas the Dads in your life might actually really enjoy (fake-smile free).

1. A home beer brewing kit ($40)
If your Dad (or your kids' Dad, if that's who you're shopping for) likes to do hands-on project and enjoys a good microbrew (or in this case, nanobrew) a home brew kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop might be just the ticket. These awesome kits come with everything Dad needs to brew his own batch of beer at home, and you can choose from a variety of kits. I've purchased this for my own husband, and it received rave reviews. The grapefruit honey-ale was particularly tasty! 

2.  Dollar Shave Club subscription (varying price levels)

My husband has been a DSC subscriber since we first saw their brilliant marketing video. The concept is simple: choose a razor and blade type, and get fresh blade refills delivered monthly so you never have to shave with a dull blade again. Plus, it's really affordable -- as little as $1 a month for a dual bladed razor to $9 for the luxury 6-blade version. DSC also offers shave butter and post shave products. Prior to DSC, the hubs used pricey razors like Mach 3 and others of the like. He has sensitive skin and was skeptical he'd do well with a cheaper blade. He just gets the $1 blade, and he actually says it does a great job. In fact, I may have used it on my legs tonight (don't judge me, he's got a whole pack of fresh blades ready to go) and I have to admit, my legs feel awesome!

3. Tickets to a sporting event he enjoys
In my days of helping to run another website, we did a poll amongst men on what gifts are pretty much always a hit - and this one came up more than anything else! The respondents said they often enjoy fun experiences even more than tangible gifts, and tickets to a game with you are pretty much always a hit. It shows you cared to think about their interests and if you go to the game and maybe even make a snack run or two, that you care to make it a fun day for him - so this might be a great way to go for either your own father or the hubs.

4. His all-time favorite show, on DVD
DVD box sets have become quite affordable, and most people have at least one show they just love. acquiring a season or series of Dad's favorite show, and tossing it in a little cooler filled with his favorite snack foods (spring for the good snacks you know he loves, but probably rarely has around) and his favorite beverage and he'll have a great, relaxing Father's Day activity ahead. (If you're doing this for your husband, be sure to plan some kid-free time so he can enjoy this gift).

5. A Man Crate (varying prices)


Man Crate is a company dedicated to sending fill-free kick-booty crates filled with gifts for all kinds of men. You can search by category of man to determine the best crates (snack lovers, survivalists, gamers, beer lovers, etc.).  The description from their site sums it up better than I probably can, so I'm just going to go ahead and quote them:

We say 'no' to ugly neckties, cologne samplers and executive trinkets. We don't save wrapping paper, we don't do ribbons. We ship bragworthy gifts for guys. Gifts that you can't wait to arrive because you know the recipient will love opening them. Gifts that people gather round at the office, people following the sounds of wood being torn from wood by the included, laser-engraved crowbar.
We are Man Crates, and we deliver awesome gifts for men.
6.  Corkcicle Chillsners ($26.99)
 
Back to the whole "if Dad likes a cold brew" thing - this icicle shaped chillers fit right into a bottle of brewski and chill it perfectly in a matter of minutes. Pretty cool! (This is one of those brilliant inventions that makes you wonder, "Why the heck didn't I think of this?")

Dad - I promise, no puffy paint sweatshirts this year. Cross my heart. Kids and wives out there - I hope my list gave you a few creative or new ideas to choose from. Regardless, just don't buy Dad a tie, ok? If they smile, I promise you it's forced! ;-)

Happy Early Father's Day to all the great sport dads out there! You rock.

*Note: This is not a sponsored post. These are gift ideas I just really think are great.

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