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10 Fabulous Father's Day Gifts
My Top 10 Ideas for Pleasing Pops
Maybe it's just because I'm a mom, but we're easy to shop for. Chocolate and flowers are popular because, well, they work :) And if you listen, you'll probably hear hints year-round about little clothing, jewelry, and domestic items we'd love.
Father's Day gifts? A bit tougher. We can't afford the things you dads really want--a kick-butt TV, flying lessons, season tickets for your favorite pro team. And the more modest items can be tricky--you may need 100 things from Home Depot, but it's a bit overwhelming for the uninitiated. Gift card? Practical but impersonal.
Here, 10 fun Father's Day options for your dad, your hubby, or (guys...) yourself!
(image: Wolffie via zazzle)
When is Father's Day?
Father's Day in the USA is
Sunday, June 21, 2015
(plenty of time to plan :)
1) A Swiss Army Knife
Every dad needs one. Every mom, too, for that matter. The hubby & I both own one, though his is more complicated. Just three-and-a-half inches long, this version of the classic gadget features 30 stainless-steel tools for everything from rugged camping and fishing trips to laid-back urban picnics. Sweet price, and it ships free!
2) Season One
Shopping for a guy who enjoys good TV but is short on time? Grab a season-one DVD, so he can watch as little or as much as he wants per week. (At the urging of my mom & me, based on our enjoyment of the show, my dad just finished up a "Friday Night Lights" marathon and is now grieving its end!) Ladies, I've made some recommendations here with dual-gender appeal. If he's going to hang on the sofa for hours, shouldn't it be with you?
3) Grilling Tools
Grilling is a year-round sport at our house. We do a huge extended-family feast for New Year's Day, with mostly New Orleans style food and music, and there's nothing like the smell of smoked sausage grilling out on a 10-degree day.
Here, some tools and accessories to help dad defend his "King of the Grill" crown.
Dad's Day DIY
If your kids are crafty, spoonful.com has dozens of adorable Father's Day crafts they can make. Click here for lots of options. What dad doesn't love homemade Father's Day gifts?
4) Music Stuff
Maybe you're lucky to know what new music your guy is craving, or maybe he has a well-maintained Amazon wishlist to make your life easy. Or maybe not. Here, some out-of-the-box ideas for a music-loving dad. Tip: When I grabbed the Keith Richards bio for my dad's last birthday, not only did he love it, but the two guys on duty at the bookstore expressed envy about the gift :)
5) A Massage
If you've got skills, a homemade coupon book for 5 massages costs only your time and is a gift any guy would love. If not, the American Massage Therapy Association can help you find a massage practitioner. Or just ask around for local recommendations. Even an anti-massage guy will change his mind after a few minutes on the table. And the whole family can bask in his improved mood afterward :)
6) Sports Related Gifts
He's got the hat, the shirt, the tickets. What else is there for a sports nut?
Easy Father's Day Breakfast Casserole
6-8 slices of bread or a loaf of french bread, cubed
1 lb. sausage, bacon, or ham (in any combination), crumbled or chopped
3/4 c. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 c. mushrooms, chopped
1 3/4 c. milk
Salt and pepper to taste
Place cubed bread in casserole dish. Add cooked sausage, bacon, and/or ham on top. Add cheese and mushrooms on top of meat.
Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Pour evenly over top of the other ingredients.
Let stand 5 minutes, then bake at 350 until brown (35-50 mins., depending on your oven).
(Note: I realized after the fact that I could have made this even easier by cubing the bread and cooking and chopping the meat a day ahead.)
Adapted from cooks.com
7) A Fun T-Shirt
Skip the much-maligned necktie gift in favor of something Dad can kick back in: a T that's sweet, funny or both.
This might not be the best gift from a 6-year-old to daddy, but if you're an adult buying for your pops, an assortment of his favorite brews--or some special varieties he hasn't tried before--is an enviable gift.
If your dad isn't near enough for you to drive some nice brew to his doorstep, never fear. You can order beer online with free delivery in the U.S.. Geography is no longer a barrier for beer fanatics!
If you live in Texas, the Carolinas, or someplace else with claims to the best BBQ in the land--hmm, do I feel a debate lens coming on?--you don't need to bother with this gift. You can just go down the block.
For the rest of us, these specialty providers will deliver mouth-watering brisket, ribs, and more right to your door. I did it one year as a double Father's Day gift for my husbad and my dad. YUM!
Poll: Who's Got the Best 'Cue?
I haven't met much barbecue I didn't like, especially with a side of zingy, vinegary cole slaw. But I've traveled enough of the U.S. to know that opinions on this matter get hotter than a jar of pepper sauce. Share yours here!
Which state makes the best BBQ?
I think this one is self-explanatory.
I splurged one Christmas and got my husband a 6-month Bacon of the Month club membership. It's a pricey but amazing choice that just about any dad I know would flip over.
On a budget? Go with a more reasonably priced onetime bacon-by-mail order, as I did this year for my father:
Fathers Country Hams (gotta try these folks)
Broadbent's (I'm getting their bacon trio sampler for that special someone this Christmas -- shh!)
Harrington's (this is the one I chose for my dad last Father's Day, as he loves maple -- he said it was one of the best bacons he'd ever had)
If mail-order food isn't your style, here are some other ideas for your favorite bacon lover...
(p.s. Do yourself a favor and read "My Uncle Stu"'s review of the bacon bandages. It's hilarious.)
Now that's a dad!
I love this National Fatherhood Initiative ad. See if it doesn't make you smile.
don't forget the (awesome) card!
The Treat personalized card shop (a branch of fab Tiny Prints) offers fun, funny, perfectly designed Father's Day cards. Add your own photo and text for a one-of-a-kind card dad will want to keep forever.
Ladies, what's the best Father's Day gift you ever gave? Guys, what's the best one you ever got?