For the Dad who Reads:
1,000 Record Covers, by Michael Ochs
Record covers are a sign of our life and times. Like the music on the discs, they address such issues as love, life, death, fashion, and rebellion.
For the dad who still has a collection of records,this collection of album art will easily capture his interest.
This special edition of Record Covers presents a selection of the best 60s to 90s rock album covers from music archivist, disc jockey, journalist, and ex-record publicity executive Michael Ochs’s enormous private collection. Both a trip down memory lane and a study in the evolution of cover art, this is a sweeping look at an under-appreciated art form.
To BUY: $17.69 Amazon
The League of Outsider Baseball, by Gary Cieradkowski
This book is great for any father who loves baseball. This book includes stories of baseball’s lesser-known players, as well as a look at great athletes before they hit the Major Leagues. Pages include portraits and vintage-style baseball cards.
I feel like the synopsis of this book does a better explaining how cool this book actually is:
This book is a strikingly original illustrated history of baseball’s forgotten heroes, including stars of the Negro Leagues, barnstorming teams, semi-pro leagues, foreign leagues, and famous players like Shoeless Joe Jackson, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, and Joe DiMaggio before they achieved notoriety.
Shining a light into the dark corners of baseball history—from Mickey Mantle’s minor league days to Negro League greats like Josh Gibson and Leon Day; to people that most never knew played the game, such as Frank Sinatra, who had his own ball club in 1940s Hollywood; bank robber John Dillinger, who was a promising shortstop and took time out between robberies to attend Cubs games; and even a few US presidents—this book is a rich, visual tribute to America’s pastime.
Meticulously researched, beautifully illustrated using a unique, vintage baseball-card-style, and filled with a colorful and rich cast of characters, this book is a prized collector’s item and will be cherished by fans of all ages
To BUY: Kindle $12.99, Hardback $21.00 Amazon
Brewing Classic Styles: 80 Winning Recipes Anyone Can Brew
If he is a beer drinker and wants to look into making his own, this book is the the one to start with. Looking over multiple beer brewing forums, this book has been said to be one of the ‘go to’ books that everyone started with.
To BUY: Kindle $11.99, Paperback $13.43 Amazon
Cooking with Fire: From Roasting on a Spit to Baking in a Tannur, Rediscovered Techniques and Recipes That Capture the Flavors of Wood-Fired Cooking
My Father-in-Law loves this book and I would have to say it is pretty interesting.
Synopsis: Cooking with live fire goes way beyond the barbecue grill. Rediscover the pleasures of a variety of unconventional techniques, from roasting pork on a spit to baking bread in ashes, searing fish on a griddle, roasting vegetables in a fireplace, making soup in a cast-iron pot, baking pizza in a wood-fired oven, cooking bacon on a stick, and much, much more. Includes 100 recipes for everything from roasted rabbit and fish chowder to baguettes and burnt cream.
To BUY: Kindle $9.99, Paperback $15.02 Amazon
Meat: Everything You Need To Know
This book is guaranteed to teach Dad a thing or two. Written by one of Americas premier butchers, Pat LaFrieda, this book features tales from the meat packing business, tips on preparing beef, lamb, port, poultry, and veal, and 75 family recipes.
To BUY: Kindle $19.99, Hardcover $24.99 Amazon
The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, by Stephen J. Sansweet, Pablo Hidalgo, Bob Vitas, and Daniel Wallace
The three-volume Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia has everything he’s ever wanted to know about Jedi Knights and Sith Lords, including a timeline of major events and insiders’ skinny on the film franchise. May the Force be with him.
To BUY: $81.35 Amazon
For the Active Dad:
Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless headphones
Let’s say your Dad doesn’t have a fancy watch with a heart rating monitor, but he needs new headphones. This is a way to combine both- Jabra’s next generation of heart rate monitoring technology measures your heart rate via your inner ear. Connect to Jabra’s fitness app to plan, monitor and evaluate your performance, and ensure you’re always training in the right heart rate zone. Control music and calls directly from the headphones in-line controls. IP55 Certified, drop, strength, dirt, temperature & humidity tested – US Military Standard. Works with most popular fitness applications on iOS and Android devices to provide pace and distance alerts
To BUY: Certified Refurbished $78.99, New 129.99 Amazon
Zepp Golf 3D Swing Analyser
For the Dad who golfs- This device helps capture your swing from different angles, the Zepp Golf measures and analyses your swing and records 1,000 data points per second. Measure the speed of your club, the rotation of your hips, your tempo and backswing. Fits in the back of your glove, so small you won’t notice, and links to your phone.
To BUY: $129.99 Amazon
The picture is Garmin’s Forerunner 620, but I think any sports watch would be a wonderful gift. This particular watch has a slew of advanced features to suit all runners, including a heart-rate monitor, a built-in accelerometer, and a touchscreen that works even if you’re wearing gloves. Because these can get expensive, on the lower end is FitBits.
Buy Garmin: Amazon
Custom Running Coasters
Looking for a useful, inexpensive way to display his race bibs? Or maybe your Dad ran his best race and you want to help him remember that moment. Protect your coffee table and celebrate his PRs with sealed, stone/tile coasters made from originals or scanned versions of race numbers. GoneForARun will make a set of four for only $22-25.
Gadgets and Gismos a Plenty..
Lets be honest, some people prefer reading a book an a tablet. Right now Amazon has their tablets on sale. Here are some of perks: 8 GB (or 16 GB) of internal storage. Add microSD card for up to 128 GB of additional storage. The device is fully charged in under 6 hours and lasts up to 7 hours. USB 2.0 port (micro-B connector) to connect to a PC/Macintosh computer. This device has an amber light for nigh time reading which is better on the eyes but still gives off enough light to see what you are doing. Out of 54,150 reviews, the average review on Amazon is 4.2 out of 5 stars.
To BUY: $39.99 Amazon
HyperChiller Iced Coffee Maker
Ok, I kind of want this myself and this will probably be the thing I end up getting my husband. This chilled to perfection iced coffee maker is simple yet effective. It is able to chill hot coffee up to 130+ degrees in 60 seconds without deleting flavor. The container holds 12.5 ounces and when you are done, you just throw it in the dishwasher. Let’s say your dad isn’t much of a coffee drinker, well it can also chill whiskey, wine, and other liquids.
To BUY: $50.18 Amazon
Philips Norelco Beard trimmer Series 7200, Vacuum trimmer with 20 built-in length settings
The integrated vacuum system catches up to 90% of cut hair for less mess. The high-velocity motor and fan system creates powerful suction to lift and capture hairs. With innovative lift & trim technology, the trimmer effectively lifts and guides hairs for a more efficient cut. The self-sharpening steel blades are designed to effectively cut each hair perfectly, preventing skin irritation, and are double sharpened to cut more hairs in every pass for faster trimming. And with the 20 built in settings, Dad is sure to get the exact trim/shape he wants.
To BUY: $49.95-120.90 Amazon
Dollar Shave Club
So, your Dad likes to keep things clean and shaves. This is an alternative that is reasonably priced. This company delivers high quality razors (and other creams and shaving necessaries) at a reasonable price. Giving this gift means Dad will receive replacement razors every month and won’t get stuck with a dull blade. There are three different razors to choose from, starting as low as $3 per month.
To BUY: Dollar Shave Club
Lets Get Cheap and Real:
Letters to My Dad
A collection of envelopes, each with a different prompt for the letter inside. Prompts include: “the best adventure we’ve had together,” “my favorite memory,” and “one thing I love about our family.” What results is a time capsule of memories and letters that Dad can read and re-read for years to come. You can buy this or I think this can easily be made. If you are looking for writing prompts for topics to write the letters about, check these out: JournalBuddies Fathers Day Prompts or here are some that I suggest:
1) A special memory I have of you is…
2) From you, I learned the importance of…
3) One thing I’m glad we share is…
4) I always think of you when…
5) I love that our family is…
6) One thing I admire about you is…
OR you can Buy the pretty pre-made letters to Dad here: $10.88 Amazon
Rite In The Rain Notebook
This is perfect for the dad who likes to be outdoors- whether that’s fishing, hiking, or even in the garage- this pen and pad is completely all-terrain proof. Ever been out in the rain and needed to write something down? Or left a note on a cars windshield wipers only to have the rain make it impossible to read? This waterproof paper allows you to write on it during the rain while the water runs off. Inside the front cover are conversion tables, map scales, and short rulers in inches and centimeters. This model (the one in the picture) is not spiral bound (which they make), but memo-style, so it opens like a book. The pages can still be torn out, though, if you have to leave a note somewhere. Pens are sold separately but I have been measured, you don’t need the pen to write on this paper.
To BUY: $6.81-20.92 Amazon
Create Your Own Wine Label
$10 – $20 a bottle, www.ATributeToDad.com
Chances are, what Dad really wants is to spend time with his family. Even if you’ve already presented him with a thoughtful gift, spending time to him will mean more than anything. If your Dad is a runner, a nice run together will be the kind of bonus gift he remembers forever. If he is into sports, maybe sit down and watch a baseball game together. Maybe cook a meal together or just sit down and have coffee. What you do isn’t what matters, it’s doing it together that counts.
Homemade Meal- His Favorites
Sometimes for those fathers on the go, a nice family meal is what they miss the most. Surprise Dad by having his favorite dish ready, or try something new. This can be as complicated as you want- meaning, don’t make this more complicated than you need it to be. There are ways to make a nice meal on a tight budget. My husband loves raspberries, but he is also watching what he eats. So I will probably make him a raspberry protein shake and a nice big breakfast. Again, I think it is more the thought than the actual outcome.
Six-Pack of Beer
Buy your dad a six-pack of his favorite brew, and raise a glass to an evening together with light conversation and maybe a couple hands of cards. This kind of goes with the spending time together with the exception of beer.
I hope this helps! Let me know what you think of this list 🙂 Was there anything that stood out or you thought was interesting? Should I add something next time?
Happy Start to the week 🙂