Three fathers! Because that little baby is now a father of two… sniff…
I’m excited because the girls and I have thought of stellar ideas for a Father’s Day gift for those of you who can’t think beyond an apron that says “World’s Best Dad.”
I have you covered. Usually I’m not like this, right? So on top of things! You have plenty of time to consider, for Father’s Day is a whole week and a half away! (If you order something from Amazon via our links, we get a little commission, so thank you!)
- My tippity top idea — provided Dad loves baseball — is a subscription to Michael Brendan Dougherty’s The Slurve. This is a daily newsletter that comes right to his inbox with “essential news” and “original insights” and fun recaps. Plus, it’s safe for work and for kids looking over his shoulder — love that. The Chief says: “The Slurve, every day, links to the most sensational plays and the best commentary, along with wrap-ups of all the games. For a true baseball fan, everything in one place.”
And, if Dad loves it, which he will, you can give it every single year! (We don’t get anything for telling you about it — we just think it’s a great idea!)
Okay, here are our other thoughts. Yes, your kids should be in charge of Father’s Day, but maybe they are infants and maybe they need a little help, so that’s why we are here, whispering
sweet nothings gift ideas in your ear.
- In case the kids really can handle it: Go to my Pinterest page for what I call “meaningful crafts for children” — because if they are going to make something, it should be awesome or at least not another paper-plate-and-pipe-cleaner craft.
In the category of cool stuff he will love:
- A wind chime. Rosie says: “These are expensive wind chimes. But they’re perfectly tuned and beautifully made – a pleasure to listen to. Because they’re tuned to the pentatonic scale, when the kids grab the flapper and swing it around, it sounds like music instead of noise. They’re sturdy and substantial. We’ve taken ours down during a few tornado watches, but other than that we’ve left it out during all sorts of Oklahoma winds and they’re as good as new. They have different scales and registers (we have the pentatonic alto, but this soprano version is smaller and thus less expensive). I’ve also thought these would make a lovely housewarming gift or even a wedding gift for the hard-to-buy-for.
In case you can’t tell, I love mine!”
- Not so unpredictably, perhaps: Good booze. We recommend going to the liquor store and buying a smaller bottle of the booze that is on the shelf above the booze he currently has in his liquor stash. Or another one of the one he loves that is almost out.
- Booze accessories. Our current faves, which we have found at HomeGoods (and its ilk): A good ice bucket (good is defined as insulated and nice looking); a cocktail shaker; a vacuum wine stopper. A measuring cup for mixed drinks (you can get this for cheaper, I think, at Target, but that’s problematic).
- Also a bottle opener that goes on the wall. If you can manage it, put the recycling bin directly underneath. If you can’t, how about this opener-and-catcher. (Bonus: if you keep the caps, next year the kids can make a (cheap, not tuned, multi-quasi-tonic) wind chime out of them!)
- An icon of St. Joseph. You are on your own to find one — let us know if you come across a beautiful one!
- Fishing tackle.
- Walker Percy, Lost in the Cosmos — A whimsical book about the death of Western Civilization — not a novel, not a treatise. Sort of a unique existential musing wrapped in a strange kind of personality test. Any other book by Percy will also do.
- Thomas Boswell, Time Begins on Opening Day — Well, I guess this is out of print, but this is a great read about baseball. The Chief loves it and everyone in our family enjoyed it thoroughly. I have given you enough time to get it from a seller who ships reasonably fast.
- Lawler and Clayton, The Little Oratory — Last year we suggested our book as a Father’s Day gift and the crowds went wild! Why not? Dads enjoy exact directions and keen insight/prose to get their families on the road to prayer. Adorable drawings by Deirdre.
- Michael Foley, Drinking With the Saints — This is another one that is not going to go out of style for Dad. Most men I know covet this book.
- Eric Severeid, Canoeing with the Cree — The CBS anchor/journalist from a bygone era recounts his boyhood odyssey with a friend, canoeing thousands of miles from Minneapolis to the Hudson Bay. This adventure turned out to be more than a little escapade — it’s a must-read. (This doubles as a great gift for any teenage boy you have languishing about.)
- Phil Lawler, The Faithful Departed — The most thoughtful book about the scandal of abuse by priests. Not a cheery book, but one that goes deeper than all the others.
- Steven Pressfield, Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae – war-heavy guy book that Capt. P (Rosie’s husband) loves and gives to his friends. Excellent historical fiction.
- Michael Shaara, The Killer Angels — Another excellent dramatization of history: I wrote about it here. Get another copy for your teenage boy while you’re at it, and they can discuss it together.
Items that will enable fun with the kids but that he’ll secretly be delighted with:
- Wiffle ball set. I usually pick these up at the grocery store — they are cheap enough so that the kids can pool their quarters together and buy it themselves. With this and a bocci ball set (below), you are ready for your Independence Day celebrations!
- A squirt gun — get a couple of good ones.
- A Bocci ball set. What I like about this game is that you can play it just about anywhere.
- Zoo or museum memberships.
- A stereo microscope. (I wrote about why this is the microscope you should have in your home school here.)
Something that you yourself will enjoy so why not give it to him since he’s happy and gift-receiving isn’t his love language:
- A good camp chair or two. (But they are less expensive at Marshall’s etc.)
- A hammock.
- The kind of cart/wagon that garden centers use.
If his love language is service (you do have the book, right?):
- Clean/tidy up his workbench in the garage.
- Detail the car/truck (any child loves playing in the car — simply add bags for trash, windex and paper towels, and a vacuum for a clean car).
- Polish his shoes.
- Finally dust and arrange his dresser top.
- Send him to a movie by himself (you know, if he’d like that, and one you are not interested in).
We hope this helps you with what can be a difficult time, what with men being, you know, men, and so hard to find gifts for. We aren’t great fans of Hallmark holidays but we do want Dad to feel honored!*
*These are all our good ideas. As in, the only ones we will ever have. So expect to see this post again another day!