Hey, did you know Father’s Day is June 15? I had no idea. For some reason, I was thinking it was in September. Or maybe I was thinking, a whole holiday for FATHERS, why not just call it Hooray For Whining About Having to Change a Poopy Diaper Day and shower them with lumps of coal?
Ha ha, I’m just kidding. My own personal husband is an incredible father, very hands-on and loving and engaged, and if he maybe acts like kind of a wuss about a poop-filled diaper every now and then, well, at least he’s good at killing spiders.
I’ve got some gift ideas to share, even though the official day is a few weeks off. These are mostly from the “things you can purchase from online retailers” category, as opposed to “sentimental hand-crafted gifts from the heart”. Not that heart-gifts aren’t wonderful, DUH, but for the purposes of today’s entry we’ll stick to the Amazon-type merchandise.
Grill Alert Talking Remote Thermometer. We own this and it is AWESOME. Basically, you stick the metal thermometer in your meat entree while it’s cooking — whether on the grill or in the oven — and it communicates the internal temperature to a device that announces when you’ve reached optimal readiness. Very very handy, no more cutting into your steak to see how red it is on the inside.
St. John’s Bay Men’s Chamois Shirt. My husband has a few of these shirts and he LOVES them. They’re fantastic work shirts: super durable, super soft and comfortable, and good for layering in cool weather.
Flip Video Camcorder. This camcorder holds 60 minutes of video on 1GB of built-in memory, you just plug it into your computer via USB to download the footage. Easy to use, plays straight to TV, uses AA batteries, and it’s marketed at a pretty good price point ($106 on Amazon).
The Dangerous Book for Boys. A cool gift for the father of a boy, at least I thought so when I bought this for my husband last Father’s Day. Dad can brush up on how to tie knots, tan a skin, built go-karts, etc — or read it with his son when the kiddo’s old enough. See also: The Daring Book for Girls.
DVD box set of TV favorites. For when Daddy needs a little downtime: a complete season of whatever TV show he loves beyond all reason. If you’re looking for suggestions, I particularly recommend Firefly, Dexter, Battlestar Galactica, or Deadwood.
Leatherman Multi-Tool. This much-loved mult-tool functions as: needlenose pliers, regular pliers, wire cutters, clip-point knife, serrated knife, saw, scissors, wood/metal file, diamond-coated file, large bit driver, large screwdriver, ruler (8 inches), bottle/can opener, wire stripper, lanyard attachment, two double-ended bits. As my husband says, every guy needs one. DO NOT QUESTION THIS.