Though Father’s Day is just a day away, there’s still time for those of you (like me) who typically grab gifts at the 11th hour.
Celebrating dad doesn’t have to be about overspending or getting yet another tie. This year, consider getting dad a fun experience or a practical gift that the whole family could enjoy.
I Polyvored just a few things that I know that my guy’s guy husband would appreciate. So, for those looking for some gift ideas for the techy, handy and sports-loving dads, this list is for you:
1. Let’s Go Mets!
Those that know my husband well know that he’s a diehard Mets fan, which spread throughout our little family. As part of the #Metsmoms, we couldn’t think of a better way to spend Father’s Day than cheering on the Amazins at CitiField. For us, quality time with dad and baseball goes together like peanuts and Cracker Jacks. And just for NKT readers, the Mets are offering a pretty cool deal: For $35, you get a limited edition Amazin’ Dad T-shirt for Dad, presented by Modell’s Sporting Goods, left field reserved ticket (regularly priced at $80) To access this exclusive deal head to: www.mets.com/bloggeroffer
Is dad a drinker? Why not grab a bottle of Jim Beam Red Stag, which is cherry-iinfused Jim Beam. Ok, so hear me out. If you’re one of those people who are saying, “but whiskey shouldn’t be flavored,” Why not try something different? Life is too short to be plain. This sweet, but robust whiskey is perfect for sipping, but great with mixers as well.
Have an outdoorsman kind of dad? He might appreciate Coleman’s Instant Tent. The Coleman Instant Tents are easy to set up, going from packed to fully assembled in less than 60 seconds. Along with the convenience of an easy setup, the Instant Tents also feature the Coleman WeatherTec system. I’m absolutely amazed at this technology. It sounds like there’s no more fumbling with a bazillions rods, making perfect for rugged trips in the wilderness and even spontaneous camp outs in the backyard.
When we first became homeowners, we also embarked om a DIY quest of overhauling our fixer-upper. When my seasoned electrician father-in-law came to help out one weekend, he told my husband it was time he invested in “real tools.” And it’s true, if you’re a homeowner taking on your own projects a good set of tools are a must. Milwaukee Tools are a brand that is reliable and accessible; in fact, Home Depot often features many sets like these on sale around Father’s Day.
With a house full of smart phones, smart TVs, iPads and other connected devices, it’s likely your network can get bogged down. WD’s My Net N900 is a router that can alleviate the strain all of these devices can put on your network. Voted PC Mag’s best router of 2012, the My Net N900 is a powerhouse of a router that has streamlined our own network by increasing speed and more connectivity. With features such as, 900 Mbps, 7 Gigabit ports, and 2 USB ports, My Net N900 is for any techy dad who can appreciate fast, reliable wifi.
Days of the overstuff George Costanza wallet are long gone as we move forward to a paperless society. Like many iphone and smartphone users, my husband uses his iphone to check onto flights, pay for Starbucks, deposit checks and more. So, who needs a fat wallet anymore? This wallet is for the pragmatic, minimalist, gadget loving dad. Wally attaches to the back of your iPhone 4/4s or 5, by pulling the integrated ribbon to access your cards and push them back to conceal them. Now through Sunday, June 16, you can purchase Wally for 20 percent off the original price at www.distilunion.com.
If dad is less into gadgets, but more into goodies, look into a Birchbox for men subscription. For as little as $20/month, dad will receive a monthly box of the best mens’ products. Birchbox Man features a wide variety of products, ranging from grooming products to lifestyle samples.
Who’s behind those Foster Grants? Dad, that’s who! After my husband’s last pair of expensive sunglasses were broken and stomped to pieces by one precocious toddler, he’s sworn off any other expensive accessories until we’re in the safer, less destructive stage. (does that even exist?) After getting re-introduced to Foster Grant Sunglasses at the latest Getting Gorgeous, I fell in love with every single pair they were showing. I received a sample in my swag bag and I haven’t taken them off since.
I love that Foster Grant has an equally awesome men’s line that is just as affordable and accessible. Foster Grants look high end but are much more affordable, with most pairs starting under $30. And even though they can be found in stores such as Duane Reade, they’re NOT your typical drugstore sunglasses. They are high quality and super stylish. I dig the aviators, but really like these sporty pair for the hus.
This fun book by Julie Winterbottom, longtime Nickelodeon Magazine editor in chief definitely doesn’t disappoint. With over 70 pranks with lots of directions and funny pull out labels and jokes, this prank encyclopedia is a fun treat for dad and the kids to pore over. My five year old just happens to be in that potty humor stage and, not surprisingly, my husband cracks the poop jokes alongside of him. Pranklopedia has been a hysterical “resource” for them to bond over and share quite a few belly laughs.
Another cool resource for dads and kids is this great guide on building a backyard clubhouse. This guide features realistic projects, with a nod to throwback times. I grew up with a backyard clubhouse, and one that we truly adored for many years.
11. Paddleboarding lessons/experience
Inspired by my cousin who has been an avid Stand Up Paddleboarder, I’ve been admiring his photos and adventures for a few years. Paddleboarding is interesting because it’s become quite a phenomenon among water sports, not only for the ocean, but in rivers and lakes too. I’m still learning about the sport myself, but from the looks of it, paddleboarding seems to be a doable watersport for people of all ages. I was reading through SUP magazine to get a feel for the sport and I think I’m hooked. I can totally see me paddleboarding with my dad and husband! There are quite a few places that do lessons in the tri-state, but I found Kayak Hudson to be of interest. Check them out!
Most importantly, Father’s Day isn’t about the excess of stuff. It’s about celebrating and enjoying dads and the father figures in your life. Time well spent transcends material goods, so however you spend the day, be sure to embrace the ones you love.