I completely missed the boat to post on gift ideas for Mother’s Day this year. I’m not sure exactly what happened but I did manage to send off cards and some books to my mother, mother-in-law, and a dear relative that we call G-G-M (Great Grandma Mary) but only barely made it via First-Class U.S. Postal Service. Still, when Mother’s Day rolls around every year, I always think that it’s all about me so I do a sorry job at procuring gifts! One year we failed to plan ahead such that my husband had to Fed Ex cards to our moms for an overnight Saturday delivery. Oops! And year after year, it’s the same story.
I made out like a bandit this year for Mother’s Day which got me thinking, “I better step it up for Father’s Day this year because my poor husband must be exhausted from his efforts!” Next year, I’ll try to do a better job and post on Mother’s Day gift ideas (as I am loving my new color Nook). But since Father’s Day is on my mind, I thought I’d get ahead of the curve. I usually have to consult my husband on what golf equipment he wants for a gift. His birthday is also right around the corner after Father’s Day. He has a long and elaborate process for club selection which includes being fitted, so I guess this is a token gift. I also asked my husband to give me his favorite reads for the year but now I have to figure out what books to give him. Suggestions?! Thanks!
p.s. Father’s Day is June 19th!
Best Gifts for Golf Dads
TaylorMade Driver (though my husband has requested a Titleist Driver for himself)
My Dog Park Dad Friend is obsessed with golf but not an especially low handicapper (18) and he swears by the new Taylor Made Driver. He says he is getting an extra 10 yards without a roll (very muddy here right now) and that his misses are not as bad. My husband, who is a low handicapper (+1) and owned a golf shop, says that it is genius that this club allows the user to adjust loft and lie using a tool by him or herself. No need for a golf repair shop! My Dog Park Dad Friend says he plays his club in the neutral position.
Taylor Made Rh Rescue 11 Club (a.k.a. 3 wood)
Dog Park Dad Friend just got the Taylor Made Rescue Hybrid and he raved about it.
Best Gifts for Dads Who Like Electronic Gadgets
GoPro Video Camera
My oldest child got a GoPro for Christmas two years ago but guess who uses it the most? That’s right! Dad and mom. It’s super easy to use and very light and compact. It has zoom capability and takes great video. We’ll never go back to our gigantic Sony Camcorder. That’s officially a relic!
My husband got his father’s day gift early and chose this razor to replace his old Braun razor that was just too old. After a few weeks using this, he says that the shave is comfortable, close and the shaver is easy to clean.
Eero Home Wi-Fi System (1 Eero + 2 Eero Beacons)
For dads who want to eliminate any dead spots in the house, use this small and sleek system.
Tile Sticker Tracking Device
This is perfect to find keys or a wallet! Dads will never have to panic over keeping track of their stuff again!
Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
Dads can hear their music when they are inside or outside! Perfect for the deck or while working on the yard.
Specialty Watches for Dad’s Hobbies
Timex Men’s Expedition Watches
For dads who like camping. So reasonably priced, this can be a watch dads have just for fun.
Timex Men’s T5E231 Ironman 100-Lap FLIX System Watch
For sporty dads who like to run. Sport timing features include a 100-hour chronograph with lap or split option, 100-lap memory recall, 199 lap counter, on-the-fly recall of lap or split, and interval timers settable up to 24 hours (9 timers with countdown/stop and countdown/repeat). The training log stores workouts by date, with the best lap, average lap, and total segment time, and the total run format/synchro timer maintains total activity time (less time paused during the workout and overall running time. Other features include two time zones, built-in setting reminders, water resistance to 100 meters, and a black resin strap. Whew! It makes me tired just to read what it does!
Best Books to Gift Dads
As you might have suspected, I rarely read adult lit. I’m pretty much buried in KidLit and now YA 24/7 so I enlisted the help of my husband to give me his favorite reads of the year for ideas for Father’s Day. He reads voraciously and likes typical “dad” fare both fiction and non-fiction. His interests include golf, soccer (he follows Barcelona obsessively, NCAA basketball, politics, and trash guy reads. Other reasons why he may have liked these books: he grew up on a military golf course and played with old-timer WWII heroes (which might have made Unbroken even more appealing to him), and he worked in the sub-prime mortgage industry so he has a particular personal interest in this last crash/recession. Ideas for his father’s day are welcomed!!!
How Soccer Explains the World: an (unlikely) theory of globalization by Franklin Foer
My husband loved this book and while he does love soccer (Barca!), he is also a Gov Jock Geek so this was perfect! He gave it to my brother-in-law who also played soccer in high school and is an attorney. Poly Sci majors who play soccer will eat this up!
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
My husband bought this after reading lots of rave reviews about it. It’s on his pile to read but it looks really interesting.
Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carré
DadLit. Like ChickLit but for men. Need I say more? Great for a plane or beach read.
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, $14 by Laura Hillenbrand
This book got rave reviews by moms and dads alike in my neighborhood. It’s my mom’s book club’s pick for July. Folks also raved about her first book Seabiscuit. I’m not sure if I’ll actually read this one myself. I don’t handle war and torture very well — gives me nightmares for months, but I will give it a shot only because EVERYONE is talking about this book!
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
If you are interested in the machinations that lead to the recent recession then this is the book for you. Michael Lewis’s other books include the very popular Liar’s Poker and Moneyball. I remember how Liar’s Poker was THE book defining the 90’s Wall Street Greed so perhaps his latest will be the defining book for The Big Recession.
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