We heard a rumor that gifts for dads can be a little tricky. We feel fortunate that there are two of us to brainstorm for some perfect gifts. You are lucky too, because we are sharing these gems of ideas with you. Here is our best gift guide for dads.
This is the perfect gift for any proud Papa. The microphone works easily with DSLRs and mirrorless cameras alike. This mean that whether he’s recording baby’s first steps or a graduation ceremony, Dad will have supersonic, crystal clear audio.
Superhero Mug Dad is everybody’s hero, but mornings might be his Kryptonite. Make sure your superhero is ready for his day with a mug that reminds him just how special you think he is.
R2D2 Trashcan Is there any other way to make a thankless chore this much fun? This one is a slam-dunk.
Pulse Dimmable LED Light with Wireless Bluetooth Speakers (Pair), Powered by JBL How crazy are these? You screw them into any can or track lighting, and you have awesome Bluetooth speakers plus a light show. By downloading an app, you control it all from your smartphone. You seriously have to check them out to appreciate just how cool they are. Photo Video Lighting Kit 3 Muslin Backdrop Background Stand And Lighting Kit Is Dad a budding photographer? Help him up his game with this awesome backdrop and lighting kit. Picture perfect Christmas card anyone? Well, maybe perfect is setting the bar a little high. but at least it will be nicely lit. Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan This book is hilarious and Ellen approved! Just make sure Dad knows you’re providing him with the gift of laughter and not a big ol’ hint (unless you want it to be a hint to lay off the cheese fries, that is). Star Wars Expressions of Vader Men’s T-Shirt While we’re talking humor, why not check out this shirt? Ellen’s girls gave it to Frank a couple of years ago and to this day, it’s one of his favorite gifts of all times. Can’t you tell from the expression on his face? Top row, middle Darth. Hog Wild Toys Air Strike Catapult Got a father who is a kid at heart? He’ll love this economical and super awesome catapult. Just warn the cat or dog to take cover.
Fujifilm Instax Share Smartphone Printer This is all kinds of fun. Use the app to connect this printer to any smartphone. Simply choose a photo and it will create a small, instant Instax print of the photo. Lots of people can connect to it at once which makes it great for parties and a winner for any tech-y, photo-loving dad.
Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe This guide is THE book for the Dad who still loves his comics. There are cool infographics on every page visually representing the kind of minutiae that feeds the soul of a true fan. One of our favorites is a timeline of How Long Characters Stayed Dead. Erin’s kids gave this to Steve last year and it lives on his bedside table and remains a true favorite. Bond 50: The Complete 23 Film Collection with Skyfall [Blu-ray] Unless this baby is already sitting in your permanent collection, it’s the perfect gift. Erin may or may not have this wrapped under the bed for the big day. Big Green Egg Mini Egg It’s no secret that boys love to barbecue. The Mac Daddy of grills is the Big Green Egg. This mini sized version is perfect for the man who loves to tailgate or camp. He can have his perfect burgers and take him with him too. Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband Nothing says “we love you” like a gift that helps Dad be his best, most healthy self. This Fit Bit tracks steps, calories, sleep, and helps keep your favorite guy on track so you can be celebrating Father’s Day with him for many years to come. WORX 5-Amp Electric JawSaw with Extension Handle Ellen gave this to her husband two years ago and it is one of the best investments she ever made. It is quick and easy to use (Ellen has no problem lifting or operating it, either). Part pruner, part chainsaw (but much safer) it cuts through branches up to four inches in diameter in seconds. The extension pole eliminates the need for a ladder much of the time. In a nutshell, this is worth the investment because of its ease and safety. Poleish Sports Standard Game Set Looking for some new summer fun? This game combines elements of virtually all outdoor games and lawn sports. Throwing, catching, strategy, teamwork, offense, and defense are part of every toss in game play. You really need to check it out. It may or ay not be on its way to Ellen’s house as we speak. SKLZ Gold Flex Strength and Tempo Trainer Does your man like his games more traditional? How about this golf trainer? Even the best can be improved, but don’t tell him we said that.
BlackRapid 35″ Shot Camera Strap Made from super-strong, orange nylon webbing, this camera strap attaches to the camera’s tripod socket. Hanging upside down at your side rather than around your neck and available in two versions, one that goes over your shoulder and another that goes across your body like a typical R-strap, this is a special gift for your photo-junkie papa. With this strap, he can make sure that he is camera-ready for all of the moments–big and small.
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Of course, these gifts could also double for any teen guys or grads.
-Erin and Ellen
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