If your dad threatened to hang himself with any tie he’s given this Father’s Day, you may be in the market for something a little more thoughtful. Here are some gift ideas for that weird guy sitting on the couch! These are decidedly skewed toward my own end of the dad spectrum (i.e. youngish & nerdy), but if that doesn’t fit your needs, at least we’ll get your brain working. Tip: dads like things that they like. What? Yes. What? Okay. Here we go!
Comics Dad – Jimmy Corrigan, The Smartest Kid on Earth, $23 – By Chris Ware, the most beautiful & depressing graphic novel ever.
Photography Dad – GorillaPod , $20-90 – Little portable camera tri-pods.
Typography Dad – Ampersandwich Tee, $23 – Typography t-shirt!
Reading Dad – Amazon Kindle, $114 – My sister & sister-in-law gave me one of these for my birthday, and it’s pretty cool. Great for commuters (at least the public transit kind)!
Vegan Dad – Vegan Dress Shoes, $39+ – Delicious shoes made of tofu! Mmm, comfortable!
Sporty Dad – Klipsch Earbuds, $97 – Put these in your head while you’re jogging!
Toy-Loving Dad – Parrot AR.Drone, $300 – Its a flying helicopter you control with your iPhone. Whaaa?
Cycling Dad – Chamois BUTT’r, $12 – Grease up your bottom, cause, um, things get burny after a while.
DVD Dad – RipIt, $25 – Okay, also need to be a Mac dad. DVD ripping software, for putting all your DVDs on your computer.
And if all else fails, and the dad you’re shopping for is your husband, you know what to do. YOU KNOW. Wink. Nudge. Nudge. Toot. Cough.