It’s the holiday season, and that means it is time to start shopping for family, friends, and anyone else for whom you feel obligated to buy a gift. Somewhere on that list is Dad, and even though he says he doesn’t need anything, there are lots of things he wants. Dad is complicated.
Full transparency: I’m a dad. True story. And as such, I have compiled a list of gift ideas that I think many dads like myself would enjoy. Please note, I cannot speak for every dad as my social network only stretches so far; however, I took some polls and the math points to these gift ideas for Dad as potential winners.
Something to keep in mind when shopping for the dad in your life is that most of us are big believers in the thought being the thing that counts, but if you are going to all the trouble of buying us a present, you may as well get us a gift that we will use. Dad is also practical.
Here are 11 Gifts for Dad that I think the father in your life will really enjoy:
Roku 2 XS Streaming Player 1 of 11This streaming player allows over 600 channels to be played on your big screen. With channels like Disney, Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO, classic kung fu and westerns, Dad will be in entertainment heaven with his Roku 2 Streaming Player. It's the perfect gift for the dad that loves movies.
Get it on Amazon, $98
A good shave 2 of 11Shaving is a chore that few dads look forward to, but it is amazing how a fine brush and quality products can turn a labor of duty into one of love. Bonus: he'll look nice, too!
Get a full size kit with fine badger brush from The Art of Shaving, $160
Cool T-Shirts 3 of 11Dad loves T-shirts. It's a fact. Also a fact, Dad laughed harder during Wreck-it Ralph than you were comfortable with. He's a gamer.
Get it at DisneyStore.com, $16.50
Looxcie 2 Wearable Video Camera 4 of 11With this wearable camera, you can stream live events as they happen. Dad will love using the Looxice LX2 to share games, plays, and other milestones. Friends and loved ones will never miss a moment again!
Get one on Amazon, $149.99
Advanced LEGO Set: Technic Jet Plane 5 of 11
Star Wars Jedi & Sith Bath Robes 6 of 11These are the bath robes Dad is looking for. Imagine the possibilities!
Get it from ThinkGeek, $89.99
A good book 7 of 11Dad loves to read, and there are a bunch of great books out there that explore fatherhood with humor and experiences that really hit home. For example, And Now We Shall Do Manly Things: Discovering My Manhood Through the Great (and Not-So-Great) American Hunt by Craig Heimbuch is a personal favorite.
Get it from Amazon, $10.87
Bow ties = Instant cool 8 of 11From Doctor Who to professional athletes, bow ties are hip again and Dad knows it. Show him you know it, too.
Get it from the Tie Bar, $15
Mobile projector 9 of 11The small 3M Mobile Projector MP410 connects with laptopsâ€š tabletsâ€š smartphones, etc. for presentations and vacation slideshows! Now that's multitasking.
Get it on Amazon, $537.99
A good suit 10 of 11Dad may not dress up as much as his dad did, but that doesn't mean he doesn't need to get fancy on occasion—and he should look good doing it. The Bonobos 100% Marzotto Wool, Charcoal Foundation Suit is the place to start.
Get it from Bonobos for $656.00
Rawlings Gold Glove Legend 11 of 11Even if Dad isn't a big sports fan, there are few things sweeter than a game of catch with your kid, and that generally requires a baseball mitt. Added bonus: The kid needs a glove, too! That's what we call killing two birds with one stone.
Get it at Amazon, $89.95
Read more from Whit Honea at his site Honea Express and the popular group blog DadCentric. You can follow Whit on the Twitter or Pinterest (his opinions are his own and do not reflect those of Babble or most rational people).
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