June 14, 2009
Father’s Day is one week from today, people! So, just in case you haven’t gotten on the ball yet, here’s a no-frills smattering of gift ideas:
If you’ve got the funds, spring for a Kindle. Who doesn’t love a fancy gadget? Great for traveling Dads/husbands/etc.
The BBC’s Planet Earth series is available on DVD, visually stunning, and great for families to watch together.
I heard this fantastic interview on NPR a few weeks ago with Michael Lewis, the author of Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood. He happens to be married to Tabitha Soren (remember her from MTV?) and wrote a no-holds-barred account of his journey from reluctant to enthusiastic dad. Based on the interview, the book promises to be a hilarious read.
For the music aficionado, I love this combo record/CD/radio player. Excellent retro styling.
You knew I was going to offer some foodie ideas, right?
I am a big fan of these “Ottimista/Pessimista” glasses in either beer or wine size. If Dad’s really into beer, give him a home brewing kit; is he more into wine? There’s a starter kit to DIY that, too. Should you have a grilling master on your hands, monogrammed grill tools may be the way to go, and I don’t think one can go wrong with a set of beautiful steak knives.
If you really want to win points for originality, allow me to point you in the direction of the Jerky-of-the-Month Club. A new flavor, every month for six months. The internet is a wonderful thing, no?
Last but certainly not least, consider giving a Kiva credit, not just for Father’s Day but for any gifting occasion. The recepient uses the credit you gave to loan out various amounts to entrepreneurs all over the world. Each invidual’s picture and story are featured on the website, and Kiva notifies you when the money has been paid back so you can loan it out again and again. An extremely empowering thing for individuals on both sides of the bargain.
Of course, you may be planning to cook for your Dad on Sunday; don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Friday we’ll feature an excellent brunch menu of Eggs Benedict & The Best Bloody Marys. In the meantime, the Summer Classics Series will continue on Tuesday with a big pitcher of Sangria. Ole!