On to the list, in no particular order:
Noise Cancelling Headphones
New tech always goes down well with Dads, even if at first they don't know how to work it. Since he probably hasn't listened to new music since the late 1990's (no, Frozen doesn't count), so how about some new headphones? The noise-cancelling feature means Dad will be able to find some peace and quiet to actually hear those new bands he's heard so much about. Even if the monkeys are hanging from the chandelier.
I hear that these are rather nice: Bose Quietcomfort 15.
A New Ride
Dad is often called upon to be the chauffeur. A new vehicle to help with the dropoffs and pickups and dropoffs and pickups and dropoffs and pickups hits the spot. That midlife crisis can't be far below the horizon either. So why not get him something both sporty and functional? Something with some zip to make those trips to the Home Depot a little bit quicker, but with the space to accommodate all of the munchkins and their gear? Hence the Maserati Quattroporte.
A unique or vintage buckle goes a long way to keeping Dad cool. It's a manly accessory, without being too hipster. And of course it is functional too, helping to keep those pants up over that ever expanding waistline. Bonus points for the Jolly Roger, as it'll make him feel like a pirate, or at least that maybe someone is after his booty.
Tickets to a sporting event are always great. Season seats are even better. Instead of watching the game at home on the couch, Dad will be out of the house around 41 times. That's 41 nights of peace and quiet. 41 nights the baby won't be woken by shouts of encouragement/expletive filled rants. 41 fewer opportunities for the little ones to pick up choice invective. Of course, given realities here in Toronto, a pair of tickets will probably be all the pocketbook can handle, even though at that price you might get season seats somewhere, like San Antonio.
Most parents agree that Lego is a great toy for kids. Most moms will also notice that Dad get just as into it as the little ones. Some so much that there is more whining and bickering coming from he who should know better. So why not get Dad a set of his very own? There are even some great satirical options out there. Helping everyone avoid flesh wounds.
Many Dads I know enjoy a drink now and then. Whether it's after a job well done getting the garden in shape, warming up after shovelling the driveway, or kicking back with some friends, a good scotch can warm a guys'
Since we've already mentioned booze, we can't forget BBQ. Whether he'll admit it or not, Dad takes great pride in being King of the Grill, Master of the Charcoal, Lord of the
A Good Read
The Longer I'm Prime Minister is certainly worth it.
And there you have it. Of course, if Dad has put together his own Amazon Wish List or is dropping not-so-subtle hints every time you pass a certain shop window, then go with that.
Happy Father's Day-ing. And let me know how it goes!