2012 Father’s Day Gift Guide: Part 2

by Nancy on June 9, 2012

Here is Joan's son, Sawyer, spending a session driving a NASCAR stock car. Joan bought it for him as a Christmas gift but it'd also make an awesome Father's Day gift.

(Updated June 2012)

Here is part 2 of our Father’s Day Gift Guide with ideas for Smart Dads, Sports Dads and Techno (or not so techno) Dads and Foodie Dads.

Smart Dad

Sign dad up for an interesting class. At least twenty years ago I gave Alan and my dad a class at our local planetarium on summer constellations. I think it’s the best Father’s Day gift I ever came up with and certainly the one that has brought all of us the most delight. On summer nights you’ll find us spotting the Big Dipper, arcing to Arcturus and speeding to Spica (2 bright summer stars.) We track the progression of  summer by the position of the summer triangle, and love finding Cassiopeia which looks like a big W in the northeastern sky.

Civil War buff dads will enjoy Ken Burns 2011 Commemorative DVD Edition of his Civil War series for PBS.

The Everyday Guide to Wine DVD from The Teaching Company is an amazingly comprehensive guide to the world of wine. For dads (and their wives) who want to know more about wine, it’s a great deal for about $50.00.

Sports/Active Dad

  • Tickets to a game (at least 2 so he can bring a friend)
  • Clothing and gear related to his favorite athletic endeavor.
  • Think experiences: a day driving a race car (in the Denver metro area try Race With Rusty,) horseback riding, a glider ride, bungee jumping, some golf lessons.

Tech & Geek Dad

  • Set up the ring tones on his cell phone (since he doesn’t know how to do it) to distinctive rings from family members. (I am planning on changing the personal ring from me to, “Alan, would you come home and get the dead skunk out from under the front porch?”)
  • Get the right cords (and set it up) so dad can hook up his computer to the TV. Joan’s son, Cameron, did this for her for Christmas. Here are links to tutorials for hooking up MacBooks,PCs and how to hook up a wireless connection from computer to TV.
  • His own domain name. Joan wrote about it here.
  • His own logo to go with his domain name. On this site you can get a design for $25.00.
  • Noise-canceling headphones. Traveling dads in particular would love a pair of Bose (pricey at $299) but well-regarded. These Panasonics don’t have quite the quality but are well-made and cost under $100.00.
  • Bluetooth headset. A bluetooth headset lets dad listen to his iPod, stream music and podcasts and answer phone calls all hands-free and no irritating cords to catch on anything. This Plantronics headset is only $30.00 and dad will love it.
Foodie Dad
  • The Thermoworks Splashproof Thermapen is an Alton Brown approved instant-read thermometer. Not cheap ($89 on Amazon) but a useful kitchen tool (and mom will love it, too!)
  • Blow the bank but have a dream cooking vacation. Take dad to Tuscany for a week-long exploration of fine olive oils and wine with renowned Italian cookbook author, Nancy Harmon Jenkins.
  • Give a wine loving dad a membership to Wine.com. Members gets free shipping and he can select from hundreds of wines.

Other Ideas

  • Have his car detailed. Take it to a professional or do it yourself.
  • A nice piece of art. It doesn’t have to be expensive. I love these prints by artist Tatsuro Kiuchi featured on art website, 20×200.

If you haven’t already seen it, be sure and check out Father’s Day Gift Guide – Part 1, our 2012 Free Father’s Day Printables finds, plus Last Minute Father’s Day DIYs and Cards. We hope you’ll be able to find just the right thing for the fathers in your life!

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Riley M June 10, 2012 at 6:30 am

The ideas for tech dads are good ones! I may be simple and get my dad a pair of noise-cancelling headphones. Last year I went crazy and bought him a Tailgater from Dish and from what he has told me, he loves it. I’ve seen it at many of the family parties we have. As a matter of fact, last week he had a BBQ and was using the Tailgater to show the Rockies game in HD on his HDTV. I took a mini vacation from work at Dish, and enjoyed seeing dad show off his tech. I am sure my dad would love some headphones since he has a bad habit of watching his westerns with the volume all the way up. Thanks for the ideas!

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