I know parents arenít supposed to pick favorites, but I donít think itíd hurt to earn some brownie points. Besides, as the oldest of my siblings, Iíve had the fortune and misfortune of having received the bulk of my parentsí attention. Itís only fitting that I get pops a thoughtful gift.
If youíre going to get dad a tie or shirt, close your wallet. There are ways to get him a ďtraditionalĒ gift while still making it unique. Iíve rounded up a few of my favorite things from The Grommet as well as a few common items you could gift your dad that heíd probably love your help with.
If your dad is a manís man:
For the dad who likes well-trimmed facial hair, get him a shaving gift set from Napa Soap Company. Handmade in the Napa Valley, this gift is economical and eco-friendly. It comes with approximately one year's supply of shaving soap even with daily use, and itís made with natural ingredients that sound good enough to eat!
If your dad prefers to landscape the garden instead, get him this handsome set of hand-forged garden tools from Fisher Blacksmithing. Functional and made from time tested designs, each piece is solid, comfortable, and a beautiful work of craftsmanship.
If your dad used to be or still is a travel bug:
These impressive works of laser cut art from Cut Maps depict a birdís eye view of a favorite city and its streets. Each map is made from stainless steel and framed in black matte-finished wood, ready to be displayed. Itís the perfect gift for a man of taste, which luckily for us, comes at a great price point for our wallets, too!
If your old man wants to see more of the world, get him a self-rotating globe from MOVA, powered by solar or artificial light. Itís a mesmerizing piece of art that features an antique background with current named places and points of interest. Plus, it wonít clutter your dadís desk with power cords of any sort.
If you introduce your dad to the wonderful world of smartphones:
A smartphone can be a wonderful gift if pops doesnít own one already. He can use it for reading, entertainment, and most importantly, keeping in contact with old pals. Be sure to give him a 101 on texting, GPS, and apps, too.
Additionally, get dad a phone case, like one from OnHand if heís an iPhone guy. It will protect his phone and allow him to carry three of his most essential cards. This is good if he doesnít like carrying a heavy wallet. And to help him charge his phone and other devices, get him an IDAPT. It will cut out the usual jumble of cords.
What are you getting your dad this Fatherís Day?
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Caroline hails from a tiny tropical island originally, but calls Boston home. A curious bird, she spent a spring trekking all over Ireland, has been an Air Force Junior ROTC cadet, and worked at Disney World as a merchandising intern. With a love for all things interesting, she found herself at The Grommet, where she gets to eat, sleep, and breathe innovative undiscovered products. Say hello to her on Twitter.