We can admit that dads are often difficult to shop for. "Don't bother, I don't need anything," or "It's really enough that we're all here to enjoy this nice brunch." And so Father's Day gift givers often project their own expectations on the gifts they give. What would a dad want? If you're lucky, Dad likes golf and you can get him a golf thing (probably a golf shirt, considering the economics of golf). Same idea if he likes model trains, ham radio, or drinking. After that, things get fraught. Another barbecue book? A tie? Corn-emblazoned novelty boxers*?
(*I am guilty of this. Like I said, the Dad abides.)
Don't get me wrong: Dad appreciates the appreciation. But turn the tables and consider what dad might buy for himself. Like yourself - and whatever the reality - he has aspirations, indulgences, and interests, whether it's self-improvement, a new hobby, or just an off-kilter point of view. Here are a selection of titles for the dads who remain young at heart.
- The Impossible Fortress by Jason Regulak: "A love letter to the 1980s." Also Vanna White.
- Man of the Year by Lou Cove: 12-year-old Lou's world is in flux because he's 12 years old. It gets stranger when he's recruited by his libertine uncle in a campaign to become Playgirl's Man of the Year for 1978.