Four for Father’s Day
Tony Sculimbrene 05.29.14
Buying stuff for Father’s Day is hard. This guy, in most cases, is the most important man in your life. But if you are an adult, you have already used up your “gimme gifts” and home made collages of your youth.
We here at AllOutdoor would love to help.
Skip the novelty grill tool set and the electric shaver. Your Dad probably has a few grill sets and is at the point where he has his shaving ritual down to a science. Instead, get him something different, something nice, something that will fit his personality. Having done the gadget review thing for a while, I have doled out suggestions for years. In doing so, I have found that there are four things I keep recommending. Here are four that I have found make very good gifts, based on personality:
Fix it Dad
Signs: You know this Dad. He is a constant tinkerer. The toaster doesn’t work, but he won’t let you throw it away. Instead, he brings it downstairs to his workshop and a month later, at random, he has it working again. It’s like a miracle, but now the toast doesn’t just gently bob above the rim of the toaster, it shoots out, denting the underside of the kitchen cabinet above.
What to Buy: Leatherman PS4 Squirt
There are a lot of a keychain multitools out there, and the Gerber Dime is probably a smidge better when it comes to tool complement, but the Squirt’s quality is much better. Fix it Dad will be so thrilled to have the mini pliers and the drivers. He’ll also appreciate the small, but functional chisel-ground blade. With the edition of the Squirt to his keychain, there won’t be a single loose doorknob in his entire house. Oh, and it will take you 27 minutes to get him out the door.
Signs: You have never seen him go to work in anything close to jeans (which he refers to as “dungarees”). He has more than fives suits because, well, it doesn’t feel right eating out on Saturday night unless he has a tie on. Finally, when he is forced by circumstances to don–oh my god–shorts, his pasty white legs seem to be squinting from exposure to the sun for the first time in 23 years.
What to Buy: Spyderco Chaparral in CF
Pack Rat Dad
Signs: He asked for a filing cabinet for Christmas one year. His wallet is so stuffed with material that it now refuses to fold, being the wallet equivalent of an open-face sandwich. And if you need to know how much that cooler was that he bought in 1987 from Zayres, he still has the receipt–probably in his wallet, along with 17 partially filled Subway Sub Club cards.
What to Buy: Big Skinny Wallet
The non-slip interior is quite nice as well, cementing bills and cards in place. They even make versions with ID windows so Pack Rat Dad can flash his tome sized wallet “Book ’em Dano” style at the cashier. If you really want to send Dad a wallet intervention, perhaps on the scale of the Biggest Loser, look at a few wallets from Bellroy. They are even smaller. My favorite, which may institutionalize Pack Rat Dad, is the Note Sleeve.
Signs: Duh, this is an easy one–he is a grandpa. You might not recognize him though, because instead of saying things like: “How many times do I have to tell you: do not play with the power windows?” or “My god you are not old enough for a machete,” (no matter how many times you asked), he now says things to your son like “Play with that power window as much as you want,” or “If you want to use that machete to chop on trees in our yard, please your safety glasses!”
What to Buy: GEC Huckleberry Boys Knife
Each one of these gifts, if given to the right personality, can be real winners. And a few of them come out of the package like a million bucks, especially the GEC knife. Be prepared for looks of scorn from your siblings though, as they give your Dad his fourth novelty grill tool set. And who knows, maybe one of these gems will come your way if you are a Dad.
Happy Father’s Day.