I was listening to the radio the other day and the local department store was advertising their sale on slacks and chinos for Father’s day. For the love of God do not buy your father pants, he doesn’t want them. In order to right this wrong I though I’d provide some shopping ideas that he might actually enjoy.
Most dads love tools of one kind or another. I learned everything I knew about electrical work from my father. He apparently learned everything he knew about electrical work from Tim the Toolman. After watching him electrocute himself no less than 3 times I decided since I couldn’t get him to shut off the power to the outlet he was working on that I’d pick him up a set of these Klein Insulated Screwdrivers. Now he really has to work at zapping himself.
If Dad doesn’t have a complete set of tools or even if he does and wants to have a workhorse wrench that is really trick around he would probably love the Black & Decker Ready Wrench. It has 16 of the most popular standard and metric sizes and is just plain cool. I don’t normally go for Black and Decker stuff but in this case I’d make an exception. Besides they own just about every brand these days anyways so I’ll get over myself.
This one is my personal favorite. Honestly I can’t think of the real need I would have for it rather I can picture myself hurling it at a tree stump impressing my buddies at our next backpacking trip. With a name like the Tactical Tomahawk
I don’t know how you couldn’t love it. Especially since it’s made by SOG one of my favorite knife manufacturers.
Non Tools, but kind Of
Anyone that knows me knows that I always carry around a Fisher Space Pen. It’s a pen that was made for astronauts so it’s good enough for me. It writes upside down, under water, on the moon, on your hand, on a greasy cheeseburger wrapper, pretty much anywhere. It’s extremely compact and you can keep it safely in your pocket, mine has never leaked in the 10+ years I’ve carried one. It’s just a great all around pen. I prefer the Bullet version but they make a variety of styles. Oh and did I mention that they write from -30F to 250F. I find that’s very important.
Want to get dad something fashionable to wear around. How about a sweet ring made from Tungsten Carbide with a Carbon Fiber Inlay. Oh yeah dad’s going to love this one. Who doesn’t want jewelry made from the same form of metal that his router bits are made out of? And the carbon fiber, that’s just showing off. The claim is that it is scratch proof and since Tungsten Carbide is second in hardness only to diamonds, you’ll only run into trouble when drinking from your diamond encrusted grail.
Turn to the Internet
Alright you’re saying to yourself everyone knows about Netflix, probably not your dad if he’s like mine. He’s going to freak out when he realizes all the cool movies he can stream directly from his Blu-Ray player he bought when Mom was at her sewing club. I mean you can even watch them on your Wii now, it’s just too good to pass up.
You have plenty of options out there so get to it and don’t forget dear old dad. Father’s day will never command the respect and attention that Mother’s day does but you owe it to him for keeping the air in your tires, fixing your broken chain on your bike and teaching you the importance of hanging your combination wrenches in the appropriate direction.
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