Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Father’s Day Gifts 2013

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Father’s Day is on June 16th, just a week and a half away. If you don’t have gifts bought for the dad(s) in your life — um, guilty — it’s time to get crackin’. And for those of you who haven’t a clue what to get, here are some suggestions to help inspire. You might even find a thing or two you’ll want to buy for yourself (I totally want the cold brew French press). I say do it; why not?



il_570xN.265979709Matching Sleep-Deprived T-Shirt & Onesie Gift Set
Because cute shouldn’t stop at baby.




71WRkHRD3XL._SL1500_Cold Brew French Press
Oh man, if only Drew drank coffee, I’d get this for me him for Father’s Day. It’s the prefect gift for the coffee lover who needs an extra jolt — like, because he’s awake all night with a crying baby — and prefers his coffee cold in the summer months.



61YvyMuPi-L._SL1000_Canon PowerShot SX260 HS digital camera
Every new parent wants to take a million pictures of his or her baby, and the great thing about this camera — besides the fact that it’s marked down 20% — is that its high quality is packed slim so it’s easy to throw it in a diaper bag or even a pocket. It has the convenience of a smart phone camera with the quality of a fancy pants camera. Your guy will be well on his way to posting the requisite million photos of baby’s first year on Facebook. Win-win for everyone…




81ByHEfWseL._SL1500_Corkcicle Chillsner Beer Chiller
I’d buy this for the clever name alone, but I hear it works pretty well too.





2331716-p-MULTIVIEWBen Sherman Iconic Flight Bag
He may not get as many weekend getaways as he used to before kids, but when he does, he’ll appreciate having a cool-ass flight bag to store his stuff. Bonus: it can double as a diaper bag/ holder of all the snacks and diversions one must have if he’s got young kids.


homemade-gin-kit-xlHomemade Gin Kit
There’s something sexy about a man making his own moonshine with spices and flowers and juniper berries and “aromatics” (all included). Plus, he’ll have fun, too, and you can both enjoy the bounty. Win-win.





Bruce-frei-1200x1200BBQ Bruce Handrail Grill
When the only outdoor space you’ve got is a small balcony or terrace — and let’s face it, even that is at a premium in the city — this small grill that fits onto most handrails is a perfect way for Dad to do some grilling this summer. Functional AND cool looking.



51NgO9Vtt1L._SX342_Rapid Dominance Classic Military Messenger Bag
So he can carry all of his crap to and from work — and around the city — in style and not, you know, look like a dad-dad. There are pockets on the side where he can keep bottles, if he needs to, whether they be bottles of IPA or bottles of milk.



81xM9SLtCaL._SL1500_Dahon Speed Uno Folding Bike
For a splurge-y gift, this Dahon folding bike is perfect for the sporty guy who doesn’t have much — or any — storage space and has to lug his bike up and down subway stairs and fourth-floor walk-ups. I had a Dahon folding bike in our old place and loved it. It functions as well as a regular bike, but packs up small for easy transport.




51cDX0UH9hL._SX355_Burger Pocket Press
It’s a stuffed burger maker (dishwasher safe, too). Enough said.



p5624_s13659_column_grid_12Instant Regret Peanut Butter
Because he misses the hot peanut sauce he used to get all the time at his favorite Thai restaurant in the city before he had two kids and moved to the ‘burbs.




xaKJrlu8WbsuWSw2rz3hX8SCSmCMHcFJ-14Native Miller Rubber Sneakers
These sneakers are not only stylish — and unisex, so you can get a pair for yourself! — they’re made of rubber and they’re perforated so they’re perfect for wearing in the summer. They keep feet cool, air out the sweat, and can easily be worn at the lake, pool, or on a boat. They’re like Crocs, but cooler. Plus, they come in kids’ sizes, so you can get a matching set for Dad and Junior/ette.


21520_zoom1Stoneware Growler
Since there aren’t many — any? — good bars in the ‘burbs, give the suburban dad in your life a stoneware growler so he can stock up on his favorite draft beer in bulk and drink it from the comfort of his yard/back deck/ living room that is probably bigger than my whole Brooklyn apartment.





51AP7SNS74L._SX342_Dave’s Gourmet Spicy Six-Pack Crated Hot Sauce Collection
It’s scientifically proven (not really) that the older a man gets, the spicier he likes his food. This six-pack hot sauce collection, with sauces called “Temporary Insanity” and “Hurtin Jalapeno,” among others, is basically guaranteed to get the job done.


prodImage.msBeige And Black Straw ‘Jay Hat Ali’ Fedora
A dapper hat for a dapper man.





5185NY1ENFLSamsonite Golf Trunk Organizer
This thing is amazing — seriously, I couldn’t care less about golf, but, omg, look how organized everything is in that photo!! — and it happens to be over 80% off. Suh-wing! (Wait, wrong sports metaphor…).

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    becboo84 June 5, 2013, 2:15 pm

    I bought my husband a jogging stroller, and I am so excited to give it to him. He’s wanted one since our 4 year old was a baby, so I figured now’s the time since we have a new baby.

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  • rachel June 5, 2013, 2:15 pm

    That growler is pretty sweet. Not as sold on the rubber shoes..

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  • honeybeenicki June 5, 2013, 2:21 pm

    I’m pretty sure I’m going to buy that stuffed burger maker for myself.

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    Fabelle June 5, 2013, 2:24 pm

    I bought a weedwacker through your Amazon link, Wendy! (or at least, I hope I did? I used the search thing on this site :D) An unsentimental gift, but apparently that’s what my dad wanted…? haha. He would like the instant regret peanut butter too, though (as would my boyfriend, I believe, but I’m not about to make him a daddy yet)

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  • GatorGirl June 5, 2013, 2:27 pm

    Man I wish 64oz growlers where legal in Florida!

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    • rachel June 5, 2013, 2:31 pm

      Really? Breweries can’t sell growlers there? How odd…

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    • bethany June 5, 2013, 2:31 pm

      I bought a sweet Growler in Nashville a few months ago (from the Yazoo Brewery). I haven’t refilled it with beer yet, but I keep water in it right now. It’s a fun souvenir!

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      katie June 5, 2013, 2:34 pm

      haha, are they literally illegal- like you couldnt buy it off amazong and get it shipped to your house?

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    • GatorGirl June 5, 2013, 2:59 pm

      They can only fill 32oz and 1 gallon growlers (128 ounces). I can own a 64oz growler but it will do me no good because no one will be able to put delicious beer in it.

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        katie June 5, 2013, 3:12 pm

        wow- how sad that the big beer companies are actually the ones wanting to keep this illegal… freaking big business, ruining everything…

      • GatorGirl June 5, 2013, 3:16 pm

        Yeah, it’s a really big deal down here. The big beer is totally fucking with the small breweries (which FL has a ton of and they are AMAZING). The brewery in the picture is our local brewery, goodness I love them. We have two 32 oz growlers and had a gallon growler until the noisy ass people upstairs where jumping around so much it fell off of our fridge and broke. It’s annoying because when we travel I’d love to take a 64 oz growler with us and fill it but we can’t get them filler locally so I see no point in getting a 64 oz. Sorry for the rambling.

      • rachel June 5, 2013, 3:15 pm

        That’s so strange!

  • MadMen June 5, 2013, 2:28 pm

    Ha, I am actually going to give my dad a few hot sauced and other goodies from a fancy food store (for his birthday though, our fathers day is already over and we dont celebrate it anyway). Its because he doesnt want anything, and if he does want something, he’ll buy it himself even if its 2 days from his birthday. And you can never go wrong with good food with my dad. So I hope he likes it, because i am sick of giving him the same fancy shower gel for the 10th time in a row.

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  • lemongrass June 5, 2013, 2:31 pm

    Yay! Those are the shirts I ordered for Mr. Grass and E!

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  • bethany June 5, 2013, 2:33 pm

    I’m so glad I don’t have to get my parents anything for Mother’s Day/Father’s Day anymore! At this point, they’re pretty well off financially and can buy whatever they want, so buying them gifts is hard, cause if they want it, they buy it.

    I usually try to go home and spend time with them though, and I write really sappy stuff in their cards that makes them cry a little 🙂

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  • kerrycontrary June 5, 2013, 2:40 pm

    My dad is really hard to buy for..and my brother got him awesome grilling tools for christmas. But I can attest that the corksicle is a cool gift. I got the BF’s parents a wine one for christmas. It’s just a neat little thing most people wouldn’t think of buying for themselves.

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    Laura June 5, 2013, 3:08 pm

    Ahhh the corkcicle is currently sold out! Hopefully it’ll come back in stock soon.

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  • Addie Pray June 5, 2013, 3:09 pm

    I love these lists, even when they’re for dads! I want that grill-on-the-hand-rail thing. I need major help when it comes to buying shit. Wendy, can you put together a list of items one would need if, say, they needed to furnish 3 outdoor living spaces? Quick!

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    • lets_be_honest June 5, 2013, 3:12 pm

      You have 3 outdoor living spaces?!

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      • Addie Pray June 5, 2013, 3:31 pm

        3! With just one folding chair that I lug out. I need help bad.

    • rachel June 5, 2013, 3:16 pm

      Ask BGM! He would drool over all your outdoor space.

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      • Addie Pray June 5, 2013, 4:01 pm

        oh he recommended these CB2 chairs that i thought were really cute but – you know how much i hate shopping? i can’t even bring myself to go in stores i swear i break out in hives. i think it’s because in high school i worked at the GAP and OD’d on retail. plus i hate spending money.

      • lets_be_honest June 5, 2013, 4:04 pm

        Um, hello. NEWSFLASH, its called Internet shopping! I’ve heard even women can figure it out.

        ^my best bgm impersonation.

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    • GatorGirl June 5, 2013, 3:26 pm

      West Elm has a bunch of new outdoor stuff that just came out.

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      • lets_be_honest June 5, 2013, 3:33 pm

        Oh yes! Good call. Def check them out, CB2 and target believe it or not.

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        katie June 5, 2013, 3:52 pm

        haha, i totally thought CB2 was like some inside joke code i didnt understand.

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        theattack June 5, 2013, 3:57 pm

        me too.. haha

      • lets_be_honest June 5, 2013, 3:58 pm

        haha, its crate & barrel’s less expensive store.

        psh, I WISH I had an inside joke with Addie Pray!

      • Addie Pray June 5, 2013, 4:00 pm

        let’s start one! let me think…

      • lets_be_honest June 5, 2013, 4:01 pm

        cock and balls times two? cb2

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        katie June 5, 2013, 4:05 pm

        related: in college jake and his friends tried to get the expression “cock and balls!” to catch on… like, instead of “damn it!”, you say “cock and balls!”.

        it didnt take off.

  • shanshantastic June 5, 2013, 3:32 pm

    I think the growler would go over well…probably for my FIL too! Right now though, I’m just focused on *making* B a father for Father’s Day (please oh please come out, kid!) 🙂

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  • Lily in NYC June 5, 2013, 3:56 pm

    I don’t mean to be a downer, but does anyone have gift ideas for a terminally ill dad? I feel like I’ve given him too many gift certificates for kindle books/itunes store and fancy slippers. He is pretty much helpless at this point so options are really dwindling.

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      theattack June 5, 2013, 4:00 pm

      Could you put together a scrap book of all the fun times you’ve had together? Start with baby pictures together and go until now. Maybe go take a photo with him now so you can end on something very recent.

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        katie June 5, 2013, 4:03 pm

        i heart scrapbooks.

        also, maybe take him to an animal shelter/animal therapy place or bring an animal to him? therapy animals are awesome.

      • lets_be_honest June 5, 2013, 4:05 pm

        My mom’s dog is a therapy dog. You and ta just gave two amazing ideas!

      • Lily in NYC June 5, 2013, 4:31 pm

        My sister did that one! She is the family photographer so she makes him a new book of photos for each gift-giving occassion. I am going to do something FireStar suggested, please see my reply to him/her.

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      FireStar June 5, 2013, 4:05 pm

      Something sentimental – I like the scrapbook idea or write him a lovely letter telling him what he means to you. Maybe do something in his honour? Plant a tree? buy some sheep in the third world? Something that pays forward the good he has done in his life to show him his legacy lives on? Sorry you and your dad are facing this.

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      • Lily in NYC June 5, 2013, 4:36 pm

        You guys are the best! Thank all of you for your great ideas. I’ve done much of these already (wrote him a long sappy letter, got a “brick” in his name at the college where he taught a few classes, he has an awesome dog that brightens his day, and my sister is the scrapbooker). But FireStar gave me an idea. My dad lived a life of service – he was a police captain and spent his entire career searching for missing children. So I think he would love it if I did something charitable in his name. I’m going to pay for a child in a Third World country to have cleft palate surgery – I’ve been thinking about doing it anyway but now I’ll do it in my dad’s name. It’s remarkably affordable and just thinking about how it can change someone’s life gives me chills. Thank you all again for your idea and kind words; i’m really touched.

      • bethany June 5, 2013, 4:42 pm

        You made me tear up a bit. He’s going to love that, and obviously, so will the child you both help.

    • kerrycontrary June 5, 2013, 4:05 pm

      I love theattacks idea. Or do you have any videos of you when you were younger that you can now have converted to CD’s? (you may have to send this out to a company but it could be a good gift for sometime in the near-future). other than that you could get him an awesome memory foam pillow. I’m sure the best gift is spending time with you though.

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      • Lily in NYC June 5, 2013, 4:44 pm

        oooh, kerry, thanks, I think he could use a new pillow as well.

      • kerrycontrary June 5, 2013, 4:48 pm

        I would feel them in person. My personal preference is one that isn’t too think (because they really don’t have that much give in them unless you have an unusually heavy head). Mine is kind of too think to sleep on, so we put it on the couch to relax on which works well. It would also work well to prop him up in bed if he gets to the point where he needs that.

      • kerrycontrary June 5, 2013, 4:49 pm

        *thick. And you’re welcome. I’m sorry about your father.

  • painted_lady June 5, 2013, 4:36 pm

    Lord love my dad, but the man has no discernible personality. He watches tv, takes the dogs for runs, and occasionally grills rather badly. He doesn’t like gadgets, and the handful I’ve gotten him to pursue those three hobbies have gone completely untouched. He drinks beer every once in awhile, but if the label isn’t one he recognizes, he won’t drink it (I tried to get him into craft beers a few years ago). He quit golfing, runs in the exact same style of shoes and wears them till they fall apart (my mom got him a new pair last year and they’re still sitting in the closet).


    Also, just so you know, I’m typing this from LAX – my flight to Tokyo boards in an hour!!!

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    • Lily in NYC June 5, 2013, 4:40 pm

      What about a gift of some sort of food he likes? I got my impossible BIL a gift of 50 mail-order par-baked soft pretzels that came with some sort of fancy mustard. It went over much better than the slippers I got him the year before.

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    KKZ June 6, 2013, 3:12 pm

    A couple years ago, I put together a little Frank Zappa basket of sorts – a t-shirt, his biography, and a couple other Zappa-related things I found online. My dad was a big fan back in the day and often quoted Zappa songs to me growing up, though I barely knew what he was talking about. He LOVED this gift. Ever since then, I’ve felt pressured to live up to it, both for his gifts and for Mother’s Day. I think I finally hit the same level of gift with my mom this year, I made a collage with photos of me and my brother, past and present, printed on canvas for her to put in the new home they just bought for their retirement, and she LOVED it. Thanks AmazonLocal for that idea!

    This year, he’s getting concert tickets (not to Zappa, obviously) – the whole family is going. And maybe a bar of really nice dark chocolate if I can find one.

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