Father's Day Giveaway: See details at end of post
Today I am writing the mandatory Father's Day gift guide post. Probably a week too late by most people's standards, but if my readers are anything like me, they still haven't made a purchase— so this post is right on time.
I've got Father's Day gift suggestions and giveaways as well as a link to last year's "Scandalous Father's Day Coupon Book" which is really one of my favorite posts of all time. Father's Day last year was right after the whole "Weiner Tweeted His Weiner" fiasco so that might give you some idea of what those coupons entail.
Here are my picks for Father's Day gifts you can wrap in a box (which means sexual favors and binge drinking opportunities are not included, although probably just as welcome).
For the Dad on Permanent Vacation: Nautica NSR 100 Color Watch Series, $95 each
These colorful water resistant watches from Nordica are the Mini Cooper of watches. They are by no means your only watch, more like the fun watch you wear on the weekends. On the beach. In the Hamptons. With an Izod shirt and a canvas lobster belt at a clam bake. The perfect accessory to bring in the summer as well as stand-up to your child's assorted bodily fluids.
One lucky winner gets to pick a watch in the color of their choosing.
For the Dad Who Wants to Kill Your Child on his Bicycle: Yepp's Mini Bicycle Child Carrier, $150
This gift was personally requested by my husband. Which sounds adorbable. Until I picture them riding helmetless down 6th Avenue speeding through a red light.
Full disclosure: I will probably get it for him. But only if we lay down some ground rules. Like, no riding in Manhattan— except in Central Park. With a helmet. And full child body armor.
The Yepp's funky colored seat come in both front and rear varieties. Buy whichever one won't give you a heart attack.
For the Dad Who Fancies Himself a Lady: Recipe for Men Skincare Set, $108
It's pretty much a given that men moisturize nowadays, isn't it? The metrosexual thing is over and now eye gels are just an accepted part of male culture. I know this because my own father asked my brother-in-law to get him some ridiculously expensive body scrub for his birthday this year. (That was awkward.)
If your looking for a manly skincare set, try Recipe for Men, a line of products straight out of Sweden that just launched in the U.S. this month. Apparently Sweden, being crazy ass cold, is the perfect place to create skincare products that stand up to the weather.
I've been to Sweden. The men are outrageously good-looking.
Maybe it has something to do with their facial cleanser?
One lucky winner will win a set of Recipe for Men products including a Facial Cleanser, an Anti-Shine Moisturizer and an Under Eye Gel.
For the Dad Who is Still Traumatized by the Time He Stepped on a Lego: Lego Cufflinks, $10
Lego Cufflinks come in various color combinations so you can match the exact color of the Lego once lodged into your husband's bare foot perfectly. Better yet, get a few and then instead of gift wrapping, scatter them into your living room carpet for Dad to discover late at night. What better way to commemorate fatherhood then with a bloodcurdling scream?
For the Dad Who Can Draw Every Sesame Street Character Without Looking: Minted Journal, Sketchbook or Art Print, prices vary
I wouldn't know about such a fella but I hear they exist. Minted.com has an array of journals, sketchbooks, stationary and prints all designed by REALLY GOOD DESIGNERS. In fact, each Minted design is submitted by a different artist and then the community votes to decide which items to sell. The result is some really top notch products that make me wish my husband could just learn how to master a circle.
One lucky winner will win a $50 gift card to Minted.com.
For the Dad Whose Culinary Skills Begin and End with Pancakes: Pancake Plates – Set of Two, $45
Seriously, how awesome is this? These plates sit on a tilt so that when you pour syrup on your pancakes, the excess dribbles down into a handy dipping reservoir of sweet maple-y goodness. Can you think of anything that would make a morning more perfect? Besides your husband actually making breakfast, of course?
If you are interested in one of the three giveaways (three winners will be announced on Friday so while you might not have your item in hand for Father's Day, you can certainly print out a picture), please read the rules below.
Nautica Watch ($95), Gift Card to Minted.com ($50), Recipe for Men Skincare Set ($108)
1) You must be a Mommy Shorts facebook fan or subscriber to enter. (And feel free to "like" the post just to be nice.) Then answer the following question in the comment section below:
What kind of dad are you dealing with? (ex. the dad who hogs the covers, the dad who knows my favorite flower, the dad who secretly loves The Bachelorette etc.)
2) For a second entry, tweet the following link. Then leave an additional comment below.
If my husband has any shot at getting a gift, I better win the @MommyShorts Father's Day Giveaway bit.ly/LOtnhZ
Check back on Friday to see if you've won. Good luck!
I’m dealing with the dad who is absolutely perfect most of the time — sweet, cooks, plays with the baby, changes diapers, watches The Bachelor AND Bridezilla with me, yet I still haven’t gotten him a gift. So, any help would be appreciated! He’d love ANY of those prizes… maybe the drawing pad most? Or the bike seat, although, yes I might have a heart attack if he wins that one…
Also, I did tweet… from @amandaml … just now…
I am dealing with the dad who is the perfect father to our 16 month old daughter… but has everything – except a watch.
My husband acts like he is such a tough guy but the minute he see’s our daughter he just melts into this silly, sweet, loving (not that he isn’t loving to me) happy-go-lucky guy. He pretty much is wrapped around her little finger and I love every moment of it (even though I get jealous when she chooses him 90% of the time!)
I’m dealing with the dad that is remodeling our only bathroom by himself (well me for a helper but seriously what good am I?). This poor man needs some good gifts and this year I am at a total loss.
i am with the dad who more often than not, elbows me in the head during the night (he has this weird thing that he rubs his head, up and down, when he sleeps, i get the elbow on the way down). also, he is the dad that gets called by his first name from our son, and rarely if ever, papa or daddy.
ps. we just moved into town and are bike commuting, so the bike seat would be IDEAL for us!
I’m dealing with the dad who is my ex and mostly an a-hole but my little guy loves him a ton! Truth be told though, if I won something, I would most likely give it to my boyfriend who isn’t a dad but is something special for sure!
My husband works really hard every day as a retail manager so he loves sporty watches that don’t get banged up too easily. His Dad M.O. is similar. He’s very practical, a problem solver. And our daughter adores him!
I’m dealing with the dad who used to be a bike messenger in Philadelphia and would love the bike seat! We have a front seat but little one out grew it.
I’m dealing with the kind of dad who needs to be given explicit instructions on exactly when and how to help me out, but he is also the most loving and caring person I know. 🙂
I’m dealing with the kind of dad who loves to spend time with his son and family. He’s also a runner and a golfer, but he still makes time for his little guy!
I tweeted too!
I’m dealing with the dad that forgets that it’s almost Mother’s Day (or birthday or anniversary or Christmas) and does not gift. I love to get him gifts though and his birthday is a convenient 2 weeks after Father’s Day!
I’m dealing with the dad that means well, and tries to help out as much as he can, but is currently working hellishly long hours that leave me feeling like a single parent some days. Even when he comes home late and exhausted, all of his free time goes to our daughter!
dad who just admitted to loving Downton and he watched the TONY’s (half of them) with me!
I’m dealing with the dad who looks forward to the drama on Real Housewives of New Jersey almost as much as I do. He might be taking notes on how we don’t want our 23-month-old daughter to turn out.
This is also the dad who specializes in all things breakfast – bacon, eggs, pancakes – except for coffee. That is 100% Mommy’s domain.
I’m dealing with a dad who is truly the best dad in the entire world. He takes on the challenge of parenting our 19 month old son with an ease and excitement I never knew was possible. He deserves the best!
I have a Daddy Playground kind of Dad. He lets the kids climb all over them and flips them around for added fun and Mommy heart attacks.
Tweeted by @swimmingwith3
That baby bike seat is scary! I’d get one with the frame coming up over the sides. What if they fall? There is no side impact protection at all!
I’m dealing with the Dad who is never on time. Seriously. My Ex never brings the kids home on time. A watch would be the perfect gift for him!
I am dealing with a dad who teaches his daughter the fine arts of nerf gun combat. ;P
i am dealing with a dad who isn’t the biological dad but has handled the tricky and daunting task of stepping in and stepping up for an older child with grace, humility, and humor (sarcasm and humor are interchangeable, yes?)who never really gets anything for himself. i would love to be able to give him a cool manly watch 😉
I am dealing with a dad that can change a diaper with one hand while flipping through every athletic event on tv with the other.
I’m dealing with a dad that doesn’t are about Fathers Day. Or at least claims he doesn’t. But I can guarantee you that if I do nothing for him like he did nothing for me I would be dealing with some serious wining.
I have the dad that will love a bottle of single malt scotch. Does that mean the kids drive him to drink as much as they do to me? Maybe. But we all need our vices. Mine just happens to be white wine or cosmos.
I’m dealing with a dad who lets dishes pile in the sink to spend extra time helping #1 & #2 practice karate, thereby entertaining and preparing #3. He’s the dad who hates to leave our kids with anyone he hasn’t known since he was a sperm himself. Who can’t remember anyone’s birthday but his own, but who remembers to call me in the middle of the day just to say he misses me and make a date for some snuggling later.
I’m dealing with the dad who puts his family first, and is a much better dad than I am a mom! Plus, he is looking at bikes to buy, so the seat would be perfect! And the watch would help him be on time (which he never is!)
I tweeted your link!
I’m dealing with a Dad who has taken over the role of both parents to our toddler son while I’m on complete bedrest and hospitalization for our high-risk twin pregnancy. Juggeling toddler care, a full time job, and being my caretaker, and the fact that Father’s Day falls
on his birthday this year, he deserves a nice gift (and a beer! lol)
The dad who loves fishing so much that he records fishing programs and watches them whenever the children are asleep and there’s no soccer recorded.
I am dealing with a Dad who thinks a movie isn’t good unless something explodes, but will watch all the girl, princessy movies with his daughters just to have snuggle time.
I’m dealing with the grandpa that all the grandchildren love even more than they love Grandma!
And I tweeted.
I am dealing with the dad who helps with the crazy boys, and works on the yard until it’s too dark to see. Which also worries me that he will eventually lose a limb.
I’m dealing with a dad who lives his little girl, but understands the perfectness that is Naptime!
I’m a FB fan and I’ve got a dad who’ll be getting into more trouble than his daughter ever will!
I am dealing with sports dad- as in has to watch all the time. I’m sure his sporting g skills and knowledge will come in handy later!
I’m dealing with the dads who cannot be anywhere on time, ever. My husband, father and father in law all have the same affiction, such a great trait to pass on.
I am dealing with the loving dad of four children, who willingly takes the morning shift with the kids because he’s just come back from the gym and gets the coffee pot started before he wakes me up gingerly, with the same amount of respect one would offer a sleeping grizzly. He is a wonderful cook, and a generous provider. He gets my silly, and doesn’t seem to mind that I am currently carrying the equivalent of our nine year old on my body.
But that man is freakin’late for EVERYTHING. So the watch would probably be appropriate.
The dad who lets me catch up on blogging, Facebook and YOU, while he puts the girl to bed.
The dad at our house is great about helping … when I remind him. Can’t imagine how after 3 years he still can’t remember our son needs a bath before bedtime. However, he is great at doing dad things and our son adores him.
The hubs is a dad who loves night-night kisses and tuck in time, tickle fights and lava floors.
My own dad is a dad who loves joking around and pranks, making him the bane of my existence. lol
I’m dealing with a dad who loves to run errands with 3 little ones in tow. ? Sense of accomplishment?
I also signed up for twitter just so I could post it! Tweet it? Something. I’m not really up-to-date on the wee blue bird. 🙂
I’m dealing with a dad who loves our family, provises for us, puts up with my crap, AND is making sure our boys have seen all the super-hero movies!
I’m dealing with a dad who loves to get my kid all riled up right before he has to go to bed. thanks for comin home from work early today buddy…haha.
Tweeted from @LMPSeri
now I’m going to buy that bike thing for my father’s day gift. f’n brilliant.
I’m am dealing with a dad who loves to be involved in both my kids (my son is not his, but he’s still a good daddy). He’s even more involved with him than I am, sometimes.
He is currently working 60+hrs/week and still cooks or buys supper for us most nights. He says he doesn’t believe in celebrating birthdays or Father’s Day but he SOOO deserves it this year.
tweeted by @Kakita987
I’m dealing with the kind of dad that dropped off our 3-year old at school and went to work, only to come home to change his nice white shirt because it was “too wrinkled” (it was fine, really).
But really, he is an awesome dad who takes on our 3-year old terror so I can take care of our 6-week old daughter. He is my Superman 🙂
I am dealing with a Dad that never grew up! He’s a kind, loving, supportive father and loves to let out his inner child and play around with our three year old…as the boy says, “We are best buddies!”
i’m dealing with a dad who has taught my kids to enjoy infomercials with him. clearly, he would buy – or like – anything.
The Dad who graduated from an acclaimed ( Canadian) University with Honours in Electrical Electrical, yet for some reason the dishwasher is too fucking complex for him to figure out. ( that could seem like a husband rant, but bear with me – we have 2 kids, if he doesn’t have to put his dishes away why do they, yaaarrrrggggg). OK to be fair I also have Geo-caching Dad ( so the watch would be handy), goes for bike rides with his daughters dad, and will-give-me-the-skincare-set-if-we-win-it dad ( bc metrosexual he is not).
I’m dealing with the kind of dad who is willing to spend 16 hours of this weekend in a car with a toddler, just so he can see his own dad for a single day. Such a keeper 😉
Oh, and I tweeted too 🙂
Any of these would be awesome! My dad passed away last year, and I shouldn’t have to think about buying a gift for my father-in-law, that’s hubby’s job right? So I’ll be getting my hubby something for father’s day. He’s a dad that likes geeky, useless ;), knick knacks.
And here’s my tweet! https://twitter.com/lisacng/status/213365765217325056
i now freely admit that i already got the dad a gift. the pancake plates are for me, dammit! i am dealing with a dad who didn’t put the flyswatter away so i just had to kill a spider on our ceiling with a pool noodle. he has a lot of other great qualities though. the dad, not the spider.
i have the nerd dad. the one who not only knows how to fix any tech thing in the house, but who has been known to build a computer “for fun”.
What kind of dad?
The kind who watches boring tv shows with the girl so I don’t have to.
I’m dealing with a dad who just put both a 3-year old and an 8-month to bed on his own while I worked late on a new business pitch. He had the toddler help read books and sing songs to put the baby to bed. Then when I got home and didn’t want to pump for the third time today, he suggested I wake up the baby, because, “no one minds being woke up for titty time!”. He is a gem.