Father's Day Gift Ideas

by SAMANTHA QUEEN · June 3, 2008

fatherFather’s Day is just around the corner (June 15th) and if you’re anything like me, you have no idea what you want to get Dad; but you do know that desk accessories, summer threads, and golf-themed presents are way too thoughtless and cliché. No, you want to get your Dad something really thoughtful. Unfortunately, I can’t help you there, but I have compiled a list of fun gifts that Dad might enjoy.

A ridiculous remote control. There’s Logitech’s Harmony One or The Ultimate Remote, which was unveiled mid-May by ESPN. For $300, you can give Dad the gift of ultimate couch-side control. The Ultimate Remote is so cool, it even appeals to this female consumer, if only on an intellectual level.

The Radio-Controlled Cooler. A remote controlled cooler. Why has it taken so long to think of this? Fill it with 6 beverages and hand Dad the remote. Or maybe, give Dad that sweater and keep the champagne caddy?

Mighty Putty. For a Dad who loves fixing things, but who isn’t Tim Allen, this super epoxy will (hopefully) make Dad feel some DIY prowess while suspending the frustration over failed endeavors for the whole family. This stuff, one hopes, can do what glue and duct tape never could.

Spirit School. If Dad likes his Brandy but isn’t yet an aficionado, send him to the Brandy Library’s Spirit school. You can even go with him and buy some hors d’oeuvres to boot.

NKOTB concert tickets. Just kidding. But Eric Clapton will be in the neighborhood soon, as will Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. So will Chuck Berry and Tim McGraw. Not sure what your Dad is into, but concert tix for two are always nice.

More suggestions welcome, as I’m not sure that any of these fit my Dad just right …