Father’s Day is almost upon us, but it doesn’t get the level of attention on the fuss-o-meter as Mother’s Day.  The florists and chocolatiers are quiet during this time, as are the pole-dancing studios, the boudoir photographers, and the air duct cleaners (Amazon had some funky Mother’s Day ideas for me this year).

What to get the man who has everything?  Today’s Dad has evolved beyond kitschy ties and BBQ grill tools.  In the interest of the greater public good, I’ve put together a modest collection of items for that special Dad in your life.

Let’s start with cards.

For the “handy” dad:

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by K.B. Owen


For the sci-fi-loving dad:

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And, continuing with the Star Wars theme (it’s so…fatherly, don’t you think?):

by K.B. Owen

by K.B. Owen


On to gifts for dad.  These days, it’s all about convenience and items that serve a dual-purpose:

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For the hands-on dad: display your team allegiance (indoctrinate the child early), and carry baby at the same time! From coolmompicks.com.


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Why hunt for the remote AND the bottle opener? This little tool does it all! Image via boston.com


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Superman underwear. Ever wonder how Superman fit that cape under his Clark Kent clothes? Well, dad will get some hands-on experience. Hairy legs not included. From The Huffington Post.


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Dad doesn’t want to wash his hands with frou-frou floral soaps. With “ManHands,” Dad gets clean hands that smell like bacon, beer, the inside of a baseball glove, or a bonfire. Now THAT’S manly. From Huffington Post.


Of course, no matter how modern dads are, some things about fatherhood haven’t changed, such as “Dad-isms.”

Favorite Dad-isms:

Close the door!  I’m not paying to heat/air condition the whole neighborhood!

Close the refrigerator! You’re letting all the cold air out!

Because I’m the Dad, that’s why.

Do I have to turn this car around?

When you pay the mortgage, you can make the rules.

When I was your age, we didn’t expect/behave/have __________ (fill in the blank).

You think you have it hard?  When I was your age, we had to walk to school barefoot/in the snow/uphill/five miles…both ways!

Do I look like I’m made of money?

Do I look like I was born yesterday?

Yes, I have gray hairs.  Guess who gave them to me?


Have any Dad-isms you’d like to share?  How about innovative gift ideas?  I’d love to hear from you.

Happy Father’s Day to all of you fab Dads out there!

Until next time,


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