For the Dads


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


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


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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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14 thoughts on “For the Dads”

  1. PatriciaPatricia

    Love the soaps, but my fav is the remote control bottle opener. Now there’s a handy gift. Can you just see your man sitting in the recliner in his superman underwear flipping channels and bottle caps smelling all bacony? Mmmmm.

    Thanks for the gift ideas. I think I’ll stick with the weedwacker idea.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  2. renée schuls-jacobsonrenée schuls-jacobson

    I always have such a hard time shopping for my husband. I wish he liked Star Wars stuff or something collectible, you know, besides golf stuff. How many balls does one guy need? IYKWIM. 🙂

  3. Kassandra LambKassandra Lamb

    Love these ideas, Kathy. I think I’ll pass on the baseball glove soap though. But bacon or bonfires. I could live with those.

  4. Jenny HansenJenny Hansen

    I love these gifts, Kathy!! This year, my guy is getting a hand-painted dish from the Little Bean with her picture on it. 🙂

  5. Julie GloverJulie Glover

    The grill’s already been purchased. Unfortunately, the dad in our house has to assemble it first. Love the offerings here!

  6. Gloria RichardGloria Richard

    The superman Undies are a Portmantwit waiting to happen with The G-Man. ” What angle is your Super Cape sporting today? 45 degrees? Have another oyster.”

    Love them!

    Other Dadisms? You hit the highlights.

    OMG! Julie is brave. If I purchased The Dad in our House an Assemble it First father’s day present, I would have to want to run away from home. Of course, I’m itching to take a road trip anyway. Off to IKEA. Toodles!

    *Stop crying or I’ll give you something to cry about.


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