Father's Day Gift Guide

Boing Boing suggests that you buy these things for your father, paternal figure, manly individual, or person of ironically inappropriate gender or familial status for Father's Day.

By Rob Beschizza at 3:00 pm Sun, Jun 8, 2014

Boing Boing Tee Shirt Currently the best tee shirt in the world, Boing Boing's Rocket Bike Tee was designed by Alex Pearson and comes in Small to 2XL.

BUY NOW - $13

MARK

Maker Dad Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects My book has fun projects for dads, moms, and sons will like it too! Learn how to make a skateboard, a podcast, a speaker, and electronics projects.

BUY NOW - $13

Rotring 800+ Mechanical Pencil and Stylus This full metal, fetishistic Bauhaus-style mechanical pencil is equipped with a tablet stylus. No need to turn the pencil around to use it -- a quick twist retracts the pencil mechanism, leaving just the smooth stylus tip.

BUY NOW - $68

Philips Vacuum Beard Trimmer No more beard stubble on the counter and in the sink! Select your preferred degree of stubble with 18 secured length settings -- from 1 millimeter to 18 millimeters.

BUY NOW - $40

Toddy Cold Brew Coffee System Ever wonder why cold brew coffee is called toddy? Because it was invented in 1964 by a chemical engineering graduate of Cornell named Todd Simpson. His method yields coffee with 67% less acid. Comes with a handsome glass decanter.

BUY NOW - $33

The Moscow Puzzles: 359 Mathematical Recreations The 1956 book has been called "the best and most popular puzzle book ever published in the Soviet Union." This inexpensive Dover edition (in English) was edited by the Martin Gardner (the late great recreational mathematics columnist for Scientific American). It includes over 400 illustrations, depicting "magic squares, tricky weights and measures, properties of numbers, mathematical tricks, and more." If you only have $4 to spend on your father, get this book.

BUY NOW - $4

CORY

Captain America bathrobe with hood/mask 100% cotton. It's got Captain America's shield embroidered on the back! Previously

BUY NOW - $56

Entire run of Seinfeld: $59 for 33 discs 33-disc, nine-season box set. Previously

BUY NOW - $75

Crovel II An extreme multi-purpose field-shovel tailor-made for zombie-killing. A cross between a field shovel and a crowbar, but it also sports a hammer, woodworking chisel, saw, and bottle opener, and comes withan optional "super spike" add-on. Previously

BUY NOW - $130

PESCO

American Educational's Teaching Tornado One of my favorite exhibits at San Francisco's Exploratorium is the huge Tornado generator. Now, a similar desktop model is available!

BUY NOW - $225

Woolrich Men's Northspur Vest Rugged, classic, and iconic design perfect for a Bigfoot wilderness adventure or flying a kite.

BUY NOW - $100

Belkin WeMo WiFi Light Switch The smart home is here? Control the lights in your home from anywhere with a simple WiFi-connected light switch linked to a simple home automation app for your phone or tablet.

BUY NOW - $44

XENI

Yu-Be skin polish An unscented and non-gendered foaming facial scrub from Japan that leaves a man's face soft and clean, but in the manliest way imaginable. Walnut shell, rice bran, ginseng root, tea leaf.

BUY NOW - $18

Garmin Edge 500 Cycling GPS The best GPS unit for serious cycling fanatics. Lightweight, and easily readable. Includes barometric altimeter for climb and descent data, 18 hour battery life. Connect a heart rate monitor, if you want even more data.

BUY NOW - $199

Logitech UE BOOM Wireless bluetooth speaker that delivers surprisingly crisp, rich sound in a packable, lightweight form. Take it to the beach, take it on business trips to make your hotel room feel more like home, take it to your garage while you tinker. 360º sound projection, and the design allows you to connect 2 UE BOOMs together in stereo.

BUY NOW - $200

Fitbit Flex It's a best-selling fitness and sleep tracker for a reason. Not the most data-detailed product Fitbit offers, but a nice balance between features and simplicity of form. I have used mine daily for about a year, and love it; the dads and dudes I've gifted the Flex to do also.

BUY NOW - $100

Proof: The Science of Booze Adam Rogers' beautiful book on the science of booze. "From fermentation to distillation to aging, Proof offers a unique glimpse inside the barrels, stills, tanks, and casks that produce iconic drinks."

BUY NOW - $20

ROB

Socks Just get him some goddamn socks.

BUY NOW - $13

Mug Can't go wrong with a mug.

BUY NOW - $9.50

Kindle Just get him something to read.

BUY NOW - $120

Cheap Acrylic Cube It glows! Requires three AAA batteries, not included.

BUY NOW - $14

AAA Batteries For the cube.

BUY NOW - $14

MAGGIE

BabyHawk Mei Tei A soft baby carrier for children up to 40 lbs that's easy to shove in a backpack and just as easy to put on and use. No complicated wrap origami, just a simple way to carry your kid around in airports, at festivals, and other crowded events. Bonus: Comes in patterns and colors you'll actually want to wear in public.

BUY NOW - $90

Mr. Wuffles A fantastic picture book about a cat, some mice, and a ship full of space aliens. It's a great way to spend some time with your small person:

BUY NOW - $11

Long-distance Love print For the father you wished you lived closer to. Especially if you enjoy the idea of making him tear up a bit.

BUY NOW - $15

Father and Daughter Sloth print For the slightly weird dad in your life

BUY NOW - $25

JASON

Opinel No 8 Carbon Steel Folding Knife "If you were to search my closet you would find an Opinel No. 8 pocket knife in each and every outdoor coat. This low cost, incredibly durable 3 1/4 inch blade is exactly what I need."

BUY NOW - $13

Nomiku Sous Vide Immersion Circulator (120V) "I love my Nomiku Sous Vide Immersion Circulator! This Kickstarted kitchen tool quickly turns a standard pot or bucket into a sous vide cooker."

BUY NOW - $300

Triumph Scrambler The most fun you can possibly have on a modern motorcycle. Mine is matte graphite and I've been customizing it for a year.

BUY NOW - $9,100

In the Breeze Colorwave Stunt Kite, 48-Inch Thats right, a stunt kite! Other dads may be gently flying a kite in the breeze, yours will be cutting a swath through the skies.

BUY NOW - $22

City of Prague's Philharmonic's The Science Fiction Album Some of the best songs for driving that a Happy Mutant dad will ever play in the car.

BUY NOW - $38

Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell "This fantastic collection of devilish 18th century French dioramas is my favorite book this year! I spend hours lost in these pages!"

BUY NOW - $41

DEAN

In-Window Air Conditioning Unit For cool dads.

BUY NOW - $180

A Superior Pen Preferred by two out of two Frauenfelders over Kevin Kelly's pen.

BUY NOW - $19/box

Published 3:00 pm Sun, Jun 8, 2014

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