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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
In 2012, Kim Stanley Robinson published 2312, imagining how the world and its neighbors might look in 300 years, loosely coupled with the seminal Red Mars books, a futuristically pastoral novel about the way that technology can celebrate the glories of nature; in 2015, Robinson followed it up with Aurora, the best book I read that year, which used 2312’s futures to demolish the idea that we can treat space colonization (and other muscular technological projects) as Plan B for climate change — a belief that is very comforting to those who don’t or can’t imagine transforming capitalism into a political system that doesn’t demolish the planet. Now, with New York 2140, Robinson starts to connect the dots between these different futures with a bold, exhilarating story of life in a permanent climate crisis, where most people come together in adversity, but where a small rump of greedy, powerful people get in their way.
Skulls on the front, wordmark on the back: $38, pink, green or purple, sizes 3-10. (via Punk Fashion)
Tor has produced a multitool to commemorate my forthcoming novel Walkaway, and if you pre-order the book, they’ll send you one! Protip: pre-order from Barnes and Noble and you’ll get a signed copy!
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