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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Captain America bathrobe with hood/mask
100% cotton. It's got Captain America's shield embroidered on the
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
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!
Woolrich Men's Northspur Vest
Rugged, classic, and iconic design perfect for a Bigfoot wilderness adventure or flying a kite.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Just get him some goddamn socks.
Can't go wrong with a mug.
Just get him something to read.
Cheap Acrylic Cube
It glows! Requires three AAA batteries, not included.
For the cube.
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.
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:
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.
Father and Daughter Sloth print
For the slightly weird dad in your life
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."
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."
The most fun you can possibly have on a modern motorcycle. Mine is matte graphite and I've been customizing it for a year.
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.
Some of the best songs for driving that a Happy Mutant dad will ever play in the car.
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!"
In-Window Air Conditioning Unit
For cool dads.
A Superior Pen
Preferred by two out of two Frauenfelders over Kevin Kelly's pen.
Kickstarting "The Decline of Mall Civilization," a sequel to the long-out-of-print "Malls Across America" book
Michael Galinsky's 2011 photo-book "Malls Across America" went out of print quickly and now sells for upwards of $1000/copy; Galinsky is now kickstarting a sequel, The Decline of Mall Civilization, featuring 112 pages of images of American malls from 1989.
Back in 2010, It Books published Mary-Lou Weisman's biography of MAD Magazine icon Al Jaffee: Al Jaffee's Mad Life: A Biography; I missed it then but happened upon Arie Kaplan's 2011 writeup in The Jewish Review of Books this morning and was charmed by the biographical sketch it lays out.
David Byrne's Luaka Bop label is releasing a compilation of "secular gospel" from the 1970s, with liner notes by Jonathan Lethem
Since its inception in 1988, David Byrne's Luaka Bop label has been a sure-fire source of some of the best music I've ever heard, from its compilations of Brazilian and Cuban music to bands like Cornershop, Os Mutantes, and Tom Ze. Though Byrne is no longer running the label, it continues to blaze a remarkable […]
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They might be the shiny new thing, but AirPods aren’t for everybody. Maybe you’re looking for a new sound or you understandably lost those tiny buds during a brisk run. If so, here’s 10 headphones and earbuds that break out of the Apple mode with a return to quality and wearability. Klipsch R5 Bluetooth Neckband […]
When it comes to passwords, there’s no such thing as paranoia. You want them secure and complex, and you definitely don’t want to repeat them on all your accounts. The trouble is, the internet seems to keep growing. And so do those accounts. Just one lockout from an important email or banking site is enough […]