Look there are hundreds of lists out there of fun things to buy dad for Father’s Day. But let’s face it they are usually outlandish things that dad will never use, like a baseball bat bottle opener for $125 thanks I’ll use my Simon Pure one that has been in my family for 50 years and probably cost $1. Or how about a personalized cutting board for $165, you know, in case you forget your name while chopping veggies.
Most of these lists on the interweb are designed to sell you things. I personally don’t get a dime if you buy anything on our list. Plus, have the people putting together these lists even tried any of these products? Probably not. So I present to you my list of practical Father’s Day Gift Ideas. All of these are things your dad will actually use and they are all things that have been personally tested by yours truly at Radio Blast headquarters.
Sure you could buy dad fancy soap at one of those overpriced Bath, Body Works and Beyond-type stores at the mall that will make him smell like a french countryside. Or you could buy him old-school pine tar soap. It smells strong in the box but don’t let that deter you. Once lathered it’s not as strong on the skin. Plus if dad has dry skin or eczema this will clear it up in just days. Trust me! Where to find it: Amazon
Yes seriously, plain old Baby Oil. Why Baby Oil? Well you’ve probably heard of oils to put on your beard before you shave to soften up your beard. The problem is they can cost upwards of $25 for 2 oz. Plus I found them to be rather thick which can clog up in your razor. Baby Oil? It will probably cost you about $3 for 20 oz. My last bottle lasted me over a year and I shave every other day. Have dad slap some of this on before his shave and he’ll instantly see the results of a close shave. Where to find it: pretty much any grocery or drug store
Remember when I said I’ve tried and tested everything on this list? Well I lied. I putting this item on here as a test to see if my wife pays attention to my posts. Sure you can join those dollar shave club things but I’ve tried them and the best thing I can say is they only cost a dollar. Unless you have a perfectly round smooth baby face they will cut you apart. If you actually have angles on your face you’ll want a nice sharp blade when shaving. This seems like it will help do the trick. Where to find it: Uncommon Goods
Not only do I use just about everything on this list, I also do my research before purchasing. Last year I decided I wanted a bluetooth speaker for our outdoor patio. I wanted something, small, easy-to-use that could still pack a punch. This speaker fit the bill perfectly. Like most things on this list you could buy much more expensive versions like the Bose speakers. However, this boombox speaker from SHARKK rated just as high as the Bose systems for a fraction of the cost. It’s simple to pair with any mobile device and the sound quality is excellent with just enough base for outdoor use. Where to find it: Amazon
Hopefully you had a chance to listen to our homebrewing show from the KegWorks store. If you missed it we talked all about getting started and perfecting your homebrew. If dad loves beer, he’ll love making his own. And ladies don’t worry homebrewing isn’t messy and doesn’t take up a ton of space. This kit from Brewcraft has everything dad will need to get started and it’s available from our friends at KegWorks. Just think of the pride dad will have bringing his own beer to the neighborhood July 4th party! Where to find it: KegWorks.com
And when dad is ready to bring his homebrew to those neighborhood parties he’s going to need to keep it cool. Why not give him one of these growler carriers. They can hold growlers or a few bottles. And the best part, it’s on sale! Where to find it: KegWorks.com
Remember how cool JR Ewing looked when he pulled the stopper on his decanter and poured a finger of bourbon for himself? Well don’t you want dad to have that same experience? Bourbon is great but it’s even better when poured from his personalized crystal decanter. Where to find it: Things Remembered
When someone asks what’s a good cookbook to buy someone I always say “Ruhlman’s Twenty”. You may have seen Michael Ruhlman on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations. Well the Cleveland native has written what I would say is the new bible for aspiring home chefs. Ruhlman takes a very simple and easy approach to the twenty essential cooking techniques every home chef should know and master. The best part about this gift? You get to benefit from it too when dad cooks up Ruhlman’s Braised Pork Belly with Caramel-Miso Glaze. Where to find it: Amazon
Nothing will kill a relaxing evening of wine and meat than having to get up every few minutes to check whatever meat you have on the grill or oven. Spare dad the guesswork and let him actually relax with this wireless thermometer. Again, you’ve probably seen more expensive ones that can sync up with your iPhone. You don’t need that. You just need this guy at half the price. I’ve been using this one for over a year and it hasn’t let me down yet. Where to find it: Amazon
Well there you have it. A list of practical, not expensive gifts for dad for Father’s Day. All tried and tested by yours truly. Except that razor sharpener, hint hint sweetheart!