Here’s the thing about dads: When they see something they like, they usually just buy it for themselves. This presents a challenge. What do you get for the man who has everything — or at least everything he wants? This list will get you started.
The Vintage Enthusiast
Crosley Ranchero Radio, $99.95
This perky tabletop radio may be all about a “new-stalgic” throwback look, but its sound quality is completely modern. In addition to the analog AM/FM radio tuner, there’s an audio jack to hook up dad’s MP3 player. Comes in black, white, or red.
Pizzeria Pronto Pizza Oven, $239.96
Let dad flex those culinary muscles with this propane-powered pizza oven. It’s free-standing and portable, which means it’ll be just as at home on the patio as it is at the tailgate. In just 10 minutes, this guy heats up to 700 degrees. A cordierite stone helps pies bake evenly while a vent circulates air to thwart sogginess. Dominoes who?
BioLite CampStove, $129.95
Perfect for the camping enthusiast who also enjoys the comforts of modern technology. The 33-ounce stove — it’s about the size of a Nalgene bottle — is wood-burning and can boil a liter of water in less than 5 minutes using just a handful of kindling. The coolest part? A thermoelectric generator helps convert the fire into electricity, which means even in the most remote location, dad will be able to charge his smart phone via USB port.
Subscription to a Beer of the Month Club, $24.95 per month, plus $15 shipping and handling, www.beermonthclub.com
Now in its 20th year, the Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club brings all the fun of a beer tasting right to your doorstep. The U.S. Microbrewed Beer Club includes a dozen 12-ounce beers in four different styles from two separate breweries. Every month! Past selections have included suds from the Millstream Brewing Company in Iowa, Argus Brewery in Chicago, and New England’s own Sea Dog Brewing Company.
Multi-tool iPhone Case, $44.95
All dads know that duct tape fixes everything. But for trickier situations that require a bit more finesse, he’ll be happy to have a set of tools at his fingertips. The Multi-tool iPhone Case is like a Swiss Army Knife hiding in your cellphone. It has two ballpoint pens, scissors, a nail file, a toothpick, and both a Phillips head and flathead screwdriver, while the polycarbonate casing keeps his phone protected. Best of all? It’s TSA compliant.
The Foodie/The Locavore/The Seafood Lover
Summer Oyster Farm Share, $399 ($299 if you pick up in Duxbury)
From June through October, satiate dad’s craving for seafood by signing him up for a farm share with the guys at Duxbury’s own Island Creek Oysters. Each month is a different selection, starting with oysters and progressing through littlenecks, razor clams, steamers, lobsters, and a few surprises along the way. Because nothing says “I love you, Dad” more than shellfish, right?
The Suit and Tie Guy
Striped Wood Tie, $54.99
Made from reclaimed California Redwood and finished with linseed oil, each wood tie is unique — just like its owner. The ingenious, modular construction ensures that the wood tie isn’t stiff. A set of cords threaded throughout the wood pieces ensure comfort and flexibility, making it easy to wear and adjust.
Anchor Pocket Knife, $24, www.theawesomer.com
Every serious sailor needs a sturdy knife to contend with all those ropes. This handsome specimen features a stainless steel blade, black stamina wood handle, a loop to attach it to a key ring, and an inlaid anchor. Boat not included.
Kevlar Gear Bag, $245
This stylish and sturdy bag from the clever craftsmen at Best Made Company is constructed to take a beating. The kevlar handles have a tensile strength of 10,000 pounds while a waxed canvas outer and ballistic nylon bottom combine to ensure everything inside stays dry. And did we mention its
boyish good looks?