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Friday, June 01, 2012

10 Gifts Guys Secretly Want for Father's Day (Written by Alex)

"Most men's gift guides are written by women, which can be great, but then again sometimes guys just want a football. So, Joanna asked me to reveal the 10 things I'd secretly love for Father's Day. Hope this helps!" -- Alex
Filson backpack. There's nothing dorkier than a backpack, except when it's Filson. I swear by these. I use mine for biking, picnics and weekend trips.
Gitman Bros Vintage, $165. Made in U.S.A. REALLY nicely cut. A perfect blend of downtown cool and Mad-Men classic. They'll become his go-to shirts. They're the first shirts I reach for in the morning.
Beer sausage. The two best flavors combined.
Football, $32. No one thinks to own a football after college, but a football is a really fun thing to have. Break one out at a picnic and guys turn into teenagers. The youth-size football is important because every guy secretly believes that a real football is a little too big. This is slightly smaller than a regular football -- you can't tell by looking at it -- but you can really huck it around. Made in Ohio, like a football should be.
Beer bottle labels with his photo. Would be even better on a Belgian Trappist ale, made by monks. (Sidenote: This photo is of Joanna and her dad.)
Giant ice-cube tray for impressive-looking cocktails, $16. They're also practical: Big cubes melt more slowly than small cubes, and there's nothing worse than a watery cocktail.
Awesome card tricks to perform for your kid, $22. As a dad, it's important to be impressive.
Mancala, the best old-school game to play on a porch on lazy summer evenings, $10.
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, $24. Despite what you might think, man is becoming less violent. It actually gives you faith in the human race. The best book I've read in 10,000 years. (Also, weirdly hilarious.)
An evening spent putting your baby to bed and then hanging out together. Since that's all he really wants anyway.

Thank you so much, Alex!!

P.S. More gifts for guys...

103 comments:

Britt @ The Magnolia Pair said...

This post was perfect ! I need to hear every bit of advice ! Thanks JO for sharing !

Britt @ The Magnolia Pair said...

This post was perfect ! I need to hear every bit of advice ! Thanks JO for sharing !

Diana Mieczan said...

Those giant ice-cubes are awesome and the last idea is the sweetest! Wish you both a great weekend:) xoxo

Poet Whale said...

Fantastic post! Thank you

Beer sausage is on my list.

Alys said...

I'm getting my dad a cheese-grater. Is that a bit boring?

Robyn said...

great ideas-thanks Alex and Jo!

junebug said...

Great ideas (I loved that football size tip). And super adorable pictures of the boys. Yay for dads!

Nessa said...

I loved that post. Thanks for the ideas! :)

Diane said...

Nice ideas and better than what my husband (father of a 13 year old and 21 year old) not so secretly wants -- t-shirt from Girl With the Dragon Tattoo movie that says ...well being a nice person and commenting on a nice blog, I can't say it... but if you saw the movIe, you know... now where is he going to wear that? I don't think he is joking... I think he will be getting a flag mounting kit instead. It also begins with f. That beer sausage looks great!

photogems said...

This is awesome! Thanks for sharing. I love how true the football comment is :-)

Victoria said...

Great suggestions. Love the backpack and giant ice-cube tray. So right about a ball - my Huzz and son just keep on buying them! Anyhow, one more suggestion is a Leatherman multi-tool with all those blades, clippers, pliers and other tools he'll need for every camping trip or just to have in his cool backpack in case of emergencies!

hello, Friday said...

Sweet! Thanks for sharing! xoxo
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Stefania said...

I love when you have Alex contribute to your posts- adorable! And these are all great ideas :)

Jinnie said...

i ordered the beer bottle labels already! i can't wait until they're in!

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BH said...

Great! Thanks!

BTW, the side note about the pictures is under the wrong image!

xx

goose and bear said...

What a great list, and such perfect timing. I think the book and some beer labels will be the perfect gifts for the awesome father of my kids, and maybe some labels and sausage for my dad. Thanks for the ideas!

gia said...

Great post! Love the football idea, and the specifics. I adore throwing the football. ;)

Jenni Austria Germany said...

i love when alex makes little appearances on here! love these ideas.

Sabrina said...

I loved that you put Mancala on the list. Before I even started dating my now husband, we played this together. My dad just had open heart surgery and I stayed as late as the hospital as they would let me. My friend Tim came and spent time with me, bringing me dinner, and we played a rousing game of Mancala.
Needless to say, 7 months later we were engaged!

K said...

Aw, what a sweetheart he is! My huz also loves Gitman Bros and Filson. So manly!

Jen from SewnNatural said...

awesome list. solid, do-able ideas. thank you!

dani press said...

this is so pracical, but really...touching. guys want simple things, it's good to be reminded of that. these gift ideas are awesome, alex, thanks!

Jamie said...

LOVE what he said about the football - "Made in Ohio, like a football should be". Go Bucks!!

stg said...

Mancala. Awesome.

Great list, Alex! Way to get the ladies a shoppin'.

anne. said...

Love this post. I ordered the large ice cube trays for my hubby!

Nicole said...

What a great backpack! My boyfriend recently go into brewing beer, so perhaps I'll order him some new labels for his next batch.
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Sarah H. said...

Great list, Alex, thanks! The beer sausage and football have my husband's name all over them.

Taylor said...

So cute. Love the ice cubes

Connie said...

Mancala!!!! What a great idea!!! When my son was in kindergarten we used to play mancala while we waited for the school bus to show up. Thanks for the suggestions!
Connie*

Anonymous said...

These are all fantastic suggestions....! Than you!

13bees said...

ha! love this!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful list. I only wish my husband would like any of these. What do you do for a non-drinking, non-book reading, non-sports fan husband? lol

The Bebebirds said...

LOVE the rucksack. I'm dying for one!

Brooke

Becka said...

Love this list for guy gifts in general!

a lovely being said...

My boyfriend has that backpack and uses it everyday :) love this list, as always!

x fallon

RosieB said...

Such a sweet post! These are really lovely ideas, especially the football one! I think my boyfriend secretly would love to be bought a nice rugby ball (same shape as your american footballs!)

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christine said...

Is it already Fathers Day? Sheesh where is this year going?

lisacng said...

I love this list! Thanks!

Meg said...

"Made in Ohio, like a football should be."

I think Alex meant to say Michigan!

Stephanie said...

I like the tip on the slightly smaller football! Thanks, Alex!

Also, Jo, I'm convinced that you just get Alex to write these articles so you know what to get him, under the pretense of sharing it with your readers.. Haha, if so, you're clever.

Millie Wamsted said...

I ran this post by my husband just to see how accurate it was. He thought it was great! He would like any of the things on here! Impressive, Alex.

The Wearwithal said...

love the giant ice cubes! haha so cute xx

Mihaeko said...

Sausage, never would have thought of it but that's so perfect. It is a treat.

Anonymous said...

ehh, I don't want any of this.

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

Thanks Alex you may have just saved 32529 Fathers from sock hell!

Love that backpack, would work great for me on the bike.

Paul

RR said...

Great ideas! I also posted a few Father's Day gift ideas on my blog (http://notsoseriousmidwestmom.blogspot.com/2012/05/fathers-day-gift-ideas.html).

P.S. I think that backpack kind of rocks! Kind of hipster cool

Jossie loves said...

Too funny - only a chap would list big ice cubes and beer sausages!!!!! Brilliant post Alex!

Amy P said...

Love the tip about the beer labels - that solves husband and dad. Now for the father-in-law...hm. I'll probably bake him nanaimo bars.

Jennifer of JennySue Makeup said...

WONDERFUL IDEAS! Men are so freakin hard to buy for, but those large ice cube trays- brilliant and so unique.

Kristen said...

Great insight! I always love giant ice cubes and chic bars and who doesn't love Mancala?!

Katie Muncie said...

Love you Alex! big fan of your writing.

I just ordered mancala on amazon for the hubs.

Anonymous said...

You also regularly mention pinhole press who do the photo labels. Is this because you genuinely rate their stuff or because they're a sponsor? - Lara

Joy said...

Lara,
I've tried pinhole press twice now and have been completely pleased and impressed both times- they really do an excellent job. the photos are clear, and it's so easy. I highly recommend, and I'm not being sponsored! Hope this helps!

She She Shoppers said...

Love the backpack idea. My husband still uses his green backpack from b-school. Your recommendation is a much classier alternative!
Rowena

Teresa said...

I so love this post! Men are so hard to shop for! Thankfully, my hubby tries to drop hints now and then for me, but having some extra guidance never hurt. :)

About said...

Great Dad's Day requests. And thank you for doing a bit of the legwork. I will always turn to A Cup of JO for unique and exciting gifts.
Thank you!
~Deirdre

Ginny Cook said...

Many thanks, Alex and Joanna! I am definitely thinking about that ice cube tray and the book for partner Chris for father's day!

Question for Alex: do you think those Gibson shirts will work well for a very tall man? Chris is 6'2" and fairly thin - so he has the whole large is too boxy, and medium is too short/small...problem...

Thanks, guys! Inspiring...
Ginny

Kara Mooney said...

The card tricks is so cute. I bought my dad a book that teaches how to tie different knots and comes with rope to practice...he loves it! I bought a boating one, but I think they other kinds too :)

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Tisha Green said...

These are great ideas Alex! These are not only great ideas for Father's Day but for birthdays as well. Thanks so much!

Kate said...

Love this! Very helpful indeed - thanks Alex! x

Kate {Something Fabulous}
http://thesomethingfabulous.blogspot.com

Sarah Carlson said...

Alex, thanks for such a great post! I'm also exploiting this opportunity to say that you are such a fantastic journalist! I eagerly and insatiably read as many pieces by you in the NYT as I can. You and Joanna are writing power couple. A great gift guide-I am no longer bewildered come the middle of June.

Victoria said...

This is great. Really helpful! Thanks for sharing :)

Audrey Camille said...

Fantastic post! Thank you for sharing!
http://356gourmet.blogspot.com/

The Mommist said...

Great FD gift ideas! Love the Gitman Bros. Vintage! I'm planning to buy a similar one (pattern but diff color) from Fred Perry's for my husband but I think GBV's better. :)

Just followed you on Google Friend Connect. Hope I get a follow back. Thank you! :)

www.themommist.blogspot.com

Alison said...

Great ideas... Have jotted them down :-)

Tracey said...

Have just discovered your blog and cant wait to read more! Love this post about Fathers Day - they are hard to buy for!

Anonymous said...

alex, you may find this piece interesting regarding the Steven Pinker book. i think you would really enjoy reading any of the books by Chalmers Johnson, specifically "Blowback" if you haven't already

http://truth-out.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=7056:a-propaganda-windfall-for-the-imperial-state-steven-pinker-on-the-decline-of-violence

Does Matter said...

Those are great gifts I think. Gitman Bros Vintage looks good for my dad. But, I think I'll find a cheaper one.heheheh. I just can't afford. I'll just make sure it's really from my heart.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Joy! - Lara

Anonymous said...

Great!!!!! Something more international that we can buy in "The Deeper Austria?". Thanks for the ideas!And thanks for everyday too!

Annb form "The Deeper Austria"( But born in spain!)

Julia and Matt said...

Thanks for the reminder! My hubby and I used to play Mancala when we were dating! I picked one up at target yesterday for 5 bucks! He's going to love it! (First father's day!!)

Sherry Williams said...

"Giant ice cube tray"

that made me laugh for some reason.

www.iampiscesw.blogspot.com

Brooke said...

Are the sausages deliverable across the country? My husband would love these, but we live in Oklahoma. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I have been reading your blog for roughly four years and this is my favorite post yet (don't worry, the other favorites are all yours!). Alex is a crack-up and has great ideas--he should post more often!

Jen Kluftinger said...

THANK YOU for these ideas! I was getting desperate! I really love your blog, and I'll be following for sure :)

Jen
http://drawingsunderthetable.blogspot.ca/

Hunter said...

Thanks for the great gift ideas Alex! Past couple years my Dad has really taken to Tailgating and our gifts have revolved around that. Last year we got him a grill and I think Beer Sausage will be a great starter gift his year. I got the idea for his big gift for this Fathers Day from one of my coworkers at Dish who suggested the Tailgater Portable Satellite TV system. It is a little dish in a box that automatically find its own signals so dad can have his game up and playing before his coals even get warm. I think he will love it!

Fishing for Fashion said...

We guys can ask but we seldom get. Hope you get yours Alex

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boozedancing said...

This is excellent! I should pass this list on to the wife. Since I have two little boys, that mini football could come in handy. I'm not much of an athlete, but like you said, throwing the ball around is always fun regardless of your age.

Cheers!
G-LO

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Lauren Nicole said...

Thanks for this! It really helped to inspire my father's day gift. He loves beer and the personalized label idea is PERFECT for him. Love love love it. Can't wait for my order to be delivered. Thanks again!

Aja Lake [the gold hat.] said...

nice picks, alex! check out a cup of jo on the gold hat.

xx,
Aja Lake
the gold hat.

live sports said...

nice

gifts for him said...

Sausage? Who could have thought? Thanks for sharing Alex. Guy stuff is never easy to come by.

shehbaz michael said...

Can you explain me some more about these gifts and suggest more ideas?

gift pakistan said...

Alex you written a nice gift ideas i like all ideas thanks for share it.

gift pakistan said...

Alex your ideas are awesome i like all gift ideas and use when i need it.

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liz. said...

Those beer bottle labels are a total win! Perfect for my homebrewer. Thanks, Alex!

prassanna said...

I actually enjoyed reading through this posting.Many thanks.








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Love the gifts. All gifts are awesome. As new year is going to begin everybody searching gift ideas for new year

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Great ideas (I loved that football size tip). And super adorable pictures of the boys.
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gift-ideas-4u said...

Great ideas- I'm not sure my husband would like the beer sausages but preparing him his favorite foods is always a hit.

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Cuttysark said...


Great ideas for fathers day, especially the grill kit. I know a lot of dad will appreciate a gift they can use immediately. Anyway, here are more Good Father Day Gift ideas to add to your list. Nice post by the way, keep it up!

John Decker said...

There are some great ideas. I really like the custom picture beer bottle idea. My dad loves all kinds of things so it can be hard shopping for him for fathers day. He has always loved old antique guitars and memorabilia. This sort of stuff can be hard to find but ever since I heard about Toby Stoffa and the company Antiquities I was able to buy him some cool stuff. They have a great selection of autographed memorabilia and other hard to find antiques.

Olivia Mak said...

Don't forget to add steaks to the list! My boyfriend is a foodie and loves to grill. I ordered some meats online for him and he was ecstatic. The steaks were USDA quality and prime cuts. Definitely worth it!

Meow Opre said...

I am just so happy to know there are lots of people who love our dear fathers very much, even generous to provide the list of amazing fathers day gift ideas. I also have my own list and I’d appreciate if you could check on it. Will be looking forward to more of your articles dear. Cheers!
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