Alex wrote my Father's Day gift guide last year because, as he said, "sometimes guys just want a football." So, last night, I asked him to reveal the five gifts he'd secretly love this year, and here's what he told me...
One of three cool Dad mugs for morning coffee, $22.
Uniqlo shirts, $12.90 to $29.90. I recently ruined an expensive shirt when I carried Toby and ended up covered in red stains from a rogue cherry lollipop. Then I lost another shirt when a friend's 8-year-old spilled punch on me at a birthday party. Desperate to find a cheap alternative, I headed to Uniqlo and discovered their shockingly great shirts. They're 1/5 of the price of fancier dress shirts but look (almost) as good. These should be every dad's official summer uniform.
Spicy Pickle Bloody Mary mix, $96 for a case of 12, or $12.50 for a single jar. This mix is made in Detroit by the family-owned pickle company McClures. He'll love the briny flavor and intense spice, and you can really taste the fresh veggies (it feels almost good for you!). This mix makes the best Bloody Mary I've ever tasted, hands down.
The T.A.M.I. Show, $9.99. Lately, I've been turning Toby on to the music of the mid-'60s by watching the famous T.A.M.I. Show DVD in the mornings. The film captures so many great acts—The Stones, Marvin Gaye, the Beach Boys, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, Chuck Berry—at a legendary 1964 concert at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Quentin Tarantino and many others have said it's one of the greatest concert movies of all time, and Toby seems to agree. Hours after watching it, he’ll still turn to me and ask, "You remember Mitt Jadder?"
Atomic watch, $114. This Casio G-Shock watch continually resets via a signal from the atomic transmitter to give you the exact actual time, to the second. In other words, if someone asks you what time it is, you can always say, "This is the time. Like, seriously." Plus, it's Navy-Seal tough, solar powered and super cool looking.
Thank you so much, Alex!
P.S. More awesome gifts for guys, including Alex's Father's Day guide last year...
(Top photo of my dad with my sister and me)