Father’s Day is all about celebrating the rocks in our lives.
The incredible men who step in and save the day when one more dirty diaper or unjustified tantrum might just send us over the edge. But it’s also a chance to stack up some uber brownie points, and I’m talking two nights out with the girls AND one half day at the spa if you play your cards right.
You see, it’s all in the giving, and if some serious ‘me time’ is what you’re gunning for, then socks just ‘aint gonna cut it. That’s why I’ve put together this Father’s Day gift list of awesomeness. You can thank me later.
Yes, it does what it says on the tin (literally), and no man will be able to resist its powers. Just freeze the cooling core of the Arctican, twist it onto your can, and it’ll keep your drinks ice-cold for up to 3 hours. Now that’s pretty cool. (lolz)
What man doesn’t dream of turning his garage into a budding brewery? And now he can with this neat little brewing kit. You can get the entry level one for R1000 and the MacDaddy, complete with Stainless Steel Fermenter, for R2450. It may seem like quite a bit, but think how much moola you’ll be salvaging from the pub in the long run. And who knows, your man might just be SA’s next big brew master. (Just keep out of reach of the kids obvs.)
The only bikes I ever get on are the ones at the gym that count calories and stay put. Really, it’s safer for everyone that way. But even I think this is pretty cool. It combines two of dad’s favourite daydream subjects, a Fixie bike, and pizza. Now that’s clever.
So Pat Lafrieda is the ‘King of the Carnivores’, and his book is guaranteed to teach even the best of braai masters a thing or two about tanning a chop. You know what that means don’t you, more dinners cooked for you! It’s a win win situation really.
I’ve never really understood the appeal of these things, but a lot of guys in my life love them, so who am I to deny it a place on this list. Basically your man puts this ‘contraption’ on his face (not looking like a total idiot at all) and then roams around a 3D world of manliness that may or may not include the likes of sharks, dinosaurs and/or other fictitious characters and improbable/idealistic situations. Who wouldn’t want one?
Every. Man. Must. Have. A. Drone. Don’t ask me why. It must be written in the ‘man code’ or something. But I have to say, I quite like the idea of this little guy, because it looks like the type of gift that could provide hours of entertainment and some serious bonding time for my little man and his dad. Chances are they’ll lose it first flight, but they would have had fun doing it.
I’ve never understood why mugs are the prerequisite mother’s/father’s day gift. Thanks to hallmark and the like, every home has a cupboard full of “you’re the greatest”, and “mom of the year” mugs adorned with kitsch clipart. If you’re going to get a mug, at least get a cool one, like ‘The Bat Mug’. It’ll be the perfect accessory for your superhero.
No matter how old he is, no man ever tires of skimming (or attempting to skim) something across the pool. It’s an art, and one he will no doubt want to pass on to his ‘minimes’, which makes this gift ideal. And at R65 each you can get two. Just in case one goes, you know, over the neighbour’s wall or something.
This may be a novelty gift, but it’s a novelty gift I want, so I’m just kind of basing my recommendation on that. Probably not a great way to go about it, but it made me laugh and the honest truth is, I’d use it. Yes I would. Don’t judge me. Being a working mom (in fact being any kind of mom) is exhausting!
South African men are born to braai. It’s in their blood. If it can’t just go on the Webber, a contraption will be made to sort that ‘glitch in the matrix’ out. This pizza oven is case in point. Not that I’m complaining, because this is a Father’s Day gift that can benefit the whole family.
Ok, so this isn’t for your husband at all, but I figured, while you’re doing a bit of gift shopping you might as well buy something for yourself. Why? Because you’re awesome and you don’t really need another reason. So this one’s for you mammas, a gorgeous leather duffel. I’ll take two! Jokes. Just one. School fees…
I found most of these Gadgets and Gifts for Men on a pretty cool site called Mantality. It prides itself on selling very manly stuff for (you guessed it) men. If none of the above mentioned gifts cut it for your guy, I’m sure you’ll find something that’ll light his fire here.
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Kate Royce is an advertising copywriter, co-founder of Mammas’ Meeting Place and adoring mother to little Ethan whom, she is convinced, is set to be the greatest adventurer and explorer the world has ever known. Her dad once described her as “having the ability to find beauty in the strangest places,” which she thinks is one of the nicest things anyone’s ever said about her.