Stumped on what to get dad this Father's Day? We at RPS totally understand - sometimes gift giving can be harder than it seems! With the big day right around the corner (it's Sunday, June 15 - in case you forgot) we've been getting a lot of questions about how to find the perfect gift for dad. While there's no "one size fits all" answer for Father's Day gift giving, one of our favorite items this year is books.
Whether you're looking for something heartfelt, hipster, or hilarious, we've got you covered with our Father's Day book roundup below!
1.Dad's Playbook: Wisdom for Fathers from the Greatest Coaches of All Time. With a title like that, need we say more? Written by author and parenting expert Tom Limbert (with a forward by Steve Young), this gift book for dad collects more than 100 inspiring quotes from the greatest coaches of all time. Dad's Playbook takes wisdom from John Madden, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda, Phil Jackson (and many more) and applies their teaching to fatherhood - and after all, dads do what the best coaches do: they motivate, mentor, discipline, and love.
Our fave passage? Well, it's impossible to choose just one, but I'm personally a fan of this quote from Chuck Noll: "The thrill isn't in the winning, it's in the doing." Well said, Coach Noll.
2. Let Dad know you appreciate his cool ways and forward thinking style with Dads Are the Original Hipsters, by Brad Getty. If you haven't looked at old school photos of your pops recently, you really should - not only for the trip down memory lane, but for the guaranteed realization that dads were, in fact, the original hipsters. Based on the popular tumblr Dads Are the Original Hipsters, this gift book highlights the traits and looks that you thought were hipster property, but in fact, your dad was rocking way before it was cool.
Each page is dedicated to a different hipster trait, with matching vintage dad photos to illustrate each item. Each passage is hilariously written, with a message to hipsters at the end of each page. Items of note include looking homeless, unkempt hair, knit hats, being skinny, chukka boots, hating on everything, cycling caps, suspenders, tattoos, non-American sports, ugly sweaters, tank tops, colored Ray Ban knockoffs, skinny ties, and more!
3. Beer Makes Daddy Strong. Witty and wise, this affectionate tribute (with 60 cartoons from author Andy Riley) is a celebration of fatherhood, including all its up, downs, joys, confusion, humor, and of course, beer.
Beer Makes Daddy Strong shows the world just how great dads can be: he knows all the best car games ("Who can stay quiet the longest?"), likes to show off his scars (that he may or may not have obtained while running with the bulls in Spain), is a great cook (when Spaghetti Bolognese is on the menu), and has a sensitive side (who says they saw him crying during Toy Story 3?). The book even has a humorous take on Father's Day ("Those colorful ties that you bought for Daddy on a previous Father's Days' are kept in a special drawer...so special, in fact, that they never come out of it.")
4. Does your dad have some awesome facial hair going on? Or what about moustache aspirations? If so, the Moustache Grower's Guide is the perfect gift for pops. Whether it's a Handlebar, a Fu Manchu, or a Laser Loop, this illustrated guide can help men everywhere achieve the moustache of their dreams!
The book contains instructions on how to grow, groom, and maintain 30 classic and modern moustaches (as well as fashion advice for how to rock each look). Each style includes the name of the 'stache, any aliases, a list of icons who wore it, as well as information on time required to grow and difficulty levels. With tons of illustrations and exclusive tips from professional competitors, The Moustache Grower's Guide will add major style to any 'stache.