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Dads & Dudes: Father’s Day Gifts That Aren’t Lame

It’s not a secret–most dads don’t want a tie.

Or a jar of spicy salsa.

Or a hammer.

If the man in your life is getting harder to shop for, you are in good company.

Some of my friends are shopping for way more than one dad. Even if you have four dads, three sons, two uncles, and a grandpa, I gotcha covered.

I scoured the sites, in search of anything but mundane, and came up with this list of funness.

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New Dads

Starting with the guys who are new to the game…

With five other books in the series, the sleep-deprived dad is bound to stay awake reading about Star Wars instead of bunnies and birds. #abc3po

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Tons of colors to pick from. This father/kid set is bound to bring out their eyes for your informal photo shoot. #sayqueso

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A perfect LEGO set for creative dads who have always wanted to be Captain Morgan. #messageinabottle

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Outdoor Sports

For the fun-loving competitive guys among us…

Cheaper, lighter and more compact than wooden boards, this set also has Tic-Tac-Toe on the flip side! Eat your heart out, corn hole buffs. #collapsible

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You’ve never played Connect 4 like this before! Made of wood and almost three-feet tall, dad and kids can battle it out on the lawn and then pack it up in the sturdy case with pockets and handles. #yourturn

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Teenagers are playing it on beaches, at camps, and on fields… seems like the dude in your life should learn this fun game so he can school them. #spikeball

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Tech Nerds

For those who aren’t as athletically inclined, these sweet gifts will have your guy(s) singing your praises… electronically.

With high ratings and a low price, the Apple geek in your life will be organized and sleek with this charging station. #allinoneplace

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This classic beauty comes with built-in Bluetooth, full-range speakers, and RCA and headphone jacks. Tweed rocks, but if your dude is more modern, there are 9 colors to pick from. #shazam

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This alarm clock, inspired by nature, has so many features I can’t list them all. Sunrise and sunset simulations, 20 light levels, 7 LED lights, 7 natural sounds, dual alarms, USB port, and mucho mas. #riseandshine

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Funny Shirts


The floppy, the VHS and the cassette. Three classics only remembered by those about 35 and up. #neverforget

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Six sizes, five colors, and four questions. A tech guy’s dream come true.

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Random Goods

I’ve saved some of the best for last…

Let dad be king of the pool on this beast! It’s made of PVC plastic and five feet long, so you know it’s going to be a durable hit at your next float fest.

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If the man you’re buying for is over the age of 23 ½, it’s probably time to ditch the lame coolers and step up to the Igloo BMX. Get a load of this:

  • 4-5 day ice retention.
  • 20% thicker foam and insulated lid.
  • Rubberized T-grip latches keep lid secure.
  • Threaded drain plus is garden hose compatible.
  • UV inhibitors protect cooler against sun damage for extended life.
  • Molded base elevates cooler away from hot surfaces, improving cooling performance.

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Officially-licensed Star Wars merch brings the Death Star to your kitchen. With such a rad looking waffle, you could probably add spinach and flax seeds to the batter and no one would notice.

Or not.

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Have fun shopping and let me know what you chose for the man/dude/guy in your life!

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The Hungry Games

(Shared with permission) Age: nine Child: mine Attitude: fine Until it wasn’t.  When one of our kids got in trouble for a garden-variety no-no, I figured the next steps would resemble the rest. Too tall to spank and not naughty enough to ground, I sent him to the back room where his timeout minutes matched… Continue Reading

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Reclaiming Minutes & Health: 5 Things I Stopped & Started

Skimmers appreciate writers getting to the point sooner than later.  And since I’m a reader, a writer and a skimmer, I feel ya. Scrolling through a recipe blog and passing 14 photos of different angles of quinoa makes me crazy. Yes, I see the bran and germ and appreciate the endosperm. Just give me the… Continue Reading

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What the What? Didn’t See THAT Comin’

I cooked in my kitchen when the house phone rang. “Sharri has cancer.” I sat in his Jeep when he told me we were done. “I’m loving you more than I’m loving Jesus.” I stood on my college campus when I read, “You have not been selected for the position.”  I walked through a Costco… Continue Reading

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Trading Sorry for Thank You

“Sorry I’m late.” “Sorry I didn’t call.” “Sorry about the mess.” “Oh, sorry!” “Oops–sorry.” Enough already. Of course, sometimes a genuine sorry is exactly what’s needed. But I’m referring to all the times when sorry becomes excessive… unwarranted… over the top.  What in the world would a public bus be sorry for? That it’s winter?… Continue Reading

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Working Moms: Killin’ It?

Almost a month into my new job and I’ve collected just enough data to tell you what I’ve learned about being a working mom in the States. It’s complicated.  Being a working mom in Baja looked super different for many reasons, most of which revolved around flexible hours and not having to tell anyone when… Continue Reading

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Praying for Closed Doors

“I don’t know which college to pick. I got into these two schools and I like them equally, but I’m afraid to pick the wrong one.” When we ran a GAP-year program in Baja, MX, each class of students lived with us from August to June. They were all recent high school graduates and no… Continue Reading

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Donate This, Not That: Tips to Donate with Dignity

I know… I’ve had good intentions that went awry too. I’ve donated things I probably should’ve thrown in the trash. I felt guilty about the blatant waste though, so I passed it on for someone else to hopefully benefit from. Trouble is, if an item falls into that category, it’s probably going to end up… Continue Reading

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My 2018 Favorite Christmas Gift Ideas

  I couldn’t find a “Favorite Things” list for normal people with normal money, so I made my own. Unlike Oprah, my favorite gifts for Christmas don’t cost the same as a car payment or mortgage. Grouped from the five-dollar range to a fifty-dollar max, I did all the scouring so all you have to… Continue Reading

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Trust, but Verify

  Dude #1: “I am so glad I checked.” Dude #2: “I would do anything to be able to go back and check.” Where do you fall when it comes to verifying information that could tip the scales toward relief or disaster? As a mom, it’s my job, my right, and my responsibility to ask… Continue Reading

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