Still Looking for a Gift for Dad? Try Our Father’s Day Shopping Guide

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Father’s Day is coming up fast — June 16! — so it’s time to start shopping, if you haven’t already. Here’s a wide variety of ideas that may help jump start your gift giving efforts.

1. Tareinco Man-Coasters. For some, the ideal Father’s Day gift should emphasize the masculine. They should fly in the face of the mother and remind her that this is his day. And nothing is as apt to offend mom’s delicate sensibilities like the wrong coasters. And these are wrong in exactly the right way.

Imagine how awkward she might feel when your dad pulls these out at the next dinner party, or places them strategically beside the doilies on coffee table.

The Tareinco Man-Coaster set is made of nylon and neoprene. They sell for $20.

2. The Rooster Shooter. Need to keep him on mom’s good side, but still want to pick up something that he’ll really love? Nothing says respect like a single action. My father and I shared a deep and abiding love for old westerns. While we never connected on cars or computers, we agreed on sepia toned cinema stereotypes. And that’s where Cimarron comes in.

The Cimarron Rooster Shooter would have made my old man’s eyes water. While the name implies an avian massacre, the Rooster Shooter is a copy of John Wayne’s Colt 1873, made popular by the iconic Roster Cogburn role in True Grit. These antiqued guns will set you back about eight bills.

3. The Ruger SP 101. Does he already have a gun? Forgive me for assuming he does. If he is a gun guy, a nice single action will supplement his collection. If not, I’d suggest a double action. And for rock-solid affordability and ease of use, nothing beats a Ruger SP101 in .357.

The 3-inch barreled .38/.357 is the best. Small enough to carry concealed, and large enough to feel somewhat accomplished while shooting at the range, the SP 101 is the very nature of versatility. And it is perfect for teaching fundamental safety skills. The SP 101 sells for somewhere around $600.

4. The Condor EDC Bag. But how’s he going to carry it? A friend of mine called last week and asked that I help him find the perfect man-purse for his dad. He’s looking for something his father can carry everyday, something he can put on when he leaves the office, or heads out to the job site.

The Condor EDC is ideal. While it may look a bit too tactical for formal business wear, it can pass with casual business casual. And it has the slim pocket at the top that allows for well staged off body concealed carry. And for less than $40, it is an affordable gift.

5. Gun Guys, a Roadtrip. Maybe your dad’s more of a reader than a shooter these days. Old guys slow down, but their love of guns doesn’t fade. They may not be able to shoulder a Remington 870, but they might be able to pick up a book.

We ran into Dan Baum at the SHOT Show this past January, before the book’s official launch, and had a great conversation. Baum’s attempt to understand gun culture from the point of view of participant observer is part ethnography, part sociology. And its about us. The gun enthusiasts.

If nothing else, it is a good read. And at $18, and available in many bookstores, Gun Guys might be one of the easiest on this list to find.

6. Wheeler Professional Gunsmith Screwdriver Set. Dads love tools. I picked up one of these kits recently. I use it almost everyday. I know I’m not typical. I use my set for honest work. My father, though, liked to tinker. When he wasn’t actually working on a project, he was in his basement lair tinkering.

The 89 Piece screwdriver set is useful as an organizational tool and an actual tool. All of the bits are here. And while it seems like overkill, each has a unique function and is perfect for the job. At $89, it is pricy for a screwdriver set. But when he needs the one bit that the kit provides, it will be well worth it.

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