Batman, Superman, Spiderman and Iron Man are the stuff of
legend. So are dads. Their rug wrestling, lawn mowing, laundry
folding, power jobbing, car pooling, open fire cooking,
peace-keeping, do-gooding ways deserve a little shoutout, at least
for one day each year.
Cosmotot is here to save the day with a comprehensive list of
goodies and gadgets ranging from cheap to steep and campy to fancy
that will go great with that macaroni art and kid-made breakfast
Dads and gadgets go
together like newborns and cute, making Zoom
Album a perfect fit for all involved. The company's kits
contain the tools necessary for making a 3"x 3" professional
looking photo album at home. Simply use the included ZoomAlbum
Software CD, a computer, digital camera, camera phone or scanner,
and a color Inkjet printer to create a customized brag book in
We all know dad can cook
just as well as mom, but when a string of all-nighters calls for a
daytime meal whipped up in someone else's kitchen, Tatutina offers an original hand-painted Take Out Menu Box to keep the family's
favorites handy. Founded by a mother-daughter team that creates
around the idea that fun and function go together, Tatutina's
collection is designed and tested to meet the requirements of the
American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM). Better yet, every
box is painted using certified non-toxic, lead free paints.
It takes two to tango, so why not let
dads-to-be in on the action associated with the nine month bump
watch? 2 chix,
created by a pair of designers turned best gal pals via "arranged
friendship" after their respective boyfriends set them up, not only
specializes in hilarious maternity tops for haute mamas but also offers
a range of fresh, irreverent Daddy tees that say everything from "I'm the
Milkman" to "Bullseye."
Dads get short changed
when it comes to diaper bags. And, though the position of cheif
haul monitor is most often given to mom, it's only because dad
wouldn't be caught dead schlepping a bag covered in pinky precious
patterns more suited for a crib sheet than a carryall. Diaper Dude
agrees, and created a casual yet contemporary portable changing
station turned Dude Pack for discerning dads on the go. An
adjustable, ergonomic wearing design is king, and features like an
iPod pouch, padded
changing pad, and edgy graphics (think Chinese dragons, skulls, and
retro-rock guitars) won't scare the manliest of men away.
The phrase "born to be wild," doesn't exactly carry the same
weight it once did once the term "parents" enters the picture.
However, with Baby Bjorn's collection of Original Spirit carriers, what you can sling
is your baby, without compromising style or comfort in the process.
In honor of its 35th anniversary, Baby Bjorn revamped, reworked and reissued its
award-winning line of namesake baby carriers.Instead of changing
its user-friendly, ergonimically correct design, the company
introduced a range of eye-popping candy colors like Orange Flame,
Green Energy, Black Diamond, Red Heart, White Angel and Grey Pearl
instead, letting the creativity and comfort of the bestselling
original stand on its own.
If the world is your oyster, you
need a place to shuck it. Keep dad sharp with the Romeo & Julienne cutting board from Fred
& Friends, inspired by a bard and an all-time classic that
was certainly on the cutting edge. The high quality, wooden,
book-look board is crafted from solid beechwood, pre-seasoned with
a light dressing of mineral oil, and is ideal for slicing and
dicing whether you're feeling star-crossed or cursed in
the kitchen. After all, it's better to have chopped and tossed than
never to have chopped at all.
No one likes a cheater, but when it comes to the diet foods that
dominate the marketplace, every now and then you need a treat
sneak. Look no further than Casue Sweets for indulgent, 100% unadulterated
goodness, with a collection of "plus size" cookies, shortbread
bars, crumb-topped brownies, iced creations and sour cream swirled
cookies that push the term delicious to delectable proportions.
Note: Although highly addictive, Casue Sweets are not free of
If a man is going to cook in the great outdoors, charring hunks
of meat over a tall, open flame, you might as well treat him to a
little table-appropriate style with "choice cut" salt and pepper shakers from Brooklyn Rehab. Made from upcycled restaurant
grade ceramic with rubber stopper bottoms and decals, each is a BBQ
During the week, dads on the go slurp their joe straight from a
travel cup without much time to savor the sweet jolt of caffeine
that takes the edge off that 2 a.m. wake up call courtesy of a
cranky kid. But, on the weekends when things slow down, treat dad
to a cup of something delicious in a fantastically detailed,
subtlely refined Belle & Boo bone china mug, even if it's just hot chocolate with
Add to the teetering stack
on his nightstand with themed reads from Chronicle Books, like Dear Dad, a tribute to the
grandfathers, fathers, and kiddos who love them, with photos
compiled from the M.I.L.K. Project, a global photographic
competition that started in 1999. More than 17,000 professional and
amateur photographers across 164 countries participated.
Handy Dad, packed with skate
ramps, zip lines, go-carts, and 25 other awesome projects for dads
to build with their kids is another good choice, since busy dads
choose projects that range from simple to challenging and take
anywhere from five minutes to a full weekend. Readers get all the
directions they need to grab materials that can be
found around the house or at the local hardware store and get to
work banging up a sweet BMX ramp or half-pipe, building a
tree house or tire swing, or throwing together
a slip-and-slide or tie-dye station.
Memento: My Life in Stories might
inspire even the most reluctant dad to take up journaling.
After the unexpected death of his father, author Michael
the daunting task of sorting through his father's
papers and belongings. At the bottom of a desk drawer, he found a
notebook, a gift he'd given his father the previous year. He had
hoped, but not expected, that his father would use the questions to
write about his life. When McQueen opened the book, he discovered
pages filled with his father's handwriting. Stories, advice,
memories that had never come up in family conversation filled page
after page - truly the gift of a lifetime. From this experience,
Memento was born to give to the
people you love. The simple, thought-provoking questions are easy
to fill in, and might be something special to page turn in years to
While there's always room for a homemade card, turn
to The Fine Art of Family for something more
keepsakey that combines the best of fine art and kid crafts in one.
Their sterling silver Bespoke Image Case includes an engraved note
written in the gift-giver's own hand (think scrambly, loopy, little
kid writing), plus room for two favorite photos. Designed by
photographer Monica Rich Kosann, the case is inspired by a love of
all things vintage and heirlooms from generations gone by. Either
way, the end result is inimitable and something to be cherished,
kind of like the big guy himself.
An old adage says they might break your bones, but personalized
keepsake name creations from Sticks and Stones make a much more exciting
gift than the same old tie and hankie combination. Their
large Letters Gallery features amazing, photographic
A to Z images taken from real structures and nature, and their
newest addition, the letter "i" hails from Chicago. A range of frame and
matte options allow for classic, timeless choices, for an end
result that's as sophisticated yet original as your other half.
Maria Pilar Clark is a mom times two and Windy City-based writer.
See more of Pilar's stories here.
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