As a resident of New York City, I have grown accustomed to being able to procure anything at anytime. It’s almost like a game of Clue. If I had to secure a wrench in a library at 11 at night, I could do it. A decent eggs benedict at 3 in the morning? That’s light work. The city that never sleeps is also the city that never stops selling.
It’s a nice benefit of living in New York (although my wallet would beg to differ). It has also made me think of last-minute shopping as just, well, shopping. While people are lining up outside of Walmart to trample their fellow man the day after Thanksgiving, I’m thinking I’ve still got another month before I need to start fretting about my holiday shopping.
But with the advent of Amazon Prime, the ability to buy the stuff you want when you want and have it almost instantly is no longer a luxury limited to New Yorkers. And Prime also lets you to watch Transparent. So even though Father’s Day is just a few days away, you don’t have to worry about dad writing you out of the will even if you haven’t bought him a gift yet. You can get all of these awesome presents on Amazon Prime and they will arrive in time so that you can still secure your rightful place as most favored child.
NATIVE UNION NIGHT CABLE
For all of the credit Apple gets for the design of its products, its cables are, and always have been, crap. And since dads tend to start freaking out when their phones are anything less than 80% charged, this elegant cable from Native Union will set yours at ease. The braided nylon adds strength and the weighted monkey fist knot on the end not only looks sharp, it also keeps the cable (and the phone it’s attached to) in place.
ACQUA DI PARMA ASSOLUTA COLOGNE
Hopefully, by this point, your father has moved beyond Aqua Velva and Brut for his fragrance. Even if he hasn’t he will appreciate this scent from Acqua Di Parma with notes of cedarwood and orange. It’s not too heavy, which makes it a great cologne for summer. Just be prepared for the uncomfortable feeling that will come when your mom nuzzles up and tells your dad how nice he smells.
TAYLORMADE M1 DRIVER
Dad deserves to let the big dog bite. And the top-of-the-line driver from TaylorMade has plenty of bite. With a carbon fiber crown, a titanium club face, and two weight adjustment tracks, you can set the club up to have the ideal shot shape and trajectory. The driver isn’t cheap, but it shold save your father a ton of money buying balls at the pro shop since he won’t be slicing as many out of bounds anymore.
MAKITA 18V CORDLESS DRIVER-DRILL KIT
Don’t get lured in by the pretty yellow of the DeWalt, real professionals rely on the Makita blue. The motor on this drill delivers 750 in. lb. of torque, which is probably way more than your dad needs but not more than he wants. You can also think of it as an investment, because the next time you’ve got a home project that you’re ill-equipped to handle, you just have to give dad a call to come in and fix it. Think of it as old school TaskRabbit.
MASTER & DYNAMIC MH40 HEADPHONES
Your dad was around when state-of-the-art tech equipment really looked like this, so they won’t exactly feel “retro” for him. But a lot has changed since the days of listening to music on the hi-fi and dad will appreciate the upgrades, like memory foam earpads wrapped in incredibly soft lambskin and 45 mm drivers that deliver broad and crisp sound. There’s never been a more stylish way to listen to “Prairie Home Companion.”
DRINKER BEER AND SODA GUZZLER HELMET
Amazon doesn’t sell beer, so you can’t get pop any pops, but it does sell beer accessories. And there is no greater beer accessory than the beer helmet, which eliminates the onerous task of lifting a can or bottle to one’s lips. Will your dad actually use this on a regular basis? Hell, no. Will you get a photo op out of it that you can use to embarrass him every year on his birthday? Absolutely.
FRANKLIN BARBECUE: A MEAT-SMOKING MANIFESTO
Every man likes to fashion himself a grillmaster. But most foodies will agree that the crown sits securely on the head of Aaron Franklin of the Austin-based Franklin Barbecue. This “manifesto” allows anyone to study at the knee of the king. It’s packed with all kinds of tips and tricks that will help your dad improve his BBQ skills and while he works on perfecting his craft you get to reap the benefits. Because BBQ is a lot like pizza, even when it’s bad it’s good.