Mother’s Day has come and gone, and now it’s time to celebrate the fathers and grandfathers! Whether the Dad in your life loves survival gear and spy movies, appreciates a well-made cocktail or is just seeking to find his footing as a new Dad, we’ve got a handful of gift recommendations that cover all the bases.
For the New Dad:
Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast
As any father knows, parenthood is filled with big excitement, small joys, and ordinary moments filled with beauty. For two years, Italian cartoonist and designer Matteo Bussola recorded his reflections on these moments through a series of online posts. In no time, he’d written a memoir’s-worth collection of heartfelt, charming, and often humorous writings that remind us all to savor the present and appreciate the simple things in life.
In 2014, Chris Pegula showed new fathers how to transition From Dude to Dad. But as children continue to grow, new obstacles and adventures crop up. That’s why Chris has returned to remind fathers that, just like their dude to dad transition, they can survive the first two years of fatherhood, too!
For the Cocktail Fan:
To Have and Have Another, Revised Ed
If you’ve got the parenting tips and tricks down, then cut straight to the chase with book modeled after the Papa himself–Hemingway. This book by cocktail historian Philip Greene is a bartender’s manual that offers a unique take on Hemingway’s oeuvre and privileges the tastes, smells, and colors of the cocktails he enjoyed and featured in his many stories.
Imbibe!, Updated and Revised Ed
If To Have and Have Another wasn’t quite enough, add this beautiful gift book of cocktail history and recipes to your list. Winner of the James Beard Award, David Wondrich reveals never-before-published details and stories about the larger-than-life nineteenth-century figure and father of the American bar Jerry Thomas, along with definitive recipes for more than 100 punches, cocktails, sours, fizzes, toddies, slings, and other essential drinks.
For the Over-Achiever:
The Law of Success, Deluxe Ed
What better way to describe the ultimate philosophy to achieving your goals than the title itself? The Law of Success, Deluxe Ed repackages Napoleon Hill’s original and seminal formula for achievement into a beautiful keepsake suited for a lifetime of study.
For the Practical Pop:
Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life
Chances are, most dads won’t need the skills to easily escape duct tape handcuffs–but don’t worry, this book can teach you that if you’re interested. Instead, Spy Secrets will give you the tools you need be prepared for just about anything. Prevent home invasions or carjackings. Recognize common scams at home and abroad. Run counter-surveillance and avoid becoming a soft target. And yes, escape handcuffs or being tied up. A suburban father himself, ex-CIA officer Jason Hanson gives you the tools you need to be prepared for anything and gain peace of mind.