I just wanted them to pretend.
Kids are busy, though. There are church camps and chicken fajitas with friends in restaurants way past the dinner rush. There’s a whole day spent with a friend from school, laying out at the pool and baking chocolate chip cookies.
Kids my kids’ age don’t have time to pretend anymore.
So I will. My friends at Uncommon Goods have the coolest stuff you could possibly get your dad (outside of one of those sweet Rockies jerseys.) Uncommon Goods has some uncommon traits going for them as a company, too, in an effort for sustainability.
HANDMADE, RECYCLED, AND ORGANIC | Uncommon Goods purchases merchandise from artists and small manufacturers. Nothing in their product line contains:
B CORPORATION | Uncommon Goods certifies suppliers who meet criteria for:
- Giving back to the community
- Lessing impact on environment
- Providing a living wage
FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL | It’s an effort to minimize strain on the earth’s resources in producing catalogs by:
- Limiting number of mailed catalogs
- Printing catalogs on recycled paper (mostly 30% post-consumer waste) or paper sourced from FSC certified forests (sustainably harvested)
- Shifting more business online
It’s not just Father’s Day gifts, although there are tons of them – Uncommon Goods is an awesome place to find something for your guy 12 months a year. Uncommon Goods’ line of anniversary gifts is stellar, too.
Also, if I ever get invited to a bridal shower (hey, it’s 2017), I’d check out the gifts appropriate for one on the site, too. I’d need the guidance.
Here are the three wish-list items I’d select from each of my girls to me, for Father’s Day.
My Father’s Day wish list
Whiskey and Rum Making Kit
Age scotch whiskey, spiced rum, or a full-bodied Kentucky bourbon to your taste with this personalized cask. | $25-$75
Forgetting the Great Panini Maker Disaster of 2002, my 19-year-old daughter might give dad new life. If I had a coffee table, this beautiful artisan whiskey and rum making kit from Virginia would make a gorgeous centerpiece.
It takes just two weeks to age rum to perfection, before adding it to slightly chilled Coke Zero, with a wedge of lime, and a grilled cheese sandwich. (Or, hope that dad forgets and the daughters can reap what he tried to sow.)
Personalized Compartment Valet
This personalized wood valet has multiple compartments for organized storage. | $80
How many times do my girls hear, “where the hell’s my wallet?” when we’re headed out the door. Right. That many. This might cut down on that. The personalized compartment valet has spots for my glasses, my change, and my keys, at least.
That doesn’t necessarily solve the problem of my wallet, though. But if I could reduce the stress of having to dig up those other things, maybe my wallet wouldn’t stray far.
Just kidding! (I think.)
Sweet! But wait. I’m getting ready to shave the rest of the beard …
Mixtape Card Game
This game tasks players with finding the perfect tune to back past, present, and future memories. | $25
Yes! I do this in my mind, anyway. Players must find just the song to document the past, present, and future of their lives. (How could I narrow it down?) There would have to be some Bob Seger and The Beatles cards in the mixtape card game deck.
Probably some 303? (Kidding, kidding.)
It sounds kind of touchy-feely, but Camdyn knows I dig music and know 73% of all songs that come on the radio. People vote on the best match per round. This game relies on emotions, memories, and life experiences. Finally, an edge for being old!
These gifts were also cool:
Couch Arm Table | It’s just big enough for a Totino’s pizza and Coke Zero. #cosmicconvergence
Planisphere Watch | Tells time and shows constellations. #stargazingtime
Taco Socks | You are what you feet. #tacotime
Bioluminescent Dino Pet | Extinct, yet bright, and no mess to clean up. #MesozoicLife
Large Baseball Stadium Blueprints | For Coors Field! #HomeOfTheFutureChamps
Men’s Ultimate Travel Jacket with 15 Features | It’s basically a home that zips up. #DadLife
The end? No, wait a second!
Hayden, at the last moment, sent in her picks!
The avocado tree starter kit so you can have your own guacamole and not get mad when us white people put salsa in it.
Home run beer pong so I can learn baseball better, in a fun way.
And a portable grill so you don’t struggle so much when we go camping.
I love it, kid! You’re spot on about the guacamole. I hate when it’s tainted with store-bought salsa, and I could use all the help I can get grilling at the campground, and baseball, I love baseball … but hey, wait.
I’m the only one playing pong, right? You’re a spectator?
Uncommon Goods compensated me for this post. Opinions all my own.