When you start thinking about Father's Day, it's easy to let your mind settle on some serious stereotypes about dads. Then again, some dads legitimately enjoy barbecues, lawn care, golf, and fishing, and there's nothing wrong with that. These broad (and hopefully good-natured) caricatures have some basis in reality. If that sounds familiar, then a few Father's Day gifts for the basic dad will be perfect for your dad on his special day.
The basic dad might love sports and beer. Perhaps he has a deep and mysterious allegiance to gas-powered Weed Eaters that you will never fully understand. Chances are, you spend more time talking to him about the way your car runs instead of literally anything else in your life. But no one else is there to bail you out of a tough situation quite like the basic dad, who is pretty much the most stable and dependable human in existence. When your car engine or your heart is broken, he's there to help.
To be sure, there's nothing wrong with being a basic dad. These dads tend to favor function over everything else, and they don't give a flying flip about what anybody else might think. Which is actually pretty cool when you think about it. So if that sounds like your pop, here are a few basic gifts he's sure to love this Father's Day:
It's the ultimate accessory for dads everywhere. To be fair, it does protect the phone much better than a pocket. I mean, you never hear about someone dropping a phone in the toilet while wearing one of these bad boys.
Your dad bought a fanny pack for a family vacation to Six Flags about 20 years ago and never looked back. He's busted it out for every trip or hike he's been on since. Give him an updated version with this bag, which is at least a bit understated.
He's guaranteed to love these things. But be forewarned, because these "just around the yard" shoes will soon find their way into his regular wardrobe, and he's guaranteed to wear them out and about. The next time you invite him out to dinner, he's going to roll up in these things... unapologetically.
Even if you're pretty handy too, there's no way to keep up with all the tools in his vast collection. You never know when he'll just go get a new miter saw or something. Gift cards are your safest bet in this case.