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In most years, Father’s Day marks a pleasant transition to summer. This June obviously did not bring the same easing of tensions, given the current state of our country. That said, a Father’s Day gift can still be a way to bring dad just a little bit of light in these difficult times, especially if it makes life a little easier or more pleasant. We’ve scanned our archives to make a list of gifts for dads who will do just that, ranging from a mini camping flashlight to a gourmet espresso machine. (Check out our companion gift guide to help Dad overcome the pandemic.)
If dad is an avid runner (or beginner), why not prepare a small trio of gifts for him? Its aching members would certainly appreciate the Elasto-Gel hot and cold therapeutic wraps. Elena Botella says, “The velcro strap and the flexible nature of the envelope make it a breeze to frost your aching limbs while casually watching Netflix. These envelopes also do not leak with condensation and do not stick to your skin – a million times better than a normal ice pack. ”
Don’t let Dad run away from you when he goes out for a run, give him equipment that will allow him to easily bring his phone. “Ultramarathoner and senior editor of Slate, Meg Wiegand swears by the FlipBelt”, a small compact pouch to hold essential items.
Special socks are not a common necessity, but “thick, spongy socks are safe,” says Shannon Palus. The balegas are great.
Slatesters love their coffee. If Dad is a fan of gadgets and gourmet coffee drinks, Laura Lai and Faith Smith own and love the Breville Barista Express. Lai calls it “the perfect mid-range machine.” Even without a barista experience, I was able to take consistent and tasty photos. Smith and her husband spent a year researching their options before they pulled the trigger on the Breville Barista Express. Smith recognizes that this expensive machine “is certainly a luxury for most of us, [but] I assure you, it’s worth it! We have had Breville for four years and we make at least two espressos each day. After nearly 3,000 perfect drinks, he continues to hum like new. ”
If Dad prefers a simpler cup of coffee, but misses his morning trip to the local cafe, he might like to make a better cup at home by grinding his own beans. While grinders cost around $ 200, the Hario coffee grinder retails for less than $ 50. Greg Lavallee sings his praises: “It has the same ability as an electrical device to adjust the thickness of your grind and is easy to wash and clean. … Your arm can get tired and you can look silly if you use it for coffee for more than four people. Did I mention it’s less than $ 50, however? ”
Two tools can help Dad improve his bread game if he, like many, is brought to the bakery throughout this pandemic. In the recent roundup of Slate’s cooking equipment, columnist Serious Eats Stella Parks recommends a digital thermometer. Parks says a digital thermometer can be a “game changer”: “Beginners may have a hard time judging whether a loaf is fully baked, since most physical signals are a bit subjective, like listening to a thud. But with a digital thermometer, you can easily test the core of the bread to make sure it is fully cooked (most breads will be made once they reach an internal temperature of around 205 F). Those who struggle with breads that always turn out to be dense and moist in the middle can eliminate this problem once and for all. ”
On a similar note, a baking stone can also really elevate your bread. Edan Leshnick, pastry and pastry manager at Breads Bakery in New York, tells writer Slate Violet Kim that a baking stone will help you “get a really nice crust and oven spring.”
For the dad escaping with music right now, think of one of these gifts. Jamilah Lemieux recommends a waterproof Bluetooth speaker for the shower, which “will allow you to enhance the quality of your sacred solo time with some of your favorite tunes.” It also has enough sound to be used in the kitchen or to take with you when traveling. ”
Shannon Palus is loyal to this affordable pair of Bluetooth headphones, which she uses all the time when she runs.
And Nitish Pahwa says, “For the fearless music lover in your life, there is no better gift option than a state-of-the-art record player. While it is tempting to go for inexpensive models like Crosleys, which are small, compact and easy to use, these players’ fragile needles damage records over time, have tiny sound quality thanks to the built-in loudspeakers. built-in speakers and break easily. Whether you are a casual listener or a hardcore collector of imports imported under German pressure, it is best to splurge on a more expensive but better model. My recommendation? Audio-Technica ATLP120USB – an elegant and robust turntable that delicately processes recordings, brings out full sound from vinyl recordings and lasts for years. ”
If he’s just quiet, he’s looking, these noise canceling headphones could help. As Katie Holbrook says, “One of the most difficult parts of this quarantine is that we are never, never alone. Put them on your head and pretend you are! Listen to your favorite music or podcast in peace. If the expensive headphones are not in the budget, this set is more affordable and highly rated. ”
If Dad is a reader, consider one of the “50 Best Non-Fiction Books of the Last 25 Years”. If he likes narrative non-fiction and likes adventure, try The Lost City of Z: A Story of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann, whom Laura Miller and Dan Kois call “A signal work … which both celebrates and satirizes the age-old tale of the adventurer attacking the desert”, or In nature by Jon Krakauer, in which Krakauer “explores our modern relationship with the desert and the deep desire many young people feel to seek unthinkable danger”.
History buffs might particularly appreciate the “propulsive and idiosyncratic style” of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation by Jeff Chang, or The warmth of other suns: the epic story of the great American migration by Isabel Wilkerson, whom Kois and Miller call “both intimate and radical”.
Pair any of these books with “this superlatively tiny flashlight,” says Shannon Palus, who notes that “it has become so useful since my father gave me one last Christmas.”
A pen might as well work: an expert on notebooks, paper and writing instruments, June Thomas of Slate touts the Platinum Preppy, which she calls “one of the biggest deals in the world.” Made by one of the three largest Japanese pen companies, he is a spectacular writer. ”
If Daddy’s only refuge these days is loneliness in the shower, why not do what you can to make it even more pleasant for him? Dan Kois recommends the Delta 2-jet showerhead, which he says “provides a high pressure experience while using less water” and has made his showers “a total dream”.
Finally, if Dad has a wild mane, Benjamin Frisch recommends Pluko Genuine Black and White styling pomade to tame his hair “extremely thick, curly and difficult to comb. … [I]You don’t have the right amount of hold and shine and, as my hairdresser says, “smells the best.” »»