Father’s Day is right around the corner. It can be especially tough to find gifts for a dad who wants nothing.
Here are a few ideas for gifts for dad that may help you on your quest to honor him and bring a smile to his face.
Rain Gauge: Some people, not just dads, can’t stop themselves from measuring things, keeping statistics, or generally just knowing how much, how far, or how long something is. This rain gauge will have him knowing exactly how much, or how little, rain occurred in any given time period.
Tabletop Cornhole Game: What could be better than a rousing game of cornhole without having to actually stand up and go outside? Here’s a fun way to engage with dad right from the table!
Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000: For the dad who likes to read, this international bestseller by L. Ron Hubbard will grab his attention from page one. This book covers the gripping story of an alien race that overtook Earth and what happens 1000 years later when the handful of humans left attempt to take it back. An absolute page-turner dad will never forget.
ANYTHING Golf: If dad is a golfer or a wannabe, then he can’t ever run out of “must-haves” for this game. From gloves to putting greens and socks to golf balls to … well the list goes on and on.
Mesh Grill Bags: If the dad in your life likes to show off his grilling skills, then these won’t disappoint. Just put your food items in the heat resistant mesh bag and throw on the grill. Keeps the grill clean and allows smoke to flow through the bag, enhancing flavoring. Environmentally friendly materials make these bags non-toxic.
For my money, my favorite is the book. Having recently read Battlefield Earth myself, I couldn’t put it down. Here is my in-depth dive into this award-winning story and why it is relevant today. If you want to try it first, you can read the first 13 chapters or listen to the first hour for free.
During these times of a pandemic, one might start to wonder about man’s ability to squarely face deadly attacks, whether in the form of a microbe or an alien race. Does man have the ability to rise up beyond his current level as a sentient being to overcome such an onslaught? Battlefield Earth jumps right into this question, taking you inside the very battle against the overwhelming alien invaders, the Psychlos.
L. Ron Hubbard’s classic mega sci-fi novel takes the reader to the year 3000 on Earth. One-thousand years earlier, invading alien Psychlos nearly wiped out humanity to mine our minerals. But not quite. The only hope lies in Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, the one human with a small chance of rallying the remaining survivors around the planet to turn the tables on these brutal, no-conscience alien invaders.
Jonnie and his tribe, reduced to living as hunters and gatherers and with no technology to speak of, must learn all they can about the Psychlos so they have a chance of stopping them. The Psychlos have advanced technology, spaceships, ray guns, sci-fi tanks, indestructible drones, and teleportation. It’s against this backdrop that Jonnie leads his small band of warriors against insurmountable odds. Talk about an uneven playing field!
Pursuit by Shun Kijima
But there is one thing that the humans have that the Psyclos don’t: the Human Spirit. The Psychlos are practically dead when it comes to aesthetics, ethics, and higher self-awareness.
The life and death conflicts that ensue contain fast action and heart-stopping escapades that just keep coming—a real page-turner.
Publishers Weekly described it like this:
“This has everything: suspense, pathos, politics, war, humor, diplomacy, and intergalactic finance.”
Personally, I love a story that brings the reader from despair, then launches him on a roller coaster ride toward hope. There’s never been a better time for such a spiritual uplift than now, with our whole planet seemingly bending the knee to another kind of enemy.
Why would Battlefield Earth be a good gift for dad? Here’s what one father and fan of the book said:
“I think it illustrates the value of persistence. If a father could teach his child nothing other than the concept of persistence, it would be worth it. Persistence goes along with determination to provide an unstoppable force and Battlefield Earth certainly showcases that.” —JO
And Mr. Hubbard had this to say in an interview after Battlefield Earth was published:
“Science fiction is and always has been the literature about the frontier. Science fiction appeals to every age group because it is about the future and the human potential.”
This international bestseller is full of non-stop action from beginning to end. A recent review I saw said that it’s like a big action film in book form. Very true!
So if you are searching for good gifts for dad or last-minute Father’s Day gifts, treat him to a riveting roller-coaster read, a full-action movie in book form that he will never forget (and will likely read many times over).
Tina Phillips is a copywriter, wife, and mom. She’s a big fan of Ancient Aliens and confirms she saw a UFO once—fairly close up! She also enjoys historical biographies, thrillers, and suspense stories. Currently, when not learning the ukulele and French, she is an enthusiastic devotee of Nordic walking and wishes everyone was. And cats rule. You can contact her at LinkedIn.
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