25 Great Last-Minute Father's Day Gifts

By Diane Anderson-Minshall

Originally published on Advocate.com June 13 2013 4:43 PM ET

The Only Map He’ll Read
The awesome Film Map is a litho print by Dorothy, made up entirely of film titles and loosely based on the style of a vintage Los Angeles street map. It features over 900 films and includes such cinema classics as Lost Highway, On the Waterfront, Reservoir Dogs, Carlito’s Way, Jurassic Park, Nightmare on Elm Street, Valley of the Dolls, and Chinatown. It has its own Hollywood Boulevard and red light district and also includes districts dedicated to Hitchcock and cult British horror films. There’s an A-Z key at the base of the map listing all the films featured with release dates and the names of the directors. $50, WeAreDorothy.com/Shop

The Best Bagged Trophy
Say dad’s a hunter and you’re a vegan? Find middle ground with Cardboard Safari’s Bucky, a laser-cut cardboard deer trophy from artists Chris Jessee and Luis Rodrigalvarez. Each trophy is made from recycled cardboard, is nontoxic and environmentally friendly, and didn’t harm any actual wild animals. It comes in native brown or white, and you can also decorate it with paint, glitter, wrapping paper, or other craft materials. $55, CardboardSafari.com

 

Funky Glasses Stash
The older we get, the more glasses we accrue: reading glasses, driving glasses, sunglasses, computer glasses, and so on. Help Dad hip up his clutter with the must-have accessory: the Luneti, a spinnable, sexy storage case that holds up to eight pairs of glasses. The felt-lined dividers are adjustable to fit any kind of eyewear, from large designer sunglasses to reading glasses. $50, RakkuDesigns.com

 

Explore Architecture the Couch Potato Way
You love exploring modern architecture and design, he loves sitting at home watching TV. Take it down to his level. With artist Brandi Robert’s Fantasy Floorplans you can get real blue architectural renderings of TV’s most popular abodes. Want to check out Ted Mosby’s apartment from How I Met Your Mother (shown here) or from Mary Tyler Moore or the groovy '70s ranch home from The Brady Bunch? Prices vary; FantasyFloorplans.com

Vintage Movie-Inspired Posters
Pikselmatic artist Mikey Alcantara offers cheap, printable retro-inspired movie posters based on classic and cult films. Among the faves: Star Wars’ Carbonite Death Match is a best seller, and what dad won’t love the Rocky vs. Mr. T match? For five bucks, he sends you the art and you print it on anything you want. $5, Etsy.com/shop/pikselmatic

Gun Control
Just the way we like our guns: as functional resin art pieces. Toronto’s hip IMM Living, which curates works from folks around the globe, offers up this funky Duella Series Resin Gun Bookend. Price varies, IMM-Living.com

 

Smoker’s Delight
Skip the carton of cigs (ala The Breakfast Club) and get him Matchbook by Shahid Datawala, a tiny visual collection of 500 of the curious, hilarious, and visually stunning Indian matchbox covers from the collection of this Mumbai-based designer. $13.97, TaraBooks.com


Does He Have a Toddler? Then Prepare Him Now
Let’s say this isn’t your dad, but your husband who you are co-parenting a small child with. Prepare him for the kind of movies that will play in your home, car, and iPad endlessly for the next several years, but at least this one is about a little girl, her dad, and some magical animals. In The Littlest Pet Shop: Sweetest Pets (Shout! Factory), Blythe moves into the city with her single dad into an apartment above a pet shop where the pets can talk back. There’s a message about diversity, too, when the kid’s friends are a skunk, panda, mongoose, spaniel, and monkey. $12.96, Walmart.com

Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses (Set of Four)
These super cool shot glasses look like rose quartz, but they are actually carved from the highest quality food-grade Himalayan pink salt. Perfect for tequila, the cup will give a salty twinge to your taste buds, but with a more nuanced flavor than ordinary table salt. Salt is naturally antibacterial, so these glasses require little maintenance, but don't worry — unlike table salt, the long-lasting mineral salt glasses won't simply dissolve away after one shot. $30, UncommonGoods.com

Tickets to a Dad Movie
The Story of Roman and Nyro (playing this weekend in Los Angeles, in the rest of the U.S. soon) follows the first 10 years of the lives of the twin sons of songwriter Desmond Child and his lifelong partner, Curtis Shaw. The story starts pre-conception, making this a 12-your journey. If Child sounds, familiar that’s because he has written 70 Top 40 singles, sold over 300 million albums, and helped make stars of everyone from Cher and Katy Perry to Bon Jovi and Aerosmith. Prices vary, Facebook.com

Some Cool Kicks
If Georgio Brutini's hip oxfords (right) look familiar, that's because they are Hollywood faves. Casually sophisticated, the canvas and suede Trentt Oxford shoe in marino light blue or purple are about as sexy as a shoe can get. And if you’re really in the money, take him (or go yourself — face it. this stuff is swank) to the opening of Left Shoe Company's first American flagship store in Los Angeles. Left Shoe (left) is a made-to-measure luxury footwear brand that uses innovative 3D scanners to measure for the perfect fitting shoe, has a design studio to select style, and offers a lounge complete with a gentleman’s bar, which allows customers to indulge while shopping. Joe Manganiello is apparently a fan. $85, GiorgioBrutini.com/trentt; $395, LeftShoeCompany.com


Kick His Coffee Habit 
The Panasonic NC-ZK1 Kettle is so sexy you’ll want to lick it — and ditch your coffeemaker. Pair it with some Numi Organic Tea’s Emperor’s Pu-erh Tea, a rich tea with hints of malt, and you’ve got a great morning ritual, with a quick and easy way to boil water without waiting minutes for a traditional tea kettle to heat up on the stove. Plus it has an ergonomic handle, keeps water hot longer, and offers a washable filter and a detachable filter so you can use loose-leaf tea too. $179.95, Panasonic.com;  $8.95, NumiTea.com

Meterosexualize Him
M3K's Dirty Boy for Fabulous Men Face Wash is a simple, easy-to-use face wash/toner that is gentle on the skin and includes goji berry, acacia berry, aloe vera, grape seed extract, peppermint oil, and more. It comes out in a minty frothy foam everyone loves. $15, M3KBeauty.com
If Dad Is Not Your Dad...
But your husband, boyfriend, or partner instead? The coolest buy this summer is Gessato’s Picnic Backpack with blanket for four. It’s a large but lightweight picnic backpack that’s outfitted with everything you need for a romantic escape or family day at the beach. It’s ergonomic, has an insulated cooler compartment to keep food at the perfect temperature, and comes complete with a corkscrew, hardwood cutting board, cheese knife, wooden salt and pepper shakers, acrylic wine glasses, coordinating melamine plates, stainless steel flatware, cotton napkins, large picnic blanket, and detachable wine holder. $115, Gessato.com

Craftsmanship Meets the Environment
These fun retro wood six-pack holders are perfect for picking up a selection of craft beer or old-fashioned bottled soda. They’re made from reclaimed redwood by Wood Thumb, a community of entrepreneurs, artists, and designers living in San Francisco’s uber-queer Dogpatch neighborhood. $42, WoodThumb.com

Make Him Laugh
Jim Gaffigan’s book Dad Is Fat is a funny read, but it’s even better as an audiobook where Gaffigan can employ his usual visual ticks. Sure, the story of a straight Catholic comedian with five kids might not seem like it’d have anything gay to it, but the chapter on his lesbian sister, their female rabbi, and his decision whether or not to circumcise his son proves otherwise. $32 on CD, RandomHouse.com

Play a Drinking Game
Unless Dad is in AA or should be, booze is always a safe gift. But don’t be boring. Try something new. Here are three options. If Dad’s adventurous, try Japanese whiskey, the hot new thing in upscale bars. Hibiki from Suntory — the largest Japanese whiskey maker — is a blend of pure single malt whiskeys, aged in various types of casks including mizunara, a very rare Japanese oak. If he’s the he-man type, you can’t go wrong with Ron Abuleo Rum, an aged sipping rum that we imagine Ron from Parks and Rec would adore. And if he’s trendsetter, go for KAPPA Pisco, the new Chilean Pisco from the Marnier Lapostolle family, producers of Grand Marnier and the award-winning Lapostolle Wines from Chile. Perfect for cocktails. Hibiki: $69.99, BevMo.com; Kappa Pisco: $34.99, BevMo.com


Remind Him of Those Camping Trips
Remember those camping trips to the national parks you got as a kid? Fits Sock Co. and the National Parks Foundation have teamed up to create a special edition national park-inspired sock line that gives a portion of proceeds back to our cherished national parks. The socks integrate the world’s foremost performance sock technology and super fine merino wool and are made at Crescent Sock Mill, the oldest family-run hosiery mill in the United States. The socks' colors are inspired by vintage  posters from the Great Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone, Olympic, and Grand Canyon national parks. $19.99, FitsSock.com

Coffee Table Books
If Dad can stand poetry, a great new offering is Frank O’Hara Poems Retrieved, a new and expanded edition of the famed 

gay poet’s previously unpublished poems (collected by legendary editor Donald Allen after O’Hara’s death). The book will help you understand why the poet is cropping up all over pop culture (with mentions on Mad Men and Bored to Death and in Thurston Moore’s single “Frank O’Hara Hit”). On a side note: O’hara died in 1966 after being hit by a dune buggy on Fire Island. His longtime friend and lover Larry Rivers delivered the eulogy. $13.27, CityLights.com.

But if sexy is his thing and he’s anything but a Kinsey 6, there are two great collections that any lover of pinups should own. Dian Hanson’s History of Pin Up Magazines from Tashchen is an amazing three volume collection that traces the fascinating development of pinup magazines in the U.S. and Europe, from 1900 to 1969. She also covers men’s magazines masquerading as movie magazines, humor magazines, art magazines, nudist magazines, and “spicy” fiction. It's a must for any lovers of the genre or women artists.

Meanwhile, The Alluring Art of Margaret Brundage: Queen of Pulp Pin-Up Art by Stephen D. Korshak and J. David Spurlock (Vanguard) offers a great compilation of works from an female (and at least visually bisexual) artist from the 1930s and beyond who hasn’t gotten the credit she deserves, especially from feminists. A staunch leftist, Brundage, who created sexy and provocative covers for the legendary pulp magazine, Weird Tales, was the first female cover artist of the pulp era, and her paintings of scantilly clad women (sometimes sporting S/M gear like floggers) influenced most of the artists who came after her.There are three versions but the deluxe hard cover slipcased limited edition is the best bet. Hanson:$39.99, Taschen.com; Brundage: $24.95 and up, VanguardProductions.com.

If He’s Lost His Hair
Give him some back with these fun, quirky, and totally unnecessary mustache tattoos. Stache Tats has dozens of designs, from the Salvador Dali to rainbow-flag inspired mustaches. Fun for kids of all ages and possibly annoying for your dad, which is a win-win sometimes. $6.99, StacheTats.com