25 Great Last-Minute Father's Day Gifts
BY Diane Anderson-Minshall
June 13 2013 3:43 PM ET
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gay poet’s previously unpublished poems (collected by legendary editor Donald Allen after O’Hara’s death).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