My dad is a particular way, and perhaps your dad is, too. He’s that way where it’s nearly impossible to buy him anything because if he knows he wants it, he already has it. I find myself perusing the bookshelves for something random and esoteric so he couldn’t possibly know he wanted it before I give it to him around this time of year. Here are some things I came across that may be perfect for your like-minded, kind of random dad:
- In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods by Matt Bell: It’s beautifully written and psychologically creepy fiction. It definitely keeps you thinking.
- Fire Season by Philip Connors: The subtitle of this book is “Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout”. It’s a memoir of the author’s time as a fire lookout in New Mexico. This works for my dad because he is from New Mexico, but it would also work if your dad’s into ecology or deserts or fire.
- David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell: The newest book by this bestselling author focuses on how we view advantages and disadvantages. My dad really likes reading business psychology books to disagree vehemently with the author, but perhaps yours just likes to learn things.
- Neptune’s Inferno by James Hornfischer: My dad is strangely fascinated by very specific military history. This book is about the Battle of Guadalcanal.
- Three and Out by John Bacon: I actually gave my dad this book for his birthday because my son’s tackle football team was the Wolverines and dad had been really involved with them. However, it turned out he really loved it because it talked about how badly the coach failed and why, so if you’re dad is also incredibly cynical and into sports, check this one out.
- Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff: This book tells two stories: that of the cargo plane that went down in the Greenland ice cap in WWII (and the B-17 sent to find it that also went down) and the tale of the modern day search for the crash sites. It’s definitely for any dad into military history, and the present-day story keeps the pace moving quickly.
- Hidden Cities by Moses Gates: Dad traveled a lot overseas early in his career and loved it. I often think he’s pretty sad to be stuck at home all the time, now. He often spends holiday dinners regaling us with stories of unusual things from other countries. This book covers all sorts of odd things and unique views from various cities around the globe. It’s perfect for dads with wanderlust.
Now, if your dad is a totally different kind of hard to shop for, this will in no way be helpful to you, and I’m sorry. If your dad is very similarly strange, let’s trade stories.