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Gift Guide Part #7: Your Hilarious Dad Who Makes Jalapeno Quiche and Taught Your Kids the Magic of the Car Wash.

Gift Guide 2016: Dads

The New York Times describes The North Water as “a great white shark of a book ― swift, terrifying, relentless and unstoppable.” $20.

Gift Guide 2016: Dads

Donegal tweed crew socks, $30, to keep his feet cozy all winter.

Gift Guide 2016: Dads

This great bread knife to shear off crusty slices for his famous homemade soups. No bread squishing required. $40.

Gift Guide 2016: Dads

James-Bond-esque Lever toolcard, $32, that fits into his wallet, but has a money clip, a bottle opener, wrenches, screwdrivers, nuts, a can opener, a cord cutter, rulers, etc.

Gift Guide 2016: Dads

Infinity pillow for the traveler who loves his disco naps. $28.

Gift Guide 2016: Dads

Famous chocolate bar that Norwegians take on hikes, bike rides and skiing adventures. Plus, a long walk together. $4.

Gift Guide 2016: Dads

Keytag to make him laugh. $15.

Gift Guide 2016: Dads

A taco cookbook, $22, to put his hot sauce collection to good use. Plus this, so he can really go for it.

Gift Guide 2016: Dads

Negroni lip balm, $8. These originally sold out like crazy, and the company got weekly emails begging for its return. Awesome!

Gift Guide 2016: Dads

Alex, who writes the watch column for the New York Times, says that even the most discerning collectors covet this watch. “The movement of this watch is made from only 51 parts, held together with just one screw, so it’s a marvel of engineering efficiency,” Alex told me. “My personal favorite is the Sistem Arrow, with a design that hearkens back to WWII pilot’s watches.” $195. (You could go in with siblings.)

Gift Guide 2016: Dads

Wooden photo holder, plus 12 sweet family snapshots for his desk. $25.

Gift Guide 2016: Dads

Aeropress coffee maker, $30, which combines the technology of a French Press and a pour-over. “All my coffee-loving friends pack an AeroPress when they hit the road,” says food writer Ruth Reichl. “It is, they assure me, the only way to be sure of getting a decent cup of coffee.”

Gift Guide 2016: Dads

Plane tickets to visit each other because, as always, that’s all he really wants anyway.

P.S. Last year’s gift guide for dads, and the COMPLETE 2016 gift guide!

  1. Hanne says...

    Kvikk Lunsj on A cup of Jo!! I can’t believe my eyes. Good, old Kvikk Lunsj.

    Now they’ve made a Kvikk Lunsj with dark chocolate that is soo good, and a big bar with Norwegian milk chocolate, Kvikk Lunsj and sea salt. Dangerous! The original is a must for ski trips (together with big, juicy oranges) and for getting your kids up that last hill:) but seriously!! How did you hear about Kvikk Lunsj?

  2. Julie says...

    One thing…and you may have done this in the past…is Christmas gift ideas that are hassle-free to MAIL/SHIP. We live in Atlanta and unfortunately cannot travel to see *ALL* of our parents and siblings and nieces and nephews. Books are always a go-to (with a little inscription & date inside) but I also do books for birthdays. I want Christmas to be a little more special. Anyways, an idea because I am always looking for more :)

  3. Amanda G says...

    I’ve always loved your “Dad” gift guides because I use them to shop for my fiancée! *insert that monkey covering his eyes emoji* My guy has always been such an old soul, so things like Donegal socks and cookbooks are right up his alley. Love this collection of gift ideas!

  4. Great gift ideas. I have a story for Alex. Over a century ago America used to be home to premier watch making companies, before the quartz watch put companies like Elgin and Watham out of business. These were companies that in their time were too big to fail, however, they did. These were also companies that gave women (especially single women) professional career opportunities. Today, there are very very few watchmakers in the world, let alone the US, that can repair these old watches. My boyfriend, who learned from his grandfather who attended the Elgin Watchmakers School, is one of those. He’s a bit of an Elgin historian. Alex can read more about him and Elgin here: http://www.elgintime.com/

    • Jeannie says...

      That is quite an amazing story, thank you for sharing!

  5. Emma says...

    OMG did you read the first few sentences of The North Water!? From the back cover, this book is RIGHT up my dad’s alley, but he is such a prude. I’m just imagining him cracking open his new book on Christmas morning and reading that first paragraph…. eesh. Haha I will stick with the nigroni lip balm ;) Thanks as always for the great gift guides, Joanna and team.

  6. I needed a couple more stocking stuffers for my husband, and those chocolate bars and lip balm are perfect – already ordered! Thanks for always having the most bomb gift guides. ;)
    http://www.wonderlandsam.com

  7. It was so fun to see kvikk lunsj on your list! When I lived in Norway we always took this on ski tours. :)

  8. Lisa says...

    It would be lovely to have that kind of Dad. Mine is manic-depressive and so unstable I don’t dare leave him alone with the kids. Sigh.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m sorry to hear that, lisa. that must be hard.

  9. Adriana says...

    Saw this on Fridays post “Next week, we’ll be sharing gift ideas for dads and people who are impossible to shop for — like co-workers and in-laws.” but this post says complete gift guide – I need the people impossible to shop for guide please!!!

    • Christine says...

      I agree! I was sad to see it done! Maybe it will also be in the newsletter?

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      We’ll be publishing one more guide later this week based on reader requests. Stay tuned! xo

  10. Kate says...

    I love the variety in price on this list! And some very high quality items! Thank you. :)

  11. ellie says...

    Darn you cup of jo, bought my boyfriend’s gifts yesterday but The North Water is so up his alley that I guess he’s getting an extra gift :)

  12. Meghan says...

    Alex writes the watch column for the times? Did we know that? Do you wear a watch?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, he’s so excited about it and has been writing it for a year or two for the Styles Section. he wears a watch, but I don’t. funnily enough, the feeling of a watch on my wrist kind of bugs me; i think i have a sensory thing about it :)

  13. Em says...

    Just bought my Dad The North Water and my husband the guitar hanging thingy from last year’s gift guide! And last year I bought both brothers-in-law Rock Me Archimedes, and it was a double smash hit! Thank you so much for such wonderful picks! :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      so glad they were helpful!

  14. Negroni Lip Balm… Yes, please.

  15. Elizabeth says...

    I would like all of these things for myself…but how about a gift guide for the dad who asks for reading glasses in a 10-pack and buys all his gifts at Cost-Co?

    • Julie says...

      Ayyyyyyyy-men.

    • Jeannie says...

      lol reading glasses 10-pack!

    • Lauren says...

      HA! YES, exactly!

  16. Renee says...

    OK I can’t believe I just paid $11 for lip balm but I couldn’t pass it up. My dad is the Negroni king and will love it. :-)

  17. Mairéad says...

    Oh we have the Aeropress for about 2 years now, used daily – so quick and easy and makes really good coffee. We use the same bags of coffee as we did when we used a filter jug but it tastes much smoother. Love it.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      great to know! thanks so much, mairéad.

  18. Solveig says...

    As a Norwegian, I love that Kvikk lunsj is on the list! Similar to Kit-Kat, Erin, but bigger and better. It was originally promoted as a healthy snack to take hiking or skiing, but it is basically just … chocolate.

  19. keri says...

    I love these gift guides and look forward to them every year. I just wish they came out a bit earlier as it is getting to late to actually order any of the products you recommend.

  20. Mona says...

    This one might be my favorite! I just fell down a black hole on Key Tags! Hysterical.

    • jan says...

      I like to pretend Im Thelma or Louise, so a getaway car tag will be mine.

  21. what an adorable picture of you and your dad! & that lever card is seriously so cool!

    xo, brittany
    http://www.notablob.com/

  22. Kenzie says...

    You know what I love most about your gift guides (which I search for throughout the whole year when I need birthday ideas)? Even if my intended recipient isn’t into the same things as your family members, I’m always inspired to find something personal and thoughtful. I also greatly appreciate that you find objects that keep it real in the pricing. No offense to Gwenyth and her great gift ideas too, but we ‘real folks’ need the Cup of Jo guide! Thank you for the kindhearted ideas and inspiration.

  23. My hubby is the hardest person to shop for. Ever. The Lever Card would be perfect for him. He loves anything that is Bond-, or MacGyver-esque! Especially if there are hidden knives and/or flashlights. Thanks so much for sharing and happy holidays.

    XOXO, Amy @ Jeans and a Tea
    http://www.jeansandatea.com

  24. Kate says...

    Can we get the recipe for the jalapeno quiche?

    • India says...

      Yes! I came to the comments to ask the same thing. Please can we have the recipe :)

    • Jorden says...

      Yes, please!

  25. Alice says...

    Best one yet! And my dad is impossible to shop for. Thx ladies!

  26. Thanks so much for sharing the Lever Gear Toolcard! We’re a small family-run business and we really appreciate the shout out :)

  27. Kerri says...

    Well, now I’m left wanting a recipe for jalapeño quiche! 😉 but seriously…

  28. E says...

    that lip balm sounds amazing! Molly Yeh loves their chocolate halva one and this Negroni sounds phenom.

  29. Colleen says...

    I’m going to get my dad those socks. I love the titles of these posts. Your team has fond memories of their families with no drama.

  30. Erin says...

    The New York Times has a watch column?!

    Also, that chocolate bar looks similar to a kit-kat. Wondering if it tastes like one?