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To dad with love: Finding the perfect Father’s Day gift

NEW YORK (AP) – Whether you go big, small or DIY, there are lots of ways to please dad on Father’s Day.

Homemade cards and drawings, and things made of clay or popsicle sticks, are evergreen options from little hands. So is gathering your top family photos for framing, or knitting up a sweater, hat or socks.

If store-bought is your jam, try one of these:

A WEIGHTED PILLOW

Is he tied up in stress knots? Weighted pillows are the new weighted blankets, the latter sometimes considered too hot with uneven weight distribution.

A weighted pillow comes in three sizes and is intended for hugging and laps. While it may be difficult to travel with a weighted blanket, pillows are portable to keep the Zen from deep-pressure stimulation going away from home.

A LEATHER-BOUND BOOK

From historic ballparks and all things Kobe Bryant to ideas for epic hikes and the beauty of the national parks, some bookstores offer a range of lovely, leather-bound, coffee-table books.

This cover image released by Workman shows ‘There are Dads Way Worse Than You’ by Glenn Boozan. PHOTO: AP
Is dad ready to take the tech leap for Father’s Day with these super cool smart sunglasses?. PHOTO: AP
ABOVE & BELOW: These weighted pillows would be a good Father’s Day gift option for the stressed-out dad; and gift for the dad who loves to have fun with instant film effects. PHOTO: AP
PHOTO: AP

SOME SMART SUNGLASSES

Tech-enabled glasses are abundant these days.

Reviews are up and down by brand so choose carefully. Some has enhanced audio quality and easy access to the voice assistant and come in several styles, from aviator to rimless.

A charging dock is included. They play music. They take calls. They use Siri. They have a 12-hour battery life. Is he ready to take the leap?

A SKINCARE SYSTEM

Dads, they have skin too. And some may care enough to follow through with a full regimen.

A WORLD WAR II HERO

She was the 11,000-tonne Mighty Moo, the light aircraft carrier that could. Intelligence officer Nathan Canestaro went in search of his grandfather’s service history during the war.

In the process, he uncovered the story of the USS Cowpens, on which his relative served.

The result is a book of history, The Mighty Moo. The Cowpens and her crew earned 12 Battle Stars. At the war’s end, she was the only US aircraft carrier in Tokyo Bay to witness Japan’s surrender.

SOME CRAZY BAD DADS

Darth Vader. Walter White. The Godfather. Comedy writer Glenn Boozan has followed up his cute illustrated bestseller There are Moms Way Worse Than You with a version for dad.

The idea? To let him know he’s nowhere near the top of the bad parent pyramid: “On days when you feel `Dad guilt’ about the things you did, at least you’ve never had to say, `Honey, I shrunk the kids.’”

There are Dads Way Worse Than You is illustrated by Priscilla Witte. Widely available.

A HIKING BABY CARRIER

A gift for both mums and dads since it’s easily adjustable, the Osprey Poco LT Child Carrier has earned top reviews for short hikes and everyday outings.

It comes in black, blue and green with an SPF sunshade for baby. The frame is lightweight with a stable platform to set the carrier down. The best part: It weighs a smidge over five pounds.

AN INSTA-CAMERA WITH PIZZAZZ

Mini Polaroid cameras and their instant photo lookalikes have been having a moment in the last few years.

The Instax Mini 99 by Fujifilm is great for a dad who just wants to have fun with instant photography. It has a colour effect dial with six looks.

It also has five brightness levels, shooting modes that include double exposures, a self-timer, a way to add a frame around the image and landscape, portrait and macros focus options. Photos are 62mm by 46mm.

FOR DADS WHO WEAR SOCKS

Novelty socks. They’re everywhere. Uncommon Goods sells a pair all about the banning of books.

One sock has book titles blacked out.

The other doesn’t. If those don’t appeal, the site also has zodiac socks and a whole bunch more. Head to Amazon for pizza socks that come in, yes, a pizza box. – Leanne Italie

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