LATEST PAPER
72° Good Evening
72° Good Evening
Lifestyle

Gift guide for Brooklyn dads: 11 ultimate ideas

Besides sometimes funkier facial grooming, Brooklyn dads are like dads everywhere. If you are going to get them a tie for the holidays, you better make sure it's the best frigging tie in the world. Here are 11 gift ideas to help your dad take the edge off juggling work, childcare and family in the country's most expensive city.

For the dad who just wants his kid to $!%*&!! eat

This is the sequel to Adam Mansbach's best-selling
Photo Credit: Akashic Books

This is the sequel to Adam Mansbach's best-selling "Go The __ To Sleep," and there's no dad in the world who won't understand the soul-destroying frustration at the core of this new one: Getting your kid to eat. Here's a sample: "The sunrise is golden and lovely/The birds chirp and twitter and tweet/You woke me and asked me for some breakfast/So why the __ won't you eat?" Bonus: The audio version is read by Walter White himself, Bryan Cranston. Amazon is selling it for less than $9.

For the dad trying to stay fashionable

Andre Burgess of Brooklyn Circus in Boerum Hill
Photo Credit: Brooklyn Circus

Andre Burgess of Brooklyn Circus in Boerum Hill calls its eight-panel caps "a staple." "As the weather gets cold and you want to cover your head up ... This is like a good choice where style is concerned," he said. We couldn't agree more. The $80 wool-and-cotton cap comes in a variety of styles including herringbone and khaki. Plus, the cap is the store's own design, making it a unique style.

For the dad with a secret identity

Does your super dad need a secret identity?
Photo Credit: Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.

Does your super dad need a secret identity? Head no further than Park Slope's Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. While stocking up on gear like particle guns or capes, look out for these low-key black $18 t-shirts to make your dad seem like he'd be the last guy with superpowers.

For the dad who likes to get outdoors

Does your dad's idea of a great weekend
Photo Credit: Gear To Go Outfitters

Does your dad's idea of a great weekend involve campfires, wide open spaces and mild discomfort from sleeping on the ground? Then look no further than Gear To Go Outfitters, which offers guided snowshoe hikes through the Catskills, Bear Mountain and other destinations. The cost of each hike — typically around $99 — includes transportation, snowshoes and hiking poles.

For the sleep-deprived dad

The Brooklyn Kitchen recommends the $29.99 Aeropress coffee
Photo Credit: Brooklyn Kitchen

The Brooklyn Kitchen recommends the $29.99 Aeropress coffee maker for dads who may not be getting enough sleep (hey, bills gotta be paid and babies' diapers changed!). This little coffee maker has a cult following, with people posting YouTube videos of how to use it to make the perfect cup. It makes one cup, is easy to clean up and portable enough for the office.

For the cyclist dad who likes to build stuff

718 Cyclery in Gowanus, Brooklyn, wants you to
Photo Credit: 718 Cyclery

718 Cyclery in Gowanus, Brooklyn, wants you to be hands-on with your bike. So much so that it offers collaboratively-built bicycles. They can be ordered online or at their Third Avenue shop. Customers can even decide if they want to help put their custom bike together with the shop's experienced mechanics. "It's all about getting them involved in the process," said Joseph Nocella, the shop's owners. While appointments are free, bike costs range between $1,000 and $1,500.

For the dad who needs to tune out his terrible 2 year old

Yes, there are times when a dad's adorable
Photo Credit: Grado Labs

Yes, there are times when a dad's adorable 2 year old is having a tantrum because he or she wanted a balloon and it popped. And those are the times that Dad needs to put on some headphones on and tune them out. We recommend the Brooklyn-made RS2e headphones ($495) from Grado Labs, a company that was founded in 1953 and is still led by the same family. Not only do the headphones get high marks for sound, they also look undeniably stylish with wood paneling. Looking for something cheaper? Their SR80e headphones are just $99.

For the dad committed to the environment

Your solar panel-loving, recycling-obsessed, gardener dad will be
Photo Credit: Build It Green!NYC

Your solar panel-loving, recycling-obsessed, gardener dad will be just as excited as a kid with a new sled this Christmas if you get him a 2 lb bag of Build It Green!NYC's Premium Earthworm Compost. For $6, the price can't be beat. This compost is "produced by over 250,000 red wiggler earthworms in a 200-square-foot continuous flow worm bin." Your dad's plants will be greener than ever this spring!

For the bearded dad

Let's face it: A lot of dads have
Photo Credit: Brooklyn Grooming

Let's face it: A lot of dads have dry, scraggly beards that feel like steel wool. Luckily, male facial hair has become a borough-wide obsession for companies like Brooklyn Grooming. The company sells (online only) a $79 Bear Lovers Set with four different oils, a "hair tonic" to "make your mane look and feel thicker" as well as a comb.

For the dad who likes to drink beer even if his six pack is a bunch of flab

Brooklyn dads don't have a lot of time
Photo Credit: BottleSolutions.com

Brooklyn dads don't have a lot of time to go to the bar for their favorite beer. Why not help them bring it home, straight from the tap? Bars all over the city now fill up growlers of draught beer to go. Head over to wholesaler Brooklyn Beer & Soda, on the east side of Prospect Park, for one of the best growler selections in town: 23 different beers in 32 or 64 ounce bottles. The bottles cost $5.50, and beer ranges from $12.99 to $19.99.

For the aging Goth dad

Pretty much any gift from the Morbid Anatomy
Photo Credit: Morbid Anatomy Museum

Pretty much any gift from the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn could enliven a Goth dad's moping heart. But this limited edition C print of "Babies in Jars" by British artist Christopher Brenton West will have Dad thinking back morosely to his days moshing to Skinny Puppy and Ministry.

Comments

We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.

Things to Do Photos & Videos