If you somehow missed all the pictures of graduates in caps and gowns, you might be scrambling for some great, last-minute ideas to congratulate them. Nothing says “You’re one step closer to being a newly minted adult” like a journal or a beautifully illustrated guide to your twenties.
Given the time of year, you might also be in the market for something cool and actually original for a dad in your life. You won’t find any ironic mugs, Life Is Good t-shirts, or grilling equipment on this list, because odds are you’ve already given him those (guilty!). Switch it up this year, and try a punny game or a cheeky how-to book on for size. No matter what, he’ll love that it’s from you.
Punderdome by Jo and Fred Firestone
Want to hear a (bad) joke about construction? Don’t worry, your dad’s still working on it. Dads are culprits of the worst jokes known to mankind. If you know what we’re talking about, you have to gift him this fantastically fun card game from father-daughter duo Fred and Jo Firestone. In the spirit of Apples to Apples and Cards Against Humanity, the aim of this group game is to make the worst jokes possible—the punnier the better. It’s almost unfair how much of an advantage your dad will have.
The Comic Book Story of Baseball by Alex Irvine
Baseball is America’s favorite pastime, and it’s probably your dad’s, too. If your childhood was anything like ours, you spent long, sweaty summer days at the baseball park nagging him about ice cream and hot dogs. Thank him for putting up with you with a nostalgic homage to the game. This colorful graphic novel illustrates the complete history of the sport from its humble beginnings (both real and legendary) and spotlights players, teams, and moments that have kept the game a fan favorite.
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Presidential Puzzlemint by Mark Wagner
Dads love history, money, and activities that don’t cost a lot of money (it’s a scientific fact). This mind-bending, 500-piece puzzle is sure to keep dad busy in his man-cave or with family on game night. Once you piece together Abe Lincoln’s $5 portrait, you’ll probably get a lesson on the importance of saving. But hey, it’s Father’s Day—cut the guy some slack!
How to Tie a Tie by Potter Gift
Perfect for dads and grads, this handsome, fabric-covered guide to men’s accessories teaches dudes much more than how to tie a tie (though that is important). Complete with full-color, step-by-step photography, all they’ll need is this little book—and maybe a couple episodes of Netflix’s tear-jerking Queer Eye—to master the menswear basics.
Am I There Yet? by Mari Andrew
Mari Andrew has taken Instagram by storm with her poignant slice-of-life illustrations that get us thinking about life, love, loss, and the perfect shade of lipstick for any given occasion. Mari’s New York Times best-selling debut is a collection of coming-of-age essays accompanied by her signature illustrations, outlining her path from teenager to adult (-ish). Whether the recent grad in your life needs advice on how to navigate first jobs, solo travel, Tinder dates, or grief, Mari has artwork that will speak directly to the soul.
Q&A a Day for College by Potter Gift
Perfect for high school grads, the college-centric edition of our best-selling Q&A a Day journals focuses on the four years spent in college. Gift to someone heading into their freshman year, and they’ll be answering thought-provoking and fun questions about their everyday lives, revisiting the same questions year after year until they have a time capsule of the era they spent in school.
This Is Me, Period. by Philip Cowell and Caz Hildebrand
Explore the personalities of the punctuation marks we use every day with this bold, typographic journey through grammar. Each chapter in This is Me, Period. introduces one of the major pieces of punctuation and all of its idiosyncrasies, including the dashing em dash, so-called “quotation marks,” the ecstatic exclamation (!), those three little dots…and even more. As charming as it is educational, This is Me, Period. helps readers understand sentence structure in a whole new way.
Llive Llaugh Llove Llike a Llama by Pop Press
When llife gives you llemons, make llama-nade! This pocket-sized gift book is full of positive quips and irresistible illustrations of everyone’s favorite animal: the spit-prone, fluffy llama. This is a perfect gift book for any occasion, because who doesn’t want to llearn how to llive llife a llittle more freely? Spit happens, you know?