Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Last Minute Father's Day Gift Guide for the Catholic Man

Having trouble coming up with a fun yet not totally wasteful Father's Day gift? Worried it won't get here on time? Want something to enrich your husband/dad's faith? Look no further. I have come up with a thorough list of many great gifts that could be the perfect fit for many a Catholic man.

I have questioned a thoroughly reliable source… ahem, my husband, on some fun, practical, and useful gift ideas. And gift giving/receiving isn't his love language, so you know something is worthwhile when he gives it the affirming thumbs up.

Something to Read

For my husband at least, books are always a win. I included a few headier books as well as some light hearted ones.


Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

Be A Man!: Becoming the Man God Created You to Be by Fr. Larry Richards

Practical Theology: Spiritual Direction from St. Thomas Aquinas by Dr. Peter Kreeft

Drinking with the Saints: The Sinner's Guide to a Holy Happy Hour by Michael P. Foley

Angels in Iron by Nicholas C. Prata

Space Trilogy: Out of the Silent Planet; Perelandra; That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis

Something to Wear

T-shirts are always good, especially when you're ready to discard of the rattier ones in the drawer.

Monk Rock has some excellent Ts including the one above.

Mantled Catholic Clothing is another company with some great designs. My husband picked the one above.

Also fun is the T-shirt from Swanky Turtle kids can drive their toy vehicles on the back while Dad catches up on his sleep.

I got David a bow tie from popARTicles last year, and it's one of my personal favorites of the ones I've found over the years. Unique designs, quality craftsmanship, and reasonable prices while still supporting handmade.

Something Practical

Paracord rosaries from Rugged Rosaries are the perfect combination of sturdiness and simple, sleek design. Handcrafted in CA by a family business with 550 lb paracord.

Barbatus Beard Balm for the bearded man in your life. From their website:
"Barbatus Beard Balm is an all natural blend of almond oil, shea butter, beeswax, cocoa butter and essential oils (in our scented ones). There are currently three aromas available Chrism, Franciscan, and Lectio."
With those names, how can you say no?

For the Dad who enjoys the outdoors, camping, fixing things, and survival tactics:

Something He Can Eat/Drink

Whiskey Sour Pickles by Brooklyn Brine - these are so, so good. Check your local grocery store (I've found them at Wegmans, Trader Joes, and a local town grocer as well!)

A craft Beer or another favorite libation is always a great way to remind him he's appreciated.

Something just for Fun

Tavern Puzzles

Carcassonne or another fun game. If Dad already owns and loves a game that has expansion packs, maybe grab one of those! Here are 5 pretty awesome games we happen to love.

A giant box of Lego. This is what my boys have picked out for my husband this year. It works out great: Dad gets to play again under the guise of building for his ever impressed sons while I can sneak away to another part of the house. Win/win/win.

I'd forgotten that I'd gotten David a Viking One Handed Long Sword Replica several years ago, but he reminded me and said it was still one of his favorite gifts ever. 


With exception of the Amazon links, all these companies are just ones we think are awesome. I haven't been paid or sponsored in any way by them, but I do think they are worth your money.

Best of luck in shopping for and picking out something that's a perfect way to show appreciation for the Dad in your life!

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  1. I LOVE this list. That Swanky Turtle tee is hilarious. I bet my hubs would be all over it. Or it would be all over him. He would definitely be all over the floor, napping while he got a car massage. Do you know if Barbatus Beard Balm is the same as Catholic Beard Balm? They have similar scents and similar pricing. I just bought one for my hubby from Catholic Beard Balm.

    P.S. Edel or bust!


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