Photojojo’s Father’s Day Gift Guide 2009
Pa, Da, Dad, Daddy,
Father, Baba, Papi, Pops…
Whatever you call him, he’s an OK guy.
And he deserves a shout-out this time of year, so do the man a favor, show him some love.
Lure him out of the Barcalounger and take some pictures together, or pick up a little sump’m sump’m for the guy.
We’ve got all you need in that department: presents to procure, gadgets to grab, and projects to perpetrate. Poppa’s livin’ large this year.
p.s. Pssst… Father’s Day is June 21st this year. Hop to, kiddos!
Photo credit: maessive
The Best Things in Life Are Free
Do a photo essay this year: take pictures of Pa’s favorite pastime or the places he hangs out. If you like taking still-lifes, photograph some of the gear associated with his hobby (we bet you could do amazing things with fishing reels or billiard balls).
No time for a photo shoot? At least get the guy a card. If you enter the code CARD4U at Shutterfly, you can get a free Father’s Day photo card.
Photo credit: apesara
Pictures of You
Take some portraits of him and the rugrats when they’re not looking, or hand over the camera and have the ankle-biters take self-portraits for their dad.
There are a kajillion billion photo projects in our Mother’s Day department — they work for all people of the parental persuasion.
Photo credit: mikebaird
Working Class Hero
When Pop’s at work he could use some visual distractions. A vintage camera clock is a good old-school analog solution.
Or you could cater to his insatiable tech-lust and get him a souped-up multi-functioning wifi touchscreen digital frame. (Powered by pure unadulterated testosterone!)
But we think the best work accessory is a pair of sonogram cufflinks, so he can have the very first picture of his kid with him wherever he goes. (Or remind him that work may be boring but at least it’s quiet.)
Secret Agent Man
But don’t judge them, embrace them! Indulge their James Bond alter ego with a super-secret spy lens for snaps of unsuspecting suspects.
Or get them a pair of goofy-looking but ultra-incognito spy camera glasses with a tiny hidden camera built into the arm.
Word to the wise: if you get your dad a spy camera you may want to pick up a spy camera detector to make sure he doesn’t sneak up on you.
Papa Was a Rolling Stone
When you’re all traveling together, you know how it goes: the camera battery dies in the middle of the big road trip, but Dad’s not about to stop the Family Truckster and recharge.
Enter the coffee-cup-lookalike charger (with real plugs and a USB port) to keep you charging ahead. You should have gone before we left.
This year’s favorites include:
- The very tiny, very handy bottle-cap tripod that turns any plastic bottle into a camera-steadying juggernaut of technological awesome.
- The unbelieveably useful Gorillapod which no camera bag should be without.
- The multi-tasking, super-duper 3-in-1 camera bag for carrying a camera, a snack, and even a change of diapers, and keeping everything separate.
(We’re not saying our dad still carries diapers around, but, you know, some dads are still at that stage. We’ve been potty-trained for nearly six months now!)
- Got some great photos of your dad (or some other dad you know)? Enter them in the 1st annual Father’s Day “Art of Manliness” photo contest and show the people what fathering’s all about.
- Need some more ideas? Our bountiful archives can help! Check out our 2008 Father’s Day Gift Guide and 2007 Dad’s Day Guide for more inspired, brilliant, and downright Photojojoid ideas.