Suggestion: Forget about your wife being a “mom” and get her something that will make her feel like her own “woman.” The other part of this, of course, is making sure you give her some time to herself to actually enjoy it so budget time and money accordingly. Here are our suggestions for the woman you decided to have kids with.
Meraki Nomad Smudge Stick ($12) A+ for presentation and anything smells better than dirty diapers.
Brooklinen Luxe Core Set ($149) You don’t spend enough time in bed but when you do, make it count.
Custom New York Times Front Page Jigsaw Puzzle ($45) For 10 minutes of sanity that doesn’t include colorful cartoon characters.
Sleepy Jones Marina Pajama Shirt ($138) Best sleep shirt ever.
Bibliobath Waterproof W.B Yeats Cloths of Heaven & Other Poems ($22) Because a bath and a book sounds great.
Blue Bottle Coffee Subscription ($7+) She needs coffee. Give her good coffee.
Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant Cookbook ($24) Tips from the best.
Solitare Cards ($14) She could use the downtime.
Splendies Subscription ($13+) Send her new underwear every month without feeling like a horny husband.
Everlane Chunky Wool Infinity Scarf ($85) Because everyone is wearing these. It is sure to be on all the “holiday gifts for wife” lists.
Clay Handprint & Footprint Keepsake Photo Wall Frame ($23) Ok, we said this list was for the woman you married, not mom, but she’s still sentimental and will probably dig this.
Kinfolk Subscription ($60) Hell of a lot better than US Weekly.
Causebox Subscription ($55 / quarter) A subscription box that does good and showers your wife with new items throughout the year.
Utter Nonsense Game ($23) Adult game night…
33 Bottles of Wine Tasting Journal ($5) …goes great with wine.
Kohler Moxie Rainhead with Wireless Speaker ($168) She just wants 15 mins to herself – now she can catch up on Serial in the shower.
Indoor Culinary Herb Garden Starter Kit ($35) Fresh grown herbs make everything taste better.
Ten Cup Classic Chemex Pourover Coffee Maker ($48) Forget the drip. Go pour-over.
Rock Pillows ($120) Because she can never have enough pillows and these are just cool.
Quip ($50) Looks great and you never have to bother buying another toothbrush ever again.
A5 Memobottle ($25) Traditional water bottles don’t play nice with purses.
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon ($14) For a little inspiration.
Cuyana Classic Leather Zipper Tote ($195) She’s tired of the diaper bag. Get her something nice that can still carry a couple kids’ necessities.
Matching Friendship Collar & Bracelet ($35) She has a bond with her dog that kind of makes you jealous.
Luckies of London Scratch Map ($26) It feels good to visualize all the places you’ve traveled to before the kids came along.
A Very Naughty Girl E-Reader Cover ($30) A punch of personality.
I Miss Drugs Mug ($11) Because, yeah.
Still looking for more? Check out our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide here.
Don’t be that guy running through the aisles of your local Walgreens the day before Christmas trying to find non-lame stocking stuffers for your wife. She has enough nail polish remover and contact lens solution. How about something a little bit better this year? Here are a few handmade stocking stuffer suggestions from the little known Amazon Handmade.
Watercolor Fox Art Print Flask – ($23) Every classy gal needs a flask in her purse, or should we say every Mom needs a flask for a little relief at the end of a long day of cleaning up toys and chasing toddlers.
Hipster Ketchup Tea Towel – ($15) – We plow through bottles of “hipster ketchup” here at relevantdad HQ so this may be more of a gift for us than your wife, but chances are she will get a kick out of this tea towel too.
Hand Towel Hook – ($13) Need a funky place to hang that tea towel above or one of the many baby bibs you have laying around on the counters?
I Heart Pickles Coaster – ($25) Maybe the old cliche is spot on with the mama in your house and pickles were her pregnancy go to. Maybe not. Either way, everyone loves pickles right?
Zero Fox Given Mug – ($18) Cheeky women make the best partners in crime. Celebrate that.
Nola & Neighbors Beignets candle – ($16) While you won’t exactly be eating beignets and sipping mimosas in NOLA this Christmas at the very least your house will smell like you are.
…is perfect for checking out objects in space or even object that take up space this holiday season, like say looking for a jolly old elf. But seriously, this simple to set up and simple to use telescope makes objects grow 10x so the surface of the Moon will be ripe for exploration by your little Neil deGrasse Tyson. We have a deep love for Educational Insights here at Relevant Dad HQ, any tool/toy that can get the STEM juices flowing in our little ones is a winner in our book. The GeoSafari line has some amazing sets that will rocket your kids minds into a learning adventure.
Want to hear eight great Beatles-esque songs in only ten minutes? We’ve got you covered. And what’s more relaxing than a new Werner Herzog documentary about volcano exploration to ease you into a lazy weekend? We’ve also got a great piece by Andrew Sullivan about information addiction (guilty), an easy fall recipe to knock out, and if you’re gonna drink a pumpkin beer to get in the Halloween spirit, you could do a lot worse than this one. You’ve gotta…
Hear this: Tony Molina – Confront the Truth
Watch this: Into the Inferno
Read this: I Used to Be a Human Being
via New York Magazine.
Eat this: Creamy Autumn Pumpkin Pasta
Drink this: Warlock (10% ABV)
Guy. Guys, you won’t believe what I saw today. I was at the Playwright for happy hour and you know they have those free wings that I like, and well, of course, I had had a couple pints and had to use the men’s room. So I walk down this hallway and I notice this tiny little door on the baseboard which I thought was silly. What was that? So I got down on my hands and knees, (which is a very brave thing to do on an Irish pub floor) and I see a tiny notepad with the words “who are you voting for” on it. What the heck, I thought? So, I asked the bartender and she told me that the door was from the Irish Fairy Door Company and if you wrote notes to the resident fairy, or left them gifts they would respond, but, only when you were not watching. Amazing! I asked if I could find a fairy door for my house because my kids would love to have a secret fairy friend to leave notes for. The bartender told me of course and that “each Irish fairy door comes with a magic key in a bottle, three stepping stones, the Family / Fairy Lease Agreement, a notepad for your fairy and the Fairy Welcome Guide for all you need to help settle your fairy into their new human home!” Your kids can have a charming fairy door too, imagine all the fun your family can have with your in home fairy? Now, I still want to know who the fairy is voting for? I will just have to go back for a few pints right?
It’s been 17 years since this band’s last album which means any of our millennial readers who dabbled in emo at it’s peak will want to take a trip down Nostalgia Lane today. There’s also great new music that you should check out from Leonard Cohen & Agnes Obel this week, too. Speaking of long-awaited, our favorite near-future sci fi series returns with six new episodes today. We’ve also got a longread you should dig into this weekend about one man’s plan to stop Silicon Valley from addicting us to our phones, a breakfast recipe from a world famous chef, and a good fall beer to check out (we’ve been digging a lot of saisons lately). You’ve gotta…
Hear this: American Football (LP2)
Watch this: Black Mirror Season 3
Read this: The Binge Breaker
via The Atlantic.
Eat this: Chef Eric Ripert’s Go-To Crepe Recipe
Drink this: Fall Saison (6.3% ABV)
by Blackberry Farm.
There is nothing more rewarding and nothing more frustrating for children than learning to read. That is why there are so, so, so many products in the childsphere catered to that very task. In the 90’s Hooke On Phonics might have been the rage but we live in a modern world and we want you to check out Ooka Island. “Where?” Ooka Island ‘rents’, you gotta visit today! Reading as you know is a learned skill and you know what Malcolm Gladwell says about mastering a skill, but our kids don’t have the patience to wait 10,000 hours to learn to read do they? The reason Ooka Island is so cool is that your child is tasked with teaching the Ooka elves (in the game) how to read, and in doing so…they learn to read themselves. Clever. Ooka Island is created with over 25 years of clinical research so you can rest assures that it works. The game will even track and analyze your kid’s progress and cater that rest of the tasks to their needs. Skip the cartoons for a half and hour three times a week and before the end of the year, your child will be reading.
Listen…it, it’s been a week huh? There really isn’t much to say about it that has not been said yet. So, take the weekend. Relax, listen to the new Kings of Leon album on your coffee run Saturday morning, watch a pretty funny new show (Mascots) Saturday night, do some heavy reading on your favorite dark poet, eat some fall themed chili and open that bottle of wine. It is time for some #SelfCare right? Also, don’t turn on CNN, just don’t. It’s not worth it anymore.
Hear this: Kings of Leon – Walls
Watch this: Mascots
Read this: Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker
via The New Yorker.
Eat this: Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili
via Bite Me More.
Drink this: 2015 Château Cambon Beajolais, France
This indie singer songwriter recorded an album in less than 48 hours and you can hear it a week before it comes out. Forget Sunday Night football, Hills and Donny face off once again, this time town hall style (shout out to Mashable for the Trillary Photoshop pictured above). When was the last time you picked up a book? You can’t go wrong with any on this shortlist. Tis the season for delicious autumn foods, including this recipe for the world’s best soup. Oh, and Patagonia (yes, the one you’re wearing right now), started brewing beer. So, yeah. You’ve gotta…
Hear this: Conor Oberst – Ruminations
via NPR First Listen.
Watch this: The 2nd Presidential Debate
live Sunday night at 9pm EST.
Read this: Anything on the 2016 National Book Award shortlist
Eat this: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Drink this: Long Root Ale (5.5% ABV)
We are all getting to the age where we a.) feel it & b.) have to stop and think about how old we are. Is it 34 or 35? We are also at the age where we have been saying for far too many years that we need to start taking a daily multivitamin. It’s easy to say you will start taking vitamins but we all know that you have tried 2-3 times in the past for just forget for a few days and then a few weeks and soon you just forget altogether. If only there was an easy way to make taking your daily dose a part of your morning routine. Well, we found one. EFFBOMB is a dissolvable multivitamin that you slip into your morning coffee and don’t have to give a second thought. Easy right? Just dissolve a tab (think tab like Airborne) into your joe and off you go. With your morning kick of caffeine, you will also be getting your daily dose of 20 essential vitamins and minerals that will help your aging dadbod feel like it’s in its 20’s again. The tabs come in three flavor profiles to compliment your coffee, mocha, vanilla or hazelnut. So hurry up and back this Indiegogo EFFBOMB that was created by a dad like you!
I mean when we start something with a Dad joke you just know the product we want to share with you must be awesome right? What’s the joke you ask? Well, we got a chance to check out some of the amazing products from ezpz (Less Mess, More Fun) and let me tell you they rock. Not just the cool silicone tableware but the people at the company too. (Just look how good their inventions are for kids with special needs!)
Their flagship product is the Happy Mat which is available in a few different colors, this patented mat suctions to your table with its food grade silicone and is much fun to eat off of as it is to look at.
We also fell in love with the super versatile Happy Bowl mat’s in our house because you can put ANYTHING in them so keep mealtime and playtime cleaner. Yeah, we said playtime because these mats are so super easy to clean that we thought hey why not fill them with Play-Doh or finger paints? You can easily wash off any mess in seconds or even throw it in the dishwasher for harder jobs, or if you are lazy like us.
Listen, these mats are just amazing in so many ways. All of your kids will love them no matter what their needs are. Mealtime can be a challenge and ezpz helps alleviate the mess and contain your kid’s food. If only they could ezpz the floors and walls you might have a spotless house after that mac & cheese dinner.
There’s one album that you need to hear this week, even if you probably won’t end up liking it the first time through. It’s a grower. Lot’s of love for the new Luke Cage series on Netflix, but since we’re still suckers for the true crime genre, we’ll be checking out this new documentary instead. Also, love him or hate him, you need to read this Obama interview. Since it’s finally starting to feel like fall, why not try to make your own cider donuts? And last but not least, a fall beer that has nothing to do with pumpkin. You’ve gotta…
Hear this: Bon Iver – 22, A Million
Watch this: Amanda Knox
Read this: Barack Obama and Doris Kearns Goodwin: The Ultimate Exit Interview
via Vanity Fair.
Eat this: Apple Cider Doughnuts
via NY Times Cooking.
Drink this: Tesla Hop Charged Lager (7.1% ABV)
by Sixpoint Brewery.
As Millennials, we are naturally drawn to anything that looks like Tetris so when we were sent Mental Blox 360° it was game over. This isn’t any old puzzle game, this one really makes you think, it’s almost like playing a Tetris/Monuments Valley mashup in real life.
You get these cards with an innocuous picture on them and then with the allotted blocks you have to figure out as quickly as you can how to make the design. Really, it is mental. We have seen a few 3D Building Game’s but this one has a fun alternate perspective take on it that really makes it fun for the whole family. You can even compete in teams to see who can create their cards image the quickest. Family game night just got mental!
Just because it’s officially fall doesn’t mean that you have to give up the sun. In fact, we contend that the best time to be outside is right now. It’s beautiful out (unless it’s not, it really depends on when you read this you know). Don’t forget to protect those sexy eyes of yours, the sun is still out there right? We just found your new fav sunglasses and they are from a little startup called Norton Point. What makes Norton Point sunglasses so kickass is that they are made from ocean plastic. You know all those bits of junk that are floating around in the current killing fish by the thousands? Yeah, so not that plastic, some but not enough of it, is being put to good use. Keeping your eyes safe. So pay some penance for the time you threw that Dr. Pepper bottle out the window on your college road trip to South Beach and grab some seriously cool shades.
It’s another solid music week with new releases from Devendra Banhart, How to Dress Well, Warpaint, & LVL UP out today but our hands-down fav is the new album from Rostam of Vampire Weekend and Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen. In TV, Transparent returns with season 3 today but our recommendation is for the highly acclaimed new show on FX from Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino aka that guy from Community. It’s 4 episodes deep already and currently the “it” show of the moment. Want to read something this weekend? How about a piece asking “How Much Do Parents Matter?” Yes, please. Instead of giving you a suggestion for something to cook this weekend, we think you should spend $5 on an individually packaged single chip that’s so spicy the company is betting you can only eat one. What a time to be alive. You’ll need a good beer to wash it down, too. You’ve gotta…
Hear this: Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam: I Had A Dream That You Were Mine
Watch this: Atlanta
on FX (airs Tuesdays at 10pm).
Read this: How Much Do Parents Matter?
via The Atlantic.
Eat this: Paqui Carolina Reaper Madness Chip
Drink this: Hop Hop and Away (4.6% ABV)
by Aeronaut Brewing.
You probably think of The Beatles as a studio band, right? This new doc by Ron Howard will have you thinking otherwise. A new op-ed asks a question you’ve probably wrestled with yourself as you come to terms with being an adult. There’s also some new country rock that will set the mood for fall. Fall. Sigh. Where did summer go? Speaking of summer, did you miss out on the biggest food trend of the summer? Catch up this weekend with the easiest Poke Bowl recipe we could find. And since the weather is starting to feel a little more like fall, here’s a hard cider brand you should know. You’ve gotta…
Hear this: Dawes – We’re All Gonna Die
Watch this: The Beatles: Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years
premieres on Hulu 9/17.
Read this: Can You Have a Good Life if You Don’t Have a Good Job?
via The New York Times.
Eat this: Tuna Poke Bowl
Drink this: Rojo (5.4% ABV) / Wunderkind (6% ABV) / The Americain (5.2% ABV)
Do you want to know what is cooler than being a billionaire? Being young enough to still get an allowance! Which is perfect because your little Zucks are just at that age so why not set them up today to become a potential billionaire down the road? We are talking about learning to code and Learning Resources has a very cool tool that will set up the basics of coding for your kids to springboard from. Meet Code & Go’s Robot Mouse. This activity set was created to teach your children the basics of simple coding and to ignite their conceptual understanding of STEM ideas.
We have been having fun playing with this activity set in the offices for a couple of weeks during our down time and it’s actually pretty fun for adults too. You can use the provided grid, or even just program Colby to move around the table top or floor around obstacles of your choosing. This simple toy teaches and solidifies a whole host of STEM theories for your kids. The problem-solving skills that they develop alone make this set worth your purchase.
We are giving away one Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set to one lucky reader. You can find the details here: I WANT A CODE AND GO!
Sure, it’s sweet that you scored a play kitchen for your kids but isn’t it sorta lame that all you have to stock it with an empty box of pasta and a can of coffee? Learning Resources has a fantastic A to Z Alphabet Groceries set that will cover your kid’s culinary needs from, well from A-Z right? Beyond that, each item is labeled with both the word and starting letter of the item inviting learning interactions each time your little Gordon Ramsey plays kitchen. Milk, beans, donuts, and yes even egg rolls will keep your child growing that awesome little imagination they are cultivating each and every play session. “Colorful, realistic groceries introduce early language skills and are great for imaginative play too! Each of the 26 groceries is labeled with a letter, word, and colorful picture. Reinforces letter recognition, everyday vocabulary, and creative role play. Cartons measure 6.5″H, Jars 4″H.” Who doesn’t love playing with their food? Grab this set today and have a blast together making up all sorts of delish dishes.