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If you’re anything like us, you often find yourself just living your busy life and all the sudden—BAM!—total panic sets in because that thing (wedding, baby shower, birthday, graduation, Valentine’s Day, anniversary, Mother’s Day, etc.) is any day now, and you haven’t bought a gift yet.

Well, this is for you, our procrastinating brethren and sis-thren.

We certainly don’t know everything around here. But we know a little about dads. Because we ARE dads.

Dads are incredibly complex and simple all at the same time. That’s what makes us rad.

But as far as gift giving is concerned? We really are easy.

Because we only like 17 things:

  1. Meat
  2. Cars
  3. Football
  4. Beer
  5. War movies
  6. Fire
  7. Huge TVs
  8. Pizza
  9. French poetry, etc.

You get the idea.

Two other things dads like? Clocks. And clever signs.

So, if Dad is all squared away on meat, beer and Jean de La Fontaine, why don’t you consider some of these fantastic gift options from our friends at Summit Gifts, Clothing & Memorabilia?

Focus Aim Flush signGift Ideas 

Focus Aim Flush Aluminum Sign

Sometimes Dad, and more importantly, Dad’s buddies, need a not-so-subtle reminder on proper bathroom etiquette. This sign accomplishes that.

whining charge metal signWhining Charge Metal Sign

Does whining grate your eardrums the way it does ours? Of course it does. You’re a hot rodder. This sign is great. It doesn’t mince words. You whine, and we’re going to take your money, hombre. And then you use the whine money to buy more drinks. So, the garage or man cave is either totally whine-free OR you have some extra beer money. It’s foolproof.

Alcohol signAlcohol! I Only Drink to Make You More Interesting Sign

We’ve all been there. Well, most of us, anyway.

You’re just hanging out, having a super-normal day. And that’s when someone hands you a cold one. You sip, enjoying how when it hits your lips it’s so good. And all those people you normally just like, you now love. And all you need is love.

corrugated metal flag signCorrugated Flag Metal Sign

Not everything’s a joke around here. Sandwiched between Flag Day and the Fourth of July, Father’s Day seems like an opportune time to add a few more stars and stripes to Dad’s garage or man cave. And for our money, this is a pretty good way to do it.

Indoor-Outdoor Gears Clock

We just like this one. It’s built from tough cast iron and has a weather-resistant aged-iron finish. Remember the guy who built Edward Scissorhands? This is exactly the kind of clock he would have in his scissorhand-guy-building workshop. And if it’s good enough for that visionary, it’s good enough for us. And our dads. And your dad.

beer oclockBeer O’Clock Clock

1. It’s called the Beer O’Clock Clock. So, it’s like a no-brainer.

2. The photo makes us happy.

3. We like beer. And so does Dad.

backlit Route 66 clockRoute 66 Clock

Every room needs a timepiece. And we like this one because—cliché or not—Route 66 represents hot rodding and nostalgic Americana in ways most things do not. A little homage to the Mother Road on Father’s Day. It’s like way too ironic not to be a good idea.

sinclair dino clockSinclair Dino Backlit Nostalgic Clock

Is it fair to pick just one retro-petro company logo to celebrate? Probably not. But maybe if the Texacos and 76s and Sunocos of the world had picked rad dinosaurs as part of their branding, we’d want to hang up their signs and clocks too. The crackpot marketing team at Sinclair was savvy enough to use a dinosaur. And dads like dinosaurs. So we like this.


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Author: Matt Griswold

After a 10-year newspaper journalism career, Matt Griswold spent another decade writing about the automotive aftermarket and motorsports. He was part of the original OnAllCylinders editorial team when it launched in 2012.