I don't know about you, but I find buying gifts for men to be a wee bit stressful. If the dad in your life is anything like the one in mine, he tends to buy the things he really wants — just last week he went out and bought himself a beer-making kit. No really. He did.
Because he buys his own gadgets, toys, and gifts, it's hard for me to surprise him with something both unexpected and something he actually wants to keep. I have had some hits — I once got him a self-publishing gift to make his own cookbook. I have had some misses — there was that air hockey table that took him about 18 seconds to return to the store. I came up with a few ideas this year that I think he — and the man in your life — might really like.
I mean, men like sports, grilling, dogs, drinking, television, superheroes, and shaving, right?
Here are 10 Great Gifts For The Father In Your Life (that he will probably really like) (that won't break the bank either):
1. Shih Tzu Blueprint poster, $185 framed, Animal Blueprint Company. And it's not just Shih Tzus—there are hundreds of different dog breeds to choose from!
2. Cards Against Humanity, $25, Amazon
3. The Ultimate Grilling Rub Collection, $27.95, Williams-Sonoma
4. Retro Toronto St. Pats t-shirt, $32.99, Amazon
5. Vintage 1960s Glasses, $155, Etsy
6. Irish Herringbone Tweed Bow Tie, $26.50, Etsy
7. DC Comics Superman Cufflinks, $29.99, Amazon
8. Game of Thrones Family t-shirt, $15.99, Etsy
9. Upcycled Mail Sack Messenger Bag, $127.88, UncommonGoods
10. Lexington Lemon Shaving Gift Set, $150, The Art of Shaving
Wondering what to cook the man in your life on his special day? Try this completely grill-free Father's Day menu—make this Father's Day a grill-free day and celebrate the men in your life without them having to man the barbecue.
And check out the best advice our YMC team ever received from their dads.
So, you've grown tired of your awesome fringe bangs.
They were a great change, they were fun, but now you are over them, but you keep going for trims (or—gasp!—you are trimming them yourself) because the thought of growing out your bangs seems daunting and intimidating. (See also: annoying.)
But, as someone who has cut her bangs and grown them back out only to cut them again, I have become somewhat of an expert. And truthfully, if you are armed with two important tools — bobby pins and headbands, and combine them with a little patience and ingenuity, growing out your bangs is a piece of cake.
There is a time commitment involved in growing out your bangs, but know that the most annoying and awkward stage really only last for a short time.
When your bangs reach this length, your choice, basically, is to fish or cut bait. To grow or to visit the hairdresser.
If you choose to go ahead and grow, here's a step-by-step guide to growing out your bangs without losing your mind.
1-3. Begin sweeping your bangs to one side. Note: It will look super strange for the first little bit, but in a few short weeks, it will start to look like you have purposely cut them to be swept to the side.
4. Try a bang braid! You can bang braid even the shortest of bangs.
5. Clip your bangs to the sides. Note: While your bangs are still fairly short, you may have to secure them closer to the top of your head.
7. Pull your bangs to the top of your head. Note: Be careful not to make it look too '90s poof/bump-it.
8. Slick your bangs back with a little product and secure with bobby pins. Note: You can flat-iron your bangs away from your face to make slicking back slightly easier.
9. Congratulations! Depending on how quickly your hair grows, within about 6 months or so, you should be able to step out, un-tooled.
Until, of course, you decide to cut your bangs again.
After all, bangs are awesome.