The Best Last-Minute Father’s Day Idea – Hit A National Park

51 Last-Minute Gifts That Will Arrive by Father’s Day

The Best Last-Minute Father’s Day Idea – Hit A National Park
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With Father’s Day just around the corner (as a reminder, it’s coming up this Sunday), there’s just enough time to get in those last-minute Father’s Day gifts. We’ve said this before, but don’t overthink it.

Maybe your dad needs a coffee-table book or a tech gift. Maybe he loves to cook.

Maybe he hates it! In the spirit of finding the right thing for your dad, we went in search of all the best Father’s Day gifts on Amazon for every different kind of father.

To make things even easier for you, we’ve pulled together a list of 51 last-minute Father’s Day gifts, many of which we’ve written about before.

Order any of these gifts today with two-day shipping, and they’ll arrive on your doorstep by Saturday, just in time for the big day.

And if you’re looking for more ideas, be sure to check out our very last-minute-friendly Father’s Day gifts on Amazon guide.

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Ditch the Odiferous Gifts in Favor of Adventure for Father’s Day

The Best Last-Minute Father’s Day Idea – Hit A National Park

Top Ten Gifts to Rid Dad of His Aftershave in Favor of an
Unforgettable Experience

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 12, 2007–All the years of buying Dad cheap cologne and paisley ties can now be traded in for genuine adventure. (, the go-to site for gifts, adventures and last second getaways has lined up an array of exciting gifts, experiences and treats to universally celebrate Dads on Father's Day.

Users can select wild and unusual gifts and experiences, by taking Dad out or sending him away on any budget.

“This Father's Day, lastminute.

com users can look forward to finding that perfect gift that matches their Dads' personality, and provides an unforgettable experience at prices that won't dent the wallet,” said Giovanna Garlati of

“For the adventurous gift giver, we've partnered with the best vendors to secure jungle expedition tours in Honolulu that begin at just $22, while a Porsche rental in Boston costs just $201.”

No matter where users are based, they can find cool getaways listed right in their backyard or send Dad away to a city of his choice to experience an adventure of a lifetime. From across the country, here are some of's top 10 suggestions to hit the ball the park this Father's Day:

1. Legal Street Racing in San Diego: Dad can legally race his own vehicle with this grassroots organization designed to address illegal racing and introduce a safer alternative.

2. Tandem Sky Diving in New York or Los Angeles: Treat Dad to an unforgettable experience to conquer his secret fear of heights or open his lust for adrenalin.

3. Salsa Dancing Lessons in Miami: Authentic Cuban Casino Salsa, Argentine tango or ballroom dancing lessons to perfect Dad's moves.

4. Fly Fishing in Dallas: Whether he s fishing to relax or for the challenge of the sport, this private lesson will navigate Dad through some of the best fishing waters.

5. Paragliding in Atlanta: Introduce Dad to free flight in its purest form.

6. Sailing in San Francisco Bay: Just for fun or let three hours on San Francisco Bay help Dad decide if he wants to get more involved with sailing.

7. Dirt Bike in Baja: Riders of all levels will get the chance to explore remote trails and enjoy fascinating mountain views and nice
chaparrals- the simple beauty of Baja California, Mexico.

8. Private Golf Lesson in Miami: Whether Dad's just starting out or wants to improve any part of his golf game, this is the perfect day out for him.

9. Hummer in Las Vegas: The king of the road, the Hummer H2 is an imposing vehicle. Send Dad riding high above other cars on the Vegas strip, around the block and the city!

10. Learning to fly in Philadelphia: Watch Dad take over the controls and feel the exhilaration of flying over the Philadelphia Skyline.

iTunes gift certificates and last second deals gift certificates are also available on the site.

About is a leading online travel and leisure player specializing in last second deals.

Using specialized technology, locates unsold airline seats, hotel rooms, rental cars and other inventory and assembles them into dynamic, real-time packages available for online purchase up to hours before departure.

It also offers customers worldwide holidays, flights and hotel rooms, as well as unique lifestyle options, such as tickets to events, DVD rentals, restaurant reservations and gifts. was acquired by Travelocity, part of Sabre Holdings, in July 2005.

It was founded in the UK in 1998 and now counts over 2000 employees in the world and more than 12 million subscribers to its newsletters. In addition to London, the company has offices in Dublin, Paris, Barcelona, Milan, Munich, Brussels, Stockholm and New York.

CONTACT: Giovanna A. Garlati, 212-372-5249 or SHIFT Communications John Carter, 617-779-1806

SOURCE: lastminute.coy with the airline's revenue management departme


20 Father’s Day Books That Cover All of Your Dad’s Interests

The Best Last-Minute Father’s Day Idea – Hit A National Park

From tales of untold history to heartwarming essays, these books make great gifts for dad for Father's Day.

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Some dads can be tough to shop for for Father's Day gifts. You can only buy a man so many ties and tools and techy toys. But if he’s a big reader, you’re in luck. He’ll always be pleased if you buy him a book—and we personally think there's nothing more thoughtful to give as a gift.

The best Father’s Day books for your dad will depend on what he s. If your dad loves to work with his hands, consider getting him a book that’s both instructional and funny.

Nick Offerman’s Good Clean Fun ($20, could hit the spot. If he's into hiking and camping, try A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson. Or, a book by Jon Krakauer, Into Thin Air ($10, amazon.

com), would be perfect for dads obsessed with adventure.

RELATED: 48 Father's Day Gifts Your Dad Will Adore

And don’t forget about fiction. When many of us think of Father's Day books, we think of authors John Grisham. But with so many books to his name, it can be daunting to choose just one. Consider starting with A Time to Kill ($10, amazon.

com), Grisham’s first novel. Spy novels make great books for dads, too. John le Carré is a master of the genre. Pick up one of his best-known works: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold ($11, or Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy ($14,

 Particularly if your dad is into more serious, literary titles, don’t ignore the classics. Maybe get a copy of Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea ($12, for your own old man, or try another author Jack London, whose Call of the Wild ($9, amazon.

com) is among the manliest of classics.

The great thing about giving books as gifts is that even the father who thinks he’s learned it all can still explore a new world, learn more about his favorite hobby, or be entertained by a fun cast of characters.

Too many choices? Leave the book picking up to us. Below, we've rounded up a few of the best books to buy to your dad this Father's Day. No matter his interest, these picks will be sure to delight him.

In this touching memoir, aging journalist Gornall reflects on feeling he missed so many chances as a father. Now in his 50s, he’s been given a second chance to be the dad his daughter Phoebe always needed. So he decides to make her a boat. With woodworking details and the metaphoric precision of H Is for Hawk, this book will please even the finickiest of fatherly readers.

To buy: $18,

This is the first in the celebrated author’s Seasons Quartet, which begins with a letter to his unborn daughter. Knausgaard wrote daily, describing the world for her. With writing that is both sensitive and poetic, Autumn captures family life in rural Sweden. Buy this book for the discerning dad in your life.

To buy: $19,

In this short, but impactful collection of essays, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay) reflects on fatherhood and identity.

Chabon fans may recognize “Little Man,” the author’s viral GQ essay about taking his son to Men’s Fashion Week in Paris.

The other new essays in the collection touch on his own relationship with his father, giving his son advice about how to treat women, and baseball.

To buy: $17,

Dads who love camping and the outdoors need this guide to encounters with 50 different animals.

Journalist Levin gives well-researched advice for surviving run-ins with coyotes, bears, and moose, among other large animals, along with helpful tips, anecdotes, and charts for dealing with smaller critters, from bees to skunks. The illustrations make it the perfect coffee table book, while its small size means it also fits nicely in a backpack.

To buy: $10,

If dad can’t read enough books about World War II and the early 20th Century, he’ll devour this new novel from the author of The English Patient.

In Warlight, readers meet 14-year-old Nathanial and his sister Rachel, who are left in the care of a man named The Moth when their parents move to Singapore in the decades after the war.

The Moth and a cast of characters that weave in and the group’s home are part of a mysterious war effort that Nathanial will uncover over time.

To buy: $16,

If your dad strives to impress the dinner table with little-known historical facts, he's sure to love this quirky book.

Full of copies of real maps from history, each page highlights mistakes made on those maps—including blunders made by early mapmakers and deliberate lies made by cartographers to manipulate the map reader.

Through gorgeous images and fun historical stories about civilizations past, he'll be sure to find a new story to wow everyone at the next family gathering.

To buy: $25,

History buffs and entrepreneurial dads will be inspired by journalist Wills’ deeply researched account of the country’s first black millionaires—six men and women who overcame slavery and oppression to break into the one percent.

Wills’ fascinating book explores the lives of little-known figures, including teacher-turned-real estate developer O. W. Gurley and self-taught chemist Annie Turnbo-Malone, who created a successful line of hair products for black women.

To buy: $18,

For the dad who still has a collection of records somewhere in the house, this anthology of album art will capture his interest for hours. Famous music archivist and rock photographer Michael Ochs has selected the best covers from his extensive private collection, and his book takes readers through the evolution of rock music from the 60s to the 90s.

To buy: $18,

Given the National Park Service celebrated its 100th anniversary this year, this book is both thoughtful and timely. If Dad is an avid traveler or just has a serious case of wanderlust, he’ll love thumbing through the various graphic posters illustrating a beautiful park or national monument.

To buy: $12,

If Dad loves beer, this handbook covers everything he needs to know about brewing his own—from buying the perfect equipment to crafting a flavor that’s all his own.

To buy: $19,

This New York Times bestseller examines and retells the story of the Lusitania, a luxury ocean liner considered to be the fastest cruise ship in the world during WWI. The ship sank in May 1915, carrying with it a record number of infants and children. Larson’s carefully researched story attempts to answer many of the questions surrounding the disaster.

To buy: $17,

This book has 30 interactive experiments for Dad to try in the house (or outside if they get too messy). It covers all of the sciences, from chemistry to human anatomy. You can even make “Marshmallow Pulse Keepers.” Curious yet?

To buy: $15,

This is the story of the Ghost Army—men of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops—whose top-secret mission in France was said to play a crucial role in defeating Germany during the war.

To buy: $20,

Fashion-forward dogs model the classic menswear items and must-haves for every man’s closet, mixing essential style advice with seriously cute photos that will make any Dad smile.

To buy: $8,

Keep him laughing with this collection of more than 2,000 sophisticated funnies. Bonus: The book comes with two easily searchable CDs loaded with every cartoon—more than 68,000!—featured in the magazine since it began publishing in 1925.

To buy: $24,

Your dad may know Ben Falcone for his appearances in the movies Enough Said and Bridesmaids, or his work as the director of The Boss and Tammy, but his most challenging role to date has been the one of a father. Your dad will relate to his struggles as he tells of the hilarious adventures he and his wife, Melissa McCarthy, have had raising their two young daughters.

To buy: $15,

Kuipers’s dad, Bruce, was a philanderer. His cheating broke up their family. So, of course, Kuipers was surprised when his estranged father bought a 100-acre swath of land in the hopes of reconnecting with his sons. This book makes the perfect present for nature-loving dads, especially if you have hopes of rekindling your relationship with your old man.

To buy: $24,

If your dad wants to relax by the pool with a novel, this zany Florida thriller—the 22nd installment of the author’s popular Serge Storms series—about a sex scandal in a retirement community (no, really) will make him forget about the work week.

To buy: $18,

For the dads more into espionage and intrigue than heartwarming tales, this thriller follows advertising executive Ned Sweeney, who is tapped for the notorious CIA mind-control experiment, MK-Ultra. It’s sure to keep your dad on the edge of his seat.

To buy: $12,

Things My Son Needs to Know About the World is a collection of essays on fatherhood from the beloved author of A Man Called Ove ($10, Backman writes to share life in all its humor, complexity, and wonder with his newborn son. What does it take to be a dad? Equal doses of love and laughter will get you through almost anything.

To buy: $16,

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