Father's Day: Gifts to entertain a pop-culture Dad


It's that time of the year to spoil dad rotten with his favourite things. Photo: Unsplash/TIM MOSSHOLDER

Every pop-culture dad has their "thing." Maybe it's coming up with his own long-winded theories about who the killer is while watching every mystery thriller ever; or telling you about that one time he saw that one band a million years ago, a million times; maybe it's his nightly routine of yelling "Sashay Away!" across the living room.

Whatever the case, aficionados can be easy to shop for because they aren't quiet about their obsessions, but they can also be tricky because of their discerning nature. Whether your dad is a shameless British Bake-Off stan or a merch-happy DC fan, we've got you covered with every type of pop-culture item that will make your dad smile this Father's Day.

Classic Rock Dad Deja Vu - 50th Anniversary Box Set

This brand new box set contains heaps of mostly unreleased demos and outtakes and a lengthy historical essay penned by Cameron Crowe.

However, Variety critic Chris William revealed his reason for purchasing this special collection was the demo version of Our House by Graham Nash and Joni Mitchell.

The Collected Works of Jim Morrison

Here's the perfect gift for a Morrison fanboy or man. FilepicHere's the perfect gift for a Morrison fanboy or man. FilepicA collection of Jim Morrison's writings, poetry and photographs collected from over 28 privately held notebooks.

This brand new anthology not only includes never-before-seen images and notes, it's also peppered with scans from the actual pages from his diaries showcasing how the lead singer of The Doors penned lyrics and thoughts.

The (almost) 600-page book was just released in June of 2021.

The British Baking Book

For the British Bake-Off Dad. If your dad is still obsessed with getting his sourdough starter just right, then this is the book for you.

There is no showstopper challenge your pop won't topple with this amazing book by Regula Ysewijn. Renowned for her historical baking work, there is no pudding you won't be able to handle with this well-reviewed cook book.

But if you're looking for something directly from the series, there's the show's book itself Great British Bake-Off's Big Book of Baking or Mary Berry's Baking Bible, both good for the junior baker. And if all else fails, try out a star baker apron!

Le Creuset Baker

Is dad a fan of the Great British Bake Off? Well, an apron, or even better, a recipe book might win you favours.Is dad a fan of the Great British Bake Off? Well, an apron, or even better, a recipe book might win you favours.Nothing shows someone you care more than gifting them a Le Creuset baker. With enamel stoneware and handles designed for comfort, this baker makes marinating meats and vegetables, baking desserts, oven-roasting meats or broiling fish easier than ever.

Long Bright River

For the Dad Who Called the Ending to Mare of Easttown, this is an absolutely perfect follow to the HBO series.

Liz Moore's Long Bright River asks: how much do you owe to your family members? That's one of the questions that faces Philadelphia cop Mickey, who tries to watch out for her opioid-addicted sister Kacey on the street while working her dangerous job and raising a child as a single mom.

When Mickey doesn't see Kacey around one day, she ends up embroiled in a string of murders as she hunts down her estranged sister in a tense and emotional thriller.

The New York Times bestseller was also earned a coveted spot on former President Obama's favourite book list.

Unsolved Case Files Game

Fans of Cold Case Files will get a kick out of this game, in which players become investigators tasked with figuring out the killer of grisly murders using information from the original, action-packed case file.

The trail has long gone cold and it will be your dad's job to crack the case and discover who really killed Jamie Banks on November 20, 1992?

The case can be worked alone, or in a group, depending on what type of detective your dad fancies himself as. With over 3, 617 reviews on Amazon (and the majority of them positive) this seems like a clear winner for the burgeoning gumshoe in your family.

James Bond Sock Collection

For the James Bond sad, this collection of James Bond socks are sure to spice up any dad's feet. Each pair highlights a past character or iconic Bond moment there's martini's, the famous red Thunderball wetsuit and more. There's six pairs per collection made by the London Sock Exchange, and fit all sizes from 7 to 13.

The GCHQ Puzzle Book

If the sock set isn't enough to put him into character, gift him this head-scratching puzzle book, in which UK intelligence and security experts curate puzzles, tests and real-life entrance tests from their archives that will be sure to test your dad's knowledge (and confidence). For even more James Bond inspired gifts, check out our guide here.

Reading is Fundamental T-Shirt

This classic black-tee references the show's infamous Reading Challenge, in which the queens have to "read" each other and throw shade. If your dad loves a good book, or can't turn away from some juicy drama, then they'll want to rock this shirt.

Minimal Film

For the Geek Chic Dad, Hollywood blockbusters and cult classic all deconstructed into minimal representations of their cinematic impact. This art book, designed by Matteo Civaschi hits all the comic-con essentials. From "Star Wars" to "Dracula" to "Jurassic Park" and on each page is a thoughtful distillation of a (usually) pretty high concept film.

Batman Smartwatch Band

Let your dad channel his inner caped crusader with this sleek Apple Watch band that features Batman's iconic yellow symbol. Made with sweat and UV-resistant silicone, the band is durable and smooth for lasting comfort.

Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design

This is for the Classic Hollywood Dad. If your dad is a fan of classic films, he's definitely a fan Saul Bass' work.

This Hollywood designer is famous for creating some of the most iconic title sequences (including the titles to the 1961 West Side Story and the first ever Oceans 11 look) and movie posters (Vertigo, The Shining, Anatomy of a Murder).

This hefty tome, perfect for the coffee table, traces the artist's history and includes gobs of unpublished works including ads he made for trades that never saw the light of day. It's a must-have for any movie buff.

Overlook Hotel Notepads

For the Dad Who Loves Horror Movies. If your pop can number off the screams in his favorite horror films, then these whimsical hotel notebooks are perfect.

Created by Herb Lester Associates, this pack of fictional movie motels and hotel paper pads include iconic sets from Twin Peaks, The Shining and Dirty Dancing, (which isn't a horror film, but is still a classic).

Psycho Shower Scene Bookends

Even if you can't find dad the bookends, a poster from this classic film might do the trick. - FilepicEven if you can't find dad the bookends, a poster from this classic film might do the trick. - FilepicDoes your dad know Alfred Hitchcock use Hershey chocolate syrup in that infamous shower scene in "Psycho?" Then these referential bookends are for him. The custom two-piece set are made from steel and are heavy enough to hold up a heavy collection of books. - variety.com/Reuters

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