The father of all book lists: 8 books to buy for your dad this Father's Day
Shopping for my dad is a painful and infuriating task. It's not that he's the type of person who doesn't need anything (the fact that his loungeroom contains just a banana lounge and a TV is testament to that), it's that he doesn't want to need anything and won't bring himself to use anything we get him unless it is absolutely necessary. Give him a voucher and it will expire. Buy him clothing and he might wear it — in 5 years time when every other item of clothing is falling apart at the seams.
Basically there are just two things that you can get him and be certain that six months from now you won't turn up to his house to find it still sitting in the box it came in: photos of my sisters and I, or books. We've given him so many photos of us over the years that his house looks like a really weird art gallery that trades exclusively in photographs of my family, so I tend to go the book route whenever possible. Books are a safe and easy option because you can quickly get to the core of a person's personality with one simple reading pick, plus you can pick something that you'd both enjoy and have your own family book club.