First, let me tell you a little about my Dad.
He does not work in an office. So, desk thingees, ties and cufflinks are out. He does not smoke cigars or drink wine or any kind of liquor or mixed drinks. He does not golf. So, basically everything on every single website that has "Father's Day Recommendations" is out. He's not impressed with things just because they're expensive or fancy - brand names mean nothing to him.
He does drink Budweiser. He watches football. He fishes. He likes to build things or fix things (ok, maybe as the daughter I just decided that he "liked" fixing things, not that he was "obligated" to fix things, but either way, he spends a lot of time fixing things.)
But I don't know enough about tools and fixing stuff to know what tools he has or what tools he would find useful. On a few occasions in the past I've gotten him cool tool gadget stuff (or, what I thought was cool), and never really saw him use it, so I'd rather try to find something he'll actually use. Same with fishing. I don't really know enough about fishing to guarantee that I'd get the right thing. (One time, I got him some kind of fishing pole, but later my mother told me he had to exchange it because it was a freshwater, not a saltwater pole.)
When not fixing things, he likes to hang out in a hammock, Homer Simpson style. Sometimes he reads books. He generally likes fiction or biographies of, for example, fisherpeople (He loved "The Perfect Storm" and books like that). He sometimes likes history, but generally local history. And military and war stories. For Christmas I got him a subscription to Smithsonian Magazine and Air & Space, and he loves both of them.
He likes to eat. He's got a sweet tooth and loves spicy food too. He likes to experiment with cooking and grilling. But I feel like I get him something to do with grilling or cooking every father's day and birthday.
There's the added element that I probably won't see him again for a few weeks, so something easily shippable seems like a good idea.
Right now I'm considering either something like these gift baskets or possibly a book by Linda Greenlaw (I think he read this one last summer and talked about it all year).
Since a case of Budweiser doesn't seem particularly shippable.
Anyone have any better suggestions?
Think quick, time is running out!