Retro gifts for dads
Retro decade candy gift box
Whether Dad is a certified nostalgia nut or you just want to surprise him with a trip down memory lane, vintage-style gifts are the way to go. And as Baby Boomers get older, merchants are bringing back more of the stuff our fathers know best. — Shannon McCarthy
Sweet treats Dad guessed were gone forever are still around to tempt him, and you won't have to wonder whether he likes Atomic Fireballs, Abba Zabbas, Bazooka Gum or Pop Rocks best. A retro candy gift box gathers goodies based on the decade, ranging from the '40s to the '90s.
ION iPad arcade cabinet
Bing: ION iPad arcade cabinet
ION downsizes the classic arcade cabinet and wirelessly connects its joystick and buttons to iPads for some major nerd nostalgia. The iCade docks Dad's iPad in its wooden cabinet and works with more than 500 games, including "Centipede," "Asteroids" and "Battlezone." Plus it's pre-loaded with a free "Atari Greatest Hits" app.
Casio Databank calculator watch
Dad's gonna get lots of looks when he wraps his wrist with this melding of modern tech and retro style. Casio has nerd cred to begin with, so its line of Databank calculator watches is popular with older dudes and young hipsters alike. Tip: The biggest, squarest models pack the most '70s and '80s nostalgia.
Koolatron retro vending fridge
This Father's Day, give Dad the pause that refreshes with his very own vending machine. Designed with nostalgia in mind, the Koolatron stores up to ten 12-ounce beverage cans, dispensing them with the push of a button — no quarters needed. It runs on a hushed thermoelectric cooling system, keeping Dad's man cave quiet.
Nostalgia Electrics retro air popcorn maker
When Pop needs a proper popcorn popper for his home theater setup, consider something with a nostalgic flavor. True to its name, Nostalgia Electronics makes home appliances with a touch of the past, and its air poppers not only look good, they're pretty healthy, too: No oil is needed for this family film-fest feast.
Bing: Crosley turntables
Inspire Dad to revisit his vinyl record collection with the gift of a vintage-look turntable. Crosley makes a bunch: The Cruiser, Tech and Traveler models all spin platters with panache, while the Memory Master line also records vinyl onto CDs or MP3 formats to update all of Dad's greats.
Gas pump liquor dispenser
Think of these as libation stations: They're bar-sized takes on retro gas tanks, and they display and dispense liquor with a vintage vibe. (Especially neat are the chrome and glass cylinder versions.) Gift one of these uber-cool babies to Dad and the term "fill 'er up" will take on a whole new meaning.
Bing: Bowling shirts
For retro attire, Dad can go totally casual (T-shirts, baseball caps or loud Hawaiian shirts), really upscale (Don Draper-style suits) or somewhere in between. We think the middle ground is best for gifting, and this means a crisp bowling shirt in cool — and somewhat subtle — color blocking.
Retro neon clocks
Bing: Retro neon clocks
Once a fixture in nearly every neighborhood bar, old-style neon clocks are timekeepers that have stood the test of time. These glowing rounds bring light to any man cave, guy garage, backyard shed or other macho enclave, but they also happen to be sophisticated enough to hang in the family room.
Vintage 'Batman' cufflinks
If Dad's a Caped Crusader fan or superhero comics collector, he'll dig this subtle but unmistakable nod to his proud geek pastime. A thoroughly retro logo makes these cufflinks something more than just another dress-up accessory, while quality craftsmanship and a gunmetal finish add a touch of class.