Frugalista Gift Ideas 4 Father: Love to Papi the Cerebral

Strato Chess –




Whatever your name for one of the most important men in your life, you’ll find some gifts below he’ll love if he’s “cerebral-like”.

Papi love chess? He probably never played it like this.  The futuristic look of the Strato Chess set above could also start a few conversations when Papi entertains.  This tri-level board gives Upstairs/Downstairs a whole new meaning.Players move pieces traditionally, or up and down from level to level.

$ 32 

If Pops has kids or grandkids, he might also appreciate Chess is Child’s Play: Teaching Techniques That Work by Laura Sherman. “A book written by parents, for parents.” He can experience of training a future chess champion. The kid gains valuable life skills (i.e. problem solving); and  Pops gains an eager challenger.


F Stop Watch –


Baba wears a watch anyway, why not the F-stop Watch. Especially, if he’s into photography. Bab will measure time in apertures, F-stops, etc. Large 33mm face. Relativity Watch and Prime Time Watch available. 

$ 37

Guggenheim Museum –

The Lego Architecture models might fascinate and keep Dad occupied for hours. Models like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum. This one even creates the museum’s iconic upside down truncated spiral gallery. Other models include the Sydney Opera house, Leaning Tower of Pisa, The White House, and more. An architectural buff might get giddy from this gift. Especially if he’s an ex-pat of one of these cities. Booklet included.

$40 Prices vary, from $20 –

NY Time Electronic Crossword Puzzle –

Does Daddy work the crosswords every morning? He might enjoy the New York Times Electronic Crossword Puzzle. Whether he wiles away time on the subway to work, during lunch, or downtime at the office, he’ll happily pull this out of his briefcase.

$30 $70

Std Model+chaos Mug –

Pops into physics? Or, at least in on the inside jokes? If he gets quarks, leptons, elusive Higgs boson and the like, then he’ll love sipping his beverage from the Std Model+Chaos Mug. Holds 15 ounces


Brief History of Art Mug –

Or, Papi might prefer the Brief History of Art Mug. Every coffee or tea break, he’ll get the 24 of the world’s greatest artwork. It shows the evolution of art from the Cave Paintings of Lascaux to Picasso to Pollock. Papi can even read about the artwork on the bottom of the mug. 


You might consider bundling the mug with the Coffee Lovers gift box featured in Frugalista Gift Ideas 4 Fathers: Love to Babayi the Sweetie. You can find tea selections as well.


William Rast ‘Casual Brief’ Briefcase –

As an intellectual/cerebral/brainy type, Apa has a lot of stuff to carry around. Help him out with a good briefcase/bag.  The William Rast “Casual Brief” Messenger Briefcase  offers Apa sensible, yet rugged, style. Constructed of canvas and leather. Interior includes a padded laptop compartment and more.

$ 31 $130

Daddio require a larger bag or prefer all leather?

The rugged nylon Goodhope Flap-over Computer Brief  features several exterior pockets, flap organizer and large main compartment. Includes a padded sleeve for laptop/iPad.

$31 $52 (more selections available)

Ossington Messenger Bag

Ossington nylon and leather ‘suitor large travel Messenger Bag.

$79 $199 bluefly,com

Will Leather Goods

 Will Leather Goods leather Messenger Bag

$ 111 $450                                                                           (Requires email sign-up, and for a limited time offers $30 off $150 for signing up – so you might want to look around Bluefly to see if you find any perfect gifts for upcoming occasions. MOST ITEMS SHIP WITHIN 24 HOURS) ($17-$900) and also sells a large selection of

NOAA Portable Weather Radio –

briefcases/messenger bags.

Daddy gets up-to-date weather forecasts and alerts with the Portable NOAA Weather Radio. From anywhere he happens to be at the time. Flashing red alerts tip him to threatening weather. Radio includes flashlight, solar panel, hand crank, mini USB input/output port.


The ideas above will work for many a father. These should also give you some ideas on satisfying cerebral dad.


Was Dad’s intellect a pain or a plus as you grew up?

What’s his most favorite “brainy” activity? (Could be a gift idea in that!) 

Do you have a budget for Father’s Day?

And, most important, is there a gift idea list type you’d like to see?

Happy Frugalista Shopping!

Thanks for stopping by. 

May you find the perfect gift for Father’s Day.  

© DLewis 2013 All Rights Reserved




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