My husband is one of those ‘Dads who has everything’ type of guys. He doesn’t actually have everything in the world, but generally he gets electronic devices when they come out for instance. As a wife I can only give the poor man so many Barnes and Noble gift cards, of which he thankfully never tires. My husband is a reader and works very hard at ensuring our son will be one as well (we can try, right?).
So aside from gift cards, rounds of golf, and breakfast in bed, I’ve asked myself what would make this Father’s Day really special for my husband? All of the above are gifts my husband would love but I think a thoughtfully chosen book would hit the spot this year. He has an e-reader, which we love, but there is just something about a book and new pages and amazing cover art…
My husband has a stable of authors whose work he eagerly awaits, John Piper being the leader of that pack. However, if we had unlimited funding and my husband could have any book; I’m thinking it would be The Four Holy Gospels featuring original, full-color commissioned artwork by Makoto Fujimura. This book is epic. Not only is it commemorative of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible (the version which it has been published in) but it is reflective of the gorgeous illuminated texts that artisans devoted their lives to in centuries past. Given a choice, I would absolutely buy this book for my husband before any others. I would probably love the book too – who doesn’t love a fabric bound book? It’s so old school. The leather edition is gorgeous as well.
Speaking of old school, I know I shouldn’t shop for books based on aesthetics alone, but the books published by the Resurgence look amazing (and they’re excellent reads too). My husband has most of Mark Driscoll’s books at this point but some other editions look promising in the Resurgence collection, like the e-book Money: Gift or God by Jamie Munson.
A collection of theology books and the gospels is my husband’s cup of tea and so is music. My husband is a worship leader at our church and has an affinity for older hymns which are musically balanced and can’t be improved upon according to him. I should mention my husband is a professional Choir Director and music teacher. So my final gift choice would be the Trinity Hymnal. He doesn’t currently own a hymnal but would love to have one for reference.
I suggest these gifts based on my husband’s tastes. I also know all men are different and that is just a sign of God’s grace to us as wives. Above all, our husbands can know two things this Father’s Day: that God created them specifically as the husbands to their wives and fathers to their children. God made our families with his glory in mind. That knowledge alone is the most epic Father’s Day gift of all.