The Father of All Gift Guides: Ideas for Every Dad on Your List

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It happens every year. Dad is always the last person on everyone’s list. We get it, we’re hard to shop for. But this year, we’re going to help everyone out. Pass this list along to anyone who asks you for “some ideas” on what to get you, and sit back and enjoy.

Here are the best things we’ve found this season:

GIFTS FOR THE GRILLMASTER

BigMouth Inc The Grill Sergeant BBQ Apron

BigMouth Inc The Grill Sergeant BBQ Apron

If he takes this grilling thing seriously — maybe a little too seriously? — this is the ultimate accessory. A military-style apron that beefs up his whole experience.

$19.99 AT AMAZON

Man Crates Grill Master Crate

Man Crates Grill Master Crate

This one’s so much fun. A sealed crate that’s practically impossible to open, filled with a smoker box, a tenderizer, sauces and spices. Manly!

$109.99 AT MAN CRATES

Grace Kitchenwares 3 n 1 BBQ Accessories Dream Set

Grilling gets a whole lot more badass when you’re wearing “bear claws.” Heads up: there’s a 100% chance he references Wolverine. Every. Single. Time.

$18.95 AT AMAZON

GIFTS FOR THE BEER DRINKER

Areaware Bottle Opener

Areaware Bottle Opener

Simple, yet amazing. Just like dads. This unique bent nail and magnet combo is a genius conversation piece that’s both modern-looking rustic at the same time.

$17.60 AT AMAZON

Asobu Frosty Beer 2 Go Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Beer Cooler

Asobu Frosty Beer 2 Go Vacuum Insulated Double Walled Stainless Steel Beer Bottle and Can Cooler

This ultimate on-the-go cooler keeps bottles AND cans frosty. It’s vacuum insulated and even comes with a built-in bottle opener.

$29.99 AT AMAZON

Beer Chiller Sticks for Bottles

Beer Chiller Sticks for Bottles

A super-fun gift that keeps beer at the right drinking temperature, even on a hot day!

$19.99 AT AMAZON

GIFTS FOR THE MUSIC LOVER

Upcycled Record Coasters

Upcycled Record Coasters

Made out of reclaimed records, these unique coasters are retro-cool, bring back the memories of his favorite tunes, and keep those damn rings off the furniture.

$18.00 AT UNCOMMON GOODS

Victrola Vintage 3-Speed Bluetooth Suitcase Turntable with Speakers

Victrola Vintage 3-Speed Bluetooth Suitcase Turntable with Speakers

If he loves retro AND modern, this is perfect. A turntable for the pure sound of records, with the Bluetooth ability to pump it to wireless speakers.

$40.78 AT AMAZON

Apple AirPods with Charging Case

Apple AirPods with Charging Case

These barely-there wireless headphones are a perfect gift for gadget and music lovers. And the case is even trackable, so (unlike his keys) he’ll have a hard time losing them. 

$144.00 AT AMAZON

Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon Echo Dot

A super-popular bluetooth speaker with a built-in robot assistant? It’s like all his dreams are coming true.

$29.99 AT AMAZON

 

GIFTS FOR THE SPORTS LOVER

Abbott Collection Home Plate Doormat

Abbott Collection Home Plate Doormat

“A doormat? You think I want a doormat as a gif…holy crap that’s the coolest doormat ever.” BAD PUN ALERT, BAD PUN ALERT: This gift is a (wait for it) home run.

$22.99 AT AMAZON

Baseball Park Map Glasses

Baseball Park Map Glasses

Diamonds aren’t just a girl’s best friend. These ballpark map glasses feature his home away from home, and combine two of his greatest loves.

$35.00 AT UNCOMMON GOODS

Schutt MLB Desk Caddy

Schutt MLB Desk Caddy

The perfect gift for any baseball head. A mini replica of his favorite team’s helmet that holds pens, scissors, business cards, or whatever other crap he keeps on his desk.

$26.04 AT AMAZON

GIFTS FOR THE FUNNY DAD

The Dad Book- Truths, Hacks, and Dad-isms

The Dad Book

If he loves to laugh, this is the perfect gift. Packed with hilarious jokes, hacks and dad-isms, yet (almost) small enough to fit in his cargo shorts.

$15.00 AT AMAZON

Objects of Dad’s Desire 2020 Wall Calendar

Objects of Dad's Desire 2020 Wall Calendar

Here’s a hysterically sexy spin on pin-up calendars, featuring the things he really lusts for: lawn mowers, remote controls, thermostats, and crisp white sneakers. Va va voom!

$16.00 AT AMAZON

D Is For Dad: An ABC Book For Kids…And Dads

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THIS is the ABC he wants to read to the kids. C is for Cargo Shorts, F is for Finger Pulling, and O is for Oil checks. He’ll like it even more than they do.

$18.00 AT AMAZON

GIFTS FOR THE WELL GROOMED DAD

Braun Series 7 790cc Cordless Electric Razor

Braun Series 7 790cc Cordless Electric Razor

The closest shave of his life, and a razor with the technology, gadgetry, and looks of a futuristic spaceship.

$174.94 AT AMAZON

BEARD KING – The Official Beard Bib

BEARD KING - The Official Beard Bib

The worst things about beards are clippings and clogged drains. This genius invention solves both problems.

$22.99 AT AMAZON

Proraso Travel Shave Kit

Proraso Travel Shave Kit

Perfect for a guy who travels a lot, this kit lets him take the perfect shave on the road with him..

$15.00 AT AMAZON

GIFTS FOR THE TECHIE

Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset

Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset

 

Virtual reality is the next big thing, and the possibilities are endless. Just don’t let him wear it while riding the mower. 

$199.00 AT AMAZON

Anker Wireless Phone Charger

Anker Wireless Phone Charger

With high-speed wireless charging that works with the latest iPhone and Samsung models, this baby helps him cut some of the cords.

$29.99 AT AMAZON

Ring Video Doorbell with HD Video

Ring Video Doorbell with HD Video

This doorbell alerts you when there’s motion, lets you see, hear, and speak to visitors from your phone, and has infared night vision. He’s gonna be feeling so futuristic.

$99.99 AT AMAZON

NETGEAR Orbi Tri-Band Whole Home Mesh WIFI System with 2.2Gbps Speed

NETGEAR Orbi Tri-Band Whole Home Mesh WIFI System with 2.2Gbps Speed

No more Wi-Fi dead zones. This mesh system gives you 6,000 square feet of coverage that supports up to 20 devices.

$268.00 AT AMAZON

Google Nest Learning Thermostat

Google Nest Learning Thermostat

This smart thermostat can be set, programmed, and adjusted from your phone, and sends electric shocks if anyone but dad touches it. (The last part is a lie, but tell him that. He’ll love it.)

$232.00 AT AMAZON

LBLA FPV Drone with WiFi Camera Live Video

LBLA FPV Drone with WiFi Camera Live Video

“It’s not a toy! It’s an advanced aerial photography device.” Suuuuuuure it is. But it’s also a pretty cool toy.

$39.99 AT AMAZON

RUNMUS Gaming Headset

RUNMUS Gaming Headset

He loves video games. It’s just in a dad’s DNA. You can’t fight it. At least this way you don’t have to listen to it.

$25.85 AT AMAZON

GIFTS FOR THE OUTDOORSY DAD

YETI Hopper Flip Portable Cooler

YETI Hopper Flip Portable Cooler

Whether he loves the beach, tailgating, or just hanging out in the yard, this waterproof, leakproof, insulated mega-cooler makes everything a lot more chill.

$199.99 AT AMAZON

OneLogFire 6 Pack

OneLogFire 6 Pack

Sure, he thinks he can light a fire, but let’s be honest. There’s usually more cursing and coughing than sparks. This baby lets him just strike up one match and get two hours of flames.

$67.95 AT AMAZON

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

If he’s a hiker or camper, this is a must. A personal water filter that lets him safely drink from rivers, streams, ponds, and lakes, with no worries.

$17.47 AT AMAZON

GIFTS FOR THE KITCHEN KING

The Good Fuego- A Hot Sauce Gift Set

The Good Fuego- A Hot Sauce Gift Set

Does he think he’s hot and spicy? Give him a hot sauce gift set with enough flavors to complement any food.

$32.99 AT AMAZON

Progressive International Microwave S’mores Maker

Progressive International Microwave S'mores Maker

Sure, s’mores are amazing, but what if you could skip the smoky fire part and just get right to the good stuff? This lets him microwave ‘em in 30 seconds and dig in.

$10.81 AT AMAZON

Star Wars Millennium Falcon Waffle Maker

Star Wars Millennium Falcon Waffle Maker

Holy crap, this is an amazing gift for Star Wars fans. In less than 12 parsecs, even a stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerfherder will be whipping up his favorite waffles ever. (Trust us. He’ll get the reference.)

$39.95 AT AMAZON

Just Crunch Anti-Soggy Cereal Bowl

Just Crunch Anti-Soggy Cereal Bowl

If he’s cuckoo for crunchy cereal, this is a game-changer. A divider in the bowl lets him skip the soggy spoonfuls, and enjoy what he really wants.

$8.99 AT AMAZON

NoCry Cut Resistant Gloves

NoCry Cut Resistant Gloves

Perfect for slicing, carving, shucking, or any of the other things that seem like they could leave a handy guy a little less hand-y.

$11.49 AT AMAZON

GIFTS FOR THE GAME LOVER

Punderdome- A Card Game for Pun Lovers

Punderdome- A Card Game for Pun Lovers

There is nothing — and we mean NOTHING — dads love more than puns. This game lets him unleash a lifetime of preparation like the groan man that he is.

$18.00 AT AMAZON

Desktop Skee-Ball

Desktop Skee-Ball

There’s only one thing that’s more fun than Skee-Ball, and that’s playing Skee-Ball at your desk.

$9.95 AT AMAZON

USAOPOLY Risk Game of Thrones Strategy Board Game

USAOPOLY Risk Game of Thrones Strategy Board Game

Game of Thrones made it cool to be a nerd again. And Risk was the original nerd game. It’s the perfect match.

$56.63 AT AMAZON

GIFT FOR THE BEST DRESSED DAD

Leather Gloves for Mens With Full-Hand Touchscreen

Leather Gloves for Mens With Full-Hand Touchscreen

Leather touchscreen-enabled gloves keep him stylish and warm, while still able to answer his calls. (Or just play Candy Crush.)

$21.99 AT AMAZON

New Balance Men’s 608v5 Casual Comfort Cross Trainer Shoe

New Balance Men's 608v5 Casual Comfort Cross Trainer Shoe

The ultimate dad accessory. I mean, if he’s not wearing crisp white New Balances, is he even a dad?

$54.44 AT AMAZON

 

GIFTS FOR THE CURIOUS DAD

Wisdom Panel Canine DNA Test

Canine DNA Test - Wisdom Panel

Get the ancestry and health history of Dad’s best friend.

$149.99 AT AMAZON

23andMe Ancestry+Trait Kit

23andMe Ancestry+Trait Kit

“Where are you from?” Whether you’ve said that out of love or out of…well, the other thing, here’s where you can finally get your answer!

$79.00 AT AMAZON

AncestryDNA- Genetic Ethnicity + Traits Test

AncestryDNA- Genetic Ethnicity + Traits Test

Can’t get enough of this ancestry thing. This one pinpoints his 26 most interesting traits. Which, coincidentally, is 26 more than you thought he had. ZING!

$79.00 AT AMAZON

GIFTS FOR THE NESTING DAD

Custom Map Maker

Custom Map Maker

$49.00 AT GRAFO MAPS

RainBowl Motion Sensor Toilet Night Light

RainBowl Motion Sensor Toilet Night Light

A motion sensor that lights up the toilet bowl at night helps with the ol’ spray pattern, and adds some swag to the throne.

$12.95 AT AMAZON

Firefighters Rescue Dog Stuck in Couch Without Harming the Couch

Firefighters rescue a dog from under a retractable couch
(people.com / KAMLOOPS FIRE RESCUE)

How many firefighters does it take to get a puppy out of a couch? That’s not the setup to a dad joke, it’s the real-life question one department in Canada got to ask itself after responding to a call for a dog trapped in a reclining couch.

Being a pet parent can be stressful and sometimes scary. Cats are crazy, and will randomly climb trees and get stuck up there for no good reason. Dogs, much chiller, will go so deep into a couch they literally can’t get out. As a Dad I’ve also been there, but I’ve never had to call emergency services because of it.

As the Kamloops Fire Department found out, it takes five firefighters, and a few hours of work to get a small dog out of the couch. The department shared the story on Facebook.

“We don’t rescue cats out of trees anymore…but we do occasionally rescue dogs out of reclining couches!”

“We are happy to report that Bean, her owners, and the couch are all doing just fine today.”

See, that’s why they are heroes, not only did they save the dog, but they also managed to save the couch in the process. Lesser men would’ve broken the couch to save the dog. True heroes realize you don’t need to choose.

The owner said they were really thankful for the firefighters in their community and that they were able to work so calmly to free their beloved pet. This could also be a good testament to why you shouldn’t let your dog on the couch, but let’s be honest, most pups are going wherever they want.

Good Samaritan Jumps Into Bay To Save Baby Ejected from Car After Bridge Crash

Man Saves Baby is Bay
(Twitter/TODAYShow)

The “hero” label is thrown around very casually in the social media era, but in this case, you can’t say it enough. A tragic car accident on a bridge in Maryland left a car dangling over the guardrail, and an infant, still stuck in a car seat, was ejected from the car and into the water below.

That’s when a bystander JUMPED THE GUARDRAIL to dive into the Bay and RESCUED THE BABY. That sounds like superhero movie stuff right there. A man literally LEAPT OFF A BRIDGE AND SAVED A BABY’S LIFE. It’s astounding that they both survived the episode, but it’s heroism in its purest form.

The Ocean City Police Department shared the first report on its Facebook page, and it was widely covered by the media. The infant was flown to the hospital, and the rescuer was in a good deal of shock himself, according to boaters who pulled them both out of the water. He’s chosen to remain anonymous.

The man’s 30-foot dive into the water wasn’t the only heroic act, as a 14-year-old girl on a boat with her dad spotted the accident and directed him to investigate. The duo found the man treading water with the baby and pulled them both from the water.

The 14-year-old, Alayna, said the rescuer didn’t say anything because he was in such shock. Her dad echoed his daughter’s statement, adding “it says a lot about some people’s demeanor, just doing the right thing when you got to do it.”

The dad also said he was proud of Alayna and her instincts to help during the incident.

“You’re taught through your life as a child and as you’re growing up, to respect and help others when needed, keeping your head on a swivel, you know, always looking around,” he said, “it’s those little things in life that teach you. You see your 14-year old daughter going through this and just say ‘wow, she’s learned and understood what has to happen in this world.”

The infant suffered some injuries but was stable, and the family agreed to keep the man’s identity anonymous. The police department is still investigating the accident, but one thing is clear, there was some major heroism on display and some pure magic that no lives were lost in such a dangerous situation.

YouTubers Theorize Disney+ Could Reset the Star Wars Movies

Dave Filoni and Pedro Pascal Discuss Upcoming Mandalorian Season
(Getty / Alberto E. Rodriguez / Stringer)

Recently, Pedro Pascal gave an interview in which he discussed plans for the third season of The Mandalorian. Like most Star Wars properties, future plans for the series are being kept under wraps, and the info that Pascal dropped was vague and incomplete. The hints dropped were interesting nonetheless, especially if they relate to a particular idea that has been floating around since the summer.

Pascal mentioned the possibility of “unexpected surprises and timelines” and the potential of characters to “cross over.” On one level, this sounds like the next logical step in Disney+’s plan, having announced a whole collection of Star Wars shows into which The Mandalorian and friends could potentially crossover. Or else he was referring to something far more drastic: an alternate Star Wars timeline, in which the last two movies never happened.

The theory is that The Mandalorian could take a page from Star Wars: Rebels, one of the animated shows Mando mastermind Dave Filoni managed. On that show, they introduced a concept called “world between worlds” which allows for characters to travel between timelines via a mythical dimension called “the Veil of the Force.”

If you watched the Star Wars LEGO Holiday special, in which Rey and other beloved characters bounce into and our of the new movies, the OT, and the prequels, then you get the idea.

Months ago the YouTube channel known as “Overlord DVD” suggested that due to the negative reaction to Rise of Skywalker, Disney is scrambling to course-correct. [Editor’s Note: There is no reason to believe Overlord DVD has any insight into Lucasfilm or Disney creative discussions]

The idea is that they could be looking to do something drastic by erasing the events of the sequel trilogy by porting it into an alternate reality. Sort of like how JJ Abrams’ new Star Trek reboot reinvented familiar characters by splitting them into their own timeline and tweaking their histories. Could that kind of game-changing move be what Pascal was referring to?

It sounds far-fetched, and it probably is, but The Mandalorian has already featured and name-dropped several characters from Star Wars: Rebels, which makes the potential of borrowing some story points less unlikely. But relegating three major blockbusters into the sidebin of canon would be a huge disruption. Despite the cartoons and the success of The Mandalorian, the movies are still the Big Show for most Star Wars fans.

There’s a lot more to this potentially insane theory, which you can read about in an article in Deseret News.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 Releasing on Nintendo Switch This June

Pro Skater Switch Release Date
(Activision/Vicarious Visions)

We finally have a release date!

After teasing fans back in March, it was officially announced today that the excellent Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2 remake will release for Nintendo Switch on June 25th, 2021.

If you’ve been holding off on purchasing this remake, it’s definitely worth every penny.  Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2 were already great games, but with updated graphics, quality of life improvements like reverts implemented along with online play, this is the must-own definitive version.  Also, the soundtrack still slaps to this day.

I already own the PS4 version and this might sound crazy, but I think I’m gonna have to double-dip.  The thought of being able to score million point tricks or spelling out S-K-A-T-E while laying in my bed sounds too good to be true.  Portability is a beautiful feature and my aging dad bod really appreciates these Nintendo Switch releases.

Steve Harvey Can’t Dislike Daughter’s Boyfriend Because He’s Michael B. Jordan

Steve Harvey Michael B Jordan
(Instagram/iamsteveharvey//MichaelBJordan)

It’s a tale as old as time: dad beefing with their daughter’s boyfriend. It’s a little trite, but old-school dads can still fall into those patterns. Plus, messing with your kids is one of life’s great joys. And however flawed they may be, they come from a good place of wanting your kid to be happy. Steve Harvey is one of those dads, and he’s tried to hate on his daughter’s new boyfriend. But he can’t because that boyfriend is MICHAEL B. JORDAN.

The comedian/game show host’s youngest daughter Lori is dating the terrific actor from “Creed”, “Black Panther” and a million other great things. The two have been dating for several months, and Harvey has finally met his match as an overprotective dad.

“You know what, I have tried not to like him,” he said on Ellen. He followed that by praising him soundly. The “Family Feud” star is exposed to just about every variation of complaint and annoyance people have conjured for years in survey answers, and he’s still coming up blank when he tries to think of something bad about Jordan.

And he’s not had this problem before. On Kimmel, he said he had plenty of success ousting past boyfriends, saying “I done get rid of all of them. All of them…Some of them just snuck in the back door on me and lasted a lot longer than I wanted it to,” he added. We’ll just leave it there and move on without comment.

“But this guy is such a good guy, man,” Harvey said of Jordan. “He is one of the nicest guys. I met his father. I’ve sat up with him, talking for hours.

“I just can’t find nothing wrong with him. I’m hoping to.”

Good luck, Steve! But also, Michael B. Jordan seems like a good dude and also your daughter is literally 24 years old so it’s probably time to stop that behavior. Hopefully, he’s joking a little bit, seeing as a daughter isn’t property.

Survey says: she’s a grown-up and doesn’t need you to tank her relationships forever!

Prince’s Legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Guitar Solo Gets Director’s Cut

Prince Rock and Roll HOF Performance
(YouTube/JAGtenthplanet)

Way back in 2004, I happened to be flipping channels when I stumbled across the rebroadcast of that year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony on (I think) VH1. This was back before streaming, and even before YouTube existed and offered access to every memorable moment that had ever been filmed. Suffice to say, I got really lucky to stumble across it.

The line-up that year included George Harrison, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne, and Prince, all of whom were honored earlier in the program and most of whom were on stage for the show’s closing all-star jam which featured all the inductees (with Dhani Harrison standing in for his late father) performing Harrison’s classic Beatles’ track, While My Guitar Gently Weeps. It’s been nearly 20 years and I have never stopped talking about this performance, for one reason.

About halfway through the song (at the 3:29 mark), which is basically front-lined by Petty with support from Winwood and Lynne, Prince septs out of the shadows and absolutely takes over, lighting the ceremony on fire with one of the greatest, if not the absolute best, guitar solos of all time.

Anyone who has listened to Prince knows he’s an incredibly talented artist, but if you only know the hits or heard him on the radio or MTV, you might not understand how proficient a musician he is, especially at guitar. At his concerts, he regularly tears up covers of classic rock songs by the likes of Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and more, and this performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame puts his full powers on display.

No description can do his performance justice. Every time you think the solo has peaked, he unleashes a new riff and takes it up a notch, clearly having a blast the entire time. It wasn’t on YouTube at the start, but it is now, and it has over 100 million views, and it’s about to have even more when I finish this and go watch it again.

Now, the director of the ceremony, Joel Gladden, has re-cut the footage to focus even more on Prince during his solo, including more close-ups as the purple one blows the audience’s – and Tom Petty’s, and especially Dhani Harrison’s (just look at the awe on the kid’s face as Prince goes off) – minds. Gladden explains his intentions in an article about the footage in the Los Angeles Times.

Is this version of the footage better? Maybe, maybe not. But it hardly matters because the solo remains the same, and the solo is simply incredible. Watch the director’s cut below, then go back and watch the original footage that I watched all those years ago, and then just go back and forth and watch the solo over and over, as I’ve been doing for some 15 years.

And if you can tell me where the hell his guitar goes at the end, when he simply throws it up into the air. It never comes down!

Watch below:

Someone Has Made a Mod That Puts Barney Into the Resident Evil Village Demo

resident-evil-8-barney-mod
(Youtube/Marcos RC)

The Resident Evil franchise is famously known for it’s zombies, ridiculous storylines, creepy settings, and unsettling monstrosities.  Now, we can add purple dinosaurs to that list.

Last weekend, players had the chance to try out the upcoming eighth installment in the series ‘Resident Evil Village’ via a limited-time demo.  The demo was only available for 24 hours and once you started playing, you only had 60 minutes to explore and complete it.  Not one to let that short amount of time go to waste, modder Marcos RC managed to put Barney the Dinosaur into the game.  This isn’t the first time Marcos has modded a Resident Evil title, but I feel like it’s the best one yet.

The mod is pretty hilarious, but it doesn’t quite pack the same punch without Barney’s actual voice.  This needs to be rectified immediately.  Imagine Barney shuffling towards you saying things like “Super Dee-Duper!” or hearing him hum the Barney theme song to himself while standing in a dark corridor.  The thought alone sends shivers down my spine.

If you were one of the many (including myself) that missed out on trying the demo, developer Capcom ended up changing their mind.  They lifted the restrictions and made the demo accessible for everyone from now until the game officially releases on May 7th.  Will you be picking it up?

Disney Imagineers Branch Out and Build Robotic Baby Groot

Disney Imagineers build dancing robotic baby Groot
(YouTube/Walt Disney Imagineering)

I couldn’t tell you the plot to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but I vividly remember almost every second of Baby Groot’s flawless dance to ELO’s “Mr. Blue Sky.” Groot is a creature of few words, repeating his catchphrase “I am Groot” in varying tones to convey whatever it is he’s trying to say. But like Chewbacca, Wall-E, and most other nonverbal characters, Groot makes up for his nonexistent vocabulary in wildly creative ways.

Whether you’re a fan of Guardians of the Galaxy or not, it’s impossible to deny just how freaking cute the sentient tree creature is. To celebrate baby Groot in all his shimmying glory, the Walt Disney Imagineers spent several years bringing him to life.

The Imagineers are the geniuses behind Disney theme parks, cruise ships, attractions, essentially everything at the crossroads between creativity and technology. Their extensive experience and ingenuity made their Disney branch the perfect one to take on project Groot – and fir real, they crushed it.

To celebrate the fruits of their labor, the Imagineers shared a video of their creative process on YouTube. In 2018, the team began work on Groot’s little legs. Once those were up and running, the team added the trunk of Groot’s body before letting him roam free around the office for a while.

“Using custom authoring tools that combine whole-body motion planning and traditional character animation, artists can quickly bring robotic characters to life with expressive motions and interactive behaviors,” Walt Disney Imagineering captioned their video. “There are no immediate plans for use in Disney theme parks; however, a prototype in the form of Groot is being used to test unique traits, gaits and capabilities.”

Robo-Groot had a few missteps, likely far more than the single tumble included in the video. But by 2020, the team was confident enough in their baby Robot to give him the full Groot, resting birch face and all.

Meet Linda Owens, The Woman Who Has Fostered Over 80 Infants Throughout 34 Years

78-year-old fosters over 80 infants in 34 years
(YouTube/KPIX CBS SF Bay Area)

Taking on the role of a foster parent is a monumental responsibility, one that requires a lot of patience and an enormous heart. Foster parents fulfill all of the daily responsibilities of a parent, in addition to the emotional toll of giving yourself fully to a little one knowing that it’s only temporary. Sadly, nearly half of the infants who enter the foster care system have faced neglect, and more than half come from homes with parents who abuse drugs or alcohol. Transferring unhoused infants into loving foster homes is of the utmost importance, and nobody understands the vital nature of a good foster parent quite like Linda Owens.

Linda Owens is a 78-year-old retired grocery store manager living in Hayward, California. Rather than retire to a life of leisure, Owens decided to change the world for the better. Throughout the past 34 years, the single mom has fostered 81 infants – sometimes two at a time.

Anyone who has raised their own infant knows just how exhausting it can be. We give ourselves pep talks, remembering that one day they’ll sleep through the night, eventually they’ll become more independent. But for Linda Owens, her time as a foster mom comes to an end before her babies can feed themselves, use the toilet, or even tell her how much they love and appreciate her.

The babies who are fortunate enough to end up in Owens’s expert hands often require more care than the average infant, some even going through drug withdrawal after exposure in the womb. Owens, however, is filled with gratitude for the opportunity to help.

“It’s a challenging job, but very rewarding,” Owens told KPIX. “This is what God’s handed me a gift to do.”

Owens’s 34 years as a foster mom means that many of her foster babies are now fully grown adults, the oldest now being 37 years old. But Owens has a special place in her heart for each and every baby that has passed through her door, and to this day, she remembers every single one. Some adoptive families have even kept in contact with Owens over the years, sharing their children’s milestones with the woman who helped complete their families.

CBS affiliate KPIX recently honored Owens with a Jefferson Award in recognition of her life-changing efforts, the same month Owens took in her 81st foster baby. Saying goodbye to an infant you’ve poured so much love into raising seems impossible. But for Owens, it’s a sign that she did her job, and did it well.

Of the baby girl Owens is currently fostering she says, “I can give her a kiss on the forehead and wish her the best, and say, ‘I love you.’”