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

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

4 Things That Will Help You Remain Calm When Your Kids Use The Internet

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The idea of unleashing your child into the digital world gives parents the same trepidation traditionally reserved for teaching a hormone-crazed teenager how to merge into rush hour traffic. Sure, the World Wide Web can be a scary place, but in a lot of ways, the experience is better than when we were kids. What we’ve lost in dial-up noises, we’ve gained in parental controls and strategies to make the online world a healthier environment for our kids.

You Control the World They Play In

There aren’t many phrases scarier for a parent than “in-app purchases available.” Thankfully, you can add layers of purchasing restrictions to make sure your kid doesn’t convert your life savings into video game currency.

Once you have your pocketbook protected, most apps and services also have filters you can apply to serve up only age-appropriate content. Video platforms get better every day at creating a digital world with training wheels for pre-teens. Most games restrict chat functions for younger kids so you don’t have to worry about strangers trying to make small talk with your second grader who simply wants to feed a pretend horse in an open-world environment.

Most importantly, keeping kids aware of your screen time rules — and enforcing them — will go a long way to keeping their digital habit a healthy one.

Today’s Parental Supervision Tools Are Next Level

Just as you want to know who your kid’s in-person friends are, you can monitor their early digital interactions to make sure they’re using the internet for good. Apps like Messenger Kids create a safer environment where kids can interact and play with their buddies while parents keep an eye on their whole experience.

Messaging apps are not only a great way for kids to stay connected with buddies outside of a classroom or play date, but they’re a solid introduction for kids to the digital world. They foster creativity by giving kids freedom in how they play and connect, while also aiding social and emotional development by helping kids stay in touch with friends and family members.

With Messenger Kids, you have your own separate Parent Dashboard that allows you to manage your kid’s contact list, set “off times” to enforce screen time limits, and check in on your child’s conversations, which is especially helpful with younger kids.

You’re Already Teaching Them What They Need To Know

Isolation and bullying are among the biggest dangers for teenagers growing up digitally. Actually, they’re some of the biggest problems of being a kid, period. But just as the digital world can intensify some of those issues, smart digital tools can also be part of the solution.

Many apps and platforms are joining the mission to educate and encourage positive behaviors in the digital realm. The Messenger Kids Pledge echoes the attitudes we want our kids to exhibit in real life: Be Kind, Be Respectful, Be Safe, and Have Fun. To help kids learn these behaviors and put them into practice, Messenger Kids’ new interactive Pledge Planets activity puts kids in charge of helping characters navigate social situations by using their digital citizenship skills. Messenger Kids’ interactive games also have report functions to help dramatically limit in-game bullying, while parental supervision tools let you monitor your kid’s online play.

Fortunately, there has never been more education and awareness in schools to combat issues like bullying. Those are the same values and lessons you’re instilling in your kids at home, both in-person and online.

Spending Time Online With Your Kid Can Be an Incredible Bonding Experience

Having an online kid doesn’t have to be scary — it can actually enhance your relationship. It’s something fun to do together. You don’t have to wait to throw a ball around the yard, you can destroy your fourth-grader in your favorite racing game. Meeting your kid on their level and gaming together, whether it’s a world-building game or a team-up-to-defend-the-world-from-zombies game, are memories they’ll carry forever. And it gives you a chance to model the behavior you expect from them online.

Also, an ongoing messaging relationship with your kid can bring you closer. Nothing cheers up the final quarter of your workday like your kid sending a GIF on Messenger Kids after they get home from school. Ask a child how school was, and they listlessly respond, “Fine.” Ask via text, and they might give you a whole breakdown of what’s going on — though it might be communicated with memes and emojis. Still, it adds a whole new dimension to your relationship. And you can’t ask for much more than that.

Messenger Kids is the video, voice, and messaging app designed for kids to connect with family and friends. Learn more by exploring messengerkids.com.

POSTED Homeless Man Heroically Pulls Police Officer From Burning Cruiser

Johnny Walker was working near a store where a police cruiser was involved in an accident while chasing a suspect. He heard the crash, saw squad car had gone up in flames, and leapt to action.

“I’m homeless, I was doing some work for someone. I was taking some tools back when I heard ‘boom, boom, boom, boom,’” he said to a local TV station. “I ran out here to see what it is and I saw a lot of cars, but I paid attention to the fire. My instincts were to go to that car and help him out, because he was crushed in on both sides.”

The deputy was chasing a suspect of an armed robbery when he collided with another car in an intersection. Several vehicles were involved, and one woman was tragically killed.  How you respond in a situation like that says a lot about a person. He didn’t see the armed robbery, he didn’t see the cop crash into cars in the intersection. He just  saw a car on fire, and threw himself into harm’s way to help.

And Walker got a big reward for his efforts. Not in an official capacity, but his family, who thought the homeless man had passed away, saw him being interviewed on TV. They’ve since reconnected with him, and raised more than $10,000 to help him find a home and counseling. The selfless heroic act hopefully has him back on a path to more stability.

The Rock Refuses Vin Diesel’s Fast and Furious Invitation

Sometimes, even family, fall out. Even the Fast and the Furious family.

That’s what happened with Vin Diesel and The Rock, who very publicly dislike each other and stopped teaming up on Fast movies. The Rock showed up for Fast 5, 6, 7, and 8, then had enough, did his Diesel-free Hobbs and Shaw spinoff movie, and said sayonara. But Diesel, perhaps after Fast 8 and Fast 9 weren’t quite as furious as he’d hoped, finally saw the light and asked The Rock to return for Fast 10 to wrap up the series. To which The Rock said: Nah.

A few months ago, Diesel posted to Instagram:

“The world awaits the finale of ‘Fast 10,’” Diesel wrote. “As you know, my children refer to you as Uncle Dwayne in my house. There is not a holiday that goes by that they and you don’t send well wishes… but the time has come. Legacy awaits. I told you years ago that I was going to fulfill my promise to Pablo. I swore that we would reach and manifest the best Fast in the finale that is 10!”

Diesel took to Instagram to essentially beg The Rock to return. The Rock has finally responded. Not in the way Vin Diesel wanted.

In an interview with CNN, the DC’s Black Adam laid it all out:

“I told [Diesel] directly that I would not be returning to the franchise. I was firm yet cordial with my words and said that I would always be supportive of the cast and always root for the franchise to be successful, but that there was no chance I would return.”

He directly addressed Diesel’s social media post asking him back: “Vin’s recent public post was an example of his manipulation. I didn’t like that he brought up his children in the post, as well as Paul Walker’s death. Leave them out of it. We had spoken months ago about this and came to a clear understanding.”

There are no hard feelings, of course.

“My goal all along was to end my amazing journey with this incredible franchise with gratitude and grace. It’s unfortunate that this public dialogue has muddied the waters. Regardless, I’m confident in the ‘Fast’ universe and its ability to consistently deliver for the audience… I truly wish my former co-stars and crew members the best of luck and success in the next chapter.”

And that’s that.

Belfast Star Wishes Dad Was Around To See His New Movie

Not every star makes it big early. Some spend long careers grinding, never quite getting that big break, or fully realizing their potential, until later in their lives. It’s not easy waiting for recognition, or for finally delivering the project they’ve always wanted to make, especially when the people who would be most proud of your accomplishments aren’t around to see them.

For actor Jaime Dornan, that person is his father.

Dornan was a model who hit it big when he was cast in the film adaptation of the hugely popular book series, Shades of Grey. He’d become a star, and was very successful, but it’s his latest project that is getting the most attention. He stars in Belfast, an autobiographical tale from writer/director Kenneth Branagh, about a young boy growing up in Northern Ireland. The movie is an Oscar favorite, and Dornan is proud to be a part of it. He just wishes his father were still around to see it.

Dornan’s father, Jim, was a renowned obstetrician and gynecologist and was considered a pioneer in the field of women’s reproductive rights. He passed away from Covid-19 last March while Dornan was on quarantine while filming in Australia.

“For my dad not to see Belfast really hurts,” he told the Sunday Times. “I take comfort from the fact that he knows I did it. Some people go their whole lives without being told they’ve made their parents proud. My dad told me every day.”

Dornan says his father was the one who encouraged him to explore his creative side – rather than end up a working stiff.

“I didn’t want to become an estate agent in Belfast and play a bit of club rugby at weekends — with the greatest respect to estate agents in Belfast,” he added. “I just felt I had a wee bit more to offer than that… even though it is lunacy to try to be an actor. Only 4 per cent of actors are employed — who in their right mind would pursue that?”

His dad encouraged him, and Dornan has made his way quite well, and his dad knew it.

Peter Dinklage Says Fans Need to ‘Move On’ From Game of Thrones Ending

Game of Thrones was an incredible show. Groundbreaking for HBO and it absolutely deserved all the good accolades that came its way. But that last season…Season 8 of the show will always be the asterisk that drags the show down from being one of the best ever. But, star Peter Dinklage has a message for fans; “Move on.”

Dinklage, who was truly fantastic as Tyrion Lannister, gave a wide-ranging interview to the New York Times recently about new projects he’s working on. Late in the interview, he was asked about the ending.

He said he thought people were upset with it because “they wanted the pretty white people to ride off into the sunset together.”

“By the way, it’s fiction. There’s dragons in it. Move on,” he laughed. “No, but the show subverts what you think, and that’s what I love about it.”

Dinklage thought it was the perfect time to end the show, and thought the ending was brilliant in how it wasn’t about who ruled after all.

“Everybody had their own stories going on while watching that show, but nobody’s was as good as what the show delivered, I think,” he said.

He does make a strong case for how the show frequently went out of its way to set up a fantasy trope and then cut it down. It’s what kept the show interesting and kept viewers on their feet. HOWEVER, The fans have some legit gripes with how sped up the creators made that last season. Author George R.R. Martin thought the show should’ve been two seasons longer (of course he did, he can’t finish anything) and he’s probably right. At least another season would’ve allowed them to set up the finish better.

Still, the destination was the destination, no matter how bungled the pacing was. And people…were not going to like that destination. It’s unseen if that’s how Martin plans to end things (although he clued the creators into other major moments that aren’t in the books yet, so I can’t imagine he veers off course with the ending), but Dinklage is right in that everyone had a different story. And no matter what, many of them were going to be mad with how it ended  (and just the fact that it actually was over).

But if the ending actually was as good as he thinks it was, the show would still be spoken about reverently in culture. Instead, most people have moved on. And that’s the biggest sign that things didn’t work as well as possible.

Laura: So Lucky

“We have 2 under 2, about 14 months apart. Covid has become increasingly difficult with being in lock down and stay home orders (we’re in Ontario).

My husband has worked around the clock to be able to provide for us, as we’ve felt the financial ramifications just like so many. He works two jobs to cover our expenses and comes home always so present and involved with the kids. Always there to give me a break when I’m on my mental tipping point.

He’s always the first to say, “go for a drive, or go have a nap”… he does so much for us and never asks for anything in return. We’re so lucky.”

– Laura Fleming

Teen McDonald’s Employee Jumps Through Drive-thru Window To Save Choking Woman

A Minnesota teen served up more than just burgers and fries during her Saturday shift at McDonald’s. Throughout the seven months 15-year-old Sydney Raley spent working at the McDonald’s in Eden Prairie, her biggest challenges consisted of handling the daily lunch rush. That is, until a seemingly-typical day at the drive-thru turned almost catastrophic.

The hard-working teen was in the midst of her weekend shift, taking orders and handing customers their food through the drive-thru window. Working in food service can be incredibly hectic, but Sydney’s attentiveness and quick thinking meant the difference between life and death for one customer. After handing a woman and her daughter their first bag of food, Sydney turned to check on the remainder of their order. When the 15-year-old went to update her customers, she noticed something was seriously wrong.

“She was coughing like crazy, and I noticed she was gagging.” Sydney told CNN. “Her daughter was in the passenger seat and she looked so freaked out. I immediately knew ‘Oh, no, she’s choking.'”

Sydney learned the Heimlich maneuver from a Red Cross class for babysitters years before, and almost automatically, her training kicked in. After instructing both her manager and the customer’s daughter to call 911, Sydney leaped through the drive-thru window to do whatever she could to save the woman’s life.

With the help of a bystander, Sydney dislodged the chicken nugget from the choking woman’s throat. Though the customer was still in a state of shock, her immense gratitude was evident. The heroic teen received a reward from the Edina Police Department for her heroism, and well-earned praise from her community as a whole.

Kingsman Director Wants To Put Henry Cavill in a Fun Superman Movie

Of all the ways DC has botched their movie universe, from their painful attempt to match the MCU’s team up with a hastily-assembled version of their own, to Wonder Woman 1984, to the Snydercut, no character has gotten shorter shift than Superman.

The most iconic superhero of all got one controversial movie in which he utterly betrayed his most fundamental principles, and then didn’t even get a sequel of his own. He was immediately thrust into Batman v. Superman and then the Justice League, for which he was largely absent. And in none of those movies did he live up to the promise of his comics, or of the first two Christopher Reeve films.

Someday we’ll hopefully get a worthy follow-up, and maybe it will be directed by the Kingsmen’s Matthew Vaughn. The director is currently doing press for The King’s Man, his Kingsmen prequel, and he revealed to The Wrap that not only does he want to make a Superman movie, but he also pitched one before Man of Steel.

“I was desperate to do a Superman film. Desperate,” Vaughn confessed. “I pitched a big Superman movie before they made ‘Man of Steel.’”

He didn’t get that chance, but he’s still pining. And after having worked with Henry Cavill, he wants the Man of Steel star to reprise the role. With a slightly different tone than Snyder’s pompous, gray-toned take.

“I just got to work with Henry Cavill, which was lovely, on ‘Argylle’ and he’s unbelievable in it. I still think there’s room for a new Superman film, but a proper Superman film. A colorful, fun Superman movie. Not a dark one.”

He explains that he wishes the character had gotten his own sequel before he joined Batman’s world, which has a very different tone – especially since the Nolan movies reinvented the character for modern times

“I just thought it was a mistake putting the Batman vibe into the Superman world,” Vaughn said. “I just think they’re two separate — they’re just not relatable in any way, in my mind. It should be fun. I mean, look, ‘The Dark Knight’ was obviously different, and it made sense and it was brilliant, as a film and as a comic. But Superman was always… I loved the [Richard] Donner ‘Superman’ movie, and I think ‘Wonder Woman’ worked because, I think, ‘Wonder Woman’ was basically remaking [Donner’s] ‘Superman’ in a weird way. Yeah, I love Superman.”

I love Superman too, and that all sounds good to me. There are plenty of ways to make the character work without going the angsty, conflicted route. I’d love to see Vaughn, or someone else with the right mindset, make it work.

Either way, the character will endure. But hopefully, we’ll see him soar again soon.

An NFL Player Surprised Two Dozen Kids With New Bikes for Christmas

In the world of great seasonal content, few things will rank up there with “famous person surprises kids with cool presents.” One of the latest was fantasy football standout Joe Mixon, who has been tearing it up for the Bengals on the gridiron. And the impact he’s leaving off the field is proving to be just as big.

Mixon surprised 28 kids from the Boys & Girls club to a local arcade for a few hours of unlimited video games and pizza. They even all got Icees for dessert. The biggest surprise was saved for last, as Mixon made sure each kid would have a Christmas to remember as he gave everyone there a brand new bike and helmet. The kids were floored and started testing them out right there in the arcade.

Mixon posed for pictures with the kids and went out of his way to make their day special. It’s cool to see pro athletes giving back in a real way. It wasn’t just a staged photo where the player pops in for some good press, Mixon was there for those kids the whole day. And the bikes were the icing on the cake.

“This community has embraced me and become a second home for me, so to be able to give back and inspire these children is the least I can do,” he said. It’s not even the first time Mixon has gone this route, as he’s pulled the arcade/bike surprise in the past as well.

The Bengals have exceeded expectations this season and were close to being even better if not for a few very close losses. Mixon has been carrying the backfield for Cincinnati, while star QB Joe Burrow has been one of the best in the NFL throwing the football.

Even above his play on the field, Mixon can at least know he has 28 new fans after putting some magic into their holiday season.