Holiday Gift Guide: The Smartypants DadShopping for dads is weird. You can go the tie route, or the dress shirt route, or the "Billy The Singing Bass" route. (Please don't go that route.") Can you blame your dad for saying every year "No, no, don't get me anything! I don't need anymore crap"? So I stopped buying my dad "crap." Usually I end up buying him a book because he is a big reader. However, that is getting predictable! So this year I've searched high and low for the perfect gifts for a smartypants dad: a guy who can take apart and reassmble any appliance in the kitchen, a history buff, and someone who listens to NPR (even though he thinks they're a bunch of dirty hippies). My dad would love every single one of these holiday gifts — I hope yours would, too!