45 Amazing Father’s Day Gifts for All Kinds of Dads

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Uncommon Goods

Reminder: Father’s Day is June 18. If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for dad, let us try to help. We compiled some of the best gifts for a variety of interests and tastes.

1. SCOTCH INFUSED TOOTHPICKS; $36

If you’ve noticed your dad grabbing a handful of toothpicks on his way out of a restaurant, it might be nice to get him some of his own for fancier occasions. These toothpicks have the subtle flavor of single malt scotch; they're made with a “barrel-aged, Islay single malt made by a 200-year-old distillery for a distinctively smoky flavor with notes of peat and complex caramel.” Each box contains four vials, with 12 toothpicks in each.

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2. BEER MAKING KIT; $36

Does your dad drink a lot of beer? Does he possibly need a hobby? Give him a starter kit to help him learn to brew his own beer. Each kit comes with almost everything you need to get started (strainer, funnel, pot, and bottles aren't included, though). We've linked to the Everyday IPA, but there are other flavors, including chocolate maple porter, jalapeño saison, and chestnut brown ale.

Find it: Amazon

3. BOTTLE CAP MAP; $38

Let your dad keep track of his beer-drinking travels with this wooden map, which has a bottle-cap-shaped hole for each state. All your father has to do is drink one beer from every state to complete the map. If he needs help, this is a good place to start.

Find it: Amazon

4. CHEMIST'S COCKTAIL KIT; $30

Mixing great cocktails is a science—and it will definitely feel like that when it's done with chemistry equipment. This laboratory-inspired kit comes with an Erlenmeyer flask decanter, six test tubes, a shaker, and glass stirring rod, all kept in a powder-coated steel rack.

Find it: ThinkGeek

5. CITY MAP GLASSES; $14

This series of glassware comes etched with the streets of various cities around the world; each glass has an intricate map and the coordinates of the metro area.

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6. GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL; $13

Summertime means summer cocktails, so arm your dad with the necessary materials to make drinks that are truly from scratch. The kit comes with six different packs of seeds: cucamelon, blue borage, lime basil, hyssop, lemon balm, and mint. There are also six growing pots, six peat blocks, six plant markers, and a book of planting tips to help pops get started. Once the plants have grown, your dad can use the included recipe book to make delicious cocktails using the homegrown ingredients.

Find it: Amazon

7. T-REX BOTTLE OPENER; $30

Opening bottles is about to be a lot cooler with this T.rex statuette. The weighted figure works nicely as decor, or a door stopper.

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8. STAR WARS PINT GLASSES; $21

Your dad can throw back a few beers with these Star Wars pint glasses.

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9. SUITCASE GRILL; $61

For cooking on the go, get this portable grill that folds down into a suitcase. The metal structure comes in red and silver and has a mess-free ash catcher. The charcoal grill is large enough to cook food for two people, but small enough to easily be carried.

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10. COOKING GUIDE APRON; $12

Help your dad in the kitchen with a special cooking guide that can be worn right around the waist. Things like numeric conversions, cooking and roasting times, and freezing instructions are just a glance away. Just lift up the apron to read the information that’s printed upside down.

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11. ANIMAL MULTI-TOOL; $23

Add some whimsy to your dad’s pocket with a multi-tool that’s shaped like various animal heads. The seven-in-one tool includes flathead screwdriver, a Phillips head screwdriver, wire stripper, file, hole punch, bottle opener, and utility knife.

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12. DO-IT-YOURSELF MANUAL; $24

This helpful manual is the perfect guide to home improvement and beyond. The book has a little bit for everyone, and even seasoned repairmen have admitted to learning a lot from it. Since being published in 1973, over 10 million copies have been sold. You can’t beat those numbers!

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13. STADIUM SEAT CUFFLINKS; $190 - $200  

Don’t get your baseball-loving dad any old cufflinks—get him ones made using seats from stadiums like Shea, the Polo Grounds, Fenway, and more. The color and condition of wood varies between pairs, but that’s to be expected when working with retired stadium seats.

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14. TICKET STUB DIARY; $12

Help your father keep track of his sports outings (or music concerts) with this charming journal. The book has clear sleeves to hold used tickets, and recycled paper to write down anecdotes. It'll motivate you and your pops to go out and make some memories.

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15. GOLF BBQ KIT; $26

Dads that love to golf and grill will flip (burgers) for this BBQ set that bridges both worlds. The collection comes with tongs, a fork, and a spatula, all with handles resembling golf clubs.

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16. DESK BILLIARDS; $23

No room for an actual pool table? Consider this smaller version that can sit on your father’s desk. The tiny game of pool is just 20 inches long with 16 pool balls that are each an inch in diameter. The adorable set comes with two pool cues and a triangle for setting up.

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17. LIBRARY CARD SOCKS; $10 - $15

Out of Print is an online company that sells charming book-related loot like shirts, notebooks, and tote bags. They also make these amazing socks that look like the sign-out cards found in (old-school) library books.

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18. CASSETTE BOOKMARK; $7

Bibliophiles who also love music will dig this magnetic bookmark that looks like a cassette. Each comes with a ribbon similar to the tape that tends to spill out of cassettes, but instead of rolling the tape back up, it’s used to keep the reader's place in a book.

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19. EDGAR ALLAN POE ACTION FIGURE; $12

Who said action figures had to be limited to superheroes and army men? Edgar Allan Poe is the perfect man to be immortalized in plastic; he even comes with a little raven. Now you can reenact countless scenes of brooding and composing poems.

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20. HERO BOOKEND; $28

If you think your dad is a hero, get him this metal superhero bookend. With the help of a strong magnet, it gives the illusion that the tiny hero is keeping the tilted books from falling.

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21. SCRATCH-OFF MAP; $30

Let your dad keep track of his travels with this special map. Each country is a different color, so it will look more vibrant with each trip.

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22. TRIP ORGANIZER; $14

Traveling is a whole lot easier with a guide. This book will help your dad plan future trips and remember past experiences. It comes with five storage pockets for tickets and clippings as well as prompts for travel ideas.

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23. MARSHALL HEADPHONES; $150

These special headphones blend old-school with new technology, making them the perfect gift for any dad. They connect to most devices with Bluetooth or with a cord and audio jack. An analog control knob lets the user play, pause, shuffle, and adjust the volume; the listener can even answer or ignore calls right on the headphones. Thanks to their sleek design and collapsible shape, they also travel well on airplanes.

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24. FLUANCE FI70 MUSIC SYSTEM; $500

Thanks to an integrated amplifier and six-speaker configuration, this sleek device makes it sound like the concert is being held right in the living room. Your dad’s own music library, as well as apps like Spotify and Pandora, can be played wirelessly with Bluetooth. It comes in three colors: black, walnut, and bamboo.

Find it: Amazon

25. BLUETOOTH SHOWERHEAD; $37

Having to take a shower doesn’t mean having to stop the music. This showerhead is equipped with Bluetooth, which allows the user to connect their computer or phone and wirelessly play tunes in the bathroom. Prepare for even more singing in the shower.

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26. ZOMBIE SLIPPERS; $16

Your dad might be hesitant to slip his feet into the mouths of hungry zombies, but he’ll be glad he did. The warm footwear fits most adult feet and is lined in cozy material.

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27. LIFE HACKS; $9

Who says there are no shortcuts in life? Breeze through basic tasks and chores with a book of “life hacks.” These tips and tricks will help your dad save time, which can turn into more time for relaxing.

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28. SELF-STIRRING MUG; $9

Sometimes when it’s really early, it’s hard to even muster up the energy to grab a spoon. This mug understands your dad’s struggle and will happily stir his cup of coffee for him. Simply push the button and the contents get swirled around.

Find it: Amazon

29. SMART WATCH; $62

Make your dad feel like a secret agent with a high-tech smart watch. Besides telling the time, the device can also set reminders, make phone calls, and send messages. It works with both Android and iOS, although email and texting might not work for some iOS users. The screen is vibrant and the speakers are loud enough to play music on.

Find it: Amazon

30. DEATH STAR CAR CHARGER; $30

If your dad is in the car a lot (and really loves Star Wars) then get him this Death Star-shaped car charger. It comes with two USB ports, so it can charge a phone and tablet at the same time. It has green LED lights and plays music when connected. Just plug it into the car’s vehicle power adapter (cigarette lighter).

Find it: ThinkGeek

31. USB CUFFLINKS; $100

For the dad who thinks he's 007, check out these cufflinks that only look like unassuming cufflinks. In a move worthy of real spies, each piece has an 8 GB USB flash drive hidden inside (perfect for when he needs to pass along sensitive information—i.e. embarrassing childhood photos).

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32. ROKU PREMIERE+; $68

Give the gift of on-demand television that's just a remote click away. Warning: This might lead to many phone calls asking how to work the television.

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33. ELECTRONIC CLEANING PUTTY; $13

Fastidious dads like to keep a clean desk, and that includes the keyboard. This neon goo will get in between the nooks and crannies of a keyboard to lift out all the dust, crumbs, and other debris.

Find it: Amazon

34. DOG BREED NECKTIE; $49

Now your dad can sport a classy red tie with a pattern of dogs. You can choose from 17 different breeds, like a corgi, pug, Boston terrier, beagle, and more.

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35. CARDBOARD DEER; $30

This cardboard deer bust is an animal-friendly alternative to taxidermy. The creation comes flat and needs to be built by fitting the pieces together in pre-cut slats.

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36. OWL EYEGLASS HOLDER; $24

The next time your dad is searching for his glasses, you can tell him to "check the owl." This nightstand fixture offers a home for glasses to sit right before bed.

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37. DEATH WISH COFFEE; $20

If your dad is always asking for an extra shot of espresso, you should introduce him to this super strong coffee. Considered one of the most caffeinated coffees in the world, Death Wish packs a punch of 660 milligrams of caffeine per 12 fluid ounce cup (a regular coffee will run 195 milligrams or so).

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38. CAFFEINATED SOAP; $5-$15

Showers can be a lot more energizing—no freezing cold water needed. This vegetable-based glycerine soap is made with caffeine to give your dad a morning jumpstart, even before that first cup of coffee. Each bar has about 200 milligrams of caffeine per serving/shower. It also has a refreshing peppermint smell—but no, it's not edible.

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39. BALLOON DOG STATUE; $30

Take a little bit of Jeff Koons home with a miniature dog balloon statue. The 7-inch-long sculpture is a perfect knick knack for your dad's office or study.

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40. ART SOCKS; $15

Socks are a total Father's Day classic, so you'll really knock it out of the park with socks with famous paintings on them. This set comes with a total of eight pairs.

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41. STARRY NIGHT UMBRELLA; $63

What appears like a plain black umbrella is actually a secret work of art. Inside, your dad can be surrounded by van Gogh's Starry Night, which is definitely a better scene than the cloudy skies overhead.

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42. DARTH VADER ROBE; $46

Let your dad use the dark side to get super snuggly. The fleece duds come with a belt and oversized hood for maximum coziness.

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43. DOCTOR WHO TIE; $12

Get your dad a tie that looks like either the TARDIS or the Fourth Doctor's scarf.

Find it: ThinkGeek

44. ENTERPRISE PIZZA CUTTER; $22

Pizza: the final frontier. This fantastic pizza cutter is shaped like the classic ship from Star Trek.

Find it: Amazon

45. GROOT EMOTIONS SHIRT; $20

Groot may not have the biggest vocabulary, but he does have a wide range of emotions, from I am Groot, to I am Groot. This shirt documents all the ways Groot's feeling on one cotton tee.

Find it: Amazon

14 Retro Gifts for Millennials

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Ravi Palwe, Unsplash

Millennials were born between 1981 and 1996, which means the pop culture they grew up with is officially retro. No matter what generation you belong to, consider these gifts when shopping for the Millennials in your life this holiday season.

1. Reptar Funko Pop!; $29

Amazon

This vinyl Reptar figurine from Funko is as cool as anything you’d find in the rugrats’ toy box. The monster dinosaur has been redesigned in classic Pop! style, making it a perfect desk or shelf accessory for the grown-up Nickelodeon fan. It also glows in the dark, which should appeal to anyone’s inner child.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Dragon Ball Z Slippers; $20

Hot Topic

You don’t need to change out of your pajamas to feel like a Super Saiyan. These slippers are emblazoned with the same kanji Goku wears on his gi in Dragon Ball Z: one for training under King Kai and one for training with Master Roshi. And with a soft sherpa lining, the footwear feels as good as it looks.

Buy it: Hot Topic

3. The Pokémon Cookbook; $15

Hop Topic

What do you eat after a long day of training and catching Pokémon? Any dish in The Pokémon Cookbook is a great option. This book features more than 35 recipes inspired by creatures from the Pokémon franchise, including Poké Ball sushi rolls and mashed Meowth potatoes.

Buy it: Hot Topic

4. Lisa Frank Activity Book; $5

Urban Outfitters

Millennials will never be too old for Lisa Frank, especially when the artist’s playful designs come in a relaxing activity book. Watercolor brings the rainbow characters in this collection to life. Just gather some painting supplies and put on a podcast for a relaxing, nostalgia-fueled afternoon.

Buy it: Urban Outfitters

5. Shoebox Tape Recorder with USB; $28

Amazon

The days of recording mix tapes don’t have to be over. This device looks and functions just like tape recorders from the pre-smartphone era. And with a USB port as well as a line-in jack and built-in mic, users can easily import their digital music collection onto retro cassette tapes.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Days of the Week Scrunchie Set; $12

Urban Outfitters

Millennials can be upset that a trend from their youth is old enough to be cool again, or they can embrace it. This scrunchie set is for anyone happy to see the return of the hair accessory. The soft knit ponytail holders come in a set of five—one for each day of the school (or work) week.

Buy it: Urban Outfitters

7. D&D Graphic T-shirt; $38-$48

80s Tees

The perfect gift for the Dungeon Master in your life, this graphic tee is modeled after the cover of the classic Dungeons & Dragons rule book. It’s available in sizes small through 3XL.

Buy it: 80s Tees

8. Chuck E. Cheese T-shirt; $36-$58

80s Tees

Few Millennials survived childhood without experiencing at least one birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. This retro T-shirt sports the brand’s original name: Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre. It may be the next-best gift for a Chuck E. Cheese fan behind a decommissioned animatronic.

Buy it: 80s Tees

9. The Nightmare Before Christmas Picnic Blanket Bag; $40

Shop Disney

Fans of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas will recognize the iconic scene on the front of this messenger bag. Unfold it and the bag becomes a blanket fit for a moonlit picnic among the pumpkins. The bottom side is waterproof and the top layer is made of soft fleece.

Buy it: Shop Disney

10. Toy Story Alien Socks; $15

Shop Disney

You don’t need to be skilled at the claw machine to take home a pair of these socks. Decorated with the aliens from Toy Story, they’re made from soft-knit fabric and are big enough to fit adult feet.

Buy it: Shop Disney

11. Goosebumps Board Game; $24

Amazon

Fans that read every book in R.L. Stine’s series growing up can now play the Goosebumps board game. In this game, based on the Goosebumps movie, players take on the role of their favorite monster from the series and race to the typewriter at the end of the trail of manuscripts.

Buy it: Amazon

12. Tamagotchi Mini; $19

Amazon

If you know someone who killed their Tamagotchi in the '90s, give them another chance to show off their digital pet-care skills. This Tamagotchi is a smaller, simplified version of the original game. It doubles as a keychain, so owners have no excuse to forget to feed their pet.

Buy it: Amazon

13. SNES Classic; $275

Amazon

The SNES Classic is much easier to find now than when it first came out, and it's still just as entertaining for retro video game fans. This mini console comes preloaded with 21 Nintendo games, including Super Mario Kart and Street Fighter II.

Buy it: Amazon

14. Planters Cheez Balls; $24

Amazon

Planters revived its Cheez Balls in 2018 after pulling them from shelves nearly a decade earlier. To Millennials unaware of that fact, this gift could be their dream come true. The throwback snack even comes in the classic canister fans remember.

Buy it: Amazon

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10 Facts About Sagamore Hill, Theodore Roosevelt's Home

Theodore Roosevelt's Long Island home has 23 rooms and more books than you can count.
Theodore Roosevelt's Long Island home has 23 rooms and more books than you can count.
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Fleeing Manhattan for the country is a tradition that wealthy New Yorkers have partaken in for centuries—and our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt, was no exception. Starting when he was a teen, TR and his family would retreat to Long Island for the summer, and as an adult, he built his own home there: Sagamore Hill, which became his permanent home after his presidency. In honor of what would be TR’s 162nd birthday, here are 10 facts about Sagamore Hill, of which Roosevelt once wrote, “there isn't any place in the world like home—like Sagamore Hill.”

1. Sagamore Hill was built near where Theodore Roosevelt spent his childhood summers.

Oyster Bay on Long Island, New York, first served as a refuge for a sickly TR in his youth. He’d hike, ride horses, row, and swim—generally engaging in the “strenuous life” and beginning his lifelong love affair with nature. The family home was known as Tranquility, and was situated two miles southwest from the future Sagamore Hill mansion.

2. Theodore Roosevelt bought the land for Sagamore Hill in 1880.

The same year he married his first wife, Alice Hathaway Lee, Roosevelt purchased 155 acres on the north shore of Long Island for $30,000 to build a home. Situated on Long Island Sound, the site is home to a wide variety of habitats, from woodlands to salt marshes, as well as plenty of ecological diversity, thus giving Roosevelt much to observe and document.

3. Sagamore Hill wasn't supposed to go by that name.

The home that would become Sagamore Hill was originally going to be named Leeholm, after Roosevelt's wife Alice. However, following her tragic death shortly after giving birth to their daughter, the property was renamed Sagamore—according to Roosevelt, after Sagamore Mohannis (today more commonly known as Sachem Mohannes), who was chief of a tribe in the area over 200 years earlier. Sagamore is an Algonquian word for "chieftain."

4. Theodore Roosevelt had very specific ideas for the layout of Sagamore Hill.

Among his "perfectly definite views" for the home, he would later recall, were "a library with a shallow bay window opening south, the parlor or drawing-room occupying all the western end of the lower floor; as broad a hall as our space would permit; big fireplaces for logs; on the top floor a gun room occupying the western end so that north and west it [looks] over the Sound and Bay." Long Island builder John A. Wood began work on the Queen Anne-style mansion (designed by New York architecture firm Lamb and Rich), on March 1, 1884. It was completed in 1885, with Roosevelt's sister, Anna, taking care of the house (and new baby Alice) while Roosevelt was out west in the Dakota Badlands, nursing his grieving heart.

5. Theodore Roosevelt delivered campaign speeches from the porches of Sagamore Hill.

Theodore Roosevelt addresses a crowd of 500 suffragettes from the porch of his Sagamore Hill home around 1905. Hulton Archive/Getty Images

It was one of Roosevelt’s greatest wishes for the Sagamore Hill home to possess "a very big piazza ... where we could sit in rocking chairs and look at the sunset," and so wide porches were built on the south and west sides of the house. Roosevelt would use the piazza to deliver speeches to the public, and it was here that he was notified of his nominations as governor of New York (1898), vice president (1900) and president (1904).

6. Sagamore Hill was Theodore Roosevelt's "Summer White House."

Roosevelt became the first president to bring his work home with him, spending each of his summers as president at Sagamore Hill. He even had a phone installed so he could conduct business from the house. But by 1905, Edith had had enough of TR usurping the drawing room—which was supposed to be her office—to hold his visitors [PDF], and of his gaming trophies and other treasures taking up space. So the Roosevelts constructed what would become the North Room. "The North Room cost as much as the entire house had," Susan Sarna, curator at Sagamore Hill, told Cowboys & Indians magazine in 2016. "It is grandiose." Measuring 40 feet by 20 feet, with ceilings 20 feet high, it was constructed of mahogany brought in from the Philippines. The addition brought the total number of rooms at Sagamore Hill from 22 to 23.

7. Theodore Roosevelt met with foreign leaders at Sagamore Hill.

Roosevelt stands between Russian and Japanese dignitaries in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1905. On September 5, they signed the Treaty of Portsmouth, ending the Russo-Japanese War and earning Roosevelt the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize; he was the first American to win a Nobel Prize of any kind.Photos.com/iStock via Getty Images

In September 1905, Roosevelt brokered peace talks between Russian and Japanese dignitaries, which led to end of the Russo-Japanese War. But before the peace talks (which took place on a yacht in the Navy yard at Portsmouth, New Hampshire), Roosevelt met the negotiators—from Japan, Takahira Kogorō, ambassador to the U.S., and diplomat Jutaro Komura; and from Russia, diplomat Baron Roman Romanovich von Rosen and Sergei Iluievich Witte—at Sagamore Hill. TR earned a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.

8. Sagamore Hill has a pet cemetery.

Roosevelt’s love of animals was passed down to his six children, who adopted a veritable menagerie, including cats, dogs, horses, guinea pigs, a bear, and a badger. A number of those beloved companions ended up in Sagamore Hill's pet cemetery; among them is Little Texas, the horse TR rode on his charge up Kettle Hill during the Spanish-American War.

9. Life at Sagamore Hill was lively.

The atmosphere at Sagamore Hill was a boisterous one. According to the National Park Service, Massachusetts Senator Henry Cabot Lodge complained about how late they stayed up, how loud they talked, and how early they woke up. Eleanor Roosevelt, Roosevelt’s favorite niece, too, recalled a constant barrage of activity during her visits. The children partook in all manner of outdoor activities, and Roosevelt was known for abruptly ending his appointments in order to join them.

10. Theodore Roosevelt died at Sagamore Hill.

Roosevelt passed away on January 6, 1919 at Sagamore Hill. Edith died there on September 30, 1948, and five years later, Sagamore Hill was opened to the public. In 2015, a $10 million renovation of the house was completed; 99 percent of what can be seen at the home today is original—including thousands of books, extensive artwork, and yes, 36 pieces of taxidermy.

Shortly before Roosevelt died, he asked Edith, “I wonder if you will ever know how I love Sagamore Hill?” and thanks to the extensive work done to restore his home, we all can.