A Gift For Dad Not In A Form of Poop: A Rad Dad Box Review

Who likes surprises??

Before becoming a dad, surprises were awesome!

Things like: tickets to see a Raptors playoff game; a new PS4 game; spontaneous weekend trips. These were awesome surprises.

Now surprises usually come in the form of me having to Oxi Clean poop smeared shirts, pants, and onesies.

The Worst Kind of Surprise
The Worst Kind of Surprise

But what if there was something that brought surprises back into a positive light?

There just might be something that turns the tide…a little.

Warning: This post is loooonnnnnnng.

So if you’re looking for the TL:DR version:

This box subscription makes a great gift if you have a dad-to-be in mind, but it could be costly for some people on a budget.

If you stumbled on here looking for a coupon code, I’ll just cut to the chase:

You can use the code “DADMODEON” for 10% off anything from their gift shop.  (Here’s a link to their gift shop website.) However, I highly encourage you to read the rest of the review. ☺️ 

A Pleasant Surprise – Rad Dad Box

My Box Inspector Checking the Gift

Last month, I was generously sent a sweet gift from a crate subscription company called Rad Dad Box. They asked me if I wanted to do a review on their services and I happily agreed. In a world full of mommy blogs, it was nice for them to approach me with a product that is dad-centric and dad-friendly.

If you’re not too familiar with crate subscriptions services, essentially a company sends hand picked and curated items to subscribers on a recurring schedule. These items typically fall in line with your interests and needs. Yes, there is a subscription fee, but the value you get back typically goes beyond cost.

It’s essentially paying for a personal shopper who will deliver a nice gift of random items once a month.

What makes Rad Dad Box unique?

Their focus is on dads like you and me.

I know moms (deservingly so) get lots of attention, but once in awhile it’s nice for us dads to get pampered.

What type of pampering, you ask?

Well, to get a better idea of what you actually get, here’s a description straight from the source:

The Rad Dad Box is a monthly subscription box containing items to support new dads and their children. We include self-care products, such as soap, deodorant, and hand sanitizer, Dad-themed books and apparel, and Dad-approved toys and products for baby.

Basically, if you don’t have the time or knowhow in purchasing certain items, Rad Dad Box takes care of it for you.

I mean the lack of time and knowhow pretty much sums up my definition as a new dad, so this actually works for me.

What’s inside the box?

At the beginning of my post, I mentioned getting positive surprises. And if you do choose to subscribe, I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you. What I can tell you is that the box I received contained a combination of toys, tools, and essentials for you and your baby.

I won’t go into the items any further, but if you’re really dying to know about one of the items, I’ll reveal one at the end of this post. You’ll find my quick thoughts on one of the items included in the box. So if you really want to know, be sure to read on.

Is It Worth It?

The obvious question here is: is it worth it?

Looking at the cost of it all, here’s a breakdown directly from Rad Dad Box:

The cost of the one-time boxes starts at $20 and goes up to $60. The $60 box is available only as a one-time box. Subscription boxes start from $13/month (for the one-year subscription to Rad Dad Essentials box) and go up to $50/month (for the month-to-month Rad Dad Big Box.)

The box that was sent to me was the Big Box, which was valued at $50/month. Based on my rough estimate of the items that I received, I think it was around the same value.

Beyond trying to figure out the actual value, the thing to consider is that these items are thoughtfully picked with the baby and dad in mind, and that in itself is worth something beyond dollar figures.

Would I personally get it for myself?

Probably not – but the caveat is, I’m pretty cheap and I already have some of these items.  Had I known I would get an assortment of monthly items, I probably wouldn’t have purchased similar items on a regular basis.

Would I get this as a gift for someone?

Absolutely – and the next section explains why!

Who Should Get This?

If I had a friend or a family member who is about to become a dad, I think this would make an awesome gift.

This would also make a great pooled gift from a group of coworkers, if they wanted to chip-in and buy something nice for a for a staff member going on parental leave.

Baby Billboard
Baby Billboard

There’s so much stuff out there to buy for new parents, it can get overwhelming and often times people just don’t know what to get. I remember a few years back when I was tasked with buying a shower gift. I ended up buying a book for the person. I doubt the person even read it, and even if they did, I’m sure they forgot who got it for them as a gift.

At least with the Rad Dad Box subscription, you know you’ll get a variety of items that have been carefully thought out with the dad and baby in mind.

There’s also something nice about receiving a gift that keeps on coming.

Final Thoughts

Being a new dad can be tough.

There are so many things that we have to figure out on the fly, and we are constantly bombarded with new challenges of taking care of a new kid and being a good spouse.

With this new role as dad, we may even feel trapped or isolated. I remember there were times where I needed to take a break and step away from things, and simply think positive.

Besides, I’m tired of mom getting all the attention…it’s about time us dads got a nice gift.

I’m only kidding.

Please don’t put me on a stake.

But seriously though, what’s more fun than getting a surprise gift every once in awhile, not in the form of poop?

I’m not saying getting a box subscription will automatically make being a new dad easier, but having something to look forward certainly helps get your mind out of a rut caused by sleep deprivation.

With that in mind, if you are seeking to purchase a gift for a dad-to be or current dad, I think the Rad Dad Box subscription service would make a wonderful and thoughtful gift.

10% Discount Code

If you really are interested in getting the Rad Dad Box, why not get it at 10% off? Use the code: “DADMODEON” for 10% off on any purchase from their gift shop!

I do not receive commission or any monetary return if you use this code, nor am I affiliated with Rad Dad Box.  I’m simply putting this code out here so that you can save a little money to spend on other things like, potato chips or Netflix.

The Rad Dad Box Item Reveal

If you’ve made it this far into the post, kudos!

As I mentioned in my review, I will reveal and give my thoughts on one of the items.

Without further ado my favourite item from the box was…












Yep, soap.

I know it might seem a bit strange, but I don’t remember the last time I was gifted soap. Heck I don’t remember any time that I deliberately purchased soup.

Growing up, I just used whatever soup was available. And even now, I just use whatever’s on sale.

As much as I love smelling like Terry Crews, I actually prefer something a bit more unique than Old Spice. The “suds! Bath and Body” soap bar that came from the box was something that I thought was a great item to receive.

Maybe this is a little TMI, but when you’re a dad, the toilet and shower is your sanctuary. Sometimes you just need that tiny escape. What better way to heighten your escape-imagery, than to use a uniquely scented bath and body soap?

I won’t get into too much of the smell, but the soap has a subtle tea leaves and wood smell that I really liked.

So yes, soap.



I hope you enjoyed this post and the photos in this post. If you are interested in seeing more XT-2 photos or my other photos (I also shoot with a Canon 6D and FujiFilm X100T), do check out my Instagram feed where I post daily.

Thanks again for reading this review, now if you excuse me I have to toddler to chase. 🙂

Dad’s Can Be Stylish Too: The Jord Watch Review

Updated: You have chance to win a $75 voucher towards a Jord Watch by clicking here: https://www.woodwatches.com/g/dadmodeon – Contest ends July 3!




Clearly this is not a fashion blog. But it doesn’t mean that I can’t write about being a dad who enjoys a little bit of fashion.

Prior to becoming a dad and throughout my adulthood, I enjoyed keeping up with the latest men’s fashion trends, sort of.

Basically half of the time  the majority of the time I watch a Korean soap, I’m watching what the men are wearing to steal some fashion ideas.

Now if only I had the porcelain skin and perfect hair – I’d be driving around in my blurred out emblem Hyundai in no time!

So when the opportunity came up to collaborate with Jord Wood Watches (Shout-out to Matthew fromAnswer The Tullyphone for the hook-up), I immediately jumped at the chance. I mean as a daddy blogger it’s not every day that you get to throw your two cents on men’s fashion.

Looks like Dad's got a new toy
Looks like Dad’s got a new toy

Besides, what’s more quirkier than a watch that basically looks like it’s made entirely out of wood?

And with Father’s Day coming up, I thought it would be cool to throw this unusual gift idea out there.

There’s no point in me trying to sell you a watch just as a regular guy. But from a dad with a six month old baby perspective, here are some reasons why I really like this Jord Wooden watch:

Baby Mouth Friendly

When my daughter drenches her saliva on the band, it doesn’t seem as dangerous and toxic as a steel band. Gnawing on wood like a little beaver seems much cuter than crunching on metal like a junkyard compactor. As an added bonus, it’s softer on her toothless gums, so that’s another plus. Writing that out made me realize that I need to be a better parent and get my kid a proper chew toy. I mean my dog had ten times more chew toys than my daughter – clearly the fur baby was more important than the human baby is now.

She prefers the woodiness over metal
She prefers the woodiness over metal

It’s Light but no Lightweight

When you have to carry an 18lbs bowling ball with flailing arms and legs with one arm, you need all the strength you can get. So carrying a bulky blinged out watch is the last thing you want. The wood design is light, but solid enough to look stylish.

That Style

Okay, this has nothing to do with being a dad, but this watch makes me feel like a hipster. Not in a negative let’s make fun of the ridiculous hipster way, but in a good way. Since I’ve been wearing it, people have stopped me to ask me about the watch. There’s just something cool about having a wooden watch. It’s totally a hipster thing. But it also sets me up for really good dad joke opportunities like:

Stranger – “That’s a pretty neat watch, is it made of wood?”
Me – “You bet it is, wood you like to try it on?”

Okay, that hasn’t happened yet, but when it does I’ll be the one barking.

Terrible dad puns aside, the watch forced me to dress better, if that makes any sense. I felt obligated to mix and match with some patterns, and also button up my oxford shirt sleeves. The way it coordinates with plaid also works so well. I’d imagine lumberjacks to have this type of watch – gold miner would wear gold, and a diamond miner would bling out with diamonds, so why wouldn’t a lumber jack have one of these bad boys?


Final Remarks

Jord Fieldcrest Wood Watch

As someone who kind of stopped caring what he wore since having a baby, this was exactly the shot in the arm I needed to start putting thought into style. I know I’ll never be the cool dad, fit dad, or hip dad, but perhaps I can be a better put together dad.

I’m not saying this watch is revolutionary or re-invented the wheel. But if you are looking for a father`s day gift, or a more unique gift for men, this might be a good one to consider.

If you are considering purchasing, please check out the Jord website through my Dad Mode:On link.

To be clear, I do not receive compensation or any commission for you visiting their store through my link, but it helps them keep track of whether or not they should continue to work with me in the future. So please check out them out through my Jord Woodwatches link! 🙂

And if you`re interest in the  Fieldcrest watch that I’m wearing in particular, here’s the direct link to the watch on your store.


Wood Watch Review