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Father Essentials: Pete Oswald

Written by Erin Feher

We are switching things up this month, and introducing the first ever dad (!!!) into our Mother Essentials column. With Father’s Day coming up quick, we thought it would be fun to spotlight four fabulous dads throughout the month of June. And we tapped none other than children’s book illustrator and film animator Pete Oswald to star in our very first Father Essentials! Pete has spent considerable time at the top of the New York Times’ Bestsellers List, with The Good Egg (#1) and The Bad Seed (#2), while simultaneously heading up the production design of the Angry Birds movie franchise. But most importantly, he’s an incredible father to three boys: Vincent, 7, Will, 6, and brand new baby, Anderson, 4 months. He lives with his family in Santa Monica, and shares with us his 18 must-have Father Essentials (which just so happen to be great Father’s Day gift ideas), below.

Sturdy Scissors. “Because who needs toys, when a good pair of scissors can make a master fort out of cardboard.” Shun Multi-Purpose Shears, $49.95, Amazon.

Reusable Tote. “This tote seems to go with us everywhere.  I carry my paints in it and also use it for trips to the beach or the baseball field.” Los Angeles Market Bag, $68, Apolis.

Splice Video Editor. “My boys and I started making movies together a few years ago, and now it’s one of my favorite things to do with them. I shoot the video on my iPhone then import into Splice. This app lets me edit them quickly and easily so they can watch their finished product in no time.” Splice Video Editing App for iPhone, Free, Splice.

Canyon Coffee. “I’m a morning person, and my morning cup of coffee is non-negotiable. This local coffee company is my favorite right now.” Sollomo, Ethiopia Beans, $20, Canyon Coffee.

Puffy Vest. “In L.A., the weather doesn’t change much, so this vest is a perfect layer all year around.” Men’s Micro Puff Vest, $199, Backcountry.

A Sharp Set of Razors. “I don’t shave often, but when I do, these are the best razors!” Winston Razor Set, $25, Harry’s.

Foam Roller. “This is how I de-stress. Foam rolling in the morning and night helps my body feel so good.” High-Density Round Foam Roller, $22.99, Amazon.

Top-Shelf Tequila. “Straight up at the end of a long week with family and friends.” Casamigos Anejo, $55, Reserve Bar.

The Good Egg. “A #1 New York Times’ Bestseller and one of my favorite books yet!” The Good Egg, written by Jory John and illustrated by Pete Oswald, $14.39, Amazon.

Wireless Speakers. “Music is always on at our house. I think it really changes the energy and always feels good to be in a home with a little background noise.” Sonos One Smart Speaker, $199, Amazon.

Lip Balm. “I’m never without it.” Hurraw Lip Balm, $7.50, Amazon.

Slip-On Sneaks. “Sustainable, comfortable, great design, and washable…which we definitely need for these kids!” Kids’ Sneaker, $55 Rothy’s.

High-top Sneakers. “Because high-tops will always make me feel like a kid.” Nike SB Zoom Blazer Shoes, $85, Nike.

Magna-Tiles. “These are truly the gift that keeps on giving. I’m not sure my kids will ever outgrow them—I know I haven’t.” Magna-Tiles 48-Piece Clear Colors Deluxe Set, $74.50, Amazon.

Baby Carrier. “We’ve had the Ergo carrier since my first son was born, and am now using it with our third.  It’s comfortable and I love being able to carry them so close to me, whether it be around the house or on a hike.” Ergobaby Baby Carrier, $105, Amazon.

Method Soap. “These smell great, and actually work. And I Iove good packaging design—I’m a sucker for pretty colors and simple fonts.” Method Body Wash Simply Nourish, $6.99, Amazon.

Cool Kids’ Helmet. “We spend a lot of time on bikes or scooters. Safety first! These helmets stay on the kids’ heads and look cool, too.” Bern Unlimited Tigre Helmet with Flip Visor, $43.99, Amazon.

Weekly Pilates. “Pilates is not what many men might think…it’s challenging and centering all at once, and I love my weekly sessions.” Plumb Line Wellness, 1913 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA.

Super-Powered Vitamin C. “Who has time to get sick?!” Lypospheric Vitamin C, $65.90, Amazon.

For more on Pete Oswald, check out his Instagram feed. And for more Mother Essentials, peep our past columns with designer Taylor Jay, clean living expert Kristian Henderson, Oakland retail queen Sherri McMullen, eco-fashion designer Alyssa KerbelShahidah Zareef of Bossmom NationJoanne EncarnacionLaTonya YvetteMorgan Walker of Make.doJeanne Chan of Harlow & Grey, and more.

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