June 19, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

Dad’s Awesome Grilling Book Bob Sloan
Don’t think of it as a gift for Dad. Think of it as a gift for the whole family, since everyone will be scarfing down the dinners showcased in this BBQ cookbook.

Bugs Sarah Goodman
Going camping? Don’t leave without this creepy-crawly Fandex, which shares fun facts about nearly 50 types of insects (example: The dung beetle feasts on…well, we bet you can guess that one).

The 100 Best Volunteer Vacations to Enrich Your Life Pam Grout
Skip Disneyland this year to work in an Argentinean soup kitchen or restore a Buddhist monastery. Who doesn’t need some serious karma on their side?

Sandcastles Made Simple Lucinda ”Sandy Feet” Wierenga
Turn the beach into your own canvas with this beginner’s guide to building sprawling, ornate sand castles (hint: You’re going to want more than that bucket).

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