Father's Day is approaching, which has me feeling all the feels for the dads in my life right about now. While everyone's relationship with their father is different, the men that are always, always there for you are something special. But no matter how well you know them, coming up with a unique Father's Day gift idea can be tricky. We're here for you!
Whether the dad you're shopping for is a master griller, a sports fanatic or just someone sorely in need of a new pair of flip flops for summertime, we've got him (and you) covered with some of our favorite Father's Day gift ideas sure to please!
Bearaby weighted blanket
Get ready for the ultimate nap. This blanket is naturally weighted with layers of organic cotton and hand-knitted for a beautiful look whether it's sitting on the couch or draped on top of a comforter. The best part? It's machine-washable and incredibly breathable so you won't have to worry about overheating.
Yeti tundra haul
Before becoming dads, did dads like coolers? We'll never really know. But this we do know: Dads don't just like coolers, they love them. And the Tundra Haul is the best you can buy him (and yes, it's worth the steep price tag!). Yeti is the granddaddy of luxe coolers and this latest version has two ultra-tough, puncture-proof wheels that can take on sand, rocky terrains, rugged trails, and more—all while keeping up to 45 cans of beer or 55 pounds of ice at freezer-esque temps.
Everlane court sneakers
Not all gym shoes need a marquis logo on them—and while this might be a hard concept for dad to swallow, Everlane's popular Court sneaker will change his mind pretty quickly. Available in four leather-and-suede combo colorways, these sneakers are comfortable right out of the box. Since they come from the eco-conscious brand, they're also feel-good for your soul. The sole is a blend of natural and recycled rubber (94% virgin-plastic-free!) and the brand is on a determined path to be completely carbon neutral.
VSSL build-your-own gear system
Whether he's a hardcore backpacker or just an urban explorer, every dude likes to feel as though he's prepared to survive any peril at any given moment. No matter where his adventures may lead, VSSL has him covered. Their customized gear systems neatly tuck everything from waterproof matches and LED lanterns to whiskey-ready shot glasses and hand-operated coffee grinders into an indestructible stainless steel tube. Their newly launched Build-Your-Own option allows you to create a truly one-of-a-kind gift that he'll treasure for years to come. Prices start at $37.50
Meater Plus smart meat thermometer
Sure, he might pride himself on his grill prowess and instinct for taking that ribeye off at just the right time, but it's 2021. There's an app for that. Meater, the cleverly named bluetooth-enabled wireless meat thermometer is the upgrade he never knew he needed. The dual sensor probe monitors both internal and external temperatures to take the guesswork out of cooking allllll the meat, indoors and out.
Hydro Flask insulated bottle
Facts: It's impossible to "dad" without being hydrated, and a tough water bottle will be a welcomed gift by all. We recommend the top-rated Hydro Flask which has a wide opening for sipping and loading (dads loooove big ice cubes!) and for keeping drinks super cold and super hot.
Stitch Golf polo
Breathable, antimicrobial, this polo is perfect for a day on the course or an important meeting. Even better, it's super soft and is rated UPF 50 to keep him sun-safe when he's perfecting his swing.
Meet the most versatile blanket ever. Seriously. It's the perfect companion for everything—from lounging on the couch to camping (or glamping) in any season. The puffy design packs down for easy transport and a DWR coating makes it water, odor and stain-resistant.
If grandpa simply can't get enough of the grandkids, Loop is the perfect way to keep him, well, in the loop–and he doesn't even have to be tech savvy to enjoy it. This wifi-enabled digital frame sets up in 2 minutes and allows you to instantly share pictures, video, and video chat with your family from anywhere in the world.
Man Crates whiskey appreciation crate
Complete with ice sphere molds, slate coasters, personalized heavy bottom rocks glasses and a decanter, this is a gift he'll use for years to come. To make it ready to use right away, it also comes with various nuts, salted pistachios and a whiskey-drinking journal. Psst: Get ready to see how he opens the crate that it comes in!
Veer all terrain cruiser wagon
There's nowhere dad won't be able to go with this stroller wagon hybrid that combines the ease and maneuverability of a stroller with the classic fun of a wagon. We tested this one on myriad surfaces and especially love the smooth ride (thanks to those big ol' wheels) and the cup holders.
Florsheim Midtown oxford shoe
A waterproof dress shoe that looks and feels good—seriously, the inside is fully cushioned with an Ortholite foam so it feels like he's walking on a cloud. Dress down with jeans for date night or dress up with slacks for an important work meeting.
Sure, he's strong, but babies get heavy quickly! The no-fuss Tushbaby carrier is the ideal dad accessory. Think of it as a super-powered fanny pack that not only carts the necessities but also provides little ones a comfy place to perch while they're in his arms. Plus, the design is gender-neutral!
Wüsthof stainless-steel 10-Piece steak + carving knife set
Not all dads like meat… but a lot of them do. And if they're anything like my husband, they're very finicky about their steak knives. We love this 10-piece stainless steel set from Wüsthoffor multiples reasons. One: The price. Considering that it includes eight serrated steak knives, a carving knife, a carving fork and a flashy wooden holding box, all for under 80 bucks—well fam, that's a smokin' deal. Two: Founded in Germany more than 200 years ago, the Wüsthof brand is legit. Three: They're pretty! Which isn't the case for all steak knives! Plus, they're on major sale right now.
OluKai mea ola sandal
Outfit him with "fancy" flip flops this summer that are slick enough to wear to date night but so comfortable he might actually feel a little guilty about his footwear. Made by hand in Hawaii, OluKai sandals have superior arch support, contoured footbeds and lots of toe room—all of which to say your man is about to declare that these are the only flip flops he's wearing from now to eternity.
Men's papa bird t-shirt
Have you ever met an adult male that doesn't love a good T-shirt? Nope. This one is soft and cozy and comes in sizes small to 3XL. We're betting this is going to be his new favorite.
Daddy + me matching socks from Q for Quinn
What could be better than twinning with your little? These monochrome monster socks look just at home on dad's ankles as they will on baby's. We love that these are gender-neutral and comfortable in all seasons.
The Dollar Shave Club starter shave set
If buying razors is something that always ends up on your to-do list, this subscription service is going to be music to your ears. The Dollar Shave Club delivers razors (and other shaving/bathroom products) to his doorstep as often as he needs. Test it out with the travel-size Starter Set, which includes shave butter and four razor cartridges.
Unless you've been living under a rock, chances are you've encountered the Solostove while scrolling, or even IRL at a socially-distanced backyard hang. Their innovative and portable stainless steel fire pits turn any backyard, deck or patio into the coziest outdoor living room. Not only does it give you Eagle Scout-level fire starting abilities, it also produces very little smoke and keeps the air flowing so all you have to do is add more logs—no tedious tending required.
Have a favorite family photo that's been sitting on your phone (or your Instagram) for months? Bring it into the real world and onto walls! Framebridge makes the process of custom framing incredibly easy—simply choose your frame, upload or mail in your imagery, pick your size and voila—you've got your gift! You can even do the entire process from your phone in under 5 minutes. And for Father's Day, Framebridge is offering a duo of 5 x 7 frames with mattes for $100.
Etsy bottle opener
Whether you hang in it your garage, on your deck railing or near his grill, this wall-mounted, personalized bottle opener is the perfect customized gift for dad. We love that it catches caps...and that it has more than 30,000 reviews on Etsy!
Google Pixel 4a
For the tech lover, the Google Pixel 4a is a dream. With an amazing camera (including Night Sight) dad will have no excuse to not take *all* of the photos. Plus, the battery lasts up to 24 hours in case he forgets to charge it. We love the Google Lens that allows you to point the camera at an object or visual and get answers—the kids will love playing with it!
Dutch deluxes dutch leather oven mitts
Dad won't be able to keep his mitts off these! (It's Father's Day, so we're allowed to make bad jokes.) Made from 100% leather, these heat-resistant oven mitts can withstand temperatures as high as 460°F 🔥.
Untuckit St. Romain performance shirt
Am I the only wife who's lived this scenario: husband puts on button-down and laments it's too long. Then he tucks in and adds a belt, and laments he looks like his dad. Untuckit to the rescue! Created by a regular dude who was also totally dissatisfied with the odd length of men's button-down shirts, the brand has somehow created the perfect shirt for dads—in dozens of patterns and materials (we really love the wrinkle-free, sweat-wicking performance material!), the shirts aren't too short, aren't too long—nope, they're just right in length. Read: They don't need to be tucked in but they're also long enough that they're not showing off dad's ripped abs (!) every time he raises his arms.
Paige federal slim fit jeans
Finding the ideal dad jean is no easy feat. If they're too wide, dads look like they're headed to a rave in 1999. Too skinny and they'll barely be able to bend over to pick up baby off the floor. Luckily, we discovered Paige's Federal jeans in the Blakely wash, and let's just say that the fit and color is just right for all dads out there—they can be worn from daycare drop-off to work to date night and everywhere in between. With the perfect amount of tapering, these are about his new 24/7 jeans.
Um, moms? We need a diaper backpack! Dads will be psyched to strap this one on, whether they're headed to the play space with the baby, to a ball game with the big kids or to meet clients for coffee. Why? Its streamlined aesthetic doesn't scream "diaper bag!" But luckily, it does function like one with pockets galore, a removable changing pad and room for a laptop.
Murdock London grooming products
Does his skincare routine involve water and a bar of soap? Or maybe the face wash his mom introduced him to when he was 13 years old? Let's upgrade dad's rotation with British grooming brand Murdock London's assortment of goodies—from the skin-calming Post Shave Balm or the deliciously-smelling Black Tea Body Wash to the perfect-level-of-hold Texture Paste for his hair. Does he struggle with a too-course beard? Then the Beard Conditioner will fix all that. More to love: The sleek navy-blue packaging.
SodaStream Fizzi sparkling water maker
A must-have for anyone who loves them some fizzy water, the SodaStream turns plain water into seltzer in seconds. The best part? It's cord-free and has a small enough footprint you won't even mind giving it some real estate on your countertops. Oh, and it's saving the planet from a whole lot of plastic bottles, too.
Is your man a tech-loving dad that wants to stay connected but needs his hands free to deal with the kiddos? Look no further than the Apple Watch. Dad will be able to do everything from tracking his daily activities to checking his emails right from his wrist. Forewarning: You're going to want a matching one.
Mixbook family photo books
Surprise him with a compilation of your family's best photos—or maybe it's the silliest ones. Or the pics where no one is looking, or the ones where only 75 percent of you are smiling. Regardless, putting photo to paper is the thoughtful gift that will score you a touchdown on Father's Day morning, and Mixbook's options are super easy to create.
Cuisinart grilling tools
Grilling and dads go hand-in-hand, so getting him a fancy set of tools for his favorite outdoor appliance for Father's Day will likely be well-received. We love this Cuisinart set from Williams-Sonoma because it's solid without being heavy, and each of the four pieces has rings to hang on your grill hooks.
'Meathead' cookbook by Meathead Goldwyn
Combine this book with the tools above and boom! You've got a Father's day gift package any dad will adore. Written by the man behind the award-winning "Amazing Ribs" website with the help of physicist and food scientist Prof. Greg Blonder, Ph.D., of Boston University, it breaks down the science of what makes good BBQ along with easy-to-follow recipes that will delight every dude—whether they're a weekend burger warrior or totally profesh rib-slinger. Plus, the whole family gets an amazing meal out of the deal. Win-win.
Cosori air fryer
If your husband is anything like mine, he's not the handiest in the kitchen. Set him up for success on solo nights with a Cosori air fryer. In addition to being able to make chicken wings at the touch of a button, it can also prepare guilty pleasures like french fries, bacon and steak without the heavy use of oil. In fact, it might even convince the kiddos they actually like brussels sprouts.
Public Rec pants
If they're not jeans or sweatpants, my husband completely struggles with pants. The word "chinos" makes him cringe. But pants are a vital wardrobe component for adult males. Enter: Public Rec's new Workday Pants. Styled in the vein of jeans, these five-pocket pants have a tapered ankle and are made from a stretchy blend of polyester and spandex so they're quick-drying and super lightweight. Pants that are modern but professional and breathable? We found 'em! And they come in four colors.
Uncommon Goods coasters
Dads like sports, but what they really, really love are coasters. Seriously. My husband will dive across a room to prevent a cold glass of ice water from sweating onto our coffee table and leaving the dreaded waterglass ring. So get him what he really wants this year and combine his two favorite things—sports and coasters! These sandstone coasters have cork bottoms and come in nine sports categories (skiing, baseball, golf and more!), covering interesting factoids that the whole fam will enjoy discussing.
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