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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 ideas for unique Father's Day gifts 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 that are sure to please!
Best Father's Day Gifts
Facts: It’s impossible to “dad” without being hydrated, and a tough water bottle will be a welcomed gift by all. We recommend the high-quality MiiR WM bottle which not only has a wide opening for sipping and loading (dads loooove big ice cubes!) and keeps drinks super cold and super hot but also looks super cool. In fact, the imagery is an actual aerial photo taken by Chris Burkard of a frozen Icelandic highlands landscape. Who doesn’t love a good conversation starter?
Buttah Skin by Dorion Renaud• $59.99
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 the organic and cruelty-free goodies from Buttah Skin. Developed for diverse shades of melanin-rich skin, the unisex skincare set includes a gentle cleanser that won’t strip skin of its natural oils, a brightening vitamin c serum to get that glow and a shea butter moisturizer that hydrates and protects. The only question is, can you resist the temptation of stealing it from him?
Once you fall in love with Rothy’s there’s no turning back. Help him better understand the obsession and look sharp in the process with his own pair of their versatile Driving Loafers. And best of all, he can fully embrace that sock-free lifestyle since they’re totally machine washable.
Woe is the fella who still hangs a car wash vending machine tree freshener from their rearview mirror. Step his game up with the sophisticated wooden car fresheners from Drift. The starter set comes with a metal clip that slides on to the car visor and a scented bar with a magnet on the back. Choose from a variety of elevated (and natural!) scents like amber, teak and coffee that linger for about a month.
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 beefy 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.
Love Pop• $12
Who says cards have to be a snooze fest? The fun and colorful pop up cards from Love Pop feature well-known characters and dad-approved themes to send well wishes he’ll keep (and display!) forever. Prices start at $12.
Fulton & Roark• $60
He doesn’t even have to be a cologne kind of guy to appreciate Fulton & Roark. The American fine fragrance company crafts some of the most evocative and intoxicating solid scents and delivers them in a badass (and portable!) metal container that can be refilled over and over. Not sure if he’s a woodsy, spicy or fresh kinda guy? No problem. Snag their discovery set first to find out! (And not to pick favorites, but special shoutout to Sterling, a leathery tobacco and vanilla blend that smells like sexy pipe smoke in the best way possible.)
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!
Moral Code• $150
Not all gym shoes need a marquis logo on them—and while this might be a hard concept for dad to swallow, Moral Code’s Purpose sneaker will change his mind pretty quickly. Available in four classic colorways (and a metallic silver if he’s fancy), these premium leather sneakers are comfortable right out of the box. This particular line from Moral Code is designed by NFL Legend + Former Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer, Donald Driver and his 17-year-old son, Cristian which makes them all the more appropriate for Father’s Day gifting. It’s a gift you can feel good about too—a portion of all proceeds go to the Donald Driver Foundation to help fund career development initiatives for underserved children and families.
Honeydew Sleep• $99
Remember when you all were wild and crazy and stayed up all night partying and getting your groove on? Now you’ve got kids and well, there’s excitement in things like finding the just the right pillow. #facts If he’s a side sleeper, the dreamy Scrumptious side pillow from Honeydew Sleep is the gift he never knew he needed. Designed to support a side sleeper’s spine alignment, the uniquely-shaped pillow is filled with copper infused foam that can be customized to exactly the fill level he desires for the most perfect sleep imaginable.
Public Rec• $108
If you’ve ever been tempted to round up his schlubby sweats and set fire to them on the front lawn, there’s a better way. Replace them with equally comfortable but blissfully stylish alternatives. Case in point: The All Day Every Day Jogger from Public Rec. They’ve got the comfy elastic waistband he’s livin’ for but with a streamlined silhouette that looks totally on point.
Jasper Hill Farm• $118
Foodie dads rejoice! This delicious box of Vermont delicacies includes all the must-haves for a cheese and cocktail pairing that will knock his socks off. Along with some of the best cheese Vermont has to offer, you can introduce him to the magic of Alice & the Magician’s aromatic cocktail spray. His bar cart has never been fancier! And the best part? You can reap the benefits right alongside him, mama.
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 customizable 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.
Sure, he might pride himself on his grill prowess and instinct for taking that ribeye off at just the right time, but it’s 2022. 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.
Maude’s brand new egg-shaped Drop vibe might not be the gift he was expecting, but it’s definitely one he won’t forget. Designed to be used as an all-body erogenous zone massager, it packs an impressive amount of sensual relaxation and stimulation right into the palm of your hand. Just make sure he’s willing to take turns. 😉 (And if you’re feeling a little extra, you can always pair it with their jojoba oil-based massage candle to make the ultimate date night in.)
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. The hardest part is choosing a design. Between their awesome collabs (which often sell out in no time!) and colorful standards, it’s a bit overwhelming TBH.
Man Crates• $160
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!
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.
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 8-piece stainless steel set from Wüsthoffor a couple reasons. One: Founded in Germany more than 200 years ago, the Wüsthof brand is legit. Two: They’re pretty! Which isn’t the case for all steak knives! All contained in their own wooden box they’ll make every steak night feel like a special occasion.
A water-resistant dress shoe that looks and feels good—seriously, the inside features a comfortable 5-layer memory foam insole with built in arch support 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. Even better? It’s a purchase you can truly feel good about. As a certified B Corps, Nisolo not only guarantees a living wage for every person who helps make their products, but the company offsets 100% of their carbon emissions as well.
Not a fancy guy? Instead, 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.
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.
What could be better than twinning with your little? These colorful robot 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.
Dollar Shave Club• $26
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 Shave Essentials Set, which includes shave butter, four razor cartridges and a razor cover.
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. Already invested? Make your Solo Stove party-ready with one of their brand new heat deflectors to spread the warmth while you gather.
Have a favorite family photo or artifact that’s been sitting on your phone or in box for years? 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 keepsake, pick your size and voila—you’ve got your gift! You can even do the entire process from your phone in under 5 minutes. Prices start at $49.
Buck Mason• $175
If we had to cast our vote for the best wardrobe upgrade, we’re going to go with the shacket. Part shirt, part jacket, all style. Take for example the versatile Black Japanese Cotton Sateen Field Shirt from Buck Mason. It effortlessly elevates his die hard jeans and tee-shirt look into something totally crush-worthy. A win-win!
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 37,000 reviews on Etsy!
Hide & Drink• $50.99
Dad won’t be able to keep his mitts off these! (It’s Father’s Day, so we’re allowed to make bad jokes.) Handmade in Guatemala by expert local artisans from 100% full grain leather, these heat-resistant oven mitts can withstand temperatures as high as 460°F 🔥.
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.
State Bags• $198
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. What’s more, each State Bag sold helps support American children and families in need.
A version of this story was published June 9, 2021. It has been updated.