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The ultimate Father’s Day gift guide—something for every man

We don’t always thank each other, but this Father’s Day, as James Taylor says—“We want to stop. And thank you, baby.”

The ultimate Father’s Day gift guide—something for every man

Father’s Day is almost here, and we want to celebrate our amazing baby daddies in the best way possible—getting him something unique, awesome, and (let’s be real) probably covered in bacon.


For all the diaper changes, encouraging texts when your daughter will not get dressed and you’re running (very) late, that awesome pep talk on your first day back to work after maternity leave, and everything in between—we want to shout it from the rooftops—you ROCK.

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We found the best gifts for every kind of dad out there—from the dapper dad, to the grill master, and everything in between—we’ve got you covered, mama.

Here’s our ultimate Father’s Day gift guide to show your man what a wonderful dad you think he is, whatever his style—

1. For the everyman

Man Crates

These awesome crates are filled to the brim with everything from hot sauce to coffee percolators, depending on which specialty you choose. Bonus—they come with a crowbar to crack them open. Let’s just say, he will be impressed.

Bacon of the month club

Could you imagine a new type of bacon delivered to your door every month? Talk about a gift for yourself, too. (They also have many other monthly clubs—everything from chocolate to hot sauce to olive oil club, and more.)

2. The cool dad

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Personalized cornhole set

The game of cornhol (baggo, bean bag toss) has really picked up steam the last couple of years. If you’re at a fun BBQ (and even some weddings), you’re pretty much guaranteed to see a cornhole setup in the backyard. This is a staple for keeping the cool dad’s social game on point.

Beardition beard grooming kit

Hook your baby daddy up with some all-natural, aloe vera based products that are safe and feel smooth. These products are made in the USA, and do not discriminate on size of beard or fullness.

3. The cocktail connoisseur

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Lagavulin

Abottle of Lagavulin, a smoky single malt scotch, would make Ron Swanson and your husband proud. So, #treatyoself, pops.

Whiskey and rum kit

Bourbon, rum, or whiskey get better with age (just like the two of you), so let him customize his own spirits to his liking with this DIY kit. He’ll think you’re as smooth as Tennessee whiskey. Well, because, you are.

Cocktail shaker

Every James bond knows you can’t stir a martini. You must shake it. Gift him his own cocktail shaker and he’ll be feeling as suave as 007 in no time.

4. The dapper dad

Trunk club gift card

You Stitch Fix or Le Tote, he Trunk Clubs. Everyone deserves to look stylin’, and it’s not as easy to shop for ourselves during these busy days. A gift card to a personal stylist service is thoughtful and helpful.

Father + son matching swimsuits


Is there anything cuter than seeing your mini-man wearing the same bathing suit as his proud papa? We’re not sure there is. Tom & Teddy suits are what preppy dad’s dreams are made of.

5. The nerd

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Star Wars tee shirt

A shirt that proudly proclaims “best dad in the Galaxy” would impress even the most advanced Jedi’s. May the force be with you this Father’s Day.


Cassette tape pen holder

This throwback to mixed tape days of yore is the perfect office accessory. Only downfall is that you’ll want to take it apart so you can pop it in for a listen...but it’s too cute to break.

5. The foodie


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Homemade bacon kit

Sure he’s eaten his fair share of delicious bacon, but has he ever cured his own? The satisfaction of curing your own bacon is high, so expect excitement levels to match.

Charcuterie board

Every foodie needs one. You choose the wood and how you want it customized, and he chooses the meat and cheese selection. Bon appétit!

6. The eco dad

CSA membership


Use this directory to locate a CSA near you. It’ll tell you which farms in the area offer a CSA (community supported agriculture) share, and the specifics that go along with it. CSA shares offer delicious in-season fruits and vegetables (and sometimes meat and dairy) either to your doorstep or for pickup that’ll keep your family happy and healthy all season long.

Compost

This tumbler compost aerates easily and you only have to rotate it once a week, or after every addition. It’s low maintenence, and will have fresh compost in just 14 days. Reducing waste in our world is so important, your eco man will appreciate it.

6. The music man

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Bose wireless headphones

If your husband commutes to work, likes to listen to podcasts, watch movies on his laptop, or is a music buff—these are a no brainer for a successful Father’s Day gift choice. They are wireless which is quite frankly, life changing.

USB turntable

For the record loving pops, this USB turntable is revolutionary. It’s compact so you can bring it anywhere you go, and it’s analog-to-digital transfer feature makes converting your vinyls over to your phone (or other devices) seamless.

7. The traveller

Weekend bag


Herschel’s duffle is the perfect size for a weekend bag or even a gym bag. It’s practical, functional, yet still stylish and classy. Pair it with a weekend trip—just the two of you—and you get super extra special gold stars.

Waterproof phone case

This case is amazing and (knock on wood) indestructible. It “exceeds Military Standards for protection” (um, so basically, exactly what toddler parents need?) and also provides more than 100% extra battery.

8. The practical papa

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A smart diaper bag

This helpful bag will keep dad organized on the go. It has twenty pockets to fit all your needs. Plus, it comes with a 7800mAh power bank which keeps your devices charged so you don’t have to worry about running low on battery, or the necessities.

A pocket blanket

These are cool and functional (always a great combo.) Extremely compact, waterproof, and perfect for a few people to sit on. Your baby daddy can bring this to the beach, camping, and concerts.

9. The writer

Line drawing space shuttle notebook

Super interesting an eye-catching design on front? Check. This will make writing notes down more fun to your husband, so he’ll never forget to pick up wine again. Right?

Dry erase notebook

This notebook is super easy to jot notes or reminders down, and doubles as an emergency keep-my-child-busy-and-happy toy for your little one. Win-win.

10. The grill master

Hot sauce pack

Allow him a break from his Sriracha bottle, and introduce the grill master to a four pack of hot sauce straight from Portland, Oregon. This pack comes with four 4oz bottles with flavors like red chili lime and smoked habanero barbeque (YUM.) He’s got hot sauce in his bag, #swag.

Meat: Everything you need to know cook book

Even the best grill master can learn a thing or two about the meat they’re cooking. This cook book covers seventy five beef, pork, lamb, veal, and poultry recipes for you to try out this grilling season.

11. The new dad

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One rad dad mug


Your man is rad—a rad husband, and a rad dad. Show your appreciation for the proud new papa with a mug that’ll serve a dual purpose—to serve up some liquid energy and put a smile on his face.

Morning, noon, and night coffee

New parenthood can leave you feeling more tired than you’ve ever felt in your life. You may even reach zombie status. So, caffeine please! This energetic trio will keep the new daddio feeling refreshed (okay, as refreshed as possible...) at any time of day.

Toddy cold brew coffee maker

Some days just call for iced coffee instead of hot. And on those days, the Toddy cold brew coffee maker is where it’s at—for iced coffee or iced tea. It also makes piping hot coffee (but no electricity required!)

12. The outdoorsman

Roo hammock

Adventure. Adrenaline. And...a place to sleep. This hammock can fit two people, and would be a super fun way to sleep on a camping trip or to take a break on a long hike. Just hook it up, hang out (literally), and then pack up quick and be on your way. Adventure awaits!

Classic vacuum pint glass

This glass is super useful for everyone from the seasoned outdoorsmen to the person who prefers glamping, if they must. It won’t rust, is BPA-free, and will keep a drink cold for up to 4.5 hours and a drink hot for 1.5 hours.

13. The athlete

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Wool running socks

These made-in-Vermont socks are lightweight, comfortable, and won’t slip or bunch (which is sooo annoying.) Merino wool will keep your feet cool in the summer and warm in the winter—which basically means it’s a magical fabric.

Football leather coasters

This set of four coasters are made of the same leather footballs are made from—so they are water resistant and durable. And will be awesome tailgating accessories this fall.

14. The classic pops

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Cigar sampler

Nicely presented, eight earthy-Cuban style cigars will make him feel as cool as Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. Just stop him before he takes things into Tony Soprano territory.

Chillsner

The Chillsner will cool your beer in seconds and keep it that way the whole drink through. Never deal with a warm beer again.

15. The organizationally challenged dad

Planner


Simple, clean, and minimalistic. Planners are amazing and life-changing when it comes to organizing your time and to-do lists. So, if your man already likes to keep track of everything this way, he’ll appreciate this gift. And, if planning and organizing is something he needs a little help with, well then he will eventually appreciate this gift.

Docking station

This handmade bamboo docking and charging station provides an organized home for all those important items that somehow go missing when you need them most—keys, wallet, glasses, phone, pens, and more.

16. The DIY dad

‘You nailed it!’ craft

While dipping your child’s foot in paint may sound a little messy for you, fear not—this craft is easy, fun, and has a super cute outcome. See?

‘Yoda best dad’

Handmade cards are MUCH better than $5 store bought cards. So go for extra bonus points this Father’s Day—saving money by not buying a card, and bonus sentimental points for having your little one make them something awesome.

Breakfast in bed

Classic. Relaxing. Delicious. When in doubt, always assume breakfast in bed will put a smile on someone’s face. These recipes are no brainers.

Create a school-ready capsule wardrobe for your kids

Dress for success whether virtual learning or in the classroom!

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Going "back to school" this year may be less of a literal statement than in years past—but there is just as much reason for your kids to celebrate moving on to new grades. Just like in every new school year, a big part of the fun is refreshing your kids' wardrobe with clothes that allow them to express themselves.

Even if finding back to school clothes this year doesn't include a trip to the mall, you can still make an event of it by shopping H&M's kids collection from your computer. Pull up another chair for your shopping buddy and get the cart started with these fave capsule wardrobe options we've already scouted.

Here are our favorite picks:

A t-shirt made for play

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Call them essentials, not basics. A graphic t-shirt aces the test when it comes to being perfect for school. And because your little student will probably want to wear something that expresses their personal style as often as possible, it's great to know the shirts can stand up to school time, playtime, downtime and everything in between!

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Dressed-up casual shorts for total comfort

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Whether pulling up a chair for a virtual meeting with the class or heading back to the school for in-person learning, some comfortable, yet stylish, shorts will help your kid focus on the real tasks at hand: learning—and having fun while doing it!

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Layers for when seasons change

H&M sweatshirt

When it comes to feeling comfortable at school, layers are the MVPs. Whether the AC is blasting or the day started off cool and is warming up quickly, having a unique sweatshirt to shed or add will help your kid look cool while staying warm.

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A bit of flair with distressed denim

H&M distressed jeans

A school staple for generations, denim is both classic and continually fashionable with updates like distressing and new wash colors. If you're shopping online for jeans this year, take note of H&M's generous return policy—your kids can try on the orders at home and return anything that doesn't fit without a trip to the store.

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A fashion statement piece

H&M girls skirt

What's better than expressing yourself through a stylish outfit when school is back in session? Still feeling perfectly comfortable and ready to tackle anything the day holds while looking so good. With so many fashion-forward looks available at budget-friendly prices, H&M's children's collection means every kid can find an outfit that speaks to them.

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Some comfy kicks

H&M boys shoes

A sure way to put a little pep in your child's step this year, cool and cozy shoes are a staple on all back-to-school shopping lists for good reason. (Plus, it's fun to compare them to last year's shoes to see how much your kid has grown!)

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Anything-but-basic blouses

H&M girls blouse

Whether in the classroom or showing up for a video call with the class, a styling blouse or button-down shirt is a great way for your student to comfortably dress up the day. Better yet? Style doesn't have to come at the expense of comfort with so many made-to-move tops designed just for kids.

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A shirt ready to go whatever the day holds

H&M boys shirt

With "going to school" meaning anything from showing up in the classroom to doing a virtual session, it's important to have clothes that are perfect for anything the day holds. A classic, cotton shirt with a fashion-forward design is a great way to keep your student feeling ready to start the year with an A+ attitude.

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This article was sponsored by H&M. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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5 brilliant products that encourage toddler independence

Help your little one help themselves.

One of our main goals as mothers is to encourage our children to learn, grow and play. They start out as our tiny, adorable babies who need us for everything, and somehow, before you know it, they grow into toddlers with ideas and opinions and desires of their own.

You may be hearing a lot more of "I do it!" or maybe they're pushing your hand away as a signal to let you know, I don't need your help, Mama. That's okay. They're just telling you they're ready for more independence. They want to be in charge of their bodies, and any little bit of control their lives and abilities allow.

So, instead of challenging your toddler's desire for autonomy, we found five of our favorite products to help encourage independence—and eliminate frustration in the process.

EKOBO Bamboo 4-piece kid set

EKOBO bamboo 4-piece kid set

This colorful set includes a plate, cup, bowl and spoon and is just right for your child's meal experience. Keep them in an easy-to-reach cabinet so they'll feel encouraged (and excited!) to get their own place setting each time they eat.

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Puj PhillUp hangable kids cups

Puj PhillUp hangable kids cups

Before you know it, your little one will be asking (okay, maybe demanding) to fill their own water cups. This amazing 4-pack of cups attaches directly to the fridge (or any glass, metal, tile or fiberglass surface) making it easier for your child to grab a cup themselves. Just be sure a water pitcher or dispenser is nearby, and—boom!—one task off your plate.

$29

Wise Elk puzzle tower blocks

Wise Elk puzzle tower blocks

These beautiful blocks, made from sustainably-sourced wood and water-based, non-toxic, lead-free paint, will keep your little one focused on their creation while they're also busy working on their fine-motor skills. The puzzle design will encourage patience as your kiddo creates their own building, fitting one block in after the next.

$18

Lorena Canals basket

Lorena Canals Basket

This *gorgeous* braided cotton basket is the perfect, accessible home for their blocks (and whatever else you want to hide away!) so your kiddo can grab them (and clean them up) whenever their heart desires.

$29

BABYBJÖRN step stool

BABYBJ\u00d6RN Step Stool

Your kiddo might be ready to take on the world, but they might need an extra boost to do so—cue, a step stool! An easy-to-move lightweight stool is the must-have confidence-boosting tool you need in your home so your growing tot can reach, well... the world.

$20

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