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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.

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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.

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    With fall in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in outside-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

    From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

    Wooden doll stroller

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    Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

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    Detective set

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    This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

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    Sand play set

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    Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

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    Water play set

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    Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

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    Mini golf set

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    Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

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    Vintage scooter balance bike

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    Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

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    Wooden rocking pegasus

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    Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

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    Croquet set

    Plan Toys croquet set

    The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

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    Wooden digital camera

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    Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

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    Wooden bulldozer toy

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    Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

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    Pull-along hippo

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    There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

    $33

    Baby forest fox ride-on

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    Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

    $88

    Balance board

    Plan Toys balance board

    Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

    $75

    Meadow ring toss game

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    Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

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    Tips parents need to know about poor air quality and caring for kids with asthma

    There are steps parents can take to keep their children as healthy as possible.

    When wildfires struck the West Coast in September 2020, there was a lot for parents to worry about. For parents of children with asthma, though, the danger could be even greater. "There are more than 400 toxins that are present in wildfire smoke. That can activate the immune system in ways that aren't helpful by both causing an inflammatory response and distracting the immune system from fighting infection," says Amy Oro, MD, a pediatrician at Stanford Children's Health. "When smoke enters into the lungs, it causes irritation and muscle spasms of the smooth muscle that is around the small breathing tubes in the lungs. This can lead to difficulty with breathing and wheezing. It's really difficult on the lungs."

    With the added concern of COVID-19 and the effect it can have on breathing, many parents feel unsure about how to keep their children protected. The good news is that there are steps parents can take to keep their children as healthy as possible.

    Here are tips parents need to know about how to deal with poor air quality when your child has asthma.

    Minimize smoke exposure.

    Especially when the air quality index reaches dangerous levels, it's best to stay indoors as much as possible. You can find out your area's AQI at AirNow.gov. An under 50 rating is the safest, but between 100-150 is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as children with asthma. "If you're being told to stay indoors, listen. If you can, keep the windows and doors closed," Oro says.

    Do your best to filter the air.

    According to Oro, a HEPA filter is your best bet to effectively clean pollutants from the air. Many homes are equipped with a built-in HEPA filter in their air conditioning systems, but you can also get a canister filter. Oro says her family (her husband and children all suffer from asthma) also made use of a hack from the New York Times and built their own filter by duct taping a HEPA furnace filter to the front of a box fan. "It was pretty disgusting what we accumulated in the first 20 hours in our fan," she says.

    Avoid letting your child play outside or overly exert themselves in open air.

    "Unfortunately, cloth masks don't do very much [to protect you from the smoke pollution]," Oro says. "You really need an N95 mask, and most of those have been allocated toward essential workers." To keep at-risk children safer, Oro recommends avoiding brisk exercise outdoors. Instead, set up an indoor obstacle course or challenge your family to jumping jacks periodically to keep everyone moving safely.

    Know the difference between smoke exposure and COVID-19.

    "COVID-19 can have a lot of the same symptoms—dry cough, sore throat, shortness of breath and chest pain could overlap. But what COVID and other viruses generally cause are fever, chills, vomiting, diarrhea and body aches. Those would tell you it's not just smoke exposure," Oro says. When a child has been exposed to smoke, they often complain of a "scrape" in their throat, burning eyes, cough, shortness of breath, chest pain or wheezing. If the child has asthma, parents should watch for a flare of symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing or a tight sensation in their chest.

    Unfortunately, not much is known about long-term exposure to wildfire smoke on a healthy or compromised immune system, but elevated levels of air pollution have been associated with increased COVID-19 rates. That's because whenever there's an issue with your immune system, it distracts your immune system from fighting infections and you have a harder time fighting off viruses. Limiting your exposure to wildfire smoke is your best bet to keep immune systems strong.

    Have a plan in place if you think your child is suffering from smoke exposure.

    Whatever type of medication your child takes for asthma, make sure you have it on-hand and that your child is keeping up with regular doses. Contact your child's pediatrician, especially if your area has a hazardous air quality—they may want to adjust your child's medication schedule or dosage to prevent an attack. Oro also recommends that, if your child has asthma, it might be helpful to have a stethoscope or even a pulse oximeter at home to help diagnose issues with your pediatrician through telehealth.

    Most importantly, don't panic.

    In some cases, social distancing and distance learning due to COVID may be helping to keep sensitive groups like children with asthma safer. Oro says wildfires in past years have generally resulted in more ER visits for children, but the most recent fires haven't seen the same results. "A lot of what we've seen is that the smoke really adversely affects adults, especially older adults over 65," Oro says. "Children tend to be really resilient."

    This article was sponsored by Stanford Children's Health. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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