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There’s actually nothing better in life than a partner who rocks at #dadlife. So we think the amazing father in your life deserves a gift as awesome as he is.


After some serious digging, we’ve found some of our favorite items—all well-loved by the fathers we well-love.

1. For use with a crowbar: Mancrates

Trust us, the man in your life will be thrilled just by the packaging on any ManCrates gift. Shipped in crates and arriving with a crowbar (seriously), these themed boxes range from exotic meats to auto care to outdoor survival and beyond. Each crate is packed with items he’ll love and want to put to use right away.

Pro tip: Don’t let the kids nearby when he starts opening his crate. We’ve known dads to get a little overly excited with the crowbar.

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2. To bring out their inner teenager: Onewheel electric board

Whether surfer, snowboarder, skateboarder, or just a fun seeker, no one can resist the thrill of Onewheel’s smooth ride. The most intuitive (lean forward to go, back to slow down) board out there, Onewheel cruises up to 15 MPH and only takes 20 minutes to fully recharge. Built by a crew of with serious engineering cred and a dream of feeling like snowboarding on fresh powder, it will turn any commute or walk to the park into your personal playground.

Pro tip: Charge it in advance to let him hop right on. And don’t forget a helmet.

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3. A diaper bag he’ll actually want to carry: BabyZala’s Baby Bootcamp bag

BabyZala’s Baby Bootcamp bag is about as neutral as they come. It’s an all in one bag that holds everything for baby (think lots of pockets for bottles, diapers, wipes, etc.) with plenty of room left over for all of your on-the-go essentials. And the best part is no one will know if dad is carrying around his iPad or your toddler’s favorite stuffed bear!

Pro tip: The front pocket of this bag folds down to hold a towel or even a yoga mat.

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4. Something for an Insta-worthy #twinsies photo op: Pair of Thieves Dad + Kid socks

Looking for a new twist on the tried and true matching clothes gift idea? Pair of Thieves Dad + Kid Twinsies sets will knock your socks off. (Sorry, we couldn’t help it.) Made with added padding and a flat toe seam, these moisture wicking, odor resistant, and most importantly uber comfy socks are perfect for a day of adventure or an afternoon on the couch with your little one. The hardest part will be choosing which pair to rock this Father’s Day!

Pro tip: If you’re looking to bring your matching to a whole new level, Pair of Thieves also makes Dad + Kid undies!

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5. An accessory that’s as stylish as it is functional: Tether camera strap

Phone snaps are great, but nothing beats the real deal. Make sure dad always looks cool while capturing the kiddos’ every moment. Tether makes super stylish leather and denim camera straps that are perfect for the amateur and photo buff alike. Add a monogram to make to make it extra special.

Pro tip: Procrastinators, unite! Tether straps ship 24-36 hours after purchase, so no need to think (too far) ahead.

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6. For a global caffeine buzz: Atlas Coffee Club subscription

For the coffee lovers out there?, an Atlas Coffee Club subscription is a fun way to explore the world's best blends—with the ease of your own coffee machine. Each bag comes with an interesting description of where the coffee originated, what flavors you can expect and how it was processed.

Pro tip: Once you've found your coffee soul-mate, you can half the "world tour" and just order bags of your favorite brew.

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7. A grill gift that isn’t...overdone: Uncommon Goods’ Himalayan Salt BBQ Plank

We know that a grilling gift for Father’s Day doesn’t sound so original, but trust us on this one—the Himalayan Salt BBQ Plank from Uncommon Goods will spice up dad’s BBQ game for sure. This hand-carved platter multitasks as a serving piece and a grilling platter, giving your food just the right touch of salty goodness.

Pro tip: Salt is a long-lasting and naturally anti-bacterial mineral, so these plates need very little care to last for many years. Just wipe clean and dry after each use!

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8. A classic watch with a modern twist: Timex for J. Crew watch

Inspired by vintage diving watches, this Timex for J. Crew watch is about as all-American as it gets. Whether dad’s on land or at sea—or even just splashing around the baby pool—this classic piece will never go out of style and, most importantly, won’t break the bank.

Pro tip: Keep him on his toes with lots of different choices for interchangeable bands like, this and this.

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Our favorite last-minute picks

You’re busy, we get it. (I mean, we really get it.) Here are a few last-minute gift ideas that are sure to deliver.

9. An easier way to satisfy his inner book nerd: Audible subscription

Dad needs some downtime, too, and an audiobook is a perfect way to unwind whether he’s in the car, on a train, or relaxing after baby’s in bed. Audible boasts the world’s largest library of audio books and ad-free podcasts. Membership is quick and easy, and if you don’t love a book, you get to swap it for another, no questions asked. See also: LAST MINUTE FATHER’S DAY GIFT.

Pro tip: Sign up now and get a free 30-day trial and a free audio book! Join now and get dad his subscription free for the first month!

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10. VIP museum access

Don’t we all need a little more culture in our lives? Museum memberships are affordable, fun, and often filled with cool perks like special viewing hours, invitations to previews and parties, and more.

Pro tip: Stick with a popular museum close to home with a varied calendar of events so dad can make the most of the experience!

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Caring for young children can be challenging enough on a perfectly normal day, but during an emergency those challenges are magnified. Natural disasters and emergencies—such as earthquakes, storms, fires, power outages, flooding or outbreaks that affect a wide community—obviously present a major operational challenge for childcare programs.

That's why childcare providers need to have preparedness plans for emergencies and natural disasters that are likely to occur in their communities. Be sure to discuss emergency planning with your day care, childcare program or after-school care provider.

Here are a few helpful questions to ask to make sure that your child's day care or childcare is ready for emergencies.

1. Does the parent handbook cover emergency planning? Is it up to date?

The parent handbook should serve as a guide for everything that takes place in a childcare program, from drop-off protocols to nap schedules, and it should also include information about the program's emergency plans, response, and recovery. As situations change or arise, the parent handbook should be updated accordingly.

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2. What is your communication plan for emergencies or disasters?

While 90% of childcare providers have written emergency response plans, only 70% have plans to communicate with family members during an emergency. Your provider should outline its plan of communication in its parent handbook.

3. Do you perform drills for disasters that are likely to occur in our area?

Ask whether your day care or childcare program has practiced its emergency response plans in a calm, safe environment—in other words, before it's necessary.

4. What is your evacuation plan?

In the rare event that an evacuation is necessary, it's important for providers to include up-to-date evacuation drills and protocols in the parent handbook. Caregivers, staff, parents and children should all know the designated meet-up point during a community evacuation.

5. Do you have a safe, designated evacuation spot in the event of a community evacuation?

Once staff and children calmly evacuate the building, there needs to be a safe shelter-in-place spot nearby. This location should be kid-friendly and have plenty of food, water and ways to keep young children occupied. The location should also be able to accommodate children with special needs and those with medical requirements.

6. What is your shelter-in-place plan?

During an emergency where parents are unable to access roads or public transportation, childcare programs need to have a shelter-in-place plan. Whether children stay at the facility or evacuate to a safe spot nearby, providers need to keep at least 72 hours worth of food, water, and medical supplies up to date. The program should also have parents write notes in advance letting children know that everything is okay.

7. Do you have post-disaster plans?

According to FEMA, more than 40% of businesses do not reopen after a disaster. If childcare programs close, parents cannot return to work and recovery cannot begin. Also, young children need a safe, secure, and familiar place to return to after a disaster.

8. How do you discuss emergencies in an age-appropriate manner with children?

A great way for care providers to introduce the concept of emergency plans to children is to have them help create emergency kits. This way children become familiar with emergency response items. Teachers should also let parents know how they plan to talk to children about emergencies in advance.

9. What are your policies for closing?

Childcare providers must give advance warning to parents about closures if there is an impending weather emergency. If roadways near the childcare program are typically out of use during an emergency, both parents and staff need to map out secondary pick-up plans in advance.

10. Are you in touch with local preparedness organizations?

Local emergency organizations can provide advice and tips to prepare for an emergency or natural disaster. Parents, care providers and community organizations should meet regularly and have the most recent copies of the parent handbook.

According to FEMA, in 2019 alone, there were 59 declared disasters in the U.S. These emergencies include earthquakes, tropical storms, fires, floods, severe storms, tornadoes, landslides, mudslides, extreme wind, and snowstorms. But basic advance preparation can go a long way toward helping parents and caregivers feel ready for emergencies and disasters, and can ensure that families and care providers stay safe.

A version of this post was originally published at the Institute for Childhood Preparedness

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The transition to motherhood is tough, and you deserve a little love! Join us March 28th for Motherly's Becoming Mama event in NYC for a day filled with conversations and connections that will leave you feeling inspired. Get advice from expert panels, indulge in a little pampering, and meet other local mamas IRL for a day of empowerment and support.


Register now for early-bird pricing, and access to limited VIP tickets with exclusive gift bags.

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  • A mindful mama meditation to start your day.
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  • A healthy lunch + delicious snacks
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  • Personalized gifts for you + your baby
  • The chance to test the hottest baby gear on the market
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Here's what we'll be talking about on our panels:

Navigating the Fourth Trimester: Self-Care for Mom
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Motherhood brings so many advantages to the workplace, and yet, it's still a topic often talked about in hushed voices. We'll invite Medela to sponsor this very important panel that will evolve this working mom conversation. Together we can work to erase the Motherhood Penalty, support moms with the proper tools and lift each other up in the workplace.

Parenting in Partnership: Learning to Share the Load
There's never been a more equitable time to be a parent, and yet so many mothers still feel like they're carrying more than their fair share. Let's talk about how to create a parenting team from the start, with tips, tricks and expert advice on leveling the playing field between parenting partners.

*While many of Motherly's events are family focused, there will not be specific activities or play spaces for babies or kids. This event is more mom-focused. Babies under 1 are welcome at this event, but a baby carrier is suggested. Please use your discretion.

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When I think about Meghan Markle, her effortless style is usually one of the the first things that comes to mind. Whether she's traveling, taking her dogs for a walk, or attending a royal event, her outfits always look timeless and put together. Yet somehow she still manages to wear outfits that feel way more accessible (even when she is donning a gorgeous—but expensive—coat we've had in our cart for much longer than we care to admit).

While I can't quite afford a personal stylist yet or drop a few thousand on a bag, I did do a little digging and found that a few of her wardrobe staples are items that I can add to my closet, with a little investment. And, if you're not in the market to invest this much, don't worry—I found dupes that will do the trick!

Here are our favorite products to achieve Meghan Markle's classic mom style:

Meghan's pick: Rothy's flats

rothys flat

Confession: I own a lot of shoes. But I wear my Rothy's at least once a week and they're the first shoe I toss into my luggage when I'm traveling because they're so comfortable and can be machine-washed. The Point is my (and apparently Meghan Markle's) favorite style because it elongates the legs and goes with literally anything you wear. I love that they're made from recycled plastic water bottles, too. And, they just launched the Mary Jane—it has a bow!—if you prefer a more dainty look with a fun twist.

$145

Our dupe: ASOS ballet flats

asos black pointed toe

This pointed pair will give a similar elongated look at just $23. They come in half sizes and if you're unsure which size is best, ASOS offers a sizing recommendation. The material isn't machine-washable (like our prized Rothy's) but you can wipe these clean with a damp cloth to keep them looking like new.

$23

Meghan's pick: Wool wrap jacket

meghan markle wool coat

There's just something so elegant about this coat. Maybe it's the wrap waist that flatters any body type. Or, it's the way the collared neck drapes (seriously it'll even make wearing pajamas look chic). It's become one of the most recognized pieces from Meghan's wardrobe and we are obsessed.

$750

Our dupe: Tahari wool blend coat

tahari wool blend cape coat

Looking for something more affordable? This coat is marked down to $83 from $360 at Nordstrom Rack. While we haven't personally tried it, at 77% off, we can bet the quality is pretty up to par with a higher-end jacket. Plus, we're obsessed with the pale blue and port wine colorways. The removable waist tie belt and shoulder cape overlay will have you feeling like Meghan Markle in just about anything.

Bonus: We love this Amazon dupe that's just under $80.

$82.48

Meghan's pick: Longchamp bag

longchamp bag

On the quest for a bag that holds just about everything you need (without having to be a diaper bag)? Say hello to the Longchamp 'Le Pliage' tote. It's water-resistant, has durable leather straps and folds up into a square for each storage or packing. I've had mine for more than five years and it's still going strong—and it's schlepped a lot of heavy things over the years. Plus, it just looks nice with everything!

$125

Our dupe: Amazon shoulder bag

longchamp knock off bag

This dupe on Amazon has 59 great reviews and the large size is under $30! With three sizes, you can pick whatever best fits your style. Each bag comes with a zippered main compartment and interior pockets and yes, it even folds up just like the real thing.

$27.99

Meghan's pick: Birdies slippers

birdies slippers

Are they house slippers or the most comfortable flats you've owned? Spoiler alert: They're both. Meghan has been spotted wearing The Heron style (I've been spotted wearing the slides around my apartment all day) many times and we think the velvet detail dresses up just about anything, even leggings. The no-slip rubber sole and 7-layer support means you can run around in these all day long without missing a beat.

$95

Our dupe: Chase & Chloe pointy loafer

pointy toe loafer

While you won't experience the cloud-like softness of Birdies, you can achieve a similar look with this pair from Nordstrom Rack for under $20. Both black and tan pairs come with a padded footbed, grip sole and a flexible construction (so hopefully no blisters even from day one).

$19.97

Meghan's pick: Madewell denim jacket

madewell denim jacket

I didn't own a denim jacket until last year and since then, I've worn it in just about every season. Over summer dresses, paired with a T-shirt, over a blouse, you name it. It add just enough extra warmth without having to put on something bulky and is machine-washable. For an extra-cool and Meghan Markle factor, roughly roll up the sleeves twice.

$118

Our dupe: Old Navy denim jacket

old navy denim jacket

Grab this $30 distressed denim look at Old Navy. I'm not sure how they do it, but their denim jackets are *so* soft. This one is slightly fitted so size up if you're looking for a more oversized look. Just like the Madewell one, this hits right below the waist, making it great to pair with pants or dresses.

$35

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