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10 Father’s Day gifts he’ll actually want

These are the 10 gifts he actually wants this year.

10 Father’s Day gifts he’ll actually want

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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Why do all of my good parenting or baby-focused inventions come after they've already been invented by someone else? Sigh.

Like the Puj hug hooded baby towel, aka the handiest, softest cotton towel ever created.

Safely removing a wet, slippery baby from the bath can be totally nerve-wracking, and trying to hold onto a towel at the same time without soaking it in the process seems to require an extra arm altogether. It's no wonder so much water ends up on the floor, the countertops, or you(!) after bathing your little one. Their splashing and kicking in the water is beyond adorable, of course, but the clean up after? Not as much.

It sounds simple: Wash your child, sing them a song or two, let them play with some toys, then take them out, place a towel around them, and dry them off. Should be easy, peasy, lemon squeezy, right?

But it hasn't been. It's been more—as one of my favorite memes says—difficult, difficult, lemon difficult. Because until this towel hit the bathtime scene, there was no easy-peasy way to pick up your squirming wet baby without drenching yourself and/or everything around you.

Plus, there is nothing cuter than a baby in a plush hooded towel, right? Well, except when it's paired with a dry, mess-free floor, maybe.

Check out our favorites to make bathtime so much easier:

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14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school 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 summer-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.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

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.

$30

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

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

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.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

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.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

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.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

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.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

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.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

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.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

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.

$100

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.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

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.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

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.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

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

janod toys baby fox ride on

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

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