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 who are always, always there for you are something special.
My dad spent our childhood chasing us around a backyard, trying to teach us all of the sports he played with his five brothers (he had three sisters, too… yes, really!). And watching my husband recreate a similar childhood for our four kids—running basketball drills in our driveway, playing catch in the front yard, helping my daughter practice for her dance recital, reading books to everyone at night—is one of my favorite parts of parenting. Which is exactly why we need to celebrate these dudes this Father's Day!
Whether the dad your 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 in the below list of gifts.
1. The cooler
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 newest 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.
Yeti Tundra Haul, $399.99
2. The shades
This just in: We don't need to spend a fortune on sunglasses anymore! Especially when brands like American Eagle are churning out super-cool styles like these Knockaround bad boys. We love that the FDA-approved lenses are impact-resistant because, let's face it, at any moment a toy could come hurtling at dad's face, and it's good to know that his sunglasses will protect him.
American Eagle Knockaround Fast Lanes Sunglasses, $25
3. The can-go-anywhere wagon
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.
Veer All Terrain Cruiser Wagon, $599.00
4. The custom story book
The Daddy Edition of the best-selling "When Emma Grows Up" personalized children's book is perfect for celebrating the everlasting bonds that dads have with their little ones… and we're betting it will have your husband tearing up before the waffles are even ready. Personalize the name and appearance of both Dad and child and choose 10 professions your little one might grow up to be. All inspired by Dad himself, of course.
Hooray Heroes' When Emma Grows Up personalized book, $39.00+
[In partnership with Hooray Heroes]
5. The Knives
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 10-piece stainless steel set from Wüsthoffor multiples reasons. One: The price. Considering that it includes eight serrated steak knives, a carving knife, a carving fork and a flashy wooden holding box for under 80 bucks, well fam, that's a smokin' deal. Two: Founded in Germany more than 200 years ago, the Wüsthof brand is legit. Three: They're pretty! Which isn't the case for all steak knives!
Wüsthof Stainless-Steel 10-Piece Steak & Carving Knife Set, Sale $79.95 (Regularly $180.00)
6. The gussied-up flip flops
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 is too say your man is about to declare that these are the only flip flops he's wearing from now to eternity.
OluKai Mea Ola Sandal, $119.99
7. The t-shirt
Have you ever met an adult male who 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.
Men's Papa Bird T-shirt, $19.99
8. The razor re-supply
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 Starter Set, which includes shave butter, four razor cartridges and a
The Dollar Shave Club Starter Shave Set, $5.00
9. The framed photo
Have a favorite family photo that's been sitting on your phone (or your Instagram) for months? 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 imagery, pick your size and voila, you've got your gift! You can even do the entire process from your phone… in under 5 minutes. And for Father's Day, Framebridge is offering a duo of 5 x 7 frames with mattes for $100.
Framebridge Framing, $39.00+
10. The bottle opener
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 18,000 reviews on Etsy!
Etsy MyPersonalMemories Bottle Opener, $24.99
11. The life insurance
We know, we know, presenting him with a life insurance on Father's Day isn't the most sentimental gift, but if you and your man don't have it, we're guessing that it's a point of stress for you both. No, we're not suggesting you go to an old-timey broker's office. Instead, we're sending you to Ladder. Why? Because this site makes the process of obtaining a policy incredibly easy and fast for new subscribers—seriously, the total time it takes from clicking onto the site, selecting your coverage amount and applying for instant coverage is as little as five minutes.
12. The blazer
The blazer is the ultimate dad jacket. He can wear it to your son's hockey awards banquet, a client meeting or his cousin's wedding, all while looking crisp, cool and ever on-trend. After all, he's a hip dad! Get him there with Bonobos' Jetsetter options, which combine old-school Italian wool with a slight stretch. The best part? He can pair the jacket with anything from jeans to slacks—far more practical that a suit coat!
Bonobos Jetsetter Stretch Italian Wool Blazer, $450.00
13. The cool coffee gadget
Whether dad likes his coffee hot or cold, this reusable, double-walled glass bottles makes the perfect pour-over or cold brew—ready in minutes and easy to take on the go.
Full Circle Home Brumi Pour Over & Cold Brew To-Go Bottle, $39.00
14. The phone
For the tech lover, the Google Pixel 3a is a dream. With an amazing camera (including Night Sight) dad will have no excuse to not take *all* of the photos. Plus, the battery lasts up to 30 hours in case he forgets to charge it. We love the Google Lens that allows you to point the camera at an object or visual and get answers—the kids will love playing with it!
Google Pixel 3a, $299.00+
15. The manly oven mitt
Dad won't be able to keep his mitts off of these! (It's Father's Day, so we're allowed to make bad jokes.) Made from 100% leather, these heat-resistant oven mitts can withstand temperatures as high as 460°F 🔥.
Dutch Deluxes Dutch Leather Oven Mitts, $89.00+
16. The perfect button-down
Am I the only wife who's lived this scenario: Husband puts on button-down and laments its too long. Then he tucks in and adds a belt and laments that 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.
Untuckit St. Romain Performance Shirt, $98.00
17. The jeans
Finding the ideal dad jean is no easy feat. If they're too wide, dads look like they're headed to a rave in 1999. Too skinny and they'll barely be able to bend over to pick up baby off the floor. Luckily, we discovered Paige's Federal jeans in the Blakely wash and let's just say that the fit and color is just right for all dads out there—they can be worn from daycare drop-off to work to date night and everywhere in between. With the perfect amount of tapering, these are about his new 24/7 jeans.
Paige Federal Slim Fit Jeans in Blakely, $189.00
18. The diaper backpack
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? It's 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.
Elkin Backpack, $84.99
19. The grooming essentials
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? Let's upgrade dad's rotation with British grooming brand Murdock London's assortment of goodies—from the skin-calming Post Shave Balm or the deliciously-smelling Black Tea Body Wash to the perfect-level-of-hold Texture Paste for his hair. Does he struggle with a too-course beard? Then the Beard Conditioner will fix all that. More to love: The sleek navy-blue packaging.
Murdock London grooming products, $8.00+
20. The Sneaker
Not all gym shoes need a marquis logo on them—and while this might be a hard concept for dad to swallow, Everlane's new Trainer sneaker will change his mind pretty quickly. Available in seven leather-and-suede combo colorways, these sneakers are comfortable right out of the box and since they come from the eco-concious brand, they're also feel-good for your soul. The sole is a blend of natural and recycled rubber (94% virgin-plastic-free!) and the brand is on determined path to be completely carbon neutral.
Everlane The Trainer, $98.00
21. The elevated water experience
A must-have for anyone who loves them some fizzy water, the SodaStream turns plain water into seltzer in seconds. The best part? It's cord-free and has a small enough footprint that you won't even mind giving it some real estate on your countertops. Oh, and it's saving the planet from a whole lot of plastic bottles, too.
SodaStream Fizzi Sparkling Water Maker, $89.99
22. The mug
This vintage-inspired personalized mug will make dad totally nostalgic (and proud!) during his daily coffee fix.
The Beez Kneez Designs Vintage Mug via Etsy, $13.75
23. The tech watch
Is your man a tech-loving dad who wants to stay connected but needs his hands free to deal with the kiddos? Then look no further than the Apple Watch. Dad will be able to do everything from tracking his daily activities to checking his emails right from his wrist. Forewarning: You're going to want a matching one.
Apple Watch Series 4, $429.00
24. The family photo book
Surprise him with a compilation of your family's best photos—or maybe it's the silliest ones. Or the pics where no one is looking, or the ones where only 75 percent of you are smiling. Regardless, putting photo to paper is the thoughtful gift that will score you a touchdown on Father's Day morning, and Mixbook's options are super easy to create.
Mixbook Family Photo Books, $15.99+
25. The water bottle
Facts: It's impossible to "dad" without being hydrated, and a rugged water bottle will be a welcomed gift by all. We recommend the 100% leak-proof, stainless steel Yeti Rambler 18-ounce bottle, which has an extra-wide opening for sipping and loading (dads loooove big ice cubes!) and double-wall vacuum walls for keeping drinks super cold and super hot. Oh, and it's dishwasher safe, too.
Yeti Rambler 26-Ounce Bottle, $29.99
26. The grilling tools
Grilling and dads go hand-in-hand, so getting him a fancy set of tools for his favorite outdoor appliance for Father's Day will likely be well-received. We love this heat-resistant Wusthof set from Williams-Sonoma because it's solid without being heavy, and each of the four pieces have rings to hang on your grill hooks. Did we mention it's 50% off right now? Done and done!
WSGC, Sale $79.95 (Regularly $160.00)
27. The fast cooker
If your husbands anything like mine, he's not the handiest in the kitchen. Set him up for success on solo nights with an Instant Pot, which in addition to being able to make hard boiled eggs in minutes, can also prepare soups and stews, steam and sauté vegetables and much more in under 20 minutes. We like the Lux Mini because of its compact size and it's palatable price.
Instant Pot Lux Mini, $52.99
28. The pants
If they're not jeans or sweatpants, my husband completely struggles with pants. The word "chinos" makes him cringe. But pants are a vital wardrobe component for adult males. Enter: Public Rec's new Workday Pants. Styled in the vein of jeans, the five-pocket pants have a tapered ankle and are made from a stretchy blend of polyester and spandex that is quick-drying and super lightweight. Pants that are modern but professional and breathable? We found 'em! An they come in four colors, too.
Public Rec, $108.00
29. The coasters
Dads like sports... but what they really, really love are coasters. Seriously. My husband will dive across a room to prevent a cold glass of ice water from sweating onto our coffee table and leaving a dreaded-ring. So get him what he really wants this year and combine his two favorite things! These sandstone coasters have cork bottoms and come in nine categories (skiing, baseball, golf and more!), covering interesting factoids that the whole fam will enjoy discussing.
Uncommon Goods Anatomy of Sports Coasters, $45.00
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