12 Fresh Gift Ideas for Your Father Figure on Father’s Day
He’s your father. Papa, dad, whatever you call him, he’s the one who has been cheering from the stands since day one. Maybe he taught you how to throw a baseball, or perhaps he ignited your love of classic rock. Maybe he taught you the perfect paella recipe, or handed down his trademark humor. He’s probably still the champion on the grill, though you’re old enough now to vie for the title.
Dad is the one who has been the bannerman for your dreams and goals. He’s still a temple for sage advice, and a shoulder to cry on when the sun isn’t shining.
Father’s Day is an excellent time to remind your dad (or your father-figure) that you appreciate everything he has done (and all the times he’s put up with you).
Maybe this year, you’re shopping for a new dad. Though he is now the proud parent of a beautiful bundle of joy, no doubt he deserve a little pampering himself after all those late nights and big bills. If you’re a parent yourself now, you know just how much love and care fathers can put into bringing up their kids.
Here, our guide to gifts that will remind your dad the place he holds in your heart. They range from the sentimental — like custom-made vouchers — to the splurge-worthy, to appeal to any budget.
Gift ideas for the dad in your life on Father’s Day:
Yoga Starter Set, $35
If your father hasn’t discovered the health benefits of yoga, it may be time to introduce him to the joys of vinyasa. Yoga can aid in flexibility, reduce anxiety, increase muscle tone, and promote positive cardio and circulatory health.
This set includes all he needs to step forward into your practice, including an ultra-thick mat, two blocks, a mat towel, a hand towel, and a strap.
iTOUCH Smartwatch, $59.50
Maybe dad is a workout fiend and never skips his morning workout or tennis match. Or perhaps he’s trying to get a little better at keeping tabs on his health. Whatever the situation, the iTOUCH Smartwatch will help monitor his sleep, his heart rate, and a host of other features so he can tailor his workouts to just what his body needs.
The adjustable silicone strap is designed to fit tight on his wrist, whatever his exercise of choice.
Elko Pocket Knife, $60
A good pocket knife is a multi-functional asset: he can make things, fix things, break things; it’s always there when your dad needs it.
This one has every-day-carry functionalities: it’ll hang easily from a keychain, it’s small enough to fit in a pocket, and the stainless steel body and Sandvik steel won’t rust or dull over time.
Knock Knock Vouchers, $8.11
For the shopper on a budget, Knock Knock Vouchers carry sentimental appeal without the big money price tag. Each voucher includes a coupon for one wish — from a free car wash to control of the remote (perfect for game day).
This coupon will feel especially poignant for the new dad who is probably in need of a little reprieve.
Fender Play, $9.99/month
Know a dad who’s always dreamed of having his name in lights? Well, you may not be able to help there, but Fender’s Play feature is the stepping stone to some serious strumming. It offers step-by-step video lessons that track your progress. The Tablature section breaks down his favorite songs to bite-size bits.
Heaven’s Door Whiskey, $49.99
Bob Dylan + Whiskey? Yes, we’re not kidding – famed songwriter Bob Dylan has launched his passion project, Heaven’s Door whiskey. True to Dylan’s music, the Whiskey combines art and craft – it’s made in collaboration with some of the top craft distillers in the country. Pick from one of the brand’s inaugural collections, ranging from Tennessee straight bourbon, double barrel whiskey, and Straight Rye. They all sip beautifully on their own, with ice, or in a cocktail. For a truly perfect present, wrap it up with a Bob Dylan record.
Frank & Oak Style Plan
From clothing savants Frank & Oak comes the easiest way to shop ever. With the Style Plan, each month, a curated box of clothing is sent straight to your dad’s home home.
Each box contains a selection of garments and accessories, ranging from more work-appropriate button-ups to laid-back weekend essentials. Preview the box before it arrives, so there are never any unwanted surprises. Each piece is stylish, casual, and comfortable (and saves dad a trip to the mall).
Tile Pro, $59.99
Do you have a dad who never seems to be able to find his keys?
The Tile Pro makes getting ready in the morning far less stressful. Simply attach the small square to your key — or slip it into your wallet or tag it to whatever other item disappears frequently — and the corresponding iPhone app will direct you to just where that item is hiding.
And if your dad loses his Tile Pro too, this pack comes with a back-up version!
Tu Casa Mi Casa, $43.84
Sure, you can get your father another grilling book. But this Father’s Day, inject a little more life into his cooking.Tu Casa Mi Casa touches on grilling, yes, but it goes far beyond your standard barbecue fare. Famed Chef Enrique Olvera collects and reminisces on 100 of his personal favorite recipes, ranging from crispy chilaquiles bowls (corn tortillas simmered in salsas and generously topped with peppers and cheese) to stunning salsa Rojas. Though his restaurants frequently earn international acclaim, each recipe is easy for chefs of any level, and include step-by-step photography. Add that salsa to his tried-and-true steak recipe – you can thank us later.
Huckberry Leather Dopp Kit, $49.98
A good dopp kit not only keeps all your dad’s toiletries and grooming items in one safe space when he travels, but it keeps things organized — no more forgetting toothpaste or razors.
A good dopp kit should be an extension of his luggage — plastic bags will not do the trick — so think a suave leather with practical details.
Huckberry’s leather Dopp kit is made with a durable calf leather exterior, and inside, an easy-to-clean synthetic lining.
Olukai Nohea Moku, $95
Is your dad one of the fatherly types who seem to hold onto their sneakers far past the time they should’ve been thrown out? A swell new pair of Olukai shoes will leave dad looking dapper. This pair in particular is modeled after a traditional boat shoe, but with an adventuring twist. The upper is made with lightweight, water-resistant mesh, and the shoe is lined with a breathable microfiber. Rubber cupsoles will provide grip no matter the conditions.
Rockwell Shaving Kit, $36
Dad probably taught you to shave, so why not bring that full circle?
Rockwell’s shave kit will provide the most luxurious shave of his life: a precision razor with a butterfly head will render nicks and cuts a thing of the past. Add in Rockwell’s shave brush (it has the softest bristles) and the luxurious shaving cream, and his skin will never be happier.
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