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Dads deserve the absolute best and Father's Day gifts don't just have to be limited to a new tie. Depending on your dad or father figure's interests and occupation, there's a present that has his name written all over it.
If you're still stuck on what to buy dad for Father's Day, here are some great picks.
Uncommon Goods Baseball Stadium Blueprints
If dad is a diehard sports fan, you probably know who his favorite team is and why. This baseball stadium print will absolutely delight him. The vintage print includes the blueprint for some stadiums like Fenway, Wrigley Field, or Yankee Stadium. The prints are encased in a neutral wood frame and would look amazing as a piece of wall art or the standout feature in dad’s man cave.
L.L.Bean Wicked Good Moccasins
Sometimes slippers can feel like a last minute gift, so finding a pair that really stands out is important. L.L. Bean’s Wicked Good slippers are a fan favorite and they’ve literally sold millions of pairs. The shearling lining is amazingly soft, so dad will love sliding his feet into these after a long day. Also, the quality craftsmanship means he’ll have these for years to come and the slippers are easy to clean.
Uncommon Goods A Dozen Reasons I Love You Dad
Even if dad isn’t exactly the sentimental type, this gift can pull at the toughest of heart strings. A Dozen Reasons I Love You Dad is a small, but thoughtful gift that contains 12 heart-shaped wooden pieces in a small box. Each shape has a “reason,” which you can choose from more than 50 different phrases, like “you are my constant supporter” or “thanks for killing all the spiders.”
Apple iPad Pro 11-inch (2020)
If you don’t want to gift dad an actual laptop or if your funds are low, this iPad Pro is the next best thing. In addition to the vibrant display, the iPad has storage from 128GB to 1TB and an 11 to 12.9-inch display. So dad can pretty much do any and everything on this device. From work to play, he’ll get tons of bang for your buck out of this handy gadget.
Grillbot Automatic Grill Cleaning Robot with Carrying Case
There are robot vacuums that pick up dirt, autonomous lawnmowers that cut the grass and, now, devices that clean your grill all on their own. He’ll love getting this Grillbot Automatic Grill Cleaner. He just has to place the cleaner on the grill grate, press a button (10, 20, or 30 minute cleaning cycle), and close the lid. When he comes back, his grill will be spotless. The brushes are removable and can go right in the dishwasher for cleaning.
Dude, You're Gonna Be a Dad!: How to Get (Both of You) Through The Next 9 Months
Impending fatherhood can be scary, so why not give a dad-to-be a gift that’s equal parts wisdom and humor? John Pfeiffer’s “Dude, You’re Gonna Be a Dad: How to Get (Both of You) Through the Next 9 Months” is sure to be a welcome gift. The book covers everything from the first OB/GYN visit to birthing day. Dads will appreciate this book that takes a lighthearted approach to a life-changing moment.
Mark & Graham Rustic Leather Catchall Tray
Whether it’s on his desk, near his bedside table, or at the front door, everyone needs a good catchall tray. And this option from Mark & Graham can be monogrammed for that extra touch. The genuine leather trays are sturdy, but also quite a stylish way to house the essentials like keys, phone charger, wallet, and more. Choose small, medium, large, or get dad the set of three.
Eco Nassau Sunglasses
Sunglasses tend to be an overlooked accessory that most people just don’t consider or invest in. Help dad protect his eyes with this pair from Eco. It’s that aviator style that looks great on everyone and is universally flattering. Also, the frames are made from 95 percent, eco-friendly recycled materials and for every pair sold, the company plants a tree.
Bartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine
Bartesian’s cocktail maker is a simple, but fun way to shake up some drinks, no mixology skills required. Simply insert the cocktail capsules, select the strength, and that’s it. Of course you have to supply the actual alcohol, but this seriously cuts down on the need for individual mixers and getting the measurements just right. The six-pack of capsules, which are sold separately, include an old fashion, gin martini, whiskey sour, and more. This is great for a cocktail party or a solo nightcap.
GiftBasket.com The Man Spa Gift Basket
Some men may not be too keen on the idea of a spa day, but they absolutely deserve some pampering. Make that easy with this useful, unique gift basket. It features items he might use on a regular basis (shaving jelly, muscle rub, etc.), but it also has a hand massager, pumice stone, and wooden brush. Dad should absolutely take the time to relax and unwind. This box will help him do just that.
Artifact Uprising Hardcover Photo Book
Most of us are probably guilty of not printing out, or at least framing, our favorite photos. But here’s a sentimental way to display those beautiful memories. The hardcover photo book from Artifact Uprising ranges in size from 6 x 6, 10 x 10, and 8.5 x 11-inches. The fabric hardcover and customized book jacket open up to reveal photos printed on 100 percent recycled pages. Start at 40 or go all the way up to 210 pages of some of your and his favorite pics.
The Sill Monthly Subscription
Being a plant parent has become super trendy. Even if dad doesn’t have a green thumb, The Sill’s monthly subscription will make it easy to foster his love of plants. Choose from low light to beginner to pro, and this subscription provides the recipient with a new plant and planter each month. Choose between four planter colors, which the recipient can change over time, and the delivery is sure to provide greenery and home decor.
LARQ Insulated Self-Cleaning Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Have you ever seen your dad clean his water bottle? Probably not, so this Larq option should be on the list of gift options for him. The self-cleaning water bottle has an LED light that not only purifies the water, but also the actual bottle. The bottle’s self-cleaning mode turns on every two hours. Also, the contents in the bottle will stay cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours. This 17 ounce container is truly a no-brainer bottle that stays clean and will keep dad hydrated.
Uncommon Goods Desktop Sand Windows
Even a small work space or desk should have some sort of character mixed in with the electronics and necessary paperwork. This bit of sand art is visually pleasing but also mesmerizing. Slightly tilting the frame creates a new portrait of deserts, sands, and smoke. This is such a gorgeous addition to any office space or tabletop. Just make sure dad doesn’t get too distracted by its beauty and wonder.
Harry & David Hometeam Snack Box
It’s rare you can go wrong with a food gift and for a major sports fan, this box from Harry & David is a major touchdown. The package contains one pound of football-shaped sausage, caramel popcorn, dips, crackers, and more. It weights just over four pounds and is sure to provide all the necessary snacks for game day.
Mr. Beer American Golden Ale Complete Beer Making Kit
If dad is a bit of a beer snob who knows his pale ale from his porter, he’ll love taking his obsession one step further by brewing up a batch of craft beer in his own kitchen. This beer making kit simplifies the home-brewing process by giving him all the necessary supplies and ingredients to make a case of his favorite beer. It takes only an hour of hands-on time and six weeks of waiting (the hard part!) to get beer that’s perfectly brewed and ready to drink.
What to Look for When Buying a Father’s Day Gift
Get your dad something practical that he can put to use right away, rather than an aspirational gift that might end up languishing in the back of the closet. This means different things for different fathers. If he’s a techie, get him some tech gear or a fun new gadget he’s had his eye on. If he’s the kind of dad who says he doesn’t want anything, give him something ephemeral like a gourmet gift basket or case of his favorite wine.
Something to Bond Over
If you and your dad share a passion for spy novels, midcentury-modern architecture, fly fishing, poker, or classic movies, offer him something that will help you bond. Use your gift to show him that you want to spend more quality time together. Or to create a virtual shared experience if he lives far away.
Get dad a gift that he can treasure for years to come. If he’s an accomplished cook, offer him a well made piece of cookware like a Dutch oven or cast iron pan that will outlive you both. If he’s a luddite, offer him a classic watch, a stylish AM/FM radio, or a beautifully made leather globe for his study.
What should you get your dad for Father’s Day?
This depends on your dad and the nature of your relationship. Try to match your gift to his personality, hobbies, interests, or stage of life. If you’re close, give him something meaningful that relates to something you enjoy doing together, or a hobby or interest that you share. If you’re not particularly close, buy him something that you know he likes or wouldn’t buy for himself.
What should you get your husband for Father’s Day?
This is a chance for you to celebrate the man you married as a father. Keep your gift choice family friendly and save the romantic gestures for his birthday. Get him something that will make his relationship with the kids closer or more fun. If they like camping together, buy him a new sleeping bag or other gear. If they’re into stargazing, buy him a telescope. If they love cooking pasta on the weekends, buy him a pasta maker or an Italian cookbook.
What do you write on Father’s Day cards?
The purpose of a Father’s Day card is to make your dad feel appreciated, celebrated, and loved. It’s your chance to put your positive feelings about your dad and the role he has played in your life in writing. Depending on your relationship, this can be easy or hard. Keep it real, but keep it positive. Be specific. Tell him something he did this year that reminded you of what a great dad he is. Don’t forget to remind your dad that you love him.
Why did Father’s Day start?
The modern version of Father’s Day was established in 1972 when then president Richard Nixon signed into law a day to celebrate fathers in the tradition of an already established Mother's Day. But an earlier tradition of celebrating fathers can be traced back to the Middle Ages. Back then, Catholics in Europe celebrated Father’s Day on St. Joseph’s Day, in honor of the man who the Bible claims raised the immaculately conceived son of God as his own.