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Back when I was a kid, the choices for Father’s Day gifts were pretty much limited to ties, socks, and homemade ashtrays (yes, I’m that old). While I’m sure that my dad appreciated the lumpy clay ashtrays I gave him year after year—despite the fact that he never smoked—I’m almost positive that he would have far preferred receiving a gift that he actually wanted.
These days there are lots of choices for great gifts for all different kinds of dads. We’ve put together a list of gift ideas that are so good you can rest assured that he’s really going to enjoy unwrapping what your “kids” buy him.
1. For the dad who likes a cold one: A Craft Beer Club subscription
If Dad loves nothing better than relaxing with a great brew, he’ll be thrilled to receive monthly shipments of unique craft beers delivered right to his door. Each shipment includes three bottles of four different craft beers—12 bottles total—and the company does its best to find out-of-the-ordinary brewers producing exceptional beers.
2. For the dad who is tired: A great coffee maker
My husband has always been a coffee drinker, but since having kids his caffeine consumption has definitely gone up—significantly. If the dad in your life loves a great cup of java, splurge on our favorite coffeemaker, the Technivorm Moccamaster. It’s handmade in the Netherlands and brews the perfect cup of joe, the best gift for a very tired father.
3. For the dad who is a practical joker: Silly socks
Dads with a sense of humor will get a kick out of Face Socks. Have his face custom-printed on a pair of bright and colorful socks, or—better yet—have the kids’ faces printed on the “World’s Best Dad” pair. These have been one of the most requested gifts from the dads in my parenting group, so while it may seem silly, they’re universally loved.
4. For the dad who is sporty: A Theragun
Parenting comes with a lot of aches and pains, especially if you have big kids who constantly want to roughhouse. Give him the gift of an easy way to soothe his aching back with a Theragun. With plenty of force (we tested it) and a companion app for iPhone and Android, this is the massage gun that five different dads have requested this year.
5. For the dad who is curious: An Ancestry DNA kit
If he’s been curious about his family history, or he wants to start tracing the family tree, an Ancestry DNA kit can be a great place to start. He’ll love the easy-to-use kit as well as how quickly he’ll receive his results, plus he’ll get three months of membership to Ancestry’s online database. Who knows what lurking family secrets might be uncovered?
6. For the dad who likes to cook: A perfect pizza oven
If money is no object, and you’re looking for the ultimate splurge-worthy gift, you can’t go wrong with the Breville Smart Oven Pizzaiolo. Sure, we all dream of having wood-fired pizza ovens in our backyard, but if you want great pizza from the comfort of your regular ol’ kitchen, this gadget delivers it. Dads who are pizza lovers will absolutely flip for this gift—and the kids will probably eat what he cooks in it.
7. For the dad who is outdoorsy: A spacious tent
Whether you’re seasoned campers or just want to get back to nature in your backyard, a new tent is a great gift for the dad who’s ready for an adventure. Three different dads I know have requested the REI Grand Hut 4 Tent as a gift this year. It’s reasonably priced, easy to set up, and has room for the whole family.
8. For the dad who loves the beach: Father and son matching swim trunks
If you’re planning a beach vacation this summer, or you’ve got hot plans to hit the local public pool, an adorable pair of matching father and son swim trunks will make a splash. Tom & Teddy’s trunks are colorful, cute, and a great gift for a dad of boys.
9. For the dad with a green thumb: A garden kit
If he’s been wanting to get into gardening, but isn’t sure where to start—or you don’t have a yard—get him a mushroom growing kit from Back to the Roots. If he’s not a mushroom-lover, or you just want to try something more adventurous, you can opt for their summer gardening collection instead. Either way, it’s a great introduction to growing your own food, and it’s fun for the kids to help as well.
10. For the dad who is a foodie: Japanese knives
If the dad in your life loves to cook, but he doesn’t have a set of truly outstanding knives, Father’s Day is a great time to remedy that situation. He’ll be amazed at what a difference having high-quality knives can make for both his prep work and how much more evenly the ingredients cook. A favorite of sushi chefs, these knives have handcrafted Japanese steel blades. The set includes a 7-inch vegetable knife, an 8.5-inch slicing knife, and a 5-inch utility knife, plus a whetstone for sharpening.
11. For the dad who is a DIY-er: A circular saw
If he loves nothing more than to spend his weekends building shelves or making his way through a “honey-do” list, a fancy new circular saw is sure to be a hit. Our favorite, the DeWalt DCS391B, has a long-lasting battery so he can build into the wee hours.
12. For the dad who loves to cook out: A new gas grill
Sure, it may be a cliché that Dads love to grill, but if he’s the king of the cookout, he’ll love the gift of a shiny new gas grill. We like the Weber Spirit II E-310 because it cooks evenly and sears perfectly.
13. For the dad who loves to tailgate: A durable cooler
Professional sports are finally coming back again, which means a return to the days of tailgate parties and parking lot cookouts. Keep his beverages and snacks nice and cold no matter what the weather, with the OtterBox Venture 45 cooler. We love that it kept everything cool for almost eight days and that it didn’t tip over easily even when loaded full of food.
14. For the dad who’s ready to travel again: An Away suitcase
If he can’t wait to fly the friendly skies again, get him a suitcase that’s perfect for a world traveler. We love the Away suitcase thanks to its durability, and the removable battery pack is invaluable for business trips.
15. For the dad who likes to bike: A way to keep his phone handy
If the dad in your life is a bike rider, he’ll really appreciate the gift of a way to see his phone while he’s pedaling. The Lamicall Bike Phone holder easily mounts to bike handlebars and safely holds a cellphone so that he doesn’t have to stop riding just to check his messages.
16. For the dad who loves a good mystery: A murder mystery jigsaw puzzle
Combine his love for mystery with the puzzle fad and you have this fun and engaging gift. Read the mystery story and then use the clues in the story to solve the puzzle, which will ultimately lead him to whodunit.
17. For the dad who loves yard games: A cornhole set
Summer is the perfect time to take up a new game, and cornhole is easy for people of all ages—plus it’s lots of fun! Get him a new cornhole set and get ready for summer evenings full of friendly competition.
18. For the dad who loves comics: A personalized comic book
Give Dad the gift of seeing himself as a superhero—Mega Dad—who comes to life in the pages of a comic book written all about him. Mega Dad battles evil stuffed animals and other household dangers in this charming hardcover book.
19. For the dad who likes to set the mood: A scented candle
If Dad takes pride in his house and prefers when it smells good (rather than like dirty diapers), he’ll appreciate the gift of a “World’s Best Dad” candle. Available in three scents—Mango Guava; Bergamot, Green Grass & Tonka Bean; Moroccan Amber—this is a thoughtful gift that will last long after Father’s Day is over.
20. For the dad who loves to sleep in: A classic set of pajamas
Encourage his lazy weekend morning lie-ins with a set of soft cotton pajamas in a tried-and-true print. The lightweight fabric is perfect for warmer nights, and the classic cut will be flattering even with bedhead.
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