Why are all dads so dang hard to shop for? Besides being notoriously tight-lipped about what they actually want, they're also into so many different things, it can be extra difficult to drum up clever ideas. But alas, Father's Day is the one day a year when we try to dial back our eye-rolling and try to genuinely embrace dad's weird hobbies, whatever they are.
While we're 99% certain that dear old dad would tell us he "doesn't need anything" this year if asked, we beg to differ — which is why we've rounded up 20 of our favorite gift ideas, from outdoorsy stuff he can use to at home without actually leaving the lot, to indoorsy stuff for his newfound interests (yes, even if he's become a sourdough stan during these unusual times). Click through to see our favorite gift ideas.
1. For the dad who never stops practicing his swing: Rapsodo Mobile Launch Monitor, $499.99
This pocket-sized golf coach will help him sharpen up his skills now that courses are starting to reopen. The MLM turns any iOS device into a portable launch monitor, giving instant feedback and video playbacks on his swing.
2. For the dad who's always misplacing his glasses: Puebco Glasses Tray in Round, $26
With a sleek, understated look that wouldn't be out-of-place at a high-end design store, this glasses tray by Japanese brand Puebco will make sure Dad's never left fumbling around for his specs ever again. (It's also available in a more angular style, for square-shaped frames.)
3. For the dad who loves nature above all else: BioLite CampStove 2 Wood Burning Stove System, $229.95
This CampStove bundle can turn fire into electricity with its patented thermoelectric technology for on-demand charging, burn wood for a portable campfire without the smoke, grill meals on its portable folding grill, and boil water in the kettle — all while reducing corporate carbon emissions: 10% of every sale goes to Certified Climate Neutral, a non-profit helping businesses transition to a zero carbon future.
4. For the dad with an achy back: Coleman SaluSpa, $708
Let's face it: Quarantine is going a lot better for those lucky folks who own hot tubs or pools. If your dad isn't already on that list, no sweat — the latest class of inflatable hot tubs can turn his back yard or patio into a luxurious escape in no time. (Which will come in handy, after he tweaks out his back while mowing the lawn.)
5. For the dad who's been working on his knife skills: Peg & Awl Shou Sugi Ban Knife Grabber, $130
Shou Sugi Ban refers to a timeless Japanese practice of scorching and blackening wood with fire as a way to preserve it — just FYI, in case you needed to make this magnetic knife grabber seem even cooler to your foodie dad.
6. For the dad who's into hunting for hard-to-find whiskey: Pappy & Co Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Nib Brittle, $26
You might not be able to track down a bottle of legendary Pappy Van Winkle for your old man in time for Father's Day, but you can still give him a taste of the good stuff with this buttery, crunchy chocolate-coated brittle made with cacao nibs aged in old Pappy barrels.
7. For the dad who's been on an organization kick: Open Spaces Underbed Storage Bins, Set of 2, $130
These ultra-cool storage bins are almost too design-y to stash under the bed. Their compressed felt body and leather handles make them look almost like quirky midcentury suitcases ... and they make a nice stand-in for a side table when stacked, too.
8. For the dad who's taking social distancing very seriously: Peel Brass Keychain Touch Tool, $35
Crafted from a solid piece of brass, this "touch tool" makes it easy to avoid making contact with high-touch areas. It's a stylish addition to his COVID toolkit and one that'll double as a handsome keychain and bottle opener later on.
9. For the dad who really misses steaming at the gym: Moen Nebia Spa Shower 2.0, $499
Moen's proprietary shower system uses "atomized water droplets" to create a super-relaxing shower experience that's somewhere between the best rain head ever and a steam room. Plus it uses up to 65% less water than traditional showerheads. (And you know how dads like to brag about their low utility bills.) We're partial to the tech-y matte black colorway this model now comes in.
10. For the dad who's doing a deep-dive into experimental cooking: OMSOM Sampler Trio , $29
If he's cooking more than ever before, treat him to a variety of spices that will up his flavor game. OMSOM's kits create a fast-track to cooking authentic Thai, Vietnamese, and Filipino dishes with professional-vetted recipes from some of the industry's top chefs. (Bonus: It arrives in a unique giant matchbox-style case.)
11. For the dad who's all about getting his hands dirty: Barebones for Terrain Hori Hori, $36
A garden multi-tool with an undeniably badass vibe, the Japanese Hori Hori's blade is sharp enough to cut even the toughest roots, while the angled shape allows it to double as a trowel as well. The blunt end can be used to hammer in stakes, and there are even measurement markings to help when planting. In short, if you only get him one garden gadget, make it this one.
12. For the dad who's finally getting hip to the whole CBD thing: Potli Cold-Pressed Hemp Infused Olive Oil, $32
For an upgraded EVOO drizzle.
13. For the dad who's also a dog-dad: Roverlund Out-Of-Office Pet Carrier, $150
Finally, a travel carrier for man's best friend that looks more like the cool outdoor pack or gym bag he'd be carrying, anyway.
15. For the dad who's a minimalist, inside and out: Blu Dot Smokey Fire Pit, $499
Just because he wants to light some stuff on fire in the great outdoors, doesn't mean he's abandoned his ultra-minimalist sense of style. This black void of a fire pit looks like something you'd see at the MoMA.
DIY projects! Hot sauce! It's fun for the whole family, really.
17. For the dad who has jumped on the dutch-oven bread baking train: Timo Sarpaneva Cast-Iron Casserole, $227
A built-to-last artifact of Scandinavian design for his sourdough endeavors, with a significantly more modern, masculine style than your standard Staub.
18. For the dad who's really "over it" with the Zoom happy hour hangovers: MONDAY Zero-Alcohol Gin, $40
Is gin really gin if it doesn't have alcohol? If a tree falls in the forest, does it make a sound? Feel free to ponder these questions and more with Dad as you enjoy a tipple of this surprisingly satisfying juniper beverage.
19. For the dad whose listening habits are as old-school as his style: MUZEN Wireless Desk Radio, $135
This double-take inducing Bluetooth setup is designed to mimic the look of a 1964 radio — and it has the quality craftsmanship to prove it. The jazzy metal and wood design comes nestled in a similarly classic travel suitcase ... but the interior tech is all modern. Get ready to watch dad cut a rug.
20. For the dad who's new to this whole parenthood thing: Norma Dorothy First Father's Day Candle, $20.60
If this is his first big Father's Day celebration, treat him to something he can cherish and love for years to come (even if it just serves as a reminder of the good during the terrible twos).
21. For the dad who loves gadgets (especially in the kitchen): Brava Oven, $1,095
Think of this as an air fryer-meets-microwave. The Brava uses powerful infrared energy, like that from an oven or grill, so it can heat quicker than traditional ovens. Plus, it has preprogrammed cooking settings for a ton of different recipes — like eggs, fish, meat, veggies, and desserts — so all you have to do is prep and sit back.
22. For the dad who has a sweet tooth: Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Father's Day Collection, $22
Treat your dad to a cold pint — or six. If you inherited your sweet tooth from him, celebrate with a flavor taste test of unique and delicious ice cream.
23. For the dad who stocked up on toilet paper: Tushy Classic Bidet, $89
Toilet paper might be back in stock, but that doesn't mean he can't still get on the bidet bandwagon. This popular product has been selling out consistently during the past few months, you know he'll love it. (Plus, it's on sale right now.)
Emily Bihl is a freelance writer and sometimes-songwriter who can invariably be found rearranging furniture in a domicile somewhere along the Mississippi River. She lives with her black labrador Selkie and a small army of homemade ceramics, and has not willingly closed a browser tab since 2011.