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, so 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 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 our favorite gift ideas, from outdoorsy stuff he can use while adventuring to indoorsy stuff for interests he discovered in 2020 and still obsesses over. Scroll down to see our favorite gift ideas.
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1. For the dad who can't resist sharing a dram: Estelle Colored Glass Hand-Blown Decante in Amber, $160
Hand-blown by storied glass artisans in Poland, Estelle Colored Glass hits the mark between playful and sophisticated every time. Throw in a couple of coordinating rocks glasses to really secure your "favorite child" status.
2. For the dad who never stops practicing his swing: Rapsodo Mobile Launch Monitor, $499.99
This pocket-size golf coach will help him sharpen 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.
3. For the dad whose work setup needs an upgrade: Grovemade Leather Desk Pad, $100-$400
Modern, clean, and cool, this desk pad is crafted from buttery soft leather and natural cork backing for a sturdy, quality, and long-lasting product.
4. For the sustainable dad: Out of the Woods Washable Paper Backpack, $32
This sustainable, ethically-made backpack does not look like it's crafted from paper and certainly doesn't look like it costs only $32.
5. For the old school dad: Uncommon Goods Create Your Own Reel Viewer, $14.95-$29.95
Keep it fun with this new take on a classic. Customize your gift with pictures of your favorite memories together and prepare for the waterworks.
6. 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.)
7. For the dad who loves nature above all else: BioLite CampStove Complete Cook Kit Wood Cooking System, $249.95
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. Ten percent of every sale goes to Certified Climate Neutral, a nonprofit helping businesses transition to a zero-carbon future.
8. For the dad who's always stressed: Bearaby Hugget, $29-$129
Dad can squeeze or hug Bearaby's epic stress-relieving knot pillow for an instant sense of ease. Who doesn't want that?
9. For the dad with an achy back: Coleman SaluSpa, $483.99
Let's face it: Life is just better for 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 backyard or patio into a luxurious escape in no time (which will come in handy after he tweaks out his back while mowing the lawn).
10. For the dad who's been working on his knife skills: Peg and Awl Shou Sugi Ban Knife Grabber, $136.50
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.
11. For the dad who's on a composting kick: Simplehuman Magnetic Compost Caddy, $50
If your dad's dipping his toes into going low waste, a compost caddy is essential — but they're not all created equal. Simplehuman's version magnets onto any of its trash cans for an unobtrusive foray into composting.
12. For the dad who likes some whiskey with his coffee: Pappy & Company Bourbon Barrel Aged Coffee, $22
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 Louisville, Kentucky-roasted coffee aged in old Pappy barrels.
13. For the dad who likes some coffee with his whiskey: Kentucky Coffee Whiskey, from $19.99
The smooth, rich coffee-infused taste of this whiskey is sure to convert even those who normally abstain from flavored whiskies. Sipped neat or tipped into a cocktail, it's the perfect marriage of two bold flavors.
14. For the dad who's been on an organization kick: Open Spaces Underbed Storage Bins, set of 2, $148
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.
15. For the dad who likes to give back: Parks Project Leave It Better Than You Found It Clean Up Kit, $10
The "campsite rule" — or the idea of leaving a place as good as if not better than you found it — is a true dad-ism if we've ever heard one. If your dad is the volunteering type (or just a neat freak), pick up a pair of these cleanup kits and hit the local park for some do-gooding this Father's Day.
16. For the dad who's a pro at packing a cooler: Onyx Stainless Steel Ice Pack, $14
Forget those bags of ice or leftover freeze packs of questionable origin. These ultra-sleek stainless steel ice packs from Onyx are hands-down the best way for dad to keep things cool on his next outing.
17. For the dad who takes his toolkit very seriously: HART Multiple Drive 160-Piece Mechanics Tool Set, $109
This 160-piece tool set has everything needed for the guy who can fix anything. If his toolbox is older than you are, surprise him with a brand-new set that will upgrade his bench.
18. For the dad who always puts safety first: WT Vintage Travel Motif Fire Extinguisher, $195
For his office, workshop, or really anywhere, this practical but display-worthy fire extinguisher brings a touch of old-world travel appeal to a very functional object. Plus, a portion of all sales benefits the National Parks Foundation (which we're sure dad would approve of too).
19. For the dad who gets his best thinking done in the shower: Moen Nebia Spa Shower, $269
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 in which this model now comes.
20. For the dad who's doing a deep dive into cooking: Omsom Southeast Asian Sampler, $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.)
21. For the dad who's all about getting his hands dirty: Barebones Living Hori Hori Garden Knife, $40-$55
A garden multitool with an undeniably badass vibe, the Japanese hori hori 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.
22. For the dad who's finally getting hip to the whole CBD thing: Potli Extra Vibrant Olive Oil, $31.99
For an upgraded EVOO drizzle.
23. For the dad who's also a dog dad: Roverlund Out-of-Office Pet Carrier, $149
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.
24. For the dad who's a minimalist inside and out: Blu Dot Smokey Fire Pit, $550
Just because he wants to light some stuff on fire in the great outdoors doesn't mean he has 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.
26. For the dad who has jumped on the Dutch oven bread-baking train: Timo Sarpaneva Cast Iron Pot, $269
A built-to-last artifact of Scandinavian design for his sourdough endeavors with a significantly more modern, masculine style than your standard Staub.
27. For the dad who's using that sourdough starter to make a killer pizza crust: Solo Stove Pi Pizza Oven, $469.99
Solo Stove's sleek-looking backyard pizza oven comes with a durable pizza peel and can be fired up in two modes: wood-burning or propane.
28. For the dad who did "dry January"... and never looked back: Monday Non-Alcoholic 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.
29. For the dad whose listening habits are as old school as his style: Muzen OTR Metal Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $129
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.
30. For the dad who's new to this whole parenthood thing: Normadorothy First Father's Day Candle, $20.83
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).
31. For the dad who loves gadgets (especially in the kitchen): Brava Oven, starting at $1,295
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 up 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.
32. For the dad who has a sweet tooth: Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Thank You Collection, $68
Say thanks to Dad for all the times he's been there for you — from the rocky roads to the sweet moments — with six of Jeni's most crave-worthy flavors.
33. For the dad who hated stockpiling toilet paper: TUSHY Classic Bidet, $99
This popular product has been selling out consistently during the past few months, and it opens up pretty much limitless "dad joke" potential.
34. For the dad whose weekend pancakes deserve a Michelin star: Hedley & Bennett Palm Essential Apron, $95
Kitchen-tested by professional chefs, Hedley & Bennett's hard-wearing, heavyweight cotton apron is as fetching as it is functional.
35. For the dad who's training for the world poker championship: Sunnylife Lucite Poker Set, $180
This modern lucite set is a serious trade-up from the beer-soaked dollar store set he and his buddies have been using for years.
36. For the dad who's the opposite of a green thumb: AeroGarden Harvest, $164.95
A fool-proof way to grow your favorite herbs indoors.
37. For the dad who has the taste for pre-prohibition cocktails ... but not the tools: DRNXMYTH The Classic 5, $60
Formulated by some of the best bartenders in the biz, these high-craft cocktails will evaporate any apprehensions you may have about pre-mixed beverages.
38. For the dad who wants to make classic cocktails himself: MATCH Italian Pewter Cocktail Jigger, $113
Handcrafted in Italy from pewter, this beautiful cocktail jigger is as enduring as it is functional. (Heck, he'll probably pass it down to you one day.)
39. For the dad who can't find his phone ... again: Bandolier Ryder Lanyard, $59.50
Bandolier pairs luxe leather iPhone wallets with sporty lanyards, and the result is a "why didn't I think of that?" system that Dad will wonder how he ever lived without.
40. For the dad who really comes alive at a campsite: Everdure CUBE Portable Charcoal Grill, $199
Forget those stumpy-legged grills you've seen at the park — Everdure's CUBE is wildly aesthetically pleasing while packing all the power and punch of a classic charcoal grill. It's lightweight and portable, so there's no reason your camp cooking can't live up to an at-home standard. Did we mention it comes in multiple color combos?
41. For the dad who loves a chill weekend morning: Dusen Dusen Lime Stripe Bathrobe, $132
With an ultra-plush pile and a bold stripe motif, this bathrobe makes a great case for staying in and taking it slow on the weekends.
42. For the dad who's always strumming something: CaitlynMinimalist Fingerprint Engraved Guitar Pick, starting at $29.40
Customize a sterling silver guitar pick with your fingerprint and dad's favorite song, and he'll be "definitely not crying" in minutes.
43. For the dad who's an audio snob: Master & Dynamic MW65 Active Noise-Cancelling Wireless Headphones, $499
The gift of noise-canceling is the best gift of all, isn't it? The navy leather and silver colorway is a sharp combination he'll appreciate when he's making his way through the airport or running errands around town.
44. For the dad who has really adopted the "work from wherever" lifestyle: MoMA Design Store Portable Desk Organizer, $65
With pockets for all his essentials and a trifold design that props things up so they're right in reach, this portable desk organizer is a must-have for dads who like to turn the coffee shop, the library, the kitchen table, the pool deck, and really ... wherever ... into an office.
45. For the dad with an unmatched novelty beer cozy collection: Brumate Hopsulator TRiO in Walnut, $29.99
No more novelty beer cozies. This handsome insulator is designed for craft 16-ounce cans (his favorite), has a freezable insert to convert for 12-ounce cans, and can become a pint glass with a flick of the wrist. Think of it as the Swiss army knife of beer insulation tools.
46. For the dad who can't resist a "mad scientist" moment: LEVO II Herbal Oil and Butter Infusion Machine, $349.99
He's come a long way since his college "magic brownies." In a new class of kitchen must-haves, LEVO II is a countertop "botanical decarboxylator" (read: infuser) that'll let Dad make cannabis gummies, cannabutter baked goods, and pretty much anything else he can scheme up. (And yes, his friends will be jealous.)
47. For the dad who always has some words of encouragement: Oxford Pennant "You'll Think Of Something" Stitched Banner, $140
He's always good for some sound advice, so return the favor with this encouraging (and distinctly dadlike) camp flag.