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A Father’s Day Gift Guide For the Dad Who’s Still Got It

Gifts so good, you can’t miss.

By Caitlin Clark
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I don’t like to generalize, but finding Father’s Day gifts fitting for the paternal figures in our lives is notoriously hard. I have years of anxious shopping trips to back that theory up. I’ve put in my time wandering the aisles of a golf pro shop or furiously browsing that one small boutique corner aimed at men. (You know the spot: There’s almost always a book on whiskey and a Pendleton blanket there.) To help you avoid the pain of a gifting swing and miss, I’ve polled our thoughtful team for Father’s Day gifts that are guaranteed winners. 

Ahead, find unique gift ideas (and some of our greatest gifting hits) for every kind of dad—from the sneakerheads, to the slick home chefs, to the guys who rides hard for REI.

Featured image by Michelle Nash.

Man wearing blue shirt and pants standing on beach carrying surfboard.
Image by Kristen Kilpatrick

Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Adventurer

He’s prepared for anything and could go off the grid whenever he wants. Fortunately, he doesn’t have to—but he can still look cool in the great outdoors.

JBL Clip 4 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker

Whether he’s out fishing, on the golf course, or sitting around the fire with friends, Dad can take the tunes with him anywhere. — Michelle, Executive Producer

$79.99

Solo Stove Lite

My family can’t get enough of our Solo stoves—they’re the perfect portable fireplace for any and all backyard, lakeside, or camping adventures. This smaller version of the brand’s classic designs takes the ultralight build a step further. You can pack it up with your gear and use it to cook up a rustic, but warm a meal and maybe toast a few s’mores while you’re at it. My dad is an avid solo camper, and this would be just the thing to help make the woods feel a little more like home. — Isabelle, Managing Editor

$59.99 (reg. $89.99)

Minimalist National Park Playing Cards

For a guy who’s passionate about his national park pass, no playing card deck could be more apropos. — Caitlin, Contributing Editor

$14

Surf Shacks Volume 2

Any nature and design-loving dude will love the newest volume of the Surf Shacks series. From improvised cabins by the beach to penthouse apartments in big coastal cities all over the world, these interviews with people who love to surf will inspire, even if you’re landlocked. — Camille, Editor-in-Chief

$60

Crossroads 35L Backpack

If your dad is due for a backpack upgrade, here’s one that does it all. With its sleek design, you’d never know how much can be crammed into its many pockets. — Michelle, Executive Producer

$250

Nomadix Ultralight Towel

My dad’s a big hiker, camper, and all-around outdoor exerciser. But while swimming isn’t #1 on his list of out-of-the-house activities, he does love jumping into any and all bodies of water he can find. Enter: a super light and easily packable towel. Towels can take up tons of space in your pack and aren’t ideal to put back in wet. This towel is the ultimate solution and packs down into a small stuff sack. Plus, it’s made from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Stylish and sustainable (not that my dad’s too mindful of the former). — Isabelle, Managing Editor

$29.95

Slidebelts Survival Belt 2.0

On the surface, this belt looks totally normal and basic. But don’t be fooled—inside the belt buckle is a fire starter, LED flashlight, bottle opener, and steel cutting tool. It’s an epic addition to any adventure enthusiast’s wardrobe and another one of my husband’s favorite gadgets. Just make sure he avoids wearing it through security. — Nihel, Contributing Editor

$129

Orvis Bryant Wool-Blend Long-Sleeved Shirt

The New Englander in me believes with all my heart that every guy (dads included) needs a good, sturdy shirt—or 10. This option pairs performance with comfort, is moisture-wicking, odor-resistant, and is made of a lightweight poly-wool blend for a classic, always-in-style look. — Isabelle, Managing Editor

$85 (reg. $119)

Vuori Banks Short

If your Father’s Day gift recipient is anything like the men in my life, he’s perpetually in need of a new pair of workout shorts. Caitlin, Contributing Editor

$68

Surfing.1778-Today by Jim Heimann

I love a great coffee table book that speaks to his passions! I’m inspired by a gift that the team just bought for ME! And Adam loves it too. — Camille, Editor-in-Chief

$61.99

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Image by Michelle Nash

Gifts Ideas for the Active Dad

For him, “dad bod” means something entirely different. The following Father’s Day gifts will make him happier than 10,000 steps on a Fitbit.

lululemon ABC Classic-Fit Pant 32 Warpstreme

Finally, a pair of versatile men’s pants that are actually as cool as they are comfortable. For days where he’s going straight from the office to the golf course, and then to dinner, these pants achieve that relaxed, yet pulled-together look in any scenario. Your dad won’t even realize he’s wearing lululemon, and he’ll eventually want these pants in every single color. — Michelle, Executive Producer

$128

Mobot Big Bertha Foam Roller Water Bottle

When it comes to Father’s Day gifts, this one is among my greatest hits. I gifted my dad this foam roller water bottle a few years ago and he still uses it daily. It’s perfect for travel or going to the gym, and will become one of those ride-or-die products he can’t live without. — Isabelle, Managing Editor

$47.99 (reg. $59.99)

Theragun Elite

The funny thing about the Theragun is how hard people resist it. They scoff at the price or the silliness of its structure—fair enough! But take it from someone who’s lent hers to a TheraGun-resistant father after a long day of active dad-ing… he’s going to love it. — Isabelle, Managing Editor

$399.99

Athletic Greens Subscription

Help him condense his daily vitamin routine with a little help from Athletic Greens—you know he’s been dying to try it. — Caitlin, Contributing Editor

$79

Sunski Dipsea Polarized Sunglasses

My dad has been known to lose everything and at the top of his list of most frequently-misplaced items are his glasses. While that would stir folks away from gifting a new pair, I have a feeling that these effective, well-designed, but still affordable glasses might incentivize him to keep better track. Beyond aesthetics, what I love most about these sunglasses is their ability to do it all. They protect against UVA/UVB/UV400 wavelengths (honestly, top of mind for me as my dad gets older) and the polarized lenses keep water’s high-shine reflections at bay. Key for a guy who spends every second he can by a lake or the ocean. — Isabelle, Managing Editor

$57.95

Earlybird Full Spectrum CBD Gummies

The Austin-bred brand has serious buzz around its gummies for good reason. Thanks to full-spectrum CBD (including naturally-derived delta 9 THC), mood-boosting relaxation is just a few chews away.

$29.99

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Image by Julie Pointer Adams

Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Music Lover

Has he waxed poetic about concerts of yore? Does he treat the car like a karaoke machine? Did he brag about his vinyl collection before it was cool? If you answered yes to any or all of the above, then congrats, you have yourself a Music Loving Father. Below, find Father’s Day gifts he’ll love and listen to.

Vinyl Me Please Record Subscription 

For the dad who’s got his finger on the pulse of the music scene, this record subscription service is hard to beat. They’ll receive a new record every month based on their preferences, and have a unique collection of vinyl in no time. — Michelle, Executive Producer

prices vary

U-Turn Audio Orbit Special Turntable

A splurge-y gift for the music fanatic in your life. Dynamic sound, clear playback, and consistent speeds, all housed in a turntable that’s so beautiful, it could practically be considered a work of art. — Camille, Editor-in-Chief

$499

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Image by Michelle Nash

Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Aesthete

Nobody blends form and function quite like him. Treat your father figure to something as thoughtful as he is.

Polaroid x Topdrawer Supercolor 600 Camera

For a nostalgic dad like mine, nothing beats a Polaroid. This is a 1980s refurbished model that comes in a wide variety of colors. Perfect for snapping shots or for him to proudly put on display. — Isabelle, Managing Editor

$185

Hand Stamped “Mi Amor” Zippo

It’s sexy, sleek, and sentimental. Enough said. — Isabelle, Managing Editor

$55

True Botanicals Chebula Active Serum

I’ve finally gotten Adam to take his skincare seriously, so I’m going to encourage his good habits with this serum that’s packed full of active ingredients—and doesn’t smell at all flowery. — Camille, Editor-in-Chief

$90

Fandango Gift Card (Email Delivery)

If last-minute shopping is your game, he’ll never know the difference when you present him with a summer at the movies. A cold, dark room, snacks the kids won’t steal, entertainment—honestly, what more could he want? — Brittany, Content Marketing Director

$25+

Faherty Sunwashed Pocket Tee

With this breezy best-seller from cool, laidback Faherty, he’ll be ready for anything summer sends his way. Caitlin, Contributing Editor

$58

Ekster Parliament Wallet

The wallet of the future. I got this wallet for my husband five years ago and he is still so obsessed with it. This fun wallet has a built-in surprise. With a click of a button, all your cards fan out easily. It also is made out of aluminum (but covered in leather) which protects your credit cards from skimming! They even have a Father’s Day bundle. — Nihel, Contributing Editor

$70 (reg. $100)

Lumin’s Complete Skincare Gift Set

This premium skincare set is crafted with men’s skin in mind and takes out the routine guesswork for the dad who’s used to a simple wash and go. The ingredients target premature skin aging, fade acne scars and hyperpigmentation, and cleanse and hydrate skin. Guys gotta glow, too. — Brittany, Content Marketing Director

$76.50

Henry Thoreau First Edition Journal

I love reading the journals of great authors and poets who are no longer with us. When I finally got my hands on one of Emerson’s first-edition journals,  I excitedly shared the news with a friend—which promptly inspired her to find one for her dad. She found one, and he loved the gift so much! A first-edition book or journal would be a great thoughtful gift for a dad who loves reading. — Nihel, Contributing Editor

$65

Courant Catch-3 Classics Wireless Charging Tray

When I run back my personal greatest hits of gifts I’ve given my dad, this charging tray is absolutely in the top three. His electronics will never be low on juice again—and if he’s willing to share, neither will yours. Caitlin, Contributing Editor

$140 (reg. $175)

Alder New York Cleansing Kit

My dad likes to throw me for a curveball and only just announced his passionate skincare practice. I recently discovered this gender-inclusive brand whose products are designed for all skin types. This gentle, but effective skin and brush combo will help him wash off the grime he inevitably comes across in the Vermont woods. Trust me, it’s a habit he’ll be happy to indulge in. (Psst… they also offer free shipping on orders $65+, so if you’re tempted to throw another skincare goodie in your cart just for you, I won’t be judging. In fact, I’ll be doing the same.) — Isabelle, Managing Editor

$62.99 (reg. $72.97)

Pottery Barn Retreat Standard Robe

A regular feature of Mother’s Day gift guides, a good robe is loved by all—especially a guy who appreciates the effortless coziness of fine Belgian flax. Caitlin, Contributing Editor

$99

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Image by Michelle Nash

Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Home Chef

He might not sport a “Kiss the Cook” apron, but he doesn’t have to. His grilling skills are legendary and his cocktails have earned kudos around the world (or at least around the block). This year, give him a little something to liven up his favorite domain. 

Onyx Coffee Subscription

His morning ritual just got a whole lot better. Onyx Coffee Lab roasts the most delicious coffee (with the most rad branding) and they’ll deliver it straight to your door. Support small businesses and his healthy-ish addiction. Try “Southern Weather” for a classic cup that’s great on its own or with cream. (Tip: a two-pound bag will generally last a month for two people.) — Brittany, Content Marketing Director

prices vary

Knife Trio From Our Place

Adam’s always giving me a hard time about how infrequently I sharpen our knives, so I know he’ll appreciate the luxuriously sharp blades of these beautifully-designed knives from Our Place. They come in a range of colors, but I especially love the cream. Summer grilling, we’re ready for you! — Camille, Editor-in-Chief

$145 (reg. $170)

Where Chefs Eat: A Guide to Chefs’ Favorite Restaurants, Third Edition

My parents love to go to interesting restaurants when they travel, so years ago, I gave my dad the first Where Chefs Eat. To this day, it’s one of the most successful—and most used—gifts I’ve ever given him. Caitlin, Contributing Editor

$35

Men sitting around outdoor fire pit in Adirondack chairs.
Image by Kristen Kilpatrick

Gift Ideas for the Sneakerhead Dad

Has he waited in line at Stadium Goods? Does he buy into anything sold at Kith? Take it from our resident wife to a sneakerhead, Brittany, he’ll be into these Father’s Day gifts.

Nike Dunk Low Retro White Black Panda (2021)

According to my sneakerhead husband, these are “hyping right now.” Personally, I’m hyped that this shoe is also called the “Panda.” It’s a classic two-tone look with basketball construction and it’s likely very comfortable. But what really matters is all the nods of approval he’ll get from the other dads who are in the know. — Brittany, Content Marketing Director

$140

New Balance 550

And for the New Balance fans, this shoe is it. A cool, classic throwback design straight from the 80s archives. Dad never looked better. Extra points if you throw in the raved-about Jason Mark shoe cleaning kit. — Brittany, Content Marketing Director

$125