Father’s Day Gift Guide
Ask any woman who has had to shop for a man and she’ll probably give you some version of “Men are hard to buy for.” While I agree with that, I am making things easier for you this year with this Father’s Day gift guide. This gift guide for dads has things the dads and the guys in your life will use and love.
Father’s Day Gift Guide – The Gift Guide for Dads that has what they really want
Yes, what they really, really want. Zigazag ah and all that. Sorry not sorry about the 90’s pop music reference. My daughter’s Spice Girls phase will stay with me forever.
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Apparel and Accessories for Dad
1. Yoda Best Dad Tee Shirt
I bought this shirt for my husband from shopDisney and he’s going to wear it on Father’s Day…AT Disney. We also have this “Dadalorian” shirt we bought from Etsy.
2. Matching Daddy and Me Hats
I’m forever seeing mommy and me things and it was refreshing to see these cute hats for dads and kids.
3. Socks and Underwear
Socks and underwear seem like kind of a boring gift but if you’re looking for practical with a touch of style, check out Jockey.com. We recently bought my husband some new pajamas from Jockey and they are the softest and best ever. Jockey also has men’s loungewear and workout wear.
Other Favorite Sites/Stores for Menswear
My favorite places to buy clothes for my husband are Gap, Banana Republic or Old Navy. Walmart also has a surprisingly stylish line of casual menswear.
With Walmart, you’ll have the option to order online and pick up in store. Sometimes, that’s faster. With Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy, make sure you’re looking at sites like Retail Me Not and Coupon Cabin for discount codes – you can usually find at least one and sometimes the sites will let you stack codes.
Personal Care and Grooming Gifts for Dad
1. Men’s Colognes
I know a bottle of cologne might be a pretty basic Father’s Day gift but this is a practical gift that is still special and personal. Splurge on some high end stuff or try something new. Here are a few of my picks:
Eros Pour Homme de Parfum by Versace
Polo Intense (a twist on a timeless favorite for me)
If you’re not sure what scent to buy or if your giftee is new to wearing cologne, try this fun gift sampler set from Sephora.
2. Men’s Skincare
There are some fun skincare sets at Sephora that make great gifts. Even if the dad on your list doesn’t use a skincare regimen or even if you think they wouldn’t like it, I think they make great gifts because it’s definitely not something a guy usually buys for himself.
Black Jack Grab n Go Traveler (includes a case)
My husband loves this skincare brand.
Both of the Clinique for Men kits I’m linking are at a very reasonable price point – $15.00.
Clinique Water Gel Starter Kit
Clinique for Men Anti-Aging Starter Kid
You’ll find lots more men’s fragrance and personal care on Sephora.com. Warning: You might get caught in the rabbit hole of gifts for mom. Ahem. One of the great things about Sephora is that you can order it online and get free samples and other goodies with your order. You can also order it online and pick it up in-store. This is a good option for last minute shoppers.
3. Beard and Nose Trimmers
This might not be the most glamourous gift but beard trimmers/nose and ear trimmers are something most men use. The dad on your list might appreciate an upgrade. Here are several picks from Amazon to suit a variety of budgets.
Abbicen 5 in 1 Multi-functional Beard Trimmer Men’s Grooming Kit Dual Shaver Body Trimmer Precision Nose & Ear Trimmer
4. Viking Revolution Luxury Shave Kit
On the rare occasions I’ve gone to the mall with my husband, he’s always lingered by the fancy shave stores. He always waved his hand and said “No, that’s too expensive” and I never took the hint and bought him anything like this. He has a scruffy beard now and an electric razor he’s really attached to, so I feel like that ship has sailed for me, at least for now.
But, I really love this razor set and it’s supporting a small business.
Father’s Day Gifts for the Home and Man Cave
These fun gifts enhance a home, home office or man cave or provide a little extra functionality.
1. Custom made metal sign
This custom made metal sign can be tailored for BBQ enthusiasts, car experts and more.
2. Wall Mounted Recycled Ski Bottle Opener
If the dad on your list loves to ski, this bottle opener from Uncommon Goods makes a fun, themed gift. It’s also perfect if you have a ski house or winter home.
3. Powlaken Wireless Charging Station
If your dad is an Apple dad, this sleek charging station is oh-so-functional.
4. 3D screen magnifier
This thing is like magic. It lets you turn your smartphone into a screen everyone can view. It’s perfect for travel or small spaces.
5. Anything Tervis
Check out Tervis tumblers and water bottles on their dedicated Father’s Day shop page. There are so many ways to personalize something dad would probably use every day. From monograms and names, to favorite sports team, to interests, Tervis has lots of fun stuff.
6. Wooden Cable Organizer
I love the minimal look of this sleek wooden cable organizer from Etsy. You’re supporting a maker and getting rid of all of those cables cluttering up your desk.
Gifts for the Culinary Dad
Does the dad in your life know his way around a kitchen…or a BBQ grill? I have the perfect Father’s Day gift ideas.
1. Personalized Ice Cream Scooper
This customized ice cream scooper for dad is a unique and practical gift that you’re sure to get a lot of use out of.
2. Petit Gourmet Table Top Gas Grill
This grill is compact enough to take anywhere – to a party, camping, on vacation, you name it.
3. Dash Everyday Electric Griddle
In our house, dad is in charge of the pancakes. I’m not sure how that tradition got started but my husband is way better than me at pancakes so we go with it This electric griddle comes in four colors and is great for pancakes, burgers, and more.
4. Deluxe Cold Brew Maker and Carafe
This coffee maker is perfect for anyone who enjoys cold brew. It’s also very handy for anyone who has a commute or takes their coffee on the go.
6. Cooking Classes at Sur La Table
Sur La Table is a fantastic cooking store that I love shopping in both in person (see here for a store locator) and online. We’ve done in-person cooking classes at the Sur La Table location near us but they have some online options, too. Whether you want to learn a new recipe for grilling or a fancy dessert, you will not lack for choices with these fully interactive online classes. They even have a class taught by Emeril. You know you want to say “Bam bam bam” right now. Go ahead.
Check out other Father’s Day gift options from Sur La Table here.
7. Brew Your Own Beer Kits
If the dad you’re buying a gift for has always wanted to brew his own beer, Amazon has several options for beer kits at various price points.
This one is fairly basic but has everything you need at a good mid-range price point:
If you really want to go all out for your beer loving dad, the Beer Droid is a fun splurge. This would also make a good chip in gift or a group gift.
8. Bacon Curing Kit
Only the truly culinary adventurous will try to cure their own bacon. Actually, it doesn’t look that hard. Check it out on Etsy here. The same company also makes a jerky curing kit.
See more ideas for Father’s Day gifts on Etsy.
Gifts for the Sports Loving Dad
1. Gifts for the Baseball Lover
Uncommon Goods has so many awesome gifts for the baseball loving dad. Some of my favorites include the Ballpark Travelers Map, a used based stool, framed stadium blueprints, and the MLB used bat ice cream scoopers.
Some of the MLB gifts from Uncommon Goods are pretty pricey but they are one-of-a-kind gifts made from old uniforms, bats, and pieces of the stadiums, so if the dad on your list loves baseball and you want to splurge, do it.
2. Tech Gear Shoe Lights
If the dad on your list likes to run or hike, these shoe lights allow him to do so safely during hours of darkness. These head lights are also handy.
2. Tervis Tumblers
Tervis has a wide variety of mugs and bottles that keep cold stuff cold and hot stuff hot. They’ve got MLB, NHL, NFL, and collegiate.
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And, the most important thing about Father’s Day isn’t the Father’s Day gifts – although presents are really fun. It’s the opportunity to celebrate a relationship that hopefully brings you happiness.
I also realize these days can be uncomfortable for those who have lost a dad or for those who have complicated relationships. Regardless of what your situation is or how you’re celebrating Father’s Day, here’s a big wish for joy and calm.