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Thoughtful Father’s Day gifts your pops actually wants
Because dad already has enough ties.
Your dad is nearly impossible to buy for. We know this dilemma. This Father’s Day, don’t just get him another pair of khakis or a lousy drill bit set. Dad deserves a gift with a little more thought put into it.
Yes, he’s complicated. Yes, he sustains on craft beer and Pawn Stars reruns. But we’ve curated a solid list of gifts that will put a smile on even the most difficult fathers. These gifts will make dad happier than a World War II documentary or a problematic joke ever could.
Cooking food with smoke is an ancient manly tradition for a reason: it tastes very, very good. Problem is, it’s nearly impossible to do right. Even if your pops isn’t a pit master, he’ll be able to make piles of ribs, pulled pork, and brisket with this little beast. It uses any old propane cylinder for its 5,000 BTU burner and makes smoking tons of meat effortless. And because it’s portable, it’s perfect for tailgating, camping, and summer party destinations.
Price on Amazon: $82 (regularly $100)
Dad loves his quiet time in the bathroom. It’s a place of refuge while he does his business. To improve his special time, get him a set of Dude Wipes. These flushable wipes make wiping up a spa experience. Sure, he may poo poo (pun intended) the whole idea of “fancy butt wipes,” but the Vitamin E and aloe coated wipes will make every trip to the toilet that much more luxurious. This kit comes with a 48-pack to keep in the bathroom, plus 30 to-go wipes when dad is pooping in the wild.
Price on Amazon: $17
3) Ridge Wallet
The Ridge is a minimalist pocket wallet. This modern take is both lifetime guaranteed and RFID-blocking, making it an ideal option for any men in your life. Two metal plates are bound with durable elastic to create an expandable compartment that holds up to 12 cards. Available in titanium, aluminum, or carbon fiber, each wallet is fully equipped with your choice of a money clip or cash strap. The Ridge helps you re-evaluate your everyday carry and get rid of the bulky wallet. Use code DAILY10 for 10% off any order.
With Father’s Day and the July 4th right around the corner, this summer will be full of opportunities for dad to be totally bacchanalian. Help him stay healthy after the onslaught of beer and grilled meats the holidays bring with a great pair of running shoes. Superior cushioning make this pair so cozy, dad will actually look forward to his daily workouts. The upper mesh is built with breathability in mind, which is perfect for humid summer days.
Price on Amazon: $45 (regularly $65)
When dad’s out in the wild getting back to nature, he deserves to be as comfortable as he is in his own bed. The Bundle Bed not only fits in a single duffel bag, but it contains all the modern creature comforts you want out of a sleeping solution. Inside the waterproof carrying case, dad gets a 5 cm thick self-inflating mattress, a cozy duvet and comforter, a 100% Jersey cotton fitted sheet, and even a pillow.
Price on Daily Dot Store: $199
Dad puts up with enough grief, so why make him schlep to a crowded restaurant on his special day? Instead of waiting three hours for an overpriced meal, treat him to his favorites at home with a meal kit from Blue Apron. Choose from a rotating selection of delicious, chef-designed meal offerings, catered to any taste and diet. Pick between meal plans for two or a family-sized box for four. Blue Apron will mail farm-fresh, pre-portioned ingredients and simple instructions to anyone’s door—no unnecessary waste. Keep dad happy at home. Sign up now and get $50 off your first two boxes.
Price on Blue Apron: from $8.99 per serving
Yes, even dad loves rocking out. After all, the genre of Dad Rock (think Steely Dan, Yes, and King Crimson) puts fidelity first. These wireless headphones pump out those crisp highs and rich bass that take pops back to the jukebox days. Dad can even adjust the levels straight from the right earcup. Better yet, dad can blast out his favorite tunes for up to 15 hours on one single charge. That’s a lot of guitar solos!
Price on Amazon: $99 (regularly $199)
Who says gift baskets can’t be manly? 1-800-Flowers doesn’t just handle chocolates and roses. There’s a swath of manly gift basket options to put a smile on your pop’s face, from pub snacks to meats and cheeses and even fresh fruit. If dad’s got a sweet tooth, there are cookies, cheesecake, and even some of that chocolate I was smack talking earlier. Whatever his tastes, 1-800-Flowers has unique gift options for even the pickiest pops.
If dad is a total barfly, this gadget is a godsend. Die-hard beer fans love a freshly pulled brew straight from the tap. Fizzics Waytap takes any beer bottle or can from dad’s stash and dispenses it into a chilled glass with a foam so thick they can stand on it. Sound waves convert beer’s natural carbonation into compacted microbubbles, giving every beer that delectable head. It works great on everything from pilsners to IPAs without the need for C02 cartridges.
Price on Amazon: $75 (regularly $130)
Dad typically tries to be cool, and more than likely fails. It may be because of the tacky wrap-around sunglasses he bought in 1993. Upgrade him to a modern pair of sunglasses that won’t make him look like a total goober. These wood-framed Wayfarers not only look sleek but offer the UVA protection you need. They even come with a lovely carrying case.
Price on Amazon: $30
ZZTop had it right when they were singing about sharp-dressed men. State and Liberty offer both business and casual fashion options for dads with athletic builds. If your dad lifts, runs, or sports a six-pack, State and Liberty shirts will fit him like a glove while showing off all that time he spends sculpting his physique. Not only are these fabrics infused with anti-odor technology, they’re machine washable so dad doesn’t have to schlep to the dry cleaners once a week. Options start at just $68.
Summer is great for grilling, but who the heck wants to go outside in the dead of winter? With the Chefman electric smokeless grill, dad can still be a pitmaster. This grill works safely indoors, and it won’t set off any smoke alarms. Whether dad is making kabobs or rib-eyes, he can satisfy his grill cravings anywhere. And because the cooking surface is dishwasher safe, it will actually be easier than cranking up the Webber.
Price on Daily Dot Store: $40 (regularly $80)
It’s 2018: great skin care options aren’t just for ladies anymore. Rugged & Dapper is a weekly invigorating detox treatment that draws out impurities that advance aging and cause breakouts. It nourishes, hydrates and fuels the skin without any pricey drug treatments. Dad’s pores will get deep cleansing, giving him that healthy, youthful look. Don’t be surprised if people start confusing him as your brother.
Price on Amazon: $22
With one simple tool, dad will never be thwarted anytime he’s got to open a container. This tool opens jars, cans, bottles, basically anything with a troublesome lid. The hook pries open flip tops, screw tops, jar lids, and even beer bottles. The can opener’s cutter opens cans way better than the rusty germ trap in dad’s kitchen. When it’s loose, it lifts up the lid safely with no sharp edges to worry about.
Price on Amazon: $18
15) Rosetta Stone
Help the world traveler in your life learn a new language before they embark on their next vacation. Because Rosetta Stone and its companion app are available on every device from computers to smartphones, the lucky recipient of your Rosetta Stone gift will be able to polish their Italian anywhere, from their bedroom or a scenic Tuscan villa. It’s no surprise that over 12,000 corporations, 9,000 non-profit organizations, and 22,000 educational institutions worldwide count on Rosetta Stone when it comes to dishing out language know-how. Beginning courses take as little as 120 hours to master, on average. New students can choose from one of 25 languages and finally become bilingual in 3, 6, 12 and 24-month subscriptions. Eager learners can take full advantage of live coaches and speech recognition technology to make the experience as smooth as ever. From now until June 5, you can gain instant access for less than $7 a month
For all the posturing dads do, they actually love smoothies. Who doesn’t? And there’s no better personal smoothie maker than this Nutri Ninja. Dad can put fresh or frozen fruit straight from the fridge, some ice, juice, or even protein powder in the carafe. The blender then breaks them down to extract all their nutrients. Or you know, he can simply mix up some daiquiris. No judgments. The carafe is also a cup, so it makes cleanup a breeze. It comes with a recipe book so dad can use his fancy new drink machine right out of the box.
Price on Amazon: $70
Show your dad how proud you are for always being there for you. Support him with a gift he can use every day: a customizable tumbler. Pair it with his favorite beverage of choice. Whether he prefers ice cold beer over martinis or coffee over tea, Tervis has all kinds of different containers with manly patterns and quirky motivational words. They make an easy, thoughtful gift, and he’ll smile every time he takes a sip.
18) Design Toscano
Every dad loves majestic bald eagles. Now, he can display his favorite animal that embodies the American spirit proudly on his lawn, driveway, backyard, wall, or any place a perfectly patriotic animal can perch. Every inch of this animal is beautifully sculpted, from beak to talon. The wingspan is over 2 1/2 feet wide and will inspire national pride in all that gaze upon it. Design Toscano’s amazing bald eagle is a perfect way to add a touch of patriotism to your dad’s garden or man cave. Design Toscano artisans hand-paint each feather of this finely crafted, quality designer resin statue. Shop Design Toscano for unique Father’s Day gifts in furniture, garden statues, gnomes, wall art, fountains and more.
Maritime Supply Co. takes handmade jewelry to the next level with its team of expert metalworkers and artisans. And not only does all the jewelry look great, but you can feel great gifting it because 10% of every purchase goes towards helping provide clean water to people in need, all across the globe. From now until June 20, you can save 20% off your special Father’s Day gift using promo code DAD at checkout. Plus, your gift always ships for free in the U.S. – which means a lot since getting it to him on time is half the battle. So why not surprise dad with a truly unique anchor bracelet or necklace that also gives back?
In the end, dad wants to do one thing and one thing only: parade about his abode in a robe like an old-timey Lord. As far as cozy bathrobes go, you can’t beat these lightweight woven numbers. Not only do they come pre-shrunk, but they’re cozy enough to wear all day, from the comfort of his bedroom to the front lawn and everywhere in between. There are even two front pockets for snacks, keys, or secrets. It’s available in 13 regal designs.
Price on Amazon: $32+
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Jaime Carillo is a writer for Pure Nintendo and a plucky YouTube cook. He specializes in writing about console gaming and kitchen gadgets. It comes naturally, considering he's either wielding a massive cleaver or Switch Pro controller at any given point. When he's not cruising through a drive-thru at 2am, he's baking shokupan or whipping up a big pot of Japanese curry. He enjoys retro gaming, geopolitics, and Vic Berger videos.