Like trying to shower without a toddler banging on the door, buying a gift for dad seems like a near-impossible task. It’s a problem of saturation: There are just so many options out there. Thousands of tools, tech, kitchen appliances, and clothes that don’t make him look dumpy — they all await online.
So, how do you find something he’ll not only like but actually appreciate? Where do you even start? That’s why we went spelunking deep into the world of men’s gifts, vetting hundreds of items to find a list of holiday gifts that, we can confidently say, stand out from the rest of the pack. We guarantee you’ll find something here to make him smile, laugh, or, at least, feel appreciated. Letting him shower uninterrupted might be a nice gift, too.
The Perfect Father’s Day Gift for the Dad Who Has It All
Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Outside the century-old warehouses at the Buffalo Trace distillery in Kentucky, you can smell the vanilla, toffee, mint and molasses hints of this stellar bourbon caught on the breeze. Made the same way for 200 years, Buffalo Trace is consistently one of the finest and most affordable bourbons out there. This Father’s Day, why not give him a bourbon that has more gold and silver medals than Michael Phelps?
Oakley Men’s OO9102 Holbrook Square Sunglasses
These workhorse outdoors sunglasses have it all: They block out UVA, UVB, UVC and harmful blue light, up to 400mm. The lenses are made of ultra-lightweight Plutonite, so they won’t crack or break. And he gets killer clarity at every angle.
Pendleton Shetland Wool Crew Neck Sweater for Men
Pendleton wool sweaters are classic and timeless. This particular option is so cozy, so comfortable, he’ll never take it off. But when he does, it’s machine-washable. It has a crew neckline and ribbed-knit trim at hem, cuffs, and neck for some added oomph.
Men’s Allbirds Tree Dashers
Allbirds — makers of arguably the most comfortable shoes on the planet — have introduce their first technical running shoe. These are ultra-light and made with the same innovative, renewable materials — tree fiber, wool, and a sugarcane insole — that give this shoe a zero carbon footprint. They’re also just comfortable as hell, and look great.
TriggerPoint Impact Handheld Percussion Massage Gun
When he’s back from hiking, or just hauling the kids around, his muscles might just well be aching, so get him this powerhouse four-speed massage gun. It has a four-speed muscle massage gun that delivers targeted pressure to use pre- and post-workout.
Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Cryptomic
The newest Dyson filter captures 99.97 percent of particles as small as 0.3 microns, including bacteria, viruses and mold — and it destroys formaldehyde.
John Boos Cutting Board
Boos cutting boards are a favorite of industry pros because of their craftsmanship and heft. This board is hardy enough for restaurants, but beautiful enough to serve as a cheese platter. It’s 12 inches square and 1.5 inches thick. And it’s made from sustainably sourced maple.
Genuine Crazy Horse Leather Electronics Organizer
Does his workbag look like a tangle of charge cords and other loose necessities? This organizer corrals his cables, pens, and tools, as well as a phone, passports, and even SD cards. The more use it gets, the better the leather looks. It ages well. Just like dad. Tell him that at least.
Star Wars Baby Yoda T-Shirt
Baby Yoda! Baby Yoda! Baby Yoda! The breakout star of ‘The Mandalorian’ is proudly showcased on this casual yet cool T-shirt.
Drifter Men’s Solid Cologne
A signature non-spritz scent is something any man should have. This solid cologne is made with jojoba oil, shea butter, and beeswax, and its subtle blend of cardamom, mandarin, and leather smells distinguished without being overpowering.
Peak Design Travel Duffel
A good duffel bag is a staple of every guy’s collection. Made from rip- and weather-proof 100 percent recycled 600D nylon canvas and featuring a large handle for easy carrying, this duffel bag can haul it all.
SKLZ Pro Mini Basketball Hoop with Ball
There’s nothing wrong with busy hands and nothing wrong with ballin’ indoors. This door-mounted net and foam ball combo is good for hours of fun or — better yet — the office, where it provides a minor distraction from majorly frustrating conference calls.
The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of his Life — His Own
David Carr was beloved by journalists, not only because he walked the media beat for the Times, but because he did so with swagger and a degree of honesty that few ever muster. He didn’t have an easy life and spent years struggling with addiction. This story of a man attempting to understand his own bad behavior is not just moving, it’s profound.
Anfan Bubble Bumper Balls
The only thing more fun than roughhousing is roughhousing without fear of the consequences. Like an inflatable forcefield, this set gives dad the opportunity to safely play a bit rougher with the kids, throwing his weight around on the soccer field just like he fantasizes about from the sidelines.
ArmoGear Infrared Laser Tag Blasters and Vests
Laser Tag is, simply put, fun. It’s fun indoors. It’s fun outdoors. It’s great. Let dad in on the action with this easy-to-use set. Will the kids and their friends gang up and attack him? Absolutely, but there’s a particular joy in getting to be the big bad.
Garmin Legacy Hero Series Marvel Captain America Smartwatch
This Garmin smartwatch has blue, silver, and brown leather elements and a brushed stainless-steel bezel modeled after Captain America’s shield. And it has a display resolution of 260 x 260 pixels… but most of all, it looks truly dope, and the case back of the watch is emblazoned with Captain America’s saying, ‘I can do this all day.’ A shoe-in for any Marvel lover.
Celestron 70mm Travel Scope
This is looking like a backyard summer — the perfect time for dad to get into stargazing. This handy Celestron portable scope lets him zoom in on the surface of the moon, wherever he goes. You get fully-coated glass optics, a powerful 70mm objective lens, a lightweight frame, and a custom backpack to carry it all around.
Engraved Hammer for Dad
If dad loves his home-improvement and DIY projects, he’ll be wowed by this personalized hammer. Find a quote, saying, or memorable dates, that mean something to dad, and have it engraved on the front side of the hammer. Because this is laser engraving, it’s permanent and will never rub off.
Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless Headphones
Hard to believe but these Bluetooth headphones sound even better than they look. Nice features abound, including three different app-controlled, noise-canceling modes so users can select to have some, less, and no ambient noise filter in. In other words, they’re great for dads who want to listen to something but need to keep an ear out for kid chaos. When he does need to take them off, they automatically pause, resuming music when he puts them back on.
Leatherman Wave Plus Multitool
The Leatherman is a classic, the must-have multitool that has stuck around for 30-plus years for a reason. The Wave Plus features a nifty one-handed design and 17 tools, including pliers, replaceable wire-cutters, wire strippers, plain and serrated knives, a saw, spring-action scissors, a ruler, files, and screwdrivers.
Four Roses Select Bourbon
Spicy and substantial, Four Roses Small Batch Select is a welcome addition to the brand’s core line up. Bottled at 104 proof, Small Batch Select is a fruit forward whiskey with notes of chocolate and nuts balancing a substantial spice. One thing’s for certain: this will sell quickly. So keep your eyes peeled and stock up.
Bellroy Dopp Kit
When on the road, everyone needs a place to stash their toiletries without worrying that they’ll be a foamy disaster when they arrive at their hotel. This dopp kit an hold everything from cologne and shaving tools to trimmers and toothbrushes. It’s also water resistant so it will be fine in the event of a TSA-influenced shampoo-explosion.
Carhartt Men’s Woodside Hat
This hat, so simple yet so perfect, combines waffle-knit and 3M Thinsulate lining to keep his noggin warm, no matter how gnarly the weather is.
POWERUP 3.0 Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane
With this kit, a simple paper plane turns into a phone-controlled flyer that can go up to 180 feet. It’s as simple as it is brilliant.
Red Wing Heritage Wallet
There’s a time and a place for minimalist wallets, but if dad needs something a tad bigger, go with this beauty. We dig everything about this wallet, from its vegetable-tanned leather to its durability to its surprising roominess. It holds unfolded bills in a full-length pocket, has six card slots, and features an international currency pocket.
BLACK + BLUM – Stainless Steel Sandwich Box
Packing your lunch is a simple way to eat healthier, control your portions, and save money. You’d be hard pressed to find a better take-to-work food container. Durable and tight sealing, it fits a good portion of food and, best yet, its bamboo lid doubles as a cutting board.
Glenmorganie Quinta Ruban 14 Year
This year, Glenmorangie updated its venerable Quinta Ruban expression. Previously a 12 year finished in port wine casks, the new iteration receives two additional years of aging. Those additional 730 days give the whisky added complexity and deeper, distinct notes of orange, chocolate and apple that compliment the juicy berry and rich nuttiness imparted by the the port finish.
Wicked Big Sports Kickball Set
You could get a ball. Or you get a ball that’s twice the size of his head. This massive kickball set includes one oversized ball, three bases, one home plate, one pump, and hours of remorseless good times.
Nerf Ultra One Motorized Blaster
The Ultra One is the first blaster to use Nerf’s brand-new Nerf Ultra darts, dubbed the farthest flying Nerf darts ever. The new design features an innovative flight tip, lightweight foam construction, and ‘aerofin’ technology, basically a grooved surface that decreases wind resistance.
Refurbished Nintendo 64
Did he spend hours playing Goldeneye during his youth? Remind him of happy hours spent slaughtering his friends with this still-great relic of the 1990s, which is pre-loaded with hundreds of games.
Nintendo Switch Lite
For the gamer dad, here’s a less expensive but equally entertaining take on the wildly successful console that’s now insanely portable. Where the original Switch could be plugged into a TV, the Switch Lite cannot. It’s a purely handheld gaming machine, which means it’s not compatible with Nintendo Switch games that don’t support that gaming style. But it’s perfect for gaming on the go.
Rockwell Razors 6C Adjustable Double Edge Safety Razors
He gets a customized shave with this razor, which has six fully adjustable settings thanks to the different plates he can swap out. They work on every skin type and every beard length. Oh, and the razor looks damn fine, too.
Polaroid Lab Digital to Analog Photo Printer
The Polaroid Lab projects the photo from his phone, exposing it onto Polaroid film. It’s low-fi and moody, but it produces a vintage result difficult to match with filters and other modern hacks. And he’ll wind up with very dope-looking keepsakes.
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon
Technically, Old Forester Birthday Bourbon doesn’t release until September 2, in commemoration of Brown-Forman founder George Garvin Brown’s birthday. But we want to remind you to start making nice with your liquor store owner now on the off chance you can charm your way into getting them to set one aside for you. We tasted a small, early sample, and the 2019 Birthday is has notes of dark fruit and maple as well as seasoned oak and some mint and pepper. It’s a hell of a bottle.
Atech Multifunction Pen
Whether he has a thing for James Bond-ian tools that transform into different items or just would like something that makes his ockets a bit less bulky, this ballpoint pen features a stylus, bottle opener, mini flat-head, Phillips screwdriver, metric and inch ruler, plus a phone stand.
L.L.Bean Continental Rucksack
Part hiking backpack, part daily work tote, this multipurpose rucksack has a laptop sleeve, an electronics pocket, and a ventilating back panel, and its roomy main compartment holds a day’s worth of supplies.
Topeak Bikamper One-Person Bicycling Tent
This bike-packing tent stuffs down to a bike-friendly size and has its own sack that straps to his bars. When unpacked, this it’s a roomy 17 feet in size. It’s made of 45-denier nylon with three mesh panels for ventilation and is fully waterproof. And instead of using poles, the Bikamper uses the bike’s front wheel to maintain its shape.
Blundstone Unisex Original 500 Series Boots
A simple pair of durable boots always serve a purpose. These are made of 2.5-millimeter-thick weather-proof leather, feature a shock protection system, and have a removable Cambrelle footbed that wicks moisture away. They’re tough, comfortable, and warm.
Michter’s 10 Year Kentucky Straight Rye
The release of Michter’s 10 Year Rye (as well as their bourbon) is always cause to celebrate. It’s always a special bottle we are keen to add to the bar and this year’s edition is particularly delightful, not only because it’s delicious but it’s also the first release newly-minted Master Distiller Dan McKee. Supple vanilla rolls around the palate, while caramel and touch of salt play off the peppery rye spice.
Adidas Originals Stan Smith Leather Sneaker
Think about tennis icons like Jimmy Connors or John McEnroe. Those dudes inspired this Stan Smith classic, which features a sleek upper with three perforated stripes for breathability. They have a full grain leather upper with a soft moisture-wicking lining, so his feet won’t stink (much). Hey, even Kanye and Alexander Skarsgård have worn them.
The Bomber Jacket
This cool, understated bomber will elevate any look. Bonus: it’s water-resistant and machine-washable.
Basil Hayden’s Caribbean Rye Whiskey
No, it’s not entirely whiskey, but the Basil Hayden Caribbean Reserve Rye is none the less delicious. A blend of Kentucky rye and Canadian rye, plus a touch of black strap Caribbean rum. The result is a mouthwatering glass of hooch. That small portion of rum goes a long way, giving the juice strong notes of burnt sugar and rum spice, that plays nicely with the rye’s vanilla and oak.
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