Part of the art of finding the perfect Father’s Day gift is looking past the indifferent shrug of your average dad when asked what he’d like for Father’s Day. He’s probably not going to be much help — he might say he has everything he needs, and maybe he does. But a truly great gift isn’t about checking a box or replacing the busted hedge clippers. It’s about showing dad that you see and appreciate him, that you recognize he has his own interests and hobbies, and you love that, even if you don’t love the amateur insect collection on the kitchen counter.
It goes without saying that no one gift can sum up all the love, gratitude, and appreciation we feel for dads, but it’s still really nice to get a present that says: We know you. The best Father’s Day gifts simply make him feel understood.
The Best Father’s Day Gifts for 2020
Ooni Karu Wood and Charcoal-Fired Portable Pizza Oven
This a beautiful machine that makes a perfect wood-fired pizza. It’s eminently portable (weighing in at 26 pounds) and super adaptable — it can be fueled with wood or charcoal, though easily hooked up to gas too, with an Ooni gas burner attachment (sold separately). When he’s craving a slice, he’ll get one in less than a minute. That’s how long this showpiece of a pizza oven takes to cook an entire pie. You can churn out thick or thin crust pizza, or use it to cook steak, fish, vegetables, or chicken.
Peak Design Tech Pouch
The Peak Design tech pouch is made from weatherproof 200D nylon. It has origami-style internal pocket layouts for total organization. And it provides easy cable pass-through for charging phones and tablets, from the brand known for its elevated accessories.
GrowlerWerks Copper uKeg Carbonated Growler
This sexy beast of a growler is made of 18/8 stainless steel that keeps his beer cold all day. It’s essentially a 128 ounce portable brewery, keeping his drinks fresh, carbonated, and easily accessible, wherever and whenever.
Nomad Base Station Charger
A must for any WFH dad, this handsome charger powers up to 4 devices at one time. It also has USB-A and USB-C ports.
Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag
A brilliant blend of aesthetics and execution, this messenger bag is the epitome of smart organization. It has a weatherproof shell, and stowable strap system, external stash pockets, document and laptop sleeves, as well as stretchy internal pockets for smaller items.
Nikon Prostaff 3S Binoculars
Goes great with a birding book, but perfect for any outdoor pursuits, including birdwatching. With 8x magnification, and a field view of 377 feet at 1,000 yards, you can take in any and all vistas from afar.
Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America
The classic guide to birding in North America, first issued in 1934 and continuously updated since. A perfect way to spend summer days under partial lockdown, getting to know the wild birds of your own backyard.
Ryobi 10-inch Lithium-Ion Cordless Chainsaw
Father’s Day gifts shouldn’t be practical — and definitely shouldn’t come bundled with an expectation to do more yard work. That said, a Ryobi cordless chainsaw may be the lone exception. With a 10-inch bar and chain, this guy is ideal for pruning and light limbing, as much as most home owners will need.
LARQ Self-Cleaning Water Bottle
This 25-ounce water bottle is self-cleaning, using the power of UV-C LED to zap nasty germs. You recharge it via USB; it keeps drinks cold for 24 hours and coffee hot for 12 hours.
Kindle Oasis E-Reader
The new and much-improved Kindle is easier on the eyes and doesn’t have that annoying little glitch when you turn the page. It has a 7-inch glare free screen, and a battery that literally lasts for weeks. Oh, and it’s waterproof. Best of all is its adjustable warm light setting, which makes e-reading a pleasure.
Umbra Wobble Chess Set
If regular chess simply isn’t challenging enough, up the ante with this keepsake set. It features round-bottomed pieces that wobble and move around in their concave squares. The wood and chrome details turns this into a display piece worthy of any man cave. Checkmate.
Lululemon Airing Easy Short Sleeve Shirt
From its removable collar to its underarm gussets, this is one hell of a comfortable shirt. Its made of mesh fabric that is breathable, quick-drying, and has four-way stretch. And yet, it’s refined enough to wear out of the house.
YETI Rambler Wine Tumblers
Have date night in your yard with Yeti’s indestructible 10 ounce wine tumblers. They keep booze cold. They don’t rust. They’re dishwasher-safe. And there’s absolutely no flavor leaching.
Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen
A pen worthy of James Bond, this one works no matter how he’s holding it (upside down or sideways). But it’s much more than a mere writing implement. It’s made from machined steel with a tempered window-shattering tip design, and is hardy enough to crack a windshield.
Nomad Rugged AirPods Pro Case
Made from vegetable-tanned leather, this case only looks better as it ages. And it both protects and charges his AirPods Pro.
Solo Stove Campfire
This portable campfire uses twigs, leaves, pinecones and wood as fuel. So there’s less smoke and less stench. It fits into his backpack, and weighs 2 pounds.
Jaybird Vista True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds
Clocking in at under an ounce, these workout headphones are among the lightest he’ll ever wear. They’re drop-proof. They’re waterproof. They have 6 hours of battery life. And they let him take calls seamlessly, thanks to best-in-class Bluetooth technology.
Tom Ford for Men Fragrance
A scent that manages to remain subtle while making a statement, Tom Ford’s men’s fragrance is the ultimate classic. It’s woodsy, with notes of lemon, black pepper, and tobacco. In other words, both masculine and totally alluring. Like Tom himself.
The Ridge Slim Minimalist Wallet
Among the sleekest wallets you can buy, this one gives him full RFID protection and fits up to 12 cards, with even room for bills as well. No more Costanza wallet debacles, ever.
Felix Gray Nash Sleep Glasses
Staring at tablet and computer screens all day is a sad fact of life. These glasses help filter out blue light, and help him wind down and go to sleep.
Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 24 Backpack
These backpacks are built to withstand the zombie apocalypse. It’s made of hardy 500D cordura fabric. It’s sizable enough for camping yet compact enough for a park walk, and it has room for a computer sleeve, secondary document sleeve, and multiple internal mesh pockets to keep everything organized.
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