We broke down 5 "types" of dads, with gift ideas for the outdoorsy, sophisticated, and every other kind of man.
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Gifts for Every Dad
We know that shopping for Dad is hard. Nobody wants to give a generic gift, but you also don't want to give something that will sit in the back of the closet. But don't despair; we hand-picked 36 different gifts for every kind of dad. And dads: If you're reading this, consider flagging a couple slides to e-mail along to your wife. She probably won't mind the (helpful) hint.
This stylish Graf & Lantz tool bag might inspire him to finally fix that broken table or to put up that shelf. Waxed canvas and durable leather will only look better over time, as the grease and grime of projects past builds character.
Birchbox Man will keep him looking sharp with a monthly box of grooming goodies (from mainstay brands like Jack Black to lesser-known finds that will surprise him) sent straight to his door. Choose from three, six, or twelve-month subscriptions, and get started with the special Everyday Hero box. $20/month, Birchbox.comThe 7 Best New Hair Products For Men >>>
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What better way to celebrate being a new dad and the official start of summer than with matching father-son swim trunks? (There is none.) Inspired by Miami, all Le Club swimsuits are bright, bold and available in two lengths—short and board.
If Dad’s a major griller, he probably thinks he’s perfected the technique. Push his limits with this barbeque cookbook. With 400 pages of recipes, he’ll be grilling all summer. Plus, it comes with six gourmet barbeque salts.
Help dad take his cookouts to the next level with this portable grill. Wind-block pans make it suitable for even the more rugged environments. Don't worry — the instastart button will keep catastrophe at bay with a foolproof lighting system.
Dads like neat things that work. They will figure out a place and time to use them. That’s exactly what the IceMule Cooler is. It’s a better version of something he probably already has. The IceMule Cooler is a portable, high-performance soft cooler that keeps ice for 24 hours, fits on your back, rolls up for storage and it even floats. Next thing you know, it'll hike itself up the mountain. Until then, this is a damn good cooler for a damn good dad.
You know how every dad is supposed to have that one tall-tale? If his is the classic huge fish iteration, keep him in check with this portable fish scale. Now he'll always be able to back up his tales of glory.
There's no better feeling than meeting your goals. Help dad get there with this golf watch; it tracks his score and yardage and has course data readily available. The interface is simple enough for him to master at any age, and he's sure to get an edge over his buddies on the green.
If Dad is athletic and built like it, then a dress shirt from Mizzen + Main couldn’t be a better fit—literally. Made of advanced performance fabric, this moisture wicking, four-way stretch, low-maintenance dress shirt is the epitome of guy-friendly (devotees include athletes Drew Brees, JJ Watt, Brian Hartline, and Ian Desmond). Plus, the made-in-America brand gives a portion of every sale to their "Shirt For A Start" program, which benefits charities and hires veterans to paid internships.
Sometimes Dad travels. Sometimes traveling sucks for your sleep, sanity, and skin. Help him keep up with (at least) the latter with this Repair Kit. It unfolds, hangs, and has pockets for all his travel needs. Plus, it includes full size (yet travel friendly) Recipe for Men Ultra Sensitive Shave Foam, Facial Scrub, and Under Eye Gel.
Whether he’s looking for a hobby or a coffee table accessory, this Olive and Cocoa poker set (and it’s rugged-yet-sophisticated wooden box) is sure to please. At best, you’re giving him hours of entertainment. At worst, you’re giving him a piece of classy gentleman flair to dress up his study.
The name Ferragamo is synonymous with chic, Italian style. That’s no surprise. What IS a surprise is that for the first time, the House will offer their iconic men’s Driver style through a made-to-order program, allowing your dad to create his own version, reflective of his personal style, by manipulating over 100 permutations of upper body, unique sole construct, and hallmark Gancio metal hardware. This is not the tie of year’s past—this is a gift he couldn’t imagine returning.
Dad will inevitably get gadgets for his big day. If you are giving an iPhone 6, iPhone 6+, or Samsung Galaxy S6, pick up this fine leather case from Best Buy and Cole Haan to go with it—it's sure to age as nicely as he has. all while protecting the goods.
Take him sailing on a yacht with champagne and caviar. Or, do the next best thing: This Ralph Lauren Polo Blue fragrance is inspired by the blue sky, the energy of the open waters, and an invigorating blast of fresh air. That alone is a great gift, but for Father’s Day, Macy’s is giving away a free Ralph Lauren duffle bag with the purchase of 4oz bottles of the Eau de Toilette. Even better, monogramming is offered in select stores.
Dads deserve some pampering sometimes too. But most of the time they just don’t know where to get started. This sample skincare set of the new CEDRAT fragrance from L’Occitane is a simple way to introduce a little indulgence into his morning routine. With the full CEDRAT line containing fragrance, shower gel, face wash ,and more, this addictive scent could easily become a new favorite.
A father we still can’t get enough of today, Frank Sinatra, has found a new way into your dad’s life. Frank Sinatra Enterprise (basically, his family) has teamed up with timepiece master-brand Raymond Weil to create a limited edition maestro timepiece. The unique watch nods to ol’ blue eyes with it’s blue dials, and a production of 1,212 to mark his birthday, December 12th. Each timepiece is numbered (dads love that kid of stuff) with 1-3 going to Frank’s three children.
Dad tired of his slow iPhone 4 and not wanting the bigger versions? Direct him to the HTC One M9, with a sleek metal body, HTC’s techno Android Sense Skin and enough photo features to keep him playing for weeks.
If Dad’s not into the Beats scene (and we’re not sure how many Dads are), the Samsung Level On Wireless comes with studio quality sound at a bargain. They provide an active noise cancelling experience to slay outside sound, and are extra comfortable, with huge ear cushions.
The sleekest laptop Dell’s ever created, an extremely small and portable 13-inch with an almost bezel-less display, is also among the fastest. It’s an all-in-one productivity machine with a gorgeous screen, and worth the extra cash.
If Dad demands cloud connection at all times, this Android tablet boasts a blazing fast "Intel Atom" processor and 4G LTE Wireless from AT&T. Plus, with their PixelMaster software, the tablet takes crisp photos.
If Dad is always complaining about the too-small print on his screens, we have a fix for you. Though, at eight-times magnification, this smart phone projector might be overkill. He's sure to get a lot of use out of this gadget watching clips and replays, and sharing cool videos with his friends. Plus, the vintagey design is sure to please.
Listen, dads usually don’t like to shop, especially for items as ordinary as socks. So scratch it off the list for him this Father’s Day by doing all the foot work (Ha)! Mack Weldon is selling various Father’s Day Packs and this one gets our vote.
From sporty to stylish, every dad's got a team. Set him up for cool drinks all summer with this hot and cold insulated tumbler. Want to level up? Pair it with tickets to a game to pack in some quality time.
There's nothing more old school cool than being able to sip liquor straight. This rum, from Bacardi's elite new line, is designed for just that. Exquisitely aged and finished in a sherry cask, Dad can pour this rum over ice.
These high tech pillows are designed with different sleep positions in mind, allowing Dad to make the most of his eight (or six, or five) hours. You won't just be gifting your dad with this one—his better mood will have mom thanking you, too.
These high carbon, no-stain, fully forged German steel knives feature Calphalon’s brand-new SharpIN technology, with individual ceramic sharpeners built into each knifeslot of the storage block so every time a knife is removed or replaced, it’s automatically sharpened at the correct angle.
Okay, we know you don't want to give Dad a tie. If you were going to do that, you wouldn't be reading this in the first place. But, these are really nice ties (they're hand cut and folded Italian wool with silk tips). And they also do just a little bit more—David Fin is committed to getting jobs for US Veterans through Hiring Our Heroes. If it's an issue that Dad cares about, choosing David Fin will show him that you're really thinking of him this year.
Foodies and snackers alike will love this pairing of artisanal jerkies and craft beers. You can choose either three California IPAs or three Belgian beers to go with the savory strips. It's the perfect snack to settle in with for game day or to take into the backyard for a pre-burger teaser.
Don't worry, in-home massage doesn't mean you'll be the one rubbing dad's back. With this app, he can schedule an in-home massage with a professional masseuse, choosing between 60 and 90 minute sessions and several different styles. Treat him to his first session for a more relaxed version of your number one guy. Use the code ZEELDAD25 to get $25 off.