There’s still time to shop for Mother’s Day gifts, but if you’re already thinking ahead to Father’s Day, you’re in the right place! May I start by sharing a confession: My dad is very difficult to shop for. He has impeccable taste and buys everything he needs on his own, so when a holiday rolls around and I have to get him something, I’m always stumped. So the fact that he approved the ideas ahead says a lot! We’ve thought of every kind of dad: the athletic dad, the sentimental dad, the plant-loving dad, and even the dad who loves his candles. (Myron would also like to add that he still cherishes the homemade gifts my brother and I made him when we were little!) Happy shopping:
Letters to My Dad Set
Your handwriting. Nine special messages just for him (with prompts like “read me when you miss me”), delivered in a keepsake box. Now that may bring a tear to his eye.
Dad’s review: This is a great idea for young kids, especially if Dad travels a lot or is a single dad. A little written reminder like this can mean a lot.
Witty Father’s Day Mug
$16.97 (29% off)
If your dad is more of a jokester than a sentimental man, this coffee cup is just the ticket. (I mean, you are darn near perfect.) It comes ready-to-gift in a pretty box with tissue paper.
Dad’s review: Nothing makes a Dad more proud than believing that his child is awesome and that he maybe had something to do with it.
Mega Dad Personalized Comic Book
Hand over your kid’s name and this book-maker will weave it into a save-the-day story featuring, you guessed it, Dad. It’s made in the UK, so make sure to place your order a few weeks in advance of June 16.
Dad’s review: Really fun gift. They can both read this together and take a little fantasy trip.
Harry’s Truman Shaving Set
He’s been shaving since he slept in a twin bed, but his materials could probably use an upgrade. The razor in this set has a weighted core, textured rubber grip, and three German-engineered blade cartridges, each with a flex hinge. Pretty nice, eh?
Dad’s review: I’ve been curious about these new shaving tools. Shaving is never fun but a new blade with quality moisturizing facial products can go a long way to improving the daily task.
COWIN E7 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones
I gave my dad new headphones for Christmas, and he still texts me about how fun it is to look up and listen to the music he enjoyed as a teenager. This set is budget-friendly and has almost 6,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.
Dad’s review: I love mine. With Bluetooth I can find any music on Spotify or YouTube and it’s better than going to a high school reunion—much better!
Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge
He likes a good Old Fashioned on the weekend? He’ll love this special wedge for whiskey glasses, which help avoid the watering down of Dad’s preferred bourbon.
Dad’s review: Now this is brilliant. I love my bourbon and single malt scotch chilled but not watered down. There’s nothing worse that sipping on an 18-year-old single malt that starts to taste like tap water. With a little help from Mom, maybe you could even supply a wee bottle to go with the glass.
Matching Pineapple Swim Trunks
You basically have to get him one of Pat Pat’s Daddy & Me swimsuit sets for Father’s Day if his kid is 8 years or younger. (And don’t worry, they have Mommy & Me and Family Sets too!)
Dad’s review: Even at my age I would wear these at the pool or the beach with my son or grandson. Much better than being seen in grandpa trunks!
Apple Watch Band
$10.99 (15% off)
If Dad has an Apple Watch, you have the perfect excuse to gift him a handsome, budget-friendly watch band. This one is genuine leather and comes in 42 or 44 mm.
Dad’s review: I like these and bet the selection will grow. The bands individualize the rather bland face of the timepiece.
Red Currant Votivo Candle
My dad is literally obsessed with this candle. I’m just going to let him talk.
Dad’s review: My daughter knows I LOVE Votivo especially Red Currant. All of their fragrances are unique and sophisticated.
Barbour ‘Powell’ Quilted Jacket
Kick-off Dad’s fall wardrobe with the lightweight coat worn by every banker in Manhattan. The waxed jacket is diamond-quilted and cut with extra room through the chest and body (so it won’t feel too tight worn over a suit).
Dad’s review: I have one of these and love it. It’s warm, attractive, and lasts forever.
Father’s Day Guitar Pick
If he secretly wonders what it’s like to be Mick Jagger, this will remind him that he has the best job in the world!
Dad’s review: Cute and great for the dad who likes to get out his axe and play with the boys once ‘n awhile.
Nisolo Huarache Sandals
He outgrew boat shoes when he outgrew beer pong. These handcrafted sandals, inspired by pre-Columbian Mexico, are sustainably made and will give any outfit some snap.
Dad’s review: I bought a pair of these in Mexico and wore them to shreds. These look very well made. Very comfortable for any summer occasion.
(Casper) RED Nap Pillow
A great first Father’s Day gift for dads who are very, very low on sleep. With an outer layer of silky microfibers and a 100 percent cotton weave shell for better airflow, this Casper pillow will help Dad catch up on ZZZs anywhere. And it gives back: 15% of the retail price from this product supports (RED)’s efforts to fight AIDS.
Dad’s review: I just got a memory foam mattress and love it. This pillow should complete the transformation—hint, hint—kids! (Editor’s note: Hint taken!)
Ugg Scuff Slipper
No guy deserves to have cold toes when he’s puttering around the house. Ugg’s popular suede slippers are lined with either genuine shearling or plush UGGpure™, made from wool. Buyer’s choice.
Dad’s review: Just like Mr. Rogers, I always take off my shoes and put on slippers at the door. They are comfy and go easy on the hardwood floors.
Miansai Double Wrap Rope Bracelet
The jewelry and leather goods maker Miansai is for the man who seeks the surfer life (its logo is an anchor, after all). Indeed, this marine-grade rope bracelet pairs well with an adventurous dad who doesn’t need to know the time.
Dad’s review: This is not for the conservative businessman unless he likes to morph into an alter ego on vacation. For the dad who dreams of sailing in the Greek islands like me, it will be worn with pride and hopefulness.
Edge Light Alarm Clock
Now, if dad does need to know the time—or has a difficult time adhering to time—this sleek alarm clock is a subtle nod toward the prompt man he can become. Sold at the MoMa store in NYC, this space-saving device features ambient light that will help him wake gradually.
Dad’s review: Great for the traveling dad. MoMa always has very stylish gifts.
Nike Elite Stripe Basketball Shorts
Out with the ratty old sweats, in with a fresh pair of Nike shorts. Featuring moisture-wicking fabric with mesh panels, you won’t have to look at butt sweat even after a 5K.
Dad’s review: Perfect for the athletic dad or the ones who like to look athletic while lounging at the pool bar. Try to find them with his favorite team colors.
Herschel Supply Co. Chapter Dopp Kit
Every man needs a proper Dopp kit, but dads deserve an especially well-made one. Crafted from durable canvas with a waterproof zipper, this Herschel pick will last him for years to come.
Dad’s review: Dads usually keep these way too long even after bottles of cream have broken inside and created a mess. Hard to go wrong with this one.
Nest Bedding® Luxury Bamboo Sheet Set
Bamboo sheets are ideal for hot sleepers, and they’re also naturally-sourced and thus great for the environment. This set from Nest fits 8-14 inch tall mattresses and comes in even odd sizes like CalKing and TwinXL.
Dad’s review: One of the great luxuries in life is to crawl into bed after s shower with fresh sheets. Dad won’t be expecting this one, but he’ll appreciate it.
The Millennial Dad is a plant-loving dad. This hand-blown glass pot won’t let him over- or under-water his greens no matter how long he’s away on business, and it’s even dishwasher safe when it needs a good clean.
Dad’s review: I am pretty good about watering my house plants but when I travel it is a HUGE problem. This a useful, clever gift.
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