There’s no doubt dads are pretty much rock stars. From their guidance in sports and studies to their inevitably bad but well-intentioned dad jokes, we owe them a ton. If your father’s got a birthday coming up, you’re likely scrounging for just the right present ideas to repay him for all his hard work. Or perhaps it’s a “just because” gift, as we all know those are the best kind. Either way, read on for some suggestions on great gifts for Dad. As we all know from Father’s Day, the whole toolbox and/or tie thing can get a bit old fast, so think outside the box!
- Camping Gear
If your dad is an outdoorsman, chances are he savors sleeping under the stars. Consider getting him a new sleeping bag, a super cool headlamp, a heavy duty hiking backpack for his days on the trail, a camping grill, or ten—your options are pretty much endless. If you’re unsure about what he might like or need, a gift card to REI is always a great idea. If you join the co-op, you get money back at the end of the year for all your outdoorsy purchases.
Let’s face it: some men are fashionably challenged. Sometimes our Dads need a little bit of help in the fashion department; even Obama got a bit of ribbing when it came to his dad jeans—if your dad is among those who have a bit of wardrobe worries, he’s in good company. If you’d love to see your dad in a collared shirt or a cool pair of non-dad-jeans, take this opportunity to get him a gift and a bit of a fashion hint all in one. Of course, a quality tee is always perfect. Find apparel that incorporates his passions; if Dad’s a fan of America’s favorite pastime, he’s guaranteed to love the customizable baseball t’s by The Home T. If Pops is more of a golf fanatic, you can’t go wrong with a classic golf polo from the PGA Superstore.
- Something Techie
Everyone loves their tech devices these days, and dads are no exception. If he’s fond of directing orders at your family members, he might love Amazon’s Alexa. “She” can make to-do lists, set alarms, stream podcasts, play audiobooks, provide weather reports, and more. If your dad is a busy guy, this could be just what he needs to get organized. If you’ve got the funds, or are perhaps sharing a gift for Dad, get him an Apple watch or a sturdy watch that’s fit for the outdoors. Does your dad have a long commute to work? Consider getting him an audiobook to pass the time. Most guys love gadgets, and chances are your dad does, too.
- Tickets to an Event
If your dad works outside the home, chances are he feels like he’s missed out on some quality time with you. That’s why tickets to a movie, a baseball game, or to a concert for a band will tickle him. Go the extra mile by framing a pic you took from the night. It very well could solidify your standing as his favorite son or daughter.
- Be Cool(er)
Coolers are getting very fancy these days, and some of them even come complete with seats you can ride on, or Bluetooth speaker access! If that kind of cooler’s not in your budget, a Yeti cooler could be the answer. Yetis come in a variety of sizes, but the common denominator is that they all look—well, cool.
Chances are your father has all the tools he needs and not enough formal events to justify yet another tie, so get him something unique. Choose from this list and you’ll surely hit it out of the park.