Father’s Day is all about celebrating who your dad is—because, hey, it’s a reflection of who you are. And honestly, what better way to do that than by gifting him something that speaks to his upbringing or his greatest passion? Whether he’s into beer, cars, music or something a little more eclectic, give him the satisfaction of truly knowing his dad-type with one of these awesome, personality-centric gifts.
The Cooler Tube for the Day-Drinking Dad (Mountainsmith, $22): Day drinking isn’t just a dad’s dream; it’s his gosh-darned birthright! Achieve the perfect measure of day drinkery with a cold six pack, vertically stacked in a waterproof enclosure across dad’s back. Kickass day trips, picnics and boat excursions just got a little more awesome.
Car Performance Adapter for the Car-Lover Dad (Automatic, $100): If your dad loves his car more than just about anything (except for, you know, his wife and kids) give him an easy, plug-in tool/app combo that completely changes his upkeep and performance game. We’re talking everything from self-diagnosing engine trouble to helping him remember where he parked the damn thing. Plus, its packaging doubles as a BPA-free travel cup because why not?
Custom Binoculars for the Dad Who Loves People Watching (Maven Optics, $500 and up): Some dads like to plant themselves in the heart of the action; others are content to sit and watch it from afar. Whether yours is an outdoorsmen or a people-watcher, custom binocs made with high-performance Japanese glass will lend some clarity to those solo games of "I Spy."
Presse Brewing and Drinking Vessel for the Coffee-Loving Dad (Bobble, $30): If your dad is the type of guy who needs coffee and needs it in his hand five minutes ago, he might be pretty floored by a stainless steel drinking vessel that allows him to brew, press and go with a cup of hot, delicious bean water that’ll stay hot all day.
Overdrive AI Slot Car Game for the Dad Who Misses Being a Kid (Anki, $150 and up): This new take on slot car racing uses AI and your smartphone to guide "supercars" around a track for an immersive videogame-like experience. Give dad something that’ll help to recapture the excitement of his youth (where he perhaps frequented the slot car-o-rama or assumed the role of pinball wizard.)
Modern Radio Turntable for the Dad with the Sweet Vinyl Collection (Crosley, $200): For some dads, nerding out on great tunes is all they really need – and we don’t blame them. Help the guy let go of his busted old record player and level-up with Crosley’s C100. It comes with a built-in pre-amp so it’s rock-ready for any powered speaker system. Plus it's loads of other high-tech features make it a veritable playground for your aspiring audiophile.
Doggie Health Monitor for the Dog-Loving Dad (Voyce, $199): There’s been a breakthrough in pet technology: Your dad can now get valuable insight into how his best friend is feeling, thinking, acting and behaving. Voyce’s wearable tech and smartphone app (developed with bio-med engineers and dog experts) makes it possible. Cat-dads need not apply.
Custom Map for the Nostalgic Dad (Mapiful, $60 and up): Whether it’s a hometown, favorite city or vacation destination, everyone’s got a special place. Give dad a cool, minimalist map of his very own memory filled spot close to his heart with personalized text and other style choices. Plus, you get to say you designed it yourself. Very cool.
Gourmet Grilling Wagyu Set for the Grillmaster Dad (Lone Mountain Wagyu, $160): Give your dad the gift of 100 percent full-blood, American-raised Wagyu beef. It’s intensely marbled with a rich taste achieved by a low-stress environment, no hormones or antibiotics and a filling diet of corn-free grains. The set comes with two pounds of ground beef and two ribeye steaks. But for goodness sake, just make sure he doesn’t overcook them, alright?
Men’s Wristwatch for the Always On-Time Dad (Citizen, $195): Not every dad needs a flashy new piece of tech or a pricey tumbler to enjoy even pricier scotch. Some dads just value the simple elegance and “I’m as timely as I am stylish” statement of a stainless steel rose and gold timepiece with luminous hands and a striking brown leather strap.
Personal WiFi Hotspot for the Traveling Dad (Skyroam, $125 for unit, $8 and up per service day): Whether by land, sea or sky, staying connected is downright crucial while away. Skyroam is a gadget/service combo that eschews roaming fees, SIM cards, phone jailbreaks and rentals for pay-as-you-go day passes for up to five devices. Just don’t cringe when he Instagrams every moment of his travels.
‘Clean Getaway’ Subscription Box for the Outlaw Dad (Outlaw Soaps, $25 bimonthly): For the dad who values a certain rugged cleanliness and lives by his own set of rules, you can’t go wrong with a bimonthly box ($150 for a year-long subscription) that includes an outlaw skills pamphlet (like how to pull off a heist), an achievement patch, themed product samples and, of course, some kickass soaps with scents like campfire, whiskey and breakfast.
Thermal Smartphone Camera for the Tech-Forward Handy Dad (FLIR ONE, $249): For the handy dad who loves tech, why not hand him a device that turns his smartphone into a thermal camera? Whether he’s looking for leaks or clogs, why his engine is overheating, or assessing where all the “damn air conditioning” is venting out of come summertime, he’s sure to love doing the detective work himself.
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