Father’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to show appreciation for the dad, grandparent, husband or other special man in your life. And to solve the annual dilemma: what do you get the man who has everything he needs?
To help answer that question, this gift guide is packed with ideas for older dads that include plenty of picks for the young at heart. Regardless of your budget, we’ve got you covered with some creative tokens of appreciation for the dads on your list.
$25 and Under
Dad may enjoy blasting away unwanted nose and ear hair with Fred’s Atomic Trimmer. This bright red device has the look of a retro space gun, but the stainless steel blades and cut are anything but old-fashioned. It’s housed in a “futuristic” window box and comes equipped with an AA battery, ready for use.
To order: Fred & Friends
If your dad is a liquor connoisseur, he’ll appreciate the Whiskey Wedge by Corkcicle. This wedged silicone mold creates a large triangle of ice that will chill his favorite drink better than a cold glass and won’t water it down like smaller ice cubes. It fits perfectly into tumbler glasses and even comes with a double old-fashioned glass.
To order: Bed Bath & Beyond
Portable phone charger
There’s nothing worse than a dead phone battery when you need to send a quick text or navigate a car trip. To avoid these situations, give your dad the gift of a portable battery pack, like the Kodiak Mini charger by Outdoor Tech. It’s waterproof, water-resistant, and fits in your pocket. The charger is available in multiple colors and comes with a USB cable and manual.
If Dad just isn’t himself without his morning cup of joe, he will definitely enjoy this monthly “tour” of Seattle’s top coffees from the Bean Box. Each month, the company’s experts choose four different gourmet coffees and deliver a half pound freshly roasted along with brewing tips and an artisan chocolate. You can order for one month or more; shipping in the U.S. is free.
Cost: $23 for one month
To order: Bean Box
Personalized Leather Coasters
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If watermarks on the coffee table drive Dad nuts, you can help stop the madness by getting him a set of four personalized coasters. These sophisticated "Initially Yours" coasters can be marked with his initials or a name of up to 10 letters.
To order: personalcreations.com
The Tile locator is the perfect gift for the man who’s constantly looking for his keys, wallet or phone. When you attach the Tile to an item, it can be located by sound if it’s close by. If it’s farther away, you can use the Tile app to see its last known location. The locator has a year warranty with no battery replacement. After a year, he can upgrade to the Tile’s latest technology.
To order: Tile
$26 - $100
Does Dad enjoy being a well-groomed traveler? Then the Travel Essentials kit from Baxter of California may be just the gift for him. There’s no need to worry about pesky TSA regulations when he flies, since the kit comes with 2-ounce units of all the essentials: face wash, moisturizer, shave formula, after-shave balm and shampoo.
To order: Baxter of California
TCHO-a-day chocolate set
Everyone knows that dark chocolate is good for you, right? Why not do your part to give Dad a tasty health boost this Father’s Day with a 90-day supply of assorted TCHO Dark PureNotes chocolate bars. TCHO toutes their chocolates’ eco-friendlieness, too – they are grown ethically and single-sourced.
Cost: $34.99 for 90-day supply
To order: Amazon
Death Star Waffle Maker
Photo courtesy of ThinkGeek
This compact waffle maker is the perfect gift for any Star Wars lover. The ThinkGeek Death Star Waffle Maker turns an ordinary waffle into a Concave Dish Composite Beam Superlaser (like the one used on the Death Star). Even if Dad’s not a chef, this waffle maker is simple to use with non-stick plates and a light indicator that lets him know when it’s ready to use.
To order: ThinkGeek
IPA Brewing Kit
Photo courtesy of UncommonGoods
Give Dad a taste of the Pacific with Uncommon Goods’ West Coast Style IPA Beer Brewing Kit. The kit comes with everything he’ll need to cook up his own ale: equipment and malt extract, grains, yeast and hops straight from the Yakima Valley. He can make one gallon or 10 12-ounce bottles of brew with citrus, fruity, floral and spicy notes.
To order: Uncommon Goods
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If Dad used to play tennis but can’t anymore, or just wants to try a new activity that is fun yet competitive, pickleball may be the game for him. The game gives him an excuse to get out, active and on the court this summer. Paddles from Selkirk Sport come in a range of prices, colors and styles, any of which your dad will be proud to carry on the court.
Cost: $50 and up
To order: Selkirk Sport
An easy-to-use cell phone (Sponsored)
Give the gift of safety and peace of mind this Father’s Day and save 25 percent on the Jitterbug Flip from GreatCall, creators of the original easy-to-use cell phone. A Health & Safety Package lets you turn the Jitterbug Flip into a personal safety device. With 5Star Service, in any uncertain or unsafe situation, simply press the 5Star button to speak immediately to a highly trained Urgent Response Agent. The agent will confirm the location, evaluate the situation and send help, 24/7. The Jitterbug Flip’s bigger buttons, a larger screen and easily navigable menu makes it easier to stay connected. Plus, there are no contracts and no cancellation fees.
To order: GreatCall.com
A Portable Cane
Photo courtesy of Fashionable Canes
This stylish folding cane is perfect for movers and shakers. Dad can use it both at home and on the go – it’s made to fold up so he can easily stash it in a backpack or shopping bag. It’s also adjustable to fit his height and has a padded handle and rubber tip that won’t leave marks on the floor. And weighing in at less than 1 pound, its designers say it’s "one of the lightest folding canes ever manufactured."
Cost: $86.95 To order: Fashionable Canes
Grilling and chilling
Photo courtesy of Picnic Time
Dad’s ultimate companion for tailgating and picnicking has arrived. The Buccaneer Picnic Time cooler and barbecue set is a tote fully loaded with: a water-resistant cooler that holds up to 24 12-ounce cans, portable charcoal grill with lid, three large zippered pockets for storage, a cord to carry a blanket, pair of tongs, barbecue fork and large spatula with bottle opener and grill scraper.
To order: Amazon
Some cool shades
If you want your father to keep his eyes protected in style this summer, consider treating him to a pair of sunglasses from Warby Parker. The company offers a wide array of frames and fits and even lets him try them on for size. The way it works: you pick five pairs you think he’ll like, they ship them to Dad and he can try them out and return the ones he doesn’t like.
Cost: starting at $99
To order: Warby Parker
It’s hard to watch TV these days without seeing a commercial with someone who just found out they’re related to a key historical figure or has an unknown sibling. If your dad is interested in family history, he can learn more about his origins with a kit like those from 23 and Me. He’ll be sent a kit that takes his saliva and in just a couple of months, provides a report with his ancestral history and list of relatives with the same DNA.
To order: 23 and Me
Bushnell Neo XS GPS Watch
This watch could be a game-changer for anyone who’s serious about improving their golf game. The watch’s GPS system is pre-loaded with more than 33,000 golf courses in 30 countries. It provides information including front/center/back and hazard/layup distances, plus an odometer that tracks his distance and speed. It automatically adjusts as he moves between holes, and the battery is designed to last for more than three rounds between charges.
To order: World Wide Golf Shops
Virtual Reality Controller
Dad will truly be on the cutting edge with the Samsung Gear VR controller. The accompanying handheld controller responds to his movements in the virtual experience – allowing him to feel like he’s pointing, lifting and grabbing objects as he moves. The Gear VR will let him experience the world from home when he can’t get out or feels like staying in.
To order: Samsung
If your family recipes are scribbled on note cards and scraps of paper, you can organize them in an artful, personalized book for Dad this Father’s Day. Honey & Hive Creations makes the process simple – you provide them a list of family and friends you would like to contribute, they reach out and get recipes and stories, create a cookbook with 30 to 40 recipes and ship it to Dad.
Cost: Starts at $150
To order: Honey and Hive Creations
Monthly reading club
If your dad is an avid reader, this may be the ideal gift for him. Through the Book of the Month Club, new selections are announced at the beginning of the month and Dad can choose from categories like history, thrillers, travel and true crime and receive one hardcover pick each month. If he’s really voracious, he can even purchase up to two more for himself each month.
Cost: first month $5, then $14.99 per month thereafter
To order: Book of the Month Club
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This old-school-meets-new-media turntable is perfect for dads who are music lovers. Crosley’s Patriarch will give Dad a range of musical options. He can play his classic records on the three-speed turntable, use the CD player, radio, or even plug in his phone to hear tunes on the built-in speakers housed in this luxurious wood cabinet.
To order: Crosley