20 Father’s Day gifts from Amazon that will make it there by Sunday
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When it comes to picking the perfect Father’s Day gift, we dads can be notoriously hard to shop for. Thankfully, we’re here to help you cut through the clutter and find a present your pops will absolutely love, whether he knows to ask for it or not.
Below, we’ve picked a collection of must-have items for Fathers Day 2021, with offerings ranging from high-quality drinking vessels to powerful pocket-sized projectors and everything in between. We’ve included items at a variety of price points, so there’s something for every budget, and for dads of all ages. And the best part about each of these picks is that you can get them on Amazon today—putting them at your doorstep in plenty of time for June 20.
Here are the 20 best Father’s Day gifts you can buy on Amazon right now and still get in time for Father’s Day.
1. For the dad who wants to be handy: Our favorite affordable tool kit
My wife and I have spent the better part of the last four years renovating a 1955 bungalow. One of my biggest takeaways from the experience, as a person with fairly limited fix-it skills prior to 2017, is that it really helps a lot to have the right tool for a given job. There are more extensive (and expensive) kits on the market, but this tool kit from Cartman gives you all the essentials, all in one place, which is really all you need for most basic home projects—that’s why we named it our best affordable starter toolkit. We especially loved how this kit came with nine interchangeable screwdriver heads.
2. For the dad who needs to drink more water: A colorful Hydro Flask
According to the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the average adult male needs to drink 3.7 liters of liquids—about a gallon—to achieve “adequate” daily fluid intake. That kind of water consumption can be a challenge for anyone, but it helps a lot when you start with a durable, high-capacity bottle. My go-to in that space is the Hydro Flask 32 oz Wide Mouth Bottle, and in my case, I prefer it with a straw lid, which you can get for just 10 bucks. The Hydro Flask is one of the best water bottles we’ve tested in our labs. Your dad will still need to drink four of those a day to hit the official recommendation, but even if he doesn’t get there every day, he’ll always know that his water is cold.
3. For the dad who loves to golf: Accessories he’ll use on the course
I have golfed since I was a kid, so you would think by now I would have figured out how to keep a decent towel on hand for every round. Unfortunately, golf towels get left on greens, at “19th hole” clubhouse happy hours, and in parking lots all the time, leaving dads like me with dirty clubs and nothing to clean them with the next time they hit the course. And it’s not just a matter of cosmetics; dirt in the grooves of the club face will only make a hard game harder.
These highly-rated Microfiber Greens Towels come in a three-pack and include a carabiner for dad’s bag or belt loop. It’s the kind of gift he might not even know he wants, but he’ll be glad he’s got it when he needs it, which can also be said of the Pelican Golf Ball Retriever. Golf balls aren’t cheap, especially if you’re playing a premium model, and sometimes the difference between your $4 ball and a permanent stay in the pond is one of these handy tools. It’ll pay for itself retrieving dad’s lost golf balls—possibly by the time he finishes the front nine at his next outing—so go ahead and add one to his bag.
4. For the dad whose phone always needs a charge: A powerful portable charger
As we grow increasingly attached to our phones and tablets, a backup battery is always a clutch thing to have on hand, especially on those days where you need it more than once. I keep an Anker PowerCore 13000 Portable Charger on hand and find it’s good for at least a couple trips from red to green, and if your dad’s a super-user when it comes to his smartphone—or if he just might want a little more battery insurance—higher-capacity models are available.
5. For the dad who needs a good night’s sleep: Our favorite affordable pillows
Life can be hard, and at the end of the day, we could all benefit from a good night’s sleep. But if your dad is like my dad, he’s not the kind of guy who’s going to buy himself high-quality pillows, even if he desperately needs them. These Beckham Hotel Collection Bed Pillows were our the best affordable pillows we tested and likely represent a big step up from his existing situation. For me, the perfect gift combines usefulness with unexpectedness, and “nice pillows for Father’s Day” checks both those boxes. Dad might look a little thrown off when he opens the gift, but by the next morning, he’ll understand.
6. For the scruffy dad: This beard and nose trimmer with a huge following
As a bearded person, I know a thing or two about beard trimmers, and I’ve had a couple bad ones over the years. I also grew up watching my dad shave the stubble on his bald head with the same Wahl “Peanut” trimmer—heck, he might still have it now—so I inherently trust the brand. This particular Wahl model, the Stainless Steel Lithium Ion+ Beard and Nose Trimmer, has a sleek, sturdy design and offers more in the way of bells and whistles, including a nose hair attachment that’ll bring out the kid in any father. Plus the battery life is incredible and it leaves a clean, precise trim, making it our testers’ best beard trimmer pick. Simply put: If he’s got hair on his face, your dad needs one of these in his Dopp kit.
7. For the dad who appreciates a good sandal: A pair of sturdy Birkenstocks
I was born, raised, and live in Florida, where sandals might as well be part of the Official State Outfit, and these Unisex Arizona Soft Footbed Birkenstocks have basically turned into the only sandals I ever wear anymore since I received them as a gift, myself. They’re comfortable, come in lots of colors, and, importantly, are easy to slip on and off, which comes in handy more often than you’d think. The only time I wear different sandals, you ask? Only when I’m wearing my Birkenstock Arizona Essentials EVA Sandals, which are inexpensive and waterproof, making them my go-to yard-mowing and beach-going kicks.
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8. For the dad who could use a massage: This affordable massage gun
A luxurious spa day is a fine gift unto itself, but for less than the cost of a single resort massage, your dad could also have the VYBE Pro massage gun, our best value massage gun in testing. The VYBE Pro has nine speeds and comes with eight attachments, so your dad should be able to work out whatever muscle aches and knots he throws at it. The device is on the large side for a massage gun but is now unwieldy. However, if portability is an important factor, your dad might prefer the Theragun Mini instead.
9. For the dad who thinks he’s a chef: The best chef’s knife on the market
Watch enough episodes of Chopped and cooking starts to look pretty easy, but your dad is never going to make it to the dessert round with a subpar kitchen knife. A full high-end knife set could run you well into the hundreds, but a good chef’s knife is a good place to start, and this J.A. Henckels 8-inch Classic Chef Knife has thousands of five-star Amazon reviews vouching for it. For an extra $35, you also can upgrade to the three-piece set, which includes a 6-inch utility knife, a 4-inch paring knife and even more flexibility in the kitchen.
10. For the grillmaster dad: A high-quality burger press
The term “Juicy Lucy” is often used to describe a cheese-stuffed burger—a nod to the Minneapolis burger joint that’s said to have coined the term. But regardless of whether your dad gives it a special name or not, it’ll be a lot easier for him to make one at home with a Cuisinart CSBP-100 3-in-1 Stuffed Burger Press. It’s an inexpensive, easy-to-use tool that’ll leave you with the perfect stuffed burger patty every time—just remind pops to let the cheese cool before he bites into his first creation.
11. For the dad who enjoys entertaining outdoors: An adorable mini projector
When the weather is nice and there’s a big game on, it’s fun to sit outside and watch the action on a projector, particularly if you’re hosting friends or family for the festivities. The Nebula Capsule II Smart Mini Projector is by no means a budget option—and there are great projectors at a variety of price points —but this particular one impressed me with the power it packs (including high-quality audio) in a cylinder that’s not much bigger than an aluminum can.
Because of its size, the Capsule II doesn’t require assembly or much space to set up, and it can project up to a 100-inch full-HD screen in ideal lighting, with up to three hours of completely wireless video play time on a single charge. And when it comes to flexibility, it’s tough to beat the Capsule II’s one-second auto-focus and keystone correction features, which make it easy to use from wherever it needs to sit.
12. For the dad who wears fun socks: These hilarious socks
A good pair of socks can sometimes be the perfect complement to an outfit, and one of the things I love about Rock ‘Em Socks is that there’s literally a pattern for any occasion, with everything from licensed team logos to pro wrestling stars and dozens of other funky patterns available for purchase on Amazon. I received these Florida-Themed socks as a gift once, and the socks are high-quality and always get compliments from others who appreciate an occasional break from the traditional Gold-Toe dress socks.
13. For the stressed dad: One of the best weighted blankets you can buy
We’ve tested lots of different weighted blankets, and the 12-pound YnM Weighted Blanket is our favorite affordable option because of its effectiveness and durability, not to mention its budget-friendly price tag relative to some of the higher-end models in that marketplace.
The YnM product is offered in weights ranging from 5 to 30 pounds; my experience is that the 12-to-15 pound range is fine for me, but your dad’s results may vary depending on his stature and preferences. I was not initially a believer in the ways of the weighted blanket prior to using one, but it only took one use to get on board. So if you’ve got a dad whose stress keeps him up at night, this blanket might be the perfect solution.
14. For the new dad: Drew Magary’s hilarious—and poignant—memoir
I’ve long been a fan of Drew Magary’s writing, particularly when it comes to fatherhood and parenting, and his 2013 memoir, Someone Could Get Hurt, has become a go-to recommendation of mine — and even sometimes a welcome-to-fatherhood gift — for reader friends who are new to the business of being a dad. It’s by no means a parenting guide, so don’t consider it a how-to. Rather, it’s a hilarious and relatable take on fatherhood from a talented author with a gift for storytelling and a lot of experience to draw from.
It’s a quick read and one I can’t recommend highly enough, especially for young or new fathers looking for perspective.
15. For the audiophile dad: A record player
Not everyone who listens to music does so with a discerning ear, but if your dad enjoys his tunes on vinyl—in their most natural, uncompressed form—the Fluance RT82 record player is something he needs to have right alongside his prized record collection. We rated it our best record player because it’s solidly built and performs in line with models boasting a much higher price tag, and with a five-star Amazon rating, there are clearly plenty of other believers on board.
16. For the dad who lives on his iPad: The coveted Apple Pencil
Part of my morning routine (when possible) is to finish the New York Times crossword in the Times iPad app. And while I had pre-purchase concerns about the Apple Pencil and its usefulness relative to its cost, in practice, I’ve found it to be well worth the investment — a critical tool not only for the crossword (where it really helps provide a more authentic puzzle experience) but in a host of other applications, as well.
As one example, the Apple Pencil’s pressure and tilt sensitivity make it a unique tool for use in art and drawing applications, which I’ve found to be a relaxing distraction on days where I’ve reached my limit. And in the office, I use the Apple Pencil almost daily when taking handwritten notes in the Notes app, which allows for native searching later on. If your dad’s primary use for his iPad is scrolling Twitter and watching Netflix, you can probably get away with a more affordable stylus, but if he’s a power-user (and lives in the Apple ecosystem), go with the cream of the crop.
17. For the dad who likes to read outside: Our favorite Kindle
There are a lot of things to like about the Kindle Paperwhite, our selection for best overall among Kindle’s product offerings, but for me, the biggest benefit of the Paperwhite over a traditional tablet is its E-Ink display, which eliminates the issue of glare when outdoors—arguably the biggest drawback of the more robust tablet offerings on the market.
Whether it’s on my back porch, at the beach or anywhere else under the sun, I find reading to be most relaxing outdoors, but the glare on most tablets can make doing so a challenge, even if you’re in the shade. That’ll never be a problem with the Paperwhite.
18. For the dad who likes his drink colder, longer: A durable tumbler from YETI
Just like the Hydro Flask is a spectacular option when it comes to meeting my daily hydration goals, the YETI 30-ounce Rambler tumbler is my typical go-to for pretty much anything that’s not water, whether that’s my iced coffee in the morning, an all-day cocktail by the smoker on Saturday or something in between.
There are other fine insulated travel mugs available at a variety of price points, and I’ve had a number of them, but when it comes to performance and dishwasher durability, the YETI product never disappoints, although I would advise picking up a $10 Magslider lid for the cup, as well as some reusable stainless steel straws. Just make sure you get some that are taller than the cup.
19. For the pitmaster dad: A Wi-Fi enabled thermometer
Another tool that’ll make that afternoon by the smoker as easy and enjoyable as possible? A good bluetooth meat thermometer that allows you to keep an eye on your grill and meat temperatures remotely without constantly releasing precious heat and smoke from the grill.
At my house, I roll with the tag team of a Kamado Joe smoker and a ThermoWorks Smoke thermometer, however, ThermoWorks products aren’t currently available on Amazon. So if you’re looking for Prime delivery, go with the MEATER Plus, which boasts equally positive ratings at a similar price point. It’s also totally wireless, which is not true of the probes on many meat thermometers, which is appealing for those who would rather not be hassled with cords.
20. For the dad who just wants some silence: The best wireless headphones on the market
A good pair of noise-canceling headphones won’t come cheap, but when it comes to working in peace—especially when doing so from home—they can quickly become a necessity. Sony’s WH-1000XM4 over-ear headphones are our best overall noise-canceling headphones, offering the perfect mix of lightweight, all-day comfort, high-quality audio and unmatched noise cancellation. Its quick-charge battery will also give your dad five hours of juice on a 10-minute charge, and with other bells and whistles like adjustable EQ and speak-to-chat settings helping it stand out from the rest of the noise-canceling headphone crowd.
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