20 last-minute Father's Day gifts that don't require shipping
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Father’s Day comes around every year—and every year you find yourself scrambling to get your dad the perfect gift at the last minute. Remembering dates is hard! But before you shell out the big bucks for overnight shipping, consider a gift you won’t have to hand-deliver.
From unique experiences to must-have subscriptions, we’ve pulled together 20 gifts to suit a variety of dads—no gift wrapping required. Here are the best last-minute Father's Day gifts that don't require any shipping.
1. For the forever student: A MasterClass all-access pass
We all might be a little sick of online, well, everything after this past year, but for the lifelong learner, MasterClass offers an unparalleled experience. Dad can continue his education in anything from culinary arts to music production—and everything in between. For just $15 a month, you’ll open up a world of learning from some of the world’s foremost thinkers and doers. Think: A class in conservation led by Jane Goodall or a workshop about the art of performance taught by Usher. Even better, he can take classes whenever he likes.
Our Editor-in-Chief tried out a few courses from MasterClass and loved them, specifically noting, "I found the classes incredibly motivating." Our readers agree: MasterClass is consistently one of the most popular digital services they subscribe to.
2. For the superfan: A celebrity Cameo
Maybe your pops is a big Drew Brees fan. Or perhaps a Paula Abdul buff? Let’s say he’s seen every single one of Wesley Snipes’ movies. Whatever his brand of fandom, chances are you’ll be able to find his favorite celebrity on Cameo. Because, by now, it seems like just about every celebrity has jumped on the bandwagon.
How it works: you hire the celeb of your choice to record a personalized, totally unscripted video message just for dad. Prices range from pocket change to slightly staggering depending on the level of the creator’s stardom, so be prepared to shell out bigger bucks for a bigger name. We loved Cameo when we tried it, especially since you can get a fun video for a relatively inexpensive price.
3. For the coffee lover: An Angels' Cup Coffee Subscription
If a cup of joe is more his speed, your dad will dig a subscription to Angels' Cup, a subscription service that delivers custom-picked coffee beans every month. Unlike other coffee services that have you fill out online quizzes, Angels' Cup just sends beans, meaning Dad will get to try out a bunch of different beans and easily identify what works and what doesn't. From there, he can keep getting the stuff he likes most. In our testing, we determined Angels' Cup was the best coffee subscription to gift, primarily because you don't have to do an initial flavor quiz for your giftee.
4. For the oenophile: A Winc gift card
Whether your dad is the sort of wine snob who knows his tannins from his acidity or just a guy who enjoys a nice glass or two of something red in the evenings, a gift card to wine subscription service Winc will help him expand his palate. He can pick and choose a selection of vino to discover new bottles or stock up on some of his favorites.
We love Winc. When we tested the service, we found that the process of picking each wine was intuitive, fun, and informative. Deliveries arrived on time and intact, and even when the bottles didn't taste the best, the process of trying them was incredibly fun.
5. For the spice fanatic: A Heatonist subscription box
While we’re on the subscription train, we'd be remiss if we didn’t pick an option for the man who loves hot sauce. You know the one: he adds heat to everything from eggs to an already spicy chili—the hotter the better. The Hot Ones box from spice pros Heatonist curates a selection of artisanal hot sauces ranging from mild to off-the-charts hot. We’re sweating just thinking about it.
6. For the man who likes to try new things: Amazon Explore
If your dad is up for anything and always on the hunt for new experiences, well, give him one. Amazon Explore partners with a portfolio of dynamic companies across the country to curate a selection of virtual experiences for travel lovers. You can filter by location, category, and price to choose from a library of unique experiences, from exploring Italian churches in Naples to playing with koalas in Australia.
If Dad prefers online courses, Amazon Explore has those, too. We tried cooking courses from the site and loved every second of working with the live instructor. You find live lessons for cooking, Tarot card reading, and even how to take better pictures on his iPhone.
7. For the man who wants to get back to nature: A Getaway Cabin
If driving around the backcountry and spending the weekend in a secluded cabin sounds like Dad's idea of Heaven, it's time to introduce him to Getaway House. This service is like AirBnB for cabins in the woods. We tried out our own Getaway Cabin and absolutely loved the experience, from the quiet nights to the private fire pits in every house. If you know Dad could use a getaway this summer, get him one—just try not to look jealous when he shows you his pics.
8. For the home bartender: A cocktail subscription kit
Your dad doesn’t have to be a bartender to pick up mixology skills. SaloonBox is a subscription service that ships everything he needs to become a spirit master. Each box contains seasonal recipes and everything dad would need to craft a perfect cocktail. We love that you get everything you need directly in each box, from spirits to garnishes.
9. For the Law & Order lover: A Hunt a Killer subscription
If your dad fancies himself a bit of a Detective Stabler, give him the chance to prove it! Hunt a Killer is a unique, if slightly creepy, game that enlists players with one job: Investigate a murder and find out whodunit. The subscription-based game is played in installments—dad will get six boxes containing clues and directions right to his door so he can take a break from watching people solve fictional crimes and take a stab (pun intended) at solving one himself. This game has the Reviewed seal-of-approval, with our tester noting that it's fun, engaging, and perfect for true-crime lovers.
10. For the dog dad: A Bark Box subscription
Whether your dad is a lifelong dog lover or the guy who “didn’t want a dog” and can now be found dressing his four-legged bestie up in custom outfits, he’ll be sure to appreciate a subscription to Bark Box. The subscription service exclusively for pups curates a box full of unique treats and toys. (Pro tip: this month they’re offering a summer-themed “Squeakaway Camp” box.) Reviewed's Dog-in-Chief Gus approves of it, as well.
11. For the word wizard: A New York Times games subscription
If your dad is digitally savvy and loves a good crossword, give him the gift of ditching the paper and pencil and taking his games on the go. A NYT games subscription will grant him access to the daily crossword on his computer, tablet, or phone—and that’s not all. They also boast a variety of other word nerd games, including Letter Boxed and Spelling Bee (and some non-linguistic brain teasers as well).
12. For the dad about to rock: A Spotify Premium subscription
Dads who are into music tend to take their music very seriously. Whatever he’s into—classic rock, smooth jazz, hip-hop, prog-rock, disco?—give him the gift of endless online listening. Fair warning, if he’s anything like our dads, you might have to help him set it up and give him a brief tutorial, but once he’s plugged in and streaming, we guarantee he’ll be hooked. No surprises, Spotify is our pick for the best music streaming service you can buy. Bonus: Spotify is currently offering the first three months of their ad-free Premium service for free, so now’s the time to get your dad grooving digitally.
13. For the craft beer buff: A Beer Drop subscription
Dads who know their IPAs from their DIPAs and their stouts from their sours will catch a happy buzz off a subscription to Beer Drop. The brand's suds pros curate a selection of five interesting craft beers from indie breweries across the country and deliver them right to dad’s door each month. He’ll whet his whistle with a wide variety of craft brews, including some rare specialty varietals.
14. For the book worm: A Book of the Month subscription
Book of the Month curates five featured novels each month—often hotly anticipated new releases—that span a variety of genres. He’ll get a monthly email inviting him to choose one (or more!) that will then be delivered in a tidy blue package he won’t be able to keep from ripping open to get to the lit inside. One of our editors is obsessed with Book of the Month, noting that she looks forward to picking her new book every month.
15. For the whisky lover: A Flaviar subscription
If your pops can tell the difference between a single and double malt with a mere sniff, he’ll raise his glass to a subscription to Flaviar, an exclusive spirits club that features drinks not sold anywhere else. The brand aims to shine a spotlight on spirits you've likely got little access to at home. Still not convinced? Tony Hawk is a member of this exclusive society, which is, frankly, just cool.
16. For the would-be chef: A Home Chef gift card
If dad’s culinary skills extend to popping a frozen dinner in the microwave—but he wants to level up—a Home Chef gift card will help. We’ve tried a whole bunch of meal delivery kits, and Home Chef is our favorite. They’ll ship healthful, high-quality ingredients and easy-to-follow (even for the culinarily challenged) recipes to his home each week. Plus, he can customize his weekly menus according to dietary restrictions or preferences.
17. For the cheese fanatic: A Murray’s Cheese Classic Cheese of the Month Club subscription
If your dad prefers a sharp cheddar to a cheesy dad joke, gift him a monthly subscription to this cheese of the month club. We’re partial to the Cheeseboard of the Month option, perfect for a dad who likes to entertain, which features a monthly selection of cheeses, charcuterie items, and accompaniments, plus step-by-step instructions on how to properly cut and serve all the goodies. Cheese, please!
18. For the raw bar buff: A monthly membership to Oyster Cult
For some people, raw oysters are one of the most sought-after delicacies. For others, kind of like a shot of runny snot. If your dad falls in the former category, he’ll be pleased as shuck to receive a monthly membership to Cult, which pack a selection of fresh, peak season oysters in ice and ships them right to his door. Their packages start at 20 oysters per month, but you can upgrade to 40 or more if you think he’d prefer a selection of different oyster varieties.
19. For the snack attacker: A subscription to SnackNation
What’s better than a big box of snacks? Honestly, not much. If your dad is an avid snacker, get him a subscription to SnackNation, which will deliver him a big box of 15 different (healthy adjacent) snacks each month. Think Pirate’s Booty, Pop Chips, Country Archer turkey jerky, and more.
20. For the dad obsessed with grooming: A Dollar Shave Club membership
Dollar Shave Club is known for its razors, but the men-focused grooming company will also ship a variety of skin, body, and hair care products to dad’s house. It even sells its own floss! Gift him a full membership, a gift card, or a gift box of products to get him started.
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