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Father's Day Gifts That Aren't a Tie

For the father figure in your life


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The third Sunday of June is Father's Day. It's the day we celebrate the patriarchal figures in our lives. And for many of us, it's a shopping nightmare.

If you're reading this, then you've probably exhausted all the usual Father's Day fare: power tools, ties... and more ties.

So here are some gift ideas for clever household items that are a little outside the usual Father's Day box. Remember: No matter what kind of guy your dad (or father-like figure) is, there's a gift out there that's perfect for him.

I really hope they didn't get me another tie.

"I really hope they didn't get me another tie." [Photo credit: Flickr user "Fonzie's cousin" (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)]

On-the-Go Dad

This trifold bag by Wallybag can easily fit up to four suits.

This trifold bag by Wallybag can easily fit up to four suits.

When your dad needs to look his best, he probably wears a suit. But if he's traveling, he might be unwilling or unable to iron said suit. Well, you can help dad out with a trifold bag.

This piece of luggage starts like a normal garment bag, but folds down small enough to fit into an overhead compartment. A trifold bag is perfect for the dad that needs to get away—maybe even from you.

Thrifty Dad

Cap 'n' save!

Cap 'n' save!

Waste is no good, says your dad. Beer Savers is a silicon top that allows you to easily re-cap crown cork bottles. They are machine washable, contain no harsh chemicals, and fit all standard beer bottles. If your dad can't stand losing a single drop of alcohol, this might be the perfect gift for him.

Sort-of-Survivalist Dad

All you need is hot water and beans.

All you need is hot water and beans.

This is for the guy who has no access to electricity, but does have access to hot water—and wants espresso.

Sure, it's a small target market, but the people at Ahalife have come up with a solution. All you have you to do is add ground-up beans, pour in hot water, and pull the trigger. Just pull the trigger! It's that easy.

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Can't-Stay-Awake Dad

This shaving cream is TSA-safe.

This shaving cream is TSA-safe.

Did your dad fall asleep at your graduation? Mine did too, on the couch at home. Ouch.

Anyway, a company called Pacific Shaving makes a shaving cream with caffeine in it. Before you ask, yes: Studies have shown that you can absorb caffeine through the skin, at a rate of about 50% of total mass. So put some pep in your dad and get him this clever gift.

Hero Image: Flickr user "Ugardener" (CC BY-NC 2.0)

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