10 Father's Day gifts that dads actually want
Give him something he'll really love
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Back when I was a kid, the choices for Father's Day gifts were pretty much limited to ties, socks, and homemade ashtrays (yes, I'm that old). While I'm sure that my dad appreciated the lumpy clay ashtrays I gave him year after year—despite the fact that he never smoked—I'm almost positive that he would have far preferred receiving a gift that he actually wanted.
These days there are lots of choices for great gifts for all different kinds of dads. I polled all the dads in my life to find out what they really want for Father's Day this year, so you can rest assured that he's really going to enjoy unwrapping what your "kids" buy him.
1. Beer of the Month subscription
Our editor-in-chief says the only thing he wants for Father's Day this year is a subscription to the Craft Beer Club. If the dad in your life is a beer lover, too, he'll be thrilled to receive monthly shipments of unique craft beers delivered right to his door. Each shipment includes three bottles of four different craft beers—12 bottles total—and the company does its best to find out-of-the-ordinary brewers producing exceptional beers.
2. A great coffee maker
My husband has always been a coffee drinker, but since having kids his caffeine consumption has definitely gone up—significantly. If the dad in your life loves a great cup of java, splurge on our favorite coffeemaker, the Technivorm Mochamaster. It's handmade in the Netherlands and brews the perfect cup of joe, the best gift for a very tired father.
3. Silly socks
Dads with a sense of humor will get a kick out of Face Socks. Have his face custom printed on a pair of bright and colorful socks, or—better yet—have the kids faces printed on the "World's Best Dad" pair. These have been one of the most requested gifts from the dads in my parenting group, so while it may seem silly, they're universally loved.
4. A Theragun
Parenting comes with a lot of aches and pains, especially if you have big kids who constantly want to roughhouse. Since you can't give the gift of an actual massage thanks to COVID-19, soothe his aching back with a Theragun. With plenty of force (we tested it) and a companion App for iPhone and Android, this is the massage gun that five different dads have requested this year.
5. His own drone
I personally don't get the appeal of drones, but my kids and my husband are obsessed and have been begging for one for months. I'm finally caving and getting our favorite drone, Potensic T25. It's got GPS, a 1080p camera, and great stability. Plus, it's a variable speed drone so it can fly fast and slow. Here's hoping my kids don't get it stuck in a tree before Father's Day is over.
6. A perfect pizza oven
If money is no object, and you're looking for the ultimate splurge-worthy gift, you can't go wrong with the Breville Smart Oven Pizzaiolo. Sure, we all dream of having wood-fired pizza ovens in our backyard, but if you want great pizza from the comfort of your regular ol' kitchen, this gadget delivers it. Dads who are pizza lovers will absolutely flip for this gift—and the kids will probably eat what he cooks in it.
7. A spacious tent
With fancy vacations out of the realm of possibility this summer, lots of families are planning to go camping. Whether you're seasoned campers or just want to get back to nature in your backyard, a new tent is a great gift for the dad who's ready for an adventure. Three different dads I know have requested the REI Grand Hut 4 Tent as a gift this year. It's reasonably priced, easy to set up, and has room for the whole family.
8. Father and son matching swim trunks
If you need any proof that social media ads are effective, Tom & Teddy targeted me with their father and son matching swimsuits and I totally took the bait. These are colorful, cute, and a great gift for a dad of boys. I went with the navy blue and light green palm tree print, and I can't wait to see how cute my husband and son look wearing these at the beach.
9. A garden kit
If he's been wanting to get into gardening, but isn't sure where to start—or you don't have a yard—get him a mushroom growing kit from Back to the Roots. We started growing mushrooms with one of these kits a few months ago, and you're practically guaranteed success—as well as a lot of fungi. If he's not a mushroom-lover, or you just want to try something more adventurous, you can opt for their summer gardening collection instead. Either way, it's a great introduction to growing your own food, and it's fun for the kids to help as well.
10. The world's best knives
If the dad in your life loves to cook, but he doesn't have a set of truly outstanding knives, Father's Day is a great time to remedy that situation. He'll be amazed at what a difference having high-quality knives can make for both his prep work, and how much more evenly the ingredients cook. My husband is a chef, and the only thing he's asked for this year is the Kanpeki Knife set. A favorite of sushi chefs, these knives have handcrafted Japanese steel blades. The set includes a 7-inch vegetable knife, an 8.5-inch slicing knife, and a 5-inch utility knife, plus a whetstone for sharpening.
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