21 Gifts Fathers Actually Want for Father’s Day

published Jun 10, 2023
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Dads — whether they’re biological, adopted, step-, or otherwise — are a special group. They’ve cheered us on at our soccer games and taught us how to change a tire before we could even drive. These father figures deserve a big hug and some special treatment on Father’s Day (which falls on Sunday, June 18, this year), so we’ve come up with some of our favorite gadgets and goodies that dads will love, from a smokeless fire pit for the backyard to a sleek bike helmet that’s almost as smart as Dad himself.

Gifts Under $20

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If your Dad (like mine) makes a point of asking for his food at the spiciest level whenever he goes out, give him a hot sauce sampler that will blow his head off. Melinda’s Extreme Fiery Collection includes habanero, ghost pepper, and scorpion pepper sauces so your resident pepperhead can reenact his favorite episodes of Hot Ones.

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Apple App Store

While Dad might already have all the fitness equipment he could ever need, this gift builds on that with something much better — a sense of community. The Strava App will help Dad track his fitness goals and connect with other Strava users to find extra support, whether he’s into running, cycling, or hiking.

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Give Dad the gift of Michael Chabon’s razor-sharp prose in this collection of essays on fatherhood, that will have your old man all up in his feels by the time he flips the last page.

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Ideal for a WFH dad who’s always letting his coffee get cold, this desktop coffee warmer keeps beverages hot for hours and can warm up a neglected mug in under two minutes.

Gifts $20 to $40

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Cotopaxi has Dad’s number, and this slick, fashionable cap will keep the sun out of his eyes all summer long. The hat, which features a curved brim and adjustable strap, is available in three colors, all of which are Pop-approved.

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Uncommon Goods

If your dad loves to see things grow, he’ll definitely get a kick out of this oyster mushroom growing log. All he has to do is keep the log in a damp, shady spot, and this fun guy will be enjoying his own fungi in no time!

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Herschel Supply Co.

It’s time to let Dad in on the fanny pack trend with a manny pack he’ll love. This one, from Herschel, is a nice, compact size that neatly stows all of Dad’s essentials, and it’s available in 17 colorways, so you’re sure to find one that fits his vibe.

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Williams Sonoma

This is one of those gifts that may benefit you more than Dad, as you’ll be the beneficiary of his bivalve bounty; but he’ll certainly appreciate the craftsmanship of this acacia wood-handled oyster shucking knife from Williams Sonoma in collaboration with fashion designer Billy Reid.

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Give Dad’s old beer coozie a huge upgrade with this insulated stainless steel cooler cup, which snugly fits a 12-ounce can, keeping it cold (or hot!) for hours. The cooler cup also converts to function as a drinking cup and is compatible with other HydroFlask lids.

Gifts $40+

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Solo Stove
was $399.99

From fireside ghost stories to s’mores night, this will quickly become a gift for the whole family, but Dad will feel extra special knowing you got this sleek, smokeless fire pit for him. Already rocking a fire pit? Consider upgrading it with the Pi Fire pizza oven attachment.

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was $112.45

All dads need hammocks. I don’t make the rules! Just make sure your pop has the perfect hammock for long afternoons swaying in the yard. This 100% cotton hammock includes a steel stand, so you don’t have to worry about finding trees to hang it from.

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Uncommon Goods

If your father figure is a budding cartographer, he’ll appreciate this set of drinking glasses (rocks, pint, or wine) customized with a map of his hometown.

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If Dad has been eyeing the kids’ LEGO sets, give him the ultimate hive of scum and villainy that he can build himself, brick by brick. This build will take Dad soaring back to his childhood for hours of fun that he just might share with the kiddos.

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This smart cycling helmet will keep Dad safe and stylish no matter where he rides. The helmet includes lights, crash detection, weather monitoring, and a clever magnetic buckle, and it’s a perfect way to show some love for the guy who helped you move on from your training wheels.

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We’ve all heard Dad singing in the shower, and it sure is ... something. Give him back-up vocals (or maybe he’s more of a podcast guy — this is great for that too!) with a waterproof speaker for the shower. The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Speaker provides 14 hours of listening time that sounds great, inside or outdoors.

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Best Buy

He started with an original Nintendo, and he’s come a long way since. Give your gamer dad the gift he really, truly wants, and maybe you’ll get lucky and he’ll let you play too.

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Bean Box

The unspoken rule of the house is, don’t talk to Dad until he’s had his coffee, so make sure that coffee is the best it can be with a subscription to Bean Box’s Coffee of the Month Club, which delivers 12 ounces of whole-bean or pre-ground coffee every month, plus tasting notes and brewing tips to help Dad unleash his inner barista.

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The North Face

These are the slippers we bought for my husband for Father’s Day during the pandemic, and he’s still happy with them three years later. These cozy, insulated slippers transition well from indoors to outdoors while looking stylish and, dare we say, hip.

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Dads have a solution for everything, and that’s thanks in part to always having the right tools in hand or, in this case, in their pocket. A Leatherman should be an obligatory item of Dad apparel, so make sure yours has one of these, which includes Needlenose and regular pliers, hard and regular wire cutters, a wire stripper, a knife, a package opener, a wood/metal file, can and bottle openers, a ruler, Phillips screwdrivers, and more.

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For a guy who loves the great outdoors, you need a camp stove that’s practical and cool, and the BioLite EcoZoom Versa checks both of those boxes with an efficient one-burner stove that packs up nicely for travel. The stove is meant to burn wood or charcoal and handle cast iron pans for the ultimate campside cooking experience.

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Pit Command

If Dad already has his fire pit on lock, upgrade the tools he uses to tend it with this awesome fire pit tool from Pit Command. The tool, which is available in four colors, includes an ax, a serrated hook for maneuvering big logs, and a poker for keeping the fire going — all in one convenient handheld tool that Dad will love showing off and using.