I’ve only been the father of a tiny human for a little over a year, but I’ve received many great Father’s Day gifts over the years! I think of fatherhood as many things, whether you’re the one giving or recieving. Like, loving a pet, niece, nephew or family friend with your whole heart. Being a mentor. Being mentored. Caring for another and being cared for, too. Any of these gets you into the club as far as I’m concerned. So I’ve personally assembled a list of gifts that would show all of the father-figures out there how much they’re appreciated! Small tokens for all the good they put into the world.
1| A waterproof mini speaker that I love and comes in so. many. colors. This small but mighty lil’ guy stays clipped to my toolbag so we’ve got jams no matter where we’re working. Currently $20 off with free one-day shipping!
2| Kim won’t stop raving about her Allbirds, so I’ll probably need a pair (in navy!), too. They’re washable! Like, you can literally throw them in the washing machine, and they come out shiny and new again. How cool is that?
3| Keep the dad wagon looking fresh with this complete car care kit. Pops can finally get rid of those ratty old bath towels. It comes with a freaking foam gun!
4| A great new bedtime book that’s as much for him as it is the kids – especially when the 793rd reading of Pout Pout Fish was one too many. Also, it’ll probably get him right in the feels. I’m not crying! You’re crying.
5| This smart lightbulb starter pack will keep Dad’s inner nerd happy all year long. We have ours set to turn on for evening mood lighting and off for bedtime – automatically. It’s as easy as screwing in a light bulb. Neat! 11% off with free shipping!
6| This Walter White stamp is a wordless, quirky nod to one of the greatest (the greatest?) television dramas of all time. He’s the one who knocks.
7| This monthly mystery record subscription service keeps the musical surprises coming! Pajama dance party, anyone?
8| For the dad who likes things spooky, this customized zombie family portrait celebrates the happily undead family!
9| Our favorite soft-sided cooler keeps groceries, leftovers and frosty beverages chilly for an impossibly long time. Not too big, not too small. Many colors available but the khaki/green/orange combo has a classic, retro vibe that we love.
10| Lucy’s favorite bike seat keeps us pedaling as a family! We bought a second adapter so the seat can be easily moved between the big red family tandem and my city bike. She squeals with delight every time she sees the bikes come out!
11| This handsome canvas weekender bag has just enough space for the necessities, all wrapped up in a simple, low-key package. (But which color? Golden? Green? Black?) This might be the perfect bag for trips to Tree House, Kim! Hint. Hint.
12| If dad takes as much pride in his grilling as I do, the logical next step is perfecting his french fry game, right? This air fryer will help him on his way with less mess! Almost 30% off with free shipping!
13| This is our favorite all-around kitchen knife. As in, we rarely reach for another! A well balanced 5″ Santoku does nearly everything well. Make cooking easier, quicker and safer with proper cutlery! 50% off with free shipping!
14| This work jacket will keep the chill off and keep dad’s favorite shirt clean no matter the weather. Plus, it just feels good slipping on a canvas shirt-jacket (shacket?) for a day of DIY!
15| All I really want for Father’s Day is a tandem bike ride to my favorite brewery with my favorite ladies. Bikes are fun. Beer is good for the soul. Family is everything.
To all of you dads, uncles and father-figures out there – Happy Father’s Day. And please, keep being rad!
Shame about the misused apostrophe in number 8 :(