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Whether you call him “Pop,” “Dada,” “Padre,” or “Dad,” there’s one thing we can all agree on — dads are pretty darn awesome. And while of course we love them 365 days of the year, it’s always nice to shower them with a little extra love on Father’s Day.
But let’s be real: Dads aren’t always the easiest to shop for. That’s why we’ve rounded up this list of creative and functional gifts that are bound to put a smile on Pop’s face.
All of these picks were chosen with love by the Healthline Parenthood editorial staff. Keeping a variety of price points in mind, we made sure there was something in this guide for dads of all types.
- $ = under $50
- $$ = $50–$100
- $$$ = over $100
“Goodr sunglasses are lightweight, polarized, and great for golf, running, or chasing kids around the backyard,” says Parenthood’s VP Dria Barnes. “The best part is the price point, and if you’re feeling fancy you can get him fun colors or a matching family set.”
Price: $ (monthly payment)
If you’re shopping for a dad who’s obsessed with their wearable fitness tracker, they might be ready to level-up to a WHOOP strap. Beloved by pro athletes and weekend warriors alike, this simple, faceless strap provides what’s easily the most intricate data in the wearable tracker game.
WHOOP works by tracking your heart rate variability, resting heart rate, and sleep to provide a daily “Strain Score” (read: how your body responds to things like stress, travel, work, and exercise) and prioritizes your recovery as much as your workouts. Move over, Iron Man.
Revered as “the best putting mat ever” by pro golf coach Cameron McCormick, the Wellputt Golf Mat is a great way for golfing dads to perfect their stroke from home. The accompanying Wellputt app coaches through speed control and aiming exercises, as well as over 50 practice exercises.
“My husband just got this and loves it,” says Parenthood editorial director Jamie Webber. “It’s ideal for busy dads who can’t get to the golf course as much as they want — and ideal for their wives/partners to keep them home more!”
Get ready to shoot your next album cover — this t-shirt design from Etsy is a unique gift idea that’s sure to put a smile on Dad’s face. Ranging from 3/6 month onesies to adult 3XL, all shirts are unisex and made from super soft cotton fabric — you do need to order each separately, though.
“Especially if you’re a music loving fam, this set makes for a fun, Instagrammable moment,” says Dria. Um, we’re gonna need to see the photos, Dria.
For the dad who’s always looking to elevate his style, every little detail matters. This wireless charging station from Courant is a classy and efficient way to clean up any dresser or bedside.
We’re still not entirely sure how wireless charging works (magic?). What we do know is that with the Italian pebble leather exterior, a catchall panel for tiny belongings, and an extra USB port makes this charging station a winner.
For the whiskey (or whisky!) lovers, editor Saralyn Ward says this super classy set of glasses will have Dad feeling like Don Draper.
Made from handblown crystal with a rounded base and tapered rim, these glasses are worthy of that Glenfiddich 21 he’s been saving. Plus, the mid-century walnut base provides an added touch of sophistication.
“My husband has discovered a love for cooking during quarantine, so we’re getting him a family recipe book like this,” says editor Sara McTigue. With template pages for over 80 recipes, this gift is the perfect place for dad to document all of his culinary endeavors, creating a special family heirloom along the way.
For the dad who’s interested in experimenting with entry-level barbecue on a regular grill before making a commitment to a full-blown smoker, Dria recommends this pellet smoker from LIZZQ. But a word of warning: if this one is a hit, next year someone will be adding this thing to his wish list.
“Just in time for cold brew season, this brewing station from KitchenAid is the gift that keeps on giving,” says Jamie. With an easy-access spout for the fridge, just fill the stainless steel steeper (say that five times fast) with grounds and cold water and boom — you have fresh cold brew coffee from the comfort of your own kitchen.
Finally, a baby backpack doesn’t scream diapers! This diaper backpack from Dagne Dover has all the nooks and crannies you need for baby gear on the go, without compromising on style and aesthetic.
Dad will like the sleek neoprene exterior, but love that it comes with a changing mat, laptop sleeve, internal mesh pouches, and stroller clips.
“Dads are the ultimate shoulder carriers. This harness offers some support for their backs, plus it frees up their hands (so we can just ask them to carry more stuff),” says Jamie.
Suitable for kiddos from 6 months to 5 years (max 39 pounds), the MiniMeis G4 carrier is the piece of adventure gear you never knew you needed. Plus, it folds down to the size of a laptop for easy storage when not in use.
These are an adorable idea for putting your kiddos face on Dad’s socks. Or, as our editor Sara says, “We joke that he likes the cats better than the kids, so we put their pictures on his socks.” Hey, whatever works.
A custom baby board book with photos of dad and kid(s) — what’s not to love? This gift is in a few of our team members’ checkout carts right now because it’s just too darn perfect.
Simply upload your pictures into Artifact Uprising’s easy-to-use editor, then customize the layout and color scheme to your liking. When you’re wrapping this gift for them, you might want to throw in a box of tissues.
For the outdoor lover, the only thing that’s better than sitting beside a roaring fire in the wilderness is having one in your own backyard — that’s why Saralyn has her eye on this wood burning fire pit from Coral Coast.
Made from heat-resistant steel and measuring 30 x 30 x 16 inches, this pit is a great, design-friendly addition to any back patio or yard. It even comes with a fire poker so dad can tend to his fire from a safe distance. Did someone say s’mores?
Take your relaxation on the go with this high-strength nylon hammock from ENO. Just clip the included aluminum carabiners to any hammock suspension set (sold separately) and park it between two trees, poles or deck posts.
Choose from a number of colors, but note that the color might vary as ENO recycles as much material as possible in production. And though it packs down to fit into a bag the size of a grapefruit, this hammock actually fits two adults weighing up to 400 pounds — our market editor, Jamey, can safely say she’s survived this experiment!