Market by Julia Stevens

Published on June 13, 2020

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Father’s Day is right around the corner—June 21—so it’s time to start thinking about gifts. With usual go-tos like tickets to sporting events or buzzy new restaurant reservations out of the question, you might be feeling a bit stumped. Don’t worry: We’ve done the heavy lifting for you and gathered our favorite dad-approved products suited to his interests, from lounging to fixing to everything in between.  

The Artisanal Admirer

You know this dad: He has his finger on the pulse of all the latest indie goods and music releases, and he wears vegan leather boots and flannels that you try to steal when he’s not looking. Basically, he’s the coolest guy you know. If he’s a coffee connoisseur, we recommend a subscription to cult-favorite Counter Culture to ensure he’s always stocked up, alongside a homemade mug from Cali-based Gjusta. If he’s looking to pick up a new hobby, try a sunny watercolor set or a backpack-size acoustic guitar to accompany him on all his future adventures.      

The Luxury Lover 

With the help of some of our favorite self-care products, Dad can feel red carpet–ready on his special day. Start with a pair of can-double-as-real-clothes pajamas from Sleepy Jones, and throw in a chic razor and shaving cream, a jojoba beads-and-oatmeal-based exfoliator, luxe soap, and Maude’s Tub Kit featuring bath salts and coconut milk bath powder for the ultimate relaxation. Or if your father has been extra good this year, get him all of it.

The Top Chef

For the dads who like to blow off steam in the kitchen, we recommend unique tools and fun ingredients. Opt for a stainless steel growler designed to kick-start a beer-brewing career (it keeps drinks fresh and carbonated for up to two weeks!); a barbecue set complete with grill-master–approved tools; or a hot sauce four-pack boasting such flavors as lime-garlic-and-date and citrus-and-carrot. 

The Nature Lover

If your dad is always on the go, whether it’s to hit the courts or tackle a new trail, “adventure accents,” as we like to call them, will help inspire his love of the outdoors. Bikes are hot sellers these days, and we’re crushing on Tokyobike’s saffron-hued model. If he’s focused on perfecting his backhand, a monogrammed tennis bag is a thoughtful accessory. Supplement your gift with an energy-boosting probiotic and a roll-on pain reliever to bookend his excursions. 

The DIYer

Handy dads know best: The most appreciated gift is something they can use everyday. From an artistic hand broom made from a 19th-century kick winder machine to a digital tape measure meant to add futuristic ease to everyday projects, there’s something for every fixer-upper. If neither of those feel quite right, try Hay’s sculptural toolbox; a rugged log carrier; or the Domino Box from our very own collection with Rooted, from which all proceeds go to the Food Bank for New York City. 

The Aesthete 

No matter how great your dad is, sometimes the best gift to give him is a little space. If he doesn’t already have a corner to call his own, present him with all the cozy essentials to help him create one. We’re loving this ’70s-style pillow paired with the perfect quilt for a midday nap, candy-colored glass carafes for a bedside sip, and a brass tablet stand perfect for an iPad or his favorite magazine. 

The Young at Heart 

If your friends ask to hang out with your dad more than you, here’s what you should get him. A stoneware ashtray, classic art-inspired tie-dyed socks, multicolored Vans, and an Hermès skateboard may leave him mistaken for a millennial, but it’s not the first time that has happened. These gifts will keep him young at heart. And the best part? If you’re lucky, you can steal them from time to time.

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