44 Father’s Day Gifts to Make Your Dad Even Cooler Than He Already Is
From a tabletop firepit to a collapsible bike helmet.
Published May 12, 2023 1:36 PM
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Father’s Day is about showing your dad (or dad figure) that you love him. But it can also be a reminder that you have amazing taste—which is why you won’t find any cheesy T-shirts, flip-flops, or less-than-stellar grill tools in this guide. Instead we’ve found items that he’ll want to use just as frequently, designed with a little more intention.
While no two people are the same, it’s a safe bet that he enjoys one of the following: a summer barbecue, an outdoor adventure, a self-care day, a little home decor refresh, or hosting a dinner party. We’ve organized our recommendations as such, from a $15 bucket of sea salt to splurges like a recovery compression system for the athletic dad’s fatigued legs. See our top picks, below, all 44 of them, for the best Father’s Day gifts.
For the Dad Who Thrives at a Summer Barbecue
If your dad lights up at the sight of marinated steaks, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re looking to get him a full-on grill (and a mint-hued one, at that!) or a pair of extra-long fancy tongs, he’ll be happy. It’s like giving the gift of a perfect burger.
For the Dad Who’s Basically a Camp Counselor
Father’s Day (it’s on June 18 this year) falls at the perfect time for the outdoorsy dad. For some, that means a beach day; for others, it could be a cycling trip. Among our favorite gifts is a collapsible bike helmet—it folds down, reducing in size by 45% so he can throw it in his backpack once he reaches his destination.
For the Dad Who’s All About Finding His Center
Life can be hectic, and just like the rest of us, dads need time to chill and maybe even meditate. While beauty comes from within, some self-care items—like an Aesop shave kit or an acupressure mat he’d never buy for himself—can help him find his calm.
For the Dad Who’s Always Itching to Entertain
Hosting is a great excuse to try a new recipe, but it’s also an excellent reason to refresh those tabletop accessories. Give your dad a good jumping-off point by gifting an African-made placemat set or quirky wooden salad servers from Molly Baz and Crate & Barrel’s new collab. But everyone knows that the real fun happens after dinner, which is exactly when he’d pull out the 100 Curious Facts About Art game you give him.
For the Dad Who’s Getting Into Interior Design
These days, it feels like everyone’s getting in on the design game—and that might even include your dad. Give him something to put his skills to the test like a Brutalist vase, a modular stacked candle, or a graphic melamine tray by British Nigerian designer Yinka Ilori.