Father’s Day is upon us! Although you can (and should!) celebrate dad and your special relationship with him year round, this is one holiday when you can conceivably splurge a bit more and shower him with a few thoughtful gifts that speak to his deepest interests and passions. Here are a few key gift ideas to keep in mind this year.
The New Dad
Is this his first Father’s Day? Then it’s doubly special, and well worth going the extra mile to commemorate. Start with a too-cute read, like Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA, written by Jimmy Fallon and masterfully illustrated by Miguel Ordóñez. He can also show his pride in his newfound fatherhood with a handsome leather keychain. Personalize this eye-catching piece that he can carry for years with a few special words to celebrate the special day. It’s so timeless, he’s sure to use it forever.
The Techie Dad
If he’s a serious techie who constantly keeps his eyes and ears open for the latest everything, then he’ll be happy to know you’re keeping up, too. Try the new Apple iPad Air if he’s in the market for a new, sleek tablet that won’t take up much space or add bulk to his daily load. The lightweight device allows him to stay connected anywhere he goes, of course, and provides deeply saturated color payoff that’s evident at a glance. And if he’s always complaining about battery power being somewhat questionable, then it’s about time to upgrade his life with a Mophie case that ensures his device is always juiced and ready to go.
The Outdoorsy Dad
If quality time for dad means spending time exploring the world and maximizing his camping time during summer, then you can pretty much guarantee he’s going to need a dependable cooler to keep him satiated on the road. Make sure he’s fully hydrated and ready for anything with the REI Co-op Cool Trail Pack Cooler, which doubles as a handy hiking bag when the cooler insert is removed. Never underestimate the power of a great vest, too, especially when it’s designed to repel water, features multiple pockets, and offers a built-in media port like the prAna Hoffman Vest.
The Culinary Dad
Imagine the look on his face when he discovers he can start growing his very own herbs and vegetables—in the comfort of his own home. The Smart Garden 9 Self Watering Indoor Garden is a dream gift for anyone who has grand visions of self-sufficiency. The reservoir is built to hold a month’s worth of water, and it also features an LED arm lamp to illuminate the plants and help them thrive. And if ever there was a great time to surprise him with the best-of-the-best in cookware, look no further than Le Creuset‘s Signature Cast-Iron Square Grill Pan, perfect for grilling meats, seafood, vegetables, or whatever dad’s heart desires.
The Bookish Dad
Few things please the avid reader more than additional space to store their extensive book collection. If he simply refuses to commit to e-books and proudly displays his reads at every opportunity, you can trust he’ll delight in the visionary and artisanal quality of the Lisbon Bookcase from Mitchell Gold Bob Williams. Smart, sophisticated, and contemporary, it’s a beautifully designed piece where he can artfully arrange his collection. If his not-so-guilty pleasure is watching Game of Thrones, then go ahead—surprise him with a pair of Iron Throne statues that he can use as bookends.
The Fashionable Dad
What’s his style IQ? If dad just happens to be most dapper dude on the block, then you have your work cut out for you—his sartorial senses likely rival yours, and odds are you’re constantly wishing could borrow from his closet. This Father’s Day, go for something bold and eye-catching that will make him stand out in a crowd – even more than he already does. This Bonobos button down is perfect for summer or his next tropical vacation. If he’s like many, he’s probably carried the same wallet for years. If it’s seen better days, it’s time for an upgrade! Think luxurious—since he uses it daily, it’s best to opt for the highest quality materials to ensure longevity. The Tumi Monaco Double Billfold Leather Wallet is a savvy contender.