We know dads are difficult to shop for.
And although most patriarchs pretend they don’t care about Father’s Day, don’t let their tough exterior fool you! Honoring Dad this Father’s Day—with all his qualities and quirks—is more important than ever.
Over the past year, dads have had to do everything from home-schooling to home maintenance to keeping the family afloat. But in any precious down time during the COVID-19 pandemic, we bet he picked up a hobby or two. Maybe he built a movie theater in your backyard shed or tuned up that old car sitting in the garage. Whatever his fancy, there’s a Father’s Day gift out there that’ll help him carry on his newfound hobby.
It’s down to the wire, but if you’re still stumped on what to get Dad this Father’s Day, we have some good ideas that are sure to solidify your status as the apple of his eye.
1. If he got into gardening
Maybe he never really had a green thumb to begin with, but hey, we all learn eventually. And Dad isn’t one to give up—on anything. So keep the momentum going, and add a handy tool to his arsenal for garden upkeep.
This garden nut gatherer ($79.95, Amazon) can help him easily pick up everything from fallen nuts to sweet gum balls. It works by rolling over and capturing debris and comes with a basket, bale, and sturdy handle.
2. If he made his own sourdough starter
Sourdough was the real rising star during the pandemic. If your dad guards his precious starter like a newborn, we have just the gift.
True connoisseurs know making a quality sourdough takes time, with special attention to details like flavor, texture, crumb, and crust.
Let Dad show he’s a savant at making sourdough with a 16-inch pizza stone ($69.95, Williams Sonoma). With this in his arsenal, we know his dough will lead to perfectly crispy crusts. This stone can be fired up in the oven or on the grill, and is dishwasher-safe.
3. If he joined the cult of Peloton
Many people swear the Peloton got them through the pandemic. And if your dad has sweated through a HIIT ride, give him and his tired muscles the gift of relief with the Theragun massage device ($390.99, Target). This quiet and smart percussive therapy device will work to melt away tension and release soreness.
4. If he rediscovered his love of painting
He’s no Picasso but Dad sure loves to paint—and not just the house.
Let him channel his inner Bob Ross with a new set of brushes ($110, Jerry’s Artarama). These synthetic hog hair brushes are perfect for acrylic painting and easy to clean. He can use them with oils, acrylics, inks, dyes, gouache, watercolor, casein, and egg tempera.
Let Dad go crazy, while following Ross’ mantra: “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”
5. If he loves DIY home improvement
Let’s face it: Dads are the kings of DIY home improvement. To ensure Pops accomplishes all his home improvement projects without tripping over an extension cord, gift him a retractable extension cord ($82.99, Amazon). This handy extension quickly and easily coils out of the way. The heavy-duty electric cord reel power station comes with a 50-foot extension cord.
6. If he’s now a birder
Though humans spent most of the past year on lock-down, birds had no such concerns.
And with our heightened appreciation of the outdoors came an increased interest in birdwatching. Take your father’s love of birding to new horizons with the Sibley Birds field guide app ($19.99, Apple App Store).
This paperless guide includes comprehensive, up-to-date information on over 930 North American species. It features over 2,700 calls and songs, identifies how common a particular bird might be, and allows Dad to keep a list of the birds he’s spotted.
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