Dads are notoriously hard to find, whether it’s for Father’s Day or any other occasion. First-time parents and beloved grandparents can also be hard to find at such a special event. In trying to provide a variety of gift recommendations for dads of all ages and years of experience, we realized that the best people to recommend gifts for dads were, in fact, other dads.
We enlisted the help of our dads and several staff members to put together a list of Father’s Day gift ideas that go beyond a new tie or a nice homemade breakfast. Our fathers have provided us with a wide variety of ideas – from clothing to appliances to kitchen necessities and more – across a variety of price points.
The Best Dad-Approved Father’s Day Gift Ideas
If you’re not sure what to buy for Father’s Day, consider these recommendations from Select dads. Some are products we’ve already highlighted, and they’re all highly rated, which means other shoppers (besides our dads) love them too.
Ryobi 18V Cordless Edger
Writer Gabriella DePinho’s father loves spending time tending to his family’s garden and lawn. One of his favorite lawn care tools is this trimmer from Ryobi. This model comes with a rechargeable battery and offers an adjustable cutting width of 11 to 13 inches. DePinho’s father likes that the Ryobi is “lightweight, easy to use, [and has] no gas or cord fumes.
Custom BBQ Tool Set
Editor Morgan Greenwald gave her dad this custom grill kit in 2016 for Father’s Day and he’s still using it, six years later. The five stainless steel tools come in a wooden box that can be engraved with your father’s initials or name.
Apple Airpod Pro
The writer’s father Zoe Malin says any Apple product can make a great Father’s Day gift. Specifically, Malin’s dad is a fan of the Airpods Pro: Malin recently bought him the wireless headphones and his dad “loves them for running.” Airpods Pro have both active noise cancellation and a transparency mode, giving you control over how much outside noise you hear when using them.
dpnao Alarm clock with wireless charging
Featured writer Mili Godio’s dad prefers to use an alarm clock when waking up, so she gifted him this one from dpnao to update his setup. It offers both wireless charging and a USB cord for a cell phone or other device and has a digital display that shows the time and interior temperature. In addition to an alarm, the device has a warm yellow night light and three levels of brightness control. Godio’s dad likes it because the alarm is loud enough to wake him up but isn’t too loud or shocking, which is a plus since he gets up early for work.
Ooni Fyra 12 wood pellet pizza oven
The writer’s dad Rebecca Rodriguez loves her Ooni pizza oven, which the brand says can cook a 12-inch pizza in just one minute. It’s fueled by wood pellets — similar to a pellet grill — and can heat up to 950 degrees Fahrenheit in 15 minutes, according to Ooni.
Yeti Rambler Tumbler 30 oz.
Malin’s dad loves using his Yeti so much that he tried to get the whole family to invest in one. One of our favorite travel mugs, the dishwasher-safe stainless steel tumbler is insulated to maintain hot and cold temperatures, according to the brand. It’s available in different sizes and colors, and it can be personalized with text and graphics for an additional fee.
Rothy RS01 Trainers
Greenwald gave these Rothys to his father last year and he wears them frequently. The machine-washable sneakers are made from Rothy’s signature yarn (made from plastic water bottles) and feature a padded ankle collar padded with excess sewing thread to reduce waste, according to Rothy’s. Greenwald bought them for his dad in black, but they come in several classic and seasonal colors.
Utopia kitchen compost bin
If your dad has a bit of a green thumb, he might be interested in reducing his food waste by using a compost bin. This popular option uses carbon filters to help trap and control odors so you can fill the bin all week long, according to Utopia Kitchen. DePinho’s family gave this trash can to his dad when his old trash can stank in the kitchen — DePinho’s dad can keep composting and his mom enjoys the look (and smell) of the trash can on the counter.
Home Depot Gift Card
Writer Justin Redman’s father always wants tools from Home Depot – however, he never buys any for himself since he doesn’t really need them. To help stock dad’s tool shed, Redman’s dad suggested a Home Depot gift card, which they can use to make a “guilt-free” purchase.
Bose SoundLink Flex Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Malin’s dad needed a portable Bluetooth speaker for his tee time, so she bought him this Bose speaker along with a carabiner he can use to attach it to his golf bag. Malin’s dad is ‘obsessed’ with the speaker – it runs for 12 hours on a single charge and has an IP67 dust and water proof rating to stay protected even through golf course sprinklers go haywire.
Philips Norelco Multigroom 7000
Godio’s dad loves his Philips Norelco, one of our favorite hair and beard trimmers. It comes with 23 different clip-on parts and the brand says you can use the trimmer on your face, body, head, nose and ears. The trimmer can run for up to five hours on a single charge, the brand says.
Craft a Brew Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Making Kit
If your dad is a wine connoisseur, he might enjoy making his own wine—and this kit comes with everything he’ll need to make Cabernet Sauvignon, from juice and yeast to the glass carboy and airlock. (The kit is also available in a pinot grigio or merlot option, if they prefer.) It will take them 30 days from first opening the kit to make the wine. DePinho’s dad has made wine before, and he said it was just “fun” to make it in his own kitchen.
Planter’s Choice Bonsai Starter Kit
Rodriguez’s dad loves taking care of his bonsai – and this kit can help your dad get started with theirs. The Planter’s Choice Bonsai Starter Kit contains seeds for four different trees, four burlap pots, four plant markers, an expanding soil disc and a bonsai trimmer. It also includes an instruction manual on how to grow and care for your plants.
Pick-a-Palooza Create Your Own Punch Guitar Pick
Greenwald bought this stainless steel pick maker for his dad years ago and he still loves it. You can take any extra plastic you have, like old credit cards, and punch out a brand new opening pick, the brand says.
GoSports Backyard Petanque Set
Bocce is a classic garden game at all DePinho summer family functions. While her family’s original set has sentimental value, her mom recently gifted her dad this new GoSports set. All eight high gloss balls and a pallino come in a sturdy canvas bag for easy portability.
Teva Men’s Hurricane 4 Sandals
Ever since Godio bought these Teva sandals from his dad, they’ve become one of his favorite shoes (besides his “deeply beloved Crocs”). When he wears them to the beach, Godio says “they dry quickly and are durable.”
Bushnell Tour V5 Laser Rangefinder
Malin’s father, an avid golfer, uses his Bushnell rangefinder to measure his drives down the fairway. The device connects to the Bushnell companion app, which can show you hole layouts, 3D flyovers and more information.
Pavao short-sleeved shirt in Untuckit cotton seersucker
Select editor Gideon Grudo recently bought his stepfather an Untuckit. The shirts are shorter than most button-down shirts, which the brand claims makes them more suitable to be worn untucked. You can choose between regular, relaxed, slim, regular tall and slim tall fits.
Home team baseball game
Rodriguez’s dad loves this baseball board game from Uncommon Goods. The game is designed to be used with at least two players – so you can play together after gifting it – and is personalized with logos and designs from their favorite Major League team.
Pottery Barn Bleecker Cocktail Shaker
Malin started making her dad palomas during the pandemic because she saw Amy Schumer make them on Food Network once. “If your dad likes cocktails,” Malin said, “a shmancy shaker is a good gift.” This glass and stainless steel shaker holds up to 16 ounces and comes with your choice of a blackened bronze or aged gold finish.
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