Last year for our annual Father’s Day post, my dad was the author. I highly recommend you take a peek at that one too. FYI, writing it was his idea (confidence has never been his issue). So after a couple of drafts and a thumbs up from Emily, we all got to hear his great father’s day gift ideas. Honestly, I was both surprised and relieved by his list. Nothing was over the top but totally useful. I guess why I was a little surprised because he loves giving gifts which then makes me feel like I need to find some one-of-a-kind thing that will knock his socks off. My dream is to buy him a luxury vacation. Maybe someday. But 8/10 times I end up totally screwing up by not getting him anything or something belated because of the pressure I put on myself. SO DUMB. So this year I challenge all of us to not overthink our gifts too much and keep it simple. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel, we just need to think about what they might like. So here are 15 gift ideas that have been dad-approved by the dads/guys in our lives.
Selfcare Is Important For Everyone
Theragun | BOOM 3 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker | Shiatsu Neck and Back Massager with Heat Deep Kneading Massage
While the words “self-care” and “dad” aren’t as synonymous as it is with “self-care” and “mom”, dads need to have things that relax and recharge them too!
Theragun: I gave my dad this a couple of years ago for Christmas and he loved it. I was over the moon, to say the least. Honestly, everyone I know who owns one has nothing but amazing things to say about it. There are a bunch of different kinds so check them out if he doesn’t have one yet.
Wireless Bluetooth Speaker: Sarah, Em’s new Portland design and social assistant, says that her husband (and her family) love this speaker. They use it everywhere, don’t have to worry about it getting wet because it’s waterproof, and say the sound quality is tops!
Shiatsu Neck and Back Massager: Another Sarah rec (actually she gave us a lot which is awesome because who doesn’t love new gift ideas that are tried and tested!). She couldn’t stop singing this massager’s praises. Not only does her husband love it, but again, the whole family uses it all of the time. And at $45, that sounds like a great investment.
Because Coffee Is Great (And Maybe Necessary)
Breville Bambino Plus Espresso Machine | Capresso Infinity Burr Grinder | Ember Mug² Temperature Control Smart Mug
Is your dad or “father person” in your life a coffee lover? Mine too. Here are our top coffee lover recommendations:
Breville Bambino Plus Espresso Machine: You guessed it! A Sarah rec. Another machine that her husband (and she love). She said that within 4 months of making delicious lattes at home and not going to a coffee shop that it paid for itself. Plus it looks really nice!
Capresso Infinity Burr Grinder: What’s good coffee without a great coffee grinder?? This one is EHD approved and will last you. A great add-on if you are getting a coffee maker.
Ember Mug²: This one I added because SO many of you raved about it specifically in our Mother’s Day gift idea call out. It is kinda a genius gift for any hot drink drinker. This is a great stand-alone gift or the ultimate last piece to the coffee lover’s trifecta gift:)
All The Best Basics
I can’t remember if this was Emily’s or her brother Ken’s idea, but regardless it’s awesome. What’s the gift you may ask? It’s a total refresh of your dad’s basics. It’s no secret that men tend to keep things like socks a little too long. We are all about wearing your clothes for a long time but there comes a point when too many unfixable holes means it’s time to part ways. So if you are buying for your dad maybe you might just do socks and shirts but if it’s for your husband, maybe some fresh underwear would be really appreciated! Let’s get into the favs:
T-Shirt: Brian loves this t-shirt and here’s why – “It fits really well – it’s more snug on arms and chest and loose in the belly, if you know what I mean. Plus it’s really soft and stretchy and doesn’t wrinkle easily (Emily says that’s from the Modal in the fabric).” For another rec, Sarah’s husband is a huge True Classic fan.
Underwear: Nothing like asking your boss and coworker’s what their dude’s favorite underwear is…But here are favs. First up (and pictured) are from Uniqlo. Sarah’s husband loves them and thinks they are a perfect fit. He also likes the boxer briefs from True Classic. Mallory’s boyfriend is a Calvin Klein guy through and through. All are pretty affordable!
Socks: Brian talked about his deep love for Bombas socks in his Christmas gift guide and he continues to love them. They have A TON of designs so go take a peek. Also for a more affordable option, Ryann’s fiance loves these ones from Uniqlo. They also come in so many awesome colors.
Work It Out HARD
The MYX II | TRX Fit System Suspension Kit | FightCamp
Does your dad or husband love fitness? Well Sarah’s husband and Brian do so here are their top recommendations:
The MYX II: This is basically a more affordable Peleton! Both Sarah and her husband LOVE it, love the classes, loved the lower price, and use it all the time. Emily would like to mention that she and Brian do love their Peleton too. Dealer’s choice!
TRX Fit System: Sarah’s husband also loves these TRX bands. He says they are super easy to use and are the best for traveling since they hardly take up luggage space.
FightCamp: Brian’s review – “This is, no joke, the best purchase I’ve made in the past like, ten years. I was never into boxing, I’d either go for runs or drive to the gym, but the instructors and classes on FightCamp are insanely good and insanely fast.” I don’t think anything else needs to be said:)
Do We Have A Grill Master On Our Hands?
Probe Thermometer | Grill | Cuisinart Deluxe Grill Set
Look. We know that getting dads grilling stuff for gifts may feel kinda stereotypical but hey, does your dad, stepdad, grandfather, or husband like to grill? The EHD men do so stereotypes be damned.
Probe Thermometer: Another rave review from Sarah’s husband. They use this digital thermometer all of the time and think that every household should have one. For $23 we are in.
Grill: This is what Sarah actually got for her husband for father’s day this year so this might be the most “father’s day approved” gift on this list. Like many of the gifts on this list, this grill is also a gift that keeps on giving…delicious meals.
Cuisinart Deluxe Grill Set: This is one of the only gifts we haven’t owned or tried but Em requested I find a good one. So what did I do? I went to the man himself, Bob Villa. Plus there are 14,000 4.5-star reviews AND it’s under $50. Win-win-win. Happy grilling!
Well, that’s it, folks. We hope that you found a gift or it inspired the perfect gift idea for the father figure in your life. Obviously, time spent together is the best gift so we hope that you get a version of that. I also know that holidays like mother’s and father’s day aren’t easy for everyone. So regardless of how you spend the day, I hope it’s great and that you take care of yourself too.
Love you, mean it.
Opening Photo Credit: Photo by Suraya Barbee
Jess, I loved this post, and then went back and read the one your dad wrote as well–someone get me a tissue! So heartfelt and touching. The pictures!
Just what I needed this morning.
Thank you for the True Classic and Bombas recs! My partner was surprisingly thrilled that I wanted to get these for him to upgrade his basics (which is making my heart happy)!
This article taught me various things.. Thank you so much!