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We’ve Got The Annual “What Do I Get My Dad For Father’s Day?” Problem Covered


Have you ever asked your dad “what do you want for Father’s Day?” and were met with the most infuriating answer “I don’t care” or worse, “I don’t want anything.”?? Yeah, me too. And honestly, I get it. Dads usually mean it when they adamantly refuse gifts but I fear they don’t realize that in doing so, they rob us of the joy of presenting them with the perfect gift. So if your dad (or husband) is also an avid gift refuser, here is the list for you. This isn’t a one size fits all, but rather, a wide range of gift ideas to prove their “I don’t need anything” ideology wrong. Let’s get to shopping.

For the Fashion Forward

Alright, so maybe they aren’t fashion-forward per se, but they have potential. A nice watch and a cool bag are things they would never buy themselves, which is why they are great gifts. Here is what we can see our dad’s rocking:

1. Ankara Necktie: This handmade necktie is cool and so unique. The color and pattern are wonderful and pack a big punch. Black owned.

2. Vincero Watch: Watches are always a great gift for dads. This one by Vincero is really eye-catching and has great reviews.

3. Command The Day Duffel: This duffel bag is on the expensive side, but it comes equipped with multiple pockets including a separate space to stow away shoes, so they don’t have to interact with clean clothes.

4. Colorblind Glasses: If you haven’t seen videos of people seeing color for the first time, please GO WATCH NOW. It is the most heartwarming thing ever and guaranteed to make you tear up. These glasses allow people who are red-green colorblind to see color so for the right person, they are a wonderful gift.

5. Sweat Zip Hoodie: This jacket is simply a great investment for anyone who enjoys being outside. It is lightweight and breathable so it would be great for working out, but is also stylish enough for everyday wear.

6. Wool Calf Socks: Socks are a great gift and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Everyone appreciates a good pair of socks and I award bonus points when the sock company donates one pair for every pair sold.

7. Apple Watch Series 5: Rest assured Apple watches aren’t just for Silicon Valley hotshots. If your dad is ready for a new watch why not combine watch and technology into one?? This will almost certainly guarantee more bonding time because he’ll be calling every day asking how to use it. 😉

8. Chukka Boot: These boots from Nisolo are an EHD favorite. They are super well made and guaranteed to last a long time and are a great addition to any guys wardrobe.

9. Card Holder: This handmade leather card holder is sleek and minimal so it’s perfect for a guy who prefers to travel light. Black owned.

10. Belt: This leather belt is also handmade and could be worn casually or formally. Black owned.

11. Parker Briefcase: This briefcase is the male counterpart to this bag (that Emily has and loves) by a brand we will always recommend. In fact, we have recommended this briefcase before and will probably continue doing so because that’s how much we vouch for it. It’s a splurge, but it will definitely last a very long time and will get better with age.

12. Sweatee T-Shirt: This is the most versatile t-shirt for any activity.

13. Barklae Zebra Classic Sunwear: It’s summertime and that probably means more time outside, so new sunglasses are a must. Black owned.

14. Burton Flannel: This flannel just reminds me of my dad. I am pretty sure he has on very similar and it is likely 10 years old. If your dad also hasn’t changed his wardrobe in a decade, he’ll probably appreciate the upgrade.

15. Castor Shoe: These stylish lace up shoes are perfect for all occasions and would be a great gift for the “hipster dad”. Black owned.

16. Hat: A Patagonia hat is a classic gift that will get a lot of use.

17. Collegiate Tee: We know a lot of dads love a good basic tee, and this one by Supervsn is will definitely get him the cool dad award. Black owned.

18. Coastal Board Shorts: Not only are these a great gift for the warm weather, they are also made ethically from up cycled bottles and coconut fibers so you can feel good about your purchase.

19. The Shop Jacket: This jacket will be his new staple. It is sturdy and practical and can go with pretty much anything. Native American owned.

20. Sweatpants: Pair these sweats with this sweatshirt to create cool and comfy loungewear for him.

21. Slides: Slides are the “slipper” of summer.

22. Backpack: This backpack is waterproof, durable, and comes with comfortable adjustable straps so it’d be the perfect gift for someone who is always on the go. It’s also currently 50% off!

23. Watch: This is just a good looking everyday watch. It is nothing fancy but still sleek so it would be a great purchase for a dad who doesn’t like to draw a lot of attention but cares about his wardrobe. Black owned.

24. Energy Socks: Not sure what energy socks are? I wasn’t either – but Jess let me know that these were on her dad’s wishlist so I had to check them out. Turns out they can reduce swelling and leg fatigue by promoting circulation so they are great for those who are always on their feet or for those that sit at a desk all day.

25. Athletic Shoe: These are considered the most comfortable shoe so they are great for those who are always on their feet or people who have joint issues.


Whether he likes to camp, hike, or simply spend time outdoors, these will make his outdoor activities even better:

1. Cooler: A Yeti cooler is a must-have for any outdoorsy type. This one keeps ice cold longer and is compact so it’d be perfect for a day at the beach or on the lake.

2. Wine and Cheese Cooler Bag: For the wine aficionado, this bag comes packed with two glasses, a wine stopper, two napkins, a cheese board, a cheese knife, and a combination corkscrew. It’s only $60.

3. Single Nest Hammock: Hammocks, folks. They are back in the zeitgeist and we have lots of feelings. You might even see a post about the relaxing power of hammocks VERY SOON. This one is particularly great because you can hook it up anywhere.

4. Dynamic Power Garden Kneeler: Caitlin gifted her mom this power-assist garden kneeler and she raves about it. We all agreed it would make a great gift for any garden enthusiast and the push back technology makes kneeling and getting back up safe and easy.

5. Grill: Camping enthusiasts know that you can’t have a great outdoor experience without good food. This portable grill will make sure that no camping trip will be without a delicious meal.

6. Pickleball Set + 7. Pickleball Net: This recommendation comes straight from my experience. My parents are obsessed with playing pickleball and it has become a family tradition of ours play whenever we are all together. It is such a fun game and super easy to set up in a backyard or driveway.

8. Flip Soft Cooler: This over the shoulder cooler would be great for taking on long hikes or to the beach. If your dad prefers to have his cold beer close by, this will be a great gift.

9. Hiking Boots: If he loves hiking treacherous terrain, he needs supportive and comfortable boots.

10. Fishing Rod and Reel Combo: A new fishing pole is never a bad gift and if your dad hasn’t enjoyed a relaxing fishing trip in a while, plan a day trip for him to try out his new toy.

11. Tackle Bag: If he loves to fish, he’s probably still using the same tackle box from 1980. Give him a much-needed upgrade with this easy to carry tackle bag.

12. Paddle Board: Paddle boarding is the new surfing. It is low impact and a great activity for all family members to enjoy.

13. Ron Finnley Teaches Gardening: If your dad already loves gardening, gift him this Masterclass and he will fall in love even more AND learn “how to grow your own food, keep your plants alive, and find beauty and freedom in gardening no matter the size of your space.”


For the dads that love to cook (and eat) kitchen accessories and tools are an ideal Father’s Day gift. Here are some we love:

1. Indoor Smokeless Air Fry Electric Grill: An air fryer has to be the best kitchen gadget of 2020. Now there is no need to feel guilty about eating fries because the air fryer will crisp up potatoes with 75% less fat.

2. Smoking Gun: With this tool, you can effortlessly infuse foods and drinks with natural applewood or hickory flavors without needing to put in the extra time.

3. Sonoma Hot Sauce: Hot sauce lovers never shy away from trying new flavors, and this one from a local hot sauce producer in Sonoma County will be a delicious addition to their collection. Latina owned.

4. SOUL Cookbook: Chef Todd Richards’s recipes are anything but boring and once your dad gets his hand on this book, his meals will never be the same.

5. Between Harlem and Heaven: If your dad loves unique and unexpected flavors, this is the cookbook for him. It includes stories and Afro-Asian-American recipes that pack a punch and are as inspiring as they are tasty.

6. Hockey Stick BBQ Set: Combine his love for hockey and BBQing with these tools made from repurposed hockey sticks.

7. Kitchen Essentials Bundle: If he is into grilling, cooking, or anything in the kitchen then this simple apron will keep him clean and make your laundry load a little lighter.

8. Homemade Tortilla Kit: Everyone loves homemade tortillas and this kit will guarantee double the amount of taco nights. Latinx owned.

9. Mercer Culinary Genesis 6-Piece Forged Knife Block Set: A good chef requires great knives. These are highly rated and the knife block would look good on anyone’s counter.

10. Personalized BBQ Set: If your dad is the grills-every-Sunday type, he will undoubtedly love a personalized grill tool kit. It’s special and personal plus he will use it all the time.

11. Vertical Wine Opener: This is the easiest to use wine opener in the worls. It is designed to open wine bottles with a quick up-and-down motion so it would be a great gift for wine lovers or someone with arthritis.

12. Cast Iron Skillet: A great cast iron is a must have in any kitchen. This one by Field Company is light enough for everyday cooking (or a dad who may no longer be able to lift a full weight cast iron pan) and is so versatile.

13. Hamburger Press: Designed to make burgers better than ever, this innovative tool shapes perfect meat patties, then stuffs them with your favorite savory fillings. 

14. Sandwich Press: According to chefs everywhere, sandwich presses are a game-changer. Get this for your dad and his grilled cheese sandwiches will never be the same.

15. Juice Fountain Cold Plus: Even if he isn’t a health nut, a juicer is a good investment that will change how he cooks.

16. Connected Customizable Temperature Control Coffee Maker: If your dad is still using a Mr. Coffee from 10 years ago, upgrade his morning routine with this temperature control coffee maker.


If the dad in your life does a lot of building and fixing, he probably has his fair share of tools and specific brands he loves. I should know because I wrote a whole post about it. But if you know that a new tool will make his day, here are some dad-approved favorites:

1. Stackable Deep Tool Storage Box: Dads tend to have a lot of tools, so help him keep them organized with this stackable toolbox.

2. Magnetic Wristband Set: We’ve all seen a dad pull the “I’ll just put this very sharp nail in my mouth to hold it” move, right? These magnetic wristbands will solve that problem.

3. Cordless Power Tool Combo Kit: If he hasn’t upgraded his power tools in a while he will love these cordless tools that can all be charged with the same battery.

4. Tool Backpack: This tool bag is easy to transport and would be a great thing to keep in a car in case of emergencies.

5. Circular Saw: This is a saw that Jess’ dad uses and loves. If your dad cuts a lot of lumber a good option is worm drive power saw like this one. It is easier to handle than your typical circular saw and a very good investment.

6. Multi Bit Screwdriver: This 11 in 1 screwdriver is a great tool to have around and your dad will love being able to use one screwdriver for all tasks.

7. Cordless Hand Drill: A hand drill is essential for every tool kit so if your dad hasn’t upgraded in a while he will appreciate getting a new one to break in.


If you have made it this far and still haven’t found the right gift don’t give up yet. Here are some final favorites that we think every dad will love:

1. Cocktail Shaker Set: For the dad that makes the best cocktails, gift him the proper cocktail shaker set.

2. Roomba Vacuum: If your dad loves a clean house but doesn’t love to clean, the Roomba will be his new favorite gadget. FYI they are a dog owners dream (especially when the dog is a prize-winning shedder)

3. Dope Coffee: This “The Man Of Great Taste” coffee set includes 4 1.5-ounce coffee samples: Burundi Honey, Organic Guatemalan, Tanzania Peaberry, and a Dope Sunrise blend. It also includes Coffee-Infused Syrup and a mug making it the perfect gift for coffee enthusiasts. Black owned.

4. F-Buds: Is he sick of his earphones falling out all the time? Fix that problem with these F-buds that are designed to tuck into any ear. Black owned.

5. Face Care Collection: Skincare can be overwhelming, so make it easier for him with this complete face care collection. Dads deserve a little pampering too. Black owned.

6. Turntable: If your dad loves his record collection he’ll love this sleek turntable.

7. F-Speaker : Pair his new ear buds with this wireless speaker that is water resistant and perfect for a day by the pool or at the beach. Black owned.

8. Kindle Paperwhite: If he loves to read he’ll love this Kindle reader that is waterproof and can hold up to 8 GB.

9. Beard Trimmer: Beard trimming is not so easy (or so I’ve heard). This set includes the New Trimmer and T-Blade that provides cordless power up to 8 hours. Black owned.

We’ve received a lot of comments about people not wanting to shop for material things this year, and a few asking for places they could donate in their father’s name instead. We agree and we thank you for bringing this to our attention. Here are a list of great organizations that you can support:

Solutions Not Punishment – SNaP is a Black Trans and Queer led organization that focuses on tackling issues of the Black Trans/Queer criminalization. From their site: “The Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative” is a Black Trans and Queer led collaborative that builds the power of our people to wage and win campaigns that force systematic divestment from the prison industrial complex and investment in the services that support us.

The Southern Poverty Law Center – The Southern Poverty Law Center researches, exposes, and provides various different resources on the topics of hate crimes, tolerance, immigration justice, LGBTQ rights, criminal reform, and other important issues.

Black Father’s Foundation – This was a recommendation from a reader in todays comments. The Black Father’s Foundation is an organization dedicated specifically to working with Black fathers in order to upend stereotypes about Black fathers. Here’s a little more from their site – “We are committed to partnering with other organizations to provide black men and their families with access to resources, information and activities that make our families and communities stronger.”

National Immigration Law Center – The Nation Immigration Law Center is an organization that is exclusively dedicated to fighting for the the rights of immigrants in America. From their site: “At NILC, we believe that all people who live in the U.S. should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Over the years, we’ve been at the forefront of many of the country’s greatest challenges when it comes to immigration issues, and we play a major leadership role in addressing the real-life impact of policies that affect the ability of low-income immigrants to prosper and thrive.”

The Trevor Project – The Trevor Project works specifically with LGBTQ youth, and provides resources, crisis hotlines, workshops, and events for those under the age of 25. They’re also an amazing resource for LGBTQ youth or families of LGBTQ youth in terms of literature, films, job boards, and support. 

Opening Image Credit: Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp | From: The Ultimate Outdoor Movie Night and Campout with Intel

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Is there anything wrong with someone (honestly) claiming that they don’t want anything for a holiday manufactured for Americans to spend money on needless gadgets? I get that these purchases are good intentioned, but maybe you can get the same level of joy by writing your dad a heartfelt card, having a more in depth conversation then you’d normally have, or planning some (COVID appropriate) activity to do together. Or maybe make a donation to a charity he cares about? It kind of feels like we should start honoring these wishes, instead of enriching Amazon and other corporations who already have too much, just so dad can store these (by his own admission) unwanted items in the back of his closet.


Really? What about my made-up scenario in which dad (by his own admission) LOVES the hiking boots I got him because he USES them all the time? Oh, that’s right, I added a heartfelt card to go with it and then spent the day playing games together. Not that hard to imagine is it? You might just want to bring your nose out of the air a little bit. You must be losing out on some oxygen up there.


Emily mentioned that her dad told her he doesn’t want gifts and she believes him. My comment didn’t apply in other situations. I think it was possible to have and express a difference of opinion, without resorting to name calling.


I agree – it would be so cool if this list had included a section on organizations to donate to in your dad’s name. The gift of helping to make our world a better place is something dads love! 🙂

Especially at this moment when the urgent needs facing people in our country are so apparent (ending police brutality! COVID! Food pantries! Supporting struggling small businesses!) it would be great to remind people to think a little more broadly about gift giving.

If your dad doesn’t need another gadget, send your money somewhere you believe in!


Some people get more joy out of giving gifts than others do (my sister vs me, for example). And some people get more joy out of receiving gifts than donations or experiences (my father-in-law vs my spouse, for example).

It’s one thing to ask for some additional Father’s Day ideas for things like donations or experiences, it’s another to suggest that everyone should universally prefer the latter.


I pretty much get my dad the same thing every year- which he voices that he looks forward to. A bag of good coffee ( trying this new to me brand this year) and a donation to an org that is close to his heart, usually it is either feminist or anti racist. The donation is a homage to the conversations he had with me as a child and growing up about equality and racism. It’s a simple but meaningful gift.


Yes! Donations are so greatly needed these days, last Father’s Day my daughter and I gifted Syrian refugees emergency kits. I always like to give one other tangible thing and my daughter always makes some art for him as well. It’s the thought and time and effort that seems to last. My dad hasn’t received a gift from me for birthday or Father’s Day for years since he found a church he loves. He asks for a check made out to his church and he feels amazing giving it. Win win.


That is one sexy turntable :heart-eyes:


OOH I just re-read The Ultimate Outdoor Movie Night post (way fab – love the art direction title!). Can you create a post based on your friends Corbett and Leigh’s backyard?? Something about how they created “rooms” and chose plants/materials, etc. Because that yard is amazing.


“Dad … What would make you smile?”
And then … do that. 😉


Ok, seriously? Your first gift guide since talking about supporting black-owned businesses and you couldn’t have sourced more of the gifts from those?? This is the kind of thing that really makes it seem like you guys are just paying lip service to making changes.

These aren’t changes. This is the same gift guide EVERY blogger does. You see that Fuego box/Apple watch/sunglasses on every single guide. I honestly thought that after all of Emily’s stories last week, you guys were going to make SOME TINY EFFORT to highlight more BIPOC-owned stores. I’m disappointed.

Kat van der Hoorn

First time commenter but long-time reader, and I want to say I’m feeling disappointed by this post. Not that it wasn’t thorough – it was, very! But I have been so excited by this site’s newfound dedication to equity and BLM, and to see a post highlighting so many purchasing opportunities without a single clear mention of a Black or BIPOC company, or highlighting organizations to donate to if your dad has everything, is so disappointing. I don’t want to see only posts with Black makers highlighted but then pushed aside for “normal posts” and return to business as usual. If I’m going to keep enjoying and reading and clicking affiliate links on this site, I want every post that has purchasing opportunities to be equitable and highlighting Black, BIPOC and other minority makers.


Kat, did you even look through the list? Literally the first item is an Etsy store owned by POC. And the belt…did you even go through the list?

Although, Emily and gang! We could use some cook books from POC. 🙂 Nadiya Hussain has tons of really great ones.

Kat van der Hoorn

Hi Lily, Thanks so much for your response! Yes I did read through the list, and saw 3 pieces by BIPOC makers, out of dozens. I also think there is a danger right now in “letting work speak for itself” rather than purposely highlighting Black makers. I am a white woman and absolutely no expert in this, but from what I’ve been reading and learning from Black teachers like Aja Barber and Rachel Cargle, that is a really similar ideal to “bootstrapping,” in which we all pretend Black makers have been on an even playing field this whole time, when they have been systematically kept from the resources, financial opportunities and promotion that white designers get. It seems that this is a really important time (now and forever) to use our white platforms and voices to give extra emphasis to makers of color, as a form of reparations for hundreds of years of their art and craft being ignored, or stolen or imitated without credit. I also feel the post was a missed opportunity to be fully integrative with Emily’s self-proclaimed new mission – even a section at the end for organizations to donate to, like the Black Father’s Foundation,… Read more »


As a POC I just felt really excited to see us included here at all. I guess I appreciate a more explicit “this is a black owned business!”
Also, I guess people don’t typically click through every item. But I saw the brown models and I was like YASS EHD.


I actually thought this post was comprehensive and not just what white ladies who live in suburbia typically would default to as gifts for their fathers or husbands. And to be fair, maybe it wasn’t obvious, but she included many more than 3 Black owned businesses or Black content creators on this list. Love the master class idea, and cookbooks will always grab my (and my father’s) attention.


My hub is a watch collector and I’m looking for a good watch valet for him, any ideas?


Thank you for these great ideas! My dad’s birthday is coming up soon too. This was so helpful.


I noticed the tool section is all linking to Home Depot, and if the tweets are correct it’s come out that Lowe’s donated $25 million in support of minority owned small businesses while Home Depot donated $7 million to the Trump campaign. Lowe’s is also one of, if not the only, Fortune 500’s with a Black CEO. I understand if you have contractual obligations to Home Depot, but if that’s the case you should consider breaking those now and partnering with Lowe’s instead. Sorry if someone else has already mentioned this, I skimmed the comments and didn’t see anything yet. Thanks for highlighting BIPOC owned products and companies, I would have liked to see more but I appreciate the effort.


Shavonda Gardner has a highlight saved on this topic. It’s not as cut and dry as it sounds in the comment above. Check it out if you are interested in her perspective on Home Depot vs Lowe’s.


Thanks for clarifying! I missed Shavonda’s story a couple days ago so have just gone back and read the highlight. Lots to unpack and consider where you spend your money. And hopefully we see some more thoughtful behavior from both (and all corporations/businesses) moving forward. Thanks again ladies!


I second that this is a very nuanced distinction but most importantly, Home Depot does not support Trump: their co-founder, who retired 18 years ago is the one making large donations. On the Home Depot front, there are many people vouching for HD’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and the personnel and influencer level versus Lowe’s lack of said practice.


Emily ‘cannot’ post gift ideas from where she wants to! Are you a bully? Let us make up our own minds where we want to shop! This blog will not last, it is being looted and torn down before us. You have my best.


I emphatically disagree with you.
Why? Because they are listening, learning and clearly actively doing the work.
Sooo many other blogs have skimmed the surface to placate people and have shown that they aren’t in it for the real purpose, which is long-term, cultural change.
This blog is for real. And they are demonstrating that each day.


To erase the culture, change the history, liquidate the people, control the conversation, rule by mob will destroy this free country.
We are all legit with diverse opinions and can express them. Debate is very healthy when providing evidence, and allowing free speech – instead of ‘control’ and ‘name calling’ – it is insulting to be treated any other way, wouldn’t you agree? Change issues of any police officer acting evil does not mean we change our culture. We are a melting pot and live and work hard in a country better than anywhere else. If your heart is filled with some gratitude for the things you have because you live in this country, you will not feel hate for your country, try it, it really works. The heart cannot have both at the same time. Everyone can do some work on themselves instead of trying to radical destroy, insight chaos and controlling others.

I appreciate that you are calling out Black-owned businesses here. Any chance you will go through your Shop page and do the same? Thanks!


Hi team!
Thanks for putting this list together. Now to convince my husband to stop just buying himself whatever he wants, so there’s something left for the kids and me to get for him! I appreciate Ryann’s response to being called in about supporting more BIPOC makers and look forward to more content there. I also noticed (I think) fewer Amazon links than in the past, which makes me happy, since I think Jeff Bezos needs to take better care of his employees, especially as the company is really profiting off of this pandemic.


Ryann – Thank you for including the glasses for people (mostly men) who are colorblind. What a great gift! I asked last week that this site include people with disabilities in its definition of diversity and I am so happy to see this gift idea!

I also loved the Sonoma Hot Sauce idea, because I had never heard of it. We are just south of Sonoma and our favorite salsa comes from another small business in Sonoma. It’s addictive to the point that I worry about running out of it – how sad is that? Maybe the Hot Sauce will alleviate that worry a bit. Yeah, I am shopping from the list for me. But, but, but – I’m a single mom. I totally deserve gifts on both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, cause I do it all, she said modestly.


My husband, who’s really good at making videos, is making a video for my dad for Father’s Day. My dad always tells me he doesn’t want anything and he means it.


It’s my first Father’s Day would out my Dad. Make sure you take the photos, make the quality time, and record some family stories. We always went fishing or (when apart) chatted about his catch, his gear, how he cooked it, and the other recipes he likes for that fish.
Salmon Sisters have a seafood cookbook out with some useful processing tips and tasty non fussy recipes. And they sell product too, if you don’t have a fish club connection already.
And if they are into supporting marginalized peoples, food resources, or the environment- take the time to learn about Pebble Mine. A proposed huge open pit copper mine at the headwaters of the most productive sockeye runs that would ruin the salmon that Native Alaskan villages depend on.


Best gift my sister and I ever got our father? A Chinese cooking class. He loved it. And since there were several different classes in both Chinese and Japanese cooking, we thought we had future birthdays and Christmas wrapped up, so to speak. Instead, he signed up for all the rest on his own.
Our mom insisted this was the best gift we ever gave HER, since he took over most of the cooking duties after that so he could practice his skills.

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