Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18th, which means your window to grab a thoughtful, dad-friendly gift is closing quickly. No worries, my friend. We’ve got you covered with ideas for all kinds of dads. These gifts all pair perfectly with a hug and a peck on the cheek, just as your dad has requested.
For the Meat Whisperer
Instant Pot – $112.48
Does your dad take pride in nothing more than cooking meat so tender it falls off the bone? Speed up that process for dear old dad by getting him an Instant Pot. This thing will make the softest meat you’ve encountered, and in a fraction of the time a slow cooker takes. Plus, he might get creative and learn to make overnight oats or jiu niang (Chinese fermented rice).
For the Dad Who Avidly Chronicles the Family – $498
The Sony a5100 Mirrorless Camera – $498
Your cake-smeared nephew can’t so much as open a bouncy ball without your dad capturing it on his iPhone. Isn’t it time to upgrade his photo game? Mirrorless cameras are a great option for the photographer who wants to be more legit without carrying around a bulky DSLR. Call up your siblings and go in on this sleek camera for your pops. The Wirecutter rated it the best mirrorless camera for beginners.
For the Dad Who Wants Trump Impeached for Father’s Day
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate – $18.29
If you can’t get the President impeached for your dad, you can at least give him some solid reading by someone who’s been a thorn in his side: Al Franken. Our Minnesota senator abandoned the ranks of TV comedy to hassle Republicans, so the least we can do is buy our dads this book.
Is your dad finally embarking on the travel dreams he’s blamed you for blunting his whole life? Set him up to chronicle them, from mountain top to undersea creature encounter. The latest GoPro features voice control and a super-large touchscreen, so your dad can tell it just when to take that pic on top of Machu Picchu, or wherever he’s headed. You can even get him a matching drone if you’re feeling particularly financially blessed this year.
For the Dad Who Hates His iPhone 7
If your dad calls you several times a day for help dealing with his new iPhone, delight him with Apple’s AirPod wireless ear buds. It pains me to recommend them because they seem incredibly overpriced, but my husband bought some recently and declared them “the best.” With their seamless pairing and charging, they will definitely make life better for those who are still gun shy about their smartphone.
For the Party Dad
Beeropoly – $35
This drinking game is perfect for the dad who a) loves his brewskies b) loves board games c) gets a little tipsy on holidays. Plus, you might benefit from this gift yourself as you watch Father’s Day turn into silly shenanigans.
For the Dad Whose Dog Is Top Dog
The Dogist – $16.96
Watch your dad melt as he turns the pages of this adorable dog book and looks into the eyes of over 1,000 dogs. None of them are as cute as his dog, of course.
For Your Hubby (Who’s a Dad Too)
Adidas Originals Superstars – $80
Watch out Nike, Adidas’ kick game is taking over shoe closets everywhere. Get your man in on the trend with these classic and timeless sneaks. They’re comfortable, stylish and can probably withstand your baby dropping a plate of mashed yams on them.
Becky Lang is a writer, creative director and occasional podcaster living in Minneapolis. She also likes to draw dogs and female protagonists.
BY Becky Lang - June 12, 2017
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.