Father’s Day is a week from Sunday, and the kids and I have been planning up a storm of ways to celebrate their papa. His favorite gifts are usually activities – bike rides to get ice cream, hiking along a river, going to a soccer game, so we’ve been brainstorming how to include lots of these on his special day. But the kids also adore picking out a physical gift, hiding it, and giving him something specifically from them. Zach nailed this with Mother’s Day. He takes them shopping, making a huge deal of secrecy, and they each handpick a little gift. The kids can barely contain their enthusiasm. For a man who is constantly self-sacrificing for the four of us, I’m so excited to spoil him too. Parenting would be infinitely less fun without his teasing, wrestling, and brave yet light-hearted outlook on life.
So, without further ado, here are a few gift ideas for fathers…
- Harry’s Shave Set, $15. Make a daily task more luxurious with these super high quality razors. Zach has been using these for the past few months and really loving the upgrade. The packaging is fantastic, perfect for a gift. (Note: we’d recommend the foam to the shaving cream).
- Raised Garden Bed, $40. This is Zach’s big gift this year, along with a bunch of plants from our local hardware store. He spent the past weekend building it and planting it with the kids. I’m so excited to watch our little urban garden experiment grow.
- Urban Commuter Bike, $200. Biking in warm weather feels like freedom. If you have little ones, add a bike seat (we have this one) or a bike trailer, so you can travel together all summer long.
- Hammock, $25. We love taking this hammock out in our yard or when we go camping. It goes up quickly and has held up super well. Everything you need to hang it is included, so he could take a Father’s Day nap right away.
- AeroPress, $30. This coffee gadget is on Zach’s wish list. Trusted foodie friends say it makes the best cup of coffee, which makes it perfect for weekend mornings.
- Kiehl’s Men’s Starter Kit, $43. He’d never buy it for himself, but these splurge-y face products are designed just for guys (and last a surprisingly long time).
- Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses, $190. A classic, forever-cool choice.
- Everlane is always a no-brainer choice. I’ve found their sizing to be true, and the quality is unbeatable. A few faves: Cashmere Crew Sweater, $100, Cotton Pocket Tee, $16, Indigo Pocket Tee, $28, Japanese Slim Fit Oxford Shirt, $58, Slim Fit Denim Shirt, $58, 9″ Slim Short, $55, Classic Fleece Sweatpants, $55, and the Modern Zip Backpack – Large, $68.
- Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, $9. If my husband could rave to you about a book, this would be the one. He LOVED this true-story epic adventure.
- Stir Crazy Popcorn Popper, $32. I’ll probably include this on every guys’ gift guide forever, because it is a beloved tradition in our family. The guys can pop a mean bowl of popcorn – just use canola oil and kernels, and sprinkle with salt when it is popped. My uncle, brother-in-law, dad, brothers, husband all man the popcorn maker.
- Firepit, $82. This is such a hit. We like to use ours for date nights after the kids are in bed, but also for the occasional hot dogs and smores dinner. I like the deeper bowl of this pit, especially with little kids around. There’s something about a guy tending a fire, right?
- Dietz Lantern, $28. Last year, I gave Zach one of these and we use it on our screened porch and when we camp. It’s an old school classic.
- Tent, $71. Kick off a family tradition of camping. We’re doing this and slowly stock piling our own camping gear. It’s awesome how just a little gear can get you ready for years’ worth of family memories. I’ll be writing more about camping soon! (Note: tent sizes run small.)
- Adidas Sandals, $44. Contrasting sporty stripes to wear to the pool, lake, beach, or just in your backyard.
- Chatbooks Album, $8. Put 60 photos in an album to sum up the highlights of dad life.
- Grana Linen Short Sleeve Shirt, $59. Breathable, lightweight blue + white striped Irish linen is ideal all summer long.
- Copper Mugs, $9. Keep every summer drink super cold, plus they look cool on a shelf.
- Mallman on Fire: 100 Inspired Recipes to Grill Anytime, Anywhere, $35. If you have never heard of Francis Mallman, make sure your guy watches this episode. He is a legend.
And here are some great books for your kids to pick out at the library to read with their dad over the weekend:
Let’s Go to the Hardware Store, by Anne Rockwell
My Dad is Big and Strong, But…: A Bedtime Story, by Coralie Saudo
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, by Mo Willems
Good Night Little Bear, by Patsy and Richard Scarry
I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating with the ones you love!
PS: If you’d like some more ideas, check the holiday gift guide for guys.