father's day 2022

The Best Father’s Day Gifts for Every Type of Dad

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Before you even get a chance to pat yourself on the back for finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift, it’s time to start thinking about your dad. With Father’s Day right around the corner — it’s on June 19 this year — we’ve rounded up the best gifts for all types of dads. Whether yours is a beer enthusiast or an avid golfer, the outdoorsy type or a design fiend, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect present below. To make things even easier, everything here is available to ship and will arrive in time for the big day (we checked).

Under $25

For the dad who sings in the shower

“The quality of the sound isn’t Sonos level or anything, but the SoundBot works in the ways you need it to,” says Strategist contributor Rio Viera-Newton of this shower speaker. Plus, the buttons work well even with “slippery soapy fingers,” so Dad can switch from podcasts to the Bee Gees with no problem.

For the dad with an emotional-support movie

Flavacol Popcorn Seasoning
$9
$9

After adding a teaspoon of this to his popcorn, he’ll swear he’s at the movies, even when he’s just rewatching The Godfather on HBO for the thousandth time.

For the dad with an emotional-support firepit

Because some dads are just really into fire. John — who counts himself among them — suggests these tumbleweeds, which he says “burn hot and clean” and “last for nearly ten minutes, which is plenty of time to get larger logs or a pile of charcoal going.”

For the germophobe dad

Instead of wiping down his phone with a Clorox wipe every night (and leaving an icky residue), Dad can simply pop it in this UV pouch that zaps away bacteria in just a couple of minutes.

For the dad who has seasonal allergies

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He’ll get a kick (and some serious decongestion benefits) out of this NASA-approved nasal emollient, which helped one Strategist contributor finally relieve her sore and stuffy sinuses.

For the dad who lives for baseball season

A “dad cap” in his team’s color — but without a logo — feels a little more grown-up.

For the dad with razor burn

David Hallberg of the Australian Ballet suffered from razor burn until a friend introduced him to this fragrance-free, astringent formula. He says it’s the “only thing I’ve found around the world that saves me from razor burn.”

For the dad into a different kind of burn

Strategist contributor Aleta Burchyski calls this multi-tool “dead useful” for its sharp tip and serrated edge that breaks down boxes handily, the screwdriver that makes quick work of opening battery compartments, and the two rulers that come in handy at the hardware store. But what really sets it apart is a hexagonal bowl and pipestem “surreptitiously built into its body” that can be used for taking the occasional puff while doing chores.

For the dad training for his first marathon

Don’t let Dad make the rookie mistake of running in cotton socks and ending up with blisters. These wick moisture away from the foot and feature silver threads to keep them smelling fresh even on long runs.

For the dad who lives for lobster

Bianca Piccillo, a co-founder of Mermaid’s Garden Sustainable Seafood in Prospect Heights, told us about these kitchen shears that she says are particularly useful for eating lobster. “They open the knuckles, which are normally tricky to get into with a cracker or other larger tools.”

For the dad who prefers oysters

If he’s up to the task of shucking his own oysters, give him the preferred knife of Derek Hanson, the chef and owner of Jacqueline in Portland, Oregon. “This little beauty is the best,” he says.

For the dad who can’t go a day without sushi

While this isn’t a proper sushi knife, it does come recommended by a fisherman and helped one Strategist contributor prepare nigiri at home.

Under $50

For the jet-setting dad

For the dad who refuses to check his bags (but insists on being prepared for any weather situation), a set of packing cubes can help him organize — and fit — all his gear into a carry-on. Contributor Foster Kamer, a self-proclaimed “compulsive overpacker,” calls this set from Eagle Creek “the Russian nesting doll of luggage.”

For the dad who drinks protein shakes

Give him this protein powder, which we dubbed the best chocolate-flavored whey protein powder after talking to experts about their favorites. It contains a blend of whey isolate and concentrate and the trainer who told us about it says the powder always mixes smooth and never tastes chalky.

For dad who’s more of a wine enthusiast

Perfect for stealthy sipping on the beach or at a picnic in the park.

For the dad who’s always prepared

In the case of a blackout (or worse), survivalists and other experts told us that a hand-crank radio is an essential element of any emergency-preparedness kit. Kaito’s shortwave radios are a favorite among preppers, and this particular model, the KA500, can be powered by battery, solar, hand-crank, USB, or wall outlet. It’s also water-resistant.

For the DIY dad

Homesteader Morgan Rogue carries this pocketknife, which he says works for everything from “heavy-duty chopping and slicing” to “close-up, detailed work, like whittling.”

For the dad who just can’t sleep

For the dad who’s particular about his coffee …

If your dad wants his at-home coffee to taste as good as a cup made by a barista, he’ll appreciate this Chemex pour-over, which comes recommended by Erika Vonie, a certified Q grader (a.k.a. a coffee sommelier).

… and the one that needs his coffee to-go

A travel mug beloved for fitting in a car’s cup-holder, this tumbler will keep your dad’s coffee hot (or cold) for the long haul.

For the dad who needs to upgrade his jeans

A pair of classic 501s — our pick for the best straight-fit jeans for men — will instantly take his look from frumpy to stylish.

For the dad who’s fermentation-curious

This kit should cover all his fermentation experiments, from kimchee to preserved lemons.

For the dad who’s sauce-curious

Let Dad nerd out and create his own hot sauce with this kit that includes heirloom peppers and pH strips for nailing the right level of heat.

For the dad who babies the dog

A plush chaise longue with a supportive orthopedic foam base, because your dad’s best friend deserves the best.

Under $100

For the dad who’s more of a homebody

Amazon Echo Show 8
$70

A smart display like the Amazon Echo Show can do a whole lot for a dad who spends a lot of time at home. Not only is it a speaker and a monitor but the device also acts as a main hub for any other smart-home appliances he may have: for instance, if he owns smart light bulbs, he can get Alexa to turn off the lights. He can even make video calls on it, allowing him to connect with friends and family near and far. (For this reason, we think it would make a nice gift for the dad who is a granddad, too.)

For the nostalgic dad

Polaroid Go Instant Camera
$80
$80

If Dad misses the days of (instant) film, he’ll get a kick out of the Polaroid Go, a compact instant camera that Bowman praised for its sharp picture quality, reliable focus, and easy-to-use controls. “There really is something transcendent about experiencing a special moment and then holding an image of it in your hands a few seconds later,” he writes. If your dad is really nostalgic, you could also get him one of the brand’s refurbished 1980s-era models.

For the nostalgic dad (who is glued to his computer)

A mechanical keyboard like this expert-approved one will make his workdays more like they were 30 years ago. The Bluetooth-enabled gadget not only gives a “satisfying clickity sound” as you type on it, but may also help Dad work faster: The TikToker who recommended it “feels like I can type at the speed of light” while using the keyboard.

For the dad who makes ravioli from scratch

This pasta-maker comes recommended by Linda Miller Nicholson, the author of Pasta, Pretty Please and the “pasta artist” behind the Instagram account Salty Seattle. The machine is made by Italian manufacturer Marcato Atlas, which has been making pasta machines since 1930, and ensures that any dough cranked through will emerge at an even width, making it less likely to tear.

For the retired dad

Dads looking for a new hobby can go deep on Instant Pot-cooking and learn how to whip up everything from steamed vegetables to homemade Greek yogurt.

For the dad with a bad back

Draped over his favorite chair, this heated electric massager will ease tension in his back and shoulders.

For the dad who loves lawn games …

Kubb Game Premium Set
From $44

If he’s already a KanJam pro, introduce him to this Swedish block-tossing game that supposedly dates back to Viking times.

… and for the one who just loves his lawn

Green-thumbed dads will appreciate this Swiss-made pruner, which gardening experts we spoke to say is the industry standard for ease of use and durability.

For the dad who found a box of free kittens at the deli

An elegant water fountain for discerning kitties who prefer running water — and the dads who indulge them.

For the bike-riding dad (who doesn’t have a garage)

According to former Strategist senior editor Anthony Rotunno, this clever stand not only stores a bike with a minimal footprint but makes that bike look more like a sculpture on a pedestal. “Its base has a long, grooved leg where you’re meant to put the back wheel of a bike, and the stand’s tallest part has another groove where you’re meant to rest the part of the bike frame that supports the seat,” he explains. “Photos help explain this better than words, but basically, once a bike’s rear wheel is in the lower leg, you just need to tip it back until the frame rests on the taller groove and voilà: Your bike is stored vertically with the only floor space occupied being whatever the compact stand is taking up.”

Under $200

For the dad who’s on a smoothie kick

Beast Blender
$140
$140

If Dad is looking to get more greens into his diet, a Beast blender would allow him to start each day with a nutrient-packed smoothie.

For the dad who’s on a cacio e pepe kick

Männkitchen Pepper Cannon
$170
$170

The Cannon cranks out ten times the amount of pepper compared to a regular mill and has different grind-size adjustments so Dad will be able to season everything from pasta to rib roasts with ease.

For the dad who loves his tunes

Small, portable, and powerful, this Bluetooth speaker from Bose is a favorite among Strategist editors, politicians, and authors alike.

For the dad with a record collection

His beloved B-sides and deep cuts will sound great on this very attractive turntable. It even connects to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth speakers.

For the dad who’s always losing his charger

This handsome wireless charging tray is pretty much impossible to misplace.

For the dad who’s wary of supply-chain shortages

$129

With a Tushy bidet, he’ll never have to buy toilet paper in bulk again.

For the dad who prefers tea

A favorite of tea sommelier Linda Gaylard, this kettle will warm water to the just-right temperature for different kinds of tea. “A variable-temperature kettle takes the guesswork out of determining if the water is hot enough for oolongs or a little cooler for green teas,” she says. Of course, it can also be used for coffee if Dad is an equal-opportunity caffeine consumer.

For the new dad

Keeping a clean house can easily take a backseat to feedings and diaper changes for new parents. Dad will feel like a hero with this automatic vacuum — that he can program from an app.

For the dad who is always on his feet

He’ll love getting a powerful, heated foot massage when he finally has a chance to sit down.

For the dad who loves to read by the pool …

Kindle Paperwhite
$95

The latest iteration of Amazon’s Kindle is waterproof, making it ideal for dads who read poolside.

… and the one who would rather be on a golf course

Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors
$128
$128

Here’s a gadget for the golf dad who appreciates any opportunity to improve his swing. The expert-approved kit analyzes and critiques his form using sensors and an accompanying app.

For the dad who loves showing off pictures of the kids (or grandkids)

With this highly reviewed (actually decent-looking) digital frame, he can instantly display all the latest family photos.

For the dad who wants to level up his fitness routine

Make it a family competition for the highest daily step count.

For the dad who complains about saddle sores

Even though Dad probably doesn’t cycle for a living, he’ll appreciate the unique design of this saddle that includes a long cutout, so it can flex and mold to his body as he shifts his weight.

Under $500

For the dad who can’t resist game-day tickets

Buy him the Birkin of coolers and he’ll be the talk of the tailgate.

For the dad who can’t resist an outdoor adventure

GoPro HERO9 Black
$300

This GoPro will let him capture all his romps in the wilderness and comes recommended to us by Kevin Mooney, the owner and operator of the Mohicans, a tree-house resort in Ohio. “The footage that we have shot with ours is phenomenal,” he promises.

For the dad who doesn’t believe in water bottles

The Berkey can filter 6,000 gallons of water before you need to replace the filter and is a favorite of both survivalists and Golde co-founder Trinity Mouzon Wofford, who told us it’s “the heart of my home” for the way it “gets rid of that funky chlorine smell that a lot of tap water has.”

For the dad who always has a crick in his back

Therabody Theragun Elite
$298
$298

The Theragun is a favorite of athletes and masseuses alike for massaging sore muscles.

For the dad who kicks the covers off

He can customize the temperature of this cooling mattress cover so he never wakes up sweaty again.

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The Best Father’s Day Gifts for Every Type of Dad