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20 Last-Minute Gifts That Will Arrive by Father’s Day

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Father’s Day is in two days (Sunday, June 18), so it’s crunch time to pick up something to show Dad your appreciation. But fear not — we’ve put together a list of last-minute Father’s Day gift ideas for every kind of dad, whether he’s into movies, books, grilling, golf, or the great outdoors, and all of which are ready to ship from Amazon. From workout gear to the best gadgets for traveling smartly, you’ll find plenty of options below that he’s sure to get a kick out of — when they arrive on his doorstep just in time to celebrate. NB: Because the big day is this weekend, we suggest ordering ASAP (as in the next few hours) and paying close attention to shipping information — you may have to pay extra for on-time delivery.

For the dad who drinks eight cups a day

From $25

With this gift card, he can upgrade his morning-joe routine with his choice of new kettles, beans, mugs, and more — we’re fans of Fellow’s grinder and Stagg electric kettle.

For the dad who craves his hometown’s doughnuts

From $1

Goldbelly will ship his favorites from hundreds of restaurants and small food businesses nationwide. Strategist writer Lauren Ro uses Goldbelly to send brunch from New York–based Russ & Daughters to her parents every year.

For the empty-nester dad

From $25

Jump-start his plant-parent era with the gift of a little button fern or a leafy hoya (or the pots to plant them in).

For the dad who loves his AirPods

With this Bluetooth adapter, food stylist Judy Kim can use her AirPods instead of wired headphones to watch in-flight movies (without getting tangled up with her seatmates). Beyond the plane, this adapter can be used anywhere there’s a wired headphone jack instead of a non-Bluetooth speaker, such as gaming consoles, stereo speakers, and gym treadmills.

For the dad who’s always in low-battery mode

Dad can say good-bye to unnecessary cords (again) and juice up his phone with this stylish charging tray that also has a catchall for keys and coins.

For the dad who’d rather be fishing

Give him the gift of alone time spent wandering the aisles among the latest rods, flies, and fishing vests.

For the dad who dreads mosquito season

Strategist writer Lauren Ro says this $10 suction tool instantly reduces her bites’ itching sensation by drawing the venom out of the bump. Dad just needs to place the plunger on a welt, pull up on the handles until he feels suction, and then wait 10–20 seconds before releasing.

For the dad who says he’s great at reading the room

‘Wavelength’ Game
$31
$31

With Wavelength — which made our list of the best adult board games — he can compete with up to 12 players to read one another’s minds. Players are split into two teams and take turns rotating a dial to where they think the other team might be on a spectrum. For example, on a scale from hot to cold, where might the other team place coffee?

For the dad who wants more than Wordle

After his daily puzzle is done, he can keep his brain buzzing with this book.

For the meat-eating, multitasking dad …

With this Tom Colicchio–approved Bluetooth thermometer, Dad can keep tabs on a roast and spend time with family away from the kitchen. Colicchio says he likes how he can program the thermometer to alert him at a specific time on his phone so he doesn’t constantly have to check the oven. “I get the perfect meat every time,” he says.

… and a surface to serve his famous brisket on

For a cutting board that will last Dad years, Strategist kitchen and dining writer Emma Wartzman says Boos Blocks are the “sturdiest work surface you can find,” not to mention big enough to prep many ingredients at once.

For the jet-setting dad

After testing six different kinds of packing cubes, Happy to Wander travel blogger Christina Guan told us, “Eagle Creek’s Pack-It Cubes have by far been the best, looking like new even after years of traveling.”

For the dad whose snacks are fit for a king

$15 for 2

This flavored salt will allow Dad to have movie-theater popcorn at home while rewatching that nail-biting Succession finale. Author Jenny Han says if you use a three-quarter teaspoon, “you’ll swear that you’re at the movies.”

For the dad who’s tired of dropping his iPad on his face

This sleekly designed contraption easily holds up a ten-inch device (or a standard iPad) with a flexible but sturdy arm that grips onto a headboard or nightstand. Writer Jinnie Lee uses it for TV watching, but also while doing yoga routines or following recipes while cooking.

For the dad who wants to bring nothing but his phone

From $30

Strategist tech writer Jordan McMahon says he attaches this slim MagSafe wallet to his phone when he’s meeting friends or running errands and only needs an ID and a few cards. Plus, it comes with a kickstand to prop your phone up in portrait mode should Dad want to FaceTime with his favorite child (you) while he’s out.

For the cinephile dad

Gift him this Coke-can-size projector that displays his favorite films and YouTube videos up to 100 inches.

For the grill-master dad

This Japanese barbecue sauce comes recommended by former Strategist writer Chloe Anello, who says her foodie dad gave it his stamp of approval. It pairs well with anything from short ribs to grilled vegetables, and also comes in a gluten-free version.

For the bearded dad

Give Dad an at-home barbershop experience with this best-in-class trimmer. Sam Buffa, founder of Fellow Barber, says its self-sharpening blade “stays sharper for longer” compared to other options in this price range.

For the dad who wants an effortless park day

Photo: retailer

This affordable utility wagon makes it easy to lug all the essentials from the car to the picnic — and stow his iced coffee in the beverage holder while he does it.

For the efficient landscaping dad

Rugg Original Leaf Scoops
$10
$10

Strategist contributor Sarah Z. Wexler made fun of her husband’s leaf-scooping claws until she saw “how much faster they make everything” since the claws’ ridges grasp onto leaves better than bare hands. “Leaf Scoops cut in half the time it takes to transfer leaves from piles into a compost bin, bag, or wheelbarrow,” Wexler says, and “they’re actually kind of fun to use.”

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20 Last-Minute Gifts That Will Arrive by Father’s Day