Great Gifts for Father’s Day

Looking for a unique gift Dad will actually use? Whether he's into tech, fitness, food, grilling or grooming, Dad will love at least one of the 24 items we rounded up for a big surprise on June 15

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Bacon-Truffle Collection

Bacon and chocolate: Is there a better combo? The New York City–based custom-chocolate-bar company Chocomize uses Fair Trade Belgian chocolate to craft these imaginative truffle combinations. Each box contains four kinds of truffles, each with a different type of smoked or cured bacon and other ingredients (like maple syrup, bourbon and toasted pecans!) that pack powerful flavor into every bite.



Yonanas Dessert Maker

If Dad is a foodie but you want to take a break from the BBQ-themed gifts this year, look no further than this kitchen gadget. It takes just seconds to turn frozen fruit, overripe bananas and toppings like cookies and nuts into a creamy sorbet dessert.



GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition

For the adventurous athlete and tech savant, the newest addition to the GoPro line packs a lot of power—and 30 percent more battery life—into a camera that’s 20 percent smaller and lighter than the previous version. With 12 megapixels and the ability to shoot 30 images per second, Dad’s new toy will entice him to pick up a new hobby.



Coleman RoadTrip NXT 300

Portable, powerful and ready for a party! The Electric Instastart Ignition fires up this grill at the push of a button, and a built-in thermometer makes it easy to determine when food is ready.



Mophie Power Reserve

Ideal for the dad who’s always on the go, this portable, rechargeable battery pack is finally available for the iPhone 5/5s. It connects to any keychain and can provide an additional 50 percent boost in battery life.


Amazon Fire TV

Stream movies, TV shows, photos, music and games straight to the family room’s HDTV big screen with this media player. It’s compatible with Netflix, Hulu, Showtime, Pandora, ESPN, some HBO and more than 200,000 TV episodes and movies, so Dad can instantly binge-watch all of his favorite content.


Netflix for Neckwear

Even though a tie is a necessity for most men, buying one as a gift for Dad is never very exciting. That's why we were intrigued to learn about the "Netflix of Neckwear," Fresh Neck. Membership with Fresh Neck allows Dad to choose a tie from more than 75 designers and wear it for as long as he wishes. When he wants a new look, he just drops it in the mail, and the company will send his next selection. Membership starts at $20 a month and also includes options such as cufflinks, pocket squares and lapel pins.


Knot Your Standard Suit

Most dads don't own a custom suit, let alone a custom suit that was ordered online! Using a webcam, the Knot Standard site can create a full body scan and find measurements without a trip to the tailor. Then the customization process begins, and Dad can create the suit of his dreams. Prices start at $68 for a custom shirt, $495 for a full suit. And just in time for Father's Day, the company launched its Red Card, which allows givers to put any value they want on the card and design their own gift for Dad.

Starting at $68,

Roots Slim Laptop Case

The Canadian-based company Roots has been designing quality leather goods since 1973. This laptop case has a functional padded lining, tons of inner compartments and a slim design to keep Dad looking stylish. The worn-in leather will only look better with time.


The Mantry Gift Box

If your dad can most often be found with a spatula in his hand, sign him up for a box from Mantry, the Modern Man’s Pantry. Each delivery contains six artisanal—and full-size!—food products based on a surprise theme, plus recipes. Recent features were “Bourbon Breakfast,” which packed items like Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup and Blueberry Bourbon Jam, and “Coffee and a Smoke,” which included Franklin BBQ Espresso BBQ Sauce and La Quercia Smoky Borsellino salami.


Courtesy of Mantry

Gucci Made to Measure Eau de Toilette

If he’s the sort of man who loves shoes more than you do, upgrade his cologne collection with this spicy Oriental scent. Notes like zesty bergamot and French lavender top off a smoky combination of leather and amber, making for a sophisticated fragrance. Consider it his most versatile accessory.


Courtesy of Gucci

The Winston Set from Harry’s

Treat the man in your life to the Winston Set from Harry’s, a brand that is redefining grooming with beautifully minimalist razors, high-quality blades and easy-on-the-wallet prices. This set, which contains the lightweight Winston razor (the handle can be engraved with his initials) as well as three blades and eucalyptus-infused shave cream, is the perfect marriage of form and function.


Courtesy of Harry's

"Citizen Canine"

Give Dad a deeper understanding of his best friend with journalist David Grimm's comprehensive look at the way humans transformed dogs and cats from feral outsiders to beloved family members.


$17, Amazon


Subscription e-book service Scribd is perfect for the dad who thinks he's read it all. Nine dollars a month grants access to more than 400,000 e-books—and guarantees he'll always have something new to read.



Hair Must-Haves from V76 by Vaughn

What do Bruce Springsteen, Tom Brady, Richard Gere and your dad have in common? They trust their hair to master stylist Vaughn, a decades-long veteran of the men's grooming industry. This year Vaughn launched V76, a comprehensive collection of men's products including effective skin care, easy stylers and luxurious shaving accoutrements. With a website, blog and customer-service line devoted to explaining how to use them, Vaughn equips fathers everywhere to look and feel their best.





Get Dad the gift of peace and quiet with these stealthy headphones. Disguised as a fleece headband, the speakers block snoring and other outside sounds with music, white noise or app-generated recordings designed to encourage sleep. For particularly tough nights, he can pull them over his eyes and use them as a sleep mask. 




Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band

This waterproof fitness tracker, both functional and convenient, is capable of setting personalized exercise goals and monitoring sleep—and it has a sleek, matte design so unobtrusive, Dad can wear it on any occasion. But its “move bar,” which lights up after an hour of inactivity, should motivate him out of the living room at last. Couch potato no longer.




MegaPro Ratcheting 13-in-1 Screwdriver

For the handyman at home, get the one-stop screwdriver that does it all. Its on-board storage system and adaptability for odd bits and sizes makes it useful to tackle every job around the house. And the palm-saver cap keeps unwanted blisters away—perfect for stubborn bookshelves or afternoon DIY projects.




Opinel No8 Oak Handle Folding Knife

Ideal for outdoorsy fellows, this foldable knife is small enough to be used as a pocket knife, but with a much sleeker look. You can also personalize Dad’s knife with his initials, his name or something meaningful to both of you. Engravings run $5 to $10 extra and can be added to the handle or the blade.



Smoked Maple Bourbon

What could be better than a drink that combines all of Dad's favorite things? Knob Creek's first foray into flavored spirits blends its classic Kentucky bourbon with a touch of maple, reminiscent of sweet breakfast syrup, and smoky flavors that will remind him of his favorite smoked meats. Ron Swanson would be proud.



Knob Creek

“The Hall: A Celebration of Baseball's Greats”

Give Dad a special inside look at his favorite sport with this extensive collection of stories, photos and personal essays by living Hall of Famers. Every player inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame is profiled, so watch out for Dad next time you play sports trivia; he'll be ready to dominate with his newfound knowledge of America's favorite pastime. 



Whiskey Chillers Gift Set

Help Dad keep his drink cold with Balls of Steel Whiskey Chillers. Simply pop them in the freezer for 90 minutes before adding them to a glass of his favorite whiskey. As a special for Father's Day, Balls of Steel is offering a gift set complete with a two whiskey chillers, two whiskey glasses, a T-shirt and three wristbands, perfect for the whiskey connoisseur in your life. Don't let the silly name fool you. These little balls do plenty of good, too: 15 percent of each purchase is donated to testicular cancer research.



“The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook”

With 100 recipes centered on fresh, seasonal heritage veggies, this cookbook is for the dad who prefers to fill his plate with fresh greens rather than pounds of bacon. And with plenty of recipes for each season, he'll be able to make farm-fresh meals all year long.



Personalized iPhone Case

Like the rest of us, Dad probably can't live without his smartphone. He texts, calls, checks the scores and evens pays with itso pamper him with a customized case. Visit to design one featuring a cherished photo (consider a fun family shot), an elegant wood-grain background and an optional name engraving. He'll feel the love every time he looks down! 



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First Published Fri, 2014-05-30 13:43

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