The 30 Best Father’s Day Gifts

Jun 15, 2020

Category: Gear

Our dads play an enormous role in influencing and shaping the men that we grow up to be — passing down their values, traditions, passions, and bestowing us with character, responsibility, and morals. And while the best way of expressing your gratitude is undoubtedly by living an emboldened life that makes your father proud, you can still show the dad in your life how much you care with a stellar gift or piece of gear on Father’s Day.

Because shopping for a different generation can be tricky, we’ve compiled this extensive and well-rounded list of garments, gear, gadgets, and goods sure to resonate with just about any dad, whether he be an outdoor enthusiast, gearhead, technophile, or athlete. You very well may spot an item or two that you fancy yourself, too. So, without further adieu, let’s dive into the 30 best Father’s Day gifts.

Urban Outlaw: Dirt Don’t Slow You Down By Magnus Walker

This fantastic piece of literature tells the inspiring true tale of how a broke British-born punk rocker came to Los Angeles, built a fashion empire, and became one of the most influential and idiosyncratic forces in the historically exclusive and buttoned-up Porsche community.

Purchase: $11+

Kizer Titanium Spork/Bottle Opener

Weighing in at around 0.5oz, this spork and bottle-opener combo boasts an extremely compact design and full titanium construction. This Kizer offering comes in a padded mesh travel case, though the bottle-opener opening also allows it to easily be linked to a mess kit or suspended from a carabiner.

Purchase: $18

Pendleton Field Guide To Camping

The latest collaboration between Chronicle Books and Pendleton Woolen Mills, this 192-page camping field guide is divided into three sections: a rundown of America’s best trails and National Parks; an essential camp gear list and packing guide; and a myriad of basic camping how-tos like pitching a tent or starting a fire.

Purchase: $20

Schuberth Basecap Flex Active Hat

This protective mechanic’s hat boasts high-tech 3D-Flex foam padding, a short visor, and a polyester mesh construction that allows for solid airflow and cooling. And, because it was made Schuberth, you can expect the same premium quality that’s exhibited on the German brand’s top-shelf motorcycle and auto racing helmets.

Purchase: $29

Nomad Ultra Rugged Lightning Battery Cable

Nomad’s aptly-named Ultra Rugged Lightning Battery Cable just might be the world’s best iPhone (and iPad and Airpods) charging cable. Measuring 5’, this MFi-certified cord packs a PVC cable jacket, Kevlar core, and 1000D ballistic nylon weave exterior, plus features an integrated 2,350mAh power bank for those times when dad can’t get to an outlet.

Purchase: $50

Porsche Pink Pig Thermal Mug

This officially-licensed Porsche thermal mug is decorated in the iconic “Pink Pig” livery famously worn by a specially-prepped one-off 917/20 coupé at Le Mans in 1971. Equipped with stainless steel double-walled construction, this mug can keep hot drinks hot or cold drinks cold for extended periods of time.

Purchase: $55

The James Brand Mehlville Carabiner

By far one of the coolest carabiners on the market today, the Mehlville features a spring-loaded gate and a clever dual-compartment key-capturing design. It’s also equipped with an integrated stainless steel bottle opener, too. Incredibly-durable, the Mehlville is CNC-machined from 6063 aluminum before being treated to an anodized finish.

Purchase: $60

Peter Luger Steak Packs

While you might not be able to take dad there for a sit-down meal this year, there’s still plenty of time to order some of Peter Luger’s highly-renowned dry-aged steaks, which are unequivocally some of the very best in the country, if not the world.

Purchase: $60+

Quiet Carry Q3 Ti Knife + Key Organizer

Put an end to dad’s bulky keyring and upgrade his setup with this folding key organizer and back lock pocket knife combo. Fitted with an AUS 8 steel blade, this item features a titanium frame/handles that can accommodate 1-4 keys (or 8 when using extenders).

Purchase: $68

Dango T01 Tactical Multitool Wallet

One of Dango’s many stellar EDC offerings, this tactical wallet is comprised of a 6061 aerospace-grade anodized aluminum chassis wrapped in brown rawhide leather and supplemented via a silicone cash strap and mated together with mil-spec bolts. On top of having room for 12 cards, this wallet also hides a high carbon stainless steel, 15-function multi-tool.

Purchase: $89

VSSL Flask

This travel-friendly adventure flask set from VSSL houses a pair of collapsible shot glasses, bottle opener, and a 9oz vessel for dad’s drink of choice. The housing itself is made from military-grade aluminum, is waterproof and nearly indestructible, and features an integrated compass, watertight storage cell, a four-mode 200-lumen LED flashlight.

Purchase: $95

Tactile Turn Titanium Bolt Action Short Pen

Tactile Turn produces some of the finest EDC pens in existence, calling on top-shelf materials backed by elegant and slightly-understated designs. And these qualities very much make their way onto the Texas-based company’s Bolt Action Short Pen, with the made-in-America item featuring full titanium construction and a unique arcing bolt-action deployment setup.

Purchase: $99

Dribbleup Smart Basketball

If you’ve got a dad that’s spent his life on and off the court, he’ll surely appreciate this thoroughly-modern twist on the classic basketball. This smart ball is fitted with internal sensors that monitor areas like speed and reps, before feeding the data back to a smartphone app in realtime.

Purchase: $100+

Benchmade 318 Proper Knife

Benchmade’s 318 Proper Knife is a premium take on the classic slipjoint folder, retaining the timeless style of the pocket knife while bestowing it with micarta handles, and a 2.28” CPMS30V steel clip point satin-finished blade. Made in America, the Oregon City outfit backs this little knife up with a lifetime guarantee, too.

Purchase: $115

Orvis Altimeter Clock

This aviation-themed clock from Orvis houses authentic altimeter dials from antique WW2 military aircraft cockpits that are now used to mark the time. The antique aviation instrumentation components are fortified behind the clock’s housing, which is entirely made from cast and machined brass and aluminum.

Purchase: $119

Rigby Single Malt 18-Year-Old Whisky

This single malt was the result of a joint effort between John Rigby & Co. and Scottish distillery, Blair Athol, and consists of a whisky that’s been aged for 18 years, before being finished in sherry casks, bottled, and sold in a special gift box.

Purchase: $126

Warby Parker Merrick Sunglasses

Warby Parker’s Merrick is an incredibly calculated pair of men’s sunglasses, built around a stainless steel frame that’s fitted with ultra-durable Akulon-coated screws and anti-scratch-coated polycarbonate lenses, as well as custom cellulose acetate nose-pads and temple tips that are cut from a single sheet in order to maintain perfect color parity.

Purchase: $145+

WOOX AX1 Axe

Though WOOX’s bread and butter is undoubtedly producing high-end wooden firearm chassis and precision stocks, the company has taken its knowledge and expertise and applied it to producing its first camping axe: a hand-held tomahawk-style item with an octagonal Appalachian hickory handle and a Cerakoted carbon steel head and diamond heel.

Purchase: $179

Filson Ranchlands BC Notebook

Built with the same top-notch level of quality displayed by the Northwest outfit’s garments, Filson’s Ranchlands BoneCrusher Notebook is an heirloom-quality item that’s made by hand using premium vegetable-tanned leather on a working ranch in Colorado. This item also pairs perfectly with the Tactile Turn Titanium Bolt Action Short Pen from earlier on the list.

Purchase: $200

Moto Bailey ElBulli Riding Boots

Have dad looking dapper whether on two wheels or on foot with these wonderfully-stylish riding boots. Individually built by hand, the ElBulli boots sport a dignified appearance, with wooden heels, reinforced shifter toe pads, and uppers constructed from French-imported leather. Underneath the surface, however, these shoes pack ample protection in the form of integrated PU ankle armor and full Kevlar lining throughout.

Purchase: $220

Icon x Roland Sands Design Signature Watch

Whether designing riding gear, aftermarket parts, or custom motorcycles, Roland Sands is well-known for his ability to combine form and function into mechanical works of art, and though horology is novel territory for the Southern California builder, Sands applied his same knack for design into his Signature line of watches with Icon, which features stainless steel cases, Miyota 2415 movements, Horween leather watch straps, and motorcycle speedometer-inspired dials.

Purchase: $225

Filson Ballistic Nylon Duffel Backpack

Part duffel, part backpack, and all hardwearing as hell, this wildly-rugged Filson bag is constructed from 600D ballistic nylon and offers up to 45 liters of storage space. Offering a variety of carrying styles, the bag also has a padded laptop sleeve, an internal security pouch, and a specially-lined mud-proof pocket for sweaty and/or dirty gear.

Purchase: $245

YETI Hopper Flip 12 Soft Cooler

If your dad happens to be an outdoor enthusiast, then you really can’t go wrong with a quality cooler, like YETI’s soft-sided Hopper Flip 12 (or really any member of YETI’s Hopper lineup). The Flip 12 features an extraordinarily-rugged DryHide shell, ColdCell (closed-cell) rubber foam insulation, and a Hydrolok zipper, which is the world’s toughest waterproof/leakproof cooler zipper.

Purchase: $250

Panda Moto Capo Riding Shirt

Like the ElBulli boots, this heavy riding shirt from Pando Moto offers protection when on the bike and style when off it. The shirt is made from hardwearing heavy 12.5oz Cordura denim and boasts a mesh-lined collar, polished hardware, integrated removable SAS-TEC shoulder and elbow armor, and a patch on the left arm to accommodate hook-and-loop patches.

Purchase: $285

Barbour International Waxed Riding Jacket

Barbour International is the undisputed maker of the original British waxed riding jacket, and despite the fact that nearly a century has passed since its release, the jacket still remains a bonafide moto gear staple. Famously worn by Steve McQueen, this style of Barbour riding jacket is made from 100% waxed cotton and sports weatherproof snaps, brass zippers, an adjustable belt, and an optional snap-in wool liner.

Purchase: $303

CAT S61 Mil-Spec Smartphone

the CAT S61 Smartphone is an utterly incredible piece of hardware that’s absolutely brimming with amenities and tech. Insanely rugged and carrying IP68, IP69, and mil-spec 810G certification, this mil-spec smartphone has premium features like a FLIR lepton thermal imaging camera, indoor air quality sensor, laser-assisted distance measurement, and a 4,500mAh that affords up to 37 days of standby time or 35 hours of talk-time.

Purchase: $660

Olson Form Machine Series Black Desk Set

Entirely composed of items precision-machined from 6061 aluminum billet and fortified via a MIL-A-8625 Type II black anodization, this beautifully-designed and -crafted desk set is made up of ten items: a phone Stand; business card holder; bolt action pen; paperclip bowl; pen holder; money clip; individual coaster; spinning top; letter opener; and table Weight.

Purchase: $750

Master & Dynamic MW65 Wireless Headphones

A fantastic gift for dads who routinely travel — or just happen to love music —these wireless over-the-ear headphones offer stellar audio quality, as well as an equally-top-shelf leather-bound anodized aluminum frame. Equipped with a pair of integrated microphones, the MW65 also offers active noise canceling and 24 hours of battery life.

Purchase: $499

Snapmaker 2.0 Modular 3-in-1 3D Printer

The Snapmaker 2.0 is a relatively groundbreaking piece of equipment, with the three-in-one device offering 3D-printing, laser-cutting, and CNC-machining — all in a highly compact package that fits on your average desktop. This cutting edge gadget also doesn’t require an engineering degree or CAD training to operate and runs off an easy-to-use 5” smart touchscreen (with a CPU running Android OS).

Purchase: $1,319

Nepros neXT Walnut  Chest

This absolutely gorgeous walnut tool chest is the result of a collaboration between Japanese tool company Nepros and artisan Japanese furniture maker, Hida Sangyo Co., Ltd., and contains four sliding drawers held in a custom-designed and -manufactured rack. And, while this chest was technically designed for tools, it can be used to store anything, from knives to watches, to fishing gear, to cigars.

Purchase: $2,280

The 20 Best Work From Home Essentials

Since most of the world is still social distancing, there’s a solid chance your dad is spending a lot of time at home. That also might mean the perfect Father’s Day gift can be found on our list of the best WFH essentials.

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