Our Ultimate Father's Day Gift Guide
Though it only became an official holiday in 1972, the annual celebration of Father's Day in the U.S.—which takes place on the third Sunday in June—was born in Spokane, Washington, long before that. In 1910, to be exact, when Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, set out to establish an official equivalent to Mother's Day for male parents.
Around the world, Father's Day festivities occur throughout the year, like the second Sunday of August in Brazil, where St. Joachim, the father of Mary, is said to be the inspiration for the holiday. In Thailand, it's celebrated on the December birthday of the widely admired King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Everyone wears yellow to commemorate the day. And in Germany, on Ascension Day, a tradition is honored celebrating fathers by organizing hikes and other gatherings—and supplying the men with a hefty stock of food and alcohol.
And though American Father's Day customs center on showering Dad with gifts, that wasn't always a welcomed tradition. In fact, pushback against the custom of gift-giving is one of the primary reasons why Father's Day wasn't declared a national holiday until Richard Nixon signed it into being.
Times have changed—at least as far as Father's Day is concerned—and there's no better time to butter up your favorite guy with something a little more substantial than pancakes. He'll flip for a shiny new copper grill, hand-crafted gin, and a cozy alpaca throw for lazy Sundays. Read on for more of our gift ideas for the father figures in your life.
Sun and Moon Socks
Clink, then drink! Raise a glass of this whiskey blend, which delivers smooth spice and smoky warmth.
Shop Now: High West Distillery Double Rye! Whiskey, $35.99 for 750 ml, wine.com.
The 16-quart enamel pot will hold lobsters and crabs this summer, and his famous four-alarm chili come fall.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Collection American 16-Quart Lobster Pot, $140, macys.com.
Modern Chess Set
Dad taught you everything you know about chess, but he still beats you every time. Start fresh with this modern set, which looks great on a coffee table.
Shop Now: West Elm Acrylic Chess Set, $199, westelm.com.
He'll take this cooler everywhere, whether he's on the road or on the water.
Shop Now: Yeti "Roadie 20" Hard Cooler, $199, yeti.com.
A Bag That's Ready for Anything
This diaper bag was designed for guys on the go. It converts to a backpack and has a washable liner, removable changing mat, and laptop sleeve.
Shop Now: E.C. Knox "Ellison" Diaper Bag in Windsor, $250, ecknox.com.
iPad Kitchen Stand
Handmade every step of the way, Shoes Like Pottery low-tops sport kiln-fired rubber soles that look great while going the distance.
Shop Now: Shoes Like Pottery Low-Top Sneakers, $155, shop.tortoisegeneralstore.com.
Sunny days call for a breezy topper like this woven fedora, available in a rainbow of beachy colors.
Shop Now: Travaux en Cours Woven Fedora Hat, $76, christophepourny.com.
Alpaca Throw Blanket
Spark some joy and ignite his inner Eagle Scout. The two-pound, stainless steel Firebox G2 stove is wood-and Sterno-friendly and folds up to the size of a book.
Shop Now: Firebox G2 Stainless-Steel Stove, $60, fireboxstove.com.
Outfit your cannonball king in these fast-drying board shorts, made from recycled plastic bottles and recycled fabric.
Shop Now: Greenlines Eco Stretch Glide Board Shorts, $72, greenlines.com.
The Talented Mr. Fix-It needs a tool carrier as dashing as he is. Mi Cocina's strapping denim waist apron has compartments for all his DIY essentials.
Shop Now: Mi Cocina Denim Waist Apron, $75, micocinaus.com.
Ripple Bottle Opener
Sure, he has a bottle opener, but we bet it doesn't look like this. The sleek ripple design is easy on the eyes, but light enough to slip into a pocket for an afternoon on the go.
Shop Now: Craighill Ripple Bottle Opener, $48, craighill.co.
Japanese symbols and patterns add intrigue to this cool take on an American classic.
Shop Now: Kiriko Two-Tone Custom-Dyed Bandana, $38, kirikomade.com.
Martha Stewart's roomy embossed croco-leather tote gets better with age, just like a certain someone.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Croco Embossed Leather Tote in Dark Chocolate, $219.98, qvc.com.
Deluxe Gas Grill
Group-gift the glowy copper Weber Genesis II E-315, which has tapered burners to nix hot spots and smart grates that stop flare-ups.
Shop Now: Weber Genesis II E-315 Gas Grill, $799, homedepot.com.
The lightweight Helinox sunset chair packs up tight (just 18.5 inches long), so he can take it to a concert, soccer pitch, beach, and beyond.
Shop Now: Helinox Sunset Chair Home in Steel Grey, $200, helinox.com.
Zip-Up Duffel Bag
Paravel's featherweight duffel zips into a flat pouch he can stash in his suitcase for far-flung finds.
Shop Now: Paravel Fold-Up Bag, $65, bloomingdales.com.
Crafted from soft Vachetta leather, this oxblood-toned case will (stylishly) keep eyewear protected on the wildest adventures.
Shop Now: Borsheims Graphic Image Eyeglass Case, $66, borsheims.com.
Lakrids by Bülow calls these salted caramel-covered licorice bites "feisty and gentle at the same time," just like dad.
Shop Now: Lakrids by Bülow D Salt and Caramel Coated Licorice, from $9.90, lakridsbybulow.com.
The raw brass finish on this pen will develop a unique patina over time. Until then, use it to write upside down, under water, and in extreme temperatures from -30 to +250 degrees Fahrenheit thanks to its patented pressurized ink chamber.
Shop Now: Fisher Raw Brass Bullet Space Pen, $26, spacepen.com.