It’s that time of the year again! You’ve finally found the perfect gift for Mom, and now you can relax your gift-hunting muscles… for about five minutes, lest you leave Dad in the dust. No need to start your search for another tired tie this Father’s Day, though—you’re bound to find something perfect for Pa in this selection of 20 gifts ideal for even the most exacting of the paternal population, be they gardeners, at-home chefs, or even amateur historians. The best part? Everything’s new since last Father’s Day.
For those a bit less skilled with seedlings (or simply due for a break from looking after little creatures), behold: a kit that does the heavy lifting on its own, letting Dad sit back and watch the salsa basically grow itself. | Self-Watering Pepper Planter
Got a way with weeds? Dad sure does! Nurture his green thumb with this impressive tool kit featuring only the best in bamboo-handled garden gear, packed in a pine wood crate ideal for reuse. | Deluxe Gardener Tool Kit
Whether he’s well-traveled or merely enthused by a sumptuously seasoned hunk of fresh bread, take Dad on a tour of Rome, Provence, and Marrakesh with these expert blends of spices designed to mingle with only the finest EVOO. | Gourmet Oil Dipping Spice Kit
In cold, dark times, help him add a jolt of flavor that recalls warm summer evenings ’round the campfire with the aid of this suite of three spiced salts, each handmade in Atlanta, Georgia. | Bring the Heat Sea Salt – Set of 3
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… a grill that looks like a toolbox? Keep your personal superhero guessing with this ingenious essential in disguise, ideal for clandestine barbecue. | BBQ Toolbox
Fore! Er, two. Keep Dad’s nightcaps cool, yet stiff with this duo of golf-inspired whiskey chillers that fit him to a tee (pun intended). | Golf Ball Whiskey Chillers – Set of 2
Choose one of four Jurassic pals to grace the side of this earthenware mug, an ideal thank you for the man who first taught you the difference between high tea and T. rex. | Dino Mug
Pay tribute to a special spot with this personalized felt-and-mango wood tray, a perfect piece to rest your snacks on as you reminisce. | Custom Map Serving Tray
For the politically-minded pop, consider this set of four heavyweight coasters celebrating our nation’s history. What better way to toast checks and balances than with a cold, heady brew that won’t leave a ring on the coffee table? | Democracy Coasters – Set of 4
Help him keep his secrets safe in style with this sleek wooden journal, personalized for the utmost in home state pride. | Wooden State Journal
A treat for Dad’s desktop, this handmade brass puzzle pays tribute to the tiny, shiny jacks of his childhood—you know, those things kids used to play with before they all had cell phones? | Brass Jack Puzzle
Keep his favorite craft brews cool on the go with this upcycled six pack holder designed to hug your bike frame, bringing new meaning to the phrase “booze cruise.” | Bike Six Pack Holder
Keeping life and work in order is no small feat. Show your appreciation with this tactile keychain benefitting Family Values @ Work, a national network of coalitions working to pass paid family leave policies in 24 states. | Work/Life Balance Keychain
Handmade in Burkina Faso with recycled spark plugs and scrap metal, this earth-friendly miniature skier is sure to liven the home of any powder-loving patriarch. | Spark Plug Skier Sculpture
Armchair historians will go wild for this painstaking portrait of the presidency, a carefully color-coded diagram detailing everything from party affiliations to deaths in office. | Periodic Table of Presidents
Pay tribute to your old man’s best friend with this fluffy throw pillow celebrating one of 29 breeds in undeniably poetic form. | Pedigree Poem Pillow
For the tech-inclined, check out this set of interlocking LED panels controlled by an app—the perfect gift to lend a touch of disco to any home office. | Aurora Smart Lighting Panels
Between work, home, and everyday dad duties, simple things get lost in the shuffle—like keys. Shaped like the state of your choice, this magnetic cherry wood key holder makes it easy to keep track of those itty-bitty metal things he needs to, you know, get back into his house. | Wooden States of American Magnetic Key Holders
Form, meet function. For the scientifically inclined among us, this colorful globe thermometer proves as elegant as it is useful, the movement of its cheery glass bubbles tied to the rise and fall of the temperature in a given room. | Galileo Globe Thermometer
And finally, for the world traveler, try this steel-and-aluminum clock guaranteed to wake even the loudest snorer from his slumber with enough time to shave before final boarding. | Around the World Alarm Clock
I am seriously going to get the map tray for my husband for our anniversary! Those gardeners out there may also be interested in a Garden Seat and Tool Tote to go with the garden tools! http://www.thoughtfulpresence.com/gift-for-gardeners-garden-seat-and-tools/
The dino mugs are super cute – I’d want to get them for dad just so I can use them 🙂
I also came across this blog for how to brainstorm father’s day ideas. I like how it puts a focus on getting him something useful that solves for a problem or puts him first.
Bike 6 pack holders wins for usefulness!
The Deluxe Gardener Tool Kit looks very great.My husband loves gardening.This is what I will surprise him with.
Wonderful post! I think that Self-Watering Pepper Planter is the best gift for my father as my father loves gardening. Thanks for sharing this.