Dad is the hardest to spoil. Throw him a $15,000 camper, and he won’t turrn erudite hermit — more likely, he’ll loop you in for a road trip and then elect to drive. So when the day to celebrate Dad comes around, trust that however you choose to thank him it will be well received.
We’ve assembled a collection of goods to honor both his best qualities and his quirks. Spend some time looking them over, then choose something that’ll help him continue doing what Dad does best: reveling in life with those he loves.
Spring Summer Travel Vest by Aether Apparel $245
Aether’s Trace vest is the ideal layering piece for a dad on the go, consisting of a water-repellent nylon shell padded with 170 grams of Primaloft insulation. It offers necessary warmth in a slim silhouette, and can function well on its own in the varied weather of the shoulder seasons.
Texas-Made Button Down Navy Micro by Criquet $110
Made from Japanese milled cotton, this casual shirt from Criquet is sewn in Texas and features a button collar and classic micro-gingham design. It’s a timeless piece of menswear that will look good in any dad’s closet.
Emilio Chukka Boot by Nisolo $178
Nisolo’s chukka boot is handmade from nubuck leather in Peru. The recognizable, minimal design features a durable leather outsole, a microporous leather lining and a soft leather insole.
Key Carrier by Kairos $30
Basic Navy Pocket Square Pack by The Tie Bar $45
Rambler Low NuBuck Sneakers by PF Flyers x Todd Snyder $80
Gibson Classic Rain Jacket by Penfield $165
Club Master Wood by Ray-Ban $225
Weekender Inside Out Black by Travelteq $395
Wool / Silk Water-Repellant Blazer by Brunello Cuncinelli $2,195
Both incredibly sharp and reliable, the Outerwear jacket from Brunello Cucinelli is made in Italy from a lightweight water-repellant canvas (a blend of virgin wool and silk). Perfect for a range of weather, it’s unlined and can easily be folded and packed while traveling without creasing.
The latest edition to Citizen’s lauded Promaster line combines the civilized looks of a stainless steel sport watch with the power of the brand’s most advanced Satellite GPS Timekeeping technology. This allows pops to automatically sync the watch’s time to 27 different cities across the globe with just the press of the button. If that isn’t enough to justify its place on his globetrotting wrist, it also comes with nearly every other critical watch function a frequent traveler could want, including: a pilot’s rotating slide rule bezel, chronograph, perpetual calendar, alarm, light level indicator and even a dual time zone indicator. In short, it’s a watch that’ll tell him everything he could possibly need on his many adventures. And, it’s also dead simple to operate, which is great news for a guy who’s still wrapping his head around “that Snapchat thing.” Buy Now: $1,395
Hiking Trail 3D Models by Nice Trails $100
Remember that weekend trek you and your dad used to take every summer? Now he can have a physical representation of the memories with a 3D trail model from Nice Trails.
Alchemist 40/55 Pack by Eddie Bauer $175
For the serious outdoor adventurer, Eddie Bauer’s Alchemist pack leaves little to be desired. It‘s weather resistant and lightweight, so whether it’s a day hike or an ice-climbing expedition, it’ll handle whatever Dad can throw at it.
Comfort Plus Mat by Sea to Summit $170+
Let’s face it, although he’s hesitant to retire his old Ridge Rest from his days at Camp 4, Dad’s sleeping pad could use an upgrade. Sea to Summit’s Comfort Plus is lightweight, but still offers supreme comfort thanks to its dual-chamber design.
Firestarter Kit by Gerber $17
PhD. Sock by SmartWool $16
T2QC Quad Color Flashlight by LED Lenser $45
Abisko Hike Shirt LS by Fjallraven $100
The Sawtooth Package by Tenkara Rod Co. $159
Skywalk GTX Hiking Boot by Vasque $199
Camping Trailer by Timberleaf $15,000
Whether or not Dad invites you along is up to him. But wherever the road takes him, he’ll have the comforts of home in Timberleaf’s luxe teardrop-style trailer.
Rev by Leatherman $35
Stripping wires, opening a beer, the myriad of jobs that needle nose pliers are used for — the Rev handles it all. And with a slim 3.8-inch closed length, it’ll be his new best friend — just don’t let the dog know.
GLF-5X Hybrid Ladder by Gorilla Ladders $80
That rickety, rotted-wood deathtrap of a ladder hasn’t failed yet, but it’s only a matter of time. The GLF-5X is the perfect replacement, offering three times the stepping surface of a traditional ladder while remaining slim for easy storage.
Doorbell Camera, Keypad and Lock by August $199
Upgrading to a smart doorbell system is easier than you think. It’s the perfect project to sink a weekend into and August’s Doorbell Cam lets you see who is at your door from anywhere with its easy-to-use smartphone app. You can then unlock or lock the door remotely.
Inflatable Shim by Winbag $20
Gas Can by SureCan $35
Ultra Hammer by Estwing $44
Designer Series Light by Haiku Home $199
Stealth Force Cordless Pulse Driver Kit by Rigid $199
iQ2000 Inverter Generator by Generac $800
Pro Storage Workbench by Garrett Wade $1,500
Every man needs a workbench with plenty of space for tools, and with Garrett Wade’s Pro Storage Workbench, Dad’ll be the envy of the neighborhood. Whether he’s a serious craftsman or just a hobbyist, this workbench has space for it all.
Weighted iPhone Dock by Native Union $50
An iPhone dock makes the whole nightstand look better. Plus, when he’s fumbling around for his phone at night, he probably won’t knock everything over. This one by Native Union works with generations of iPhones and iPads, with or without cases.
Bison Leather Camera Strap by Maven $135
HoldFast’s bespoke camera strap is made from American bison leather, with custom brass U-hooks. It’s classy enough that he’ll want to wear it, ensuring that his finger is near the shutter button at all times.
Wi-fi Home System by Eero $199+
The Eero system works similarly to a traditional router, but it has much wider range. It does this using a system of connected devices — meaning more dependable connectivity throughout the entire house. Say goodbye to hot and cold wi-fi spots.
N60 Noise-Canceling Headphones by AKG $250
EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM with Built-In Light by Canon $250
Phantom 3 Advanced Drone by DJI $780+
Smart Writing Set by Moleskin $200
Alta by Fitbit $129
Galaxy S7 edge by Samsung $700+
H6D by Hasselblad $30,000
This is Hasselblad’s brand-new, 100MP H6D. It comes flexing two new CMOS sensors, a 50MP and an insane 100MP back (with 15 stops of dynamic range). Pound for pound, it’s our pick for the best medium-format digital camera system on the market.
Pro Team Flyweight Glasses by Rapha $220
Rapha’s new lightweight performance glasses feature Carl Zeiss lenses, a polymer frame that’s both flexible and strong, and — best of all — they’ll make Dad look like a robo-speedster on the bike. And lens swaps are simple — just disconnect the three pieces from the glass and add them to the next lens. It’s optical and engineering precision for the high-end roadie.
Hyperadapt Carry Golf Bag by Nike $350
When you’re out on the links, Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate and can even play on-again-off-again games with the rain. The Nike HyperAdapt Carry Golf Bag is your new first line of defense with a waterproof base bag, sealed seams and removable pockets for up to 10 customizable storage configurations.
Gym Duffel by Aer $165
Toughness and versatility are often overlooked qualities in a gym bag. Leg day, cardio, pickup basketball at the park — different days require different gear and all before heading into the office. The Aer Gym Duffel’s separated storage compartments and ventilated, water-resistant shoe pocket will keep up with whatever Dad’s regimen is and keep his office clothes away from the sweaty stuff so he doesn’t bring the gym to work and back home.
Board Grip by Hexa Traction $66
Swift 7-Inch Lined Running Short by Rhone $88
R1 Goggles by Roka $35
Reverb Reversible Cycling Jacket by Nau $180
Protein Shaker by Umoro $27
Approach X40 Golf Tracker by Garmin $24
Raven by Eddyline $2,799
The original Eddyline Raven was said to be the “equivalent to the best German sports sedan,” and the the new Raven only looks to continue that tradition. With superior construction and intelligent design, the Raven maintains maneuverability and forward speed in equal measure, making it a perfect vessel for multi-day touring and day-tripping.
Marlowe Lunch Bag by Peg and Awl $44
The ol’ brown paper bag is a classic. Peg and Awl elevated that classic with waxed canvas. Just remember not to toss it out after finishing lunch.
Jack Puzzle by Craighill $108
The Jack Puzzle is a conversation starter. It coaxes people into asking, “What is that? Who gave you that?” Maybe he’ll even say that you got it for him. If that’s not a great paperweight worthy of his desk, nothing is.
iPad Pro 9.7-inch by Apple $619+
Pair the best tablet of 2016 with that iOS smartphone he already owns. The charger will stay the same. The screen size and possibilities (think ditching the laptop and notepad) only get better.
Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent by Sydney Finkelstein $16+
The Blackwing 24 by Blackwing $25
Heirloom Stationery by Billy Reid $28
Rugged Suede Medium Pouch by Filson $100
Aviator 2 Pants by Ministry of Supply $140
Steward Penny Loafer by Paul + Evans $350
Renew Sit-to-Stand Desk by Brian Alexander for Herman Miller $1,599+
The benefits of working from a standing desk have been talked about (at length) and proven. Yet they’re not for everyone. This minimalist version by Design Within Reach, which is available in three color choices, easily lowers and rises with the touch of an out-of-sight, out-of-mind lever. Sit or stand; it’s a desk that caters to both preferences.
Headphone Stand by Hudson Valley Hardgoods $79
High-end headphones aren’t meant to be tossed unlovingly into a tangled mess of cords wherever there’s open desk space. They should be treated with care and displayed proudly, and this headphone stand will do just that.
Mu-So QB by Naim $1,000
For the dad who streams his music in every room of the house, but doesn’t mess around with low-quality audio, there’s the Naim Mu-So QB — a wireless speaker from the same company that designed the in-car audio system in every new Bentley.
Samsung Gear VR $98
The next step in the evolution of entertainment is here, and it’s spectacular. Pull the headset down over your eyes, and the VR experience will immerse you in an experience that not even the biggest, fanciest TVs can provide.
12-Month Subscription to PlayStation Plus $49
A Reality Tour Limited Edition Vinyl Set by David Bowie $92
Roku 4 $130
The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki $180
Super Remote by Ray $250
HA-2 Portable Headphone Amplifier and DAC by OPPO $300
4K Ultra Short Throw Projector by Sony $50,000
To the untrained eye, it looks like an ultra-modern piece of furniture. Turn it on, and it transforms into one of Sony’s most innovative 4K projectors yet, capable of 147 inches of cinema-quality video — and it does so while sitting against the wall onto which it’s projecting.
Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail, with Recipes by Talia Baiocchi $13
The best recipe books stay focused. In Spritz, everything revolves around Italy’s bitter and bubbly aperitivo cocktail, which is making its worldwide comeback tour as a favorite pre-dinner cocktail. It’s time your father learned how to start his night right, served with a centuries-spanning history lesson.
Chichicapa Mezcal by Del Maguey $68
This mezcal from Del Maguey is made by Maestro Mezcalero Faustian Garcia Vasquez from espadín agave and has 46% ABV. The nose is light and floral, but on the palate notes of citrus and agave sweetness intermingle. The finish has a light smokiness with wisps of chocolate and mint.
Hopper 20 Cooler by Yeti $299
The difference between an amatuer and professional tailgate rests mostly with the temperature of the beer. Outdoor drinking shouldn’t be a race against the heat; the idea is to relax, after all. These puncture- and mildew-resistant soft-sided coolers are easier to carry than their hard-sided cousins, and they can store 18 beers, along with plenty of ice, for a full day of relaxing with Dad.
64-Ounce Growler by Miir $55
Vacuum Decanter by Metrokane $68
Japanese Glass Ice Bucket and Tongs $78
American Wagyu Tomahawk Steak by Snake River Farms $99
Platinum 18 Year Old Whiskey by Johnnie Walker $100
Slate Deluxe Humidor by Adorini $500+
Ceramic Charcoal Smoker Grill by Primo $2,195
Expensive? Yes. Worth it? Definitely. It’s the last grill you’ll ever have to buy, and you’ll become a better chef simply by standing next to it. The heavy ceramic shell provides unrivaled even heating, and the oval shape allows you to cook with both direct and indirect heat, meaning there’s no limit to the versatility of what lands in front of your hungry guests.
Norelco Multigroom 7100 by Philips $59
When it comes to beard and body trimmers, you’re looking to maximize usability and precision. The Norelco Multigroom 7100 comes with four different trimmers to address everything from sideburns to back hair, while attachable combs collectively offer 18 length settings from 1mm to 18mm. It’s also cordless, shower friendly and fully charges in just an hour.
Get It Together Brass Comb by Izola $30
Combs are basic tools in a man’s grooming cache, but that doesn’t mean one should turn a blind eye on quality construction. Though pricey when compared to your everyday drugstore brand, this heavyweight brass comb from Izola, with both fine and coarse teeth, is the last one your dad will ever need.
Fortifying Face Balm by Ursa Major $36
Made without petrochemicals, sulfates or other synthetics, Ursa Major’s Fortifying Face Balm is a lightweight moisturizer that hydrates skin and protects against aging, naturally. The scent — a combination of lavender, lime, mint and rosemary — is present, but subtle.
Executive Plan by Dollar Shave Club $9 per month
Daily Protein Shampoo by Baxter of California $18+
Metal Electric Toothbrush by Quip $45+
Paddle Strop Razor Case by Bisonmade $250
Leather Dopp Kit by Frank Clegg $375
Fleece Bathrobe by Oliver Spencer $490
“Groom” Valet Stand: $55,000 by Hermes $51,300
Essentially a men’s equivalent of a vanity table, the “Groom” Valet from French fashion house Hermes is a practical solution gone off the design deep end. The frame is made from solid Canaletto walnut and features a revolving mirror and various storage spaces lined with leather. Is all this necessary? Of course not. But luxury doesn’t always need to defend itself.
CR401-TA Record Carrier Case by Crosley $52+
A record-storing solution that is more protective and better-looking than the milk crates your dad used in the ’70s.
Leather Desk Valet Tray by J. W. Hulme $95
He’s got the leather keychain, the high-end sunglasses, the minimalist wallet — now he needs a place to put them. With its cow-skin-and-brass construction, this valet tray from long-running Minnesotan leather institution J. W. Hulme is one of the best options for a dad with good taste.
Weather Station by Best Made Co. $178
Best Made Co.’s Weather Station features a thermometer and hydrometer for measuring temperature and humidity, giving Dad the ability to check at a glance if he’ll need that sweater you got him for Christmas. Even if he’s still keen on checking such things on his phone, the Weather Station’s brass housing will look great on his wall.
Max Heat Silicone BBQ Gloves by Ekogrips $25
Cutting Board and Knife Rack by Chops $65
Pillow by Casper $75
Watch Box by Raumgestalt $90
Silverton Hot or Cold Coffee Dripper by Yama $150
Hohenmoorer Y2 Monostahl Chef’s Knife by Quitokeeto $296
The Control Freak Induction Cooking System by Breville x Polyscience $1,800
This restaurant-grade induction top can hold 397 specific cooking temperatures, from a range of 86°F to 482°F for either the surface temperature of a pot or the liquid inside it. So it’ll be perfect if he’s sick of vague “low-medium-high” stove top temperature settings.