There’s no shame in having a holiday sneak up on you. It happens. You’re living life, taking care of the day-to-day and then out of nowhere everyone is talking about Father’s Day. And while a relationship can’t be boiled down to what we give — or whether we give at all — it doesn’t feel good to feel like you forgot Dad. So to help the more absent-minded among you we’ve pulled together some great last-minute Father’s Day gifts. Fast shipping on Amazon Prime guarantees that you’ll get them in by the end of the day, if not very soon afterward. And while you’re at it, it wouldn’t hurt to set a reminder for next year.
WatchPod Travel Case
This inexpensive zip case is a great solution to traveling with a watch that could be damaged in transit, which honestly includes any mechanical timepiece packed into in any duffel or suitcase with potential to get knocked around. We’re looking at you, airline bag handlers.
Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible
Billed as the most comprehensive whiskey guide ever written, this book covers more than 4,500 different drams with tasting notes and other professional tidbits on each. The book is an enjoyable read even if you aren’t using it to arrive at your new favorite bottles, thanks to the author’s blunt and honest (and often humorous) takes on “the juice.”
Another whiskey-themed gift, but a real must for a man who enjoys his drinks as distillers intended — neat, or with a little splash of water. The glasses are shaped to provide the best possible nose before imbibing, along with the ideal flow onto the tongue of the lucky drinker. There’s a reason, let’s say, that you’ll find these exact glasses in use at high-end distilleries and spirits competitions around the world.
TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller
Foam rollers have long been part of the athlete’s domain, but this can work wonders for anyone who uses their body as intended. Whether your dad hits the gym hard through the week, does strenuous work around the house or just has more than his share of daily aches, a quality roller like this one from TriggerPoint will only help.
A Kindle device is practically a no-brainer for a dad who loves to read while he travels but loves packing light even more. The new Paperwhite boasts a waterproof design, double the storage of its predecessor (8 GB is a lot of books) and
Leatherman Free P4
Lots of dads already own classic Leatherman multi-tools; they’re incredibly useful and well-made enough to withstand decades of regular use. The brand’s new Free series has everything your dad loves about his classic multi-tool, and nothing he doesn’t love, thanks to a smooth magnetic closure system that allows for one-handed operation. If you’re going to update just one thing for your dad, this might be the one that scores you the most points. Read our review here.
Fitbit Charge 3
For 24/7 health and fitness tracking — that’s everything from calories and sleep hours to stairs climbed and average resting heart rate — Fitbit’s new Charge 3 device is hard to beat. While that’s not exactly dad-specific, most busy dads would appreciate a way to simplify health stats and daily reminders to make healthy choices, which he’ll definitely get with the Charge 3.
Jabra Elite Active 65t
Jabra’s Elite Active 65t are some of our favorite true-wireless earbuds here at Gear Patrol. And that’s not for nothing — they’re sweat-resistant, they offer five hours of battery per charge, they stay firmly in your ears during exercise and the Jabra companion app allows the user to modify EQ to suit their tastes.
Ray Ban RB344
One of the most iconic designs in the whole history of sunglasses, popularized by John Lennon and worn by stylish guys ever since. If your old man still takes risks and asserts his own sense of style like a much younger version of himself — cheers to him, right? — he’ll love his own pair.
Breville BDC450 Precision Brewer Coffee Maker
No, a drip brewer doesn’t need to cost $200. But then this is no ordinary coffee brewer; it boasts Breville’s patented Steep & Release valve system, which holds water in the coffee filter basket to make sure it can interact with the grounds enough to get a good, consistent brew every time. Your dad can finally dial in that perfect cup (or pot) of coffee, save the settings, and get the same thing every morning or tweak as he chooses.
This iconic dive watch from the legendary Seiko is practically impossible not to love. It’s an ISO-certified diver, meaning it can handle practically any water exposure your dad’s got in mind, and it’s also built to take a few knocks with a burly stainless case, screw-down crown and workhorse-level 7S26 automatic movement, which is known to run smoothly for decades. To boot, it’s an eminently good-looking watch, and it can be worn with a suit as easily as it can be worn with sandals and swim trunks.
ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 Bookshelf Speakers
ELAC’s speakers are well-reviewed by audio geeks everywhere, and this specific pair delivers incredible value, improving upon the already-great Debut B6.2 speakers that came before them. If your dad’s playing music through tinny little accessory speakers or whatever came with his audio receiver long ago, this upgrade might help remind him why he put the record on in the first place.
Speaking of putting a record on, Audio-Technica’s AT-LP120 turntable is another staff favorite here at GP that really punches above its pricepoint. This turntable features a high-torque direct-drive motor, a cast-aluminum platter with a stock slip mat, high-accuracy quartz pitch control, selectable internal pre-amplifier, a USB port to digitize LPs and of course a removable, hinged dust cover. Read our review here.
Arlo Pro 2 Home Security Camera System
Your dad’s home is his castle, and peace of mind goes an awfully long way. This simple security system works with Alexa (unit sold separately) for voice control, interacts with its camera units wirelessly, operates in temperatures from 32F to 122F and records seven days’ worth of footage at one time to a cloud-based storage system for free. It also hangs onto that footage for seven days after recordings are stored, which can be streamed or downloaded when necessary.