Father’s Day Gift Guide 2021: Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Every Dad Personality
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Year 2020 has taught us to appreciate the people in our lives. And after making through such a difficult time, all Hallmark holidays seem extra special this year. This Father’s Day, June 20, go an extra mile to express your love for your dad (or the father figure in your life) with useful and fun gifts. We’ve carefully curated this list, so there’s something for every kind of dad personality, from those who’d love a book of dad jokes to those who like to stay active and those who have a range of hobbies.
Gift Ideas for the Stylish Dad
The Deets: $200 at Gillette
Now this is a gift that your dad can use and appreciate every day. Gillette has come up with a heated razor to mimic the experience of a hot towel shave. The razor, which has a warming bar, comes with two levels of heat (109°F and 122°F). It is also waterproof, so your dad can easily shave in the shower. The kit includes the one-of-a-kind heated razor, its charging station, and two blades. You can also get him a subscription (monthly, quarterly, or annually) to refill the blades.
The Deets: $69.99 at Carhartt
Gone are the days when professionals could only carry a briefcase to complement the work look. Now we have backpacks that look stylish, sophisticated, and professional. If you want to upgrade your dad’s work bag with something stylish and sturdy, then this work pack is a good option. It can store his laptop, his lunch box, and water in the main compartment along with other work knick knacks in the zip pockets. Of course, it’s just as good as a casual bag and he can even take this on trips. It keeps the contents dry in light rain and comes in three classic colors: gray, black, and brown.
The Deets: $190 at Belk
Clothes and accessories are always risky, so you have to be sure of your dad’s style and size. But this suave pair of Cole Hann oxfords from Belk are too fashionable to not have a look. It’s lace-up with an almond toe and rubber heel. They’ll complement trousers and pants, and pair perfectly with a range of cool tones. These are suede, so they will also require tender love and care (read about maintenance of suede shoes here).
Gift Ideas for the Active Dad
The Deets: $299.95 at Macy’s
It makes sense to get the Fitbit Sense for your dad. This smartwatch is a tough competitor to Apple Watch and monitors heart rate, workouts, sleep, skin temperature, and blood oxygen saturation. The electrodermal activity sensor (EDA) that measures stress and the electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor that record heart rate for irregularities are also useful features of this watch. Plus, he will be able to use its in-built GPS and voice assistant, and get instant notifications and update alerts on the watch. While the watch doesn’t score well on sustainability, as reported by The Guardian, it's a highly rated smartwatch that’s applauded for its health and fitness tracking capabilities.
The Deets: $834.99 $684.99 at 4WheelParts
Ah, the satisfaction of a chilled beer after a hot day of hiking or camping! If your dad (and you) enjoy the quiet in nature and frequently take camping trips, then this Smittybilt fridge/freezer will come in handy. It’s not your standard cooler; it’ll slide right into your 4X4 and keep your drinks at -22°F. You can adjust the temperature, too. In case you’re worried about this freezer consuming all your vehicle’s power, then you should know that it has a three-stage automatic preservation switch that reserves capacity. Plus, it’s already at a discounted price and even qualifies for free shipping.
The Deets: $10.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond
Everyone needs a good tube of sunscreen in their everyday essentials kit. Even sitting indoors with the windows letting the sun in, you need it. Even when it’s cloudy, you need it. If your dad is someone who’s always running outside without applying a sunscreen with SPF 30 or more, then you should change this terrible habit this Father’s Day and help him exercise some self-care and self-love.
Note: This is one of the top-rated sunscreen products, but you should still find out what his skin type is and pick something accordingly—you don’t want to get him a greasy sunscreen that’ll make his oily skin worse!
Gift Ideas for the Chef Dad
The Deets: $519 at Lowe’s
Do you have fond memories of spring barbecues as a child? Then this one will be for the whole family. It’s hard to beat Weber when it comes to appliances, and this propane gas grill with three burners is a nifty companion. It comes with a 10-year warranty from Weber, so you know it’ll last you a long time. Look at the glowing reviews; a good 95% of people have recommended it! Get ready for a plate of steaks, grilled veggies, and burgers this summer.
The Deets: $299.99 at Macy’s
A toaster seems like such an 80s wedding gift, but just see how smart this one is! It’s a two-slice toaster with a touchscreen, three toasting modes, five food settings (from bagel to waffles), and seven browning levels. It even toasts frozen slices. It’s priced higher than a regular toaster, which your sensible dad may say works perfectly fine, but he’ll appreciate all the smart features that come with this high-speed smart toaster — even if it’s just for plain ol’ toast.
The Deets: $158.35 at Home Depot
A special knife set to dad to show him you love his cooking, how’s that for an idea? This one has highly-rated reviews on its look, sharpness, and functionality. The 14-knife set (bread knife, chef’s knife, shears, santoku knife, steak knives, tomato knife, utility knife, and paring knife) comes with a self-sharpening block that does its job whenever a knife is removed or replaced. Plus, these carbon steel blades paired with the wooden block will look quite cool on the kitchen counter.
Gift Ideas for the Practical Dad
The Deets: $149.99 at Advance Auto Parts
Gift dad something that’s useful like this dash cam that gives a 130-degree field of view day and night. It can support a 64GB micro SD memory card that records up to 12 hours of footage. It records video while you’re driving and when the car is parked, and there’s an app to change settings and download videos. It’s a good car accessory to have and definitely something that’ll ensure more safety.
The Deets: $89 $74 at Lowe’s
A parent who has spent a lot of time on home improvement projects will definitely appreciate this 68-piece tool kit that comes with a 20-volt drill and 66 hand tools as well as a carrying bag. With a rating of 4.7 out of 5 on Lowe’s site, 98% of people highly recommend the product.
The Deets: $1,669.99 $1,499.99 at HP
Now this one’s a tad expensive (add $386 that HP recommends for its three-year accidental damage and theft protection plan), but it’s one of the best convertible laptops in the market right now. This 15.6-inch laptop features 11th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB memory, 4K display, 1TB SSD storage, touch display, and fingerprint reader. Your dad will also appreciate the micro SD card reader and USB and HDMI slots.
It is definitely a premium product and it looks like one, too. You can also think about getting the HP rechargeable pencil ($69.99) if your dad wants to also use it as a tablet.
Gift Ideas for the Sentimental Dad
The Deets: $24.99 at Macy’s
It’s a sweet gift that he may proudly wear. It tells him how you feel about him without too much fuss: he’s a great dad and you let him know with a small gesture like this t-shirt. It’s the thought that counts, eh?
The Deets: Save up to 55% at Sam’s Club
The CDC has announced that it’s safe to travel for fully vaccinated people, so why not make this summer memorable? As a child if you and your dad also spent time with Lego sets, then a family trip to Legoland may just be the thing to honor those memories. Sam’s Club has theme park deals on a variety of attractions, including Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, and Six Flags.
The Deets: $179.99 $149.99 at Best Buy
An alternative to a photo album (which in itself is a great idea), this smart picture frame can sit on the table or go on the wall, and digitally display photos of your most cherished memories. There’s an app that everyone in the family can use and share their photos, as those memories happen, and change settings. To start, you can pre-load photos when you give this to him. The 10.1-inch frame connects to wi-fi, sync with Google Photos, Instagram, and Facebook, and works with Alexa. For easy access, there’s also a remote included.
It’s a tad bit expensive, but you’ll save money (and trees) and you can switch out and/or easily upload new images as you and pops create more memories together!