50 perfect Father’s Day gifts: for every dad and budget
NEWS PROVIDED BY USAToday ⮕ May 29, 2020 11:09 AM ET
ST. LOUIS, May.30, 2020 /MateFit/ -- And while we should be grateful for the papas in our life every day of the year, Father's Day is the perfect time to remind them just how much we care about them. But how do you express gratitude for all that Dad does with just one gift?
While no present will ever truly capture the love you have for Dad, there are some gifts that he'll appreciate (and actually use). Since we're experts at finding the best gifts (at the best prices) here at Reviewed, we've rounded up 50 of the best Father's Day gifts of 2020 for every type of dad and every budget. Whether it's the best noise-canceling headphones, a boozy subscription box, or a timeless Patagonia sweater, these are the best presents to buy for him this year.
1. For the dad who likes to get outdoors: This top-rated OtterBox cooler
The Otterbox Venture 45 won our top spot.
The Otterbox Venture 45 won our top spot. (Photo: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar)
What's the one thing hiking, camping, and even lounging on the beach all have in common? They all require a solid, heavy-duty cooler—and Dad is bound to love this one from Otterbox. Of all the coolers we've tested, the Venture 45 was the most versatile, the most durable, and offered the best insulation. In fact, it kept the interior an icy 40 degrees for almost five straight days (!!).
Get the Venture 45 from OtterBox for $244.99
2. For the dad who likes to jam out to classic rock: The number one noise-canceling headphones
Sony WH1000XM3 headphones are well worth the price tag.
Sony WH1000XM3 headphones are well worth the price tag. (Photo: Sony)
Dad loves reliving his younger days by listening to The Eagles at max volume—but the rest of the family does not. That's why he needs a pair of noise-canceling headphones like these ones from Sony. When we tested some of the most popular pairs out there (including Bose!), we found these ones to be the best at blocking noise and some of the most comfortable. Plus, they have customizable active noise cancellation technology so Dad can choose how much of the outside world he hears while he's rocking out.
Get the Sony WH1000XM3 Noise Canceling Headphones from Best Buy for $349.99
3. For the cool dad: The wildly popular 'Dad Hoodie'
The Dad Hoodie
The Dad Hoodie (Photo: The Dad Hoodie)
Meet the Father's Day gift of 2020: the Dad Hoodie. The soft and stretchy sweatshirt (perfect for dad bods-in-the-making) has a breathable mesh lining filled with plenty of pockets—including one specifically for bottles—so new dads can leave the diaper bag at home. With a perfect five-star rating from customers, it's a game-changer.
Get The Dad Hoodie for $85
4. For the dad obsessed with getting the perfect shave: This heated razor from Gillette
Gillette Heated Razor
Gillette Heated Razor (Photo: Gillette)
According to hundreds of reviewers, a heated razor is something Dad never knew he needed—until now. This wildly popular Gillette razor offers the soothing comfort of a warm towel with its heated blade and the smoothest shave with its FlexDisc technology. People love that the razor heats up in just seconds and that you can choose just how hot it gets based on your preferences and comfort.
Get the GilletteLabs Heated Razor Starter Kit from Bed Bath and Beyond for $199.99
5. For the meat-eating dad: A ButcherBox subscription
Get top-quality meat delivered to your doorstep with ButcherBox.
Get top-quality meat delivered to your doorstep with ButcherBox. (Photo: ButcherBox)
Steak, burgers, bacon, oh my! He'll get all of the above—and plenty more—with a subscription to ButcherBox. The trendy meat delivery service offers a vast selection of high-quality meat and seafood (it's all grass-fed and organic) that he can pick and choose from each month. I've used it myself multiple times and loved how convenient it was and how tasty all of my cuts were (the burgers were arguably the best I've ever made!).
Give a ButcherBox gift certificate starting at $25
6. For the dad who prefers his beer on tap: This growler that doubles as a keg
GrowlerWerks (Photo: GrowlerWerks)
Fact: Beer tastes better poured out of a tap. If Dad agrees, get him the uKeg from GrowlerWerks. Made of vacuum-insulated stainless steel, the growler/keg combo has gotten a thumbs up from over 1,000 reviewers who say it keeps their beer ice cold and carbonated (you can even customize the carbonation level) all day long. And whenever he's ready for happy hour, Dad can use the tap dispenser to pour the perfect pint.
Get the GrowlerWerks uKeg from Home Depot for $159.99
7. For the dad who's always fixing things: Our favorite multitool
All the necessary tools in one place.
All the necessary tools in one place. (Photo: Reviewed / Jonathan Chan)
Some call him Dad, some call him the local handyman. And whether he needs pliers, wire cutters, a blade, or even a bottle opener, this multitool has it all. Our experts like its smart and sleek design (you can actually operate the scissors with just your thumb!) and that the tools lock firmly into place for safe and easy use.
Get the Leatherman Wave+ from Home Depot for $99.97
8. For the dad who puts Sriracha on everything: This monthly hot sauce box
Fuego Box (Photo: Fuego Box)
There are two types of people in this world: those who drown everything in hot sauce and those who don't. If Dad belongs in the former group, gift him a subscription to Fuego Box. Every month, he'll get a selection of small-batch craft hot sauces which you can customize based on his heat preferences (from mild to "pain-seeker").
Gift a Fuego Box monthly subscription starting at $17.95 per month
9. For the dad who likes to be comfortable: This cult-favorite loungewear from Everlane
Everlane (Photo: Everlane)
There's no such thing as having too much loungewear. That's why Dad will appreciate a piece or two of cozy, comfy classics from Everlane, the brand that is all the rage right now. Not only does Everlane make our experts' favorite white T-shirt, but they also make a crewneck pullover that reviewers rave is the most comfortable sweatshirt they've ever owned.
Get the Classic French Terry Crew from Everlane for $54
Get the Premium-Weight Crew T-Shirt from Everlane for $30
10. For the bookworm dad: A subscription to Kindle Unlimited
You can get ebooks for cheap through Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Goldbox deals.
You can get ebooks for cheap through Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Goldbox deals. (Photo: Amazon)
Why give Dad one book when you could give him thousands? After all, that's what he'll have access to with a subscription to Kindle Unlimited. Bonus: He doesn't even need to own a Kindle to get his fill of e-books, audio books, and podcasts—the app can be used on almost any device including phones, tablets, and laptops.
Give a Kindle Unlimited subscription for $9.99 per month
11. For the grill-master: This set of BBQ essentials
Cuisinart Grill Set
Cuisinart Grill Set (Photo: Cuisinart)
There's something about the bond between a man and his grill that can't be matched. So you can't go wrong with a barbecue-themed gift this Father's Day—like this highly-rated 20-piece set of grilling tools, which has over 2,000 positive reviews. People like that it has everything you could ever need for a backyard BBQ (from spatulas to tongs to skewers to even corn cob holders) and that the tools are made of high-quality, durable stainless steel.
Get the Cuisinart Deluxe Grilling Tool Set from Wayfair for $58.99
12. For the dad who wants to learn something new: A MasterClass subscription
Take a class from Gordon Ramsay himself.
Take a class from Gordon Ramsay himself. (Photo: MasterClass)
What do you get the dad who already has everything? Classes taught by his favorite celebrities, of course. With an All-Access Pass to MasterClass, he can learn how to cook from Gordon Ramsay, how to tell better jokes from Steve Martin, and even how to shoot hoops from Steph Curry. Our editor-in-chief tried out the service for himself and said the classes were inspiring and that he liked how you can take them at your own pace.
Give a MasterClass All-Access Pass for $15 per month
13. For the dad who believes beer should always be ice cold: These cooling pint glasses
Host Freeze Beer Glass
Host Freeze Beer Glass (Photo: Host Freeze Beer Glass)
"Pass me a warm beer," said no man ever. That's why Dad needs a set of these insulated pint glasses. Not only do reviewers like that the mugs keep their beverages frosty for hours but they also like that the glass is no-sweat and that each one has a comfortable silicone sleeve for easy gripping.
Get the Freeze 16 Oz. Beer Glass from Walmart for $13.34
14. For the dad who needs a massage ASAP: The Theragun everyone's obsessed with
Theragun (Photo: Theragun)
He might not be able to get a massage at the spa this year but, according to thousands of happy shoppers, Dad can get one that's (almost) just as good at home. All he needs is the very trendy Theragun. One of our staff members put the handheld massager to the test and liked that it was powerful (perfect for kneading out knots) and could get to even the hardest-to-reach spots.
Get the Theragun Elite for $399
15. For the dad who just likes to chill: The coziest weighted blanket
Gravity Blanket. (Photo: Gravity)
From who left the door open while the AC was on to how to unclog the shower drain yet again, dads have a lot to worry about. So sometimes they need to decompress—and a weighted blanket could help any dad do just that. Of all the ones we've tested, we like the Gravity Blanket the best because it's super soft to the touch and provides just the right amount of pressure to be comforting but not suffocating.
Get the Gravity Blanket from Gravity for $189
16. For the practical dad: A pair of Bombas socks
Bombas Socks (Photo: Bombas)
Never underestimate the value of a good pair of socks. Dad—and his feet—will be more than happy with these ones from Bombas, the highly talked-about brand that's known for its comfortable (and colorful) socks. The best part? For every pair purchased, another pair is donated to someone in need.
Get the Men's Marls Ankle 6-Pack from Bombas for $68.40
17. For the dad who spends weekends at the driving range: These personalized golf balls
Titleist Golf Balls
Titleist Golf Balls (Photo: Titleist)
One thing's for sure: Dad won't lose these neon yellow golf balls the next time he's playing a round with his work buddies. While you can buy a standard pack of the iconic Titleist balls (which are some of the most-used golf balls on professional tours, FYI), you can add a personal touch to your gift by customizing the balls with a monogram or his name.
Get the Custom Pro V1 Optic Yellow Golf Balls from Titleist for $56/dozen
18. For the dad who runs on coffee: The Yeti Rambler mug
Yeti (Photo: Yeti)
While Yeti makes our all-time favorite cooler, you might not want to shell out nearly $1,000 (!!) for Dad's gift. Fortunately, you can get him the Yeti he loves at a more affordable price point (i.e. less than $25) with the popular Rambler mug. Made of double vacuum-insulated stainless steel, it has nearly 12,000 reviews on Amazon for keeping coffee steaming hot (or their water ice cold) for hours.
Get the Yeti Rambler Mug from Dick's Sporting Goods for $24.99
19. For the dad who likes convenience: A Dollar Shave Club subscription
Dollar Shave Club
Dollar Shave Club (Photo: Dollar Shave Club)
The last thing any man wants to do after a long day at work is go back out to the store because he ran out of razors (or worse, realize it in the morning when it's too late and he has a 9 a.m. meeting). Enter a subscription to Dollar Shave Club, which is one of our favorite subscription boxes of the year. It'll keep him stocked with all the necessary shaving essentials delivered right to his doorstep.
Give a Dollar Shave Club subscription starting at $1/month (+ shipping)
20. For the wine-drinking dad: Firstleaf, the best boozy subscription box
Firstleaf (Photo: Firstleaf)
It doesn't matter if he prefers red or white—if Dad loves a glass of vino at the end of the day, he'll love a subscription to Firstleaf, which delivers a box of three bottles each month. One of our editors tried out the wine delivery service and liked the variety of wines available (his box will be curated specifically to his preferences) and how flavorful and delicious said wines were.
Give a Firstleaf gift card starting at $25
21. For the dad who thinks he's funny: This book of dad jokes
"Dad Jokes: Terribly Good Dad Jokes"
"Dad Jokes: Terribly Good Dad Jokes" (Photo: Dad Jokes)
Ah, the dad joke. Cheesy, cringe-worthy, and often poorly-timed, they elicit groans and eye rolls—but also a few laughs. If the dad in your life is famous for his mildly-inappropriate, mildly-awful humor, get him this book which will add over 500 new dad jokes to his collection.
Get "Dad Jokes: Terribly Good Dad Jokes" from Barnes & Noble for $6.99
22. For the dad trying to get in shape: Our favorite fitness tracker, the Fitbit Charge 4
Fitbit Charge 4
Fitbit Charge 4 (Photo: Fitbit)
It doesn't matter if Dad has decided he's going to train for a triathlon or take up CrossFit—if he's getting serious about getting active, he's going to want a way to record all of his miles, burpees, or simply steps. Enter the best fitness tracker we've tested here at Reviewed. The Fitbit Charge 4 is comfortable to wear, offers tons of activity- and sleep-tracking info, and even has a few smartphone features.
Get the Fitbit Charge 4 from Target for $149.95
23. For the dad who lives in sweatshirts: The iconic Patagonia Better Sweater
Patagonia Better Sweater
Patagonia Better Sweater (Photo: REI)
Name a sweatshirt that's more recognizable than the Patagonia pullover... we'll wait. The knit fleece is so popular for a lot of reasons besides the fact that it looks good—it's also cozy yet breathable, high-quality (so Dad can wear it for years to come), and made with recycled materials.
Get the Patagonia Better Sweater Quarter-Zip Pullover from REI for $99
24. For the dad with a competitive edge: The popular backyard game, Spikeball
Spikeball (Photo: Spikeball)
There's no better way to challenge rival dads in the neighborhood than with a rousing game of Spikeball (after all, even though he can't watch sports right now, he can definitely still play them). Spikeball—which involves bouncing a tiny ball on a net—is one of the year's most popular backyard games because it's fun for people of all ages and because you can easily take it anywhere from the beach to the park and have it set it up in seconds.
Get the Spikeball Set from Target for $59.99
25. For the dad who loves his wireless earbuds: A pair of Apple AirPods Pro
Apple AirPods Pro
Apple AirPods Pro (Photo: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar)
Maybe he's an audiophile or maybe he likes not dealing with a pesky wire when he's out for a run. No matter his reason, Dad appreciates a good pair of wireless earbuds—and according to our experts, it doesn't get any better than Apple AirPods Pro. Not only do the recognizable white earbuds have a more comfortable fit, but the upgraded AirPods Pro also use active noise cancellation technology so Dad can listen to his tunes in peace.
Get Apple AirPods Pro from Best Buy for $249.99
26. For the dad who appreciates his drinks on the rocks: This Corkcicle whiskey wedge
Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge
Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge (Photo: Corkcicle)
Sure, he could pour his 5 o'clock old fashioned over regular ice—but he could also pour it over a modern wedge of ice if you gift him this unique glass and mold. Made by cult-favorite brand Corkcicle, the glasses are very durable—according to their hundreds of rave reviews—and include a silicone mold for making ice "wedges" that fit neatly into the glasses.
Get the Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge with Glass from Bed Bath and Beyond for $17.99
27. For the techie dad: An Amazon Echo to make life easier
Amazon Echo (Photo: Amazon)
Hey Alexa, what's the best Father's Day gift to give Dad this year? Ah yes, an Amazon Echo of course. We've tested tons of smart speakers and found the 3rd Generation Echo to be the best because it has surprisingly good sound quality (with Dolby Audio!) and far-field voice recognition so Dad can talk to Alexa from any room of the house.
Get the Amazon Echo (3rd Generation) from Best Buy for $99.99
28. For the dad who wants to get outside more: This Vivere hammock with thousands of reviews
Vivere Hammock (Photo: Vivere)
This summer, hammocks > lounge chairs. Get Dad in on the chill trend with one of the Internet's most popular hammocks: the Vivere. We put the hammock—which has nearly 8,000 glowing reviews on Amazon—to the test at Reviewed. Our verdict? It's more than worth the higher price, thanks to its spacious size, ample support, and amazing comfort.
Get the Vivere Hammock from Home Depot for $89.97
29. For the dad who likes to try new things: This shiitake mushroom log everyone is buying
Shiitake Mushroom Log
Shiitake Mushroom Log (Photo: Uncommon Goods)
If you're looking for a gift that's weird but also wonderful, look no further than this grow-your-own-shiitake-mushroom log. It's one of the year's most popular presents and, while there are plenty of logs to choose from, this kit from Uncommon Goods is the top-rated. People like that the mushrooms are 100 percent organic and that they're very easy to grow (simply soak the log, put it in a cool, dark place, and wait!).
Get the Shiitake Mushroom Log Kit from Uncommon Goods for $30
30. For the carnivore dad: These must-have meat claws
Bear Paws (Photo: Bear Paws)
Shredding chicken with a fork is just too civilized for the dad who likes to channel his inner caveman when he's behind the grill. Enter these meat claws, which have over 5,000 reviews on Amazon and have even been voted the "Best BBQ Tool" by the National BBQ Association. Users say the handheld claws make shredding meat quick and easy (and fun!) and can also be used for lifting and carving.
Get the Bear Paw Meat Handlers from Target for $12.99
31. For the dad who wants to kick back and relax: The super soft Ugg Scuff slipper
Ugg (Photo: Ugg)
If they're good enough for Tom Brady, they're good enough for Dad. With over 3,000 rave reviews at Nordstrom, these suede slippers are lined with the plush shearling that Ugg boots are so famous for and that will keep his feet warm and comfortable all day long.
Get the Men's UGG Scuff Slipper from Nordstrom for $79.95
32. For the dad who takes his facial hair very seriously: This must-have beard care kit
The Beard Club
The Beard Club (Photo: The Beard Club)
Besides his kids and last season's fantasy football win, the one thing Dad is most proud of is his ability to grow a killer beard. And to maintain that, he needs to show his face (and the hair on it) a little TLC. That's where this beard care kit comes in. One of Reviewed's top subscription boxes of 2020, The Beard Club offers kits for both growth and grooming (depending on Dad's current beard status) and will deliver refills right to his house.
Shop The Beard Club kits starting at $59
33. For the dad who listens to music 24/7: The best Bluetooth speaker
JBL Flip 4
JBL Flip 4 (Photo: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser)
He's spent hours curating the perfect Spotify playlist—now Dad just needs a good way to listen to it. Here at Reviewed, we recommend the JBL Flip 4 if he wants amazing sound quality and portable convenience. We chose it as the number one Bluetooth speaker out there thanks to the above reasons along with the fact its decently waterproof and has an impressively long battery life.
Get the JBL Flip 4 from Walmart for $78.99
34. For the dad who likes the finer things: A set of custom cuff links
Etsy Cuff Links
Etsy Cuff Links (Photo: Etsy)
Cuff links are a tried-and-true Father's Day gift. And while there are plenty to choose from online, one of the most popular pairs is this personalized set on Etsy, which has over 30,000 (!!) happy reviews. According to customers, the cuff links (which you can get monogrammed with a matching monogrammed wood box) look even better in person and are great quality.
Get the Men's Square Classic Cuff Links from Etsy for $19.79
35. For the dad who fancies himself a beer expert: This home brewing kit
MoreBeer Home Brewing Kit
MoreBeer Home Brewing Kit (Photo: MoreBeer)
Beer is great. Beer you made yourself is even better (or rather, more rewarding). Dad will enjoy experimenting with all things hops and yeast with this home brewing kit, which our testers dubbed the best one you can buy. It has everything he needs to brew his first batch of beer and is incredibly beginner-friendly.
Get the Deluxe Home Brewing Kit from MoreBeer for $139.99
36. For the Netflix-addicted dad: A Roku Ultra
Roku. (Photo: Roku)
Whether he wants to re-watch every season of Schitt's Creek or catch up on the latest episode of Money Heist, Dad needs the Roku Ultra for the best binge watching experience. It's our experts' favorite streaming device because it offers all of the major services (including Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and even Apple TV) and supports both 4K and HDR.
Get the Roku Ultra from Best Buy for $99.99
37. For the adventurous dad: A Lifestraw so he's never without clean water
Lifestraw Personal Water Filter
Lifestraw Personal Water Filter (Photo: LifeStraw)
If the dad in your life likes to camp, hike, or just go out exploring in the woods, make sure he's outfitted with a Lifestraw, which claims to remove 99.99% of waterborne bacteria. It's a best-seller at many outdoor retailers, where shoppers praise it for being easy to use (it filters while you drink using hollow fiber membrane technology) and for being lightweight and portable.
Get the Lifestraw Water Filter from REI for $19.95
38. For the dad who's also a coffee snob: A MistoBox subscription
MistoBox (Photo: MistoBox)
Starbucks who? This dad isn't going to settle for some average, pedestrian blonde roast—which is why you'll make his over-caffeinated day with a subscription to MistoBox. We dubbed it the number one coffee subscription service because the beans are some of the freshest and highest-quality you can find and there's an incredible selection of flavors and roasts to choose from.
Give a subscription to MistoBox starting at $10.95/month
39. For the dad who wishes he was at the Four Seasons: This plush Parachute robe
Parachute (Photo: Parachute)
He might not be at a five-star resort in the middle of the Caribbean but he can feel like he is with this luxe robe that everyone's buying right now. Made of super soft Turkish cotton, it's so cozy that some reviewers even compare it to being wrapped up in a cloud.
Get the Classic Bathrobe from Parachute for $99
40. For the dad whose phone is always dying: This tiny-but-mighty portable charger
Jackery Bolt (Photo: Jackery)
Let's be real: No dad has time for a dead phone. Keep his device fully charged with our experts' top portable charger, the Jackery Bolt. Not only does its slim design make it easy to tote around on the go, but it can also charge multiple devices at once so he can power up his own iPhone and the kids' tablet at the same time.
Get the Jackery Bolt from Walmart for $68
41. For the classy dad: An elegant whiskey decanter with matching glasses
James Scott Decanter Set
James Scott Decanter Set (Photo: James Scott)
Whiskey just hits different when it's poured from a 1920s-style decanter instead of the bottle—and Dad knows that, so he'll be excited to break out this gift the next time he has his colleagues over for a glass of scotch. According to hundreds of reviewers (who give the set a 4.7-star rating), the handcrafted glass is as sturdy and durable as it is luxe and distinguished.
Get the James Scott 5 Piece Crystal Decanter Set from Walmart for $55.98
42. For the dad who loves using power tools: This bizarre-but-brilliant drill brush attachment
Drill Brush (Photo: Drill Brush)
Who said drills are just for, well, drilling? They can also be used for cleaning, with this brilliant attachment. It's such a hit with reviewers because it makes cleaning less of a chore because it's faster, more thorough, and way more fun. I.e. it could be what finally motivates Dad to help out with the housework!
Get the 11-Piece Drill Brush Attachment from Walmart for $24.98
43. For the dad who believes he's a pro pit master: This press for making stuffed burgers
Cuisinart Burger Press
Cuisinart Burger Press (Photo: Cuisinart)
The only thing better than Dad's famous burgers are Dad's famous burgers stuffed with ooey gooey cheese. Help him take his grilling game to the next level with this Cuisinart press, which has over 3,500 reviews on Amazon. People love how easy it is to use and how versatile it is (he can make sliders and regular burgers with it, too!).
Get the Cuisinart 3-In-1 Stuffed Burger Press from Walmart for $10.86
44. For the dad who's always losing things: The Tile Bluetooth tracker
Tile. (Photo: Tile)
If his favorite phrase is "Has anyone seen my keys?!" Dad will benefit from a Tile Mate. The number one item finder on Amazon, the Bluetooth tracker clips right onto his key ring and can locate things over 200 feet away. Users praise its long battery life and the loud volume of the ringer (no way those keys are going to get away from him next time!).
Get the Tile Mate from Target for $24.99
45. For the dad who swears he's related to royalty: This popular home DNA test from AncestryDNA
AncestryDNA. (Photo: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar)
Is he really Prince William's long-lost second cousin? Probably not—but he can find out who he is related to, along with other fascinating genetic and family info, with a home DNA kit. AncestryDNA is one of the most well-known (and most popular) ones available because it's very detailed and all he'll need to get started is a simple saliva sample.
Get AncestryDNA from Ancestry for $99
46. For the dad-on-the-go: A trendy pair of sneakers from Allbirds or Adidas
Allbirds/Adidas (Photo: Allbirds/Adidas)
Sneakers are having a major moment right now—so get Dad in on the trend with a sleek pair that all the influencers are wearing. Maybe that's Allbirds, washable wool sneakers that you see on every third person walking down the street (and that our editors are obsessed with!). Or maybe it's a pair of classic Adidas sneakers like the Stan Smiths which have hundreds of five-star reviews and that are giving us all the nostalgic feels.
Get Men's Wool Runners from Allbirds for $95
Get Stan Smith Sneakers from Adidas for $64
47. For the dad who leaves his hair in the sink: The 'Beard Bib'
Beard Bib (Photo: Beard King)
Consider this a gift for him and a gift for you—because it will save you the disgusting task of cleaning those pesky beard trimmings out of the sink every morning. Originally seen on Shark Tank, the Beard Bib has a 4.5-star rating for keeping bathrooms across the country cleaner (the bib suctions to the mirror to catch hair) and for being both waterproof and anti-static (easy clean-up!).
Get the Beard King Beard Bib from Walmart for $38.78
48. For the dad who needs a new wallet: The Ridge RFID-blocking case
The Ridge Wallet
The Ridge Wallet (Photo: The Ridge)
There's a reason The Ridge wallets have over 9,000 positive reviews—the industrial-grade metal card cases are both sleek and secure. Dad will be grateful for the fact that the slim case can comfortably hold 12 cards and has RFID-blocking technology to protect all of his personal information.
Get The Ridge Metal Aluminum Cash Strap from Nordstrom for $75
49. For the dad who could use a little self-care: This Jack Black skin care kit
Jack Black Skincare
Jack Black Skincare (Photo: Jack Black)
Yes, even men should have a skin care routine and yes, this kit will help Dad get one. Jack Black is a popular brand of men's toiletries that people love for the delicious scents and effective cleansing/moisturizing/exfoliating. This set includes everything he'll need to take a little better care of his skin, including a bonus minty fresh lip balm.
Get the Jack Black Skin Saviors Kit from Sephora for $35
50. For the dad who's the life of the party: This beer caddy for BYOB
Legacy Beer Caddy
Legacy Beer Caddy (Photo: Legacy)
This summer will likely be a summer of backyard BBQs, socially distant block parties, and picnics at the park. For all of the above, Dad needs a way to BYOB in style—like with this canvas beer caddy. Reviewers like that there's a removable divider that keeps your bottles safe (but can be taken out for more storage space) and that it even has an attached bottle opener on the side.
FATHER'S DAY 2020
CELEBRATE FATHER'S DAY WITH SUMMER ACTIVITIES, RECIPES, QUOTES, AND MORE!
By The Editors
May 27, 2020
Father's Day Vintage
Orange County Regional History Center
Father’s Day 2020 is Sunday, June 21—the first full day of summer! Learn all about Father’s Day history, see 10 amazing recipes for Dad, and find a few great quotes for that Father’s Day card. We’ve got you covered!
WHEN IS FATHER’S DAY 2020?
In 2020, Father’s Day will be celebrated on Sunday, June 21. This happens to be just one day after the summer solstice (June 20 at 5:44 P.M. Eastern Time), making it the first full day of the summer season and one of the longest days of the year. Enjoy the extra sunlight!
Father’s Day is celebrated annually on the third Sunday in June in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, India, and a number of other countries around the world.
Year Father’s Day
2020 Sunday, June 21
2021 Sunday, June 20
2022 Sunday, June 19
2023 Sunday, June 18
Many countries celebrate this holiday at other times of the year. In Australia, for example, Father’s Day is held on the first Sunday of September; in Norway, Sweden, and Finland, on the second Sunday in November; and in some Catholic countries, on March 19 (St. Joseph’s Day).
FATHER’S DAY ACTIVITIES
If you’re looking for something summery to do on Father’s Day weekend, try out one (or more) of our ideas below… including fishing and grilling!
(Stay up to date on the weekend weather with our 7-day forecasts or look further into the future with our long-range weather predictions.)
Maybe you want to go fishing for Father’s Day? Coincidentally, Father’s Day (Sunday, June 21, 2020) falls under our “Best Days for Fishing” this year!
If you’re fishing on the coast, don’t forget to check the tides before heading out!
Father and daughter fishing on coast
CAMP UNDER THE STARS
Of course, camping is another great summertime activity to do with dad—and it goes well with fishing! Plus, Father’s Day weekend will be bathed in the darkness of a new Moon, which will make the constellations as bright as they can be.
Father’s Day also happens to be just one day after the summer solstice, meaning that it will be one of the longest days of the year, as far as daylight hours go. While this may cut into your stargazing time, it will make for a special day nonetheless.
GRILL UP SOME GRUB
With summer’s official arrival, there’s no excuse not to grill! Check out this list of our favorite grilling recipes for inspiration.
FATHER’S DAY HISTORY
HOW DID FATHER’S DAY COME TO BE?
Like Mother’s Day, the modern American version of Father’s Day has a history that goes well beyond greeting cards.
The first known Father’s Day service occurred at the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South in Fairmont, West Virginia, on July 5, 1908, thanks to the efforts of Grace Golden Clayton. Mrs. Clayton had asked her pastor, Dr. R. Thomas Webb, if a Sunday service could be held to honor fathers.
While missing her own dad, who had died in 1896, Mrs. Clayton especially wanted to have a service in remembrance of the over 200 fathers who had died in the Monongah mining explosion that had occurred a few miles south of Fairmont on December 6 of the previous year. (It was the worst mining disaster in U.S. history, killing more than 360 men and boys, and leaving about 1,000 children fatherless.)
Although the Fairmont service was the first known to honor fathers, it did not turn into an annual event, nor was the idea promoted (a large July 4 celebration in Fairmont and a tragic young death from typhoid fever having taken over the news at the time).
Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd. The mother of Father’s Day was raised by a single dad. Credit: Visit Spokane
Father’s Day Gains Momentum
Several other people across the nation had similar ideas throughout the years, but Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd is credited for being the one to popularize it, starting events that led to Father’s Day becoming a U.S. national holiday.
Her story began as she sat listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Mrs. Dodd thought that it might be nice to honor fathers as well. Her father, William Smart, had raised his SIX children alone on his farm in Washington after his wife died giving birth to their sixth child.
Mrs. Dodd proposed to the Spokane Ministerial Association and the YMCA that they celebrate a “father’s day.” She chose the 5th of June because it was her father’s birthday.
The idea received strong support, but the good ministers of Spokane asked that the day be changed to give them extra time to prepare sermons on the unexplored subject of fathers.
The first Father’s Day in Spokane, Washington, was observed on June 19, 1910 (the third Sunday in June), and became an annual event there. Soon, other towns had their own celebrations.
From Local Celebration to National Holiday
In spite of widespread support, Father’s Day did not become a permanent national holiday for many years. The first bill was introduced in Congress in 1913, but in spite of encouragement by President Woodrow Wilson, it did not pass. In 1966, Lyndon Johnson issued a proclamation designating the third Sunday in June to honor fathers.
Finally, in 1972, President Richard Nixon signed a law declaring that Father’s Day be celebrated annually on the third Sunday in June. It has been an official, permanent national holiday ever since.
Read more about the history of Father’s Day.
TOP 10 FATHER’S DAY RECIPES FOR DAD
We’ve collected our very best recipes for dad! Steak sandwiches? Stuffing-breaded pork chops? Our deliciously satisfying recipes will make dad one very happy customer!
Baja Fish Tacos
Cool, tangy cabbage slaw cozies up to crispy fish in these tasty Baja Fish Tacos. They are easy to make and delicious to eat! A good use for a fresh catch, perhaps?
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Country-Style Root Beer–Glazed Ribs
These ribs are absolutely juicy, mouthwatering, tender and melt-in-your-mouth.
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Bourbon and Brown Sugar–Glazed Salmon
This flavorful salmon recipe is a winner. The marinade adds a lovely flavor without taking away from the salmon.
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Stuffing-Breaded Pork Chops
Thanks to the breading, the pork comes out crispy on the outside and deliciously juicy on the inside.
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Chicken Wings With Sesame and Ginger
These wings, fully flavored with sesame and ginger, are good cold, too—and great in a picnic basket.
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Maple BBQ Ribs
Liven up your next barbecue with these ribs!
Grilled Flank Steak with Rosemary and Thyme
This is our go-to flank steak recipe—so mouthwatering and easy to prepare! We like to pair the steak with grilled asparagus—and a garlic smashed potato or Mediterranean pilaf recipe.
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Super Summer Sliders
These amazing gourmet burgers will have your mouth watering with delicious toppings, including applewood bacon. This is an upscale burger recipe for a special feast!
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Super Steak Sandwich
Serve this satisfying steak sandwich with a fresh green salad. Great for Father’s Day or any summer supper!
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Find more great recipes for the grill—from steaks to kabobs!
Almanac Reader Recipes
Here are some of our best recipes “made by dad” (or granddad)—and submitted by Almanac readers!
Dad’s Chicken and Rice
Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
Dad’s Pie Pastry
Daddy’s Meat Loaf
Baked Fish (Dad’s Catch)
Island Beef Teriyaki
Grandpa’s Banana Bread
Grandpa’s Baked Beans
FATHER’S DAY POEMS & QUOTES
Need something to put in that Father’s Day card? Here’s a selection of some of our favorite poems and quotes about what being a father means.
Only a dad, but he gives his all
To smooth the way for his children small,
Doing, with courage stern and grim,
The deeds that his father did for him.
This is the line that for him I pen,
Only a dad, but the best of men.
–Edgar Guest (1881–1959)
My father moved through theys of we,
singing each new leaf out of each tree
(and every child was sure that spring
danced when she heard my father sing).
–E.E. Cummings (1894–1962)
“A father’s a treasure, a brother’s a comfort, a friend is both.”
–Benjamin Franklin, American statesman (1706-90)
“My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”
–Clarence Budington Kelland, American writer (1881-1964), about his father
“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.”
–Umberto Eco, Italian novelist (1932-2016)
“His heritage to his children wasn’t words or possessions, but an unspoken treasure, the treasure of his example as a man and a father.”
–Will Rogers, Jr., American politician (1911–93)
“A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow.”
A boy and his dad on a fishing-trip—
Builders of life’s companionship!
Oh, I envy them, as I see them there
Under the sky in the open air,
For out of the old, old long-ago
Come the summer days that I used to know,
When I learned life’s truths from my father’s lips
As I shared the joy of his fishing-trips.
–Edgar Guest (1881–1959)
–attributed to Mark Twain, American writer (1835–1910)
How to Celebrate Father's Day in Quarantine
While you may have to restructure your plans, you can still create a special day.
BY ANNIE GOLDSMITH
MAY 26, 2020
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While Father's Day normally consists of fun outings, like a brunch or beach day, this year we are all having to readjust. Between social distancing and worldwide quarantines due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Father's Day will undoubtedly look different this year. However, aside from gifts and sweet messages, there are still ways to make Sunday, June 21st special not only for dad, but for the whole family. To quell some of your planning woes, we put together an ideal quarantine Father's Day, complete with homebound brunch, movie suggestions, and outdoor activities (both virtual and in-person). So, even though you're at home this Father's Day, it doesn't mean the holiday needs to be boring.
Dress It Down
Let your dad spend the day in whatever makes him feel comfortable, whether that's a luxurious robe or his usual khakis. But, we will say, there's a special kind of joy in sporting loungewear all day.
Cook (or Order) a Delicious Brunch
Whether you want to whip up some eggs or waffles, or support a local restaurant by ordering in, there's no better way to bring the family together than over food. If you so desire, you can even pair the meal with some brunch cocktails.
More: 16 New York City Restaurants You Can Order From Now
Go for a Bike Ride
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A great way to get outside while still social distancing is to take a bike ride. Even if it's just around your neighborhood, riding bikes will give everyone some (let's be honest, much-needed) exercise and usher in the beginning of summer.
Play an Indoor Game
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There's nothing wrong with some friendly competition. Get the whole family involved and break out some games. Whether you're in the mood for a puzzle, a board game, or even charades, this quarantine-friendly activity will surely be fun for the whole family.
More: The Best Puzzles for Adults to Order Right Now, 13 Best Parlor and Board Games
Take a Virtual Tour
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Visit the National Parks, tour Versailles, and swim through a coral reef, all without leaving your living room. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, many organizations are offering elaborate virtual experiences. So curl up on the couch and travel anywhere your dad's heart desires.
More: Get Outside Without Leaving Your Home Through These Virtual Tours
Learn Something New
Try picking up a new skill this Father's Day. With MasterClass's selection of expert lessons, the whole family can learn tennis from Serena Williams, French pastry-making from Dominique Ansel, or comedy from Steve Martin. If you're not in the mood to purchase a subscription, turn to YouTube for a tutorial on, well, pretty much anything. If you teach a man to fish...
Reminisce on Iconic Sports Moments
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While live sports are stalled for the time being, there's no shortage of ways for fans to watch their favorite games. Make dad's day by helping him relive some of his all-time favorite sports moments. NFL Game Pass is offering complementary access through July 31 and the MLB opened up their 2018 and 2019 footage. Fans can also subscribe to the NBA and NHL online services to see even more matchups.
Organize a Wine Tasting
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Bring Napa Valley or the French countryside to your home by organizing a wine tasting in honor of dad. Either go to your local liquor store or order specialty wine online and let the sipping begin. If your dad is more of a beer guy, feel free to swap the vino for ale.
More: The Best Alcohol Delivery Services
Fire Up the Barbeque
Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto
American West Books
$18.15 (39% off)
Nothing says summer quite like a barbecue. If your dad is a grill master, he'll love this bestselling cookbook, focused entirely on barbecue. But, even if you just stick to hamburgers and hot dogs, you'll be sure to have a great Father's Day dinner.
Have a Movie Night
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A great way to bring Father's Day to a close is with a themed movie. You have plenty of choices from Father of the Bride to Field of Dreams. You can even set up a projector and screen in your backyard to take movie night up a notch. But, whether you're outdoors or curled up on the couch, you're guaranteed to have a nice evening—just don't forget the popcorn.
More: The Best Movies to Watch on Father's Day
THE VERGE’S FATHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE 2020
Give Dad something to make him glad
By Verge Staff May 29, 2020, 8:00am EDT
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When it comes to loved ones like a parent or significant other, it can often be hard to think of a good unique gift idea. So with the help of The Verge’s staff of experts, we’ve put together a list of things we think would make great Father’s Day gifts or might give you some inspiration for your own unique gift idea.
These are things that have either served the staff well or things they wish they had. Compiled below is a list of eight items, from the ideal pour-over coffee kettle (the Hario V60 gooseneck) to the inexpensive and stylish Tissot Everytime Swissmatic watch, that would make great gifts for any parent at a reasonable price point.
HARIO V60 GOOSENECK KETTLE
There are many cheaper vessels for hot water, but Hario’s V60 Gooseneck kettle heats quickly, and rarely needs to be cleaned. What’s best, though, is that it delivers a perfect, measured pour so you don’t get carried away with a delicate drink. Price: ~$46
INSTANT POT DUO 7-IN-1
The Instant Pot pressure cooker is the Swiss Army knife of the kitchen. With it, you can easily make a ton of different meals, or you can just use it to make batches of rice and broth. It’s useful, and if you’re short on space for appliances, it’s well worth picking up. Price: ~$79
If you’ve got an iPhone, there’s basically one smartwatch to get: an Apple Watch. The latest model has an always on display, works well even when you don’t have your iPhone handy, and can track basically all your fitness activities right from your wrist. Price: ~$399
FILSON ORIGINAL BRIEFCASE
Class up their commute with a new briefcase, like this sleek and durable canvas/leather option from Filson, which will look great and keep your important work gear safe. Price: ~$325
Beloved by Silicon Valley startups, Allbirds are basically the internet’s favorite shoes. But if you can get past all of the social media hype, what’s left is actually a really comfortable, easy-to-clean pair of shoes that are great for the office or a walk in the park. Price: ~$95 to $135
FITBIT CHARGE 4
Keeping track of your health has never been more important, and the latest Fitbit Charge 4 is the best that company offers in one tiny tracker. You can use it to control Spotify songs, make contactless payments, and track your location without ever bringing a phone along. Price: ~$150
AMAZON KINDLE PAPERWHITE
For years, Amazon’s Kindles have ruled the e-reader space. And for nearly as long, the Paperwhite has been the model that nearly everyone should get. With an integrated light, a crisp display, and a virtually endless battery life — and only slightly more expensive than Amazon’s entry-level model — it’s not just the best e-reader; it’s almost better than physical paper. Price: ~$130
TISSOT EVERYTIME SWISSMATIC WATCH
Smart watches may be all the rage, but a good mechanical watch will outlast them all. Tissot’s Everytime watches offer a classic design that looks good with nearly everything, while the Swiss-made movement will keep ticking without any batteries, chargers, or even solar panels — just wind it and you’re good to go. It’s the kind of watch that lasts a lifetime, instead of just until the next hardware refresh. Price: ~$258
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