Let’s start out with a quick history of Father’s Day, shall we?
It seems that we’ve been celebrating Mother’s Day since it was invented by a young girl and promoted by the Wanamaker department store back in 1908. A campaign quickly followed to create such a day to honor fathers, but it didn’t meet with the same enthusiasm–perhaps because, as one florist explained, “fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.”
This did not sit well with a Spokane, Wash., woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by their father, a widower.
Dodd set out to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers, and government officials to drum up support for her idea. She was so successful, Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on June 19, 1910,
I only tell you this because Spokane is where I grew up—where I spent my childhood years. And every year without fail, we’d hear the story about Mrs. Dodd. I’m sure it’s been embellished a bit, how she walked uphill in the snow going from house to house; to every church, store, school, you-name-it, imploring people to help her honor America’s fathers. But it worked and here we are 120 years later, about do it again.
Father’s Day, fewer than two weeks from now, is a fabulous, wonderful day to show Dads how much we love them, how special they are—and a great opportunity to poke a little fun, too!
Here for your consideration are 28 super cool ideas to help you come up with just the right gift for the Dad(s) in your life.
Finally, Dad’s about to get that book he always knew you could write. What he doesn’t know is that it’s about him. Your chance to make him proud as an author, but also because you’re his kid. This hardback blank book is all ready for you. But hurry… it does take at least a few hours to actually write a book [wink, wink].
Not quite up to writing a full-length tome? Then this fill in the blanks option is for you! Or your 10-year old (or even younger if you’re willing to take dictation). Oh, so much fun and what complete joy it will be to make the presentation on Father’s Day. What I Love About Dad.
Who doesn’t harbor a good Dad joke? But we’re all tired of hearing that one over and over. And over, again. Give your old man a break with an entirely new collection of Dad jokes! These are the worst of all—I mean so good, he’ll have you rolling on the floor begging for him to stop. This book? That good.
Is there anything worse than warm beer? With the Chill-O-Matic, as long as Dad has literally 60-seconds to spare before popping the top on can of brew, he can cool that beer from room temperature to ice-cold perfection.
Dad may not always be open to the idea of a day-of-pampering at a massage spa, but he will love these acupressure foot massage sandals. They refresh sore and achy feet while promoting better blood flow. And they look hip ‘n cool, too. He’ll really like knowing that!
Suitable for framing. these awesome scratch-off posters are sure to delight any guy with a bucket list or two. Give the ultimate film, book, or travel buff a creative way to keep track of and show off how many movies he’s seen, books he’s read and places he’s been, with a fun 100 Scratch-Off Bucket List Poster scratch-off poster featuring 100 of the best classic and contemporary movies ever made, the best books ever written and must-visit travel destinations. Movies. Books. Places.
The man who’s hot and strong wants his coffee to match. Enter the Yeti Tumbler! Perfect for cold and hot drinks, this nearly indestructible tumbler doesn’t sweat, it stands up to the elements with its rust and puncture-proof outer shell, and it’s dishwasher safe. It’ll make him look even cooler than he is already. Lots of color choices.
8. Dad Skills
They say that one of the hardest parts of parenting is that there’s no manual. Well, now there is (at least for dads!). This really terrific book, Dad Skills, delivers simple, hard-hitting tips and advice in a witty, fun, and easily digestible format for how to be an awesome father and impress all the other parents—from baby wrangling to taming teenagers.
It won’t power up the whole house during an outage, but Dad (maybe you too) can keep your phones, laptops, and other devices connected with his new Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer. Or how about that campsite? (Make sure Dad knows this new power station is solar-ready; it pairs well with Jackery Solar Saga 100W , sold separately, easily getting recharged with the efficient solar panel.)
Every single soggy fast-food mishap in Dad’s car most likely has your name all over it. And now’s the time you can atone for those mishaps. Pay him back by helping him keep every nook and cranny of his current ride crumb-free with his new Portable Car Vacuum Cleaner that can get to every tough-to-reach spot.
For the dad who has everything, I’m going to wager at least one thing is missing: First Place Winner in an Epic Hot Sauce Challenge. Am I right? Thought so. You can help him achieve that one last thing with this Hot Sauce Challenge “Book” of Pleasure and Pain. Send pics, OK?
Dad and everyone near enough for a quick handoff will be saying goodbye to weak breakfasts wrapped in paper with this sandwich maker that delivers piping hot breakfast sandwiches made to order. Every surface is nonstick for hassle-free cooking and removable for quick cleanup. Hmmm … I wonder if he’ll be inspired to also perform that chore. You’ll find out soon enough. And what’s a little clean up if it lands you a hot, delicious breakfast?
Every car washer worth his salt knows you need foam to get the job done right—massive amounts, too. Not soap suds but f-o-a-m. And now Dad will have all he needs and more to wash his car. Maybe your car, too? It’s worth a shot!
This blaster offers adjustable foam concentration, the Torq Foam Blaster Wash Gun combines the soapy water solution with air and running water to spray foam. How dirty is your car? Very dirty? Not very dirty? Save soap and water by picking the perfect concentration. Simply turn the dial to adjust the dilution ratio of the soapy foam sprayed from the nozzle. Turn a dreaded chore into foamy cleaning fun!
The Gerber EAB (Exchange-a-Blade) Pocket Knife / Money Clip is quite ingenious. First it folds to hide the blade and locks in place so no one gets hurt. Next, that blade is totally replaceable, just like a typical utility knife. But wait! There’s more: The pocket clip doubles as an optional money clip. The overall length is just 4.1 inches when open; closes to 2.4 inches. Uses standard contractor grade utility blades.
15. Tile Key Finder
Prepare for dad to roll his eyes when he opens this Tile Key Finder gift—he’ll insist he never loses his keys! So just smile and nod. Uh-huh. And don’t worry. He’ll thank you later with a sheepish grin to your knowing smile.
Not everyone wants to carry around a lighter, or so I’ve heard. But still, it’s good to be prepared in time of emergency, which means dry matches at the ready. Exotac MATCHAP Waterproof Match Case is just the ticket to get that job done. Holds matches up to 3-inches in length and keeps them dry even if case is submerged in water. Phosphorous striker is included inside the cap to keep it protected and dry, as well. The inside diameter is wide enough to reach the bottom with your finger. Perfectly designed for function, and it looks good too!
Buck Knife Deuce Two-Blade Knife is super small at just 2 5/8 inches closed length and weighing in at only .7 oz. Made of high-quality stainless steel which makes it corrosion resistant, the clip point blade is used for detail work, while the coping blade makes beautifully curved cuts; capable of getting into tight places. With a beautiful woodgrain handle, this pocket knife is as handy as it is handsome. A wonderful gift!
For every camper, hiker, and scout—a hobo knife! And Ka-Bar Stainless Steel Original Hobo Knife is the only one I considered, due to its sleek design and quality construction. When closed it is just 3-3/4 inches in length. Comes with the three utensils anyone needs for on-the-go or outdoor dining. Pieces slide apart for washing and easily go back together again.
Leatherman Squirt PS4 Multitool, the quintessential gadget, is a mere 2-1/4 inches in length when closed, and 2 oz. in weight—pocket size! Its spring-action clip easily attaches to a key ring or backpack or slides easily into a small pocket in a handbag.
With its three screwdrivers, wire cutter, scissors, knife blade, file, tweezers, and bottle opener, you’ll have 9 tools powerful enough to keep you going when things fall apart. And did I say practical? This little Squirt PS4 requires only one hand to open and to use all the tools, too. Remarkable! The Leatherman Squirt PS4 Multitool is super cool, available in three colors and comes with 25-year warranty.
DohicKey Multi-tool looks like a key, joins other keys easily on a keyring, but comes to the rescue when you need an auto repair, to cut a fishing line, open a bottle, or to remove that tiny screw so you can replace a battery. Here’s the only drawback: You might forget you have it because it just blends in so well! Such a super cool tool.
Olight S 1R II Mini Flashlight is the smallest flashlight ever, yet so powerful with its 1000-lumen and two ultra-compact rechargeable LED batteries. When it runs out of power (it has an amazing capacity, so it won’t be often), just pop the battery out and recharge it through a built-in Micro-USB port (cable included). The tail clip is magnetized so it sticks to whatever is handy which makes it hands-free. This flashlight is compact—smaller than a tube of lipstick! Comes with a handy clip to keep it secure in any pocket. He’ll wonder what he ever did without his handy flashlight. Might want to get one for yourself while you’re at it.
If you can hear your dad entering a room because his keychain dangles, it may be time to bring him into the 21st century. This Keysmart Holder and Organizer fits 14 keys in a compact device that slips right into a pocket. Once you can get him to give ‘er a try, he’ll never go back. Do it!
Such a handy addition to any keychain, this microlight has an On-Off switch, then operates with a pressure switch in a couple of choices of beam color. Photon II LED Keychain Micro-Light comes with replaceable Lithium battery and unbreakable high intensity LED bulb. No more fumbling to read the playbill or restaurant menu or find the keyhole in the dark. What an inexpensive, sweet gem!
Why is it that when you need to light a candle in an emergency or on a birthday cake, that you have no idea where to find a match? Dad will never find himself in that position again once he has this very small, but fully functioning lighter. Just don’t mention that it is so adorable. PPFish Mini Brass Lighter.
With this awesome invention (who thinks of these things?!) Dad won’t have to let his golfing skills get rusty when the weather’s not right for the outdoor version of the game. This Indoor Golf Putting Vent Cup fits most household air vents and allows for a steady flow of air without disrupting Dad’s golf game.
This beautiful, heavy-duty set of 20 stainless steel grilling tools will turn even the most casual of grillers in a grill master. Made from stainless steel so they hold up to even the hottest grill, the tools come in a convenient and lightweight aluminum case for storage and transport. 20pc Heavy Duty BBQ Grill Tool Set in Case
Even the best jack-of-all-trades needs this jack-of-all tools—and this socket wrench does the trick. Not only does it deal with nuts and bolts that have become stripped, it fits a wide variety of nuts and bolts. It includes an adapter to attach to electric drills and screwdrivers for speedy work. Professional 7mm-19mm Universal Socket Tool Sets with Power Drill Adapter.
The Mr. Fix-It in your life needs the proper tools to do his job. This toolkit will give him the ability to repair almost any kind of tech. As a bonus, iFixit.com offers Dad over 60,000 online repair guides in case he gets himself into a jam. iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit.