Father’s Day Gift Guide – With Dad’s big day right around the corner, we’ve compiled a list of ten creative gift options for the creative dad in your life. From stylish watches to closed-ear headphones, grass fed steaks to microbrewed beer, these gifts are sure to make Dad a happy man on Sunday and beyond.
Fuego Element Portable Grill
What do you get for the dad that loves to grill– but already has a great grill in the back yard? We suggest the gift of mobility, specifically with the stylish and functional Fuego Element Portable Grill. This 13-inch portable grill sports enough room to cook a meal for the family on the go, from burgers to steaks to kabobs and more. It connects to a compact propane unit and rests on any flat, heat-safe and sturdy surface. Unlike the other portable grills, there’s nothing cheap or flimsy about the Fuego Element. It’s rock solid, lightweight and it features a sleek, contemporary design. If Apple was in the grill business, theirs might look a little something like this.
Steaks to Your Door: La Cense Beef
If dad is good in the grilling hardware department, why not give the man something to cook? We suggest La Cense Beef, a provider of grass fed beef that is delivered directly to dad’s door. The “grass fed” angle is the key, as this kind of beef is raised humanely on a natural diet, yielding tender, tastier meats that dad can feel a bit better about preparing. La Cense also provides a wider range of meats than is usually available at dad’s local supermarket, giving him the gift of something new he may not yet have been able to enjoy.
Tendence Gulliver Chronograph
Every man needs a strong and stylish watch on their wrist, and this Father’s Day might be a good time to give dad an upgrade. We suggest the Tendence Gulliver Chronograph, a contemporary Swiss-style timepiece featuring a big, bold case and a refined dial design. The hard part is finding a watch of such quality that doesn’t break the bank, and that’s why we’re so eager to suggest Tendence. The Tendence Gulliver Chronograph in black and rose gold, shown above, sells for $395– a fraction of what you might expect from a contemporary Swiss brand. It’s a statement piece for the whole family to chip in on, a gift he’ll remember every day he wears it. [check out our review of the full line of Tendence Watches here on TheCoolist]
Marshall Monitor Headphones
Chances are, the music dad grew up on was blasted out of Marshall amplifiers, and these headphones bear the same namesake. The new Marshall Monitor Headphones deliver crisp, clear and deep audio playback in a closed-ear package that keeps out unwanted noise. Think of it like dad’s little happy place, where the troubles of the day are muffled by the music of dad’s choice. They sell for $200 flat and they’re built to last– and they’ll look good on him.
Hard Graft Mighty Phone Fold Wallet
There’s not a lot of flexibility in a man’s wardrobe– it’s the accessories that make a man stand out. Beyond the watch, necktie, shoes and glasses, the wallet is one option where a guy can get a little stylish. We suggest the Hard Graft Mighty Phone Fold Wallet, a hand-made, high-quality carry-all that holds cash, credit cards and a mobile device in one unit. It’s made from vegetable-tanned Italian Leather and fine Italian wool, stitched together by hand and stamped for authenticity. It sells for roughly $167 after conversion to USD, and chances are, your dad will have the coolest wallet at the office in no time.
Beer of the Month Club
This Father’s Day gift will have dad waiting for the mail around the 1st of every month. The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club delivers six or twelve hand-picked beers in the mail each month, including printed information about each individual brew. It’s a happy surprise every month, when dad is introduced to a collection of beers he may not have discovered otherwise. You can choose between domestic and international beer packages depending on dad’s preference, and you can select short-term or long term packages. Pro tip– try to be there each month when the package shows up, as dad will be glad to share!
I know what you’re thinking, “here Dad, have a thermostat”. Trust us, the Nest Thermostat is something to be excited about, a gift that will save dad plenty of money and provide another gadget for him to obsess over. The Nest, created by the designer of the Apple iPod, is a smart thermostat that learns a family’s activity patterns and adjusts a home’s heating/cooling to provide comfort while saving on the power bill. When you’re away from home, when you’re asleep or even when the weather changes, Nest will adapt and save on power costs as needed. It’s actually a gift that dad can get very excited about.
Norelco SensoTouch 3D
Has dad been a little too stubbly for your taste lately? A father’s day gift can be a subtle hint, and a gift like this can get him excited about shaving. The Philips SensoTouch 3D is an advanced electric shaver with a base station and trimming attachment. It provides a close shave with a flexible, three-rotor head that’ll clean that stubble right off. It’s easy, fast and won’t cause the nicks that a razor and cream often bring. At $249, it’s priced to be the Maserati of shavers, and after a single use, he’ll understand why.
Nikon D7100 DSLR
When it comes to enthusiast-class digital cameras, there are none superior to the Nikon D7100 DSLR. It’s the king of the small sensor digital cameras, a device that delivers professional quality photos and videos in a compact unit. It works with any Nikon f-mount lens (and will provide autofocus on older lenses, unlike most new DX cameras), giving dad the option of building an arsenal of lenses from old to new, wide to telephoto. It shoots pristine 1080p video that looks like cinema quality, and it does all of this for $1200 flat. If that price is too high for your Father’s Day gift budget, there are plenty of other cameras available. To help you choose the right gift for Dad, we’ll start by aiming high and suggesting the Nikon D7100.
Leatherman OHT Multi-Tool
If it’s good enough for tactical uses in the military, it’s good enough for Dad. The Leatherman OHT Multi-Tool features a collection of tools in a single unit that can be operated by one hand. Before, multi-tools required two hands to open specific devices, but this one has been designed for easy, one-hand operation. It includes pliers, wire cutters, multiple blades, screwdrivers and a wrench all in one complex unit. It’s available for $80 online, making it an affordable family gift for the handy dad who needs a tool that can go with him wherever he does. MacGuyver shouldn’t leave home without it.
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Thanks for reading, hopefully the creative dad in your family will enjoy his Father’s Day this year. If you have any ideas or suggestions for a gift for creative dads, feel free to share in the comments or hit us up on facebook or twitter.