Father’s Day is the one holiday I can compare with my other dad friends. We can get together and talk about what our kids did for us, show off the handmade cards, trot out our newest necktie (groan!), and be proud of the children we’re raising the best we can.
I’ve got a dad of my own, and I know how much pressure it can be to find the right gift or the right way to make him feel special on his big day. So we’ve put together a complete guide of not only amazing present ideas, but also ways to make sure you can convey to that special father (be he bio-dad or stepfather) in your life just how much you care.
For 2022, we offer a fresh selection of the best gifts we know your dad will enjoy. The Father's Day Gift Guide is just one of the many gift idea guides for men available at our site. We break down the gift bonanza into sections depending on the type of guy you are buying for. Tapping into our 12 years of experience while hunting down the best gear and gadgets for men allows you to be confident you'll become a gifting pro.
Father’s Day only came about because of the success of Mother’s Day.
During the 1860s, activist Ann Reeves Jarvis urged a town in post-Civil War West Virginia to celebrate “Mother’s Work Days”, bringing together the mothers of soldiers from both sides of the war.
In 1908, inspired by her mother’s work, Anna Jarvis worked to turn Mother’s Day into a national holiday. After just 6 years of successful celebrations, President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day an official holiday in 1914.
The first father-oriented event was hosted in 1908 by a West Virginia church, a commemoration of the 362 men in the Fairmont Coal Company mines in December 1907. In 1909, a Washingtonian by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd worked to establish a celebration of fathers in honor of the widower who had raised her and her five siblings.
By 1910, she had successfully raised support to celebrate Father’s Day in the state of Washington. 1916 was the year President Wilson celebrated the day from Washington D.C., and in 1924 President Calvin Coolidge made it more "official" by encouraging state governments to observe the holiday. However, it wasn’t until 1972, nearly 50 years later, that President Richard Nixon made Father’s Day a federal holiday.
(Info courtesy of History.com)
According to the National Retail Foundation, the overall spend for Father’s Day 2021 was $20.1 billion and the average consumer spent $174.10 on Father’s Day gifts.
But let me share a truth with you: the amount does not matter at all. What dad really cares about—and I’m saying this speaking from experience—is how much thought goes into the gift.
Think about it: you can spend $500 to buy him a fancy new tool for his workshop or some new cool part for his truck, or spend $15 to print out pictures of the two of you and buy a fancy frame to put them in. Want to guess which Father’s Day gift has more meaning?
(One of the best gifts I ever got from my kids is a printed-out picture that they all took turns writing a short, sweet message on. It cost under $5 and is still on full display in my office.)
Don’t worry about how much to spend; instead, think about the kind of gift he’d like, no matter the price tag. The thought and planning that went into it will be worth exponentially more than any dollar amount.
You’ve got other chances during the year to surprise your husband with nice gifts—Valentine’s Day (trust me, he’ll love it!), his birthday, or any random Tuesday you want to show him how much you love him.
Father’s Day is about the kids making him feel special. Work with them to plan something for Father’s Day, help them buy their gifts or coordinate the experience they want to give him. Trust me, working behind the scenes to help your kids get him a gift will mean a lot more to him than anything you could give him. Your time is a precious commodity he will immensely appreciate.
It’s not necessary to buy your grandpa a gift—he’s likely got a son of his own to spoil him this Father’s Day—but you still can if you really want to. He’ll certainly appreciate a bit of extra love on his special day.
If you don’t want to go the gift route, consider calling him on the phone, sending a personalized card, or, best of all, visit him. Time with his grandson or granddaughter is incredibly valuable to him.
You already give your son gifts on his birthday (and the winter holidays), so you should feel no obligation to buy your adult children gifts for father’s day.
However, hearing from you how much you admire him for the man and father he is will mean everything to him, so make sure to tell him.
Don’t feel pressured to give your friend a gift for Father’s Day. If he’s got kids, he’s probably already getting gifts from them.
If you want to acknowledge him on Father’s Day, send him a text or email with a simple "Happy Father’s Day" message.
Neckties have always been a popular Father’s Day gift, but that’s because they’re an easy gift, one we all assume dad needs, is relatively affordable, easily found, and tends to be one-size-fits-all.
But really, that sort or screams "last minute" or "panic bought" gift. There’s minimal thought and care put into choosing a necktie.
And remember, the workplace is more casual than it was a decade or two ago. Your dad may telecommute and rarely wear ties, or may not even need to wear a tie in the office.
You get to gift him a tie just ONCE in your life (typically a great gift from very young children). After that, it’s better to think a bit more to figure out a gift he’ll both use and love.
Come on, do you really have to ask? Yes, he’s going to smile when you give him a "World’s Best Dad" mug or T-shirt, but that’s just what dad does. "World’s Best Dad" gifts are tacky, rarely used and quickly forgotten.
Here’s one epic tip: start a collection for/with your dad, and add to it each year.
It doesn’t matter what you collect—coins, stamps, comic books, model airplanes, knives, tools, even bumper stickers. Whatever you think he’ll love (and use), start by buying a small collection.
Every year, add to the collection. Not only is this something special that the two of you share, but it actually shows the passage of time as you add to it year after year. You can look back on it later and enjoy the happy memories, and it’s something he can pass down to you, and you can pass on to your kid, and so on.
If writing isn’t your strong suit or you don’t know just what to say, don’t sweat it!
Hallmark has a great guide to writing Father’s Day messages, with plenty of ideas to get you started writing a meaningful note that your father will love.
Powered by Milwaukee’s M12 series batteries, the M12 Mounting Fan throws a cool breeze with no cords. The durable design delivers airspeed up to 14 MPH, pushes 400 CFM, offers adjustable 3-speed control and 360º rotation.
What really makes this unit stand-out are the mounting options including a magnetic base for metal, and a spring-loaded clamp for hanging.
When you’ve reached that special spot to pour one & reflect, this pair of stainless steel tumblers from High Camp make the perfect vessel for your well-deserved drink.
The 11-ounce tumblers have a double-wall vacuum-insulated design that’s great for both hot & cold beverages. Packaged in a wool felt carry case for simple portability.
Offering sleek, bundled storage for 3-5, Bellroy’s Key Case features a unique flipper mechanism that ejects keys one-handed while keeping them secure on a detachable cord loop for a car key or fob. The exterior is smooth, eco-tanned leather finish & the hardware is stainless steel. Choose from 5 colors.
From home pizza oven pioneers Ooni comes the Dual-Sided Grizzler Plate, a versatile cast iron cooker with removable handles. The 2-sided design allows you to use the smooth sizzler plate for fajitas or frying eggs; then flip it & use the griddle pan for those picture perfect seared grill marks.
The Stake Out camp tool from Gerber offers 11 camping friendly tools for your next outing: a 2.2” blade, frame lock, scissors, saw, awl, stake puller, file, tweezer, bottle opener, ruler & Ferro rod striker.
Milwaukee claims it. Their M18 cordless inflator is the fastest 18V cordless tire inflator on the market. That means tubes, tires and all your inflatables will blow up fast using universal M18 battery packs.
With power from 0-150psi, it can top off a 33″ light truck tire, from 64 to 80 PSI, in under a minute. The LED display shows inflation info while its 36” hose makes it easy to get connected. Accessories are included to fit Presta, Scrader, tapered nozzle, & inflation needle valves.
The Ellis multi-tool from The James Brand features a ½ serrated Sandvik 12C27 stainless-steel blade, a small scraper/flathead driver, and integrated scissors for impressive utility in a small, slim tool. A wire pocket clip keeps it at your fingertips.
If you think cashmere feels good in a sweater, wait until you wear it on your feet. These socks are made with Mongolian cashmere, offering an ultra-soft feel & blended with nylon for strength and spandex for stretch. Warm & yet highly breathable, the cashmere blocks odor naturally. Color choices include charcoal & whiskey.
For all those beaches, parks & places that don’t allow wood-burning campfires, the Ignik FireCan is a portable propane-powered fire pit that gives you a legal, low-emission alternative; that cozy campfire feel without a visit from the ranger. Made of heavy-duty steel, the collapsible “can” carries like an ammo box & features fold-out legs, 360º mesh to manage sparks & a quick-adapter to your fuel tank.
PowerXL offers this smokeless indoor grill that allows you to create real BBQ from the comfort of your kitchen—or anywhere else with an AC outlet.
The stainless steel design features an interchangeable griddle plate with a nonstick surface, a Turbo Speed Smoke Extractor, and a tempered glass lid so you can see what’s cooking.
With support for both Alexa and Google Assistant voice control, the GE Cync Outdoor Smart Plug is all about convenience.
Bluetooth & Wi-fi enabled & built to withstand the elements, it lets you control power remotely to individual outlets, with a tap of the touchscreen, all through the simple Cync mobile app.
With its chunky, fuzzy Sherpa fleece lining, this cozy blanket from Flint & Tinder is the perfect solution to kill the chill. Opposite the sherpa lining is a plush speckled, cotton-blend fleece in your choice of navy, toffee, or oatmeal. Measures 50” X 60”.
Built to handle tough work around camp & in the field, REAPR’s Versa Camp Axe is a 10 3/4” pack-friendly axe that hits above its weight. It features a square hammerhead opposite the 3” axe blade; the butt end features a slotted pry bar & nail puller as well as a hole for a lanyard. A bottle opener & 3 box wrenches are integrated into the axehead.
Blending the best of a replaceable utility blade knife and a compact multi-tool, Gerber’s Prybrid Utility is a pocket and keychain-friendly EDC implement offering 8 different tools, including wire strippers, bottle opener, Standard Utility blade, and more.
With the BioLite FirePit you’ll see the actual fire instead of just smoke. It’s a smokeless wood-burning firepit that uses a built-in fan to eliminate smoke & 51 jets that send oxygen into the fire making for more consistent temperatures, which is key when you switch it from campfire to cooktop. A solar panel built into the carrying case provides power for the battery when not in use.
Designed for high-demand industrial work and used by mechanics and techs from NASA to NASCAR, Grypmat tool mats keep your tools safely stored, handy, and organized. Made of a rugged yet silent & soft material, they’re chemical and oil resistant and they don’t slip off of whatever surface you place them on. Made in bright, high contrast colors, they simplify visual management for keeping track of nuts, bolts, parts and tools. Multiple sizes are offered.
Outdoor blanket brand Rumpl will get you geared up for football season with their officially-licensed NFL collection blankets. All the teams, with corresponding colors & logos, plus that puffy, lightweight warmth Rumpl is famous for.
With a design that looks like a little explosive mine, this hands-free magnetic task light sticks to metal at any angle, providing bright LED when & where you need it most. Roughly the size of a golf ball, it gets into tight spots your other lights won’t and carries easily on your keyring or sticks to your toolbox where it’s easy to reach.
Acclaimed baseball writer Joe Posnanski may have just penned his magnum opus. With the aim of brining the legends to life through his tales, The Baseball 100 is an audacious, singular, and masterly book that took a lifetime to write. The entire story of baseball rings through a countdown of the 100 greatest players in history, as Posnanski dives into the biographies of iconic Hall of Famers, stars of the Negro Leagues, forgotten heroes, talents of today, and more.
Based on its first-ever multitool launched in 1983, the Leatherman Bond multi-tool is a proven EDC essential. It boasts 14 functions, including needlenose pliers, Philips and slotted screwdrivers, wire cutters and strippers, a ruler, a wood and metal file, a can opener and 2.9″ stainless steel blade. Weight is just 5.8 ounces.
Constructed from tough, 20-ounce waxed canvas to handle years of abuse, Readywares’ 18” tool bag is a carry-all for your hand tools and features 19 different pockets to keep everything organized. A wire frame supports the top-load design for easy load/unload & a brass YKK zippers keeps it closed. Carry straps are made of cotton-poly webbing & high abrasion areas feature reinforced bar-tack stitching. Perfect for pros or weekend warriors.
Blue brand coolers boast all the features of the big dollar ice chests but for a much cooler price. They’ve also got 43% more insulation to keep ice cold for up to 10 days. With rugged rotomolded construction, fail-free hinges, freezer-style lid gasket, & sure-grip handles, these 30, 55 or 100 quart coolers are built for years of adventure. Available in trademark blue, gray, & arctic white.
For manhandling red-hot logs & cookware at the fireplace, burn pit, or BBQ grill, Burch Barrel’s Stockman Gloves keep your fingers from frying. Constructed of heavy-duty leather with heat-resistant insulators, these high gusset gloves offer protection for your hands, wrists & forearms, when duty demands that you reach into the fire.
The Hulk Man Smart Jump Starter is truly a beast. With 4000-Amps of peak current & 32,000 mAh capacity, it matches industrial-strength cold-starting power with smart features & a safe, simple design for all 12V vehicles. With a large, easy-to-read digital touchscreen that gives you power display, operation warnings, and user tips, anyone can use it. Simply attach the clamps & when the screen reads “ready”, start your car & hit the road.
Purpose-built to do sausages and brats the right way, Johnsonville’s Sizzling Sausage Grill takes the guesswork out of grilling to deliver mouthwatering results. With modular cooking plates for dogs, bratwurst, and even breakfast patties, this mess-free countertop cooker heats up to cook links and patties in under 10 minutes, and bigger brats in 15, all indoors, with automatic alerts when finished & quick, dishwasher-safe clean up.
The Looft Lighter ignites your charcoal grill cleanly, using no hazardous chemicals, lighter fluid, lighters, or matches. Instead, this hefty 18” plug-in wand directs a superheated, 1100°f blast of air into the charcoal for a cleanly lit fire in about 60 seconds. In addition to charcoal it will light briquettes, wood logs, pellets, and your campfire. The business end of the wand cools quickly after use & features an integrated bottle opener in the stand. For indoor and outdoor use.
The Wooden Grill Scraper is a tool well-known to black belt BBQers. The Woody 20-inch Shovel from The Great Scrape is made from solid Red Oak and Beech hardwoods, coated with an all-natural, non-toxic, food safe mineral oil. Pros choose wood scrapers because eating wire bristles left behind by brush cleaning is never tasty. At 20”, the Woody keeps your fingers from getting too toasty while you scrape. Works with porcelain, cast, and stainless grill grates.
Designed and built to Yeti standards of performance and durability, the brand calls their Trailhead Camp Chair a “best-in-class seat”. Out in the backyard or far afield, this overbuilt chair will always have your backside. It features a lightweight frame that will hold up to 500 lbs. The seat is made of ultra-supportive FlexGrid fabric and an included carry bag makes it easy to grab your chair & go. Choose from Navy or Charcoal.
To get the fire blazing, we wanna work smarter, not harder, right? The Kindling Cracker firewood splitter makes it effortless. Constructed of a solid piece of high-quality cast iron, the design allows for safe, easy splitting, ejecting perfectly-sized loglets that will get your fire crackling fast. No axe required.
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