Is your dad, your kids’ dad or another special father figure in your life difficult to shop for? Have no fear as this Father’s Day approaches, as we have some fabulous gift ideas for your consideration. Whether Dad is outdoorsy, considers himself a top chef, a style icon or loves to try obscure new hobbies, we have ideas to suit his unique personality.
10” Gyuto (Japanese Style) Chef Knife
$79.96 from ForgeToTable (via Etsy.com)
Laguna Hills-based Forge to Table specializes in hand-forged Japanese-style cutlery. For Father’s Day, how about this weighty, seriously sharp 10” Gyuto, a traditional Japanese-style chef’s knife? It’s handmade with a five-layer high-carbon stainless steel blade, natural ox horn ferrule and beautiful wooden handle. The knife comes in a signature toasted pine box, hand-signed by the blacksmith and perfect as a gift package as well as storage.
Victrola 3-in-1 Bluetooth Record Player
On sale for $59.99 from Victrola.com
Whether he already has an extensive record collection gathering dust, or you know the dad in your life is just made for seeking out old LPs, make sure he can play them by gifting the Victrola 3-in-1 Bluetooth Record Player. It has a stylish vintage design, three-speed turntable, built-in-speakers and FM radio, plus contemporary technology to stream music via Bluetooth. The model is available in brown or black, and comes with a removable acrylic dust cover. Victrola has been in business since 1906, so you can trust them to bring together the best of old and new technology. What better way to bring timeless oldie LPs to today’s ears?
Socks from California Sock Company
Socks are a go-to gift for hard-to-buy-for dads for a good reason. Make the choice extra special by selecting one or more pairs featuring a fun graphic that fits Dad’s favorite themes. Among the extensive collection of men’s socks offered by California Sock Country are video game, animal, food and drink, cartoon, Americana and sports themes. The San Diego-based company runs a “two feet at a time” philanthropic program. With every sock purchase, it donates one pair of children’s socks to a homeless shelter in the San Diego area.
Ready-to-Grow Oyster Mushroom Kit
For Dads who enjoy gardening, cooking, science or DIY experiments of any kind, consider this read-to-grow oyster mushroom kit. The tasty species, Pleurotus Ostreatus, is one of the easiest types of mushroom to cultivate at home. The kit includes everything needed to grow and harvest copious amounts of mushrooms, including a block infused with mushroom culture, a humidity tent and full set of instructions. Set up the kit on a kitchen counter, follow the directions and Dad can expect to see mushrooms within a week or two. The experts at Everything Mushrooms offer other kits for growing shitake, lion’s mane, blue oyster and king oyster mushrooms, plus a full range of mycology supplies.
Smokey Joe Premium Charcoal Grill 14”
$59.99 from Weber.com
Classic BBQ brand Weber offers this small-scale charcoal grill, big enough to sear five average-size burgers but compact enough to bring to a picnic, campsite or tailgate. The grill features a locking lid, lid holder, dampers to control the temperature, a plated-steel cooking grate and porcelain-enameled lid and bowl. With the lid closed, the whole setup measures 17” high, 14.2” wide and 16.5” deep. Pictured in spring green, the Smokey Joe Premium Charcoal Grill is also available in black, crimson, ivory, smoke and slate blue.
Mission Enduracool Technit XL Premium Cooling Towel
Sale price of $14.99 from Mission.com
For dads who appreciate practical gifts, buy the Mission Enduracool Technit XL Premium Cooling Towel. How about a set of four (there’s a buy three, get one free deal right now)? These high-tech towels offer instant cooling – about 30 degrees below body temperature – for up to two hours. Just wet the towel with water, give it a shake, and it becomes instantly cool. When the towel loses its cool, simply wet it again for continuous chill. It has a pull-through corner loop to hold it around the neck, and the towel also offers UPF 50 sun protection. It’s machine washable too. Dad can use it to keep cool during workouts, outdoor activities, gardening or working outside.
Personalized Fine Leather and Fleece Sleeve Bag
Los Angeles-based MegaGear Leather Goods offers this stylish, practical sleeve bag in five sizes and eight color combinations, with or without a custom embossed name or message. This sleeve fits the MacBook Pro and Air or iPad Pro, but the company has other laptop sizes available too. It’s handmade from fleece and cowhide leather, with durable stitching and a minimalist design that Dad will love.