father's day gift guide

When I think back on Father’s Day as a child I remember my Dad grilling hamburgers outside, playing t-ball at the park, and showering him with homemade cards. My sisters, mom, and I spent most of the day with my dad. In comparison, on Mother’s Day it was basically leave Mom alone except for the lovely breakfast with flowers we set outside her bedroom door.

Flash forward to last year, my husband’s first Father’s Day, I wrote him a thoughtful card, he fired up the grill, and we spent the day playing outside. It would have been total deja vu except now I’m playing a different role. My husband like my dad wants to spend Father’s Day with his family doing the stuff he likes. For us that means eating hamburgers (yes, this vegetarian makes an exception!) and playing soccer. In addition to being a good sport come June 18th here are the other ideas I’m eyeing for my two favorite dads.

Here is your Father’s Day Gift Guide: 

  • A homemade card, Free   My go-to! Without fail if you ask my Dad what he wants for Father’s Day he will say, “A handwritten card or something you made.”
  • Pair of Thieves Dad + Kid socks, $16.00  This marries together my husband’s love of hip socks and my love of seeing him match my daughter. Pro-tip: Target sells these as well for a smidgen less. 
  • Jason Markk Essential Kit for Shoe Cleaning, $16.00   My dad polished his shoes at night before work and nowadays I catch my husband polishing up his sneakers. The idea of a shoe cleaning kit is making me feel nostalgic.
  • Pull&Bear Sneakers, $42.00   With a shoe cleaning kit you may just need to get your husband/dad a new pair of kicks. I’m a big fan of the selection at Asos for men and these are my current fave.
  • J.Crew Garment-dyed Baseball Hat, $39.50  Perfect cap for a day out with the family. The hues feel summery and unique enough to add to the collection they likely already have.
  • Kiehl’s Starter Kit for Men, $43.00  This is my husband’s go-to brand for “pampering” and with it’s masculine look I may even be able to get away with giving this to my own dad.
  • Sound Wave Print, $35.00   For all the sentimental dads, Newton and the Apple on Etsy takes a voice recording and creates a bespoke sound wave print. Cue the misty eyes when he realizes it says “I love you”.
  • The Balvenie Doublewood, $50.00   As my husband would say, “You can never go wrong with a single malt whisky” and this one gets high marks from the folks I trust most with my whisky recommendations (my coworkers!).
  • Herschel Supply Co. Backpack, $75.00  We have an unhealthy obsession with Herschel Supply Co. in our house. You can’t go wrong with a wallet or dopp kit, but my favorite is their black backpack.
  • Bongo Speaker, $119.00  This bluetooth speaker made of vintage and sustainable materials gives off major retro vibes for the dapper + musical dad.
  • Chemex Glass Coffee Maker, $38.00  For the coffee nerds out there, this fancy coffee maker with a leather tie is meant to last a lifetime and brews coffee in chemically correct ways. Check out Blue Bottle Coffee for a Chemex friendly brew.
  • An afternoon at Jester King Brewery, ~$3.00 per taster  This kid-friendly brewery has volleyball courts, lots of space for little ones to roam, open air seating, and Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza next door.
  • F1 Weekend Tickets, $159.00 per ticket  So this event doesn’t take place until October 20th – 22nd, but if you’re going for the wow factor and maybe a break from the little ones – this is the gift! The bonus for mom is seeing Justin Timberlake on Saturday night.
  • Picnic at McKinney Falls, $6.00 per adult (over 12)   Take a morning hike through one of the stroller friendly trails at McKinney Falls and then snag a table in the woods for a picnic with your family. 
  • Annual Marble Falls Soapbox Derby, Free  Let dad bring out his inner child on Father’s Day by building a soapbox car or just spectating. There’s fun for the whole family with food, music, and shopping.

We hope this guide is helpful! And remember if all else fails you can’t go wrong with a homemade card.

What are you getting the dads in your life this Father’s Day? Tell us in the comments!


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