When you’re struggling to think of the perfect Father’s Day present, a gift card can be a handy (if not particularly inspired) solution: By giving Dad a voucher to his favorite store, you’ll show that you care, and he can finally get the tent, bottle of whiskey, or speakers he has been eyeing. If Dad’s the type of guy who likes to do research before any purchase, an e-card has the added benefit of allowing him flexibility to shop around and read reviews (we’ve got him covered on that front, from razors to dashcams). So whether Dad’s a voracious reader, constant snacker, or national-parks lover, you’ll find just the right gift card below to make him feel appreciated.
Fitness dads will love Ten Thousand’s lineup of specialized shorts, including a pair for water-to-land workouts that we named the best performance swim trunks.
Socks make up the foundation of a comfortable outfit, and we can’t get enough of Bombas’s, including its compression and wool versions. Strategist associate editor Louis Cheslaw has given the Gripper Slippers as gifts and loves that they “pack down flat for travel, and the rubber dots on the soles keep you from slipping.”
The dad looking to replace a well-loved pair of Levi’s may want to consider the straight-leg or slim-fit cuts included in our roundup of the best men’s jeans.
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If Levi’s are too mainstream for Dad, introduce him to Self Edge (also noted in our “Best in Class” review), which prides itself on detail-oriented craftsmanship and quality Japanese selvage denim.
Dad will look like he stepped straight out of Field & Stream as he’s packing Orvis polos and fly-fishing gear in a handsome duffel that appears in our guide to the best monogrammed gifts.
Mühle’s expertly designed (and beautiful) shave set will make Dad’s side of the bathroom look like a high-end barbershop, while the brand’s ergonomically designed tools will help him achieve the closest shave he’s had in years.
Dads who breeze through a book a week can’t be bothered with constant trips to the bookstore, so give him an Audible membership that includes three per month (one audiobook and two Audible originals) and a 30 percent discount for each additional title.
Movie night will go from weekly to daily when Dad has access to the Criterion Collection’s wide (and ever-changing) catalogue that includes his favorite classics — and the foreign films that have been on his list for ages.
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This one requires you to know Dad’s gaming habits, but once you’ve pinned down his console of choice, he can play to his heart’s content.
Dads who value packing light can pick up a spacious (but lightweight) backpack recommended by a bike messenger or one of the brand’s popular Go-Bags, which come in three sizes and more than nine bold colors.
Fuel Dad’s escape to the country (or city or ocean) with a gift that will remind him of the joys of travel, even if he chooses to go only a few hours from home.
If Dad’s been using the same shoes or clubs to hit the links for years, it’s time to upgrade his tee-time gear.
Strategist writer Kat Gillespie recommends Snow Peak for design-conscious outdoorsy dads. The status brand makes quality gear that will “last a lifetime,” according to Gillespie, who highlights the spork and titanium mug (which can also be used as a pot on a mini backpacking stove.)
With a national-parks pass, Dad can take in the natural beauty of more than 2,000 sites and bring three adult passengers with him for no extra cost (children under 16 are free).
Allmansright makes ultralight hiking gear for dads whose brand is function meets style. He can choose from stuff sacks, space-saving personal care, and customizable bags.
A monthly delivery of snacks, candies, and tea sourced from small family businesses in Japan will delight Dad, with products including Thai curries, traditional fish sauce, and yuzu drinks.
This NYC shop has the most extensive collection of Japanese knives in the world (including Japan). Dad can pick up (or order online) top-of-the-line knives, sharpening stones, and, if he has little ones, a child’s knife for “Dad and me” recipes.
The right finishing oil can be hard to find, so point Dad toward the one we named the best for drizzling over fish, roasted veggies, or really good bread.
No matter what Dad’s signature dish is, he can jazz it up with spices from Diaspora Co.’s single-origin collection, which includes Pragati Turmeric, Kashmiri Saffron, and Nandini Coriander.
Chances are, even the most pasta-loving dads have yet to try Sfoglini’s one-of-a-kind Cascatelli. The brand that brought you everything-bagel fusilli has created a waterfall-inspired shape that optimizes “sauceability,” “forkability,” and “toothsinkinability” for the ultimate pasta experience.
Indulge his inner sommelier with a gift card to Astor Wines & Spirits, where he can also purchase sake, bourbon, and more.
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