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Father’s Day Gift Ideas (that he’ll actually like)

    Father's Day Gift guide

    Father’s Day is coming up in just a few weeks and now is the time to think about what to get the man in your life.

    ryan overlooking canyonIt seems like guys are a little harder to shop for than women. Maybe there are fewer products geared toward men? Maybe all the products that are geared toward men are a million times more expensive?

    Whatever the reason, men always end up getting a new tie or grill accessories or another World’s Best Dad mug for Father’s Day. And, if they are anything like Ryan, they graciously thank their kiddos, wear the tie and sip coffee out of the new mug.

    In the spirit of wanting to gift the men in our lives something they will actually love, Ryan helped me pull together a list of 17 great Father’s Day gifts. The price ranges from $8 all the way up to $499, so hopefully you’ll find something on this list that fits your man and your budget.

    Father's Day Gift guide

    1 | Rite In The Rain Notebook $8
    This is Ryan’s favorite notebook. It opens flat for easy note-taking, has grid layout and lines on same page, and the paper is waterproof!

    2 | All-Weather Pen $15
    The perfect companion to the notebook.

    3 | Marble Tic Tac Toe $34.95
    Elevate this humble game to display-status with marble pieces and board. We bought this for my parents one christmas and it makes such a nice gift.

    4 | Straw Hat $24
    True story: while swimming in the ocean in Maui a few years ago, this hat came floating out of nowhere and a friend picked it up. It was such a hit, Ryan went to the nearby Quicksilver store and bought the same one for himself. It’s his go-to beach hat.

    5 | Pocket Knife $33
    Does your husband carry a pocket knife with him everywhere he goes? If not, get him this one.

    6 | Rainbow Flip Flops $55
    These are Ryan’s long-time favorite (as seen in the photo above). They last forever, are very comfortable and the double thick sole gives them great arch support.

    7 | 16oz Charcoal Mug $16.95
    A great big mug for his morning coffee.

    8 | Work Hard Poster $99 unframed, $269 framed
    This poster would look so good in Ryan’s office and is the perfect dad advice: Work Hard and Be Nice to People.

    9 | Brain Octane $22
    So this one is a weird gift idea, but Ryan swears by it. He adds it to his coffee each morning and is completely convinced that it boosts his energy and ability to think clearly.

    10 | Spark Mini Drone $499
    If you’re looking to splurge, go for this one. This mini drone was just released and is pretty incredible. We watched the promo video and even though I’m not all that excited about drones, this one seems fun, easy to use, great quality video.

    11 | Moonshine Candle $48
    The best smelling manly candle.

    12 | Slip-on Shoes $85
    Great summer sneakers without the hassle of laces. Ryan just bought himself two pair :)

    13 | 36 Hours Book $24
    From the New York Times long-running series, this book is filled with how to get the most out of a short trip (36 hours) to 150 different destinations in the United States and Canada. There is also a book for traveling in Europe, if that’s more his style.

    14 | Vitamix Blender $415
    The king of blenders and an everyday use around our house.

    15 | Waterman Boardshorts $60
    The Quicksilver Waterman collection is their premium line of quality clothes made with durability and style. I’m a fan of grown-up-surfer-style, so you know I’ll be adding items from this collection to Ryan’s closet.

    16 | He Reads Truth Romans study $24
    Perhaps you’ve heard of She Reads Truth, but did you know they also offer daily study for men at He Reads Truth? This summer, both men and women are going through the book of Romans and this book would be the perfect gift for a man in your life. The study officially starts on June 5th, but you can always go at your own pace, using the book alone or following along online or on the app.

    17 | Apothecary Bag $44.95
    Go for a gift he’ll use again and again with this canvas travel apothecary bag. Ryan is a bag guy – he loves any and every well-made bag out there, so this is a no-fail gift idea.

    Hopefully this list is helpful, sparks your own ideas and results in the dad in your life getting something he’ll really love.

    After you pick your gift, don’t forget the card!

    free father's day card
    I designed this cheeky Father’s Day card as part of the June Paper Works collection. Each month, we give a few items away for FREE and this card is part of those June freebies. Simply download the digital file, print on card stock, and you’re set!

    Grab yours over at

    6 thoughts on “Father’s Day Gift Ideas (that he’ll actually like)”

    1. My husband has those exact Onitsuka sneakers. Very casual and comfy. I was going to order another pair. Thanks for this list. Good job.

    2. Emily, thank you, thank you for coming through with a great listing of Father’s Day ideas! You’re the best!!!

    3. Great list! I’d like to second the Asics slip ons (#12) – my husband LOVES his. They look great with jeans shorts and are a nice hybrid between full-on sneaker and Sperry-type boat shoe.

    4. This is the very first man gift guide I actually like, so kudos to you and Ryan for coming up with such clever ideas. Cheers, Ardith

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