Aren’t men seriously the hardest people to buy for? There are only so many times you can buy them a watch or wallet am I right? Especially when it comes to my dad, he seriously has everything. So for this year, I asked Karen’s son Grant Barker for his advice since he is a guy and the gift giving guru. Here is the list he came up for this years Father’s Day gift guide. I already have this bookmarked for Mark’s birthday coming up next week!
Best For: Any Dad
Stylish slippers with a removable rubber outsole for everyday adventures in and out of the house. So comfortable you may even want them for yourself. Seriously, these are amazing. Why haven’t I thought of this before? Slippers you can wear in or out of the house with a change of a sole.
It seems like every dad has about 100 keys, let him organize some of them “Swiss Army Knife” style. For an extra $12 it comes with an integrated 8GB flash drive. This is one of my favorites Father’s Day gift guide ideas.
Best For: The Chef
If dad likes to cook; he hasn’t chopped until he’s chopped with a Japanese knife. Japanese knives have a 17 degree edge compared to the 22 degree edges of their western counterparts making them feel like absolute razors.
Ditch the flimsy plastic cutting boards of yore for 20”x14” of prime chopping real estate. Dad’s a proper chef now.
Best For: The “Wired” Dad
Hands down the best Bluetooth speaker I’ve ever used, the sound quality is amazing. Up to 15 hours playback. Shock and water resistant for clumsy dads. There are $50 dollar options out there, but if quality is important, this one is worth every penny. I’m adding this to my gift guide for Mark as well.
This bad boy will charge pop’s phone about 9 times or an iPad about twice. Free dad from his 3-foot-wall-charger prison.
Best For: The Outdoorsman
Folding. Rocking. Chair. Dads and rocking chairs go together like peanut butter and jelly. This one speaks for itself for any dad that loves the great outdoors.
Benchmade is the Louis Vuitton of the knife world. Any outdoorsman will highly appreciate the toughness and quality. Mine is an every day necessity. Plus, every dad loves pocket knives.
Best For: The Backyard Barbecuer
Keeps drinks colder 3x longer. Perfect for long days of summer grilling. An added bonus, the double-walled vacuum design prevents condensation so mom won’t yell at him when he leaves it on the coffee table without a coaster.
You’ll reap all the benefits if dad shares any of his delicious ribs and brisket with you. Electric is the future of smoking, a ‘set-and-forget’ mentality if you will. I recommend hickory wood chips.
Best For: The Fisherman
A floating filet knife with integrated ‘bonker’, cleaning spoon, and sharpener tough enough for any nautical adventures dad can throw at it.
Fly fishing isn’t just for picturesque Alaskan streams. Great for catching fish in Florida’s shallow coastal waters as well.
Best For: The Weekend Warrior
Self myofascial release, no matter how dirty it may sound is how athletes everywhere are speeding recovery time and preventing injury. Perfect for all the dads without ‘dadbods’.
Dad can enter the world of fitness and sleep tracking as well as tracking his heart rate and speed on runs and bike rides.
Best For: ‘Mr. Fixit’
Cantilever toolboxes are a classic; it’s likely your granddad has one. I don’t know why modern toolboxes’are simply a large plastic box with a latch to throw all your disorganized junk in, but any dad with the ‘do-it-yourself’ attitude will appreciate the old-fashioned and well-made appeal of this toolbox.
Believe it or not, there is quite a large unoccupied niche between screwdriver and drill. Dad will certainly thank you for this during his next DIY project.
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Thank you Grant for all these incredible and innovative gift guide ideas! He is off to med school in the Fall can you tell? :-)
I want every single one of them for myself, my dad and Mark! I’m saving this one for Mark’s birthday coming up next month! What do you think? Which one of these is your favorites? Have you heard of half of these yet? I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! xoxoxo
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