Before your dad was a dad and free from the responsibility of keeping you alive, chances are he took some pretty epic adventures in his day. If your dad made it a point to show you the world both near and his sense of adventure still remains, you’ll want to give him a gift that’ll enhance his on-the-go lifestyle and compliment his adventurous spirit this Father’s Day. Luckily for you, there are 10 gifts below that’ll help you do just that and properly thank the man who far too often goes un-thanked.
Juniper Ridge Cabin Spray
Getting your dad cologne for Father’s Day is a cop out — it’s like getting him a tie or a new shirt. All of those things were fine when you were 10 years old and your mom bought them for you to give to him, but now, it’s time to get more original. Enter Juniper Ridge, purveyors of colognes, scents and soaps handcrafted from real plants, bark, moss, mushrooms, and tree trimmings found while hiking in America’s most storied west coast wilderness areas. While they offer a selection of ‘backpacker’s colognes’ that’ll make your dad smell masculine as hell, try their cabin sprays which’ll transform his home into a wilderness oasis. With scents like Big Sur, Yuba River and Cascade Glacier, he’ll feel like he’s on an epic adventure even when he’s just sitting in the living room.
Whiskey by Mail
Giving your dad a gift on Father’s Day is nice, but it happens once and then it’s over. To remind your dad every single month just how great he is (and to remind him why you’re his favorite child) sign him up for a whisky of the month club. With Taster’s Club, he’ll receive a new, 750ml bottle of bourbon or scotch once a month, along with Whisky 101 course material to learn all about that month’s selection. Price: $83/month for bourbon, $94/month for scotch. Since he’ll be drinking whisky from various parts of the world, pick up a set of 2 etched globe whisky glasses for him (and you) to drink out of. Price: $29.95
If your dad’s more of a beer drinker (and you’re looking for something more affordable) check out the Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club or The Craft Beer Club for a monthly or quarterly delivery of craft beer from around the country.
The Yeti Rambler
Say ‘hello’ to the Yeti Rambler, the best to-go cup there is. Great for camping, boating, or just sitting in the backyard, the stainless steel Rambler will keep your dad’s drinks cold no matter where he goes (and as the makers of heavy duty, super-insulated coolers, Yeti knows about keeping thing cold). The Rambler comes in two rugged and durable sizes, a 20oz and a 30oz. Price: $29.99 and $34.99
The Space Pack by Mophie
For the dad on the go, the Space Pack by Mophie is an essential addition to his iPhone 5/5s. This 3-in-1 piece of technology is first and foremost a rechargeable phone case that’ll not only keep his phone protected, it’ll also extend his phone’s battery life by up to 100%. But Mophie took the Space Pack a step further, adding in 16GB or 32GB of extra storage space (consider it an external hard drive for a phone). So now when your dad is traveling, he’ll never have to hunt for a power outlet again, he can bring along as much music as he wants and he’ll never have to continuously delete photos to make room for new ones. Win, win, win. Price: $149.95
A New Weekend Bag
Every man needs a good weekend bag, and that includes your dad. To find the one that’s just right for your old man, check out TMT’s list of 12 great weekend travel bags. I think numbers 1, 5, 7 and 10 on the list are solid bets sure to please any traveling dad.
August Smart Lock
August Smart Lock is going to blow your dad’s mind. Now that you’ve taught him how to use an iPhone, it’s time to teach him how to use the lock and key of the future powered by that phone. By replacing the lock on his home’s front door with an August Smart Lock, you’re dad can allow certain people, like you, access to the house without the need for a key. It’s a worthwhile addition to everyday life and great for managing his home while he’s away (ex. he can see when those with access come and leave). Plus, it’s perfect for vacation homes as it eliminates the need to hide or exchange a spare key and allow for easy guest access. Price: available now for pre-order for $199
A Non-Lame Coffee Table Book
For the dad who has everything, go for a masculine coffee table book that he’ll actually want to look at. Two great choices: Man and Sea, a book filled with amazing photos of the world’s oceans (from aerial shots of the Great Barrier Reef to underwater closeups of sea turtles), or A Map of the World, a book of cartography created by designers, illustrators and mapmakers with maps ranging from accurate renderings to modernistic interpretations. Both books are sure to inspire your dad to travel. Price: $33.44 and $40.45
The Garmin Virb Elite
GoPro owns the adventure camera market. But are they the best action camera for most dads? Probably not. Garmin, the company your dad knows for their GPS devices, is now giving GoPro a run for their money with the Virb Elite. Perfect for adventures of all kinds, the Virb can record up to three hours of 1080p HD video on a single charge and take 16 megapixle photos. Plus it has lots of dad-friendly features like a large ‘record’ button (to be sure he’s recording), a built in screen (to see what he’s shooting), and since the camera is tough and waterproof, there’ll be no need to mess around with a protective case. Price: $399
The Square by Clean Bottle
What happens when a group of ex-Apple engineers decide to make a water bottle? The Square by Clean Bottle happens. Made out of stainless steel and a BPA-free plastic lip, this bottle is as stylish as it is practical, just like your dad (well, maybe minus the stylish part). The real difference between The Square and other bottles, however, is the ability to unscrew the bottom for and easier and more sanitary cleaning. Whether he’s camping, biking, or working around the house, this is the only water bottle he’ll ever need. Price: $44.95
The best Father’s Day gift you can give you dad is time. Whether that’s simply hanging out at home, hitting the local golf course or taking him on a trip of a lifetime, what you’ll both remember are the experiences you’ve shared. If you’re ready to really pay your dad back for all the hell you put him through when you were younger (not to mention for all the money he’s spent on you over the years) check out these 8 epic trips to take with your dad.
For more ideas on trips to take with your dad, check out this Pinterest board
Top photo: That’s my buddy Jake and his dad 20-some-odd years ago. Great picture, right?