Let’s face it…there are a lot of lame Father’s Day gifts out there. Yes, at the heart of it, it is the thought that counts, but what man wants a boring tie year after year? My husband isn’t super into gifts in general; he’s a little bit too practical. If it’s not functional, it won’t really be all that appreciated. So, I’ve started my hunt for Father’s Day gifts early this year and I’ve come up with quite a few options that I think he would love—all of them a balance of form and function. Check them out – maybe you’ll find a few that your husband/boyfriend/father of your children might enjoy as well!
25 Father’s Day Gifts My Husband Would Actually Want 1 of 26
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DIY Whiskey, Caramel, Marshmallow, Bacon Bark 2 of 26
The way to my husband's heart truly is through his stomach. I know that a lot of people say this, but seriously...food is my husbad's love language and this DIY bark would be the perfect. Sweetness paired with the manly elements of whiskey and bacon? You can't go wrong.
See recipe via Bakers Royale on Endless Simmer
Timex Weekender 3 of 26
I love a man in a watch, but the fancy metal ones aren't really my guy's speed. This Timex with it's rugged leather band would be perfect no matter what he was wearing.
Purchase for $75.00 from Huckberry
Kami Mug Cup 4 of 26
My man is a lover of coffee and is always on the lookout for the perfect mug. This one is awesome.
Purchase for $34.72 from Analogue Life
Waxed Canvas Lunch Bag 5 of 26
Every morning before work, my husband makes me a delicious mocha to enjoy while I plug away writing during the early morning hours before our daughter wakes up. The trade off is that I make him a lunch. The only problem is I've never been able to find a lunch bag he will deem appropriately manly, thus he is relegated to using our recycled Chipotle take out bags for his lunch. This waxed canvas bag would be a wonderful "manly" alternative.
Purchase for $48.00 from Overlap on Etsy
DIY Wooden Bungee Organizer 6 of 26
My man isn't the most organized, but perhaps it is simply because he hasn't been provided with the proper organizational tools. These bungee organizers look cool and are functional too. Plus, if it kept him a bit more organized, this would be a gift for the both of us!
Tutorial via Brit Morin of Brit + Co.
Corn Cob Pipes 7 of 26
An evening pipe smoke is one of life's little pleasures that my husband enjoys. If the daddy in your life doesn't yet smoke a pipe, corn cob pipes are a great place to start if he's interested in trying it on for size. These are what Craig started out with.
Purchase a set of 3 for $23.98 from Huckberry
Meershaum Pipe 8 of 26
This is my favorite from my man's pipe collection - such a beauty and seriously a steal for such fantastic hand carving.
Purchase for $67.99 from AND Meershaum Pipes
Imperial Barber Shave Gift Set 9 of 26
Although mine is sporting a full beard these days and doesn't need a close shave, this kit would be a nice way to pamper a man who does.
Purchase for $30.00 from A8 New York
Herringbone Card Case 10 of 26
A thin wallet like this is my husband's wallet option of choice and his current one is starting to fall apart. It would be a great time to give him an upgrade.
Purchase for $20.00 from Schoolhouse Electric
House Spirits White Dog Whiskey 11 of 26
A lover of whiskey, this is one of my husband's favorites and a local Portland treasure.
Purchase for $33.99 from Fine Wine & Good Spirits
Everett Sunglasses 12 of 26
A few years ago, my man's nice (read: expensive) sunglasses fell into the river. Ever since he's relegated himself to cheap dollar store versions or just gone without. Sunglasses would make a great gift, because it's not something he would typically buy for himself.
Purchase for $95.00 from Warby Parker
SYDNEY HALE CO. Tobacco+Sandalwood Natural Soy Candle 13 of 26
A manly smell that would be much more appreciated than my typically vanilla based candle favorites.
Purchase for $26.00 from A8 New York
Men Sign 14 of 26
If your guy has a man cave, this would make a nice entry sign, but since we don't, I think this would be fun to put in the garage since it is most definitely his domain.
Purchase for $25.00 from Schoolhouse Electric
Cast Iron Bottle Opener 15 of 26
Because cast iron would be extra manly for opening his cold beers.
Purchase for $24.00 from Schoolhouse Electric
Leatherman Multi Tool 16 of 26
Yes, he already has a leatherman, but this one is pretty bad ass...it might be time for an update.
Purchase for $124.95 from Leatherman
Ion Lamp 17 of 26
Since he loves all things industrial in aesthetic, I think he would love this lamp for his nightstand.
Purchase for $85.00 from Schoolhouse Electric
Logitech Harmony Universal Remote 18 of 26
We have the older version of this universal remote and this would make for a nice upgrade. If you don't have a universal remote, this could make a great gift. Say goodbye to all those obnoxious controllers for good!
Purchase for $229.99 from Best Buy
Galvanized Metal Tub 19 of 26
While my guy isn't really into gardening, he is definitely into cooking and mixology and it would make a fun gift to fill a tub like this with a few herbs (rosemary, basil, mint...) for his creations.
Purchase for $14.97 from Lowes
Zippo Emergency Fire Starter Kit 20 of 26
Because he always likes to be prepared for the worst case scenario.
Purchase for $9.95 from REI
Beer Brewing Starter Set 21 of 26
While my husband has progressed in his homebrewing set-up to the point where we now have three kegs sitting in our garage, this starter set would make a great gift for the beer enthusiast who is interested in trying their hand at homebrewing.
Purchase for $75.00 from Brooklyn Brew Shop
C&L Era 59 Shoes 22 of 26
Classic lace-up Vans are my husband's perennial shoe favorite and he wears them to death. As such, he is forever in need of a new pair. These would be great and I like that they offer a fun little twist on the classic with the touch of leather and pop of pattern inside.
Purchase for $55.00 from Vans
Classic Pajama Pant 23 of 26
Because he never can have too many pairs of pajama pants. These are a great classic for summer.
Purchase for $39.50 from J.Crew
Seersucker Board Shorts 24 of 26
In the summer months we spend a lot of time at the lake, so these would be a great grown-up board shorts option. The seersucker is fantastic!
Purchase for $49.50 from J.Crew
45 RPM Record Coasters 25 of 26
A lover of beverages like my baby daddy would appreciate these fun coasters to keep those pesky water rings off of furniture. We're parents now...which means we're grownups...which means we appreciate things like coasters now.
Purchase for $12.99 from Perpetual Kid
Doodle Wrapping Paper 26 of 26
Any Father's Day gift would be made complete with some fun DIY gift wrap made by your little one. My daughter is still just barely scribbling, but I think my husband would appreciate her artwork nonetheless.
See tutorial at Little Miss Marmalade
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