Under that tucked-in button down (or tucked-in t-shirt) and that respectable haircut is a wildman kept in check by his responsibility, by his dedication, by his love, you may know him as dad. So give him something he deserves something truly great. Some of our favorite fathers day gifts can be found in our roundup below.
Fathers Day Gift Ideas 2019
Dad deserves cold beers and steaks when he decides to put up with the family for a week of car camping. Pelican’s 50QT Elite Cooler can handle it. The gasket, thick outer shell, and polyurethane superstructure keep ice cold for 8 days. Which is twice as long as it’ll take for Dad to have his first big explosion about everybody complaining on the family roadtrip. And it’s grizzly-proof so if that bruin tries to get into the 34-rack pops brought along, it’ll get rebuffed like a kid with a homemade fake ID. Dad’s a wildman but he’s nothing if not civilized. Like that dad from “Mosquito Coast” ranted, without the ability to keep our food and drink cold, we’re mere beasts.
I am Iron Man. A legendary lyric from super-dad Ozzie, a generation-defining bit of cinema dialogue from literal super-dad Tony Stark in “Endgame,” and what Dad yells every time he has to iron a shirt for some high-profile formal event. Iron is tough, it’s strong, it’s beautiful and, in Marquette’s No. 10.5 Skillet, it represents nothing less than perfection. Dad likes cooking over an open flame and this pan was made for searing fajitas and his morning steak and eggs over the campfire. But he also likes to talk about craftsmanship, about how they used to make things and specifically used to make things better: longer-lasting, better-performing, with more attention and pride. Marquette uses Investment, or lost wax, to cast their iron cookware, which ensures that this is literally the best pan he will ever own and even more, that it will eventually be the best pan you will ever own – this thing will last forever. I mean some serious family heirloom type ish. And every time you cook on it many years from now, you’ll be able to hear in your mind’s eye Dad screaming “I am Iron Man.”
It’s 845PM, after 15 hours on the trail and the ridges, when he realizes he left his lights on and there are no other cars at the trailhead. But luckily he has his Weego 66, able to jump start basically anything with an engine. But he can also use it for charging his phone, his lights, his laptop, all those tools he uses for posting his Adventure-Dad blog. And since it’s tough to do anything in the dark, it works as a flashlight too. With 1000 charging cycles and up to 3 years of standby power on a single charge, the Weego 66 gets it started better than a Lil Jon track. The best gift for dad DIY type of guys. This is one of the best most reliable fathers day gifts you can buy.
Dad likes his gadgets, especially in the middle of nowhere. The GPS and the lights and the electric mosquito repellent and the DSLR. He really dreams of setting up that Dodge ProMaster, living on rubber for a summer … this is where Renogy’s Phoenix Generator comes in. It’s a solar system the size of a briefcase that can harvest the sun with 20 watts of built-in solar, capable of expanding up to 120 watts with additional panels. Bring it car camping, on those van life adventures, or even backpacking since at less than 13 pounds it’s pretty portable. You can load it up using AC or car power, and when you put it out in the sun it recharges pretty quickly, especially when you add a few solar panels. Get Dad the briefcase he really wants, not another sad “Falling Down” lunch holder.
You’ll notice throughout these options are references to some of Dad’s favorite tunes because, y’know, even the squarest Dad has fond memories of his wild youth. And music is the best way for him to trip back down memory lane or even let the tiger out to play. That’s why the Como Audio Amico is a perfect gift for pops – it marries classy “current dad” styling with high-end audio to rip out the tunes that made/make him feel alive. With its marine-grade wood substrate and a bass port that doubles as a carrying case plus a custom 2200mAh rechargeable LI-ion battery providing 8 hours of playback time, this audio temple is just like dad – as rugged as he is refined. Throw in some custom woofers with oversized magnets to really kick up the bass, standard Internet radio and full iOs and Android compatibility (plus a laundry list of cutting-edge specs) and you’ve got about the best audio tech Dad could ever want (even if he doesn’t even know that he wants it). Because Dad rocks real music, not that lame Bieber/trap rap/auto-corrected weak sauce you mislabel “good music.”
Dad has style. Whatever you may think about those beat up old slippers, or his ugly shirt/tie combos, a big part of him still digs clothes that are functional and look cool — and Toad & Co’s Highroad Shirtjac fits that to a tee. It’s 100% organic, with Toad&Co’s perfect blend of cotton, polyester, and elastane so it can stretch when he reaches for that next hold. Or when he tells his favorite “remember when” story, with arms flailing and the bonfire raging. One of those great new categories, the Shirtjac, along the lines of the shacket, is great for recreating or chilling and wearable year-round. It also wicks moisture and has a built-in UPF of 40+ to protect his back. And when he wears it, he’s gonna look every bit the outdoors wildman who first attracted that beautiful free spirit ingenue you know now as Mom.
Coffee. It’s what keeps Dad alive; without it he’d collapse onto the floor, jabbering about economics and life before smartphones as he falls into a weeklong nap. The GSI Java Press ensures he’s got the goods even in the middle of nowhere, and not the instant stuff but primo black java. Throw in a GSI Pocket Rocket, about the same size as a tall shot glass, and Dad’s going to be performing at his best. Because really, the man has a problem. He needs coffee like a narcissist needs selfie likes; like a crackhead needs, well, crack. The last place you want him getting the caffeine shakes is in the middle of nowhere. I mean, then, you’d have to fill the water filter yourself. And who’s gonna dare you to glissade down with a full pack?
Pops works 40 hours a week. Another 10 on his side hustles. And still makes time to take you skiing. Give him the Sena R1 to help the old man have fun on a few hours he gets to bike for himself. Biking’s a strong low-impact endurance challenge, and if he gets seriously into road biking, he’ll never have money for a mistress. The R1 not only protects his dome but also thanks to its Bluetooth 4.1 connection, he can take urgent calls from the office and rock out Snoop – or Phish – or the Stones – or the audiobook of Chris Froome’s autobiography “The Climb.” The built-in Bluetooth intercom also connects him to up to 3 other riders over a half-mile distance so he can communicate with his wingmen as they fly down the road in “Top Gun” formation.
I once asked a Navy SEAL friend of mine what weapons he takes into battle. “Whatever we want,” he answered. “One of my guys takes a tomahawk.” That was the example he chose. Because really, what’s more badass and useful that a small axe that doubles as a hand-launched projectile? The folks at SOG understand how to make a blade my boy and his team would be proud to carry into elite missions. Founded in 1986 and named after the Joint Special Operations unit that made its own knife in Vietnam, the need for life-or-death quality and dependability imbue every product they make. Their Voodoo Hawk is a combo hatchet and throwing tomahawk, with a blunted knifeblade off the back and a handle reminiscent of Thor’s hammer. Just holding this 12.5” inch, pound-and-a-half tactical axe will get the old man’s blood flowing. And since Axe throwing has replaced darts as the best projectile-centered bar and man-cave game, Pops can become a rock star in the axe throwing bars that have popped up everywhere from London to Brooklyn to Victor, Idaho. It also has its own sheath so Dad can loop it on the belt for the backpacking trip, you know in case he has to fend off a vicious mountain lion, because let’s be honest, that would really be the Father’s Day gift he wants. To be able to tell the story about that time he saved his family from a mountain lion using his tomahawk.
Few things are as satisfying as watching a tree fall that you know will keep your family warm for the winter. But when Papa does that himself with an axe, that’s the kind of thing that transports him back to his youth, when he was a strapping golden God and he made fun of people who whined about aches and pains. The Hults Bruk American Felling Axe combines classic American styling with Swedish steel that’s been made the same way since 1697 when papas of old used these axes to build America. And the leather sheath ensures it’ll be Papa’s favorite tool, guaranteed to be an heirloom handed down father to son (or daughter) with pride. Making this an incredible gift from dads from daughter.