Father’s Day Gift Guide

You guys, I’m just putting this on your radar– Father’s Day is fast approaching! Just in case you’re like me, and this pandemic has caused you to lose all sense of time, I don’t want you to be caught off guard. 😳

Father’s Day this year is Sunday, June 21st. You still have time, but if you do a lot of your shopping on Amazon, like me, you’ll want to allow a little more time for delivery right now. I’ve had pretty good luck with many of the things I’ve bought getting here fairly quickly, but most “non-essential” items are taking a bit longer than the typical Prime 2-day delivery, so just be aware.

I’m here today to give you some ideas. When I need a gift idea for someone, I often need to browse around in the stores until something sparks an idea. My shopping motto is, “I’ll know it when I see it.” However, if you’re like me, and still staying out of crowded public places right now, that’s not easy to do. So, my hope is that browsing this post will help inspire the perfect gift idea for the special dads in your life.

For the BBQ Chef:

If you’ve read my blog before, you know my hubby loves to cook and smoke things on his grill. All of the items below are things he’s been gifted by either me or other family members, or that he purchased himself and uses regularly.

Project Smoke by Steven Raichlan

This book contains a “foolproof” recipe for smoking brisket. My husband has made it several times now, and it’s been perfect each time. We usually smoke two at a time, so we have plenty for the freezer, which we use for sandwiches, tacos, burrito bowls, and pizzas on the grill.

BBQ Gloves,Oven Gloves Extreme Heat Resistant, Food Grade Kitchen Grill Gloves

These gloves are heat resistant to almost 1500 degrees. They’re perfect for handling all the hot grates, utensils, and meats associated with smoking/grilling.

FreshJax Smoked Spices Gift Set, (Set of 5)

These gourmet grilling spices are hand-crafted by a small, family-owned business. They are organic, gluten-free, kosher, non-GMO, and contain no artificial flavors. We use them on all sorts of burgers and meats for the grill!

Flame Boss 500-WiFi Smoker Controller 

This is one of my hubby’s favorite toys. 😃 He attaches it to his smoker, and he can operate it via wifi and his phone to keep his meat at the perfect temp as he goes about his day. It’s great to be able to run an errand or work on other things around the house, without having to be tied down for 8 or more hours while the meat smokes.

Kamado Joe KJ-DJ DōJoe Classic, Black

My husband used his Christmas money from my dad to buy this pizza oven that fits on his grill. We love making our own wood-fired pizzas with it.

Pink Kraft Butcher Paper Roll – Long 24 Inch x 175 Feet

The smoked brisket recipe I mentioned above requires you to wrap the meat in butcher paper after smoking, and let it rest in a cooler for a couple of hours before serving. My husband bought this butcher paper, and the cutter below for this purpose. He attached the cutter to the wall in the garage near his grilling gear, and it makes for a very organized and functional set-up. You can read this post to see how he has it all arranged.

Holder & Dispenser for Butcher Paper Rolls 24″

The Grillfather Cutting Board

This was a birthday gift from our son. It’s technically a cutting board, but it’s so nice, my husband decided to hang it up on the wall above his grill in the garage instead.

This is Going to be Delicious – Funny Aprons for Men

Some of the kids gave my husband a great grilling apron last year, that he loves to wear when he’s smoking things. This one isn’t exactly the same, but it does have lots of pockets like his does, which is the part he likes. Good grilling takes a lot of specialized equipment, for which you need pockets, I guess? Anyway, this one is funny, but there are many other options available on Amazon too, if you need one more appropriate for the kids to gift to dad. 😂

For the Coffee Lover:

Kauai Coffee K-Cups, Na Pali Coast Dark Roast – 100% Premium Arabica Coffee from Hawaii’s Largest Coffee Grower, 48 Count

This is our favorite coffee, and we order it on repeat. We visited this coffee plantation on the Na Pali Coast of Kauai for our honeymoon. They sell other varieties, but the dark roast is the best.

Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker, 1 Liter, 34 Ounce, Chrome

We love our Keurig for the ease and convenience, but on lazy Sunday mornings when we have a bit more time, the flavor of coffee from a French Press can’t be beat.

Stone & Mill Set of 2 Large Double Walled Glass Coffee Cups, 15 Ounce, Insulated

We use these for hot and iced coffee both. The double walls keep your coffee the perfect temp for longer. Plus, I like that they are clear, so if you’re making fancy coffees with foamed milk or layers, you can enjoy the presentation, too.

For the Outdoor Lover:

Dynatrap DT1050 Insect Half Acre Mosquito Trap

I got this for my husband last summer, and it made such a difference in our ability to enjoy being outside! We live in a rural-ish area with lots of nearby water, woods, and nature. Along with all those wonderful things, comes some not-so-wonderful bugs. We placed this below our upper level deck and it keeps many of those annoying bugs away. It’s silent and odorless, so we don’t even notice it’s there most of the time–not like those annoying “zappers” that people used to have. Are those even still a thing?

Garmin Edge 520 Plus Cycling GPS

My husband has racked up a lot of miles on his bike. This little gadget is awesome for mapping the route, and calculating distance, mph, speed, etc. If you have a cyclist in your life, trust me– he will love this.

Gorilla Cart with Steel Frame

Recently, our old push lawnmower died, and now that we have much more property to mow, we decided that replacing the dead mower with a rider was more practical. We already had this garden cart that we used occasionally. But, with the riding mower, this little cart has found new use! The handle comes off, and it attaches to the back of the mower with a locking pin. It’s been so helpful with hauling heavy dirt, rocks, wood, plants and tools around our property for our various outdoor projects!

Collapsible Portable Hammock with Removable Canopy

I got my husband this hammock for Father’s Day a couple of years back. It’s perfect for a nap on lazy summer day. It fits two people, has a removable canopy, and stores in a bag with wheels for easy portability.

For the Traveler:

We had a lot of trips planned this year. All of which have been cancelled. 😞But, we will all be able to travel again someday, right? I’m already dreaming and planning about rescheduling all of our missed adventures.

In March, our Washington, D.C. trip got cancelled a mere 36 hours prior to departure when COVID-19 brought the world to a screeching halt. We had also planned a two-week trip to Paris and London for July. Which is also cancelled now. But, when life returns to normal-ish again, we will be ready to go! My husband and I have both agreed that this year, we will just spend a quiet summer at home, but next year, we’re going BIG! We already have some plans in the works…..

Nike New Flex Player Golf Pants Obsidian

My husband prefers these golf pants for flying and traveling. He says they are more comfortable than jeans, and work for when you need something slightly more dressy than shorts or sweats. He has them in a couple of different colors.

Water Resistant Travel Backpack

This smaller-sized backpack is good for carrying the essentials when traveling and site-seeing. It has lots of pockets for organization.

BAGSMART Electronic Travel Organizer

This is great for all the little odds and ends that we carry when traveling. It has a bigger pouch for the portable charger, and then several smaller ones for cords and adaptors. I’m always shocked by how many different chargers we need when traveling– both of our phones, Apple Watch, iPad, Kindle, computer… This holds them all!

Portable Charger with Dual Ports 

This portable charger is great because it charges more than one device at a time and fairly quickly. It is a bit heavier than the little pocket-sized ones, but if you need a charger that truly gets the job done…this is the one.

For the Handyman:

Like a lot of other people right now, we’ve been using our quarantine time to get some projects done! On our Memorial Day weekend, we built ourselves a garden. Again, since we have a lot of critters around here, we had to build a fortress of a garden! I can’t wait to show it to you soon!

CRAFTSMAN 10-in 15-Amp Single Bevel Sliding Miter Saw

We needed a saw to make all the cuts on the wood we had delivered for the garden and this is the one my hubby bought. It worked great, could handle the thick, wide pieces of cedar, and even had a bag to collect the saw dust rather than making a giant mess.

Ryobi One+ Handheld Drill/Driver and Impact Driver Kit 

Having both a drill for pre-drilling the holes, and an impact driver for inserting the screws saved a lot of time, since we didn’t have to keep changing the bit. We’ve had these Ryobi ones for a few years and they still work great.

InstallGear Magnetic Parts Tray 4″ Stainless Steel (2 Pack)

These magnetic bowls were perfect for holding screws without them getting lost in the grass while we were working. So simple, yet so handy.

For the Mixologist:

Shaker & Spoon Cocktail Club

This is one of my favorite gift-giving ideas! I’ve gifted it to my husband and my son now and they both enjoyed it. Every month, you get a box delivered to your home with all the ingredients (minus the alcohol) to craft 4 each of 3 different cocktails. It’s so fun to learn about new ingredients and techniques! HERE is the link to my original review.

Each box focuses on one particular kind of alcohol, but allows you to choose your favorite brand at your local liquor store. The box below was all about gin. It included all the mixers, syrups, bitters, and even the fresh lemons and limes! It comes with detailed recipe cards for each cocktail.

You can purchase one box at a time, or save by enrolling for a monthly subscription, which you can cancel at anytime. Use this link to get a discount on your first order.

4 Piece Glass Set Engraved with J-Letter Monogram, 13.5-Ounce

I ordered personalized rocks glasses for my husband last year with the coordinates of our home etched on them. You can find all kinds of personalized barware on both Amazon and Etsy, including this set of monogrammed ones.

Mixology Bartender Kit with Stand

Every mixologist needs the right tools. This deluxe set has everything necessary for the dad on your list to whip up some fabulous creations. Our cocktail shaker and accessories get a regular workout around here. Happy Hour is a real thing at our house. 🤣

Make Your Own Homemade Liquor Infusions Gift Set 

A couple of years ago I bought my husband an alcohol infusing kit, and we’ve been infusing our own (mostly vodka) ever since! Most recently, we made homemade marshmallow vodka for some s’mores martinis. I need to share that recipe with you soon. It was out of this world. We frequently make our own black pepper vodka for Bloody Marys, and cucumber infused vodka is another favorite for Cucumber Basil Martinis.

This kit is one of those gifts that brings hours of enjoyment, and inspires creativity. Plus, you’ll probably get to benefit from all the amazing concoctions that will be created, so it’s a win-win, right? 🤣

Homemade Gifts

I feel so fortunate to be able to celebrate Father’s Day with my wonderful hubby, who is such a great role-model and dad. We are all truly blessed to have him in our lives.

This year though, will be the first Father’s Day without my own dad, and that’s sitting pretty heavy on my heart right now. As I prepared this list of “things” that make great gifts, I’m also reminded of all the other potential gift ideas that can’t be bought from a store.

Whenever I’d ask my dad what he wanted for a birthday, Christmas or Father’s Day, he’d always say, “Nothing, just your company”. So, for many holidays over the years, we’d try to bring him something homemade that we knew he’d enjoy. He had a sweet tooth, so we often made him homemade cinnamon rolls, donuts, or pies.

And of course, there were dozens upon dozens of handmade gifts created by my sister and me when we were young, as well as by all the grandkids. As we’ve been working to clear out my parents’ home, we’ve come across many of them. The fact that my parents saved them for all of these years speaks to the incredible value of a gift made with love.

This past year, on my last Father’s Day with my dad, I made him a Shutterfly book with pictures of the old farm where he grew up. He didn’t have any pictures of the farm himself, so I wrote a letter to the people who live there now, and mailed it, asking if could come out to their property and take some pics of the old barn, which still stands, even though the house itself has long been torn down and rebuilt.

As it turned out, they were lovely people, who called and invited me into their home, where they gave me copies of all the old pictures they had of the farmhouse before it was torn down. I was able to use all the old pics, plus some I took myself, to make a special photo book for my dad. I will never forget how much time he took going through that book page by page, and sharing all his memories with us.

Yes, there are many gifts you can buy that will make the dads in your life happy, but don’t forget to also think about ways you can give the gift of love, time and memories. Those are the gifts that truly last.

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