Dads get a bum rap. They get teased about their choice of clothes, their old-school technology and their cheesy jokes – when all they really want is to be considered cool.
Here are 10 great gift options that will amp up the cool factor with both his wardrobe and gear. Sorry we can’t do anything about the jokes.
Rylo by Bould Design
Rylo 360 degree camera by Bould Design — Photo courtesy of Rylo
Rylo 360 is a new camera innovation that lets him document every move on the slopes, the waves or the mountains with unparalleled video.
Boasting an impressive pedigree – Rylo was designed by Bould Design, whose credits include GoPro, Nest and Roku – the tiny device records seamlessly in every direction, using breakthrough stabilization technology for smooth, professional quality video.
It also gets bragging rights for its groundbreaking design, but all he’ll care about is being able to show off his own daring feats.
Brighton robe from Gilchrist & Soames
The Brighton robe from Gilchrist & Soames will make him feel like he's in his favorite luxury hotel — Photo courtesy of Gilchrist & Soames
You know how tempted he was to take home that hotel robe, so give him a brand new one of his own.
Gilchrist & Soames supplies those cushy robes to some of the most luxurious hotels in the world including The Peninsula and Mandarin Oriental properties, and recently made them available to consumers for the first time. You can even choose from waffle weave, terry velour or cotton terry.
This is a great way to make him feel like he’s still on vacation. Just tell him not to expect room service.
This linen shirt from UNTUCKit is comfortable and wrinkle-resistant — Photo courtesy of UNTUCKit
Guys can’t wait to get out of tucked in, buttoned-up shirts, but sometimes they need something that still makes them look put-together even when they’re traveling.
UNTUCKit is a game-changer – offering great-looking shirts that guys will eagerly change into. Meant to be worn untucked, they’re comfy and casual yet they still look neat. Even the new wrinkle-resistant linen shirts stay so polished, he just may be upgraded to first class.
Table Top Griddle from Blackstone
This Table Top Griddle from Blackstone is perfect for camping — Photo courtesy of Blackstone Products
The Blackstone Table Top Griddle is likely to take the place of his old grill in his heart – and in the trunk of his car.
Compact and convenient, it’s so easy to bring along on road trips, and provides a whole new menu of options. With a roomy cooking surface that is ready for the next meal with the wipe of a paper towel, camping just got so much more appealing.
Helio by Y Studios
The HELIO by Y Studios doubles as a solar light and powerbank — Photo courtesy of Y Studios
Camping is transformed into glamping with HELIO by Y Studios, an all-in-one solar lantern, flashlight and power bank providing many of the comforts of home.
HELIO can produce up to 700 hours of light and also power any smart device from just a one-hour solar charge. Best of all, 100% of profits go to bringing solar power and light to underserved communities around the world. Designed by Y Studios, it truly meets the company’s criteria of being useful, beautiful and meaningful.
Hudson Merino Wool T-shirt from Hardvark
Hudson Merino Wool T-shirt from Hardvark — Photo courtesy of Hardvark
How do you describe the ultimate travel shirt? Well, it's breathable, made from natural fibers, machine washable, antibacterial and anti-wrinkle, and stretchy enough to be comfortable but sleek enough to look good. In other words, Hardvark.
Hardvark spent two years perfecting their formula and they seem to have thought of everything. By using wool, the shirt will biodegrade if buried at the end of its useful life – which will not be for a very long time – rather than breaking down to microplastic which often ends up in the ocean.
The company also donates 1% of sales to organizations fighting plastic pollution. So not only are you giving a gift to him, but you're giving one to the planet.
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Smart Umbrella from Weatherman
The Smart Umbrella from Weatherman was created by a meteorologist — Photo courtesy of Weatherman
We know that guys, in general, don’t seem to like carrying umbrellas. But this one is different.
Created by a meteorologist, the Weatherman is made of industrial-strength fiberglass to prevent it from inverting and breaking. Not only will it stand up to 55 mph winds, but it's fabric-coated with Teflon to ensure maximum water repellency. It literally holds up.
But what makes this umbrella smart? The Weatherman app lets him know when rain is predicted so he doesn’t get stuck without it and, thanks to Bluetooth tracking, it will also tell him where he left it.
Go Climb a Mountain gift set from Knack
Go Climb a Mountain gift set from Knack — Photo courtesy of Knack
Knack has a...well, knack for putting together just the right gifts for any recipient, and this is perfect for outdoorsy guys.
Complete with a trio of essentials, the Go Climb a Mountain gift set comes with Matador’s sturdy yet lightweight backpack, a pocket blanket that provides quick ground cover and folds into a tiny pouch, and the Leatherman Multi-Tool, which includes a knife, two pliers, four screwdrivers and, of course, a corkscrew so he’s ready to brave the elements, prepared for anything.
MA650 Wireless Headphones from RHA Audio
MA650 Wireless Headphones from RHA Audio — Photo courtesy of RHA Audio
A good pair of headphones is always welcome, and these Bluetooth in-ear headphones are perfect for travel.
The sound quality is clear and crisp, and they're surprisingly comfortable due to the foam tips which mold to the ears. They’re splash and sweatproof, and the noise-isolating design is definitely welcome while flying – as are the magnetic housings that keep the headphones from clicking annoyingly when he’s not using them.
Ping GPS Locator
Yes, Ping even lets you keep track of your loved one who's climbing Mt. Everest — Photo courtesy of Ping
Get him a whole set of these so he never again has to ask you where he left his keys. Or the remote. Or his wallet.
The world’s smallest GPS tracker, Ping will find anything – or anyone. One user even took it to Mount Everest so his friend could locate him and follow his trek.
You may want to stick one in his pocket, too, so when he’s too embarrassed to ask for directions, you can discreetly point him in the right direction.
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