There's no way around it — shopping for the perfect
Father's Day gift is hard. Relentlessly quizzing your dad for ideas typically ends in a frustrated sigh from both parties followed by a martyr's cry: "I really, really don't need anything." Naturally, procrastination follows and suddenly you're racing against the clock to find a gift that includes free two-day shipping. Next thing you know, you're somehow sending home yet another tool kit that ends up at Goodwill by Christmas. But not this year.
This year, you'll prove to your dad that not only do you know him as a person, but you'll find a sleek gift that's completely on brand for his
personality type and interests. Unlike that nostalgic tool box, our rundown of the best Father's Day gifts in 2019 cater to his favorite hobbies — from molecular gastronomy kits for the home chef to vinyl subscription for the music obsessed. Now all you have to do is figure out what activities your dad loves most...But, we'll leave that one up to you. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. The Golf Dad
If your dad spends most of his free time on the green, chances are he's expecting a new club or
another colorful polo this year. Surprise him with Bose's audio sunglasses instead — the stylish frames not only play headphone-free audio and make phone calls, but also connect with the Golfshot audio app to estimate his distance from the green or give him a rundown of the next hole. Bose Frames Alto 52mm Audio Sunglasses, $199, available at Nordstrom — PAID — The Diehard Sports Fan Dad
Why give dad a measly cap when you can give him a specially curated package
full of officially licensed gear? To make the deal even sweeter, premium sports box brand FANCHEST is offering a $15-off code using "R29" at checkout, valid until June 15. Fanchest Deluxe Box, $89, available at Fanchest The Gone Fishing Dad
Picture your dad floating solo in a small rowboat waiting for his next catch...What's missing? A warm cup of coffee in hand. With a portable espresso machine, your dad can sip on a fresh hot espresso anywhere — and after a pre-sunrise wakeup, chances are he could use a bit of a pick-me-up.
Wacaco Minipresso Portable Espresso Machine, $45, available at Amazon The Dad-Jokes Dad
Give him something to wear while he's working on his new material, while letting the world know exactly what kind of dad you have. In all seriousness, we love that 100% of the profits of this tee benefits
Forever Young, a foundation that provides academic, athletic, and therapeutic opportunities to kids who wouldn’t otherwise have them. Pretty rad, indeed. Comes in white and black. Huckberry Rad Dad Tee, $35, available at Huckberry The World Traveler Dad
If he's lucky enough to spend time doing what he loves most — learning languages firsthand on foreign land — then he'll appreciate this hold-everything wallet. No George Costanza moments here, this sleek premium leather wallet comes with RFID protection, a tiny pen for pertinent notes, passport holder, and hidden compartment for extra cash.
Bellroy Travel Wallet, $119, available at Bellroy The History Buff Dad
For the dad that knows both the year Disneyland opened and when Martin Luther wrote
Ninety-Five Theses, Chronology gives him a competitive way to share his love of history. In the game, players compete to put 858 events in chronological order with the first person to put ten events into an accurate timeline taking home the win. Buffalo Games Buffalo Games Chronology, $14.37, available at Amazon The Wellness Dad
If you saw a flicker of jealousy flash in dad's eyes when you gifted mom a plush
Brooklinen robe last month, then match point that Mother's Day gift with a fast-drying, lightweight, eco-friendly bathrobe of his own. We suggest the waffle weave in gray from Snowe so he doesn't accidentally grab mom's in a moment of confusion. She wouldn't like that. Snowe Honeycomb Bathrobe, $98, available at Snowe The Whiskey Aficionado Dad
Rather than overloading your parent's kitchen counter with yet another set of whiskey glasses or untouched stones, give your dad a chance to experiment with his own whiskey making kit. He'll love sipping his own creation, plus the distilling process is pretty easy: just cure the barrel, fill it up with a neutral grain alcohol (like vodka), pour in a flavor essence, and let the DIY spirit age.
Uncommon Goods Whiskey and Rum Making Kit, $75, available at Uncommon Goods The Wine Appreciation Dad
If you can barely detect the difference between Merlot and Malbec, then your dad's wine-focused gift is best left to the professionals. With Club Wine's premium membership, two carefully selected bottles will be delivered to his doorstep every month — and the only thing you need to deliberate on is how often to deliver.
Cellars Wine Club Premium Wine Of The Month Club, $45, available at Cellars Wine Club The Kick-Back-And-Relax Dad
He's less of a wine and whiskey guy, and truly enjoys an ice-cold microbrew. Let him have his cake and eat it too with this nifty insulated beer bottle holder invention by maker Matt Campbell. It'll keep dad's brew cool and covert for outdoor enjoyment at the beach or on the patio.
Matt Campbell Bottle Keeper, $34.95, available at The Grommet The Chef Dad
Help your dad escape his culinary comfort zone once and for all with a molecular gastronomy kit designed for foodies. The kit is outfitted with everything your father needs to create a delightfully light lemon foam, intriguing balsamic vinegar pearls, and enticing chocolate gel spaghetti.
Molecule-R Molecule-R Gastronomy Starter Kit, $41, available at Amazon The Three-Moves-Ahead Dad
If you can't be there to play a round of chess with your dad in-person, this electronic chess board lets you challenge each other long-distance. Your remote opponent's pieces move automatically, gliding across the board — and if you're not quite matched to your dad's skill set, he can challenge 23 million other players worldwide (or play against the built-in AI).
SquareOff Electronic Chess Set, $389, available at Amazon The Green Thumb Dad
While gardening might not seem all that difficult, it's actually notoriously hard on the knees ... and back... and neck... and well, just about every part of your body. This foldable stool transforms into a padded kneeling bench complete with hanging caddies for his favorite tools to make his next green session just a little more enjoyable.
TomCare Garden Kneeler & Bench, $40.99, available at Amazon The Art-Lovin' Dad
Watch as your dad's inner artist breaks out with a graphic drawing tablet plugs directly into his laptop. Gone are the days of splotchy creations on Microsoft Paint — now he can skillfully draw, sketch, paint, and easily erase the mishaps on any of his creative feats.
Parblo A640 Drawing Tablet, $29.99, available at Amazon The Fixer-Upper Dad
To some of us, dad is synonymous with, "I-can-fix-it" — and thanks to our own personal
Bob the Builder, we've seen many a doomed item revived in front of our own eyes. But unlike an old bulky tool set, this versatile and compact tool-pen can hang out in his pocket ready and primed for the next emergency repair. MININCH Premium Tool Pen, $69, available at Walmart The Musical Dad
A vinyl membership means your dad can embark on a musical adventure with a brand-new album every month. Choose his musical taste — classic jazz to old school finds or a mix of cross-genre essentials — and prepare for the gift that keeps on giving. Bonus points for when he learns all the words to Phoenix's, "Lisztomania."
Vinyl Me, Please Vinyl Me, Please Gift Membership, $99, available at Vinyl Me, Please Gift Membership The Dad-Rock Dad
This musical dad has a very specific, somewhat cerebral, slightly better-than-thou taste in tunes. Since he likely already owns a library of classic to contemporary rock let him nerd out to the personal notebook pages and artwork of creative polymath Brian Eno.
Chronicle Books Brian Eno: Visual Music, $27.5, available at Chronicle Books The Grilling Dad
While your dad probably enjoys spending most of the barbecue by the grill, chances are he's not a huge fan of picking up the post-party mess — and that's exactly where this durable carving board comes into convenient play. The wooden slab boasts a special juice groove for capturing excess liquid plus a bonus surface area for prepping and serving multiple dishes at once.
John Boos Reversible Maple Wood Edge Grain BBQ Cutting Board , $75.95, available at Amazon The Tailgatin' Dad
Not be confused with "The Grilling Dad," this dad likes to take the show on the road. Help him reach pre-game MVP status with a portable charcoal BBQ grill that comes complete with his chosen football team's logo.
Oniva X-Grill Portable BBQ, $60.99, available at Wayfair The Fitness Dad
Help your dad formally ditch his foam roller with a high-speed massager that targets knots to reduce tension and speed up recovery. Vybe comes with three massager heads to focus on large or small muscle groups and give deep tissue massages.
Vybe Exerscribe Personal Percussion Massage Gun, $169.99, available at Amazon The Star Wars Fan Dad
Your dad will appreciate this tie bar modeled after his favorite Wookiee's bandolier. Only true members of the Rebel Alliance will be hip to your dad's subtle ode to Chewbacca.
Think Geek Chewbacca Tie Bar, $35.97, available at Think Geek The Outdoorsy Dad
Prepare survivalist-dads for
any situation with a sleek, multi-use pocket tool. Whether he's helping you fix a broken earring with its tiny pocket knife, removing a splinter with hidden tweezers, or cracking open a beer with a secret bottle opener, this handy gadget has it all handled. Leatherman Wingman - 14 Tools, $59.95, available at Leatherman The Outdoorsy Dad (That Already Owns A Trusty Pocket Knife)
If he's already got his folding knife on lock, gift him something he wouldn't buy for himself — a luxe natural skin care trio for green-minded men. This set from Oars + Alps is free of aluminum, alcohol, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, talc, and is made cruelty-free. The products are unfussy and will have him feeling fresh as a daisy when he's camping out for the weekend or in on the couch.
Oars + Alps Essentials Kit, $59, available at Oars + Alps The Lawn Game Dad
While corn hole equals prime outdoor entertainment, there's no reason to let the cumbersome boards takeover your backyard space after the game ends. This aluminum version is not only foldable for easy storage, but it's also made of lightweight aluminum that's easy to carry and tuck away.
GoSports Foldable Cornhole Boards, $80.99, available at Walmart The 9-to-5 Dad
For the dad that's all work and rarely any play, gift him something that's helped you and countless friends relax and get all the winks needed for maximum daytime output — a weighted blanket. Weighting Comforts makes the Rolls-Royce of heavy covers, and this Coolmax version is perfect for summer months. We're not saying a blanker will add hours to his day, but if he's well-rested, it may give him more energy to spend on things he loves outside of work come weekend.
Weighting Comforts Coolmax Weighted Blanket, $219, available at Weighting Comforts Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here? A Gift For Every Party You Wish You Hadn’t Agreed To Big Little Lies-Inspired Airbnbs To Book Before Season Two Ends Dry Shampoo For Your Clothes Exists — & It's Amazing