14 Things Real Dads Want for Father’s Day
Skip the tie this year and spring for one of these unique Father's Day gifts instead. We talked to real dads to find out what's on top of his wish list.
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There’s no doubt dads are some of the most influential people in our lives. Of course, they should be celebrated all day, everyday—but especially on Father’s Day. If you’re finding yourself stuck on what to get dad this year, or don’t want to get him yet another gadget he’ll get bored with after a few weeks (trust us, we know the struggle), look no further.
We asked the men in our lives for the dad’s day gifts at the very top of their list, from personalized presents to lawn and garden gear. You can rest assured these gifts will be well received by all the dads in your life, whether it’s their first Father’s Day or 30th.
“I’d like some kind of grilling gift, like an upgraded meat thermometer, to add to my collection of grill accessories. I have my eyes on this Meater thermometer. It has all the bells and whistles for accurately and quickly measuring any meat’s temperature. Plus, being able to monitor the process via the Meater app is a total treat for grill nerds like me.” —Jim Koetting, father of Madi Koetting, Taste of Home Associate Shopping Editor
Whiskey Enhancing Oak Tumbler
“I really like how the whiskey enhancing oak tumbler enhances the flavors of my favorite bourbons. All bourbons are aged in charred oak barrels, and what better way to bring out those flavors? Most recently, my favorite bourbon for this tumbler is Woodford Reserve Double Oaked—it’s the perfect match.” —Dana Higley, father of Annamarie Higley, Taste of Home Shopping Editor
“I’ve been eyeing cordless lawn and garden tools with an interchangeable battery, like this mower, trimmer and blower combo from Ryobi. It would be a real time-saver in lieu of plugging in multiple extension cords or having to replace a spark plug.” —Jeff Bandurski, father of Katie Bandurski, Taste of Home Senior Shopping Editor
Eats from the Butcher
“I’d like a gift certificate from a local butcher shop so I can pick out some steaks to grill. Or a gift basket, like this Omaha Steaks box, with premium cuts. I mean, what guy doesn’t want a meat delivery? It’s full of all my favorite things.” —Adan Franco, husband of Missy Franco, Taste of Home Senior Set Stylist
Comeeter Coffee Pods
“I love coffee but have limited time in the morning to make it. It also doesn’t help that I’m a big coffee snob. I’d like a tool or product that is fast to brew but isn’t gritty or poor quality. The coffee pods from Comeeter are at the top of my list.” —Steve Way, father of Emily Way, Associate Shopping Editor, Sales and Deals
Patio Rocking Chairs
“My wife and I each have one of these rocking chairs on the back deck now—she got one for Mother’s Day and then I got one for Father’s Day. It’s nice to relax in them together. I like that they’re low maintenance—no staining, no sanding, no nothing.” —Al Kaminski, father of Lisa Kaminski, Taste of Home Editor
Raised Beds for the Backyard
“My wife and I love growing veggies with our son. We have a tiny backyard, and raised beds will help maximize space—and keep the plants away from hungry bunnies.” —Ian Cliffe, husband of Ellie Martin Cliffe, Taste of Home Content Director
Bespoke Box Subscription
“I’d honestly love a subscription to Bespoke Post. I have a hard time shopping for things like that for myself, and getting a box each month will feel like a fun treat for myself. Dads deserve self-care, too!” —Elliot Borden, brother of Stephanie Hope, Reader’s Digest Shopping Editor
The Ultimate Boredom Buster
“While it’s not the manliest Father’s Day gift—I have all the power tools and yard equipment I need—I would waste countless hours playing tabletop corn hole.” —Brad Holden, Family Handyman Deputy Project Editor
“My closet is filled with Duluth Trading Company’s high-quality clothes, and I’d love to unwrap DuluthFlex Fire Hose carpenter pants for Father’s Day—or any day of the year. I love them for working on our farm.” —Scott Woodward, husband of Peggy Woodward, Taste of Home Senior Food Editor
“I had wanted a smoker for a while, but couldn’t justify getting one for myself. So, it was a real treat to get this smoker for Father’s Day! I love being able to experiment with different cuts of meat and woodchips for the perfect smoked meal.” —David Stanko, father of Caroline Stanko, Taste of Home Editor
“I like to make bread and the recipe usually says to score the top with a lame before baking. A lame seemed like a luxury so I tried to get by with a sharp knife. The knife never worked very well because it was never sharp enough, and I ended up flattening the newly risen bread trying to score it. My daughter got me a bread lame and I couldn’t believe how much better that one simple tool made my bread. I would never try to score my crust with a knife again.”—Mike Racette, father of Emily Parulski, Taste of Home Senior Editor. This Father’s Day, give the gift of yum by making one of our dad-approved recipes.
Additional research contributed by Katie Bandurski, Senior Shopping Editor
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