Last-Minute Father's Day Gift Guide 2018
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As holidays go, Father’s Day gets a pretty raw deal. Buried somewhere between graduation, Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, and the Fourth of July, we often glaze over it, offering Dad a quick phone call or maybe a card snagged on a drugstore run.
This year, we say it’s time for dads to reclaim Father’s Day. With mothers reeling in spa days and new grads cashing checks from the most distant of relatives, why shouldn’t dads get something they want– and could really use–too?
No, we’re not talking about new golf club covers–news flash, not every dad golfs! (Honestly, it’s like folks think men receive a putter after cutting their firstborn’s umbilical cord…)
Here at SG HQ, we believe that great gifts are both thoughtful and personal. Just as a father’s lifestyle grows and evolves with time, so will what counts to him as a great present.
We partnered with Cufflinks Depot to handpick our favorite gift ideas, whether you’re celebrating your very first Father’s Day (aww), your first Grandfather’s Day (double aww), or one somewhere in between.
Watch the video, then learn more about our Father’s Day gift guide ideas below:
1) “Fancy” haircare products
For the well-groomed dad
When it comes to grooming gifts, we say skip the cologne–your dad probably has something he likes already, and honestly, this isn’t a holiday where you’re necessarily trying to drop big bucks. Instead, go for something that feels extravagant that’s not actually all that expensive, like a set of “fancy” shampoo and conditioner.
Think of this practical-yet-luxurious present like cashmere socks–not something you’d ever buy for yourself, but you feel like a millionaire movie star every time you use ‘em.
Plus, there’s tons of great men’s-focused brands out there these days, so he’ll feel like this gift was truly picked with him in mind.
2) memorable accessories
For the stylish dad
Style can be so subjective, but every guy needs the accessories that really pull an outfit together.
This past February, Megan’s brother-in-law drove from Wisconsin to Minnesota at four in the morning to see his beloved Eagles play in (and, duh, win!) the Super Bowl, decked out in full fan gear. On Monday? He was back in the office, dressed for an important meeting with his boss’s boss.
The perfect Father’s Day gift for this sports-loving dad of three? These cufflinks crafted from an authentic game ball used in a regular season Eagles football game, available on Cufflinks Depot. They’re the stylish way to show your fandom (without resorting to face paint) at work and for special occasions.
Set in sterling silver with swivel findings, these bad boys feature the scuffs, scratches, and ball markings of a well-used regulation pigskin. (And don’t worry, they carry over 650 sport-themed accessories in case you’re not an “E-A-G-L-E-S- EAGLES!!!” kinda guy). Not surprising from a company that’s provided custom cufflinks and other men’s accessories to all kinds of professional sports organizations.
Even better? Many of CD’s cufflinks are also customizable, with engraving or monogramming available for an extra level of personalization this Father’s Day.
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3) really good coffee
For the new dad
New babies in the house means access to caffeine is a must. When a “quick run” to the coffee shop down the street entails a stroller, diaper bag, Baby Bjorn, and two changes of clothes (one for the baby, one for you…you never know), it can be easier to just stay home.
So consider a gift of coffee (or even a recurring subscription!) for the new dads out there, with those sweet, sweet, life-saving beans shipped straight to the new parents’ door.
4) new pillow
For the tired dad
If there’s literally one thing we know about dads, it’s that they can fall asleep anywhere. At a child’s birthday party! On Christmas Eve at church! While holding a screaming baby on their lap!
Maybe they’re exhausted from all that stellar parenting, or maybe they’re just trying to keep from having to do the dishes after Thanksgiving dinner. Either way, we know plenty of dads who love to doze.
Which makes a new set of pillows a really great Father’s Day gift. Think about it: how often do you swap out your old, dingy (with, uhh, gross buildup of body oils, dead skin and dust mites) pillows? Probably not often enough. So treat someone else to the gift of fresh pillow talk this Father’s Day.
5) Pressure Washer
For the new homeowner dad
At SG HQ, we can’t seem to get enough of Riverdale actor (and husband to Kelly Ripa) Mark Consuelos’s Instagram. The fam lives in a plush af townhouse on the Upper East Side, where Consuelos recently treated himself to a new pressure washer. Which he lo-o-o-o-o-v-e-s documenting for his followers. He’s washed the front sidewalk outside the house, the window ledges, the (penthouse views) patio. It’s wild. And honestly, it’s so satisfying to watch. Like ASMR as interpreted by Bob Villa.
If you’ve got a ‘do stuff around the house’ dad in your life, consider this gift that would make Tim the Toolman Taylor go…well, you know.
6) A class
For the retired dad
We love a good experiential gift. So why not get your dad a class where he can dig into his extracurricular interests? Maybe it’s a French cooking class at a local culinary school to finally learn how to make chicken cordon bleu at home. Or maybe it’s an online course in how to write a book so he can finally tackle that novel he’s been fiddling with for years.
Whatever he’s interested in, there’s a class for it.
For the dad who appreciates a good, stiff drink
Let us lay a truth bomb on ya: What flowers are to Mother’s Day, booze is to Father’s Day.
If none of the gifts above seem quite right, consider stopping by your local liquor store on your way to Father’s Day brunch to pick up a great bottle of…whatever it is your dad drinks.
The best part is how easy it is to take this gift from, “Hey, I made a pit stop at the package store on my way here,” to “Hell-o-o-o-o-o, I am treating you to this very special fancy gift.” All you need to do is upgrade whatever it is he usually drinks by, ohhh, let’s say twenty bucks or so.
This isn’t the time to try to turn him onto sipping tequila if he’s a “whiskey neat” kind of guy – simply purchase his preferred brand with a bottle that’s been aged a few more years than the one sitting on his bar cart. Then, drink it in silence and celebrate the day together.
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WHAT GIFT ARE YOU GIVING – OR HOPING TO RECEIVE! – THIS FATHER’S DAY?