The Dad Dude: 18 Gifts for Father's Day 2023
The man, the myth, the dude, the DAD. Whether you're here to find a Father's Day gift for the spankin' new daddy of an infant, or the rickety bones of the old man who raised you into a gettin'-old man yourself, I've got 18 suggestions here that are sure to pass the paternity test.
Note: All gifts for Father's Day 2023 are priced as they were at printing on June 6, 2023. Pricing, and availability, are subject to change.
Stanley Adventure Big Grip Beer Stein
At 24 ounces, Stanley's Adventure series Big Grip Beer Stein has a capacity as big as its handle, and a set of vacuum-insulated double walls that will keep a brew cold for up to 5 hours. And if you're one of those crazy Europeans who likes your beers only slightly chilled, the Big Grip can hold it there for up to 20 hours. Oh, and if you're an even crazier person who doesn't want a cold or cool beer at all, fill the stein up with coffee or tea, and keep it hot for 60 minutes.
Vintage Bookshelf Board Games
These Vintage Bookshelf Board Games from WS Game Company are, to quote the late, great Chris Farley, awesome! I mean, have a gander yourself. Vintage Monopoly folded and packed up all tidy to look like a book: awesome! Circa 1948 Scrabble board, tiles, racks, and scorecard built and bookified: awesome! Chutes & Ladders - Chutes & Ladders, dudes! - packaged in a linen-wrapped bookshelf case with all components and graphics inspired by the OG 1979 edition: AWESOME!
In all, WS Game Company has taken 12 original board games from our, our parents', our grandparents', and, in the case of Chess, our ancestors' childhoods, and turned them into display-ready "books" that will look dashing on any shelf.
OOFOS OOriginal Sport Sandal
Near as I can tell, OOFOS OOriginal Sport Sandals are orthopedic flip-flops for people who don't want to look like they're wearing orthopedic flip-flops. So, yeah. Definitely out as a gift for Dad this Father's Day, since the old man prefers footwear that highlights his bad knee and arthritic feet.
I (dad) joke, I (dad) joke.
OOFOS developed a proprietary OOfoam technology they use in all of their shoes and sandals, a product the company says is proven to absorb 37% more impact than traditional foam in footwear. OOFOS has also patented their footbeds, designed to cradle and support arches. When OOfoam and OOFOS footbeds are tread upon in tandem, the result is said to be an up to 47% reduction in energy exertion in the ankles, compared to competitor brands. In other words, walking is a little easier, and aching Dad bods hurt a little less from doing it.
Advanced Tools Warning Sticker
Now what is this Warning telling me? Something about tools? Let's see here.... Warning: These tools are too advanced for your skill level. Please stick with...Fisher Price? What? Fisher Price? What does that - hey! That's not a very nice thing to say!
Even if it's true.
The Advanced Tools Warning Sticker is a gift for Dad he'll be able to give to others - namely, anyone who comes near his toolbox, shed, or workshop.
TheraBody SmartGoggles for Sleep, Stress & Pain Relief
No VR worlds lie behind TheraBody's SmartGoggles - unless that's where you go in your dreams. This high-tech headset is built to take you only to Sleep Land, plus the pockets leading up to and in between it, using proprietary SmartSense Technology and your biometric data to help you fall asleep faster, get better rest, reduce stress, ease headache and migraine pain, and generally relax.
The World's Most Fiendishly Difficult Literary Puzzle
Edward Powys Mathers (aka Torquemada) wrote Cain's Jawbone in 1934, and to this day, only 3 people have ever solved the 6 murder mysteries hidden within its hundred pages. So, nope, calling it The World's Most Fiendishly Difficult Literary Puzzle is not an exaggeration.
Of course, the "puzzle" part of that statement represents more than just an expertly-written storyline and strategically placed clues. Those 100 pages of Cain's Jawbone? They arrive printed in "an entirely haphazard order." You'll have to pull out and resort every one of them, sifting through millions of possible combinations, if you hope to solve the crimes, and earn yourself a beyond-the-grave high-five from Torquemada.
Nautical Brass 100-Year Calendar Compass
At our wedding, my wife, She-Ra: Princess of Power, told me we'd be together 'til we're 102, so while most of you out there might not need the 100-year calendar that tops this Nautical Brass 100-Year Calendar Compass, this dude is placing his order as we speak.
The compass is 2" in diameter, and fully functional for navigation or just, like, spinning and screwing around purposes. Engraved on the inside the 100-year calendar cover is the Robert Frost poem "The Road Not Taken," which is kind of cheesy, but therefore makes the solid brass calendar / compass combo an excellent gift for Dad.
Craighill Searcher Gift Box
Craighill has assembled, and appropriately titled, the Searcher Gift Box with 4 of their most popular and useful EDC items so all ye searchers of gifts out there can end your search right here.
Craighill's Lark Knife, Caro Pen, Offset Keyring, and Key Capsule arrive nestled in a custom-cut gift box printed with each item's name, dimensions, weight, and what I will call a "fun fact" about it. The Lark Knife, your recipient will learn at a glance, has a 1.5" blade length. The Caro Pen takes Schmidt 635 refills. The Offset Keyring is vapor black with knurled brass. And the Key Capsule is food safe. Craighill uses the black / brass color scheme of the keyring throughout the Searcher, and the treatment is unique to this limited edition boxed set.
Aranet4 HOME Wireless Indoor Air Quality Monitor
Drop a wad on the Aranet4 HOME wireless indoor air quality monitor to find out if you need to drop another wad on an Airmega smart air purifier. The Aranet4 HOME uses a non-dispersive infra-red sensor (NDIR) to measure CO2 concentration, along with additional sensors for temperature, relative humidity, and atmospheric pressure, precisely and in real-time. An e-ink display shows constant readings, along with a quick-glance color indicator that rates the air quality as good, average, or unhealthy.
If your home's CO2 concentration gets too high, the Aranet4 HOME emits visual and sound warnings, alerting you to GTFO. And maybe call the gas company. Or evacuate like the authorities have been telling you the past 3 days because you're in the path of a forest fire.
Skotch Kooler Portable Grill
If you think plaid is rad and Scotch design is top notch design (though I think it's probably Scottish style / top nottish design) have a looksee at Skotch Kooler's Portable Grill. It's a bucket o' BBQ that burns wood or charcoal, and not only cooks campfire dogs and picnic kebabs to "flame-grilled perfection," but also in style.
Or at least in a style Cher Horowitz from Clueless, Charlotte York from Sex and the City, and Bob from your local bagpipers' brigade would dig.
Tooletries The Harvey Toothbrush & Razor Holder
The Harvey has a thing for shiny objects. Glass shower doors, polished mirrors, glistening tiles, metal razors, and sparkling clean teeth. The first three, the Harvey loves to plaster himself all over, sticking strong without adhesives or suction cups, just a bit of silicone-grip technology. The razor, the Harvey likes to cradle in one of his arms, holding it securely and conveniently until you need it. And the sparkling clean teeth? Here's the Harvey lookin' at you, kid. Right after you've brushed your pearly whites, and replaced your toothbrush and toothpaste into the Harvey's other arm.
Hammer Fist creator Timothy Scott Stuart built his design around the olden days practice of hammering objects with a rock. Its name comes from the Hammer Fist Strike used in martial arts. In addition to hammering, the Hammer Fist has several other functions that make it, despite my ragging, a pretty cool multi-tool.
You can also use the 5" x 3-1/2" x 1-5/8" Hammer Fist as a non-marring mallet, 90-degree square, SAE and metric ruler, dual nail puller, bottle opener, and hex driver.
Cobra Storage Garage Door Rack
I don't know if feng shui or Marie Kondo would like the looks of a Cobra Storage Garage Door Rack, but dudes. What a way to maximize space in your garage. Cobra Storage originally developed their Cobra Racks to secure and organize fishing rods, but as you can see, the holders are game to elevate and eliminate the clutter of brooms and mops, long-handled gardening tools, pool skimmers, and hockey sticks too.
Barebones Edison Light Stick
Give Dad his lightbulb moment of 2023: the Edison Light Stick from Barebones. Vintage-inspired and made of brass and copper, the company calls their outdoor lantern-flashlight combo a "completely unique collector's item." I'm not sure I'd go that far, but between its cylindrical shell and spiraling LED rope winding 'round the inside, the compact camping light is indeed totally tubular.
BEAMFIST Stealth W.R.I.S.T. Light
The BEAMFIST Stealth W.R.I.S.T. Light. Where do I begin? The compound word "beamfist," indicative of a torch beaming out over one's fist to illuminate the path ahead, or the face it's seeking to make contact with?
The stealth nature of the flashlight? That's a bit questionable, since it's a wearable that gives off major cyborg vibes, and would never go unnoticed on your wrist. Though I guess it's more likely BEAMFIST believes their wrist-mounted issue will help its wearer do stealthy things, since they'll have both hands free to move and manipulate, and a focused light to guide their way in the dark. The Stealth W.R.I.S.T. Light beam has an adjustable width, 3 modes of white light output intensity, and a 2.5-lumen red light.
Or should I begin with the acronym "W.R.I.S.T."? To my surprise, it actually does stand for something meaningful: Wired Remote Illuminating Spotlight Tool. (I wonder how long it took BEAMFIST to make that work.)
The Man Fork
Eat like a pig...er, I mean, a man...a man pig (!) with The Man Fork from Clever Donkey. With 50% more tines than the average fork, this 6-pronged piece of silverware will have you spearing steak, scooping stir fries, and swirling spaghetti in bites more representative of your big, manly mouth and appetite.
According to Clever Donkey, The Man Fork is also a time saver, because "Bigger bites allow you to chow down faster so you can have more time for your other manly activities." No more digging in to a fine plate of hash or cup of Instant Ramen and coming out with some little baby bite that makes you wonder why the fork you wasted your time with a utensil in the first place.
Motion Activated Keyhole Light
As someone who has poked, rooted, fumbled, and F-bombed around the front door many a night, seeing this motion activated keyhole light brings me a surprising, yet I think also appropriate, amount of joy. Especially if it works as well as the wireless motion sensor lights my wife, She-Ra: Princess of Power, installed in our closet. Now those are a lifehack for the ages.
Outdoor Cooking Food & Utensil Carrier
If you're going way out for your next cookout, go all out with this outdoor cooking food and utensils carrier. Designed especially for tailgates, picnics, and meals around the campfire, the canvas bag has a bevy of pockets, slots, and dividers, both inside, and around its outer perimeter. Use it both to secure the tools you'll use to prep and cook your food, and to load up your meal ingredients and fixins.