15 Father's Day Gifts for Every Type of Dad (and Every Budget)

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Father’s Day can really sneak up on you. Once May rolls into June, your thoughts turn to sandy beaches, county fairs, or long-overdue vacations. Then it suddenly hits you: Dear Old Dad’s big holiday is coming up—and you still haven’t found that perfect, unique gift for your father (or stepfather, or grandfather, or husband)! Never fear. We’re here to help. On this list of ideas, there’s a little something for every kind of papa, from sports dads to foodie fathers to game-night-loving patriarchs.

1. Matador Travel Accessories; $10 to $13

Having to travel in close proximity to screaming babies or roaring engines is never a pleasant experience. The good news is, you can preemptively spare your father’s eardrums from that kind of cacophonous racket before he embarks on his next vacation or business trip with a nice pair of earplugs. We like this travel kit from Matador, which includes memory foam earplugs rated at a 32 dB noise reduction plus a silicone carrying case that doubles as a zipper pull so Dad doesn't have to worry about misplacing them.

Matador's other travel accessories would also make a great gift for any travel pro: The company's space-saving Flat-Pak bottles squish flat so as not to take up room in dad's suitcase after he's run out of shampoo, while the innovative soap bar case somehow manages to be totally leakproof while still allowing the bar to dry through the fabric.

Buy it: Matador

2. The Sopranos Family Cookbook; $14

The cover of 'The Sopranos Family Cookbook'

Grand Central Publishing, Amazon

This unique cookbook for pop culture geeks boasts a fun mixture of mouthwatering Italian recipes and colorful remarks from Artie Buco, Carmela Soprano, and other characters in the classic HBO series, which turned 20 in 2019. The Sopranos Family Cookbook is sure to be a hit with any dads out there who’ve got a taste for crime drama and/or lasagna.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Crossword Puzzle Coffee Mug; $16


The Unemployed Philosophers Guild, Amazon

Now Dad can enjoy his daily dose of caffeine with a puzzle on the side. The exterior of this ingenious mug from The Unemployed Philosophers Guild doubles as a blank crossword puzzle. Every month, your father can find the clues to a different puzzle online. Then he’ll inscribe the answers onto his favorite new piece of drinkware with a pencil.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Major League Ballparks Scratch-Off Chart; $25

Visiting all 30 major league ballparks is a popular bucket list entry for hardcore fans of America’s pastime. Using this scratch-off chart, your dad can track his progress while he tries to follow suit. And if baseball isn't his sport, fear not—Pop Chart also has scratch-off stadium charts for football fans and basketball arenas.

Buy it: Pop Chart

5. Insulated Beer Bottle Holder; $35

An open beer inside a BottleKeeper stands in the sand next to a surfer in a wetsuit.

BottleKeeper, The Grommet

Koozies are for amateurs. Using this insulated bottle-shaped holster, your dad can keep a 12-ounce bottle of his favorite beer nice and cold for up to two hours straight. Oh, and did we mention that there’s a screw-on cap that’ll let him re-seal the bottle after it’s been opened? As Toby Keith says: Proceed to party.

Buy it: The Grommet

6. Tolkien: Maker of Middle-Earth; $42

The cover of 'Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth'

Bodleian Library, Amazon

If your dad pines for Mirkwood or Hobbiton, he’ll want a copy of this beautiful book. A 416-page tribute to the father of modern fantasy, it’s replete with hundreds of J.R.R. Tolkien’s original sketches, watercolor paintings, and manuscripts. Plus, there’s a wonderful set of essays from archivists, scholars, and mythology experts.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Stanley Master Vacuum Bottle; $56

A black Stanley vacuum-insulated bottle

Stanley, Amazon

Whether your pops prefers iced coffee or steaming hot java, the Stanley Master Vacuum Bottle will have him covered—for days. The 1.4-quart model keeps hot drinks hot for 40 hours on end. As for chillier beverages, it’ll help them stay cold for 35 hours straight, or, if there's ice involved, 160 hours.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Dyna-Glo Compact Bullet Charcoal Smoker; $56

A black barbecue smoker

Dyna-Glow, Walmart

Nothing beats a good old-fashioned barbecue. Using the temperature gauge as a guide, your dad can smoke or grill all manner of delicious entrees on this compact charcoal-based unit. It might not be a bad idea to throw in some nice barbecue tools as a bonus gift.

Buy it: Walmart

9. Holy Stone RC Quadcopter Drone; $70

A Holy Stone RC quadcopter flying above New York City

Holy Stone, Amazon

You’re never too old to enjoy flying remote-controlled gadgets—or to appreciate quality videos. The Holy Stone RC Quadcopter Drone lets dad create the latter by using the former. It’s a win-win.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Eagle Creek Backpack Cargo Hauler; $77

An Eagle Creek cargo backpack

Eagle Creek, Amazon

So your old man’s the kind of guy who likes to roam around. More power to him. Get the man a spacious, 45-liter travel bag with detachable backpack straps, exterior pockets, and a lifetime warranty. The hardy bag is equally suited to wandering through a new city, embarking on a business trip, or throwing in the back of his truck on the way to the campsite.

Buy it: Amazon

11. LifeProof FRE Series Waterproof iPhone Cases; $80 to $100

Might as well admit it: Everyone—dads included—gets their phone wet now and then. Go ahead and give your dad the gift of peace of mind. LifeProof's FRE series protective cases are waterproof and can keep a fully submerged phone safe underwater for up to an hour. They’ll also shield your dad's phone from snow, dirt, and dust. And better yet, when a mobile device is encased in one of these babies, it can withstand getting dropped from heights of up to 6.5 feet. FRE cases are available for most smartphone models in a variety of colors.

Buy it: LifeProof

12. Jenga GIANT Premium Hardwood Game; $118

A 5-foot-tall Jenga tower

Jenga, Amazon

Family game night is a time-honored tradition in many a household. But that doesn’t mean you can’t up the ante. Your pops will get a real kick out of stacking these precision-cut wooden blocks into toddler-sized towers. The starting height is 2 feet, but with a delicate touch, your dad can arrange these Jenga blocks into a 5-foot monstrosity. Sounds like a good time.

Buy it: Amazon

13. Bordo Big Alarm 6000 Key Folding Lock; $200

No cycling dad should be without a good bike lock. Every year, somewhere from 800,000 to 2 million bicycles are stolen across the U.S. To keep his beloved bike from becoming another statistic, your dad can secure it with this quality folding lock. It uses 5-millimeter steel designed to foil any would-be thieves, with a casing system designed to keep his paint job looking pristine. And in the unlikely event that the lock fails, it has a sophisticated alarm system that can alert your dad from afar that his ride is leaving without him.

Buy it: Competitive Cyclist

14. iRobot Roomba 690; $297

Help your dad tackle basic housework in style—all without lifting a finger. The mid-range iRobot Roomba 690 won't break the bank, but still has plenty of high-tech features that will change your dad's life for the better. It boasts Wi-Fi connectivity so he can monitor its progress via smartphone or control it with Google Home or Alexa. It can be pre-scheduled to clean overnight or at specific times during the day, and features virtual wall technology that will allow your dad to block off stairs, doorways, or pet food bowls that might trip the vacuum up. That’ll free him up to kick back and relax while he waits for the floors to get tidy.

Buy it: Amazon or iRobot

15. Fromaggio Automated Home Cheesemaker, $318

Fromaggio's home cheesemaking machine

Fromaggio, Indiegogo

A high-tech cheesemaking device that can fit on Dad’s kitchen counter? Yes, please. This beauty churns out delicious cheddars, mozzarellas, and provolones in as little as 30 minutes. And with Fromaggio’s handy smartphone app, your old man will be able to buy ingredients, find great recipes, and control the device from afar. The high-end countertop gadget won’t hit the market until 2020, but you can pre-order one today—a true cheese connoisseur like your dad will be willing to wait. In the meantime, we recommend you enroll your papa in Murray’s Cheese of the Month Club so he'll never be without gourmet cheese. (Between June 14 and June 16, you can get 10 percent off Murray's monthly cheese clubs with the code DADGIFTS10.)

Buy it: Indiegogo

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6 Protective Mask Bundles You Can Get On Sale

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Daily life has changed immeasurably since the onset of COVID-19, and one of the ways people have had to adjust is by wearing protective masks out in public places, including in parks and supermarkets. These are an essential part of fighting the spread of the virus, and there are plenty of options for you depending on what you need, whether your situation calls for disposable masks to run quick errands or the more long-lasting KN95 model if you're going to work. Check out some options you can pick up on sale right now.

1. Cotton Face Masks; $20 for 4

Protective Masks with Patterns.
Triple7Deals

This four-pack of washable cotton face masks comes in tie-dye, kids patterns, and even a series of mustache patterns, so you can do your part to mask germs without also covering your personality.

Buy it: $20 for four (50 percent off)

2. CE- and FDA-Approved KN95 Mask; $50 for 10

A woman putting on a protective mask.
BetaFresh

You’ve likely heard about the N95 face mask and its important role in keeping frontline workers safe. Now, you can get a similar model for yourself. The KN95 has a dual particle layer, which can protect you from 99 percent of particles in the air and those around you from 70 percent of the particles you exhale. Nose clips and ear straps provide security and comfort, giving you some much-needed peace of mind.

Buy it: $50 for 10 (50 percent off)

3. Three-Ply Masks; $13 for 10

Woman wearing a three-ply protective mask.
XtremeTime

These three-ply, non-medical, non-woven face masks provide a moisture-proof layer against your face with strong filtering to keep you and everyone around you safe. The middle layer filters non-oily particles in the air and the outer layer works to block visible objects, like droplets.

Buy it: $13 for 10 (50 percent off)

4. Disposable masks; $44 for 50

A batch of disposable masks.
Odash, Inc.

If the thought of reusing the same mask from one outing to the next makes you feel uneasy, there’s a disposable option that doesn’t compromise quality; in fact, it uses the same three-layered and non-woven protection as other masks to keep you safe from airborne particles. Each mask in this pack of 50 can be worn safely for up to 10 hours. Once you're done, safely dispose of it and start your next outing with a new one.

Buy it: $44 for 50 (41 percent off)

5. Polyester Masks; $22 for 5

Polyester protective masks.
Triple7Deals

These masks are a blend of 95 percent polyester and 5 percent spandex, and they work to block particles from spreading in the air. And because they're easily compressed, they can travel with you in your bag or pocket, whether you're going to work or out to the store.

Buy it: $22 for five (56 percent off)

6. Mask Protector Cases; $15 for 3

Protective mask case.
Triple7Deals

You're going to need to have a stash of masks on hand for the foreseeable future, so it's a good idea to protect the ones you’ve got. This face mask protector case is waterproof and dust-proof to preserve your mask as long as possible.

Buy it: $15 for three (50 percent off)

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15 Products to Help You Stay Fit at Home

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Staying healthy doesn’t have to mean spending $50 or more a month on a pricey gym membership or paying a small fortune on free weights and squat racks that will only collect dust in your garage. There are plenty of ways to get in better shape at home with the help of some simple resistance bands, a streaming yoga class subscription, or a wearable fitness tracker that keeps you accountable for your progress. Check out some of the best options below.

1. Waterproof Fitness Tracker; $23

Fitness tracker.
Elite Fitness Products

This heart rate and blood pressure tracker monitors your steps, calories, and sleep cycles from your wrist, so you’ll never forget to keep up with your progress. Unlike some comparable devices, this one is waterproof, allowing you to track your stats during the messiest, muddiest activities.

Buy it: $23 (80 percent off)

2. Posture four-Piece Mini Gym and Strength Training Kit; $45

Posture elastic workout bands.
Swedish Posture

Posture’s set of resistance bands, telescope bar, and door hook can turn just a few square feet of your home into a mini-gym. The three pieces of equipment can be easily adjusted for leg, arm, and shoulder exercises, meaning the only real limit here is your own creativity.

Buy it: $45 (41 percent off)

3. Lifetime Subscription to Live Streaming Fitness; $79

A man streaming a workout on a laptop.
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You can keep your body and mind engaged with a lifetime subscription to streamed fitness content, available anytime you're ready for a workout. You won’t be limited to a particular style, with offerings like yoga, cardio, strength training, and more. You’ll also be supported with cooking shows and recipe inspirations to round out your healthy lifestyle. All you need is the internet, and maybe a glass of water.

Buy it: $79 (84 percent off)

4. Fitterclub Personal Training; $14 (One-Year Membership)

A person workout out from home.
LightFieldStudios/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Personalized fitness from home is possible, even without a trainer hovering over you at the gym. Fitterclub offers personalized workout and nutrition programs based on your unique answers to their questionnaire. They’ll take it from there and set up 30-minute workout plans five days a week, which you can access online anywhere, anytime. With the current price drop, you’ll spend less money on working out in one year than you do on one box of protein bars.

Buy it: $14

5. Iron Chest Master Fitness System; $97

At-home fitness equipment.
Ron Williams Fitness

This exercise system works with the muscle and joint structure of your body to increase strength while you build chest, shoulders, triceps, upper back, and ab muscles. The equipment is simple to use, but it definitely won’t be easy on you.

Buy it: $97 (19 percent off)

6. Vortix Melo Massager; $100

Vortix massager.
Vortix

Stretching, resting, and even massaging muscles are all part of an effective workout. Get quick relief from muscle fatigue, soreness, spasms, and stiffness with this massage gun. It’s designed to be quiet on even the highest setting, and its goal is to increase blood flow and shorten muscle recovery time with vibration frequency and amplitude, making it the perfect home workout recovery companion.

Buy it: $100 (33 percent off)

7. YogaDownload Unlimited; $29 (One-Year Subscription)

Person doing yoga at home.
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This one-year at-home yoga subscription gives you access to over 1500 online classes, with new classes added each week. You can jump in as a beginner or experienced yogi from any device with internet.

Buy it: $29 (75 percent off)

8. iBodyFit Premium Diet and Workout Plan; $50 (Lifetime Subscription)

A person doing pushups at home.
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If targeted, short-term plans fuel you, iBodyFit’s set of 400 online workouts and 40 diet plans might be a good fit. Pick a four-week fat burner, eight-week muscle tone, or 12-week beach body plan with ancillary diet goals and grocery lists for every choice. With lifetime access from anywhere, and support and feedback from iBodyFit’s trainers, you’ll always be equipped with a focused workout and goal.

Buy it: $50 (89 percent off)

9. Vitalis ITO Body Fat Scale; $29

Vitalis scale.
Tenergy Life

You’ve heard that the scale is just a number and not to rely on it because the body is more complex than simple weight. This smart scale tracks BMI, body fat, bone and muscle mass, and even hydration to actually give you a full picture of health when you step onto it. The scale pairs with a free app to evaluate you as a gym trainer would.

Buy it: $29 (17 percent off)

10. Bandu Chair Workout System; $14

Home workout bands.
Viatek

If equipment is your barrier to entry for a home workout plan, you’ll be happy to hear that all you need is a chair with this Bandu set. You’ll get 50 different workouts with this set, and the best part is, you can see results with just eight minutes of use per day. With the lightweight equipment, easy set-up, and short time needed to see results, you can work out in a hotel room, at home, and even in your office—literally anywhere there’s a chair.

Buy it: $14 (56 percent off)

11. BandBoard Portable Home Workout Gym System; $130

Bandboard home workout equipment.
Bandboard

Imagine this: four small materials that can produce over 300 exercises. This all-in-one portable gym system does just that with a few resistance bands that only require around 15 minutes for a solid workout.

Buy it: $130

12. Push-Up Machine: Home Exercise Equipment; $90

The Push Up Machine.
The Push Up Machine

If you’ve attempted a home workout, you’ve likely done an exercise incorrectly and suffered an awkward injury that leaves you scared to even try again. This system is built to put your body in the correct push-up position to properly work out your shoulders, chest, and core. And when you're done, it can easily slide under a bed until you're ready for your next workout.

Buy it: $90 (30 percent off)

13. Power Plate Roller; $100

Power Plate home workout equipment.
Power Plate

This portable vibrating massager takes foam rolling to the next level. It’s designed to relax and rejuvenate tight and sore muscles for a better range of motion and muscle recovery.

Buy it: $100

14. Non-Slip Yoga and Pilates Towel and Bag; $23

Yoga mat on sale.
It's All Good

Have you ever thought about how disgusting your yoga mat might be? This non-slip towel can be set on top of your mat during a workout and then tossed in the wash after for an always-clean mat to have you feeling good to your toned and clean-freak core.

Buy it: $23 (69 percent off)

15. Metalika Smart Watch with Health & Activity Tracker; $45

Blue fitness tracker
Electronic Avenue

In addition to playing music and sending you fitness tracking updates on demand, this wearable will also notify you whenever you get notifications from your non-fitness life, including social media updates and weather forecasts. Keep track of cumulative steps, sleep, blood pressure, and even oxygen levels, all from your wrist.

Buy it: $45 (73 percent off)

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