45 Amazing Father’s Day Gifts for All Kinds of Dads

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Reminder: Father’s Day is June 18. If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for dad, let us try to help. We compiled some of the best gifts for a variety of interests and tastes.


If you’ve noticed your dad grabbing a handful of toothpicks on his way out of a restaurant, it might be nice to get him some of his own for fancier occasions. These toothpicks have the subtle flavor of single malt scotch; they're made with a “barrel-aged, Islay single malt made by a 200-year-old distillery for a distinctively smoky flavor with notes of peat and complex caramel.” Each box contains four vials, with 12 toothpicks in each.

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Does your dad drink a lot of beer? Does he possibly need a hobby? Give him a starter kit to help him learn to brew his own beer. Each kit comes with almost everything you need to get started (strainer, funnel, pot, and bottles aren't included, though). We've linked to the Everyday IPA, but there are other flavors, including chocolate maple porter, jalapeño saison, and chestnut brown ale.

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Let your dad keep track of his beer-drinking travels with this wooden map, which has a bottle-cap-shaped hole for each state. All your father has to do is drink one beer from every state to complete the map. If he needs help, this is a good place to start.

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Mixing great cocktails is a science—and it will definitely feel like that when it's done with chemistry equipment. This laboratory-inspired kit comes with an Erlenmeyer flask decanter, six test tubes, a shaker, and glass stirring rod, all kept in a powder-coated steel rack.

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This series of glassware comes etched with the streets of various cities around the world; each glass has an intricate map and the coordinates of the metro area.

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Summertime means summer cocktails, so arm your dad with the necessary materials to make drinks that are truly from scratch. The kit comes with six different packs of seeds: cucamelon, blue borage, lime basil, hyssop, lemon balm, and mint. There are also six growing pots, six peat blocks, six plant markers, and a book of planting tips to help pops get started. Once the plants have grown, your dad can use the included recipe book to make delicious cocktails using the homegrown ingredients.

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Opening bottles is about to be a lot cooler with this T.rex statuette. The weighted figure works nicely as decor, or a door stopper.

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Your dad can throw back a few beers with these Star Wars pint glasses.

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For cooking on the go, get this portable grill that folds down into a suitcase. The metal structure comes in red and silver and has a mess-free ash catcher. The charcoal grill is large enough to cook food for two people, but small enough to easily be carried.

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Help your dad in the kitchen with a special cooking guide that can be worn right around the waist. Things like numeric conversions, cooking and roasting times, and freezing instructions are just a glance away. Just lift up the apron to read the information that’s printed upside down.

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Add some whimsy to your dad’s pocket with a multi-tool that’s shaped like various animal heads. The seven-in-one tool includes flathead screwdriver, a Phillips head screwdriver, wire stripper, file, hole punch, bottle opener, and utility knife.

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This helpful manual is the perfect guide to home improvement and beyond. The book has a little bit for everyone, and even seasoned repairmen have admitted to learning a lot from it. Since being published in 1973, over 10 million copies have been sold. You can’t beat those numbers!

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13. STADIUM SEAT CUFFLINKS; $190 - $200  

Don’t get your baseball-loving dad any old cufflinks—get him ones made using seats from stadiums like Shea, the Polo Grounds, Fenway, and more. The color and condition of wood varies between pairs, but that’s to be expected when working with retired stadium seats.

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Help your father keep track of his sports outings (or music concerts) with this charming journal. The book has clear sleeves to hold used tickets, and recycled paper to write down anecdotes. It'll motivate you and your pops to go out and make some memories.

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15. GOLF BBQ KIT; $26

Dads that love to golf and grill will flip (burgers) for this BBQ set that bridges both worlds. The collection comes with tongs, a fork, and a spatula, all with handles resembling golf clubs.

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No room for an actual pool table? Consider this smaller version that can sit on your father’s desk. The tiny game of pool is just 20 inches long with 16 pool balls that are each an inch in diameter. The adorable set comes with two pool cues and a triangle for setting up.

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17. LIBRARY CARD SOCKS; $10 - $15

Out of Print is an online company that sells charming book-related loot like shirts, notebooks, and tote bags. They also make these amazing socks that look like the sign-out cards found in (old-school) library books.

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Bibliophiles who also love music will dig this magnetic bookmark that looks like a cassette. Each comes with a ribbon similar to the tape that tends to spill out of cassettes, but instead of rolling the tape back up, it’s used to keep the reader's place in a book.

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Who said action figures had to be limited to superheroes and army men? Edgar Allan Poe is the perfect man to be immortalized in plastic; he even comes with a little raven. Now you can reenact countless scenes of brooding and composing poems.

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If you think your dad is a hero, get him this metal superhero bookend. With the help of a strong magnet, it gives the illusion that the tiny hero is keeping the tilted books from falling.

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Let your dad keep track of his travels with this special map. Each country is a different color, so it will look more vibrant with each trip.

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Traveling is a whole lot easier with a guide. This book will help your dad plan future trips and remember past experiences. It comes with five storage pockets for tickets and clippings as well as prompts for travel ideas.

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These special headphones blend old-school with new technology, making them the perfect gift for any dad. They connect to most devices with Bluetooth or with a cord and audio jack. An analog control knob lets the user play, pause, shuffle, and adjust the volume; the listener can even answer or ignore calls right on the headphones. Thanks to their sleek design and collapsible shape, they also travel well on airplanes.

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Thanks to an integrated amplifier and six-speaker configuration, this sleek device makes it sound like the concert is being held right in the living room. Your dad’s own music library, as well as apps like Spotify and Pandora, can be played wirelessly with Bluetooth. It comes in three colors: black, walnut, and bamboo.

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Having to take a shower doesn’t mean having to stop the music. This showerhead is equipped with Bluetooth, which allows the user to connect their computer or phone and wirelessly play tunes in the bathroom. Prepare for even more singing in the shower.

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Your dad might be hesitant to slip his feet into the mouths of hungry zombies, but he’ll be glad he did. The warm footwear fits most adult feet and is lined in cozy material.

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27. LIFE HACKS; $9

Who says there are no shortcuts in life? Breeze through basic tasks and chores with a book of “life hacks.” These tips and tricks will help your dad save time, which can turn into more time for relaxing.

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Sometimes when it’s really early, it’s hard to even muster up the energy to grab a spoon. This mug understands your dad’s struggle and will happily stir his cup of coffee for him. Simply push the button and the contents get swirled around.

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29. SMART WATCH; $62

Make your dad feel like a secret agent with a high-tech smart watch. Besides telling the time, the device can also set reminders, make phone calls, and send messages. It works with both Android and iOS, although email and texting might not work for some iOS users. The screen is vibrant and the speakers are loud enough to play music on.

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If your dad is in the car a lot (and really loves Star Wars) then get him this Death Star-shaped car charger. It comes with two USB ports, so it can charge a phone and tablet at the same time. It has green LED lights and plays music when connected. Just plug it into the car’s vehicle power adapter (cigarette lighter).

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For the dad who thinks he's 007, check out these cufflinks that only look like unassuming cufflinks. In a move worthy of real spies, each piece has an 8 GB USB flash drive hidden inside (perfect for when he needs to pass along sensitive information—i.e. embarrassing childhood photos).

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Give the gift of on-demand television that's just a remote click away. Warning: This might lead to many phone calls asking how to work the television.

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Electronic goo

Fastidious dads like to keep a clean desk, and that includes the keyboard. This neon goo will get in between the nooks and crannies of a keyboard to lift out all the dust, crumbs, and other debris.

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Animal lovers


Dog breed tie

Now your dad can sport a classy red tie with a pattern of dogs. You can choose from 17 different breeds, like a corgi, pug, Boston terrier, beagle, and more.

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Cardboard deer

This cardboard deer bust is an animal-friendly alternative to taxidermy. The creation comes flat and needs to be built by fitting the pieces together in pre-cut slats.

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Owl glasses holder

The next time your dad is searching for his glasses, you can tell him to "check the owl." This nightstand fixture offers a home for glasses to sit right before bed.

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Caffeine addicts


A bag of Death Wish Coffee

If your dad is always asking for an extra shot of espresso, you should introduce him to this super strong coffee. Considered one of the most caffeinated coffees in the world, Death Wish packs a punch of 660 milligrams of caffeine per 12 fluid ounce cup (a regular coffee will run 195 milligrams or so).

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Showers can be a lot more energizing—no freezing cold water needed. This vegetable-based glycerine soap is made with caffeine to give your dad a morning jumpstart, even before that first cup of coffee. Each bar has about 200 milligrams of caffeine per serving/shower. It also has a refreshing peppermint smell—but no, it's not edible.

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Art lovers


Balloon dog

Take a little bit of Jeff Koons home with a miniature dog balloon statue. The 7-inch-long sculpture is a perfect knick knack for your dad's office or study.

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40. ART SOCKS; $15

Art socks

Socks are a total Father's Day classic, so you'll really knock it out of the park with socks with famous paintings on them. This set comes with a total of eight pairs.

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What appears like a plain black umbrella is actually a secret work of art. Inside, your dad can be surrounded by van Gogh's Starry Night, which is definitely a better scene than the cloudy skies overhead.

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For geeks


Darth Vader robe

Let your dad use the dark side to get super snuggly. The fleece duds come with a belt and oversized hood for maximum coziness.

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Doctor Who tie

Get your dad a tie that looks like either the TARDIS or the Fourth Doctor's scarf.

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Star Trek pizza

Pizza: the final frontier. This fantastic pizza cutter is shaped like the classic ship from Star Trek.

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Groot emotions

Groot may not have the biggest vocabulary, but he does have a wide range of emotions, from I am Groot, to I am Groot. This shirt documents all the ways Groot's feeling on one cotton tee.

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Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture


This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair

- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.

- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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10 Facts About The Blue Lagoon On Its 40th Anniversary

Christopher Atkins and Brooke Shields star in The Blue Lagoon (1980).
Christopher Atkins and Brooke Shields star in The Blue Lagoon (1980).
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Brooke Shields was just 14 years old when she filmed The Blue Lagoon, the infamously sexy and slightly salacious island-set romance that capitalized on burgeoning hormones in a big way. The film was shocking when it debuted on July 5, 1980—but even 40 years later, it can still make jaws drop. Here’s a look at some of its more compelling tidbits, complete with undiscovered iguanas and a nifty trick to cover up nudity.

1. The Blue Lagoon is based on a trilogy of books by Henry De Vere Stacpoole.

Although the film closely follows the events of the first book in Henry De Vere Stacpoole’s series, also called The Blue Lagoon, the film’s sequel (1991’s Return to the Blue Lagoon) breaks with the storyline presented in the 1920s-era trilogy to essentially re-tell the original story (read: more tanned teens falling in love on a tropical island). Stacpoole’s books were far more concerned with the culture of the South Seas population, particularly as it was being further influenced by the arrival of European cultures.

2. The Blue Lagoon was adapted into a film twice before.

In 1923, director W. Bowden crafted a silent version of the story. More than a quarter-century later, British filmmaker Frank Launder made a very well-received version for the big screen in 1949, starring Jean Simmons and Donald Houston. The film was immensely popular, becoming the seventh-highest grossing domestic film at the U.K. box office that year.

3. The Blue Lagoon's costume team came up with a clever trick to keep Brooke Shields covered up.

Brooke Shields was just 14 years old when she filmed The Blue Lagoon, which led to some challenges for the production team, especially as Shields’s Emmeline is frequently topless. So the costume designers hatched an ingenious (and, really, just kind of obvious) way to keep her covered up at all times: they glued her long-haired wig to her body.

4. Brooke Shields’s age was an issue for a long time.

Even after The Blue Lagoon was long wrapped, completed, and released into theaters, issues related to Shields’s age at the time of filming still lingered. Years later, Shields testified before a U.S. Congressional inquiry that body doubles—of legal age—were used throughout filming.

5. The Blue Lagoon was nominated for an Oscar.

Cinematographer Néstor Almendros was nominated for his work on The Blue Lagoon. And while he lost out to Geoffrey Unsworth and Ghislain Cloquet for Tess, he already had one Oscar at home for his contributions to Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven (1978). The skilled DP, who passed away in 1992, was also nominated for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and Sophie’s Choice (1982).

6. A new species of iguana was discovered when it appeared in The Blue Lagoon.

Parts of the film were lensed on a private island that is part of Fiji, one of the habitats of the now-critically endangered Fiji crested iguana. The iguana appeared throughout the film, and when herpetologist John Gibbons caught an early screening of the feature, he realized that the animal that kept popping up on the big screen wasn't a familiar one. So he traveled to Fiji (specifically, to the island of Nanuya Levu), where he discovered the Fiji crested iguana, an entirely new Fijian native.

7. The Blue Lagoon won a Razzie.

Despite its stellar source material and Oscar-nominated camerawork, The Blue Lagoon wasn’t beloved by everyone: The Razzies foisted a Worst Actress award on Shields. The actress won (lost? hard to tell?) over an extremely mixed bag of other nominees that somehow also included Shelley Duvall for The Shining. Come on, Razzies.

8. The Blue Lagoon director Randal Kleiser hatched a plan to get his stars to like each other.

Because the chemistry between the two leads was vital to the success of The Blue Lagoon, director Randal Kleiser (who also directed Grease) came up with the idea to get star Christopher Atkins feeling a little lovestruck with Shields by putting a picture of the young starlet over Atkins’s bed. Staring at Shields every night apparently did rouse some feelings in Atkins; the duo had a brief romance while filming. "Brooke and I had a little bit of a romantic, innocent sort of romance in the very beginning of the film," Atkins told HuffPost. “It was very nice—we were very, very close friends."

9. Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins's affection didn’t last for long.

Despite their early attachment, Shields and Atkins soon began bickering nonstop. “Brooke got tired of me,” Atkins told People in 1980. “She thought I took acting too seriously. I was always trying to get into a mood while she would be skipping off to joke with the crew.” Still, Kleiser even capitalized on that, using the tension to fuel the more frustrated scenes, lensing the tough stuff while his leads were tussling.

10. The Blue Lagoon's film shoot basically took place on a desert island.

Kleiser was desperate to capture authenticity for the film, going so far as to live like his characters while making it. "To shoot this kind of story, I wanted to get as close to nature as possible and have our crew live almost like the characters," Kleiser said. "We found an island in Fiji that had no roads, water, or electricity, but beautiful beaches. We built a village of tents for the crew to live in and had a small ship anchored in the lagoon for our camera equipment and supplies. This filming approach was quite unusual, but it just seemed right for this project."

This story has been updated for 2020.