By Tracey Dowdy
What do you get for the guy who, when asked, “What would you like for Father’s Day?” responds with, “I dunno, surprise me!” That’s a tough one. The good news is that you have until June 20 to find him the perfect gift, and this list can help.
Amazing Clubs is a subscription service offering dozens of gift options, with many starting under $30 a month. Choose from beer, wine, coffee, hot sauce, cigars, honey…the list is varied and almost endless. If you’re not sure what he’d like most, choose a custom Variety Club or let him choose with a gift card.
Is there anything more “dad” than a graphic t-shirt to go along with his cargo shorts, socks, and sandals? Of course not! Choose a custom shirt from one of Etsy’s sellers, or check out the options at Crazy Dog, Daily Steals, Think Geek, CafePress, or SnorgTees.
When you think of subscription boxes, you may think of makeup, food, or clothing, but did you know there are book subscription boxes? My Subscription Addiction has a list of options for everything from bestsellers to guilty pleasures. Some even include children’s books, so dad can find selections for himself and books to share with his children and grandchildren.
I bought my son-in-law a Rocketbook reusable notebook for Christmas, and it was a hit. It’s a smart, reusable spiral-bound notebook that wipes clean with a damp cloth. Rocketbook pairs with the Rocketbook app to preserve all dad’s notes, doodles, or random ideas in the cloud.
After months of quarantining with many families spending more time together than ever before, maybe dad would appreciate the gift of a bit of peace and quiet. Noise-canceling headphones are a great gift any time, and the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 is a solid option. If your budget can stretch further, Tech Radar has a great list of options.
Smartphones and laptops keep us connected, but sometimes a guy needs to disconnect. Amazon’s Fire 7 tablet has a 7″ display and runs on WiFi, making it easy for dad to scroll through Facebook and TikTok, read, watch movies, or listen to music but not be distracted by work emails. It’s available in four colors and comes with expandable storage, a feature iPads are sorely lacking.
Tracey Dowdy is a freelance writer based just outside Washington DC. After years working for non-profits and charities, she now freelances, edits, and researches on subjects ranging from family and education to history and trends in technology. Follow Tracey on Twitter.