If your dad's a runner, he needs gear that can keep up with his routine. This adjustable neoprene armband fits a smartphone that can stream his favorite tunes on the go. There's no need to take the phone out to switch playlists, either—the touch screen function works through the protective clear cover. Washable and durable, the strap also features a hidden pouch for a house key, plus a reflective strip to keep him safe jogging at night. Available on Amazon; $12.95.
Weekend Work Wear
Every weekend warrior can relate to the hassle of hanging onto hardware while on the job. MagnoGrip's magnetic wristband holds all of the nails, screws, and fasteners—for ready access while he works. Built to handle all-day wear, the wristband is made of lightweight, breathable nylon, and reinforced with rivets. And at under 2 ounces, it's a super-light add-on that will help him power through his next big project. Available on Amazon; $8.11.
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Put a Cork in It
The Chillsner is a cool pick for the dad who loves to kick back and invite friends over for the game. Here's how it works: Freeze the stainless steel chillers, and then press the top of the Chillsner into the bottle to create an airtight seal. The truly amazing thing about this icy gizmo? The vent at the mouth of the cooler allows you to sip even while it cools your beverage. Available on Amazon; $18.99.
Digital days are here, no doubt. But while many dads get all their news online now, some prefer the old-fashioned way. Indeed, the most advanced computer technology has yet to supply a replacement for a time-honored weekend morning ritual—sitting in the kitchen or on the porch, browsing through the weekend paper, while sipping from a big cup of strong coffee. Many newspapers, including The New York Times, offer weekend-only delivery, perfect for those with hectic schedules during the work week. Available at The New York Times; $16.80 where available.
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Just in Case
Are Dad's pockets are always packed to the seams with God knows what? Help him save a bit of precious space. From Restoration Hardware, this clever two-in-one pairs the protection of a simple smartphone case with the straightforward utility of a multi-tool. On the back, two hinged compartments open to reveal tweezers, scissors, and a suite of several other ultra-compact everyday essentials. Now, how do you convince him to throw out the old business cards that are making his wallet bulge out? That's a whole other question. Available at Restoration Hardware; $14.
Whether he needs to travel for work or gets to do so for pleasure, your wayfaring father would appreciate a one-of-a-kind luggage tag. Made of leather, with the wrinkles and scars to give it character and prove its authenticity, the tag can be emblazoned with name and address, virtually any design or logo, or even a family joke—really, whatever you think Dad would get a kick out of! It's a token of appreciation to last at least a lifetime. Available at Etsy; $14.
Going Out on a Limb
For the dad who likes to spend every waking and sleeping moment in nature, wrapping up a hammock is the ultimate gift of R&R. Made of parachute fabric, this particular travel hammock from OuterEQ boasts impressive strength (the smaller of the two sizes holding up 330 lbs!) without weighing down a hiking pack. And while this durable destination-in-a-bag comes in 12 color combos total, this summery orange and grass green hammock is bound to be a bright spot in Dad's next camping trip—or at-home nap session. Available on Amazon; $19.99.
A More Refreshing Bike Ride
Biking to the neighborhood barbecue or bonfire and discovering that the 6-pack you strapped in for the ride has no means of opening is such a bummer. Never let forgetfulness spoil summer fun for Dad ever again. The Pub Nub bike attachment essentially converts any old handlebar into an on-the-go bottle opener so that he's always prepared to pop open a cold one and refresh after a long commute. Available from Uncommon Goods; $20.
For His Entertainment
If Dad is the film buff who already has every title on Blu-Ray in addition to his pick of streaming services, consider fueling his hobby another way with a lifetime of movie snacks. This glass popper combines the quality of stovetop popcorn with the convenience of the microwave and then some, thanks to a lid that both measures kernels and melts butter. (Plus, the red silicone shell nods to a time when we could afford to see every blockbuster in theaters.) Don't forget to include a handmade ticket or two for a screening of his favorite movie a la Netflix—its 7-cup capacity means there will be plenty to share. Available from Uncommon Goods; $14.99.
Solar Battery Charger
Does dad rely on you to be his in-a-pinch technical support? Give him the advantage of your expertise wherever life takes him, with this tech savvy solar battery charger. The rain-resistant, shockproof charger will power his devices from the road or on the trail, meaning that no matter the distance, he'll always be a phone call away. Available on Amazon; $19.99.
Gamer dads will love looking into the future, with Google Cardboard. When paired with a smartphone and one of several free virtual reality apps, these 3D virtual reality glasses will open his eyes to an exciting new world of gaming, and bring out his inner child. Available on Amazon; $6.99.
Donut Warming Mug
Why beat around the bush? Sometimes all Dad wants is a relaxing Sunday morning spent reading the paper, coffee and donut in hand. Give him the gift of leisure with this tongue-in-cheek donut warming coffee mug. The sneaky built-in donut shelf keeps pastries and coffee piping hot, while also making the treat easy to transport in a car cupholder. Available at Uncommon Goods; $14.95.
Arm chair tray
This wooden clip-on armchair table serves as a convenient HQ for personal effects and game day snacks. When fastened to your dad's favorite lounge chair, it provides a sturdy surface to rest a book, eyeglasses, remote control, or drink. TV time is about to get even more convenient! Available at Plow & Hearth; $14.95.
Eye glasses holder
For the nearsighted dad with a far out sense of humor, look no further than this statuesque eye glasses holder. While practical (sort of) its chief function is decorative. Whether balanced on a bedside table or on a desk in the study, this witty gift is sure to prompt a smile with every use. Available at Uncommon Goods; $18.00.
What is an outdoorsman without his trusty flask? If your dad is in need of a nostalgic thermos for spirits and liquor, consider this iconic metal version. Its sturdy body makes it easy to pack for a fishing or camping trip and its rustic exterior only looks better with age—sort of like Dad. Available on Amazon; $14.95.
If you have the money to hire a handyman for every household woe, go ahead. But if you want to hang on to your cash and exercise some self-sufficiency, check out these clever products that solve a million and one little problems around the house. Go now!