Dad might not be expecting anything grand for Father’s Day but if you’ve aged out of giving a handmade card, a token of appreciation for all he does, all year long, would be a nice surprise.
Father’s Day gifts tend to focus on much of the same interests: barbecuing, beers, golf and tools. And whiskey stones, a gift no person has ever wished for. Ever.
We’re not limiting dads to such a cliche range of interests. Instead, we've picked gifts that will help pops live his best life, from a never-fail key tracker to sneakers that feel like walking on a cloud.
For the dad who can never find his keys
AirTags are small and unobtrusive buttons that can be put on a keychain or in a wallet, backpack, purse and luggage to help locate lost items. It pairs with Siri and the “Find My” network via Apple. Available in packs of one ($39) or four ($129) at Amazon and accessories (like a keychain holder) are sold separately.
For the dad who needs to start wearing sunscreen
For the dad who loves Top Gun
Aviator sunglasses are having a moment thanks to Top Gun: Maverick and while the exact pair that Tom Cruise wears in that movie are custom made, the Ray-Ban classic aviator never goes out of style. $272 at Sunglass Hut.
For the dad who keeps things cool
Whether dad wants to keep a bottle of kombucha or a pack of White Claws chilled, this hard shell Yeti Roadie 24 Cooler is durable and deep. It holds up to 24 pounds of ice and is insulated enough to keep it cold for days. Tough and light, it’s great for long car rides, camping, picnics and just hanging out on a deck. $350 at Amazon.
For the dad who needs to retire his old sneakers
On Cloud sneakers are giving New Balance a run for the “unofficial dad sneaker” title. These comfy shoes are built to put a spring in the step with a v-moulded heel, zero gravity outsole, breathable mesh weave and absorption pads. From a design perspective, the signature tread is unlike most other sneakers on the market. $159.95 at MEC.
For the dad who’s too busy for a spa day
Theragun Mini packs the punch of the powerful massager into a small handheld device. This version is quieter than the full-scale Theragun, has 150 hours of battery life and three speeds. $249 at Amazon.
The hip fashion statement (for under $20)
Chris Evans recently wore this retro-style NASA hat to the MTV Movie & TV Awards and if it’s good enough for Captain American (who will soon be playing famed astronaut Buzz Lightyear in a new Pixar movie), it’s good enough for dad. $18.69 at Amazon.
For the soccer-mad dad
Will dad be setting his alarm for 3 a.m. to watch World Cup games? If he’s cheering loudly for men’s Canadian team, which has qualified for the tournament for the first time in nearly four decades, an official jersey will help him feel part of the action. $120 at SportChek.