Father’s Day is coming up quick on Sunday, June 16, and now’s the time to order the perfect gift for your one-of-a-kind dad. But while the internet—read: quick, cheap shipping—makes shopping easier than ever, it can also leave you drowning in a sea of subpar options.
If you’re faced with shopping paralysis due to too many options, Curbed has you covered. We’ve searched our favorite brands to find picks that are both practical and cool. Of course, not all dads are similar, so we’ve broken up our picks into categories that can help you narrow it down. From the dad who wants to transform his house into a smart home to the grandpa who loves music or the outdoors, here are 22 top-notch gift ideas for Father’s Day.
Helpful gifts for dad at home
This functional, compact, and streamlined device features one side that’s a light and a clock on the other side. To snooze, you give the clock a shake.
Made from a neutral gray felt material and available in two sizes, this helpful pouch slides onto your bed frame or under a couch cushion to hold everything from books to remote controls. Life, organized.
These smart light bulbs use WiFi to turn on and off, dim to different levels, or be set to a specific schedule when you’re not home. The set includes four bulbs and a hub compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant.
Handy dads will love this screwdriver that includes six double end professional quality bits in the patented pull-out cartridge, making it easy to change and store bits.
For the father who likes to read
This new book by critic Paul Goldberger traces how baseball and stadium design reflect our changing opinions of cities. It’s a fun look at how American’s favorite pastime mirrors ideas about American urbanism, and a must-read for any design-minded sports dad. Read more, over here.
Ever wondered which cities are the best for transit? What about which rail lines are the most useless? Writer Christof Spieler explores these issues and more in a fun, visually appealing, and nerdy look at what makes transit effective.
Must-have kitchen and drink items
Inspired by the shape of diamonds, these tilted glasses allow spirits to aerate as they are poured and swirled. Plus, their 50-degree tilting angle just looks plain cool.
This classic gift idea includes four tools—spatula, fork, basting brush, and tongs—made from stainless steel that are sure to level up dad’s grilling.
For all the outdoorsy dads out there, check out these whiskey glasses featuring an overhead map of an iconic Major League Baseball stadium in the team’s two main colors.
This four-piece set includes two trays, a lid, and an accessory bin that lets you marinate, store, chill, and serve grilled food. The two trays are marked “raw” and “cooked” to help prevent cross-contamination, and everything is dishwasher safe.
Gifts for music lovers
Located in a prime spot in Barber’s living room, this turntable combines vintage style in a mint faux leather briefcase. The record player produces solid sound, is bluetooth compatible, and comes with a headphone jack, RCA audio out, and stereo speakers.
Available in two different sets, these cork coasters are the perfect gift for all the dads in your life that get the lyrics to songs completely wrong. “Sweet dreams are made of cheese, who am I to disagree.”
Everything that’s old is new again, and this wood-framed portable speaker adds a bit of glam to any decor. With a range of 33 feet, connectability with any Bluetooth device, and multiple playing modes, this one’s a winner.
For the tech-minded father
The Echo connects to Alexa to play music, make calls, set alarms, ask questions, and control smart home devices. Note that the 3rd generation Echo launches on October 16 at the same price point of $99, and will be a hot item to watch for the Black Friday sales.
Impress the neighborhood with this WiFi sprinkler controller that works from the Rachio app. The wireless flow meter detects leaks and weather sensors help you water less and save money.
This smart plug works with Alexa to add voice control to any outlet. You’ll be able to schedule lights, fans, and appliances to turn on and off automatically, and control them while you’re away.
For the outdoorsy dad
Looking for even more adventure-minded gifts? Check out our ultimate guide to the best camping gear.
This lantern is completely powered by the sun with no batteries needed. It lasts for 24 hours on a single charge, and emits a warm light in four different modes. It’s also lightweight, durable, and waterproof.
This brightly colored cooler offers a ton of nostalgia with a hinge-open lid, dual carrying handles, and pebbled texture.
Whether you like camping or just need a picnic blanket, the Rumpl Puffy Blanket is a go-to option that’s lightweight, durable, waterproof, and machine washable. Available in a plethora of prints and colors.
These well-reviewed glasses are made of premium stainless steel and are perfect for outdoor use. They are unbreakable, chillable, rustproof, and dishwasher safe.