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As the saying goes, “my dad is so hard to shop for.” We’ve all been there: Father’s Day rolls around and mothers and siblings are turning to each other for advice on what to get for dear old dad. Dads tend to buy things they need for themselves, so we’re all about gifts that are both creative and useful, wedding utility with indulgence.
This year, though, we’ve compiled one of our best Father’s Day gift guides yet. No matter what sort of traveler your father is, you’ll find something on this list that will put a smile on his face. The best part? They’re all really useful. From a sturdy, insulated water bottle to elegant travel accessories like a leather passport case or one of the best digital cameras on the market, your dad will be well-equipped for his next adventure––even if it’s just in the kitchen––this year.
Ralph Lauren Purple Label Fidel Suede Boots
Not only has your dad done and seen (nearly) it all, he's still going places. And the footwear taking him there could probably use an update. These Ralph Lauren boots are made for the trek and will make him look as intrepid as he feels.
To buy: $1,500, mrporter.com
James Purdey & Sons Leather-panelled Canvas Backpack and Wool Blanket
A quality backpack is essential, especially for anyone as active and adventurous as your dad. This one, with leather panels, a heady-duty canvas body, and a detachable wool blanket, is built to last and ready for wherever he's headed next.
To buy: $2,485; mrporter.com
Hydro Flask Double Wall Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Sports Water Bottle
Whether your dad chooses to take it to his office every day or pack it in his suitcase for his next outdoor adventure, he’ll be totally addicted to this sleek, stainless steel water bottle from Hydro Flask. The bottle holds a generous 32 ounces of liquid, and features an accessible wide mouth and TempShield Insulation.
To buy: $45, amazon.com
Patagonia Performance Better Sweater Quarter-zip Pullover
Every dad could use another layer––especially from an iconic brand like Patagonia. We’re sure that he’ll love this breathable, quarter-zip pullover made from Polyester fleece, sweater-knit warm fleece interior, and polyester/spandex Polartec® Power Stretch jersey side panels for mobility.
To buy: $119, rei.com
Urban Map Glass
With this creative rocks glass from Uncommon Goods, your dad can sip his favorite cocktail while dreaming about (or planning a trip to) his favorite city, thanks to the beautiful glass-etched design of the city grid.
To buy: $16, uncommongoods.com
5-in-1 Tool Pen
Every man needs his essential tools, but imagine if they were all in one place. Enter this nifty 5-in-1 pen, featuring a screwdriver, smart device stylus, an integrated bubble level, a ruler, and pen (with clip, of course). He can pop it in his pocket or his carry-on, no muss no fuss.
To buy: $25, uncommongoods.com
Shinola Passport Holder
Perfect for the dad who appreciates the finer things in life, this soft leather passport holder from Shinola is the epitome of functionality and elegance. Inside, you’ll find five card pockets, a passport pocket, and sleek raw cut edges.
To buy: $150, shinola.com
WONDERBOOM Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
If your dad needs a way to listen to his favorite tunes, but doesn’t want to worry about something like a splash of water from the pool out back, then he’ll be jazzed about the WONDERBOOM Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker that has a 10-hour battery life and deceivingly strong 360-degree sound, despite its compact size.
To buy: $86, amazon.com
Kiehl’s Men’s Grooming Essentials Set
Your dad can toss this Kiehl’s skin-and-hair grooming set into his suitcase the next time he’s packing up for a trip. The kit, while small in size, certainly doesn’t skimp on any essentials; it includes facial cleanser and moisturizer, shave cream, shampoo and conditioner, and body scrub.
To buy: $48, macys.com
AWAY The Everywhere Bag
This bag is the ideal weekender: modern and sleek, just enough space for a quick trip, made from water-resistant nylon with sturdy handles and strap.
To buy: $195, awaytravel.com
(Malin + Goetz) Sage Candle
“Bright and earthy,” this sage-scented candle from (Malin + Goetz) is handmade in Brooklyn and burns up to 60 hours. Pro tip: Tell him that after the candle is finished, he can clean and use it as a stylish drinking class.
To buy: $55, malinandgoetz.com
Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones II
A good set of headphones are incredible on their own––but these Bose Quietcomfort noise canceling headphones take it to the next level. Whether he’s at home on the couch, tuning out, or trying to catch some much-needed shut-eye on a transatlantic flight, he’ll be delighted with this thoughtful gift.
To buy: $350, bose.com
Will Leather Goods Oaxacan Leather Travel Kit
It seems like dads have a tendency to use the same dopp kit over and over again, for years. Freshen things up for pops with this dynamic, artist-inspired leather dopp from Los Angeles-based leather company Will Leather Goods. The brand sources hand-loomed wool rugs from Oaxaca, Mexico for the beautiful exterior finish.
To buy: $150, willleathergoods.com
Salt Acid Fat Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
For the dad who loves to be in the kitchen, this cookbook from Samin Nosrat explores the four main elements of good cooking, taking readers all around the world to do so. Tell him to check out the accompanying Netflix documentary series while he tries out recipes.
To buy: $23, amazon.com
PANASONIC LUMIX ZS200
Ensure that your dad gets the shot he wants on his next trip with this advanced digital camera––rated one of the best on the market––that features a powerful 15X Leica DC lens with stabilization, 20.1 megapixel, and a large one-inch low light sensor.
To buy: $748, amazon.com