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9 Father’s Day Gifts That Dads Will Actually Like and Use

06.07.2023 — The frens(he) editors

Father’s Day is next Sunday, which means that if you want to avoid a last-minute dash, the time to get your gifts in order is now. Except, if you’re like us, choosing a present is hard, especially when some guys do the whole “I don’t need anything” thing. (Dads, this is why you keep getting SOCKS!)

That’s why, in our frens(he) Slack channel, we brainstormed some ideas that will work for all types of dads—and we picked Chris’s brain on what he actually uses as the dad of a 2-year-old, too. Whether you’re shopping for your own dad or one of the fathers in your friend group, there’s something here that make the old man proud.

kolo shoes

Kolo House Shoes$75

Chris likes Kolo house shoes so much that he has four pairs. “They’re really well-made for the price point, and there are so many different styles—so whether he lives in warm weather or cold, likes color or is more a simple man, keeping his feet happy and cozy will be his new favorite thing.”

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being frenshe stick

Being Frenshe Soothing Body Stick$16.99

Chris was one of the first people to try the early versions of Being Frenshe’s Soothing Body Stick, and he’s been a fan ever since. The glide-on formula is infused with magnesium, which helps Dad’s muscles feel as though they haven’t been working to chase kids around all day.

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porter bottle

Porter Insulated Bottle$35

“Another of my daily staples is this coffee mug,” Chris says. “Minimalistic and unassuming, this thing will literally keep my coffee warm until way past when I should be drinking coffee, fits into any car’s cup holder, and — most important — it’s ceramic-lined (weirdly hard to find), so it tastes like my coffee. NOT METAL.”

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veer cruiser

Veer Cruiser All-Terrain Hybrid$699

Yeah, it’s a splurge—but this 21st-century wagon will make outdoor treks more fun for the whole family. This lightweight wagon holds two kids, folds down quickly, and can be kitted out with a canopy and custom sidewalls. Pack it up for this summer’s camping trips and beyond.

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Osprey Poco Child Carrier$350

Know what’s not so fun? When you’re five minutes into a hike and a little voice says, “Daddy, I’m too tired to keep walking.” That’s where this child carrier comes in. It holds toddlers and little kids for a total load of up to 48 pounds, so the family can continue to cover ground for years to come.

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hiro clark hoodie

Hiro Clark Hoodie$158

What makes this Hiro Clark hoodie stand out from the rest? it’s made from top-quality (aka ultra-soft) French terry, it’s thick, and it has a flawless cut. Chris calls this “just the most perfect comfy hoodie ever”—making it the kind of gift that Dad probably wouldn’t buy for himself, but will wear at least twice a week.

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Harry’s Shave Travel Kit$30

A shaving kit is a traditional Father’s Day gift because it’s useful. This one is smartly stocked with travel-sized essentials to help a traveling dad breeze through TSA checkpoints — and get home a little bit sooner.

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brightland olive oil

Brightland The Duo$74

For dads who cook, Brightland olive oils are a can’t-miss. This duo includes two varieties—one for cooking, one more suited to dipping—and both are made from sustainably grown California olives. Or try the mini size, which comes in Chris’s favorite chili-infused olive oil variety.

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jabra earbuds

Jabra Elite 4 Earbuds$99

Chris calls these Bluetooth earbuds the most important gadget in his life since becoming a father. Why? In his own words: “They fit great and don’t look stupid. For calls, zoom meetings, music, podcasts, no wires to trip over, long battery life, great for working out, driving or any other time I NEED A MOMENT.”

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Photo: Ketut Subiyanto

The frens(he) editors