Father’s Day is practically around the corner and you’re still scrambling, trying to find something better than a coffee mug or a gift card to a hardware store.
Thankfully, there’s still plenty of time (with expedited shipping) to get Dad an awesome gift that he’ll not only appreciate but actually use (which is something you can’t say about those BBQ tongs you got him last year).
Shipping deadlines are fast approaching, so let’s not waste any more time. These will be sure to make Dad happy, no matter what they like.
For the Dad Who Needs a Charge
Nomad Base One Max
The problem with most 2-in-1 chargers is that they’re cheap-looking. Not the Nomad Base One Max. This aluminum and glass 15W wireless charger clocks in at two pounds, meaning that you can pop your phone and watch onto and off of the raised Qi-compatible chargers without taking the whole unit with them. The magnets are strong and your devices click right into place. Indeed, in the month I’ve been testing it out, I’ve mis-aligned my iPhone exactly once. The only issue is that it doesn’t include a 30W charger to plug into, you’ll have to provide your own. For a $150, it would be nice if it was included. But Apple led the charge with the assertion that everyone already has enough chargers and Nomad is one of many companies that are following suit. Also, since this isn’t an official Apple or Belkin charger, you won’t benefit from fast charging. But, especially as a bedside charger for topping off devices at night, the Base One Max excels and looks good doing it. You can grab one from the Nomad site.
For the Dad Who Can’t Stop Gaming
Razer Kishi V2 for Android
A lot of digital ink has been spilled about Diablo Immortal, but at the end of the day, Dad is still on the couch, phone in hand, blasting my way through hordes of demons, undead, and other nasties. Take that experience to the next level with the Razer Kishi V2 for Android. It’s a fundamentally improved device, from back to front. Instead of a folding, flexible bridge, the Kishi V2 now sports a stable back that’s easily extendable to accommodate larger phones. Connectivity is still via a USB-C port, ensuring that latency isn’t an issue. The membrane buttons have been replaced with professional-grade microswitch buttons and a mechanically-clicky D-pad. The grip is comfortable and made for long sessions, plus there’s passthrough charging so that you can power your phone without taking it out of the Kishi V2. And that’s not all. Hook up the dedicated Razer Nexus app and you can reprogram the buttons as well. The Nexus app provides a hub from which you can browse and launch all the compatible games on your phone. The Kishi V2 turns your phone into a portable gaming system. It’s a must for any dedicated mobile gamer. Grab yours for $100 from the Razer site.
For The Dad Who Loves His Peace and Quiet
Sony went the extra mile with their new WF-1000XM4 In-Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones, packing true noise canceling technology into teeny earbuds that barely protrude from your head. The integrated V1 processor keeps even more noise from intruding on your music or your calls, the noise-isolating foam tips (foam is a must for noise-canceling) make it a cinch to enjoy everything you’d like to listen to without having to blow out the volume. If you need to, you can switch to Ambient Noise mode where you’ll still get the same high-quality audio but can still hear what’s going on around you as well. There’s even an Automatic Wind Noise mode that’ll keep your ears from sounding like a wind tunnel on breezy days. Using the Sony Headphones app, you can also enable speak-to-chat mode that automatically lowers the volume when you start talking. Speaking of, anyone listening to you through the WF-1000XM4 will enjoy clearer sound with the bone-induction sensing tech built in. It’s so sensitive that you might find it lowering the volume, assuming you’re talking while you mutter the words to Journey’s “Separate Ways” under your breath. All of this comes in a teeny package with 8 hours of battery life, plus a Qi-enabled charging case that adds an additional 16 hours of charge. There’s even a quick charge feature that’ll give you 60 minutes of battery life with just 5 minutes of charge. The Sony WF-1000XM4 is everything you love about Sony noise-canceling earbuds, but in a smaller, more efficient package. Usually $279, you can get them for $50 off right now on the Sony site.
For the Dad Who Puts Pepper on Everything
Männkitchen Pepper Cannon
OK, yeah, the name is silly (gender-affirming name aside, the company name is actually Norse for “My Kitchen”) but this is the best pepper grinder I’ve ever used. It’s surprisingly heavy (the body is made from a single chunk of aerospace-grade aluminum), matt black exterior houses hardened high-carbon stainless steel burrs that are able to make short work of whatever peppercorns you dump inside. Filling it is easy, press a single button on the top and the entire top pops right off. Then you just crank, like a normal pepper grinder. But the results are far from normal. The Pepper Cannon produces a full teaspoon of pepper in half a dozen cranks, as opposed to my standard pepper mill that takes three times as many for the same amount. And you can pre-grind your pepper right into the attached 1/3 cup base. The mesh is impressive as well, able to give you everything from ultra-course to finer than you can buy at the store. Give this to Dad and steel yourself for him to pull you into the kitchen every time he uses it so that you can marvel at what the Pepper Cannon hath wrought. Seriously, the only problem with the Pepper Cannon is that you have to re-calibrate how you use your pepper mill so that you don’t overseason everything. Männkitchen has a 15% off deal right now for Father’s Day.
For the Dad Who Loves His Lawn
Rachio 3 Controller
If there’s one thing that makes me grind my teeth, it’s the sight of sprinkler systems, blissfully spraying away, in the middle of a downpour. It’s a waste of resources that just isn’t necessary, as long as you have the right technology. And now Rachio has made it cheaper than ever to smartly water your lawn with their latest Rachio 3 Controller. It has the same smart watering technology as the more expensive models. It’s easy to install and set up. You use the app to set schedules or, even better, let Rachio take care of the schedule for you. It’ll monitor weather conditions and adjust accordingly. Previously, they only had 8 or 16-zone models, but their latest 4-zone version is perfect if you don’t have a complex watering system in place. It’s considerably cheaper as well. Right now, they’re offering a Father’s Day special of 20% off, dropping the price to $110. It’s one less thing for Dad to worry about and your lawn will be greener than ever. Pick one up from the Rachio site.
For the Dad Who’s Just Prime
LEGO Optimus Prime
LEGO has made a lot of Dad-worthy sets, but none have been quite as impressive as this. With 1,508 bricks, LEGO’s first official Transformer is none other than Optimus Prime. Not only is the set a faithful representation that combines the best aspects of the original toy and cartoon but it transforms from a classic semi truck into a robot without having to rebuild the model! It also includes Prime’s blaster, an energon axe (from the classic episode, More Than Meets the Eye), and a hidden chest compartment that contains the Matrix of Leadership. At 14″, this model makes an impressive display piece. But you’ll probably be having too much fun converting it back and forth to have it on display for long. At $169, you’d better grab yours from the LEGO site before it rolls out.
For the Every Day Carry Dad
Nomad Sport Slim Band
While I really enjoy Nomad’s rubber sport bands, they can be a bit chunky. For those looking for a trimmer profile, the new Sport Slim Band is what you need. It’s made from durable, flexible rubber, with interior ventilation channels, making it perfect for working out. With an attractive stainless steel closure system, however, you can leave it on all day long. It’s a workout band that easily transitions to business and formal occasions. The band is anti-microbial and waterproof, so there’s no need to ever take it off, really. You can pick yours up for $60 from the Nomad site.
Gum is one of those things that I always wish I had on me, but after a few tours in your pocket, packs of gum start to look gross. That’s why I love the quip gum dispenser. It resembles and operates just like a very fancy PEZ dispenser. With a rounded bottom, it’s made to be slipped into pants pockets or side pouches. Coming in one of five metallic colors, it looks better than any other dog-eared pack of gum you’ve ever carried around. Operation is simple. Press the “q” on the top of the dispenser and a piece of gum pops out. It’s also easy to safely share since there’s no wrapper to unwrap and you can just “point and shoot” a piece towards someone’s outstretched palm. Refills are easy to load (though I do wish there was a way to see how many pieces you had left in the dispenser) and come in a variety of sizes so you can ensure Dad is never without gum.
For the Dad On the Go
YETI M30 Soft Cooler
The M30 Soft Cooler was one of my favorite pieces of gear from last year. It got me through the summer months, keeping dozens of beverages cold, along with picnic fixings, ice pops, and more. The ColdCell insulation ensures that the contents stay cold for hours. The exterior is puncture-resistant, so you don’t need to worry about it getting cut and leaking everywhere if you’re shoving into the back of a packed vehicle. The base is nice and wide so once you put it down, it stays put. This year’s M30 Soft Cooler is even better, with a completely reworked opening that stays open until you close it, allowing you to easily fill, empty, and rinse it without having to engineer ways to keep it from closing. The interior and exterior are mildew-resistant as well, so it’ll stay looking good. It comes with a strap so that it’s easy to carry (if not a bit bulky) and the Hitchpoint grid on the exterior lets you attach all kinds of accessories. You can still get it with Father’s Day bonus items for $350 on the YETI site.
YETI Camino 20 Carryall Tote Bag
OK, so maybe you don’t need a giant soft cooler, but just a handy tote bag for whatever trouble you’re going to get into. The Camino 20 Caryall is made from puncture resistant, waterproof fabric, so you can drop it in the bottom of your boat and not worry about water sluicing soaking everything in the bottom. The smaller size makes it easy to transport and the wide opening and stiff bottom holds the bag open so that it’s a cinch to load everything you need for a day at the beach. There’s a zipper pocket on the inside to keep things like your phone and keys safe. The built-in dividers help with loading too, making it easy to drop in a couple of water bottles or rolled towels, leaving the entire middle available to fill. It’s seriously one of the most versatile bags you can get. You’ll find yourself reaching for it constantly whenever you need to go anywhere. YETI’s got them for $130 on the site.