How to Become Dad’s Favorite This Year

Because you’ll need to borrow another $5 in the future

Kim Straus
Jun 11 · 6 min read

The third Sunday of June is upon us and it’s time to show dad your love and appreciation. According to the National Retail Federation, Father’s Day spending in the U.S. has increased by $6.6 billion, and is estimated to reach $16 billion this year. That’s a lot of ties and golf balls. But it’s time your gift giving evolves into something dad actually wants this year.


TECH-LOVING DAD

Lenovo Smart Clock ($79.99) — This clock is designed to be helpful from the time dad wakes up to when he’s ready to go to sleep. With its compact size built for sitting on nightstands, the Lenovo Smart Clock blends into bedroom decor, with a full fabric soft-touch cover and a touch screen.

Lenovo

Brooklyn Bedding Luxury Cooling Mattress Protector ($129) — The perfect gift for any dad who is always too hot throughout his night’s sleep. The protector’s conductive material draws heat out and away from his body, creating a cooler sleep environment.

Brooklyn Bedding

Premis Traditional ($229) — Premis is a slim, traditional-style touchscreen smart lock compatible with Apple HomeKit through DIY installation. Dad can control his home’s security features with his smartphone and compatible Apple devices, like AppleTV or HomePod, and unlock or lock his doors with Siri voice commands.

Kwikset

MUSICAL DAD

JBL Charge 4 ($149.95) — This speaker will give dad 20 hours of playtime and the ability to charge any smart device. No more worrying about cutting that playlist short, the music will be going strong as long as he wants.

JBL

BAR CART DAD

Hennessy Mixology Kit ($60) — The mixology kit is quintessential for Cognac lovers and cocktail connoisseurs as it celebrates the Golden Age of Cocktails. This kit focuses on a New Orleans classic cocktail named after the famous bar in Louisiana. The limited-edition kit features all the tools to create the perfect Sazerac.

Hennessy

Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky ($32.99) — A 100 percent malt whisky, this top-notch quality Scotch is made from a selection of Speyside single malts married to create an exceptional flavor.

Monkey Shoulder

Wine Insiders ($10–$20) — This service offers a huge selection of red, white, and rose/sparkling wines from France, Spain, South Africa, Chile, and more. No matter what kind of wine drinker Dad is, it’s super easy to get delicious bottles shipped directly to his doorstep in time for Father’s Day. As an added bonus — Wine Insiders is offering 25% off of individual bottles through 6/17 with the code: THANKSDAD.

Wine Insiders

ON-THE-GO DAD

IdeaPad Laptops ($729.99) — Any dad hitting the road for work would be appreciative of a device that can serve as his work laptop, but also turn into a tablet when he’s limited on space. He can capture ideas and notes anywhere, get peek battery life, and never worry about its weight at only 3 lbs.

Lenovo

Polaroid Mint instant digital pocket printer ($129.99) — With the touch of a button on the Polaroid Mint app, pictures instantly print in less than a minute from his mobile device. The app allows dad to customize photos with filters, frames, stickers and more. He can snap and print on-the-go!

Polaroid

COOKING DAD

Strauss Father’s Day Steak Bundle ($76.99) — The bundle includes two 10oz grass fed ribeye steaks and four 10oz grass fed strip steaks. For last-minute gift givers, Strauss is offering, free next-day delivery for $75.

Strauss Direct

Calphalon Premier Space Saving Cookware ($365.95) — When dad loves to cook but has nowhere to store his favorite set of cookware, this set securely stacks to save 30% more space. The durable, hard-anodized construction allows for even heating with no hot spots and is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.

Calphalon

FITNESS LOVING DAD

Calphalon Auto-Speed Blender ($109.99) — For dad’s morning smoothie, he can use this blender because it senses the mixture in the jar and automatically adjusts power to maintain blade speed and deliver perfectly blended results.

Calphalon

Altec Lansing True EVO Air Truly Wireless Earbuds ($59.99) — These sweatproof and waterproof earbuds can be immersed in water or handle the toughest workouts. With up to 5 hours of battery life and a pocket-sized charging case delivering 3 extra charges, dad will never be left hanging without his favorite song.

Altec

FOODIE DAD

Vermont Nut Free Chocolates ($14.95) — This “Tackle Box” is perfect for the surfing and outdoorsy dad. Their entire selection is made safe for those with peanut or tree nut allergies, but can also be enjoyed by all lovers of fine chocolates.

Vermont Nut Free

Otis Spunkmeyer Chocolate Chunk Cookie ($1.99) — When regular chocolate chip cookies aren’t dad’s thing, the Chocolate Chunk Cookie is the way to go. Made with molasses and dark chocolate from Barry Callebaut, these cookies make the perfect addition to any Father’s Day gift basket. Buy one or give dad the whole case!

Otis Spunkmeyer

Harry & David Father’s Day Mustache Gift Crate ($89.99) — Give dad a crate full of all his favorite snacks! Moose Munch® Premium Popcorn, pepperoni sticks, cookie bars, bacon beer cheese dip, and much more. It all arrives in a reusable wooden crate decorated with a chalkboard front and mustache.

Harry & David

Universal Yums ($13.75-$35.75) — This fun subscription delivers snacks from around the world directly to dad’s door for a one-a-kind experience that mixes the fun of food and learning into one, tasty box. Dad can travel around the world to discover new and unique snacks and candies without even leaving the house!

Universal Yums

HYGIENE-CONSCIOUS DAD

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart ($229.99) — With advanced connected features, Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart provides an amazingly effective, fully customizable yet gentle clean — and it removes up to 7x more plaque vs. a manual toothbrush.

Sonicare

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