No doubt you had the best of intentions: “This is it! This is the year I plan ahead and order Dad’s Father’s Day gift weeks before!” And then, well, summer hit and you got distracted. We’ve all been there. The lure of the summer sunshine and dining (and imbibing) al fresco is too strong to resist, especially when you’ve been cooped up all winter like we have in Chicago.

So, we did you a solid: picked out the easiest Father’s Day gifts that manage NOT to give off the impression that you completely blanked until today. Please, no need to applaud.

Give your cool dad the gift of a BPA-free stainless steel travel mug

The Best Nap Ever

Couch naps are so sad in the summer. Instead, give Dad the gift of a gentle breeze, jingly wind chimes, and the ability to say “Of course I got outside today” by giving him an awesome two-person hammock. He’ll probably bring a book out with him, but we all know this story ends with the book open on his chest while he snores a little bit. Good thing you didn’t get THAT gene.

Total Playlist Control

Remember the days when you HATED Dad’s choice of radio station? Let him know you’re sorry for the hours you spent kicking his seat back and offer him the chance to pump up the jam throughout the whole house with a rockin’ set of Bluetooth speakers.

Pro tip: get speakers that are on the hardy side, in case Dad wants to take them out while he mows the lawn or tailgates this fall.

A Pep in His Step

Maybe your dad’s written off cold-brew coffee as “too hoity-toity for me.” Or maybe, he just has no idea how easy it is to brew. Either way, he was probably the one who told you “don’t knock something until you’ve tried it,” so pay it forward with this handy cold brew coffee starter kit.

Dad will love this stainless steel travel mug.

Want to go above and beyond to be the best son or daughter ever? Pair the cold brew kit with an insulated stainless steel coffee mug that keeps his cold brew cold for up to 18 hours. Or, if he decides cold brew isn’t for him after all, this stainless steel travel mug will keep his java hot for up to 7 hours. Plus, he’ll geek out over the easy one-handed drinking and spill-proof technology.

Good Old Fashioned Quality Time

Not to get all sappy on you, but your dad probably thinks that the best gift you can get him is more time with you. It’s up to you whether that’s over a raucous family game night, in the stands cheering on your local squad, or rocking out to your favorite band (and then complaining later about how much your ears hurt). Ah, bonding!


Dad deserves nothing but the best- after all, he taught you how to ride a bike, throw a fastball, and properly distinguish between an IPA and a pale ale. Take Father’s Day to show him how much he means to you, and maybe even try to laugh heartily at his dad jokes, even the old “Hi, Hungry, I’m Dad!” You can get back to your regularly scheduled groans tomorrow.

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