Nothing against our dads, but most of the time, we find them ridiculously tricky to shop for. First, they act like they don't want anything to begin with (which we know to be wrong and obviously ignore). And second, they have a knack for the most impressive of poker faces when they eventually open whatever gift it is that we labored over. Frustrating, right?
However, we have an overflowing appreciation for our dads and everything they've done for us over the years. Be it the little things like washing our car because they feel personally victimized by its exterior or the bigger things like helping us move across the country for a new job or being there for us when the going gets tough. So even though we try to express our gratitude and appreciation all year round, Father's Day is kind of the perfect time to spoil dad to the nth degree. But bearing that aforementioned shopping difficulty factor in mind, we put our heads together to come up with a whopping 27 Father's Day gift ideas for 2018. From travel-friendly nap pillows to blue light–reducing glasses, we're happy to report that we found a gift (or multiple!) for every kind of dad. Keep scrolling!
Designed to minimize blue light exposure by 30% (aka the potentially strain-inducing light emitted from our screens), these stylish frames are a great way to help protect your dad's eyesight in the long run and prevent him from suffering from blue light–incurring symptoms like headaches, sore eyes, poor sleep quality, and age-related macular degeneration. Plus, they look chic.
You can read about the time I, my boss, and my 70-year-old mother tried (and approved) this industry-leading cream, but I'll also have you know my dad (who's admittedly a little concerned about worsening lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation) was just as intrigued by the formula and actually asked to slather it on his face—for reference, a tub of body lotion is his idea of skincare. Essentially, this cream boasts advanced stem-cell technology that stimulates your existing cells to help self-repair and renew.
Everyone needs deodorant, and yet it's probably one of our least favorite items to shop for. And if your dad's anything like ours, he's likely been using the same formula since his car-racing days in high school. This affordable pick from Alaffia is an upgrade and features skin-calming coconut, purifying neem, odor-improving charcoal, and nourishing accents like shea and reishi.
Since we love anything made by Herbivore Botanicals, we think our DNA-sharing dads will too. And if your dad typically sports some scruff, we personally recommend this handy beard tonic sampler, which includes a variety of signature scents all based in a nourishing blend of jojoba, apricot, and hazelnut oils.
Inspired by none other than Jonathan Van Ness (who says every man and woman needs a good toner in their life), we think dads everywhere will appreciate this particular pick from famed brand Jack Black. It boasts a skin-refreshing melding of honey, peptides, aloe vera, vitamin E, and green tea.
Ultra-efficient, we think dads will hold our same appreciation for the cult-favorite allure of the Tangle Teezer, as it combats tangles, improves shine, and reduces unwanted breakage.
Since we trust Conair Babyliss products (however, in the form of dryers and irons) with our manes, we also trust them with our dads' faces. This lightweight trimmer maintains low heat, low noise, and is impeccably precise, which your dad will appreciate.
We're obsessed with foot masks here at Byrdie HQ, so when we found out that one of our favorite brands made an exfoliating version for men, we didn't ask any questions. Formulated with a strategic mix of acids, he'll wear the formula-filled socks overnight and wake up to softer feet.
Nothing beats a good hand balm, and even if your dad is one who steers away from products like the plague, we think he'll develop an affinity for this one in particular. (It's an editor favorite.)
Designed to do it all wherever and whenever, this esteemed bag from editor-favorite brand Away has all your dad's bases covered if he has a flair for wanderlust. In addition to coming in a whole host of appealing colors, it's also water-resistant and features a removable shoulder strap, laptop pocket, and plenty of pockets (hidden and not).
If your dad has a penchant for getting sweaty and/or working out, he'll appreciate these technologically advanced cooling towels. To use one, all you have to do is wet it, wring it, and snap it, and it will instantly cool to roughly 30 degrees below your sweltering body temperature.
Okay, this is cool—especially if your dad loves a nice pour of chilled whiskey on the rocks. Instead of muddling the drink with loose cubes, which inevitably turn slushy, this brilliant invention utilizes a mold to create a strategic, slow-melting wedge of ice to improve your dad's drinking experience.
Our dads are busy men. To help them get through a long day of work or continue to check off their to-do list, we recommend these easy-to-take gummies from Olly fortified with a helpful hit of B12, CoQ10, and goji berry extract.
We're all about a great lip balm at Byrdie HQ, and even just slightly elevating your dad's current pick (if he has one) is a nice gesture this Father's Day. For dad, we like this long-lasting one that hydrates even the dryest of lips without leaving any residue.
The perfect antidote for summer skin woes (when burns, dehydration, and irritation run rampant), we love this invigorating, SPF-infused men's cream from Kiehl's. It's great for all skin types, it's enriched with brightening vitamins, and it never leaves an oily aftermath.
With dead sea mud and carrot seed oil as the two starring ingredients, we already apply this unisex mud mask on our own complexions and don't see why our dads wouldn't benefit from the ritual as well. The main goal: to cleanse and detoxify.
Behold, a class A example of a Father's Day gift idea your dad probably wouldn't splurge for on his own but will appreciate all the same. Nonirritating, this intensively repairing eye balm helps to heal the skin barrier, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and protect the delicate area from future damage.
So here's a fun one that's something your dad would probably never anticipate but will likely be obsessed with (just a hypothesis from our own experience). With the goal to cut drying time, boost shine, and control breakage, this hair towel will manage to make even the most low-maintenance hair regimen even more so.
Anything that comes pocket-size and travel-ready usually gets the dad seal of approval. For a no-fuss yet thorough grooming routine, we recommend this travel-friendly set from Perricone MD, which includes a gel-to-foam face wash for cleansing, a quick-to-absorb moisturizer, and a calming aftershave treatment.
If your tech-savvy father could use a dose of zen for his gift idea this year, look no further than this super-cool app that essentially allows you to take a professional-level meditation or yoga class anywhere. For just $18 a month, your dad will have access to over 4000 different classes from world-renowned instructors. (Warning: You're going to want it too.)
Quite simply, we think our dads deserve the best this Father's Day. Which is why we think this lovely and natural hair tonic from Davines is an absolutely stellar gift idea. Essentially, it's a cleansing oil, which works on both the hair and body. All he has to do is apply, massage, and rinse—efficiency at its finest and so much chicer than his former two-in-one Pert habit.
Dedicated to creating memorable scents with clean ingredients, Phlur is currently taking the fragrance world by storm by being simultaneously committed to sustainability and transparency. This Father's Day, let dad in on some of the magic with this fun sampling of scents: Hanami, Sandara, and Olmstead & Vaux.
Inspired by coconut oil and the detoxification benefits of charcoal, this dapper wand has three main goals: to naturally lift away stains and impurities sans damage, to make application and process quick and painless, and to freshen your breath. We think it checks all the boxes.
What's a more superior Father's Day gift idea than simplifying his shaving routine? Nothing. The answer is nothing. And with The Dollar Shave Club and its amazing gifting prowess, you can gift your dad an extensive gift set filled with quality essentials plus a monthly box of fresh razors for up to a year. All you have to do is choose a gift set and length of time, give them an address, add gift wrapping, and you'll be all set.
Again, this falls into the category of something your dad never knew he needed (and may initially roll his eyes at) but will quickly fall in love with. After all, what's not to love about something soft on your face that simultaneously improves the health of your skin and hair?
We think your dad will admire the no-BS approach of this electric albeit simplistic toothbrush. (It's one of the few gadgets Byrdie editors actually swear by.) Soft bristles, four 30-second intervals of vibration, and the option to receive automated brush head refills put this brush at the head of the pack.
Yep, this is exactly what it sounds like—a miniature pillow that's meant to be taken with you anywhere and everywhere for those impromptu moments when you want to take a nap. Plus, it comes with a pillowcase and drawstring bag to make transportation a snap. It's kind of brilliant, right?
Next up: Here are 10 beauty gadgets Byrdie editors actually swear by.