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7 Father’s Day gift ideas that aren’t last minute

“World’s Greatest Dad” mugs are worn out.

words by: Kayla Carmicheal
Jun 13, 2022

Before you know it, Father’s Day (6/19/22) will be here. To avoid rolling out of bed, shoving on clothes, and running to Walgreens for the nearest pair of slippers or baseball team shirt, switch things up this year and get him a gift ahead of time that he’ll actually enjoy.


No matter what kind of guy your old man is — the liquor connoisseur, music guy, or grill master — these are some unique gift ideas to get the ball rolling on ideas to get your dad.


1. Flaviar

If your dad is like mine, he has a bar somewhere in the house that he carefully crafts and loves to show off. So what do you get the person who seemingly has everything? A subscription box of even more to choose from! Flaviar has a great Father’s Day deal going on right now; give the gift of a flexible one year membership, meant for newbies, masters, or social drinkers.



People who purchase the gift have the option to choose between 3 different membership plans: Standard (2 bottles, $99 annually), Premium (4 bottles, $179 annually), or All-Access (8 bottles, $279 annually). Not only that, but a virtual or handwritten gift card for US buyers. He’ll get to choose a full size bottle in any category, from bourbon to whiskey, to vodka, and gin.


Buy a Flaviar gift subscription here


2. Not a grill, but a smoker

Almost every dad I know has a grill—but no outdoor chef’s inventory is complete without a smoker. This one, easy on the size and wallet, comes packed with versatile cooking options and steel charcoal and ash chamber. Translation: Maintenance-free cooking.



This portable grill has a stainless temperature gauge that shows the ideal temps for smoking and grilling. The lid damper and dual bottoms dampers provide for a more personalized, smoky flavor. With the lid, middle section, and base dipped in porcelain enamel, the Dyna-Glo boasts fuel efficiency and improved heat retention.


Buy the Dyna-Glo Compact 19 in. Dia Charcoal Smoker from Home Depot for $80 


3. Dopp kit for the jet setter

Make sure your old man gets from place to place in style. This dopp kit is not only compact, but stylish—and has just enough storage for any carry-on.



With dual compartments, interior mesh pockets and elastic organizers, a quick access pocket, exterior and indoor toothbrush holders, and coating to control bacteria growth and odor, you can’t go wrong. This neutral-colored nylon exterior features YKK zippers and water-resistant lining, so you know it’ll last.


Buy the Aer Dopp Kit 2 in Black from Aef SF for $49


4. A timeless cologne choice

You know you can never go wrong with a classic cologne. For the scent-obsessed dad, check out this neo-classic, joining the ranks of Polo Double Black or Kenneth Cole Reaction. BVLGARI’s Man in Black embodies masculinity with notes of amber and spicy rum.



Inspired by Italian elegance and craftsmanship, this contemporary classic intends to honor BVLGARI’s past with a modern touch. Be sure to give your dad a gift he’ll love for many years to come with this Eau de Parfum.


Buy the BVLGARI Men’s Man in Black cologne from Macy’s for $125


5. A projector for the movie junkie

He loves movies, he loves hosting screenings whenever and whenever he can: He needs a projector. Maybe he has one for the home base, but these are portable. So, no matter if you find his screening habit a little annoying or a ritualistic must, cop him this choice with HDMI inputs, an LED lamp, and built-in speaker.



The VANKYO Leisure 3W Pro Wireless model combines outstanding visual performance with versatile compatibility. You’ll make the movies come to him with this one, and with a setup that adapts to open and outdoor spaces with ease. Plus, with up to 30,000 hours of run-time, it’ll be long before he’ll need to get another one—making this an effective energy purchase.


Buy the Vankyo Leisure 3W PRO Wireless 720P Mini Projector from Best Buy for $108


6. Grab him a cookout/tailgate speaker

Time for another cookout classic. But this time, we’re taking our focus from the grill to the speakers…literally. Bring him up to date with this iLive Bluetooth Tailgate Speaker (it comes with a lights show, but depending on his style, maybe you might want to leave that part out).



With a tuner and has a range of up to 60 feet, it’s a perfect choice for any backyard. With a microphone input, USB port, digital FM radio, and memory card reader, this hooks up to any playlist on a phone or laptop. But don’t worry, it comes with all the buttons your old man is used to, with none of the headaches ghetto blasters used to give us. For instance, a rechargeable battery.


Buy the iLive Bluetooth Tailgate Speaker with 35′ Range, FM Tuner, Speaker LED Lights Show from Macy’s for $58


7. For the music collectors

You might have a different kind of music head in your life. Take my dad, who has crates and crates of old records in our basement. For that kind of guy, you’ll want to get him a turntable, something like the Audio-Technica AT-LP60X fully automatic belt-drive. It works just like a classic model, needing speakers of any kind. It’s an affordable choice with a built-in switchable phono preamp that can be connected to a multitude of speaker components.



I might be a little biased when I say this, considering I have this one, but AT is one of the best in the biz, and this easy-to-use player is great for all vinyl collectors alike. Case in point: My dad is constantly trying to “borrow” mine. So trust me when I say, this one, with great tracking and reduced resonance, replaceable diamond stylus, and AC adapter handles are perfect for any fan.


Buy the Audio-Technica AT-LP60X from Audio Technica for $140


Whatever you decide to get for Father’s Day, it’ll be a good idea, as long as you mean it. While he’s firing up choices on the grill, make sure you don’t run out of cuts to spin. Try this cookout playlist on for size.


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