Wondering what to buy your dad for Father’s Day? Get inspired by our fave TV dads from Modern Family, Black-ish, This Is Us, Fresh Off the Boat, The Walking Dead and Schitt’s Creek.
Phil Dunphy, Modern Family
Phil is the ultimate dorky dad—always coming up with crazy schemes and inventions, goofing around with his kids and busting out magic tricks. Phil might embarrass his family sometimes, but they know he’s got their back, always. For the dad like Phil, Father’s Day is all about fun!
Precidio Multi Flask 6-in-1 Bottle ($39.99 at Amazon)
Gadget-loving guys like Phil or your dad can clear out their cluttered cabinets and say hello to a bottle that handles six different kinds of drinks on the go. Just assemble the flask to get the bottle he needs (double wall with glass inner sleeve for coffee, or put a shakable agitator in for 20 ounces of a sport drink, for example), and Dad is ready to hit the road.
Word on the Street ($14.39 at Amazon)
Dads who like game night (and who doesn’t?) should check out Word on the Street, a fact-packed family-friendly board game for up to eight players. Players draw a category card and set the timer to think of the best possible word to fit the selected category, and then move the consonants in their chosen word to their side of the street before time runs out. This game is good for ages 10 and up.
Mpow Selfie Stick ($9.59 at Amazon)
He can take all the family pics he wants with an easy-to-use selfie stick with a remote Bluetooth control. Now all his family needs to do is SMILE instead of roll their eyes.
Andre “Dre” Johnson, Black-ish
Dre is a successful executive and proud family man who still manages to keep his finger on the pulse of what’s hot. Sure, he can get annoyed by the fact that neither his kids nor his wife, Bow, seem at all interested in anything Dre likes, but that doesn’t stop him. If your father’s like Dre, you’ve got to up your game with a gift so cool, he hasn’t even heard of it yet.
NMD XR1 ($150 at Foot Locker)
Dre is a total sneaker head, so he’d be psyched for a pair of new kicks like the Adidas NMD XR1.
Sting Like a Bee: Muhammad Ali vs. the United States of America, 1966-1971, by Leigh Montville ($19.33 at Barnes & Noble)
One of the greatest athletes of all time (and undoubtedly one of the coolest), Ali was also an important American figure for social justice. Here, best-selling author and journalist Montville delves deep into Ali’s life during the tumultuous late ’60s.
SpeakOut Bluetooth Outlet Speaker ($39.08 at Jet)
He can plug this small speaker into an AC outlet, pair it with his smart device and listen to his favorite tunes no matter where he is or what he’s doing.
Jack Pearson, This Is Us
This tearjerker of a series features a complicated patriarch with a heart of gold whose family is what holds him together, even if he can’t always communicate that to them. Dads like Jack aren’t great at asking for what they want, so be sure to thank him this Father’s Day with something simple and unflashy (just like him). He’ll appreciate it, even if he doesn’t say it out loud.
Pittsburgh Steelers NFL 1 Dad T-Shirt ($31.99 from NFLShop)
Get your No. 1 Dad and No. 1 sports fan a tee from his favorite team.
The Trucker Jacket ($70 from Levi’s)
Classic and always in style and a useful addition to any man’s wardrobe.
Armor All Black Heavy Duty Rubber Car Mat ($19.99 at Home Depot)
It’s amazing how much better a car looks with new floor mats. Surprise Dad with a set of heavy-duty ones, and while you’re at it, take his car in for a wash.
Louis Huang, Fresh Off the Boat
Louis, a Taiwanese-American running a Western-themed steakhouse in Orlando, is about the most patriotic man around. He is a huge believer in the American dream (not to mention Michael Bolton!) and in working hard to provide for his family and succeed as a small business owner. For your hardworking dad, his Father’s Day should be all about R&R.
Paulaner Hefe-Weizen ($8.95 for 6-pack at retailers nationwide)
A great beer for the summer, pick up a 6-pack of Germany’s top wheat beer and spend the day grilling with Dad.
The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand for, by David McCullough ($15.19 at Books-A-Million)
Historian and writer David McCullough has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and has been honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Here, he provides a collection of his thoughtful and smart speeches about what it means to be an American. This is a powerful and important reminder of what brings us together.
Chili Cookoff Champion Apron ($23.99 at CafePress)
If he’s as proud of his chili as Louis, he should show it off, right?
Johnny Rose, Schitt’s Creek
Johnny is a former multimillionaire who now finds himself broke and living in the small, nothing-happening-here town of Schitt’s Creek. Although he’s had his life thrown into turmoil, Johnny maintains an upbeat attitude, a love for his wacky brood and impeccable style and taste.
The Macallan Single Malt 18 Year Scotch ($233.09 from Wine Chateau)
For the man who enjoys the finer things, scotch will never fail you.
Bold Stripe Short Pajamas ($79.50 at Brooks Brothers)
Johnny would never go to bed wearing stained sweats or a raggedy tee, and neither would your pops. Instead, pick him up a pair of quality cotton pajamas for 24-7 luxury.
Kenneth Cole Reaction Mind Your Own Business Leather Laptop Case (207.99 at eBags.com)
For work, business trips and looking like the boss, even if, like Johnny, he’s borrowing a desk in the back of his friend’s garage to work out of, this leather laptop case (on massive sale!) is a winner.
Rick Grimes, The Walking Dead
Rick is the moral center of an immoral, scary world. We may not be in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, thank goodness, but for any father who doesn’t buckle under pressure, likes to be prepared and is happiest in the great outdoors, here are a few ideas:
ENO DoubleNest Hammock ($69.95 at REI)
For camping enthusiasts, a double hammock that holds up to 400 pounds is a nice way to unwind after a day of hiking and preparing a campsite.
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, by David Grann ($17.37 at Barnes & Noble)
This well-reviewed page-turner of a true crime book is about a series of murders of Osage Indians in Oklahoma in the 1920s. From the best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, Killers of the Flower Moon is a great read for nonfiction aficionados.
La Sportiva FC ECO 2.0 GTX Hiking Shoe ($119 and up at Amazon)
Buy Dad these comfortable, sturdy and waterproof hiking shoes that he can wear gardening, traveling, strolling around town or hitting the trails.
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