The past few Father’s Days that we’ve celebrated, it seems even dads who like the more frivolous stuff are seeing the joy in practical Father’s Day gifts. Whether it helps him around the house, master the WAH thing (for the short-term or the long-term), enjoy cooking more, or gear him up for a new hobby, we love all these practical Father’s Day gifts that still happen to be pretty cool.
Not that some dads wouldn’t appreciate a quart of oil when it comes to practicality. But like, you don’t need us for that idea.
P.S. SO many great Father’s Day gifts are on sale right now. So get a move on!
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Cool but practical Father’s Day gifts for 2022
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Easy to install, joyous to use. They sent me one to try out and uh…life changing. Plus, you save on TP!
Audible Gift Subscription
($45/3 months and up, Audible with free 30 day trial)
Gift him a single book or a whole subscription so he can listen for himself. Each month includes one free book credit, too.
The Perfect Men’s T-Shirt
($44, Mack Weldon)
By all accounts (as in, all the menswear editors we’ve stalked), this tee from Mack Weldon is the ultimate.
If you’re a Nordstrom shopper, check out their Mack Weldon selection as well and score some of those Nordy points.
Oster Cordless Rechargeable Wine Bottle Opener
The easiest way to open a bottle of wine in seconds? Now that’s a practical Father’s Day gift.
(Psst…if you want to spend a little more, I’m a huge fan of the OXO Vertical Level Corkscrew!)
Cuisinart Coffee Bean Grinder
($59.95 on sale, Williams-Sonoma)
More of a coffee guy than a wine guy? Thanks to this sweet grinder, his morning coffee will never be the same.
Photo by Lindy Baker via Unsplash
Professional Photo Scanning of all his Slides or Photos
($145 for a prepaid box and up, Scan My Photos)
What a joy to finally have all those shoeboxes and albums full of family snapshots preserved digitally. You can also pay per scan if he has a few special ones worth saving. Oh, and this top-rated company can also convert VHS, DVD, and 8MM prints. Wow.
Smith Mountain Bike Helmet
($143 and up Amazon)
According to our resident mountain biking experts, these are tops. And keeping him safe is always a gift of love.
Alamo Drafthouse (above) is a favorite of mine and I’m a fan of supporting indie theaters — my kids got their stepdad a gift card here and he was thrilled. But you you can give Dad a card towards Regal, AMC — even Fandango, which can be used anywhere. Hey, popcorn doesn’t seem quite so expensive when someone else is paying for it.
If he prefers watching movies from the comfort of home, get him a subscription to a service he doesn’t have yet like Disney Plus (Marvel! Pixar!) or Apple TV Plus (Severance! Ted Lasso!) — that’s what I did for my own dad.
Bose Sport Wireless Earbuds
For the runner, biker, or WAH dad who just needs to tune out the world for a bit. We get it.
Is he on the beard trend wagon? Help him take good care of it.
Dumbell Hand Weights
These handsome hand weights are comfy, affordable, smartly designed, and perfect for a practical dad who can’t justify a gym membership.
40 oz Hydroflask
($37.46 on sale, Nordstrom)
If he’s still drinking out of some freebie plastic water bottle this is a practical but cool upgrade for Father’s Day.
(Plus, we found them for 25% off!)
A gift subscription to Apple News Plus
($9.99/mo with free 1-month trial)
He’ll get unlimited access to hundreds of magazines on his iOS device.
And that 1-month trial is helpful if he’s super practical and really wants to be sure he likes it first.
Alternatively, say goodbye to pesky firewalls and get him a gift subscription to his favorite magazine or newspaper, either digitally or in print. whether it’s The New Yorker for an erudite dad, Mother Jones for a politically-minded dad, or Caddie for the most stylish take on golf you’ve ever seen. Besides, supporting independent journalism is practical for more reasons than one.
Apple Watch Series 7 with Sports Band
($399 and up, Apple)
Looking for a splurge? Is he too practical to have bought himself an Apple Watch? This is a perfect opportunity. Just remind him of all the smart emergency functions, health alerts, accurate oxygen level checks, and other practical features so he won’t return it.
Oh, and tell him to close those rings. It’s good for him!
Philips Smokeless Indoor Grill
($279, Best Buy)
Is a grill too cliché? Not if he’s an urban apartment-dwelling dad who’s never even considered owning one.
This highly rated grill is perfect for no-fuss, no-charcoal, no-gas grilling. Even indoors