It’s that time of year again when fathers and father figures are remembered, and according to the 2012 census, there are over 70 million fathers in the United States that need remembering.
Though the holiday feels like a tradition as old as time, Father’s Day was actually started in the beginning of the 20th century. In 1910, Washington state governor Marion Hay proclaimed Father’s Day as a state holiday. Then in 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued a presidential proclamation that set aside the third Sunday in June to honor fathers, effectively creating a national Father’s Day.
It’s safe to say that since then, fathers’ tie collections have grown exponentially. And while dad always looks happy to open that tie, perhaps this is the year to give him something that he really wants—something that fits his personality. Here are 10 ideas to help you find the perfect gift this Father’s Day for every type of dad.
For the dad that cooks: Himalayan salt blocks are an awesome and unique way to add flavor to your cooking. The salt blocks come in a variety of sizes and are easy to use. Once preheated to 700°F on a grill or in the oven, the blocks can be removed and used as a cooking surface. The delicious Himalayan salt flavors anything you cook, from steak to cookies.
For the dad that grills: New outdoor furniture is the perfect gift for the beginning of summer when grilling season kicks off. Outdoor furniture retailer RST Brands offers quality and affordable furniture that is available for purchase online, or at various retailers such as Costco and Target.
For the hipster dad: Beard grooming kits are gaining in popularity as more men are growing out their beards. Beard kits include oils, trimmers, and other grooming tools to keep any beard looking less scrappy and more dapper.
For the garage-dwelling dad: Garage organization systems like Flow Wall are easy-to-install solutions for garage chaos. Flow Wall offers a wide variety of customizable organizers to create every dad’s dream garage.
For the outdoor dad: Water filters are a great gift for any dad that spends time outdoors hiking, fishing, camping or hunting. Lifestraw is a popular brand that makes personal use filters that are small, light and easy to use for any outdoor experience.
For the health nut dad: While most dads aren’t excited about getting health supplements, health nut dads will probably enjoy the gift. Synergy is a health and wellness company with innovative products like the top-selling Pro Argi-9+, which increases blood flow and enhances the cardiovascular system.
For the techie dad: Want to really impress your dad this year? Buy him a drone. Parrot is one of the companies that is revolutionizing personal drones, making them safer and easier to control. The MiniDrone Rolling Spider is controlled using a free mobile app, and as the name suggests, it both rolls and flies.
For the bookworm dad: Book store gift cards may seem like a cop-out, but any dad that loves to read might be tricky to buy books for. Since you never know what he already has, just save everyone from the returns line and give him a gift card so he can choose his own book.
For the golfer dad: On par golfing GPS is probably not for an average golfer, but if you know a dad that loves gadgets to help him with his game, this is a great product. The hand-held accessory has detailed course maps of over 14,000 courses around the country.
For the “green” dad: Microgreenz kits are a unique gift for the father that loves to garden and consume the “fruits” of his labors. It’s also a great gift for the father that doesn’t have a yard; all you need is a sunny windowsill. Microgreenz started on Kickstarter and is now available on Amazon.