Cool Gifts for Cool Dads
Text by Robyn Collins and Ron Jensen

Dads are hard to shop for. They never seem to want anything, and they don’t curate elaborate wish lists the way we do. But cool Father’s Day gifts do exist, and we’re here to help you find the perfect present to show your appreciation for everything your dad, or honorary dad, has done throughout your life. From private cooking classes and curated adventures, to a nifty Italian timepiece and the latest air pods, here are our suggestions. 

Apple AirPods Max

With a 20-hour battery life and super-comfy memory-foam ear cushions, the AirPods Max won’t be leaving his head. It’s definitely a splurge, but one worth going halfsies on with a sibling if Dad loves his tunes. $549, www.apple.com

57Hours Gift Card

For the truly adventurous, 57Hours curates the best getaways. We’re talking multi-day hikes in Joshua Tree, climbing camps in Colorado, and expeditions in Alaska, and lots more. When you present the online gift card, be sure to tell Dad to start packing. $100 and up, https://57hours.com

Therabody Theragun Mini

Tell dad to say goodbye to sore muscles. This tiny pocket-sized massager is light and portable, so he can keep it on hand for whenever a cramp strikes. $199, www.theragun.com

Formula 1: The Impossible Collection

Assouline’s newest tome chronicles the milestones that lifted Formula One from a gentlemen’s club in 1950 to a global sport with hundreds of millions of fans around the world. Highlighting exceptional technical innovations, remarkable drivers’ achievements and exciting race finishes, this volume illuminates immortal names such as Juan Manuel Fangio, Jim Clark, Bruce McLaren, Enzo Ferrari, Jackie Stewart, Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton among others. $995, https://www.assouline.com

The Chef & The Dish Gift Card

For an unforgettable experience, treat Dad to a private cooking class with The Chef & The Dish. From 70+ experiences, he selects the cuisine he wants to cook—Italian, Spanish, Cajun, etc.—and then he’ll be paired with a private chef from that region via Skype. The class takes about two hours, during which he’ll learn how to make a multi-course meal. Dish duty is on you afterward. Pricing starts at $100, https://www.thechefandthedish.com

MoMA Design Store Colorful Backgammon Set

One of the oldest and most-loved board games has a fresh new look. Appeal to Dad’s competitive nature with this colorful backgammon set from the Museum of Modern Art that’s just as much fun to play as it is to look at. $96, https://store.moma.org

Jo Malone London Huntsman Savile Row Whisky & Cedarwood Cologne

Add to his scent collection with this limited-edition Jo Malone cologne, a striking spicy peppery edge that features a blend of sweet, woody notes of whiskey and brambly cedarwood. $195, www.nordstrom.com 

MasterClass Membership

From Carlos Santana to Steph Curry, from Steve Martin to Gordon Ramsey, MasterClass taps successful figures across industries to share expert insights and teach your dad new skills. An annual subscription is $180, https://www.masterclass.com         

Kujira Single Grain Whiskey

For decades, the Kumesen Syuzou Distilling Co. has been expertly crafting traditional spirits made from Indica Rice and Black Koji. In 1989, a limited amount of their liquid masterpiece was laid into bourbon casks, and so began the process behind this award-winning expression of whiskey. Aged for 20 years, this award-winning single grain whiskey boasts notes of buttery caramel balanced by oak and subtle warm spices that ignite each sip. $399.99,  https://www.totalwine.com

Grovemade Walnut Monitor Stand

Upgrade your dad’s home office with this sleek, walnut monitor stand from Grovemade. It looks way better than a stack of books, and the open space below will let him keep runaway pens, sticky notes, and easy-to-lose USB sticks in plain sight. $120, https://grovemade.com

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT

A perfect blend of technical sophistication and aesthetic refinement, the Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT is the world’s slimmest self-winding watch. Featuring a chronograph, the perfect tool for those living life in the fast lane, and a GMT function, showing two time zones at once, this timepiece screams Italian luxury. $16,500, https://www.bulgari.com/en-us

Axel Arigato Clean 90 Sneakers

Nothing beats a pair of stylish men’s sneakers and our faves are these suede beauties by the street-smart Swedish label, Axel Arigato. Offering pure understated minimalism, they would go with dad’s casual looks as well as the perfect addition to his weekend warrior wardrobe. This cool update of a classic is handmade from premium suede with a luxurious texture you can’t help but stroke. And with a slightly higher heel, cushioned footbed, and arch support, he’ll also be super comfortable. $230, www.nordstrom.com