fathers dayBeing a father is an awesome thing. First off, you get that cool title: “Dad.” Second, you have the opportunity to shape a tiny human into (hopefully) a functioning, happy, and contributing member of society… and not, like a serial killer or something. And, last but not least, as a person with the aforementioned wicked “Dad” moniker, you get what amounts to a second birthday every year, thanks to Father’s Day. However, if you want to avoid getting the usual clichéd ugly tie, or bad cologne, then let me give you some top father’s day gift ideas that you can casually drop as hints to your family.


Every Dad Needs a BBQ

I love to barbecue. You love to barbecue. We all love to barbecue! But, nobody loves cooking meat over a grill like a caveman more than dad. If your barbecue is getting a bit rusty and old, maybe it’s time to hint that a replacement would be a much-appreciated Father’s Day gift. The Broilchef DUKE2 23,000 BTU Portable Propane BBQ is an ideal choice if you prefer your grills on the portable side. It lets you cook up to 13 burgers at a time with its two burners producing 23,000 BTUs of grilling power. For your backyard, patio, or balcony, the Broilchef DUKE2T 23,000 BTU Portable Propane BBQ is a versatile and conveniently sized propane grill with a push n’ turn ignition system, and it comes with a cart with two folding side tables.


Great Watches for Father’s Day

A good watch never goes out of style. Sure, you can use a phone to get the time these days, however there’s still something sophisticated about wearing a timepiece on your wrist. If you like the idea of wearing a watch, as well, start asking your family for the time a lot, while musing aloud how great it would be to have the time handy… like say, on your hand! I don’t know, I’m bad at hinting. But, I do know the brands you should be asking for. Bulova, Casio, Seiko. These are all top names in timepieces, and have been for a long, er, time. Although you can find watches from these brands to suit every lifestyle, fashion and budget; I do have a few to recommend in case you don’t feel like doing any work.



The Bulova Classic 29.5mm Men’s Analog Dress Watch with Hand Set Diamonds is a classy and classic-looking analog watch suitable for office or out on the town, with a smart stainless steel case, and single diamond set in the bold, black dial for that final mark of distinction.



The Casio 56.6mm Men’s Analog Chronograph Watch has bit more of a sporty look, with a black stainless steel case and band with a large face and mineral glass window. But, it fits in just as well at a dress party, as it does in your cubicle, plus it’s water-resistant.



The Seiko 44mm Men’s Analog Dress Watch with Chronograph really dances that line between casual and dressy. With a chronograph that records elapsed time up to 60 minutes, and a screw back case for water resistance, it is ideal for swimming and snorkeling, yet its stainless steel style remains a classic and classy look with anything you’re wearing.


Give Your Dad the Universe on Father’s Day with a Telescope

You know how you’re always telling your wife and kids that you would give them the moon and stars if you could? Well, tell them you’d like a telescope for Father’s Day, and then you can actually do it! I’d recommend something like the Celestron PowerSeeker 70EQ 70 x 700mm Refractor Telescope as an entry-level scope that’s portable yet powerful enough to hook anyone on astronomy. More advanced users may want to try the dual-purpose Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ Telescope, which can be used for both looking at the stars, or terrestrial viewing. It’s also easy to set up, and without the need for any tools! Or, you could opt for the best of both worlds with the Safari 76 x 525mm Reflector Telescope & Binocular Kit, featuring a nice telescope you can use to stargaze, as well as a solid pair of binoculars for scoping out landscapes in fine detail.


Outdoor & Camping gifts for Father’s Day

When I think of my own dad, I think of camping. I remember so many family camping trips, and all the gear he accumulated over the years that became essentials for having a hassle-free outdoor adventure.

Some items I’d suggest hinting for as gifts for Father’s Day include the BioLite CampStove 2, KettlePot, Portable Grill, & FlexLight Bundle, because everyone needs a camping stove that also generates electricity using thermoelectric tech, so you can cook, and charge your smartphone or tablet out in the backcountry. Of course, you won’t need to use that stove with the Secur 1300mAh Mini Phone Carabiner Charger. It’s a mini-solar phone charger that’s not just an essential camping or outdoor accessory, but really something we all need in these battery-draining-app days. If you want to keep larger devices powered when you’re outdoors, then maybe try the Secur 10,000 mAH Solar Power Bank, or the Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Solar Recharging Kit.


Other camping and outdoor items you may want to include on your Father’s Day “want” list, include the Goal Zero Lighthouse Micro Flash Rechargable Lantern, a small and lightweight camping light with a two-in-one design that lets you use it as either a lantern or a flashlight. It’s also waterproof, which is ideal for outdoor use. Next, everyone who goes outside needs the Executioner Bug Zapper. Not only does it have a cool name, but the Executioner can zap everything from flies and wasps, to bees and other bugs. Lastly, the BIOS Weather Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer lets you know the temperature and humidity readings in up to three different places.


Best Backpack & Messenger Bag Options for Dad

fathers dayFor some final options you can hint for Father’s Day gifts, why not ask for a cool and stylish messenger bag or backpack, so you look hip carrying all your stuff? Something like the Nextech 15.6″ Laptop Messenger Bag is something I’d love for carrying my computer, and notebooks, plus it’s made of genuine leather. If you want something that’s more for the outdoors than stylin’ in the city, ask for the North Face Borealis 28L Day Backpack, a great all-purpose pack that’s padded and fleece-lined, with plenty of space for all you need for a day hiking in the backcountry.


Are you a father? What would be your idea of a perfect Father’s Day gift? Let me know in the comment section below.

Steven Hill
I am an award-winning writer, freelance journalist and blogger who is a self-confessed geek and tech lover. When not playing the latest video games or salivating over the newest gadgets, I enjoy cooking for my family, mountain biking or snowboarding the deep powder on Whistler Mountain.


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