A Father’s Day Gift Guide for DIY Dads
From hand tools to fishing gear and grilling essentials, these gifts for Dad will make him feel number one on Father's Day.
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When Is Father’s Day 2022?
Father’s Day is right around the corner — Sunday, June 19. If you haven’t picked up something for dear old Dad yet, there’s no need to worry. We’ve got your back.
The real question is what to get him. It has to be something thoughtful, but since it’s Dad we’re talking about, you know he wants something he’ll use. So whether your dad is a do-it-all DIYer in the workshop, a backyard grilling master, someone who loves to obsess over his lawn, or just a chill guy who’d love a cool new gadget, we’ve got you covered with some of our favorite gift ideas.
ISOtunes Free Aware Hearing Protection
What if hearing protection could do more than shield users from hearing loss? That’s where the ISOtunes Free Aware hearing protection comes in. It looks like a set of regular Bluetooth earbuds, but does a lot more.
Listen to your favorite tunes, answer and complete phone calls and hear what’s going on around you. With proprietary Aware Technology, users get situational awareness and protection at the same time. Omni-directional microphones amplify the important noises going on around you.
This is an ideal gift for dads who work in a shop setting.
Keen Roswell Work Boots
It’s hard to give up on broken-in, comfortable work boots, no matter how badly they need to be replaced. The best way to pry Dad out of his old boots is to get him a new pair he’ll take to instantly.
As soon as he slides his feet into a pair of Keen’s Roswell boots, he’ll forget all about the old ones.
The energy-return midsoles are soft, almost bouncy, making you feel like you’re walking on clouds. A carbon fiber toe helps keep the boot lightweight without sacrificing protection, and a moisture-wicking lining and breathable canvas upper keep things comfortable in hot weather. You can even fold down the collar to cool things off.
Ryobi Hybrid Portable Fan
Ryobi’s 18V One+ Hybrid Portable Fan goes anywhere, indoor or outdoor. Dad can keep the air flowing while he’s tinkering away in the garage, or bring it along on his next summer camping trip.
Small but mighty, it runs on Ryobi’s One+ 18-volt battery system. You can also plug it in. Talk about versatile: This set comes with a charger and two 4.0Ah batteries that are compatible with 260 cordless tools within Ryobi’s One+ family of products.
Traeger Timberline Grill
What do you get the backyard pit master who has everything? Well, it’s definitely a splurge, but we can guarantee Dad will absolutely love Traeger’s redesigned Timberline grill.
Already the top of the line in pellet-fueled smokers and grills, Traeger one-upped itself here. The upgraded versions of the Timberline 850 and 1300 models have a long list of new features, from beefed up connectivity that lets you play pit boss from your phone to built-in lights and storage. But what really sets these models apart are the side burners that provides direct heat for searing meats, boiling water, etc.
Cub Cadet Riding Lawn Mower
You know Dad — from April through October, he never stops talking about his lawn. Chances are he’s already got a mower he really likes, but we promise you that he’ll love the Cub Cadet XT1 LT42 Riding Lawn Mower.
Its 42-inch cutting deck and 19.5 horsepower (hp) Kohler engine can handle any terrain, and the 16-inch turning radius lets it deftly navigate any obstacles. And not to be overlooked, you dad can smile upon his domain from the comfy high-backed seat. This was our pick for the best riding lawn mower. With just one trip around the yard, we’ll bet your dad will agree.
Sometimes the best gifts for Dad involve chilling in the backyard with family. One for him and one for you — this set of two antigravity loungers features UV-resistant mesh fabric with a weight capacity of 250 pounds each.
A lockable reclining system eases his hard-working body slowly and smoothly into an ergonomic zero-gravity position that takes a load off. The cupholders are a nice touch.
Mechanics Tool and Socket Set
You’ll most likely find a gearhead dad tinkering under the hood of his car. Make sure he has the right tools for the job with this 108-piece mechanics tool kit and socket set.
Inside the accessory carrying case are two pear head ratchets, an assortment of sockets, extensions, adapters and more. The automotive tools are crafted with a polished chrome vanadium finish. DeWalt’s DirectTorque technology prevents rounding of fasteners as well as giving a better grip. Vroom!
Dad will never again misplace his keys, glasses or the TV remote after you give him this four-pack of adhesive Tile trackers/locators. These little button-sized Bluetooth tiles stick to the back of all kinds of items. If your dad can’t find his wallet, he can just go to the free app downloaded onto any iOS or Android device, and voilà! There it is in his jacket pocket!
Wireless Meat Thermometer
Just in time for grilling season, this wireless barbecue meat thermometer is a smart gift for dads who like their steaks cooked to perfection.
Insert the probe, pre-set for temperature and doneness and walk away — it remotely monitors your barbecue from up to 300 feet. When the meat is ready, the Smart LCD screen with backlit display turns from green to flashing red and sounds an alarm. Come and get it!
Jackery Solar Generator
A solar generator makes a great gift because it’s got the rare combination of practicality and fun. With a 518 watt hour capacity, the Explorer 500 Portable Power Station packs enough juice to run your electronics for days. It can charge phones, power an outdoor television for your backyard movie theater, and just about anything else you need extra juice for.
It’s got one AC outlet, three USB-A ports, two DC ports, and one car port. Pair it with a solar panel (sold separately) for power anywhere you want it. Not much bigger than a toaster and just over 12 pounds, it’s easy to take to the campsite or jobsite.
Hammer Beer Opener
For the discerning handyman who’s a connoisseur of all things hops and grains, this combination hammer and beer bottle opener seamlessly melds these two worlds. Yes, it’s a real hammer that’s also a bottle opener and ice crusher.
The rubber hand grip lets Dad safely and securely pound nails on the jobsite. Then when the work is done, he can use the same tool to crack open a cold one.
Hand Crank Radio
A worthy present for any dad who used to be a Boy Scout, this solar hand-crank portable radio ensures he’s always prepared. Providing power during a storm or out on the trail, the solar-powered (battery backup) hand-crank radio keeps him updated on the latest weather reports.
It also functions as a flashlight for reading or to light the way in emergencies. Plug in cellphones for charging and never be cut off from the outside world.
How to Build a Deck Course
Whether your dad fancies himself a DIYer from way back or is just starting out, there’s no better place to pick up home-improvement tips and new skills than at DIY University.
The online learning platform features instructor-led workshops and shorter on-demand classes, ideal for anyone who wants to master the art of building and crafting. Sign Dad up for a DIY Quick Class Subscription to get unlimited access to the complete library of classes!
Nothing says “cool dad” like these oversized aviators sunglasses by Ray-Ban. Add polarized lenses and you’ve got aerodynamic shades to protect Dad from UV rays as he tackles yard projects or hits the open road with the top down. Plus, they’re customizable and offer an option to add prescription lenses, making this a one-of-a-kind gift for Dad.
Fishing Rod and Reel Kit
This complete fishing rod and reel kit with a travel-size carrying case makes a great gift for anyone who loves to cast or troll. Bundled and ready to go, Dad will be eager to try out his new carbon-fiber telescoping rod, stainless-steel hooded reel, lines, lures and hooks out on the lake, beach or river’s edge.
The fishing rod is available in four lengths. Along with the reel, it can be purchased separately.
Is your dad someone who likes to keep the ol’ family truck looking like it just rolled off the lot? Even if he’s not on social media, he’ll appreciate this car-cleaning putty that’s all over TikTok.
A little blue blob, this stuff goes into every nook and cranny removing dirt and dust, even the stuff that’s stuck in the air vents. It’s safe for audio equipment, too. The putty is easier to use than wipes and costs less than $10, though Dad doesn’t have to know that part.
The ultimate gadget-guy gift, the Alexa compatible Ring video doorbell announces visitors to any Echo device when someone presses the buzzer is pressed or triggers the motion sensor.
See, hear and talk to a neighbor or the Amazon delivery person via Echo Show or Echo Spot. The doorbell even monitors and secures your home from suspicious activity when you’re away, and uses 1080HD video with infrared night vision while you sleep.
Another great techy gift, the Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet lets Dad watch full HD videos on a large display that’s thinner and lighter than the previous generation.
The tablet comes in handy for downloading or streaming DIY tutorials, or listening to favorite tunes and podcasts through sharp Dolby stereo speakers. The first Fire tablet with Alexa hands-free calling and messaging, it can even voice-control a smart home.
Family Handyman Handy Hints
Every DIYer dad needs the Family Handyman Handy Hints book in their workshop library. He’ll enjoy learning tips straight from Family Handyman experts and readers while sharpening his project methods. From cleaning and maintenance tips to tools and technique hacks, this is one of the best handyman gifts for Dad.
Turn your dad into a bona fide patio pizza chef with the Camp Chef Italia artisan pizza oven.
Made in Italy where the famous delicacy originated, the mini-forno features a double-layered ceiling that enhances heating dynamics to replicate wood-fired artisan pizza made in a real brick oven. This pizza oven is compact enough to sit on a counter or picnic table, or at a campsite. If Dad has dough, it will travel.
Delivering more than 225 pounds of torque strength, Pops will love having the Megapro’s 13-in-1 ratcheting screwdriver in his DIY tool stockpile. Sporting a simple yet efficient design, this multi-tool features a patented ZAD 8 Zinc alloy solid-core ratchet and pull-out bit cartridge loaded with six double-ended bits. There’s almost no fix that’s too much for it.
Cutlery Block Set
If your dad knows his way around a kitchen, reward his gastronomical prowess with this 18-piece block knife set from Victorinox.
The slant hardwood knife block houses a host of high-precision blades, including paring, utility, steak, boning, santoku, chef’s, bread and slicing knives. The Swiss classic knives with textured non-slip grips are weighted and balanced for dexterity and safety, boosting your dad’s culinary game.