Being a dad is a tough gig. I know — I am one. And may I be frank with you? I work hard, man. I toil. I sweat. I do math. I read silly books (aloud). I wrestle. I make dinosaur chicken nuggets. I watch Paw Patrol. I play Avengers (I’m always the one with no powers). I make up funny songs. I even trim my beard according to my six-year-old’s specifications.
Phew. It’s brutal.
You know what’s also brutal? Choosing the perfect Father’s Day gift in 2019. That’s why I’ve created a list of five gift ideas for the deserving dad in your life. Let’s dive in.
1. HapTim Multi-Function Large Baby Diaper Bag Backpack
Dads love cargo pants. Dads love having STUFF that has places for their STUFF. Well, this stylish diaper bag has 17 internal and external pockets (including insulated pockets for sippy cups), plus two big separated compartments for diapers, food, clothes, toys, wipes, butt cream, and so much more. It’s super comfortable to wear, and you can strap it to a stroller as well as your back. This is an Amazon’s Choice that is currently rocking 4 ½ stars with over 600 reviews. Perfect for the New Dad!
2. Yeti Sidekick Dry
Is Dad an outdoorsman? How many times have his wallet, phone or other valuables gotten wet? The Yeti Sidekick Dry is made with similar materials and construction as high performance water rafts, and its hydroshield closure uses magnets to create a 100% waterproof shield. It’s perfect for boating, fishing, kayaking, or even hiking in the rain.
Reviewer Patrick on Amazon says the Yeti “kicks a$$. I’ve been using it, fishing, for three days now. It’s the easiest dry bag or dry box I have found to get into. No zippers, no snaps, no roll tops. You can mount it to anything with the webbing system on the back.” Amazing review. I bet Patrick is a dad.
3. Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones with Mic and Alexa Voice Control
Is there anything worse than when the kids are storming through the house and Dad just wants to listen to Santana in peace? These noise cancelling headphones provide a virtually soundproof experience! They’ve got an Alexa-enabled voice assistant so Dad can have hands-free access to music, news, and more. They’re also great for hands-free calling, and the battery lasts up to 30 hours on a single charge.
They’re not cheap, but if you feel like spending a little more on Dad this year, this is a great option. Just make sure Dad stays safe and doesn’t cross any busy streets while wearing these!
4. Brickell Men’s Restoring Eye Cream
Dads need sleep. But if they have a newborn baby or they’re working into the night, those Z’s might be hard to come by. You don’t want Dad to go to his board meeting or meet the other dads in the park with puffy circles under his eyes, do you? Of course not, you’re no monster! Brickell’s Eye Cream aka Balm reduces bags, puffiness, dark circles, and even wrinkles, with key ingredients like aloe, protein peptides, MSM, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and green tea.
Amazon reviewer Fabiano says, “I have spent hours researching men’s eye cream on the Internet and searching for what the best quality ingredients are available in the market today. After comparing numerous products, nothing beats what Brickell offers.” And if you can’t trust Fabiano, who the heck are you gonna trust, am I right?
5. Airbnb Experience
This is my favorite item on the list. Maybe you want to get Dad more than a gift. Maybe you want to get him an EXPERIENCE. Well, Airbnb has you covered. Plan to be in New York City this Father’s Day? How about taking Dad on a Crime & Food Mafia Tour with a retired NYC detective? They had me at “crime”!
Gonna be in Chicago? If Dad likes to jam, get him a one hour recording session with a professional musician and producer in a sweet recording studio!
How ’bout The Big Easy? Dad will love the VIP Shrimp Boil & French Quarter Show with Mister Gregory, “The Shrimp Boil King of New Orleans.” Not the prince. Not the earl. THE SHRIMP BOIL KING.
And there’s plenty more, from a Politically Incorrect Food Tour in Boston, to a Bike & Brewery Tour of Downtown Memphis, to a Flight Over L.A. With a Professional Pilot. Just go to Airbnb.com to check out their many amazing options!
Father’s Day 2019 — Bonus Gift Idea
Look, I know some of you are just going to buy Dad a tie. It’s inevitable that 80% of Americans will do this. Just promise me one thing. If you go with a tie, choose this one.