We’re just going to say it: Dads probably get the short end of the stick, especially because their holiday is swiftly after Mother’s Day. Think about it. You spend all your creativity on that perfect gift for Mom, so when Father’s Day rolls around on June 16, your gift-giving energy is spent. But Dad deserves a gift as worthy as he is. We’re here to help.
Swiss Army Dad
A pocket knife will always come in handy, and we’ll argue that few are as cool as the speckled Wilderness Multi Tool Blue, which is made for the outdoorsman and will come in handy for the everyday man. Grab your own at Wayward in Seattle. $29.95
Lover of Spirits
If winding down with a classic cocktail is your dad’s ideal end-of-day ritual, put a bottle of Bluewater Organic Distilling’s Wintersun Organic Aquavit in his hand. The spirit is similar to vodka, and Bluewater’s take on aquavit is distilled in copper stills, which take the burning edge off of alcohol. Once he’s hooked, take him to Bluewater Bar + Bistro in Everett for a handcrafted cocktail. $36.50
If your dad lives by Karl Lagerfeld’s quotable mantra, “Sweatpants are a sign of defeat,” he’ll appreciate Men of Style. This archive of a century’s worth of well-dressed men — from playboys to painters — is both inspiring and a beautiful timeline of men’s fashion. Find it at Flora and Henri in Seattle. $29.96
Maybe this one is a bit obvious. How many of us have “surprised” Dad with a new tie or crisp shirt on Father’s Day? But we love Rodd & Gunn, a New Zealand-based brand that recently opened its first Pacific Northwest store in Bellevue. Go for something Dad might not expect, like a punchy color or patterned button-down. We’re fans of the Forbes Shirt, a bold and breezy choice that can be quieted with a sweater or blazer. $178
CBD oil is all the rave lately, and for good reason. A drop or two of oil or a smear of CBD-infused lotion can help combat sore muscles and reduce stress. We’re a fan of Two Crane’s Attune full-spectrum hemp CBD oil. Aside from the benefits we mentioned before, the brand also notes it can aid in sleep, cognitive function, headaches, and more. $49