Father’s Day Picks for the Hands-on Dad

Fathers are more involved in parenting than ever, sharing in the responsibilities and cherished memories created with their children and families. Father’s Day is June 19th this year and you still have time to find the perfect gift.

Are you looking for something for the guy who’s ready and willing to have some hands-on, tech-free time with the family? You’ve come to the right place. Here are my picks for the carpool captain, daring ‘dance dad,’ favored home cook, etc. — it’s a lineup of gift options for fathers on the front line of parenting.

Whether he’s leading the belly flop contest during family BBQs or playing beach volleyball with all the kids, Dad will need swimwear that keeps up with the active pace. Favored Mommy + Me swimwear line, Lain Snow, has select men’s styles that not only look great but provide function and style too. Founder, Becca Ingle was inspired by frequent family travels and has created something beautiful with simple silhouettes and vibrant colors to suit your family tribe. What is my favorite addition to the brand? They now feature floral prints with matching styles for everyone in the family. I think they’re awesome!

Price: $98.00

Lain Snow

Does your dad have a creative itch and enjoy working with his hands? Does he talk fondly about spinning the wheel during his high school or college ceramics class days? Pottery with a Purpose is a DIY home pottery kit, equipped with all the appropriate supplies and instructions for a clay creation experience – from start to finish. A great escape to do solo or together with the family, you can sculpt various pieces from hanging planters, mugs or candleholders as a one-time gift or an ongoing membership subscription box. He’ll learn to “pinch like a pro,” in no time and feel great about the environmentally friendly, USA-made company that gives back to mental health causes and environmental preservation.

Price: $54.00+

Pottery With A Purpose

Does fresh bread speak to your father’s heart? Does he love the smell of blueberry biscuits baking in the oven? Satisfy all his ‘clean carb’ desires with a membership to Wildgrain, the first bake-from-frozen, delivery box to offer artisan-made sourdough breads, fresh pasta and pastries. No thawing is required and all products are baked within 25 minutes. Dad can take charge in the kitchen knowing delicious bread will be perfectly cooked with real ingredients and with time and care put into fermentation you can’t find at the grocery store. With a couple different options available, the Mixed Wildgrain Box contains an assortment of sourdough bread, hand-cut pastas and artisanal pastries while the Bakery box focuses on sourdough bread and pastries alone. He’ll love the ease of available baked goods at his convenience, giving him the time to experiment with fresh sauces and sides. Memberships can easily be adjusted to match lifestyle and desired need and product is safety shipped with dry ice and insulation.

Price: $89


Celebrate the small, every day moments of being a dad and have a good laugh together too with A Trillion Cliches Every Dad will Do Whether they Like it or Not Journal by Brass Monkey. This part checklist, part journal is neatly designed and features 200 pages of hilarious scenarios dad can check off and/or inspire to achieve, plus some blank space in the back to fill in additional content.

Gift-givers can also fill out prior to presenting to dad and reminisce as they go through the journal together. You’ll nod along with all the good, the bad and embarrassing rights or passages every dad is bound to stumble upon while parenting like #78 in the book.“Read your kid a bedtime story, but makeup your own ending about 10 pages early because, seriously go to sleep already.”

Price: $15

Brass Monkey Goods

Looking for a gift option that kids can experience as well? Dad will be able to break out his tools and teach children 5+ important life skills together from start to finish. Stanley Jr. offers a wide selection of building kits to choose from including birdhouse options, wooden trucks/vehicles, storage chests and more. All products come with detailed instructions and even the pre-cut wood, screws, nails, paint and other accessories needed for craft time together.

Hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills are practiced and a built to build everything created. I think it’s a win-win opportunity.

Price: $9.99-$25

Stanley Jr.

Photo Credits: Derek Thomson on Unsplah, Lain Snow, Pottery With A Purpose, Wildgrain, Galison Publishing and Stanley Jr.


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