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The Non-Boring Guide to Father’s Day Gifting

Leah Faye Cooper
The Non-Boring Guide to Father’s Day Gifting
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Once you’ve aged out of the macaroni art phase of life, Father’s Day gifting can get a little tricky. A lot of dads will tell you that they don’t want or need anything at all, and while that may be true, you still want to give them something that says “thank you for all that you’ve done and continue to do.” Yes, you can get the sentiment across with a necktie, cuff links, or some golf balls, but how boring is that?

The cool Father’s Day gifts ahead officially up the ante, and cover a range of interests and budgets. There’s a bestselling title for the voracious reader, a set of bitters for the amateur mixologist, and an espresso machine for the coffee drinker. Also making the cut: an awesome pair of sneakers and the sleek Fossil Q Hybrid Smartwatch.

Shopping for your dad, stepfather, significant other—or whoever else you want to celebrate on Father’s Day—is no longer a bore. Click through the slideshow to see our top gift picks.

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A Bestselling Book
A Bestselling Book

Work commutes, flights and quiet nights at home are instantly upgraded with a good read. Nathan Hill's debut novel—a modern story centered on familial and political turmoil—offers 752 pages to pore over.

The Nix, $27.95; at IndieBound

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A Versatile Smartwatch
A Versatile Smartwatch

Telling time is (literally) the least this smart wristwear can do. Text notifications and calendar alerts are two big standout features. Two others? Music control and no charging required.

Fossil Q Hybrid Smartwatch, $155; at Fossil

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Bitters for Days
Bitters for Days

A set of bitters is a surefire way to please a budding mixologist. This one includes aromatic, citrus, ginger, orange, and smoked chili.

Hella Cocktail Co. Five Flavor Bitters Bar Set, $34.95; at Hella Cocktail Co.

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A Nouveau Backgammon Board
A Nouveau Backgammon Board

Backgammon boards are drab no more. Swoop this one up for the father who never skimps on style.

Colorful Backgammon Set, $89; at MoMA Store

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A Wireless Speaker
A Wireless Speaker

Wireless, waterproof, and affixed with a built-in carabiner, this speaker is perfect for the dad you'll find doing laps in the pool–and the one known to kick back on the front porch, too.

JBL Clip 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $49.95; at JBL

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A Picture-Perfect Frame
A Picture-Perfect Frame

No cheesy inscriptions or flimsy metal over here: This swank leather frame works for homes and offices alike.

Eaton Leather Picture Frame, $79; at Frontgate

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An At-Home Espresso Machine
An At-Home Espresso Machine

If you're shopping for someone who's particular about how they take their cup of Joe, consider an espresso machine. You'll make their mornings (and perhaps spare the sanity of a few baristas).

De’Longhi Pump Espresso Machine, $199.99; at De’Longhi

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A Pair of Jordans
A Pair of Jordans

Your dad deserves shoes that are as cool as he is, right? The fourth iteration of the wildly-popular Air Jordan may be the pair his closet is missing.

Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro, $190; at Nike

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The Best Umbrella
The Best Umbrella

If the person on your gift list is anything like most of the popualtion, they have probably spent a lot of money over the years on cheap drugstore umbrellas that break at the first gust of wind. This much-raved-about umbrella will keep them dry—and stay in tact—for years to come.

GustBuster Metro 43-Inch Automatic Umbrella, $40; at Amazon

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A Plush Robe
A Plush Robe

So perhaps this isn't the most original gift, but how comfortable does this robe look? You may want to get one for yourself, too.

Majestic International Vintage Space Cadet Robe, $115; at Nordstrom

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  • A Bestselling Book
  • A Versatile Smartwatch
  • Bitters for Days
  • A Nouveau Backgammon Board
  • A Wireless Speaker
  • A Picture-Perfect Frame
  • An At-Home Espresso Machine
  • A Pair of Jordans
  • The Best Umbrella
  • A Plush Robe