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Father’s Day Gift Guide 2020

Fourteen gift ideas to celebrate Southern Dads

We all may be sticking a little closer to home this summer, keeping mindful of social distancing. To that end, these gift ideas for Southern Dads do at least one of these things: elevate life in the backyard, stock the bar, bring barbeque to their door, encourage relaxing, and/or add to their collection of tools. And don’t worry—there are no ties in sight. 

Mosquito Repellant
This biting-bug-zapper by Thermacell is to repelling mosquitos as the Big Green Egg is to smoking meat: a game changer. The small, portable device creates a fifteen-foot circle of protection, whether you’re standing at the grill or relaxing on the porch. $25;

Ice Maker
This tried-and-true G&G favorite from GE Profile for making perfect, nugget-shaped ice—enhancing everything from sweet tea to juleps to the summer boat cooler—deserves the hype. $549;

Hands-Off Helper
Of all the things to gift this year, an antimacrobial copper KeySmart CleanKey that allows you to bypass touching the likes of door handles, elevator buttons, and pay screens makes a lot of sense. $25;

Think of this leather design by North Carolina’s Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams as the answer to hideous, puffy Dad chairs the world over. Yes, it’s made to order, so it takes a little extra time. But good things come to those who wait. $4,867;

Dads deserve self-care, too. Give it in the form of a super-soft, super-absorbent waffle bathrobe by Parachute Home. $119; 

Table Tennis Set
Yard games like cornhole and bocce are great, but nothing beats the pick-it-up-and-play ease of paddle tennis. Take this design by Avora to the backyard or to the beach if it’s open—just don’t let the ball drop. $88;

You can never have too many accoutrements for the home bar. Here’s another idea for Dad’s collection: a solid cherry muddler by Florida’s Fort Remington Wood Spoons. Let the cocktails begin. $12;

Mail-Order Barbecue 
Choose between brisket, ribs, pulled pork, and more from the iconic pitmaster John Lewis’s Lewis Barbecue, delivered straight to your door. $90–$209;

Upgrade your firepit situation and give a little love to the designers and craftspeople behind Nashville’s Deus Modern. (And if you know another Southern artisan who should enter this year’s awards, they can enter until July 1 here.) $199;

Skip the drugstore plastic handles with a vintage-inspired bamboo design from Public Goods. $11;

Lawn Care Subscription
End the battle with your grass with Sunday, a new subscription service that tailors a plan specifically for your lawn and that arrives at the time of year it’s most beneficial. Bonus points for not being toxic to pets, humans, or the environment. $129 a year;

Grill Skewers
The hand-forged skewers from Georgia’s Sea Island Forge equal shish kebabs all summer long. $99 for a set of six;

Dark Chocolate Espresso CBD Chews
These are way better than a pair of dress socks: CBD-infused dark chocolate espresso candies from Lord Jones, the perfect little bit of something sweet to wind down a long day. $30;

There are pocketknives and then there are pocketknives sculpted by the Southern artist Grainger McCoy—the ultimate gift for the sportsman who has everything. $425;

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