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Your 2021 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Thoughtful presents for Dad, from mail-order steaks to summer shirts

Personally, I think the best gift for a father or father figure is a note expressing appreciation and words of affirmation. But a thoughtful token of thanks makes for a wonderful addition to that heartfelt idea. Below I’ve rounded up all manner of suggestions for gifts that are fun, delicious, or just plain interesting for dads.


If life in quarantine left a little to be desired in the Dad apparel department, try this jacquard weave summer shirt with an old-school camp collar by Billy Reid—a stylish way to ease back into things. $298;


My husband is as obsessed with our garden as I am, and I love the idea of this countertop composter by Vitamix, which takes up very little room, doesn’t stink (important!), and creates beautiful fertilizer out of food scraps in as little as three hours. $400; 


If you’re going to splurge on a truly great rib eye, why not make it grass-fed Wagyu beef pasture-raised in Kentucky from Black Hawk Farms. $35 and up;


This is not your typical robe: Riley makes this one from gauze (or four-layer combed cotton, to be exact) and not terrycloth, which means that even in August in the South it’s like reading the morning paper while wrapped in a light-as-air cloud. $119;

Adventure Cart

Everyone needs a new cart to haul gear as the beach/lake/outdoor concert season begins, and this one by Picnic Time ticks all the boxes: It collapses easily, fits a ton of stuff, and does well on the sand, in gravel, and on grass. $260; 

Bloody Mary Salt

Even if the Dad in your life has a top-secret Bloody Mary recipe, he’d likely have fun experimenting with adding yet another layer of flavor with this new spiced salt by Red Clay Hot Sauce. $18; 


Travel season is officially back on, and what better way to pack for it than with one of the new Yeti duffle bags, which feature the same smart details as the company’s coolers and other bags, including clever compartments and sturdy foam sides that keep their shape. $250;


Coffee or midnight ice cream will look especially appealing in these marbled mugs by Haand in North Carolina. $31 each;


The lightweight denim aprons available on preorder from Hudson Grace work great in the garden and at the grill. $35;


Every person sleeps differently, and thanks to the folks at the Pillow Bar, you can design a totally custom pillow. Bonus: You can keep up with whose is whose when pillowcases come off on laundry day because each one arrives monogrammed. $219; 


The detail-obsessed designers at Ledbury in Virginia have debuted a beautiful new footwear collection called Tangier—this pair is especially handsome. $425;

Dopp Kit

There’s a place for everything in the dopp kits made by hand at Georgia’s Iron Rivet. $80;


I love the new colorful silicon takes on the old Swatch watch designs available at Moma this summer for Dads who collect timepieces of every stripe. $80;

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