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11 Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

We get it– dads are tough to shop for. Sure, you could give him another tie, or that part he needs to fix the lawn mower, but we think it’s time to take Father’s Day gifts up a notch. No more tube socks, plaid pajamas or gift cards to Cracker Barrel. This year, surprise the dad in your life with the awesome gift he deserves. At Rock/Creek, we’ve got the perfect gifts for all kinds of dads, and we’ve rounded up a few ideas to get your started.


1. For the Dad Who Enjoys Some Light Lounging

Big Agnes Helinox Chair One

The Big Agnes Helinox series is at the top of the camp chair game. The Chair One weighs in at only 1.9 pounds and packs down to the size of a tennis ball can, making it so portable your dad will forget he’s carrying it. From outdoor concerts and soccer games to backpacking and picnicking, the Helinox Chair One will let your dad lounge in comfort and style wherever he goes.


2. For the Dad Who Likes Tough Stuff

Yeti Loadout Bucket

The newest addition to the Yeti family, the Loadout is the ultimate five-gallon bucket. This sleek but sturdy hauler is sure to become your dad’s go-to for all sorts of tasks, from washing the car to collecting baseballs after practice. Plus, it has a slew of cool add-on accessories, like a three-compartment caddy and a detachable utility belt.


3. For the Dad Who’s a Sun Bum

ExOfficio BugsAway Viento Long Sleeve Shirt

For the dad who loves to be outside but doesn’t love to apply sunscreen, ExOfficio has created the perfect solution with the Viento Shirt. This lightweight button-down has UPF protection, built-in insect repellent and a zippered valuables pocket. The Viento is odor and wrinkle-resistant, so it’s ideal for travel and extended wear, while still looking good enough for date night. It’s a win-win!


4. For the Dad Who’s a River Rat

Patagonia Stretch Planing Board Shorts

Built for comfort and durability, these trunks have everything your dad needs for great days on the water. With a Durable Water Resistant (DWR) finish and quick-drying polyester, these lightweight shorts transition easily from boat to beach and back again. Plus, the right pocket has a zipper and internal key loop, and also serves as self-storage pouch.


5. For the Organized Dad (Or For the Dad Who Could Use Some Organization)

Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Set

With an array of packing cubes in all shapes and sizes, Eagle Creek is the one-stop shop for travel organization. Your dad will be amazed at how well-ordered his suitcase will be on his next business trip or family vacation. Want to separate clean clothes from dirty? Or keep all that shoe funk contained? Eagle Creek Pack-Its are the travel solution your dad doesn’t know he needs but is sure to love.


6. For the Dad Who Likes Gadgets

Goal Zero Nomad 7 V2

You can almost never go wrong gifting your dad a new gadget to play with, especially when it comes to Goal Zero. This nifty solar panel is foldable, durable and easy to use. Smaller and more powerful than other comparable devices, the Nomad 7 can fully charge a cell phone in under two hours. The best part is how simple it is to use– just let the panel charge in the sun and then use a USB cable to power your devices.


7. For the Dad Who Maintains an Impressive Sock Tan Line… All. Year. Long.  

Swiftwick Socks (In Stores Only)

We know, we said no more tube socks. But Swiftwicks are the exact opposite of boring socks. These compression socks are uber wicking, breathable and contour to every curve of the foot for ultimate comfort. Whatever your dad’s favorite activity, his feet deserve some love and Swiftwick socks promise to provide it.


8. For the Dad Who Enjoys a Cold One– A Really Cold One

Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Insulated Growler – 64 oz.

This sturdy stainless steel growler is a must for any beer drinker. With double-wall insulation and Hydro Flask’s Fresh Carry System, beverages will stay crisp and cold for up to 24 hours. For cookouts, campouts and everything in between, your dad is sure to get plenty of use out of this top-of-the-line growler.


9. For the Dad Who Just Wants to Look Kuhl

Kuhl Revolvr Pant

Okay… that was a total dad joke. But these pants are no laughing matter. The Revolvr pant is light enough for warm weather wear, while a touch of nylon keeps them ultra durable. Articulated knees, a gusseted crotch, functional pockets and a hint of spandex for stretch ensure that these will be your dad’s new go-to for both comfort and style.


10. For the Dad Who’s Serious About His Flip Flops

‘Ohana Sandal

Fair warning: once your dad tries on a pair of Olukai flip flops, he may refuse to ever wear a different pair of sandals. In addition to being high quality and long-lasting, these sandals look and feel great. Unlike most flip flops, the ‘Ohanas offer excellent arch support and perform well even when wet.


11. For the Dad Who’s a Grill Master

Big Green Egg (At Rock/Creek Paddlesports Shop only)

If you’re dad has been itching to take his grill skills to the next level, a Big Green Egg is certainly the way to go. With a variety of sizes ranging from Mini to 2XL, you can select the perfect Egg to fit your family’s needs. Equal parts grill, oven and smoker, the Big Green Egg is the most versatile and long-lasting outdoor cooker on the market– it might just become a family heirloom!


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