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Socks, my father always says when I ask him if there's anything he has his heart set on for Father's Day. Get me socks.
The thing is, he's being completely serious, and I get it—you really, really can never have too many. Beyond socks, my dad—and, I'm willing to bet, yours too—will tell you that what he really wants is to hang out with you. But if you can't be there to celebrate on Sunday and you're looking to treat your dad (or grandfather, or uncle, or important fella) to something other than socks, here are a few ideas to tuck into care packages and put in the mail:
Put together a package for...
A slooooow Saturday morning
Does your dad wake up at 5:30 and begin to pace the house, putter around, do yard work like mine? Send a kit for a lazier, more relaxed start. (I am sending my dad one of these guys.)
- A couple of nice mugs
- A bag of beans
- A book!
- Fancy-pants option: A coffee setup upgrade—maybe a spiffy gooseneck kettle?
Some dads are indeed outdoorsy, grill-mastery types. This care package is everything but the kebabs.
- A stack of your favorite grilling recipes (here are a few of ours)
- Grilling planks
- A spunky marinade or rub (bonus points for homemade!)
- Fancy-pants option: A cooler—for parks, camping, or backyard hangs—or a brand-new set of grilling tools
Grill Planks Sampler Pack (Set of 5)From $20
Ultimate BBQ Set$185
A scary and whirlwind. Treats are in order, no? Here's what we have in mind.
- Two aprons—one adult-sized, one mini
- A fun gadget or kit or project
- Fancy-pants option: A beaut of a wooden toolbox
Washed Linen ApronFrom $55
Playtime Felt Food SetFrom $20
Tackling kitchen projects
For dads who bought you robot-building kits, lovingly nurtured sourdough starters for years, baked pies, and took you on lengthy adventures, a bundle of treats for spending hours noodling in the kitchen.
- A specialty tool (like a brotform, lame, or pickling crock)
- A similarly-minded cookbook
- A journal for making lists, writing recipes, and taking notes (jot him a ditty inside!)
- Fancy-pants option: A digital kitchen scale so he doesn't have to Google volume-to-weight conversions anymore
What's Father's Day about if not raising a glass to dads? Even if you can't be there to toast in person on Sunday, some of the below will still surely be on the bar cart (and in your father's nightcap routine) the next time you visit.
- A bottle opener
- Spiffier-than-he'd-buy-for-himself bitters
- A handmade recipe book with a couple of drink recommendations
- Fancy-pants option: A golden cocktail shaker—sort of trophy-like, no?
Stainless Steel Bottle OpenersFrom $35
Birch Cocktail MuddlersFrom $27
Care packages: What makes a good one? Tell us in the comments.