7 Father’s Day Gifts He’s Sure to Love

Easy Climber Father's Day Gifts


Whether he’s a golfer, a weather watcher or a sports fan, there’s something here for him

Fathers are never particularly easy to buy for; that’s why there are so many jokes about Father’s Day and neckties. It can be even harder when you’re buying a present for a senior. They simply don’t have as many needs – and if they’re retired, they probably aren’t wearing neckties anyway!

Father’s Day is just a few weeks away, so here are a few suggestions for gifts we’re sure he’ll love.

He’s analog and proud of it: Consider an aviation-inspired pilot watch, one of those large, three-dial chronographs that may be vintage in its appeal – but contemporary in its performance. The AVI-8 Men’s AV-4011-05 Hawker Hurricane Stainless Steel Watch is waterproof and has Japanese quartz analog movement, a date indicator, a leather strap and two subdials on its face. It’s $235 at Amazon. If money is no object, however, then head straight to the real deal: Breitling’s Super Avenger II, a self-winding watch that is submersible to 1,000 feet and is chronometer-certified by the COSC, the international industry benchmark. About $3,600 at authorized retailers.

He just can’t wait to get to the 19th hole: Get him a belt for the golf course that sympathizes with his bad shots: the Aiming Fluid Belt & Buckle Flask. That’s right, the buckle is a miniature flask that holds 2.5 ounces of putting courage. It’s $39.50 at 18Greens. It comes with a tiny funnel for filling the flask.

He never turns off the Weather Channel: Indulge that passion with his own Weather Band Radio. Yes, we know, this will only make his weather fascination worse, and you’ll have to listen to it, too. But think how happy he’ll be! It’s customizable, meaning he can tune into bulletins about his geographic area. It receives information on seven weather band frequencies, including NOAA, instant weather, and marine forecasts. (And when you’ve had enough weather, there are 10 AM and 10 FM radio presets). It’s compact enough to sit on an end table or a nightstand, and it will even serve as an alarm clock. It’s $89.95 at FirstSTREET.

 He’s an outstanding sports fan: You know the type; they watch every game, read every box score and can recite endless trivia from seasons past. He probably even has a few game-day superstitions of his own. So frame his name up in lights on a stadium scoreboard. You get to choose from all Major League Baseball and National Football League teams, and then personalize the scoreboard in the photo with two, three or four lines of personalization.  Choose between 11×14 at $49.99 and 16×20 at 79.99 at Personal Creations.

He grew up with Bonanza – and still talks about it:  Ah, those Cartwrights  – they ruled the airwaves for 14 seasons, from 1959 to 1973. The Ponderosa Ranch was the place where ranch life and moral dilemmas received as much attention as the stars: Lorne Greene as father Ben, Pernell Roberts as eldest son Adam, Dan Blocker as middle son “Hoss,” and Michael Landon as “Little Joe,” the youngest. Who says it’s only today’s television generation that gets to binge on favorite programs? A set of Bonanza DVDs will let your dad do the same. The 50th Anniversary edition of Season One is just $18.85 at Amazon; Season Two is $17.58; Season Three is $18.37; you see where we’re going with this. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

He never met a gadget he didn’t like: But does he have his own drone? If not, the folks at Brookstone have him covered, with everything from drones that do stunts to those that take photos or stream video, from those he can control with a remote to those that take directions from an app. There are even a few themed after Star Wars. And the Striker Glow in the Dark Wi-Fi RC Spy Drone with Camera even lets him fly at night. $89.99 at Brookstone.

Work follows him everywhere: Is he the kind of dad who’s always looking for a piece of paper and a pen to write a note, or has pockets full of crumpled receipts? It sounds like he’s the perfect candidate for the International Pocket Briefcase, a 4×5¾ leather notepad that has a pad of paper, two pockets for 3×5 cards, two pockets for business or credit cards, a pocket for receipts, a pocket for dollar bills, an ID window and a sleeve for a pen.  It’s $69 at Levenger, and on the company’s 5-star consumer rating system, the pocket briefcase ranks 4.7 stars.