He was your first superhero. The guy who could (and still can) fix everything. The one who taught you how to throw a baseball, catch a fish, build a pinewood-derby car. He’s your dad. And Father’s Day is right around the corner, what are you going to do this year? To help you in the gift department, we put together some fresh ideas to treat him to something that he’ll truly love. Here are our seven top choices for every kind of dad from the classic dad to the outdoorsman to the world’s biggest baseball fan.
1. Make It Personal
Celebrate your dad with the perfect keepsake gift made even more special with a customized personalization. For something uniquely personal, how about a book of LA Times or Washington Post headlines from his every birthday? The Newspaper Headlines of your Day Book gives dad the front-page news on every birthday—from birth to present day. Does your father travel frequently? Our Leather Shaving Kit (embossed with his initials) would make a welcome upgrade to his essential travel gear. Or be truly traditional and choose a personalized Watch Box to store and display his collection, go one further and add an initialed Chronograph watch to the box.
2. Go Traditional
Does your dad daily scatter his pocket-carry across the dresser or nightstand? Our Dresser-Top Leather Tray is an exceedingly handsome solution he’ll thank you for every single evening. Rather than his usual cologne, get him to try something new. The Orvis Cologne/Humidor features a bottle of our signature Orvis Catch cologne, fragrant with notes of bergamot, mandarin, and vetiver packaged in a miniature rod tube that doubles as a cedar-lined humidor once the cologne is removed. For the always-hard-to-buy-for dad or the devoted football fan, we bet he doesn’t have a regulation-sized genuine bison leather football in his den or office—now he can.
3. Trust the Experts
With fly fishing at the very core of our being, we know a thing or two about the gifts your angler might have on his wish list this year. Our Quarter-Zip, Long-Sleeved, and Short-Sleeved drirelease® Shirts will keep him cool, dry, and smelling fresh during a long day on the water. Top off his new shirt with an Orvis-logo’d trucker cap and stow both in a new Safe Passage Guide Sling Pack to carry all his essential gear. Toss in a new fly box and some of his favorite flies and you’ve got an ideal gift for your fishing dad. And of course, a new fly rod is a sure win—our Clearwater Rod is one you can’t go wrong with.
4. Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of America’s National Parks
For the adventurous dad who likes to hike and explore, this is the perfect year to honor his hobby with gifts that pay homage to the 58 nationally protected wild parks. Special gifts range from a sun-shielding water-resistant hat to a tough Battenkill® backpack to a sturdy field watch. When he can’t get out to the parks, he can enjoy reliving his journeys with a handsome set of leather-bound park atlas books that include journals, maps, and travel info on America’s most revered sites.
5. Batter Up!
From the Atlanta Braves to the Devil Rays, America has been in love with baseball since 1839. Indulge Dad’s love of the game with some great heritage-inspired pieces. Our Mitchell Bat Company Baseball Bat offers a portion of proceeds to help revive baseball in inner cities, and is as cool to use on the field as it is to have as décor. A terrific keepsake, the replica 1850s lemon-peel leather baseball comes in a commemorative tin. Outfit him with some awesome authentic apparel like our Short-Sleeved Baseball Jersey and Made in USA PF Flyers. When he’s not at the ballpark, he can still keep score with an old-time handcrafted wooden baseball board game. Each of these gifts is made right here in America so you can be as proud to give them as he’ll be to own them.
6. Give the Tried, the True, the Red-White-and-Blue
He will be all set for the 4th of July with his new patriotic-inspired attire like our classic piqué polo with an American flag logo and our flag-embroidered belt. Add a pair of our best-selling Signature Twill Cotton Shorts and a hefty rugby shirt for a complete outfit. Of course, you’ll want to top it off with a flag ball cap.
7. Still Not Sure?
And if nothing in this series seems like the right choice, give him the gift that is always just right, a supercool Orvis Gift Card made of Nordic birch wood in keeping with our commitment to protecting nature and sustainability. He will love the presentation and appreciate the idea of picking something of his choice from our catalog, our online collections, or a browse through one of our Orvis Retail Stores.
Plus, don’t forget to enter our Adventures With Dad Sweepstakes for a trip for two to Pursell Farms in Alabama. This two-day, three-night trip includes airfare, car rental, room accommodations, a one-day Orvis Fly-Fishing School for two, and a one-day Orvis Wingshooting School for two.