With Father’s Day just around the corner (Sunday, June 20th), there’s not much time left to think of a thoughtful gift that your adventurous dad will truly appreciate.
Don’t panic though, we’ve got you covered with these Father’s Day gift ideas for active and adventurous dads that have been chosen specifically to encourage a fun and active lifestyle, as well as some to help your dad spend more time relaxing.
If your Dad enjoys staying active and has an adventurous spirit, then you really can’t go wrong with any of these Father’s Day gift ideas.
To see our other seasonal outdoor gifts for men ideas, visit our gifts for outdoorsy people post next.
This gift list includes ideas for what to give the Dad that has everything, Dads that are difficult to buy gifts for, and gift ideas under $50 for when you’re looking for a thoughtful Father’s Day gift on a budget.
1. Father’s Day gift ideas for dads that need to relax more
A back roller wheel from Chirp Wheel
Speaking of relaxing, if your Dad needs to spend some time stretching out his back after some intensive adventures (or just, you know, work!) then he will appreciate one of these Chirp Wheels.
This back roller wheel is an innovative, yet super simple back roller wheel, which was even featured on Shark Tank in 2020.
It’s infinitely better than using a foam roller to attempt something similar (read why in our full Chirp Wheel review).
It really does work wonders for relieving back pain and tension!
Whether after a long day at work, standing, sitting, driving or doing something more fun and adventurous like hiking with a heavy pack on your back, it’s immensely satisfying to have a more relaxed, less tense back after a couple of minutes of using it.
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An Ultralight Hammock
If your dad needs to do more relaxing and chilling in the backyard or when camping, help him out by buying him the ultimate relaxation gift: an ultralight hammock!
This awesome Hummingbird hammock packs down tiny into the palm of your hand, and is made from highly technical, ultralight parachute material.
It’s available in single or double versions, so if you need an extra seat in the hammock for you to join in, get the double (which costs $5 more).
2. Father’s Day gifts for handy Dads that like to make and fix ‘stuff’
Leatherman Surge Multi-Tool
The Leatherman Surge Multi-tool is a super durable multi-tool, made in the USA, that will last for decades, which makes it one of the few gifts you may only be able to buy dad once. The Surge packs in a whopping 21 useful tools into a compact closed size of 4.5-inch size.
The multi-tool can be customized with the Leatherman online customizer tool, like my custom Surge shown in the picture above. Customizations make products so much more fun to gift people, especially when it has their name printed on it or our own Trail & Kale branding. 🙂
3. Father’s Day Gifts for Dads who enjoy running and fitness
Lululemon Drysense Training Short Sleeve Shirt
These Lululemon t-shirts are designed to be sweated in, and feature quick-dry, breathable and anti-stink fabrics, making them great for gym workouts, running, hiking, or any activities in general.
These tees make for a great gift that we know your dad will use a lot for a long time to come, plus they’re available in a wide range of colors at lululemon.com.
A bodyweight suspension trainer
If your dad is into his fitness (or expressed a desire to do more workouts) then help him out with the gift of a super portable and versatile TRX suspension trainer.
These bodyweight fitness trainers are super fun to use anywhere, indoors or outdoors and harness the power of your body weight and gravity for an all-body workout.
Plus, head to their site (use the button below) and enter code DADSDAY22 to get $25 off an order of $100 or more.
Naked Nutrition’s Strawberry Banana Protein Shake
This pea protein-based vegan powder is the tastiest protein shake we’ve come across, and definitely something to look forward to after an intense workout. It’s a high-quality protein powder which makes shakes that taste like strawberry banana milkshakes and deliver 20g of protein and only 5g of sugar.
Not only is it plant-based, but its ingredients are non-GMO, gluten and soy-free, and we love that it doesn’t taste overly sweetened, like other protein shakes often do.
If your dad’s hard to buy gifts for but you know he loves to work out or enjoys running, cycling and other endurance sports then a tub of this plant protein powder may be a great gift for him!
The latest On Cloud 5 shoes
The On Cloud is a super comfortable, lightweight shoe that I choose to wear every day for general lifestyle wear. There’s a reason this is On Running’s most popular shoe.
When I’m wearing my On Clouds (which is daily) I feel free knowing I can break into a run whenever I happen to feel like it or if I’m running late for something.
The stylish design keeps me looking fashionable, and on that note, It’s incredible how many people comment on them when I’m out. I’ve been wearing Clouds for years because of how great they look and how comfortable they are for all day wear.
Your dad will be a very lucky chap to receive a pair of these amazing lifestyle shoes.
To learn more, read my in-depth On Cloud review.
4. Father’s Day gifts for Dads that like to look cool (or need some help to get there)
Randolph U.S. Military-Spec Aviator Matte Black Sunglasses
Randolph Engineering has been a supplier of Aviator sunglasses to the U.S. Military for the past 42 years, and for good reason, their hand-made sunglasses are high-quality, comfortable, and durable, and as a result, very reliable in the field.
In my opinion, the new Randolph Aviator matte black frames look particularly badass as well as being awesome sunglasses for doing pretty much anything in, including hiking, golf and boating.
Trail & Kale Trucker Hat
For $27 you can’t go wrong with our uniquely designed trucker hat! Truckers are great for keeping rain, sun, and sweat out of your eyes and face while on the trails, they also look really cool. Our Classic Trucker is available in 4 color combinations but if you’re after a more stealthy look, then check out our Stealth Edition Trucker.
We designed our more subtle, yet distinctive “Stealth Edition” Trucker hat for those who like to fly more under the radar.
You can buy it in any color, as long as it’s black (and very stealthy). It features the Trail & Kale Mountain logo embroidered in a grey/silver color on the front. All Trail & Kale merchandise ships worldwide!
If you think dad may prefer a more technical hat for running or hikes, see our technical running cap gear guide for some inspiration.
5. Best last-minute Father’s Day gift for Dads that are difficult to buy for
REI Gift Card
An REI Gift Card is a great Father’s Day Gift because you won’t have to guess what your outdoor-loving dad would like to receive the most, so it’s a great father’s day gift for dads who are difficult to buy for, or as a last-minute gift if you’ve run out of time to find something great online or in a store.
They can use it to get themselves a great outdoor gadget, or some new camping, running biking or climbing gear, for example – and have you to thank for their awesome new gear!
You can either order a Gift Card to be delivered as a physical card, which takes up to 7 days to arrive, OR you can choose to send a digital E-Gift Card, which can be sent directly to your dad within hours. You can also choose how much to load the card up with, the minimum is $10.
6. Father’s Day gift ideas for Dads that love useful gadgets
LARQ Bottle – The Self-Sterilizing Water Bottle
If you’re looking for a cool gadget to give your dad for father’s day, check out the LARQ bottle.
The LARQ Bottle is not just another reusable water bottle, it’s the world’s first self-cleaning water bottle. It’ll purify your water and neutralize that bottle stink that we all hate!
The UV-C technology built into the lid, eradicates up to 99.9999% of bacteria and 99.99% of viruses in ‘Adventure Mode’, meaning you can sterilize water found in streams while out hiking for example.
You may have seen the LARQ bottle on Shark Tank recently, too – but we’ve been using LARQ bottles for several years and you can learn more about them from our review of the original LARQ Bottle PureVis and the LARQ Bottle Movement.
A 360 Action Camera from Insta360
No gadget-loving active Dad would be disappointed with a 360-action camera – yes, one that films video in full 360! Hello, Insta360 ONE X2.
This pocket-sized action camera has so many applications for everything from hiking, running, and skiing, or getting really creative and using in other ways such as attaching to your dog, the end of a golf club or fishing line, filming silly videos or anything else that your Dad’s (or your) imagination can throw at it.
If ~$400 is a bit out of your price range, for a less expensive alternative check out the Insta360 GO 2, which is truly tiny and fits in the palm of your hand.
7. Father’s Day gifts for Dads that enjoy listening to music
Shokz OpenRun Pro Bone Conduction Headphones
The Shokz OpenRun Pro is ranked number 1 on our best running headphones buyer’s guide, and for good reason – in our running tests they outperformed other running headphones in most categories.
The OpenRun Pro is Shokz’ most premium ‘outside ear’ bone headphones, and are also the best bone conduction headphones for running right now.
Learn more about some of the disadvantages of bone conduction headphones in my detailed Shokz OpenRun Pro review.
8. Father’s Day gifts for Dads who enjoy trail running and hiking
Nike React Pegasus Trail 4 – Nike’s Latest Road/Trail Hybrid Running Shoes
The Nike Pegasus Trail 4 is versatile enough for everyday training with top durability and responsiveness for runners, trail athletes and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds.
These are the ultimate trail running shoes for those who like to run both road and trail because they’re a door-to-trail hybrid running shoe.
The Nike React Pegasus Trail 4 has a supportive and springy feel with traction that keeps you going over rocky terrain, while still providing a smooth ride for the road.
Midfoot support is controlled by the laces, letting you find the right fit and feel. Dad will be beyond pleased to receive a pair of these beauties!
KEEN Targhee III Waterproof
These KEEN Targhee III WP hiking boots have a fully waterproof yet breathable membrane in the upper to keep your feet dry while allowing perspiration to dissipate away from your skin and socks during hot weather hikes.
Whether your dad is a fair-weather hiker or likes to get after it in the rain, these hiking boots will have him covered, as they’re excellent all-round hiking boots for the price.
Nocs Provisions’ goal is to preserve the land and sea that is shared by us all and they believe that by observing and discovering how intricate and delicate our planet’s ecosystem is, the more it reveals itself – we are inclined to agree with them.
For any outdoorsy dads, a good quality pair of binoculars is a great thing to take on a road trip, camping, hiking or backpacking, as they can use them at night for stargazing, as well as during the day to check out the area’s birds and other wildlife.
These Nocs’ Binoculars are waterproof, small, lightweight, rugged, have high-quality optics, and come with a lifetime warranty – while still coming in at a great budget-friendly price point.
Read more about these binoculars and see more images in our Nocs binoculars review.
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9. The best Father’s Day gift for when you want to really treat your adventure-loving Dad
Garmin Fenix 7 GPS Watch
The watches in the Garmin Fenix 7 range have every feature you could want in a GPS watch for trail and ultra running, including music, and also a great range of features for other sports and workout tracking.
Our top pick in the range is the mid-size Fenix 7 GPS watch with solar and a Sapphire glass screen that resists scratches.
If you have smaller wrists then we recommend going for the Fenix 7S – your arms will thank you for it after a long run!
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10. Father’s Day Gift ideas for Dad’s skincare regime
Caldera Lab’s ‘The Good’ Miracle Men’s Face Serum
Ok, so your Dad may not tell you this but if he’s into looking after his skin, or perhaps he’s not and needs some not-so-subtle hints from his son or daughter to encourage him to be, then check out Caldera Lab’s ‘The Good‘!
I hope you’ve found a great and unique gift for your dad this Father’s Day, but if you need more inspiration for Father’s Day gifts, visit our outdoor adventure and lifestyle gear buyer’s guides section for more ideas.