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, which 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.
Scroll down to see the full list of Father’s Day gifts, or if you’re in a hurry, click the links to jump down to specific types of Father’s Day gifts for Dads that:
- Need to relax more
- Are handy and like to make and fix ‘stuff’
- Enjoy doing adventurous activities and experiences
- Enjoy running and fitness
- Like to look cool
- Are difficult to buy gifts for
- Love innovative gadgets that they’ll actually use
- Enjoy listening to music
- Enjoy hiking and trail running
- Deserve to be spoilt with a pricey gift this year
- May appreciate a new skincare regime
Father’s Day gift ideas for dads that need to relax more
1. An Ultralight Hammock ($65)
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. A back roller wheel from Chirp Wheel (from $45)
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 even featured on Shark Tank in 2020, and which is 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.
Father’s Day gifts for handy Dads that like to make and fix ‘stuff’
3. Leatherman Surge Multi-Tool ($130)
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. 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. 🙂
Father’s Day gift ideas if you want to treat your dad to an activity (or enjoy with him)
4. An adventure experience with 57hours ($150+)
If you’re looking for a fun adventure experience for your Dad that you can give him for Father’s Day, 57hours has some epic adventures you can treat him to. They offer everything from local hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking trips to international trips such as hiking in Iceland or alpine climbing in Canada!
The prices of these adventures start at around $150 for a day trip experience up to more for the international vacation trips and you can also buy gift cards if you think your Dad may enjoy getting to choose his own experience as his Father’s Day present.
Father’s Day Gifts for Dads who enjoy running and fitness
5. Lululemon Metal Vent Tech Short Sleeve Tee ($78)
These Lululemon t-shirts are designed to be sweated in, and feature quick-dry, breathable and anti-stink fabrics, making them great for running, hiking, gym workouts, or any activities in general.
They’re really well made and maintain their properties and shape for years, so make a great gift that you know your dad will use a lot for a long time to come, plus they’re available in a wide range of colors, including red, blue, black, white and patterns including camo.
6. Naked Nutrition’s Strawberry Banana Protein Shake ($40)
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!
7. The latest On Cloud shoes from On Running ($130)
The On Cloud is undoubtedly the best trainer out there when it comes to a stylish, lightweight, comfortable lifestyle shoe, and there are many good reasons why it’s so popular. It’s great for everything from commuting, work (especially if your job involves being on your feet a lot) to the beach and casual sports and activities around home.
As long-time On Running aficionados (we have a huge collection of On shoe reviews and buyer’s guides, including our original On Cloud review) we live in our On Clouds, and your Dad will, too – especially with the cool new design they just released in the form of the latest On Cloud Nexus!
Father’s Day gifts for Dads that like to look cool (or need some help to get there)
8. Randolph U.S. Military-Spec Aviator Matte Black Sunglasses ($250+)
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.
9. Trail & Kale Trucker Hat ($27)
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.
Best last-minute Father’s Day gift for Dads that are difficult to buy for
10. REI Gift Card ($10+)
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.
Father’s Day gift ideas for Dads that love useful gadgets
11. LARQ Bottle – The Self-Sterilizing Water Bottle ($95)
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.
12. A 360 Action Camera from Insta360 ($415 / $300)
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.
Father’s Day gifts for Dads that enjoy listening to music
13. KLH Fusion True Wireless Noise Canceling Earbuds ($200)
Some of the features we love about the KLH Fusion earbuds include that they have environmental noise-canceling technology, AAC/aptX High-Definition Sound, Bone Voiceprint which is smart enough to only recognizes the wearer’s voice, IPX5 Water-Resistant Rating, and 28 hours of playtime from one case charge (enough for many ultramarathons).
They’re super comfortable to wear and work great for work, travel and phone calls as well as for wearing while working out.
I also recommend checking out the brand new Jaybird Vista 2 wireless earbuds which have active noise canceling too but also include SurroundSense (safety feature that allows you to hear ambient sounds around you while listening to music). They also offer wireless charging and excellent durability. Full review: Jaybird Vista 2 Review
Father’s Day gifts for Dads who enjoy hiking and running trails
14. KEEN Targhee III Waterproof ($150)
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.
15. Nike Pegasus Trail 2 – Nike’s Latest Road/Trail Hybrid Running Shoes ($130)
The Nike Pegasus Trail 2 is versatile enough for everyday training with top durability and responsiveness to 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.
The engineered mesh throughout the uppers is durable and has been designed to increase airflow and drainage to keep feet cool and dry on the trails. I love the way the new sock-like heel support and gaiter combo keep grit out of your shoes and repel water with the DWR water repellent coating that’s used.
The best Father’s Day gift for when you want to really treat your adventure-loving Dad
16. Garmin Fenix 6 Pro GPS Watch ($550)
If you’re looking to spoil your adventure-loving dad with a generous father’s day gift, then a GPS running watch has to be high up on your list of options, and this watch is one of the best there is when it comes to a watch that has all the latest and greatest features!
Father’s Day Gift ideas for Dad’s skincare regime
17. Caldera Lab’s ‘The Good’ Miracle Men’s Face Serum ($97)
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‘!
A bottle of this plant-based men’s facial serum can work wonders – if you don’t believe me, read my review and read more on their website 🙂
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.