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Gift shopping for anyone takes skill and a little finesse. Sometimes finding the right gift for someone you know well is more challenging than shopping for the workplace Secret Santa party. That’s because friends and family expect a little extra thought and personal touch in the gifts you give them. Things get even more complicated when you add unique relationships—stepparents, in-laws, half-siblings—into the mix.
Take godparents, for example. Most of us have a unique relationship with our godfathers and godmothers. They’re not our biological parents, but, in many cases, they’re the next closest thing. They deserve gifts that are almost—or just—as sentimental as the gifts we give our parents. It’s not enough to grab a bland polo shirt for your godfather or a flower bouquet for your god-mom. Sure, those are nice, but you can do better.
With Father’s Day just the corner, we thought it best to round up our picks for the best Father’s Day gifts for godfathers. Whether your god-dad is style-conscious, tech-savvy, a rugged outdoorsman, or an appreciator of self-care, we’ve got you covered.
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Best Father’s Day Gifts for Godfathers
- Best Fashion Gift for Godfathers: Groove Life Groove Belt
- Best Outdoor Gift for Godfathers: Suunto 7 Smartwatch
- Best Tech Gift for Godfathers: Invoxia Cellular GPS Tracker
- Best Gift for Kid-at-heart Godfathers: Smartphone-controlled Paper Airplane
- Best Kitchen & Bar Gift for Godfathers: Hedley & Bennett Char Essential Apron
- Best Gift for DIY Godfathers: Benchmade Saddle Mountain Fixed-Blade Knife
- Best Self-care Gift for Godfathers: Marpac Dohm Classic The Original White Noise Machine
Best Fashion Gifts for Godfathers
Easy Linen Shirt
Spring is officially here, and summer’s around the corner. Give your godfather the gift of this casual linen shirt. It’s lightweight and breathable, making it perfect for nights out, days at the beach, or backyard barbecues.
A-Game Hydro Performance Snapback Hat
Upgrade your godfather’s tired go-to “dad cap” with this performance snapback lid from Melin. It’s water-resistant and sweat-repellent, ready for whatever warm-weather activities he’s into.
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Cozy Vibe Slipper Sm
Sanuk upends the slipper game with its Cozy Vibe Slipper SM. True to their name, these go-anywhere slippers are soft and, well, cozy, yet durable enough to walk down to the mailbox or take out the trash.
Men’s Groove Belt
This adventure-ready “dad-worthy” belt is available in a variety of unique finishes, including walnut, stone, and titanium. It’s sleek, versatile, and looks great whether the favorite father in your life is hiking, boating, or just grilling in the backyard.
Surprise Pair of Crew Socks Subscription
Most men don’t give much thought to their choice of socks. Sock Fancy does the legwork—er, footwork—by delivering a surprise pair of fun, bespoke socks each month.
Best Outdoor Gifts for Godfathers
Suunto 7 Smartwatch
Help your godfather keep track of his runs, hikes, dives, or whatever other activities he’s obsessed with. The Suunto 7 smartwatch offers tons of key features like GPS tracking, built-in maps, and more than 70 preconfigured sport modes all accessible with a single button.
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Sparwood Half Zip Sweater
Smart dads appreciate outdoor gear and clothing that can do “double duty.” Smartwool’s Sparwood Half Zip Sweater is versatile enough for dinner dates, day hikes, and Sundays out with the kids. The merino wool construction ensures it’s lightweight, breathable, and just warm enough.
The Park Pack
Depending on where you’re headed, sometimes even a daypack is a little too much. The Park Pack from Uncharted Supply Co. is a perfectly sized hip pack with enough room for keys, sunglasses, cellphone, and extra water.
Galactic Down Blanket
Every outdoor lover needs a go-to camp blanket. Kelty’s all-new Galactic Down Blanket boasts plush, 500-fill-power down, all wrapped in a unique, outer-space-inspired pattern.
Versatility is the name of the game with Stoic’s aptly named Zip-off Pant. These lightweight bottoms feature a poly-spandex blend that dries fast and breathes easy—perfect for any warm-weather adventure.
Best Tech Gifts for Godfathers
Echo Show 8
Amazon’s latest Echo Show 8 is a smart tablet that combines video chatting, multimedia watching, music listening, and daily planning into a single, easy-to-use desktop device.
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For tech-loving dads with plenty of cables, cords, plugs, and whatnots to wrangle, especially while traveling, Nomatic’s compressible Packing Cubes help keep everything in check.
Cellular GPS Tracker
Most dads these days have plenty of gear to safeguard. Invoxia’s sleek cellular GPS tracker is simple, compact, and perfect for keeping tabs on bikes, laptops, RVs, and more. Bonus: It includes a 2-year subscription out of the box.
Wood Docking Station Tray
For the dad who likes keeping his desktop tight, this all-wood docking station tray features distinct grooves, trays, and hooks for wrangling all his everyday carry gear.
Best Gifts for Kid-at-heart Godfathers
‘Yoda Best Godfather’ Personalized Mug
For the godfather who’s a little bit nerdy and a little bit childish, this personalized mug is the perfect accompaniment to his morning coffee.
Kubb Premium Size Outdoor Tossing Game
Lawn darts and cornhole are so 2018. This unique, handcrafted hardwood game set has Viking-inspired roots and is sure to impress even the pickiest dad in your life.
Smartphone-Controlled Paper Airplane
The lowly paper airplane gets a serious 21st-century upgrade with this smartphone-controlled version of the classic childhood “toy.”
Milano Bean Bag Chair
There’s no better piece of furniture to prepare for an all-night gaming marathon than a bean bag chair. Make sure your godfather is ready.
Best Kitchen & Bar Gifts for Godfathers
Char Essential Apron
A serious home chef deserves a serious chef’s apron. This iconic staple has been approved by Michelin-star chefs the world over.
Flavored Simple Syrup Set
Help the at-home mixologist dad in your life elevate his cocktails with this small-batch set of flavored simple syrups that uses pure extracts and botanicals.
Stingray 7 in 1 BBQ Grill Multitool
This next-level gadget combines every essential grill tool into an all-in-one multitool that might be the last one your godfather ever needs for backyard BBQs.
Stagg EKG Electric Pour Over Kettle
Whatever your godfather’s hot drink of choice, it’s probably time to replace his tired old tea kettle. This version from Fellow makes an elegant addition to any kitchen countertop.
Best Gifts for DIY Godfathers
Saddle Mountain Fixed-Blade Knife
Every dad in your life—and especially your godfather—deserves a legit, go-to pocket knife. This fixed–blade from Oregon’s Benchmade is a handsome, versatile tool worthy of any DIYer.
TS8000 High Intensity Trigger Start Torch
Beyond the sheer cool factor, this ultra-portable torch is great for everything from starting campfires to niche tasks around the garage and toolshed.
Crossroads 40L Duffel
DIY dads are always toting a ton of gear, tools, and what-have-you. This rugged duffel bag is big enough to carry it all and sturdy enough to withstand tons of abuse.
Magnetic Wristband / Tool Bracelet
It might look like just another silly infomercial product, but this is legitimately useful for any dad who loves tinkering with cars, carpentry, and home improvement.
Best Self-care Gifts for Godfathers
“You’re the World’s Greatest Godfather” Hand-poured Candle
Perfect for the godfather with a sense of humor who doesn’t mind a little self-pampering “me time” once in a while.
Even if he’s too proud to admit it, your godfather wants a massage. Give him the gift of relaxation with a Spafinder Gift Card—valid at thousands of locations nationwide.
Dohm Classic White Noise Machine
One of the best-reviewed white noise machines on the market, Marpac’s Dohm Classic is sure to help your godfather sleep, relax, or just tune out from the daily hustle.
Soothing Pillow and Mask CBD Mist
With a unique blend of linalool and eucalyptol terpenes, plus a healthy dose of broad-spectrum CBD, this spray makes a soothing, spa-like addition to bed and bath time.
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