25 Great Last-Minute Father's Day Gifts

It's not too late to get the father figure in your life a one-of-a-kind gift.

BY Diane Anderson-Minshall

June 13 2013 4:43 PM ET


If Dad Is Not Your Dad...
But your husband, boyfriend, or partner instead? The coolest buy this summer is Gessato’s Picnic Backpack with blanket for four. It’s a large but lightweight picnic backpack that’s outfitted with everything you need for a romantic escape or family day at the beach. It’s ergonomic, has an insulated cooler compartment to keep food at the perfect temperature, and comes complete with a corkscrew, hardwood cutting board, cheese knife, wooden salt and pepper shakers, acrylic wine glasses, coordinating melamine plates, stainless steel flatware, cotton napkins, large picnic blanket, and detachable wine holder. $115, Gessato.com

Craftsmanship Meets the Environment
These fun retro wood six-pack holders are perfect for picking up a selection of craft beer or old-fashioned bottled soda. They’re made from reclaimed redwood by Wood Thumb, a community of entrepreneurs, artists, and designers living in San Francisco’s uber-queer Dogpatch neighborhood. $42, WoodThumb.com

Make Him Laugh
Jim Gaffigan’s book Dad Is Fat is a funny read, but it’s even better as an audiobook where Gaffigan can employ his usual visual ticks. Sure, the story of a straight Catholic comedian with five kids might not seem like it’d have anything gay to it, but the chapter on his lesbian sister, their female rabbi, and his decision whether or not to circumcise his son proves otherwise. $32 on CD, RandomHouse.com

Play a Drinking Game
Unless Dad is in AA or should be, booze is always a safe gift. But don’t be boring. Try something new. Here are three options. If Dad’s adventurous, try Japanese whiskey, the hot new thing in upscale bars. Hibiki from Suntory — the largest Japanese whiskey maker — is a blend of pure single malt whiskeys, aged in various types of casks including mizunara, a very rare Japanese oak. If he’s the he-man type, you can’t go wrong with Ron Abuleo Rum, an aged sipping rum that we imagine Ron from Parks and Rec would adore. And if he’s trendsetter, go for KAPPA Pisco, the new Chilean Pisco from the Marnier Lapostolle family, producers of Grand Marnier and the award-winning Lapostolle Wines from Chile. Perfect for cocktails. Hibiki: $69.99, BevMo.com; Kappa Pisco: $34.99, BevMo.com

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