23 Last Minute Father’s Day Ideas for the Designer Dad

Don’t miss the early bird deadline for the HOW International Design Awards! This is HOW’s biggest competition with entries from Canada, Mexico, Israel, Italy, Germany, Australia, Brazil, the U.K., the U.S. and many more. Early bird ends August 12, 2017. Enter for your chance to win a Big Ticket to 2017 HOW Design Live in Chicago.


Father’s Day is this Sunday, and we’re willing to bet that some of you might still be looking for the perfect gift to give the designer dad in your life. Fear not! We’ve taken the stress out of finding that practical and design-savvy gift any father would appreciate. Check them out below!

Cool Beer Labels by Daniel Bellon & Steven Speegfather's day T0401_glamour_1_1

Whether beer snob or beer novice, it’s impossible to deny the beauty of packaging within the craft brewing industry. Give the dad in your life something to smile about while discovering new brews.

$14.48 from Amazon

Trobla Wooden Speakerfather's day Trobla trycelary (1)

“The Trobla belongs to the world of electronics, but you won’t face that dreaded low-battery symbol. There is no need to plug in or charge this speaker to amplify your phone’s volume. Built from locally sourced and certified Slovenian wood, the sound travels smoothly through a hollowed chamber and is guided by a cone.” Perfect for the tech-savvy eco-friendly dad.

$99.00 from Trobla.com

Glass Bottles with Wood Stoppersfather's day Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 8.52.07 AM

These stylish glass bottles are shapely and sophisticated. Perfect for the dapper dad who takes pride in his kitchen. The stoppers are cut from natural wood for a beautifully mature look.

$29-$39 from West Elm

Fifty Years of Illustration by Lawrence Zeegen & Caroline Robertsfather's day T8185

Lawrence Zeegen and Caroline Roberts’ book Fifty Years of Illustration is perfect for the father who appreciates art and history. Celebrate a decade-by-decade breakdown of contemporary illustration complete with commentary and full-color examples.

$8.00 from MyDesignShop

Vinyl Me, Please Subscriptionfather's day vmp_hq_0036

Everyone loves music, and chances are your father does too. This Father’s Day, sign your pops up for a Vinyl Me, Please subscription. New vinyl delivered right to his door every month with a 12″ x 12″ print inspired by the album art.

Starting at $99.00 from Vinyl Me, Please

Tasting Room Subscriptionfather's day Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 9.33.04 AM

Maybe your dad is less of a music connoisseur and more of a wine bon vivant. This subscription service brings artesian wines right to dad’s door. Delivered in beautiful packaging with a personalized profile detailing each wine’s style and flavor, this gift is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Starting at $24.95 from Tasting Room

The Art of Manliness by Brett and Kate McKay
father's day Z4227_1_4 (1)

Brett and Kate McKay’s quippy book is full of how-to guides, fun stories, book recommendations, “manly” vernacular and helpful cut out cards to guide your manliness at all times. In the introduction, the McKays write, “Discouraged from celebrating the positive aspects of manliness, society today focuses only on the stereotypical and negative aspects of manhood. …Our goal with this book is to hopefully encourage a new generation of men to pick up where their grandfathers left off in the history and legacy of manliness.”

$10.54 from Amazon

Neighborwoods Map Coasters

Aymie Spitzer is the genius behind these great gifts. Choose from 15 different cities and give your father a personalized gift that’s as beautiful as it is useful.

$36.00 from uncommongoods

Monti Beer Tasting Set by Daniele Semeraro for Semplifather's day Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 8.51.31 AM

These beer tasting glasses are designed specifically to bring out the flavor of your favorite brews. The pointed bottoms serve to “enhance effervescence.” Any beer fan is sure to love these designer glasses. Perfect for “IPAs, pilsners, pints and 12-ounce bottles.”

$100.00 from Lumens

Native Union CLIC Wooden iPhone Casefather's day iP6_Black__56998.1459312676.1080.1200

Is you dad tech savvy? Does he ever leave the house without his cellphone? Whether hes an Apple or Android guy, it’s hard to deny the beauty and craftsmanship of these Native Union iPhone cases. Each case is completely unique—just like your father. Slim and built to last, these cases make a great gift for any man (or woman) in your life.

$39.99 from Native Union

Knowledge in the Brain Bookends by Lumensfather's day uu415350

These brainy bookends are perfect for the dad who loves to read. The black and gold are an elegant combination for any modern home or office. Designed by Karim Rashid, the Knowledge in the Brain Bookends are sure to make any dad smile.

$199.95 from Lumens

Chemex 6 Cup Coffeemakerfather's day Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 9.05.49 AM

The hardworking dad probably needs a little caffeinated pick-me-up to get himself going in the morning. So why not look good while brewing it? Chemex has been brewing coffee since 1941, and doing it in style. Chemex uses non-porous Borosilicate glass—which absorbs no odors or chemical residue—to create this coffeemaker.

$42.00 from Poketo and Chemex

Furtif Evercut Knivesfather's day Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 9.02.32 AM

For the foodie father, these Furtif Evercut Knives make a perfect gift. The design is brilliant, and the materials are equally impressive. According to the description on A+R’s website, “A full tang blade makes it a substantially strong knife. The laser-bonded titanium-carbide surface lasts 300 times longer than standard steel and 5 times longer than ceramic, according to third-party testing. In layman’s terms, that means the average user should only need to sharpen it once every 25 years.”

$78.00-$138.00 from A+R Store

Fishs Eddy Political Party Mugsfather's day fishs-eddy-political-party-mugs-o

Who wouldn’t love a Father’s Day gift that plays off current events? Vintage kitchenware store Fishs Eddy and west elm collaborated to create these quirky political party mugs.

$13.50 from west elm

The Art of Illustrated Maps by John Romanfather's day T4105

The Art of Illustrated Maps is a beautifully curated collection of illustrated conceptual maps. Author John Roman traces the roots of imaginative mapping from their beginnings two thousand years ago. This gift is perfect for any father interested in cartography, history, art or illustration.

$17.42 from Amazon

Wobble Chess Set by Umbrafather's day Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 9.07.31 AM

Fab.com describes this gift best: “Umbra is all about adding new dimensions to your home life, and Umbra designer Adin Mumma has added a new and unstable dimension to the classic chess board. Each elegantly sculpted solid-wood piece wobbles on a stainless steel hemisphere inside the concave squares on the board. Perfect metaphor for the precarity of any chess strategy, or just a lovely bit of design, there’s no reason too unsteady to love this chess set.”

$250.00 from Fab.com and Umbra

B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Dad will love this sleek,  powerful portable wireless speaker with True360 sound from B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen.

$399.00 from B&O PLAY on Amazon

Foodie Dice by Liz and Sarah Downeyfather's day Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 1.05.37 PM

Another gift for the foodie father. “Roll the dice and see what’s cooking with this foodie-friendly set that makes everyday meals extraordinary.” Created by Liz and Sarah Downey for uncommongoods.

$24.00 from uncommongood

Backpacker Cologne Sample Kitfather's day cologne2

These colognes are 100% natural and made from tree pitch, sap, juice and essential oils. Perfect for the outdoorsy and rugged dad.

$35.00 from Juniper Ridge

Classical Mechanical Pencil by ystudiofather's day 2

For the scholarly father. “Made by the local factories in Taiwan, each of the stationery from ystudio is manufactured by the scorching heat of one thousand degrees in furnace, and characterized by the masters’ hands with decades of experience. Although the stationery carried a little bit weight and some rust on it which reflects that the products are absolutely honest and durable just like the people who live in Taiwan.”

$100.00 from ystudio

U-Lens Contact Case by Umbrafather's day UlensContactCaseBlk10060634_x

This U-Lens Contact Case is made to look like iconic Wayfarer sunglasses. Perfect for the classic dad and anyone else who uses contacts regularly. Practical and adorable.

$4.99 from Amazon

LEGO Architecture Sets

Perfect for the creative who never fully grew up, LEGO’s elegant architecture sets, like this one of the NYC skyline, makes an excellent gift.

$50.43 from Amazon

Sick in the Head by Judd Apatowfather's day 9780812987287

This humorous NYT bestseller includes 30 years of comedy wisdom. Critics praise it by saying: “I can’t stop reading it…I don’t want this book to end.” —Jimmy Fallon; “An essential for any comedy geek.” —Entertainment Weekly. Hilariously heartwarming, dad is bound to love this gift.

$18.00 from Penguin Random House

COMMENT