With Fathers Day just days away, it’s time to grab a quick gift for dear old dad. To help make your last-minute decision easier, we offer a few suggestions.
Post-it Extreme XL Notes
While traditional Post-it Notes given as a gift might scream “last-minute grab from the office’s supply cabinet”, the new Post-it Extreme XL Notes are ideal for outdoor dads. The heavy water-resistant paper is ideal for leaving meeting notes on trailhead vehicles for hiking and climbing companions, or for posting reminders about chores needed to be completed before launching a boat (i.e., “replace the scupper plugs!”). We’ve even used these notes during volunteer trail maintenance outings (with Washington Trails Association) to mark trail sections needing attention (after the work was initiated, the notes were always collected and disposed of properly). The Post-it Extreme XL Notes stick securely to a variety of surfaces, including rough wood, rock, and textured paint/decking. $7 per 2-pads of 25 sheets. Buy now
Costa Broadbill polarized sunglasses
Any father who fishes will appreciate a new pair of polarized sunglasses – polarized glasses make any fishing adventure more enjoyable (and productive!). But while dad will certainly enjoy the gift of a pair of Costa Broadbills, the gift-giver gets the benefit of also giving dad a bit of a style boost as well. So, everyone wins: Dad sees better and looks better! Named for the broadbill swordfish, these glasses feature a sleek style with a slight wrap-around effect to seal out sun infiltration from the sides without looking like 90s throwback blades. The large frames fit snuggly on the nose and above the cheeks for a comfortable fit suitable for all-day wear. Available in a variety of frame and lens colors. $269. Buy now
REI Flash 55 backpack
When hitting the trail for a weekend getaway, the first gear to grab is a backpack. But this is also one of the last items most dads bother to replace. A new lightweight overnight pack like the REI Flash 55 backpack will be a welcome relief to shoulder-sore dads. The Flash 55 weighs just 2 lbs, 10 oz (size medium) but swallows a 55-liters of gear – plenty of volume for a 2- or 3-night adventure with the family. When loaded with up to 35 pounds, the pack carries comfortably, thanks to well-shaped shoulder straps and a contoured hipbelt. A ventilated back panel helps sweat evaporate easily. Available in three sizes to fit torso lengths of 17-21 inches. $199. Buy Now