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Gift Guide: The Best California-Made Gifts for Father's Day

Gift Guide: The Best California-Made Gifts for Father's Day

By California.com
June 04, 2020

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There’s nobody who quite compares to your dad—you still appreciate all those camping trips, baseball games, life lessons, and cringe-worthy jokes—but it’s not easy when it comes to finding him the best Father’s Day gifts. Dads are notorious for not making lists and for buying themselves the things they really want, so deciding on gift ideas for your dad can be quite the challenge, especially when you’re shopping at the last minute. So, while nothing says “Happy Father’s Day” like spending quality time together, we have to admit that California-made gifts come in a close second. 

The Best Gifts for Dad

Whether you are currently living with your pops or are hundreds of miles away from him, these Father’s Day gifts will make his day.

Dads who love to grill can take Nexgrill's durable, portable two-burner gas grill on all his outdoor adventures. Photo courtesy of Nexgrill.

Let’s Get Grilling

Now that summer is officially here, you know exactly where your dad wants to spend his time: outside. So, give him something he will actually use and love for years to come—such as Nexgrill’s Fortress 2.0 table-top gas grill, which will brighten his spirits all season long. This grill is constructed for durability but is small enough to be portable, making it an ideal Father’s Day gift for dads on the go.  

Whether he’s heading out to one of California’s national parks, tailgating with some close friends, or hosting a family barbecue in the backyard, the Fortress grill is a gift that keeps on giving. Since the grill has two burners, it’ll be easier than ever for him to make grilled corn or veggies without letting the chicken or burger patties get cold. Even if your dad already has a trusty barbecue, he’ll still enjoy the thoughtfulness of your gift and take advantage of the portability of this model. 

(Wet)Suit Up

Wetsuits were invented in California, so they had to make an appearance on our Father’s Day ideas list. And since Redondo Beach’s Body Glove is credited with popularizing the neoprene wetsuit in California and beyond, there’s no better gift for an avid surfer than the suit that started it all. Whether your dad frequents the Bay Area’s best surf spots or hits the surf in Los Angeles, he’s bound to appreciate a high-quality wetsuit. 

Body Glove has dozens of fullsuits and springsuits to choose from—all of which were specifically designed for surfing—so you’re sure to find something he’ll love. Go in on the gift with your siblings, and pick up a rash guard for the days when it’s too warm for a wetsuit so your father can ride the waves year-round.

Klean Kanteen offers stainless-steel cups and reusable water bottles fit for any excursion or occasion. Photo courtesy of Klean Kanteen.

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Hydration Station

This Father’s Day, make sure your dad never has to be without a refreshing beverage by getting him the Dad’s Gift Kit from Klean Kanteen. This set comes with an insulated, 32-ounce wide-mouthed water bottle that keeps water cold for up to 75 hours, a half-gallon classic water bottle, and a 16-ounce cup that’s perfect for those moments when he insists you drink more water. 

With plenty of H20 to keep him hydrated, he’ll be ready to commit to even the most intense fishing trips, hiking excursions, and kayak adventures with you. And to keep things simple for him, the half-gallon bottle and pint cup are dishwasher safe, so he won’t have to hand-wash as many dishes. 

Family Ties

Ties might not be your first thought when brainstorming unique gifts for dad, but Jaan J’s vegan satin ties aren’t your average formal attire. Based in Chula Vista, this award-winning brand specializes in non-silk neckwear that will perfectly complement your dad’s wardrobe. Whether your dad wears a tie to the office every day or saves ties for special occasions, he’ll love the care that went into selecting this gift, especially if he’s adopted a vegan, vegetarian, or pescetarian lifestyle

With a wide selection of classic and skinny ties that come pre-wrapped, Jaan J makes picking gifts for dad easy—and allows you to shift your attention to planning your next road trip together instead.

Parks Project crafts cozy, comfy sweaters and T-shirts for a good cause. Photo courtesy of @oliviamarkle and Parks Project.

Warm Up

Want to help your dad get cozy this Father’s Day while representing his favorite national park? Get him a Yosemite hoodie from the Parks Project. While the days may be long and hot, the evenings can get cool, making sweatshirts a great gift that dad will appreciate all year.

You’re not just giving him an excuse to share his favorite Yosemite National Park stories, either—you’re also supporting the Parks Project, which helps to conserve and restore public lands. In partnership with the national parks, this company gives back with every purchase and hosts volunteer events to clean and preserve open spaces.  

Craveable Caffeine 

Drink Coffee Do Stuff offers coffee beans unlike those of any other coffee brand, making it one of the best roasters in the Lake Tahoe region. Situated in the charming town of Truckee, the company sources and roasts its beans at high altitudes, so the flavor profile is sweeter and less bitter. 

Opt for a weekly or monthly subscription of the Bark at the Moon blend, and your dad will be set for a while—even if he’s enjoying a fresh cup or two every morning. This roast is characterized by notes of dark chocolate and a caramel aftertaste, so it’s an ideal option for those who love the outdoors and appreciate a good dark roast. 

From photobooks and scented candles to outdoor gear and apparel, there are so many gifts to choose from in the Golden State. Though it can be stressful trying to pick out the perfect gift for your dad, remember that he loves you no matter what, and it’s always the thought that counts. 

What’s the most epic present you’ve given on Father’s Day? Share your favorite gift ideas in the comments below.

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