Design

8 Gifts Guys Secretly Want for Father’s Day

Alex Williams

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 17th. A few years ago, Alex wrote our Father’s Day gift guide because, as he said, “sometimes guys just want a football.” So, last night, I asked him to reveal the gifts on his wishlist this year, and here’s what he said…

Muhammad Ali biography

King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero, $7.
“This critically acclaimed 1998 biography remains the definitive account of one of the most inspirational figures of the 20th century, whose story is more relevant than ever today. As Budd Schulberg wrote in his New York Times review, ‘He is not merely our most famous heavyweight champion… he managed to reach a level of global idolization in a manner that can only be described as transcendental.’ It’s a timeless book not to be missed.”

Waterproof Birkenstocks

Waterproof Birkenstocks, $40.
“It took me decades to get on board with Birkenstocks, but I’ve fully come around. These are featherweight and ergonomically fantastic, and I love how they feel like rubber. You can wear them with jeans. You can wear them in a lake. Or just slip them on to take out the recycling.”

Mad Men

Bluetooth LED Smart Bulb, $30.
“Warm lightbulbs are super important for sleep and serenity (while cold bluish light tricks your brain into thinking it’s noon when it’s actually midnight.) This smart bulb is at the top of my list for our living room or bedroom. It can mimic a sunrise or sunset, and you can link it to music for a dance party with the kids! It’s $30 for a bulb, but they last forever.”

Salami Bouquet

Olympia Provisions Sausage Collection, $50.
“I know Father’s Day gift guides always feature meat, but, personally, I could survive on beef jerky, and that’s true for many guys I know. This funny bouquet takes it up a notch with gourmet salami from Portland, Oregon.”

Toby and Alex

Framed photo, prices vary.
“Late at night, I’ll look through my phone shots of great times with our kids. As much as you hear the old cliche, ‘They grow up so quickly,’ it’s really true. Now that 99% of snapshots are digital, I’d love a framed photo for my desk, or a family photo album.”

Venus Flytrap

Venus Flytrap, $17.
“Confession: I’ve wanted one ever since I was a kid. Apparently they really do work, and I want to see it work! Anton and I watch videos on YouTube, and we’re totally obsessed. It’s a carnivorous plant that EATS FLIES. How crazy is that?”

Frisbee

Light-Up Frisbee, $20.
“Whenever we’re on a trip, we bust this out. A glowing frisbee at night is just amazing. It’s like being visited by flying saucers, 20 times a minute. And when I play it with the kids, they freak out.”

Eberjey bra

And, if all else fails, something lacy to remind him how you had babies in the first place. xo

Thoughts? What would you add to the list for the dads in your life? Here are more ideas, if you’d like.

P.S. Playing music for kids, and the nutty things you do as a parent.

(That little guy in the top photo is Alex. How cute is he?! Muhammad Ali via Louisville. Venus fly trap via Design Skool. Frisbee player via University Press Club. Bra photo via Eberjey/Instagram.)

  1. Sab O says...

    I love this gift guide, it was really helpful! I also just got this personalized cologne from Hawthorne for my boyfriend–the quiz was super fun, and he smells amazing now. Just a heads up! ;)

  2. Sylvia says...

    Turns out I am a dad inside.

  3. JoLynn says...

    Joanna & Team,
    I don’t even recall how I found you blog, but I am so glad I did. I LOVE your home tours and seeing how other families live. I am always impressed by those that are so creative and design their home for what works for their family.
    Besides the home design, I love the variety of information shared and I continue to learn new things with every post.
    Please accept my sincere thanks, as your blog is the treat I give myself.

  4. Heather says...

    I bought my dad LP Vinyl Jazz and Big Band music. I’m so excited, we’ll have a whole afternoon of wine, music, how he met my mother and who he would like to see live. My husband always gets a new recliner every four years. I’m good for two more….; )) We always have his favorite meal at lunch and then appetizers for supper with a movie. We have one child in her late teens. She and her dad are like carbon copies, so they would rather spend hours together than any gift.
    I might have to purchase the Birks for me! And maybe I’ll update the picture on the nightstand for him. All good ideas. Love your children with all your might, they slip into adulthood all too soon.

  5. Sarah says...

    Plastic Birkenstocks for Father’s Day – really? Meanwhile, Mother Earth is drowning in an ocean of discarded plastics.

  6. Jamie says...

    My husband has had the waterproof birkenstocks for awhile now & they might be his favorite possession. He called them his “birken-crocs” because they’re Birkenstocks but rubber like Crocs ?

  7. Jamie says...

    My husband has had the waterproof birkenstocks for awhile now & they might be his favorite possession. He calls them his “birken-crocs” because they’re Birkenstocks but rubber like Crocs ?

  8. Amelia says...

    This year my sister and I made a donation in our dad’s name to KIND (https://supportkind.org/), an organization that “protects unaccompanied children who enter the US immigration system alone to ensure that no child appears in court without an attorney.”

    Given everything that is currently going on, we felt like this was a great way to honor our dad.

    • Amalia says...

      Thank you for this suggestion, Amelia! I was planning to support the Hope House Father to Child Reading Program (http://www.hopehousedc.org/programs/father-to-child-reading-program/) as I have in the past for Father’s Day, because I loved that special time with my dad growing up. But he’s an attorney so KIND might be even more suitable…maybe I’ll have to do both.

  9. Mandy says...

    I immediately went and bought a pair of waterproof birkenstocks for my father and pair for me! Now we can match on our upcoming family vacation to the Cape!

  10. The father’s day is up again . And it might interest you to know that his birthday fell into the same date, I think this post is really of great help to me, because it will serve as a proper guide for me to get him an awesome gift.

    Thanks a bunch again Joanna.

  11. FRM says...

    I read this hoping to find out where I could purchase the lead photo…only to discover it’s a family snap of Alex! Great photo! Would love to hear the story behind it…!

  12. I think my dad would most enjoy the sausage (if he gets his blood pressure under control) and I want the waterproof Birkenstocks for myself!

    I also would love a behind the scenes post!

    And re: publishing posts earlier, I’d rather wait for you guys to go at the pace of inspiration rather than being a slave to churning out contrived “content,” which I see happen on other beloved blogs. Don’t worry, we’ll still be here! Maybe we’ll read a book or do jumping jacks in the meantime, haha.

    • Susan says...

      Thank you, Caitlin!

    • Meg says...

      Yes, thank you!

  13. I just burst out in a snort when I read “Venus fly trap”! My husband and 5 year old son are obsessed. We were at a nursery and he saw one and I just rolled my eyes. My man finally bought one and I’ve never seen him so diligently take care of a plant before. (and it really does snap shut on flies – kinda cool!)

    • Kat says...

      This comment resonates with me DEEPLY. My husband has never looked twice at a plant, but all of a sudden this Venus flytrap has been alive on our balcony for three years! It’s like his other child

  14. Great picks, Alex. Great picks. I’m bookmarking the frisbee and venus fly trap for my seven year old, too :)

  15. Emily says...

    Thank you! Just ordered the Birkenstocks for my husband.

  16. Alison says...

    I already have a gift for my Dad (Grateful Dead Tee!) and no hubs/kids yet but I have to admit I just order MYSELF a pair of those Birkenstocks. I didn’t know there were waterproof ones and I have been looking for a good pair of sandals for camping. These are perfect! Also oddly enough I have also always secretly wanted a Venus Flytrap :)
    And as a side note- I love reading the comments sections in all articles on CoJ, it is such a great community and I appreciate the comments as much as the content. With that of course comes a variety of opinions and Joanna, I just wanted to say I applaud and respect your ability to respond to what seem to me like sometimes unnecessarily critical comments, or difficult comments such as the one in the mental health post, with such grace and openness. This is the one blog I visit almost daily and have for years. I love your voice and the community it fosters. Thank you.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much, alison. your note really means a lot to me. xoxo

    • Jamie says...

      Ditto, I couldn’t have said it any better Alison. I feel at home on COJ, even thought I am not a Mom and am married to my wife. Nothing but love and respect for Jo and her contributors.

  17. is it hot in here? this list makes me want to have babies with alex :D

  18. Jen says...

    Thank you so much Alex – these are awesome ideas and love the perspective …so so helpful as I tie up loose ends for FD 2018.

  19. Of these 5, my top pick is the ’meater’. My husband has one and is absolutely obsessed with it. It’s a wireless meat thermometer that you connect to your phone using Bluetooth. You tell it how you want your meat cooked, stick it in the meat, and it guides you through the process via an app on your phone. So many guys want to be able to cook the perfect medium-rare steak, and this little device makes it possible. It’s actually got my husband cooking more for the whole family because he’s had so much success with it. Total bonus for me!

  20. Heather G says...

    The airport comment has me cracking up…just so spot on! My dad once seriously insisted we leave at 10am (with a brunch stop, but still) for a 5pm flight because “you never know what to expect with Detroit traffic” and “you need to be there at least 2 hours early, you know.”

  21. M says...

    Hi Jo! As so many have said, I’m a long-time reader, but first time commenter. My older sister and I have read your blog for three or four years now. We feel so lucky to have found you, and think of you and each of the other writers as part of this big girl gang (we’re looking at you, Abbi, Ilana, Mindy, Tina, Lena, and others) that we can depend on for moving/hysterical posts and wonderful advice. I’m finally commenting on this post in particular because I’m the youngest of three and due to family circumstances, my brother has really taken the place of a father figure–he was the one who taught me to do what some think of as traditional dad tasks: mowing the lawn, driving a car, and smoking my first cigar. Each year, my sister and I have joked that we are going to reclaim Father’s Day by sending our brother gifts and our thanks for really stepping up. He would really love some of these gifts, and I think this may be the year we actually do it! I’m sorry for the long comment, but wanted to thank you so much for your work. We’re sending you major virtual hugs and hope we can thank you in person some day <3

  22. Jenny says...

    My dad died when I was in high school and I’m not a mom (yet? ever? GUYS twelve eggs die a daaaaay), but I love the tenderness of this list. I love thinking about a man who just wants to play some light up frisbee with his kids, who is both a little bit of kid himself (a flytrap!) and the hairy chested guy to play SHARK with in the pool for kids in water wings. Dads make the world make sense. Long live dads.

  23. Emily says...

    I was considering these Birkenstocks for my husband for Father’s Day. This solidified the decision because Alex seems like a cool dude. Thanks!

  24. samantha furry says...

    real talk: i was skimming through this reading it as a gift guide for your own dad. THEN I GOT TO THE LINGERIE AND BLACKED OUT. lol that’s what i get for inadvertently applying that filter because i don’t have kids yet. okay, back to pretending that didn’t happen.

    • Genevieve says...

      Hahaha! For me growing up mothers day and fathers day was a handmade card and breakfast in bed :) I guess my parents helped my older sister when she was younger but the idea was very much that it’s from the child not the spouse! But also – if lingere for your husband on fathers day is your thing then hats off to you ;)

  25. i cannot imagine my husband wanting anything more than a nice bottle of scotch, a sweaty basketball game with his friends, time with our daughter, and most importantly being with me when i feel lit up and turned. whether is lingerie or a massage, he is happiest when i am feeling embodied and sexy. such a turn on. it took me three years to fully appreciate this!

  26. Carrington says...

    Just ordered the venus flytrap. BOOM.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      haha yes!!

  27. Lauren says...

    Oh man, Joanna, please don’t stop using secretly and slam dunk. In my mind they are a part of your voice – a part of what makes you, you and a big part of the reason reading your blog feels like catching up with a girlfriend I’ve known for years. I would be so upset if that comment gave you a complex, and you started censoring yourself as a result.

    • Elle says...

      Agreed, I thought the very same thing. Yours is the voice we all love. Don’t change.

  28. Kirstin says...

    This is the best list EVER. I am about to order a few of these for my husband right now. Thanks a million.

  29. Andrea says...

    My 4 kids are grown but a couple of years ago they took their dad to a cool pub for craft beer and yummy appetizers and my husband said hands down the best gift ever! We’re lucky in that we’re all in the same city and spending the afternoon enjoying his kids and great beer was the best rather than gifts! But oh the wonderful gift ideas, I’m thinking Christmas!!!!!

  30. Gail, in northern California says...

    Who wouldn’t be thrilled with a gift certificate from the nearest Auto Body Shop that offers a complete details package—wash, dry, hand wax –plus, vacuuming interior of his truck or car?

  31. Terri says...

    This was a brilliant way for you to find out what Alex really wanted for Father’s Day!
    Whenever I ask my beau about gifts he’d like he gives a banal answer like “oh I have everything I need” or “I can’t think of anything”. Not helpful. I guess I’ll refer to this list in lieu of any useful answer from my own home. :)

  32. Hilary Tschoepe says...

    The absolute best part of this entire post is the family picture showcasing five generations of men in one family. Men should be equally celebrated. Thank you! And take care.

  33. Matilda says...

    Last year, I went to Michael’s to find ideas for a Father’s Day craft. I ended up getting a wood board to hang, letters (& a heart) to spell out “We love you” and 3 different colors of paint. I had our three boys (then 6 months, 2, and 4) make hand prints around the board, glued on the letters, and then dressed my guys up in their finest and took some sweet & goofy pictures of them. His gift was the handprinted sign and a framed collage of the pictures. This year I took new pictures of our boys with the sign and put one in the center of a collage of my husband and our boys throughout the last year. I plan to take new pictures of them with the sign for Father’s Day each year. The sign hangs in our living room as a daily reminder of how much we love him!

  34. Jenny says...

    Dude. Such good ideas that all work for my husband. Thank you, Alex!

  35. Auste says...

    I got my dad a salami of the month club gift from Olympia Provisions a few years ago. A monthly salami delivery! He said it was like Christmas every month! Needless to say he was VERY sad when the 12 months were over…

  36. Molly says...

    I love this list. It’s such a “dad’s” list of wants. Can you imagine Alex making this list as an 18 year old? Wanting a lightbulb or a fly trap plant?! hahaha

  37. Carrie D Jones says...

    Nothing drives me more nuts than online searches for “gifts for him”- my husband doesn’t drink, doesn’t wood work and isn’t interested in personalized leather key chains. Thanks for something a little different! This year for his birthday (Thursday :) I got him a really cool large print of an Oregon map and a New Zealand map and then framed them. He’s from NZ, I’m from Oregon. Can’t wait for him to see them!

  38. Hani says...

    Love this list!
    We just moved to a house with a really sweet back yard, so this week we are buying the grill that has been on his wishlist for ages. My husband thinks that’s his Father’s Day present, but I used Framebridge to order some beautiful framed photos of him and the kids. One of them is the kids making his Father’s Day cards ???I can’t wait to surprise him!

  39. Megan says...

    THANK YOU! Already did my shopping for my husband this year (home brewing stuff, Indian cookbook, and framed photo of him with our son) but this is helping me with ideas for my dad, who is SO hard to buy for! :)

  40. sasha says...

    I just bought King of the World for my husband. Thank you COJ, you make life a little easier for this gift giving challenged lady!!

    Mohammed Ali is a hero of mine, can’t wait to read it myself.

  41. Laura says...

    just ordered the birks! now i hope i can throw away the 20-year-old randoms slides he’s been wearing that make me cringe whenever i see them – a gift to us both! hahaha! ;)

    • Grace says...

      I can relate. My husband likes to wear his crocs running errands and taking out the trash. They are so, so hideous! I don’t want to be seen in public with him. These birks are definitely an upgrade.

  42. Julie says...

    Love how wallet-friendly these all are. Thank you, Cup of Jo!

  43. Joaquina says...

    These are fun ideas! I’m surprised at how critical a few comments are (one reader is actually complaining about a few certain words being overused…I mean really?!). Obviously it’s impossible for Jo to predict which kind of fathers you’re shopping for. She’s pretty darn inclusive in most, if not all, of her posts.
    Lighten up, folks, and enjoy the suggestions. I guess I’m still *feeling*
    Jo’s totally candid and brave post on depression. Love this blog
    and its writers. xo

    • Olivia says...

      Dear me, I agree. They’re painful to read. Jo and her team are amazing and respond so respectfully.

    • Megan says...

      Ditto to this! CoJ can’t please everyone, and it shouldn’t have to! Keep up the great work.

    • Laura says...

      I have to agree – I thought the same thing when I saw those critiques. It’s great to have dialogue and feedback, but this is not a radio request line!

    • sasha says...

      Wait… You’re kidding??

      This is an awesome post. Easy to find things, inexpensive things, fun and different. Jeez. I can’t imagine doing it better.

    • Leah says...

      But I love how you always answer critiques with kindness, Joanna! Keep up the good work (and thick skin.) xo

  44. Kristina L says...

    Haha, the Venus Flytrap recommendation is right on. We recently picked one up for five bucks at Aldi (!), and my husband is obsessed! Constantly catching flies and carefully placing them on the pinchers to watch it do its thing.

  45. Lana says...

    Hysterical! We just got a Venus flytrap and my husband is OBSESSED. He will catch a fly in the plastic cup that covered it when bought it and then place it carefully over the trap. It so crazy watching them catch their prey. Fast as lightening but sometimes they miss, which elicits groans of “Come onnnnnnnn! You HAD it!!!” Totally weird Gomez Adams style entertainment.

    • sasha says...

      I love this so much!! My husband sure does love to cheer things on lol.

      We have plenty of flies because we have chickens. Hmmmm.

      Do they eat mosquitoes????

    • C. says...

      If they eat mosquitos then at our house it could turn into a little shop of horrors situation

    • Lana says...

      They do! And fruit flies and ants! We got it’s at Aldi, too!!!! Hahahah!

    • Sarah says...

      What?! They eat mosquitoes? Life changer!! I saw them at my Sprouts grocery store recently. So need to get one!

    • Sharon says...

      This is hilarious and so spot on. The men in my life LOVE to cheer on their teams…

  46. Lauren says...

    That bra is so pretty. Who makes it?

  47. sarah says...

    I enjoy your gift guides, but could you please choose an alternative adjective for “secretly”? It’s so overused on this blog! (second place: slamdunk)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh, i hadn’t noticed! funny how things get into your everyday vernacular. going to watch out for it now!

    • Haha, yes, it’s so funny to think about what words or phrases I use constantly. I bet “how goes it,” used as a greeting (just like my dad) would top my list. As an aside, I find it endearing how often I read ‘smart’ as a descriptor here on COJ. It’s surprisingly rare on women’s blogs but I think we should read it more!

    • YOLO says...

      Jeez, Sarah. Take your case-of-the-Mondays somewhere else.

    • C. says...

      I am secretly fine with both of those words. Carry on.

    • Temme says...

      This should be a post: what words or phrases do you overuse?

      For me it would be “really?” Or “y’know what’s so crazy?”

      I don’t find calling someone out on their catchphrases or crutch words judgmental. I find it to be a fun game. Laughing at oneself is a good thing.

    • Dorinda says...

      I recently found this blog after another one I followed for a couple years literally just did the fourth “things I like to travel with!” post in about five months and then the third “my REAL everyday simple makeup routine – now with fifteen products!” post in the same amount of time…and thinks posting different colors of the same t-shirt, Hawaiian-shirt?-no-it’s-a-kimono, and mules every day is cutting edge style. I had a few other blogs I followed that pretty much did the same routine. The content here is so much more thoughtful, well done, and enjoyable – if that comes with a few repeated words, I’ll ever so happily take that if it means fresh, dynamic, grown-up content (also: free, so, you know…).

    • Sarah K says...

      As usual, Joanna responds with grace. Please don’t change a thing.

    • Stephanie says...

      No no please keep them! I want to hear what Jo has to say, in her own words, not some constantly changing and therefore sort of generic kind of narrative. I think “slam dunk” is charming :)

  48. Heather D says...

    We are going to be adopting soon, so I’m going to go ahead and get my husband something for Father’s Day even though our little one won’t be in our home quite yet. Great ideas!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i love that :)

    • Sarah K says...

      Amen! Expectant fathers sometimes get overlooked. But they are fathers, too. Best wishes on your adoption. It was the best decision we ever made.

    • Stephanie says...

      Dear CoJ team, hope you won’t mind the off-topic comment, but I’d love to hear more about adoption decisions, and also about donor egg/sperm decisions. Infertility is rough but I am wondering what I am meant to learn from it, and am guessing I’m not the only one!

    • Rachel says...

      Heather, for mother’s day the year we became parents (before our daughter was here) my husband got me a potted hibiscus tree and wrote me a letter. She is almost 6 now and the tree is still blooming in my office and I still read the letter when we have rough days of parenting. It always warms my heart and brings me back to that feeling of joy and anticipation before becoming a parent, and it helps me transcend any frustration with our parenting struggle.

      All this to say – getting a gift is a wonderful idea. Get something that lasts that he can look back on in the many years to come. Congratulations on adopting!

  49. katie says...

    can i ask where you found the frisbee photo?? looks to be a hampshire college frisbee player!

  50. Neen says...

    This is spot on – – my husband would love ALL of these things! Great picks, Alex :)

  51. Lauren says...

    I got the waterproof Birks last summer and have been obsessed ever since – they are like walking on a marshmallow! I gave hot pinks ones to my mom for mother’s day and now she is obsessed – thinking about navy ones for dad!

    • Jo says...

      I just got a pair and wore them camping this past weekend and I am hooked! I never want to take them off ;)

  52. Emily B says...

    Finally a fathers day gift guide with good stuff!

  53. Val says...

    My family is coming together to get our dad a premium Spotify account. We’re setting it all up ahead of time so that we can just give him his login information, the tutorial required whenever gifting something “technological” to a parent, and he’ll be good to go! I’ve been trying to add music to his collection that I know he’ll like… Turns out Spotify has opera, not that you were wondering.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i love that!

    • Rae says...

      This is a GREAT parent gift idea Val. Thank you!

  54. Alex says...

    I’m extremely skeptical of the flux bulb. If the manufacturer is claiming any kind of melatonin suppression or circadian shift then they should be listing lumen output and spectral power distribution as key parameters, not just perceived color of light. It’s likely a trendy gimic, not actually scientifically reliable. The latest lighting research is showing a significant amount of blue light is needed to suppress melatonin – you’d have to sit 2 feet feet away and stair at a regular bulb directly…
    -from a nerdy architectural lighting designer

  55. Amelia says...

    I’m a huge CoJ fan and this toooootally just isn’t meant as a criticism, just genuinely an observation – I always find it interesting that the father’s dad / other father gift guides here skew so totally to ultra-traditional “guy’s guy” profile. I showed this to my kid’s dad and he burst into good-natured laughter. The gifts I’m considering for him are nail polish, a new graphic novel, or some water colors for him to play around with. Cheers to all the dads who are gender non-conforming, nerdy, arty, or generally skew away from traditional “dad” images. (And thank you, CoJ team for all your awesome work, day in and day out! Again, TOTALLY not meant as a criticism! I love all the ways you share non-traditional perspectives, voices, and looks in so much of your content.)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      amelia, your kid’s dad sounds wonderful! yes, you’re right that alex’s guides skew that way — i was actually thinking about that before we posted it. he’s definitely that kind of guy — he loves steak, martinis, sports, the rolling stones, etc. — so his perspective comes from that place. i’m so glad to hear about your child’s dad, and i’d love to hear more from gender non-confirming, arty, etc. dads!

    • Anna says...

      Love this comment!

    • Amelia says...

      Thank you for the thoughtful response!

    • Tracey says...

      I personally think Alex did an excellent job trying to balance the guide for lots of different types of people. The light bulb, the birkenstocks, the venus fly trap plant, the framed photo are all things that would be on my wish list and I am a lesbian mom (not at all a guy’s guy). In fact I think I am going to get the venus fly trap plant for my wife for father’s day. We aren’t fathers but we acknowledge it as a parenting day.

      Anyway, Amelia, it sounds like this stuff isn’t for the awesome father of your kid (really- even a photo?) but I don’t think it is accurate to say this is an ultra-traditional guy’s guy gift guide. I would just say it’s Alex’s gift guide. It is what it is.

      Just like how many of the home tours on cup of jo are boho or mid-century in aesthetic and how many of the clothes to which Joanna links are of a similar taste. We love this blog because of the perspectives of those who contribute.

      So, yes, “Cheers to all the dads who are gender non-conforming, nerdy, arty, or generally skew away from traditional “dad” images” and cheers to all the dads who are gender conforming and cheers too all the dads who are moms. And Cheers to Alex for taking the time to put a thoughtful list together.

    • M says...

      I feel the same way about mother’s day gift guides. Why wouldn’t we enjoy salami and frisbee?

    • Sara says...

      I feel you-for me this gift guide has some great ideas for my gender non-confirming wife! In our two mom family we have been talking about how mother’s day feels laden with expectations and competing obligations and we might just borrow fathers day this year as a day to celebrate one of us. The light up frisbee is calling her name.

  56. LInda says...

    That has to be the best most thoughtful Father’s Day gift list ever! Most of those gifts show your family is very important to Alex!

  57. Claire says...

    This is a great list! (when I first saw the photo at the top I thought it was going to be about how dad’s want lots of hats)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha

  58. We almost NEVER exchange gifts on any holiday – so these lists out in blogland never feel relevant to me – but I stopped dead in on my tracks on the waterproof birkenstocks. To fully remove the romance, of course, I sent the link to my husband first for approval, but he is actually really excited! Thank you!!!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s awesome, kayla!

    • V says...

      I have them for myself and they’re honestly the best. They dry quickly, don’t smell, don’t crack and you can wear them with socks easily. I’m ruined though; I’ve started wearing them around town with awesome silver sparkly socks. It’s hard to break the habit!

  59. Lindsay says...

    Usually Father’s Day gift guides don’t match up at all with my husband because they all seem to be geared toward mountain men who drink whiskey and are obsessed with grilling and leather goods, so this is refreshing because my husband would love the birkenstocks and carnivorous plant!
    I already bought his gift last week though, after an epic freak out about losing his wallet (oh, it was right on his desk): Tile wallet/phone/keys finder. I pray to the tech overlords that they work!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, i think tile will work! we just got a similar find-ing device for my keys and our remote, which the boys are always misplacing :) we played around with them all weekend and they’re awesome!

    • Katie says...

      My sister bought one for my dad as a Christmas present, and it’s just about the best thing he’s ever received.

    • Sadie says...

      My husband managed to lose a Tile. He’s incurable.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      @sadie, hahahaha

  60. Maddie Berger says...

    If there’s anything at all I would change about your excellent blog it’s that Monday’s posts would more often get put up at 10am – since content must often be set in advance and I lean on heavily on Monday morning pick-me-ups – I wish it would be a soft certainty earlier in the day – OR that we got to know some beyond-the-scenes of what kinds of issues and glitches can occur!
    That’s my feedback on a tender Monday from the trenches – and that said I truly appreciate the work you all do and how much there is to juggle, xo Maddie

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much, maddie. i hear you! i’m happy to say that we’re working on getting the posts up earlier by changing our work flow and bringing on a couple contributing writers to help with our series posts (house tours, etc.) please stay tuned! thank you again for the feedback. xoxo

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      PS funnily enough, posts (including this one) are often written and put together the morning of! that’s something we’re trying to get ahead of :)

    • Sadie says...

      Wow, who’d have thought Alex was into wearing lacy lingerie? It’s always the manly ones.

      I kid. Great post; a carnivorous plant may be coming to our house, too!

    • DC says...

      Seconding the request for a behind-the-scenes CoJ feature! Would love to hear all of the nitty-gritty details that go into putting together a week of posts.

    • Kelly says...

      I know, it’s so scary but I religiously look forward to the CoJ posts and check the website religiously for them every day, and particularly love your Friday afternoon round up post which I then spend hours reading all the links! This is far and away my favorite blog, wondering if you’d do a post requesting other blogs that your readers follow, curious if there are others that folks are similarly addicted to! ?

    • Emily says...

      Is Ashley Ford still a contributor? I love her, but haven’t seen anything from her lately!

  61. Becky says...

    My husband loves the waterproof birkenstocks

  62. Maiz says...

    A salami bouquet, a light-up frisbee, a sexy chemise… I love Cup of Jo! Thanks for these brilliant ideas!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you!!!!