With Father’s Day right around the corner, you’re probably on the hunt for some off-the-beaten-path gift ideas for the dads in your life. To help you on search, today we’re breaking down some of our all-time favorite travel-inspired Father’s Day gift ideas. Read on and get ready to wow the guy who’s usually oh-so-hard to impress.
1. Tiffany Airplane Cufflinks $$
For the jet-setting dad who's equally passionate about style and travel, we love these Tiffany Airplane Cufflinks in timeless sterling silver. Available at $325 and impeccably crafted, the little blue box isn't just for Mother's Day anymore. Feeling extra generous? We recommend pairing these classic cufflinks with a French-cuff dress shirt from one of his favorite shops and offering to take him to a nice meal before that next big trip of his.
2. Saddleback Waterbag Duffel $$$
For the adventurous dad in your life, you can’t go wrong with a piece from Saddleback Leather. We especially love the Saddleback Waterbag Duffel in rich Chestnut. With a body constructed entirely from one single piece of leather, fewer seams mean fewer chances for rips, tears, and splits. As is the case with all Saddleback leather, this duffel is crafted using no breakable parts (i.e. zippers, snaps, buttons, etc.), making it the perfect piece for the no-frills-and-no-fuss kind-of-guy.
Watertight when fully rolled and complete with three exterior straps to cinch the bag down, this piece is meant for that wild wanderer in your life. Available in four different shades and two sizes (from $729-$829), this waterbag can hold its own wherever he make take it—from towering peaks to shallow valleys (and everywhere in between).
3. Airplane Bottle Holder $
For the dad who loves a good glass of Cab as much as a quick jet-set, we love this Airplane Bottle Holder from Uncommon Goods. A tiny replica of a vintage airplane, we love that this nostalgic piece includes a fun hidden gem—simply unscrew the spinning propeller on the plane to reveal a corkscrew. Perfect for that favorite flyer of yours, you can purchase the set for $76. We recommend pairing it with a good bottle of red and, if you’re feeling extra generous, plane tickets to his favorite vacation spot.
4. World Scratch Map $
For the dad who’s seen it all and been everywhere, we love this simple Scratch Map Deluxe from Uncommon Goods. Printed in a classic black-and-gold palette, we love that this piece reveals pops of bright colors with every new location you scratch. Printed on a heavy cardstock, this map will withstand the test of time, making it a perfect addition to that office or mancave of his. Available for $35.95, this interactive gift makes for the perfect present for the worldly dad in your life.
5. Neighborwoods Map Coasters $
For the dad who left his heart in San Francisco (or Manhattan...or Portland...or Denver), we love these nostalgic Neighborwoods Map Coasters from Uncommon Goods. Graphic Designer Aymie Spitzer uses her knack for typography and design to craft these cedar coasters, each displaying bits of your chosen neighborhood’s urban grid. Available for $36 and in 15 different locale options, try purchasing a set or two for your Brooklyn-born grandfather or Los Angeles-loving father.
Have a dad in your life whose love for travel extends beyond the States? No problem. Opt for Spitzer’s European Map Coasters instead.
6. Shinola Flight Zip Tote $$$
For the jet-setting dad in your life who appreciates all things classic and beautiful, we recommend this Shinola Flight Zip Tote. Made from buttery-smooth American leather and complete with a removable, adjustable shoulder strap, Shinola took all-things travel into consideration when crafting this piece.
Approximately 15”x15,” this spacious (and super chic) piece will ensure he looks as good as he deserves to feel on Father’s Day, especially when he’s running fashionably late to that gate.
7. Gin & Tonic Carry-On Cocktail Kit $
For the imbibing dad who doesn’t let air travel stop him from having a good time, we absolutely love this Gin & Tonic Carry-On Cocktail Kit from Uncommon Goods. Designed to get smoothly through security, this kit includes just enough goods for two travelers (or one really thirsty dad). Complete with tonic syrup, a stainless steel jigger, a linen cocktail napkin, a mini bar spoon and a recipe card, you simply need to order gin and a can of club soda at 30,000 feet to start mixing things up. At $24, we think this crafty kit is worth every single penny (and we bet your dad will, too).
8. Shinola Passport Wallet $$
For the globetrotting dad in your life who wants to see the world over, we recommend this super-smooth, understated Shinola Passport Wallet. Made from genuine American leather, we love that this piece gains more and more character with each adventurous mile it travels—scratches, nicks, and weathering will add to its classic-leather look, but, with Shinola craftsmanship behind it, it will last him a lifetime (and then some) of travel. Available for $150 in nine different shades, this passport wallet strikes that perfect balance of being both classically chic and seriously rugged.
9. S’well Bottles $
For the eco-conscious dad in your life whose travels take him out into the field, we absolutely love S’well Bottles. Available from $25-$45 in a wide range of super stylish colors, prints, and finishes (as well as three different sizes), picking out his perfect bottle should be a breeze. We love the wood collection for the tree-hugging guy, the metallic collection for the sleek jet-setter and the elements collection for the earthy dad. (And be sure to throw in a brush bundle so he can keep the bottle clean and ready to go on a moment's notice).
Guaranteed to keep his drinks cold for 24 hours or hot for 12, you can rest easy knowing that—whether he’s sipping on hot coffee, ice-cold water or sneaking a fresh brew—he’ll be doing so from a bottle that performs as well as it looks. S’well also partners with a number of charities, earning the company the slogan “the bottles that look great and do good.” So, whether he’s trekking through South American jungles or simply lounging on the California Coast, he’ll be doing his part.
10. Tumi Tegra-Lite International Carry-On $$$
When it comes to Father’s Day gifts, you can never go wrong with the always-classic, tried-and-true Tumi brand. We especially love the Tumi Tegra-Lite International Carry-On for the globetrotting man in your life. With a two-point locking system instead of zippers, this bag is sure to last him a lifetime (and will forever free him of the hassle that comes along with broken zippers). Available in two different prints at $745, this super lightweight, seriously chic roller is a perfect gift for the avid traveler. (And, if you're looking to give him the gift of Tumi without the heavy price tag, we recommend opting for this Tumi Split Travel Kit.)