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8 Practical Father's Day Gifts for the Outdoor Dad

Does your dad like to spend his weekends working and playing outside? Does he enjoy tending the garden or making home improvements? Maybe he's a BBQ guy who takes pride in what he cooks over the grill.

Father’s Day is fast approaching, but don’t worry – you have plenty of time to find the perfect gift for the outdoorsy dad.

Practical Gift Ideas for Father Day

Here are several practical Father’s Day gifts you can give dad to show him your appreciation. Whether dad is a gardener, camper, griller, or a DIYer, these are gifts he’ll really use throughout his time outside this summer.

Grill Gloves

If dad likes to barbeque or tailgate, a pair of heat resistant gloves is a must. It’s no secret that the right tools for the job make a task easier and safer. Grills, pots, and burning logs or briquettes get red hot, and it can be easy to get burned or singed when handling them.

If dad tends to go wild and use bare hands to tend the campfire, it’s time for a pair of grill gloves to provide the maximum amount of protection from burns. A pair of top quality gloves made from Kevlar can protect his hands from extreme heat of up to 932°F and will not catch fire when exposed to open flame.

BBQ Apron

If the BBQ master comes away from the grill with his shirt splattered and stained from cooking up yummy food for the family, an apron may be what dad needs before going into battle.

If dad has a sense of humor, this is a great opportunity to spend a fun afternoon with the kiddos whipping up a cheeky but useful DIY apron. There are many funny and silly sayings that you can print out or make up your own. Then, create a stencil to transfer the design to the apron.

Add a few basting brushes, a bottle of dad favorite BBQ sauce, and tie it up with a fun ribbon to give as a Father’s Day gift. Add a six-pack of dad’s favorite beverage if you really want to spoil him!

Pizza Grill Rack

This one is really for the whole family. If you're a fan of grilled pizza then this is a "must have" accessory for Dad’s BBQ. The best pizza is baked in the hottest oven possible, and since your grill can get so much hotter than your oven, it makes for the best pizza you'll ever eat. Grilled pizza better mimics a wood-fired oven than your conventional indoor oven.

Whether using charcoal or gas, the smoke from the grill will help give your pizza great flavor that you simply cannot get from a regular oven. Add wood chips for even more flavor. It’s so easy! No pizza dough falling through the grill grates and your dough will form a lovely lightly browned crust.

Let Dad get creative and use the Pizza Grill Rack to BBQ chicken drumsticks, or jalapeno poppers! For a sweet treat to finish off a relaxing summer BBQ, load his favorite sugar cones with marshmallows and chocolate chunks for a unique take on the classic S'mores recipe.

Dutch Oven Trivet

There is something rustic about slow cooking in a cast iron Dutch Oven over direct heat from the fire. If dad is a campfire cook, he will appreciate a trivet.

A trivet can be placed inside a Dutch Oven and rise foods off the bottom of the pan for circular cooking. Constructed of heavy duty 18-gauge stainless steel that won’t bend or warp, he can enjoy layers of hot cornbread or biscuits when grilling over charcoal briquettes. Place inside a Cast Iron Dutch Oven for steamer or for smoking his favorite meats.

National Parks Pass

Products can be useful, but meaningful experiences last a lifetime. Purchase a National Parks Pass and take your dad on an adventure that you’ll both remember. One pass gets dad and 3 passengers admission into 2,000+ National Parks and Monuments, as well as national forests, grasslands and other recreational sites across the country for an entire year.

Diamond Plate Plant Caddy

Men are not hard to shop for, but they want the best! They want things that are built to last, and it doesn’t hurt if it looks great too.

This diamond plate plant caddy hits all the check marks. Made to last with a lifetime structural warranty and a beautiful diamond plate metal finish, it will not look great only on Dad’s patio or deck, but also in his man cave or garage.

Gardening is a popular hobby but bending, kneeling, and lifting can become a physical challenge as Dad gets older. A lifelong love of gardening should not have to end as mobility and other issues arise. With a rolling plant caddy, Dad will be able to move his heavy potted plants to maximize daily sunlight without straining his back. Tough enough to handle large potted plants of up to 260 lbs, both indoors and outdoors, this heavy-duty plant caddy can support even the largest container garden - a great Father’s Day gift!

Metal Military Emblem

Did dad serve in the military? Something that will resonate with a former soldier is a military sign representing his branch of the service.

Laser cut stainless steel Marine and Army emblems can be mounted with pride on a wall or fence. Stainless steel metal pieces complement any wall décor with its reflective surface and classic look, and is particularly good in wet environments as it will not rust, but stay shiny and bright for years. Make a five-star impression and honor dad for his service with this gift.

Deck Railing Bar

Everyone deserves their own little retreat. For the dad with a deck, we’ve got one gift idea that is sure to transform his outdoor space into a cool, guy-friendly hangout. Adding a DIY deck bar is an easy way to extend living space to the backyard, especially if Dad likes to entertain. You can get a complete DIY Railing Bar Kit, or purchase just the bar brackets and then add a few basic materials that you can find at your local home improvement store to complete the project.

Deck bar brackets quickly install to the railing balusters in two easy steps. Add a wood plank, and you instantly have a narrow bar table that will really “wow” guests and increase seating capacity.

To accessorize the space, add some shelves to a nearby wall to hold bottles and glasses. Stainless steel shelf brackets work great for this, as they are easy to install and won’t rust outside. Add some stools, potted plants, a sign or chalkboard to list the “happy hour specials”, and you have one cool spot to enjoy meals outside.


The Best Gift of All

All the items above make wonderful Father's Day gift ideas for dad, but the best gift you can give is your love and appreciation. Combine that with a practical outdoor gift, and your father is guaranteed to have the best Father's Day yet!

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