16 Gifts To Give Dad A Father’s Day To Remember This Year


If your Father’s Day gift ideas hover around the predictable (how many Best Dad Ever mugs does one guy need?), rest easy. This Father’s Day, you can make it a memorable one with gifts we sourced from local NJ vendors that will give Dad something that’s useful yet stands out from the usual. From a backpack cooler to a distillery tour and a pair of sharp-looking swim trunks, these gifts will leave a lasting impression. Scroll down for the NJMOM Father’s Day gifts, and to celebrate Dad, make sure you check out all there is to do for Father’s Day in NJ too.


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Celebrate Father’s Day With Gifts From American Dream

This Father’s Day, celebrate Dad or the important male figure in your life with a day of shopping, fun, and food. Consider creating some core memories at American Dream, the largest entertainment, retail, and dining destination in the Northeast. You’ll enjoy the adventure of a lifetime at any of American Dream’s attractions—Dad’s full-price ticket is free when you book an experience at DreamWorks Water Park, Nickelodeon Universe, Angry Birds Mini Golf, Blacklight Mini Golf, Mirror Maze, The Rink, TILT Museum, and Legends of the Hidden Temple Ropes Course Challenge. For fashion-focused dads, the American Dream Father’s Day Ultimate Dream Gift Guide is the perfect place to start, with top picks from our retailers ranging from luxury watches to eyewear, massage devices, and more. If food is the way to Dad’s heart, try a delicious fine dining experience at Carpaccio for top-tier Italian fare or celebrate at Jarana, where guests will experience an authentic, approachable take on Peruvian cuisine with open-fire grilling in a colorful and convivial atmosphere. Prices vary, available at American Dream in East Rutherford.

Hoodie gift guide

Faherty Sunwashed Slub Hoodie

When the temperature is hovering above cool but still warm, the last thing you want to pull on is a heavy fleece hoodie. Layer up with this lightweight one with all the things he loves about his classic pullover—elasticized cuffs and waist, cinchable hood, and soft feel—without the added weight. $98, available at John Hyatt in Summit

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RRL Indigo Denim Billfold

For the cool Dad who wants to stand out, this denim wallet from Double RL gives all the Yellowstone vibes yet still looks posh enough for a city-slicker night out. $125, available at City Workshop Men’s Supply Company in Maplewood 

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Icemule Pro Large Backpack Cooler

Shore bound? Give Dad a cooler that packs enough for your crew or his. This soft cooler backpack is made with sustainable lightweight, durable material that holds up to 18 cans plus ice, and the comfy, easy-to-haul design makes it a go-to for a hike, fishing excursion, tailgate, or a beach day. $129.95, available at Ramsey Outdoor in Ramsey

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Gentleman’s Hardware Credit Card Multi Tool

If your Dad is your resident Mr. Fix It, this slim credit card tool is on call for a quick fix. With 10 tools, from a ruler to a bottle opener, all in a wallet-size, he’ll have what he needs to get the job done stat. $19.99, available at Homestead in Princeton

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Sailcloth Weekender Bag

The travel season has begun, and what better way to stash his stuff for weekends at the shore or city sightseeing than a bag built for life on the go? Thanks to the sturdy nylon sailcloth, removable shoulder strap, and roomy shape, he’ll reach for it all summer and beyond .$248, available at J. McLaughlin in Bay Head, Spring Lake, Rumson, Princeton, Westfield, Morristown, Summit, Upper Montclair.

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Vaikobi Waterproof Phone Case

If Dad’s summer is spent in and out of the water, he’ll be thankful for this phone case protecting his phone even if it gets accidentally submerged. The super secure closures and tough PVC material make sure the device is 100% protected from water, dust, and sand, and the transparent touch screen, as well as the rear window, means he can text and take snaps without worry. $30, available at Colie Sails in Point Pleasant

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Sol Angeles Ipanema Swims 

A bathing suit has long replaced the ubiquitous get-dad-a-tie gift, and if you want one that screams style, opt for these funky swim shorts. The ocean and clouds abstract print brings to mind sunny beach days, whether he’s hanging at the pool or in the backyard. $124, available at Lee Newman in Cherry Hill 

Beyond The Stills-The Tours

Give Dad an experience he’ll savor for a while with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Nauti Spirits Distillery in Cape May, a true farm-to-bottle distillery. Begin with a walking tour of the farm and learn how the fresh-picked ingredients go from field to spirits, culminating in a tasting and shot glass gift to enjoy at home. $18, available at Nauti Spirits in Cape May

Magnetic Needlepoint Bottle Opener

What could be better than a preppy chic bottle opener with a reminder of his favorite spot? And don’t worry about losing it—thanks to a hidden magnet, you can post it on the fridge, or anywhere you store your brews. $34.60, available at Sink R Swim in Long Beach Township

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The Outdoor Cook

Got a grillmaster Dad? Beef up his cooking skills with this cookbook that gives ideas and recipes for cooking outside, whether it be your gas grill, fire pit, campfire, or charcoal setup. With yummy recipes like Smoked Salmon Tacos and even desserts (Glazed Rotisserie Pineapple with Salted Rum Butterscotch Sauce, anyone?), he’ll be firing up delish dishes in no time. $29.99, available at Watchung Books in Watchung

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About Author

Melanie Bodner has always had a love for writing, but now she has a new love…being a mom. Before having her kids, Melanie was no stranger to writing or working with children. She wrote for a local newspaper as a reporter and taught English and Dance in a public school. Now Melanie enjoys spending time with her kids, doing yoga, writing and decorating her home. Check out her Instagram @burlapbythebeach.