Dads. Expert handymen. Co-conspirators for late-night snacking. Partners for parsing details from the latest Game of Thrones episode. No matter what kind of relationship you have with yours, we’re taking this weekend, starting today, to celebrate fathers of every fashion. If nothing from our massive Father's Day gift guide felt quite right, we think this might inspire you. After all, we totally get it: Sometimes, a truly great gift is less about the shiny new bag or bike helmet and more about the handmade card that melts your heart. Scroll now to read what 11 real dads feel was the best Father’s Day gift they ever received. On the count of three, say aww.
Earth The Pass Stand Up Paddle Board ($1750)
“The greatest gift for Father’s Day was having my two kids born. And, of course, seeing the two of them as much as possible. For me, Father’s Day is every day that I get to be with them. The greatest material gift is my stand up paddle board, which I enjoy several days a week.” — Brad, 64
Kaufmann Mercantile EDC Brass Key Chain Flashlight ($99)
“Last year my daughter, 6 at the time, bought me a little combination flashlight/screwdriver set with the word DAD emblazoned on the side. She’d gotten it from her school fair held at the end of the year. When I received it, the flashlight didn’t work, so I played around with it until it did. The look of pride and assurance that I could fix anything (I can’t) and that I’d rescued her gift was all a father could ask for on Father’s Day.” — Chris, 45
Ray-Ban Caravan Sunglasses ($130)
“The best Father’s Day gift was my two adult sons giving us a cruise. My wife and I were embarking on our journey, and I said to her, ‘Wouldn’t this have been even more special if the boys could have joined us on the trip as well?’ We were out on the balcony as the ship was pulling out of dock when lo and behold, in the cabin right next door, there they were, nonchalantly waiving to us! What an awesome surprise and the start of a terrific family vacation. Father’s Day lasted a whole week!” — Ron, 62
Barneys New York Short Silver Tie Bar ($85)
“A handsome tie clip with my wife’s and kids’ initials engraved on it. Close to my heart and sharp, to boot.” — Shawn, 40
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Opening photo: Melanie Acevedo