11 Real Dads Share the Best Gift They Ever Received

Updated 04/24/19
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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 no Father's Day gift ideas come to mind, 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
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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

Nikon FM10 35mm SLR Camera $499
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Nikon FM10 35mm SLR Camera ($499)

Kaufmann Mercantil Chef Gift Set $249
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Kaufmann Mercantil Chef Gift Set ($249)
“Cooking a great meal for my family, lots of wine, no drama, lots of laughs, no board games (I’m subjected to them regularly), and someone else besides me cleaning up.” — Allen, 58

Frederick Thomas Lion Embroidered Navy Tie $21
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Frederick Thomas Lion Embroidered Navy Tie ($21)
“One year my wife gave me a blue tie with little white lions on it since our son is a Leo. It’s a nice subtle reminder of my son through the workday when I wear it.” — Jake, 30

Brooks Brothers Country Club Golf Bag $1200
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Brooks Brothers Country Club Golf Bag ($1200)
“A round of golf with my (all non-golfer) wife, then-8-year-old daughter, and then-13-year-old son. The first hole, a par-five, score: Dad, 5; daughter, ‘abstain’; son, 8; wife, 24. Priceless!” — Andrew, 60

Filson Rucksack $290
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Filson Rucksack ($290)
“A trip to British Columbia fishing with my father and my son. Although it was not a ‘gift’ (I had to pay for it!), it was a gift. We went fishing every day and explored glaciers. Well worth it.” — Terry, 57

Simone LeBlanc Unwind Box $200
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Simone LeBlanc Unwind Box ($200)
“My wife made me breakfast in bed and then organized to have my friend come pick me up for some massages at the spa. With a newborn, any time to yourself is a gift!” — Julius, 33

Kaufmann Mercantile EDC Brass Key Chain Flashlight $99
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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
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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

Taylor June Gifts Child's Drawing Mug $14
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Taylor June Gifts Child's Drawing Mug ($14)
“A coffee mug with my daughter’s artwork on it. Every morning I’m reminded that I’m loved.” — Josh, 32

Barneys New York Short Silver Tie Bar $85
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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

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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