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Father’s Day gifts for the outdoor dad

Father's Day gifts
Father’s Day gift ideas: Give your favorite father some new go-to summer finery. Photo courtesy of Ocean Minded

There are a few things about fathers that make it fun to splurge on them once a year.

They don't like to shop for themselves.
They aren't always confidant about the cool factor of their clothing choices.
They tend to wear the same "uniform" shirt until it disintegrates.
They own 10 of the same boring khaki shorts.
They often confuse yard work shirts with appropriate BBQ party attire.
Their ratty baseball caps and sandals have more sweat rings than a redwood.

Alas, it's time to help dad step it up a notch with some go-to summertime clothes and accessories. Here are a few head-to-toe, high-quality Dad's Day gift ideas that will elevate your man—making him not only the hottest hubby in town, but the hippest father in the forest.

Father's Day gifts
Father’s Day gift ideas: Help pop upgrade his baseball cap with a modern twist on an old favorite. Photo courtesy of Goorin

The top hat

Banish the baseball cap. Send the tattered cowboy cover to the closet. It's time to recalibrate headwear with a new twist on the classic summer sweat sealer. Check out Goorin's flatcap. The historic "working cap" style is cotton-soft and comfy for every day, but thanks to modern colors and patterns looks buttoned up at the neighborhood shindig. MSRP $42.

Father's Day gifts
Father’s Day gift ideas: A lightweight Patagonia collared shirt will become his new staple. Photo courtesy of Patagonia

The breezy button-down

Enough with the logoed T-shirts. Give summer its style cred with an fashionable yet functional button-down. It works from the trail to town and adds a little polish to the dog days of summer. Patagonia's organic cotton performance A/C Shirt will keep dads cool in the heat and humidity. The long-lasting, gets-softer-as-you-wash-it shirt will be a favorite now and in summers to come. Ten styles—from plain to highly patterned—ensure there's something every guy will go for. MSRP $79.

Father's Day gifts
Father’s Day gift ideas: Upgrade dad’s shorts selection. Photo courtesy of prAna

The shorts step-up

Shorts are as individual as the dads who don them. But when it comes that summer special, comfort is key. An ideal option between the old-school chino short and the too-casual camo cargo is the Furrow. His brow won't do anything like that when he opens this soft, stretchy prAna short. The hemp blend gives these streamlined bottoms great movement, just enough street style for a public picnic, and excellent elasticity after one too many PBRs. MSRP $65

Father's Day gifts
Father’s Day gift ideas: These leather, made-in-America classic flips will last well beyond the summer. Photo courtesy of Ocean Minded

The slick sandal

He needs something that's a step up from the beach slide and a step down from the heavyweight hiking sandal. Enter the Mokulua Premium Flip from Ocean Minded. The hand-crafted leather upper, toe post, and footbed, complete with a rubber outer, will stand the test of time and rise to any warm-weather occasion. The price point reflects this limited-edition, made-in-the-USA, high-quality sandal. But, hey, he's worth it. MSRP $149.

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