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11 Things Real Dads Want for Father’s Day

Skip the tie this year. We talked to real dads to see what's on their Father's Day wish list.

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Top-of-the-Line Grill

“I just moved into a new house and am looking for that cliché father’s day gift: a grill. I like this model where traditional meets tech.” —Mikal Gilliat, Director of Creative Development

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Eats from the Local Butcher

“I’d like a gift certificate from my local butcher shop so I could go pick out some steaks to grill. Or a gift basket with jerky, cheese, meat, beer, etc. I mean, what guy doesn’t want a meat basket? It’s full of all my favorite things.” —Adan Franco, husband of Missy Franco, Senior Set Stylist, Taste of Home

Editor’s Tip: If dad doesn’t have a favorite local butcher, send him some goodies from a meat delivery service, like Rastelli’s, instead.

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Yard Games for Family Fun

“I’d like some type of yard game, like this corn hole set, the whole family can play together—especially since everyone will be spending more time than ever at home on their decks and in their yards.” —Jeff Bandurski, father of Katie Bandurski, Assistant Editor, Taste of Home

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If Dad’s more of a golfer, grab one of these golf gifts from The Healthy.

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Handy Home Tools

“I’ve been eyeing this Ryobi trimmer for ages. I like that it’s cordless and attachment-capable.” —Kyle Faber, Director of SEO

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Raised Beds for the Backyard

“My wife and I love growing veggies with our 5-year-old. We have a tiny backyard, and raised beds will help maximize space—and keep the plants away from hungry bunnies.” —Ian Cliffe, husband of Ellie Martin Cliffe, Deputy Editor, Taste of Home

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Get more gifts for gardeners, rounded up by Birds & Blooms.

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The Ultimate Boredom Buster

“While it’s not the most manly Father’s Day gift—I have all the power tools and yard equipment I need—I would waste countless hours playing tabletop corn hole.” —Brad Holden, Senior Editor, The Family Handyman

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Outdoor Relaxation Gear

“After spending a year completing house projects, I want to enjoy lots of time sitting by the fire this summer. I’m hoping for a nice set of outdoor chairs. Nothing says ‘Now you can relax, Dad’ better than a hot fire and an Adirondack chair.” —Mike Berner, Associate Editor, The Family Handyman

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A Cool-Down Fan

“I want to be the ‘cool’ Dad! But in all seriousness, I’d use this fan while working on projects around the house, on the boat or in the garage this summer.” —Dan Doster, father of Nicole Doster, Senior Editor, Taste of Home

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Find more gifts for handy-dads from Reader’s Digest and Family Handyman.

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High-Quality Hearing Protection

“I’m looking for hearing protection that lets me listen to music or have phone conversations while working. This pair would be great for shop or yard work, too.” —Gary Wentz, Executive Editor, The Family Handyman

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Hardworking Clothes

“My closet is filled with Duluth Trading Company’s high-quality clothes, and I’d love to unwrap DuluthFlex Fire Hose Carpenter Pants for Father’s Day—or any day of the year. I love them for working on our farm.” —Scott Woodward, husband of Peggy Woodward, Senior Food Editor, Taste of Home

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A Sentimental Note

“I’m not a gifts person. For this Father’s Day, I want what I get every year—a tender note from my daughter. Sure, it’s a bit of an obligation—it’s a so-called holiday so she has to give me something. But the sentiments expressed in the note aren’t obligatory. I like reading things like, ‘great Dad’ and ‘I love you’—or when she recounts the fun times we’ve had. And when she fills in the blanks with multi-colored hearts and stars, it makes me smile. It’s a gift I can use over and over, pulling it out to reread when I’m feeling blue. It’s a gift I’ll keep forever.” —Andy Simmons, Senior Features Editor, Reader’s Digest

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Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.
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