Father’s Day Gift Guide 2023

The Best Gifts for Your Husband, According to Molner

on running sneakers, aesop, watch, aura frame

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We went straight to Katie’s main man for some gift-giving advice.

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You’d think gift shopping for the man in your life would be a cinch, but it’s not always so obvious: Just ask Katie, who knows that Molner is a man who knows what he likes — and doesn’t like.

We feel your pain, so we asked that very same hard-to-impress husband for his top gift recommendations — the ones that men will actually want. He advised us on everything he’d love to give and receive this Father’s Day, including his favorite tech items, post-workout recovery tools, and the exact sneakers he wears to the gym. In short, Molner helped us create a gift list that’s tailor-made to impress any husband or dad out there. 

For more dad-approved finds, shop our complete Father’s Day Gift Guide.

22 Best Gifts for Your Husband, According to Katie’s

Aura Carver Photo Frame


In an ideal world, kids would send their parents photos from their events, travels, and more, on a regular basis. But because we can’t always expect a text while those same kids are living their best lives on a tropical island, this digital photo frame is the next best thing. Through the Aura photo app, everyone in the family can send pictures to be displayed on this 10-inch digital frame, from anywhere they are. The images will automatically pop up in the frame and rotate like an old-fashioned slideshow, so they’ll never feel left out again.

$149 at Aura

On Cloud 5 Coast Running Shoes

On Running

John is a devout On Running shoe fan, and we can’t blame him. Unlike regular running shoes, the heels on this style fold down for easy packing (or for quick wear — slip ’em on and run out to get the mail), and elastic laces mean he won’t be spending extra time trying to perfect his double knot.

$150 at Zappos

Crossrope Starter Jump Rope Set


The pursuit of working out while on vacation or traveling just got a whole lot easier. Instead of relying on the hotel gym, he can bring along this weighted jumprope to get his cardio in. The handles are equipped with Bluetooth, so they connect with an app to track his stats (like how many rotations per minute he achieves), or he can follow one of the more than 2,000 workouts available on the app.

$80 at Crossrope

lululemon ABC Classic Fit Pants


John has these tried-and-true pants in nearly every color. Not only are they extremely stretchy and wrinkle-resistant, they come in five inseam lengths, 13 different hues, and waist sizes from 28 to 46.

$128 at lululemon

Aesop Post-Shave Lotion


Aftershave has come a long way since Aqua Velva. Instead of an alcohol-induced burning sensation, this post-shave lotion from Aesop will soothe his skin rather than leave it screaming. It’s infused with a subtle neroli scent that lingers on the skin, which we have a feeling you’ll love as much as he does.

$55 at Aesop

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite


If the man in your life is a bookworm, he’ll enjoy having an infinite library at his fingertips in the form of a Kindle. A matte, glare-free screen means he can read no matter how sunny it is outside, and at night, he can adjust the screen to emit a warm amber light that’s easier on the eyes.

$140 at Amazon

Solo Stove Mesa Tabletop Firepit

Solo Stove

Apartment dwellers and small-space citizens fear not: You can still have the luxury of a fire pit without having a full backyard. Set this petite stove atop a small patio table or on the balcony floor and fill it with either wood or pellets, then enjoy a bit of warmth and good vibes on cool summer nights or roast small s’mores with friends.

$80 at Solo Stove

Peter Millar 123 U.S. Open Performance Jersey Print Polo

Peter Millar

You probably haven’t noticed, but John is a golf enthusiast (please tell us you’re picking up on the sarcasm). In honor of this year’s 123rd U.S. Open, he’ll be donning this commemorative polo, perfect for any fellow golfers in your life.

$120 at Peter Millar

Mack Weldon Boxers

Mack Weldon

“Mack Weldon makes great boxer briefs,” John says. It may not sound like it, but trust us, that’s a huge endorsement from Katie’s right-hand man. Made from ridiculously soft jersey, these boxer briefs hold everything in place without the legs rolling up or the waistband slipping down. They’re buttery soft and remain cool and comfortable all day long, too.

$28 at Mack Weldon

PXG Golf Clubs


Perfecting your golf swing is serious business, which is why John invests in clubs that he knows he’ll enjoy using for years to come. These irons from PGX are supposed to be great for beginners and pros alike, which is why John is currently testing them out for himself.

$680 at Amazon

Zero Restriction U.S. Open Vest

Zero Restriction

Speaking of that golf swing, it’s impossible to master if your range of motion is limited by a too-tight jacket. On the other hand, staying warm on the course is key to actually enjoying all 18 holes, which is why this vest is lined with a cozy fabric and equipped with a four-way stretch to ensure maximum freedom of movement.

$165 at ZR

Nettie Pickleball Set


Imagine hitting the pickleball court with your partner and pulling out these coordinating paddles while your opponents look on in awe. Thrilling, right? (It’s the little things.) Ace this Father’s Day with the gift of an all-inclusive pickleball set that comes with two paddles, balls, and matching sweatbands worthy of a slow-motion sports montage.

$150 at Nettie

Therabody Theragun Pro


After an intense workout, you need to pull out the big guns to prevent (or relieve) soreness. While a large massage gun may look intimidating, it’s an amazing gift that’ll leave your recipient wondering how they lived without it. Percussive motion breaks up tension in stiff muscles, leaving the user feeling loosey goosey in the best way possible.

$599 at Therabody

Peter Millar Crest Quarter Zip Sweater

Peter Millar

If there’s one thing John wears time and time again, it’s this versatile sweater from Peter Millar. It’s sophisticated enough to wear on romantic date nights or into boardroom meetings, is made from a soft cotton blend, and comes in 11 different colors.

$185 at Peter Millar

Free Fly Apparel Breeze Pants

Free Fly Apparel

No matter the destination, John almost always packs these pants by Free Fly in his suitcase. They dry quickly, don’t hold creases or wrinkles, and take up minimal space in a bag for easy traveling.

$94 at Free Fly

Courant Mag Safe Charging Bundle


A cluttered nightstand can lead to a cluttered mind, which is why we’re advocates for clearing away tangled and mangled wires and unnecessary décor from bedside tables. If your husband, partner, brother, friend, or father has fallen victim to a messy bedside setup, help him step up his game with these two charging pads that can be used to juice up phones, headphones, smartwatches, and more.

$184 at Courant

Faherty Movement Quarter Zip Sweatshirt


Over polos, T-shirts, Oxfords, and more, the classic quarter-zip can do it all. Instead of the usual wool or cotton blend, this sweater is made of a stretchy fabric that makes it feel more like athleisure than a stuffy top layer. It’s also wrinkle-resistant and breathable, making it the perfect option to toss in a bag for a weekend vacay or work trip.

$148 at Faherty

Shinola Vinton Watch


A watch is a timeless gift — pun fully intended. But smart watches aren’t for everyone, and John prefers to go analog on his wrist. Shinola, a Detroit-based company, creates gorgeous, built-to-last timepieces that are worth the investment. If you and other family members are looking for a gift to seriously wow your recipient, we suggest going in on this thing together.

$695 at Shinola

Mack Weldon Atlas Jogger

Mack Weldon

If there’s such a thing as the perfect jogger, this is it. Made from 20 recycled water bottles, these Mack Weldon pants are not only incredibly stretchy and soft, they also look nice enough to wear day-to-day. Tapered legs create a sleek silhouette, and the water- and wrinkle-resistant fabric makes them the ultimate travel pant.

$98 at Mack Weldon

Maui Jim Sunglasses

Maui Jim

Molner is a sucker for these sunglasses, which have a classic rectangular shape with a sleek wire frame, so they don’t feel heavy or bulky. The lenses are a light gray color that doesn’t distort your surroundings, and you can opt to add reading lenses if your partner normally wears cheaters. (No more having to double up on glasses, switch to contacts, or opt for clip-on shades.)

$349 at Maui Jim

Normatec Leg Sleeves


If you really want to splurge, consider gifting the athletic dad in your life these leg sleeves. They use compression and massage to help reduce leg pain after exercise, but can also be used before exercise as a warm-up experience. John uses his after a long day out on the golf course or after an intense workout, swearing they help keep him from getting sore the day after. You can also buy attachments to massage other parts of your body, like this one specially made for your hips.

$800 at Hyperice