Gift Guide for Dads and What to Do in Orange County for Father’s Day

Not just a dad. A cool dad. 

Just like Spice Girls, dads come in their own varieties: there’s Sporty Dad, Posh Dad, and Baby Dad. And even though Dads never really want anything from their kids, it’s nice to give Dad a token of appreciation for whatever it is they do for us: from long hours at the office, behind the wheel or behind the stove, to reassuring us, making us laugh and giving encouragement when it’s most needed.

Baby Dad: Gifts for the Excited and Overwhelmed New Father

Best Bets: Papa Bear T-Shirts and Hanging Out at Baby Beach

Know someone who just became a dad? While it makes for pretty exciting times and excellent baby-and-Dad napping photo opportunities, being a new dad can be scary. Give new dads encouragement, let them know they’re doing a great job with lots of food (food delivery apps like GrubHub and DoorDash do gift cards, which can help keep new parents fed) and fresh threads proclaiming their newfound Dad status.

This t-shirt is by far one of the cutest iterations of the Papa Bear theme, and the new papa can wear it on his way to a stroll with baby at Baby Beach in Dana Point Harbor. This flat, gentle beach at the edge of Dana Point Harbor is perfect for introducing babies to the water, along with paddleboarding and outrigger canoeing for the big kids.

Sporty Dad: For He Who Loves Gear

Best Bets: Rock Climbing and Outdoor Accoutrements

I don’t know a dad that doesn’t love gear. Accessories for the outdoors are endless: think bike lights for night rides, a rock climbing chalk bag, or just a simple Paracord survival bracelet. Nothing over $20, but a little extra push to get him outside and doing something fun. Want to go somewhere together? Head to the bike trails in Orange County, or try Sender One’s huge indoor rock climbing gym together.

Survival bracelets: Get 2 for under $10 and Dad will marvel at your resourcefulness.

Posh Dad: For the Dad Who Has Everything

You know the type (and there’s plenty of them in Orange County): this well-heeled dad likes his Hermès ties, know what Santal 33 smells like and prefers Thè Noir, and is up on the best of everything. There’s no point trying to keep up with Dad, but just show him you know his tastes and pick something appropriately current for him to read. Our selection? The Nix. It’s got plenty of awards and acclaim to look fashionable on Dad’s desk, and it’s also hilarious and beautiful. For the full experience, we recommend the audiobook version narrated by the incredibly talented and dry wit of Ari Fliakos.

And if you’re ready to splurge on Posh Dad, take him to Nobu in Newport Beach or Ohshima in Orange for an omakase experience that will leave a deep impression on both your palette and wallet. It’s Dad, he’s worth it, right?!

Nobu Newport Beach