The stay-at-home dad is a busy guy. Cooking. Cleaning. Working at the home office. And while he may naturally be a homebody, that doesn’t preclude him from the occasional bout of cabin fever. What’s most appreciated in a gift, then, are items that make the day easier and more relaxing. The kinds of things that make a house a home, and make waking up to tackle the day less foreboding. Whether it’s a better quality mattress, a quality humidifier or better cooking gear, these gifts do exactly that.
The Leesa Mattress
With shorter days and longer nights ahead, you may soon be very well acquainted with your mattress. Maybe you’re thinking about the last time you replaced it. You may not even remember what it’s like to have a truly restorative sleep. The Leesa Mattress, designed for all body shapes and sleeping styles, utilizes three layers of premium foam for cooling, contour and pressure relief. Get $125 off and a free pillow with your purchase now through Black Friday.
Buy Now: $790+
The Chef and the Slow Cooker
There’s more to the slow cooker than set-it-and-forget-it convenience — it can unlock a myriad of flavors. In that spirit, James Beard Award-winning chef Hugh Acheson’s tome on crock-pot cooking is filled to the brim with recipes for bone broths, delicious braised meats and so much more.
Buy Now: $19
Marpac Dohm Basic Sound Machine
A good white noise machine is also a boon to a better night’s sleep. Marpac Dohm’s Basic Sound Machine is simple — operating at one speed but with an adjustable volume — and compact at less than six inches in diameter.
Buy Now: $30
Onsen Towel Set
Onsen forgoes the chemical wash process that most towel makers use to achieve a soft feeling and instead springs for high-quality Supima cotton that stays softer for longer. A modern design and an exfoliating texture don’t hurt, either.
Buy Now: $75
Gear Patrol Journey Series Print
One of the best ways to turn a living space into a home is with wall art that’s beautiful and meaningful. Consider this archival C-print of the Sellkirk Mountains in British Columbia by our own Henry Phillips.
Buy Now: $100
Pilgrim Zoé Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser
Pilgrim’s Zoé packs a humidifier, aromatherapy defuser and a meditation device all into one device. Unlike many humidifiers and diffusers, it features a handsome design constructed from handmade ceramic and oak wood.
Buy Now: $120
Breville Smoking Gun Pro
Made in collaboration with PolyScience, Breville’s Smoking Gun Pro improves upon its original smoking gun by bestowing it with a sturdy base, a multi-speed fan and a larger removable smoking chamber. The end result is an easier way to infuse food and drinks with delicious smoke flavor.
Buy Now: $148
Finex Lean Grill Pan
Perfect for indoor grilling and searing, Finex’s new grill pan is made from fine-grain iron in America and comes pre-seasoned with organic flax seed oil. The domed fat-draining base serparates the meat from excess fat, resulting in a leaner, more flavorful meal.
Buy Now: $150
Glerups Low Boot with Rubber Sole
A good slipper is a godsend to men who work at home, and Glerups happens to make some of the very best. The upper on this boot variant is made out of pure wool for a soft, warm feel. The rubber sole will keep your giftee from falling on his ass if he has to take out the trash or get the morning paper in the winter slush.
Buy Now: $155
Snowe Cutting Board
Snowe’s cutting board is made in the U.S. from sustainably-grown black walnut. It has an end-grain surface (where the fibers of the wood face up) so it doesn’t dull a knife’s edge as easily and “self-heals” (the fibers separated by the knife close back up) keeping bacteria that would normally build up in a board’s cut marks at bay.
Buy Now: $188
Todd Snyder x Champion Crewneck Sweatshirt
Todd Snyder’s take on the classic sweatshirt is as handsome as it is cozy. It has a slim fit, raglan sleeves and a v-insert at the neck. It’s made from soft-snow heather fabric.
Buy Now: $188
Click & Grow Smart Garden 9
Fresh herbs and vegetables elevate cooking but they’re expensive to buy in the grocery store during the wintertime. Click & Grow’s new tabletop garden can accommodate nine plants capsules and maintains healthy plants with minimal effort by using built in sensors and the brand’s “smart soil.” It even comes with complimentary tomato, basil and lettuce plants.
Buy Now: $199
Simplehuman Rectangular Sensor Can
Hear us out: an automatic trash can makes navigating a busy kitchen less stressful and quicker if you’re busy and you hands are full. Feeling like a sorcerer every time you go to throw away some egg shells is just a bonus.
Buy Now: $200
Dyson V7 Car+Boat Handheld Vacuum
Kids can wreak havoc on a car interior, which is what makes this handheld from Dyson an essential. It still retains the brand’s lauded power, but has a compact cordless build that can be easily stored your trunk, while the included car charger will always keep it juiced up on the go.
Buy Now: $240
Technivorm Moccamaster 10-Cup Coffee Brewer with Thermal Carafe
Handmade in Denmark, the Moccamaster is one of just a dozen at-home coffee makers to get a stamp of approval from the Specialty Coffee Association of America. A copper heating element keeps water at the ideal temperature range (196 degrees to 205), and brews a full carafe of delicious coffee in about six minutes.
Buy Now: $298
Bose Soundwear Companion Speaker
Now the stay-at-home dad can have music playing around him at all times without slapping on headphones and drowning out the rest of the world. The Bose Soundwear drapes around the shoulders and uses speakers positioned right at the ear to deliver quality sound without distubring others.
Buy Now: $300
Scout Regalia Folding Table
We dare you do find a folding table as stylish and as versatile as this American-made one from Scout Regalia. When not in use for additional table space, the folding legs can be removed and the tabletop can be mounted on the wall as a magnetic dry and erase board.
Buy Now: $325
Flos Tab Floor Lamp
This handsome floor lamp hails from Italian design lighting company FLOS and is perfect for relaxed reading. It’s made from powder-coated die-cast aluminum, has a porcelain reflector and has a pivoting head that directs light where you need it.
Buy Now: $395
Trey Jones Studios Cube Frame Planter
The terracotta pot, elevated. Literally. A modernist ash frame suspends — and draws attention to — an Italian-made terrocatta planter in mid air, while a drip tray keeps the floor beneath it nice and tidy.
Buy Now: $550
Herman Miller Aeron Remasterd Chair
An office stalwart for more than 20 years, Herman Miller’s Aeron is lauded for its superior ergonomics. It also boasts a fantastic design that would look great in stay-at-home dad’s office, while improving his posture.
Buy Now: $780
Having the Prep&Cook in your kitchen is like having another person there to do all the prep cook. The first cooking food processor to reach the United States, it’s an all-in-one device works as a blender, a slow cooker, a steamer and a food processor.
Buy Now: $999
Artifox Standing Desk 02
A handsome desk that also stifles desktop clutter. It’s made from walnut and steel and features a built-in dock for electronic devices, a cable grid, and is compatible with tons of add-on desktop organizers from Artifox.
Buy Now: $1590
Everdure HUB Charcoal Grill
The Everdure HUB won a Red Dot award in 2017 for its fantastic design, but it also happens to be a beast of a grill. Itts ignition system features an electric element that can get charcoal to the perfect temperature in about ten minutes, and a built-in rotisserie pops out to accommodate anything from chickens to suckling pigs.
Buy Now: $1,988
Most Modest Walter Wall Shelf
A simple yet eye-catching piece of wall decor that can accommodate small pocket items like phones and wallets, while the hooks are the perfect place to park your keys.
Buy Now: $45
Gear Patrol Magazine Issue Five
Our latest issue is filled with stories and guides that’ll help the stay-at-home dad build a better home environment, from a comprehensive guide to hi-fi audio, an endorsement for room sprays or a profile on vaunted knife master Bob Kramer.
Buy Now: $20
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