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Father’s Day Gift Guide 2016: For Dads that Travel

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No matter what kind of dad you have — funny or serious, boastful or shy, penny-pinching or splurge-happy — chances are he can always use an upgrade. Below is an assortment of Father’s Day gifts hand-picked by our editors and geared for men on the move, with prices ranging from $13 to $300.

Bose QC 25 Noise-Canceling Headphones

Bose QC 25 Noise-Canceling Headphones (photo courtesy of Bose).

Price: $300
Link to Buy: Amazon

A top-notch pair of noise-canceling headphones deliver exactly the kind of peace and quiet that dads are known to scream for — whether they’re trying to listen to music or just seeking inner peace. These over-the-ear headphones from Bose have a sleek, sturdy design with pivoting ear cups and inline controls that let users control the stop and start of music and the interruptions of phone calls. These are also The Points Guy’s favorite noise-canceling headphones for travel — someone who really appreciates good noise cancellation.

Herschel ‘Novel’ Duffel Bag

Herschel Supply Co. ‘Novel’ Duffel Bag, Navy Offset Strip (photo courtesy of Herschel).

Price: $80
Link to Buy: Amazon

Not all bags are created equal. Herschel’s new weekend getaway bag, for example, boasts luxe features you usually see in pricier bags — but keeps the price affordable. So what’s inside? The Novel Duffle offers waterproof zippers, a removable padded shoulder strap and a clever signature shoe compartment that guarantees you won’t mix soiled soles with clean laundry. With dozens of colors and patterns — camouflage, stripes, solids — there’s sure to be a Novel duffel that matches dad’s style (or lack thereof).

GoPro Hero Session

Newly Released GoPro Hero Session (photo courtesy of GoPro).

Price: $199
Link to Buy: Amazon

Ever since GoPro was founded in 2002 (yes it’s been around that long), everyday adventurous types who want to record insane experiences have made GoPro their go-to camera. This GoPro Hero comes in three models — session, silver, and black — with each providing different features. For most fathers, the entry-level Session is the best option. The new light-weight model features waterproof technology, and the capability to view and share videos via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Flight 001 F1 Spacepak Toiletry Kit

The Spacepak Toiletry in gray (photo courtesy of Flight 001).

Price: $42
Link to Buy: Flight 001

Does dad just throw all his toiletries into a bag? Don’t roll your eyes; get him help. The new Flight 001 hanging toiletry kit is a durable dopp kit featuring a lightweight casing and two mesh zip pockets with a metal hanger that makes it easy to see what’s where once dad checks into a hotel — since no one likes digging down into the bottom of a suitcase to find tiny travel jars and creams.

Canary All-in-One Security

Canary

Price: $179 through June 18, 2016 (plus free overnight shipping with promo code ThePointsGuy)
Link to Buy: Canary

Dad won’t be able to relax much if he worries about home security. Even if the house has an alarm, he’d probably appreciate an always-on webcam — and the Canary is an extremely easy-to-use all-in-one solution. Open the box, plug in the 1080p HD camera (about six inches high), download and install the app to your smartphone, and select the settings you want. Want videos sent to you every time motion is detected? Need to see what’s happening right now in your home? Checking on the dog? The Canary does this by default — the camera has a 147-degree wide angle lens — though you can change the settings any time. You can also sound the 90-decibel alarm or call 911 quickly from your phone. The only real decision to make is: How much recorded video do you want to store — from 12 hours’ worth to 30 days of footage. Each option has its own price plan, from free to $300 a year.

Fitbit Blaze Health & Activity Watch

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Fitbit Blaze Watch, black with classic band (photo courtesy of FitBit).

Price: $200
Link to Buy: Amazon

Is your dad a couch potato? Give him a Fitbit watch/bracelet and he won’t be for long. You probably know it can track your steps and your sleep schedule, but did you know that the thing also has a five-day battery, and is water resistant? The new Fitbit Blaze offers several new and improved features like the PurePulse heart rate gauge, connected GPS and on-screen workouts. It’s also available with three types of bands: metal links, leather and classic.

Aēsop Jet Set Kit

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Aēsop Jet Set Kit (Photo courtesy of Aēsop).

Price: $49
Link to Buy: Amazon

You know that feeling on your face and in your hair after a long-haul flight? Yuck. And yet it’s so avoidable. Help dad with the problem he may not even know he has by getting him a great after-flight rejuvenation kit. Aēsop’s kit comes with shampoos, conditioners, and body creams. While you may not be able to shower on the plane, you can definitely apply the Rind Concentrate Body Balm to refresh your skin throughout your journey.

Bamboo Smart Pen

The Bamboo Smart Pen allows you to use your tablet like never before (photo courtesy of Bamboo).

Price: $38
Link to Buy: Amazon

Is your dad that guy who insists on hand writing notes and letters, even though he has a perfectly good smartphone and tablet? Trust us, he’s not alone in that department, but luckily Bamboo has recently come out with a new smart pen that allows users to write on any paper and the pressure-sensitive tip will store each stroke, up to 100 pages in its internal memory.

Bespokepost Stadium Blanket & Seat Cushion

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Bespokepost Stadium Blanket & Cushion Set (photo courtesy of Bespokepost).

Price: $190
Link to Buy: Bespokepost

No one actually enjoys sitting on uncomfortable metal bleacher seats at ball games. Cold weather doesn’t help matters. With Bespokepost’s portable blanket and seat cushion, made by Faribault Woolen Mill Co., pops can now cover up the dirty chairs and protect his derriere. The compact travel case also unfolds into a 100% wool blanket that’s designed to last years of attending sporting events and all the requisite beer spills that such activity entails.

Eagle Creek Pack-it Cubes

Eagle Creek Pack-It Cubes, black (photo courtesy of Eagle Creek).

Price: $13+
Link to Buy: Amazon

Most men lay all their clothes on the bed, and then “fold” the garments in the suitcase. The hope: that everything stays neatly stacked in the same location of the bag. Good luck with that. Packing cubes, from Eagle Creek, reduce the hassle by allowing you to put garments into different packing cubes that don’t upset the rest of your baggage. Eagle Creek makes packing especially easy with three ideal sizes (8″, 10″, and 14″ cubes). All are machine washable, made with mesh so you can see what’s inside, and come in many sizes and colors. Two-way zippers help with the compression.

We hope our recommendations help all sons and daughters find the perfect gift for Father’s Day.

So what are you getting dad this year?

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