Better Than a Necktie: The Top 5 Wearable Gifts for Dad

Better Than a Necktie: The Top 5 Wearable Gifts for Dad

Father’s Day is nearly upon us and this year, instead of a new tie or pair of socks, how about getting dad something that’s both wearable and a bit more modern? Look, don’t get us wrong: The classics are classic for a reason, but sometimes it’s nice to break from tradition (looking at you, World’s Greatest Dad trucker hat). With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of alternatives to the tried—or was it tired?—and true Father's Day gifts. Back away from the sock bin, kids. This is what Dad really wants.

Neckband Headphones

Sure, that Foulard tie is nice, but your father is a grown man. If he needs a tie, he’ll buy himself a tie. Instead, why not gussy up his gullet with the latest in wearable Bluetooth technology? We’re talking about a new pair of Neckband Headphones or wearable speaker. These innovative devices provide dad with an easy, wireless solution for listening to his favorite songs or sports-talk radio. One of our personal faves is the Bose® SoundWear™ Companion, which features a comfortable around-the-neck design and exceptional sound. Add to those highlights intuitive built-in controls, 12-hour battery life, and personalized features like Dialogue Mode, which optimizes output for content like dad’s favorite podcast or sports talk radio, and the SoundWear™ Companion is a gift all dads are sure to enjoy—much more than that novelty necktie, anyway.

Bose SoundWear Companion Speaker


The wristwatch is a popular go-to gift for Father’s Day gifts. It’s fashionable, it’s functional, it’s timeless—so to speak. This year, though, why not revamp the venerated timepiece with something a little more modern, say, like a brand-new smartwatch? B&H has plenty of options, including our personal favorite, the Apple Watch. The brains of a smartphone in a body worthy of Bulgari, the Apple Watch lets dad customize and control the world around him. He can manage his calendar, monitor his health, remind you about the time you crashed your grandfather’s Pontiac—all from the convenience of his wrist. Plus, it looks fantastic. With countless band and material options, Apple Watch is the stylish, do-everything gift that will make dad the envy of everyone on his over-40 softball team.

Apple Watch Series 4

Smartphone Folio

When it comes to gifts, nothing says “Dad” quite like a wallet: It’s straightforward, utilitarian, and refuses to hug you in public. But this year, if you really want impress pop with a new billfold, might we suggest a folio case for his smartphone? More than just a wallet, a Smartphone Folio is an organizer, phone protector, and a friend. It holds cash and cards, all while keeping dad's smartphone safe. If dad is an iPhone user, take a look at Apple’s Leather Folios, which are equal parts protector and posh portmanteau. Other great options are available, including alternative wallet designs for Samsung Galaxy phones. Check out the full listing of B&H smartphone folios and other cases to find the one that’s right for your pop.

Samsung LED Wallet Cover for Galaxy S10

Sport Accessories

Shopping around dad’s hobbies is always a safe bet. Golf gloves, tennis wristbands, knee braces—these are all part of dad’s activity ensemble. To supplement these accessories, we suggest adding in gifts particular to dad’s favorite hobby. Take the Approach series from Garmin, for example. These handy golf watches provide pops with all the info on his favorite courses, including distance to the green, length of the hole, and hazard locations. Some models even provide swing feedback and come with club sensors to help dad perfect his shot. You already got him a golf visor, why not give something that will help bolster his backswing or soften that slice? Trust us, even if he doesn’t say so, he'll thank you for it.

Garmin Approach S40 Golf Watch

Audio Sunglasses

Look, no shade here: A nice pair of sunglasses is a great gift for dad. Nothing says “cool old guy” like a fresh pair of Wayfarers or some Steve-McQueen-esque Persols. But if you're looking for some truly cutting-edge eyewear, consider getting dad a pair of audio sunglasses, like the newly-released Bose® Frames™. With the Frames, dads can listen to music, shade their aging eyeballs, and look great all at the same time. The secret behind the Frames’ futuristic functionality is the pair of miniature speakers embedded in the arms of the sunglasses that play music only users can hear. Stream some oldies (but goodies), listen to the latest Ken Burns podcast, or poshly protect pop’s paternal peepers—Bose® Frames™ let dads listen to what they want while looking extra sharp.

Bose Frames Alto Audio Sunglasses

So, there you have it: five wearable gifts that let dad know you care about him and his sense of style. No matter which you choose, dad is sure to love it—even if he's unable to say so or express his gratitude beyond a single, stoic nod. It's fine, you know what he means.