mantry subscription box for fathers day

Not only is today Father’s Day, it’s also the first day of summer! So everyone should have a reason to celebrate!

If that means presents, then here are some excellent Father’s Day gift ideas that are also perfectly timed for the summer!

It’s great to have a holiday like this, right in the heart of riding season, when you can actually get gifts to be used outdoors immediately (unlike the holiday season where you might get something ideal for summer biking, but can’t put it to use!)

Mantry (The Modern Man’s Pantry)

We’re almost to the point where monthly subscription boxes are as cliche as a tie for Father’s Day. But unlike a tie, this particular box is packed full of deliciousness!

Mantry delivers American-made, artisan food products to dad’s door in a handmade wooden crate every month. It’s classy, and you won’t find this stuff at the grocery store down the street. A 3-month subscription is $225. It’s expensive, so it’s ideal for someone who really, really appreciates their food.

MAXX Cobra HD Sunglasses

MAXX sunglasses are the hidden gem of sports sunglasses. I’ve never seen any other endurance athletes wearing them, and only recently did I find out about them thanks to my uncle.

They’re very nice, and my uncle swears by them – he even prefers them to his Oakleys! And guess what – they only cost $20! (You could buy seven or eight pairs of these with different color lenses for the price of one pair of Oakleys!) On top of that, they have an excellent warranty! (Break the arm off? They’ll send you new ones!)

MAXX makes lots of different models, but I like the Cobra which blends both style and functionality. It should work for most men, for both running and cycling. Want something a little more sporty but not too obnoxious? Try the half-frame Stealth 2.0.

It’s a reasonably priced gift that will seem like you spent big bucks!

Chrome Buran Messenger Bag

If your dad likes to commute by bike but hasn’t found the right messenger bag, this is the one. Chrome is the new name in messenger bags, and this one in particular is a bike commuter’s dream – it sits perfectly on your back when riding, and it’s fully waterproof. It says, “yeah, I’ll ride 20 miles to the office each and every morning, in any weather conditions.”

At $160, it sure ain’t cheap, but it’s built to last (and guaranteed for life.)

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Doc’s Natural Muscle Balm

Dad is going to be sore from long work days, playing with the kids, or getting a tough workout in. Or all of the above.

This muscle balm soothes sore and tired muscles with active ingredients like menthol, capsicum, and camphor, plus peppermint, ginger, and other essential oils. Maybe it’s not as great as a professional massage, but it’s quick relief right there in the bottle, whenever he needs it. (And you’re not going to get a massage for $12.95.)

Darn Tough Hiking Socks

Socks are a lame gift, right? No way! At least, not if you do it right. This is your chance to buy something super comfortable and luxurious that a practical dad would never spend the money on.

For $20 or less, Darn Tough wool hiking socks make the perfect gift for a burly mountain man, but are equally applicable to any runner or cyclist. You can get just about any color, style, or amount of cushioning you want. And they are guaranteed for life. (I’ve been wearing these socks for a while and I’ve found them to be “darn tough,” literally.)

Garden of Flavor Organic, Cold-Pressed Juices

You want dad to be healthy, but you can’t give him a lame bottle of vitamins. How about refreshing, cold-pressed juice instead? These juices from Garden of Flavor contain essential vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, and living enzymes in an effort to restore the body with key nutrients.

Consider Twisted Roots (beet juice), Mean Greens (kale, spinach, etc.), or White Knight (a cashew nut mylk). With names like those, no wonder this brand is more appealing to men than your typical juice cleanse!

You can find these at Whole Foods and some smaller retailers, and yes, you can even order these online, in case you can’t find them locally. Be prepared though – this isn’t your typical bottled juice, so it carries a premium price tag!

The TrackR

The TrackR is a small, coin-sized device that easily attaches to your valuable items so that you can track them down if the need arises. It’s essentially a GPS tracking chip, but it pairs with a smartphone app to find your stuff if it’s ever lost or stolen. The community of app users can even help you track down your missing items!

The chip can be placed on a key chain, in your wallet or briefcase, on a dog collar, or it could potentially be placed inside a bicycle frame. (Anyone who has ever had their bicycle stolen would appreciate this!)

At only $29 each (or buy 2 and get 1 free,) the TrackR is fairly inexpensive and could certainly pay for itself if it helps you recover even just one lost/stolen item! Excellent for the high-tech dad who can’t remember where he put his car keys.

Arc’teryx Norvan SL Hoody

The new SHAKEDRY™ material removes the need for a face fabric, making it the lightest and most breathable GORE-TEX® product to date. This balance of protection and comfort allows the wearer to leave the garment on – rain or shine. And because it will not absorb water, the garment can simply be shaken dry.

The minimalist Arc’teryx Norvan SL Hoody, designed for trail running in wet conditions, utilizes GORE-TEX® SHAKEDRY™ and is the lightest, most breathable Arc’teryx GORE-TEX® jacket ever made. It will set you back $299, though.

There are also Gore Bike Wear jackets using this technology. /


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What do you think of these ideas? Would you want this stuff?

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