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I can’t believe Father’s Day is just around the corner, on June 20, 2021. Before having kids, I almost always spent Father’s Day taking my dad somewhere fun, like the racetrack (he loves the ponies) or to Vegas. Now, I just want to spend the day with my kids (22 months and 4.5 years old) and my favorite way to spend it is making memories traveling or on a beach. If you’re like me, then these Father’s Day gift ideas will help regardless of whether you’re at home or in Hawaii.

Neck Massager
Who doesn’t need a neck massage after a year like 2020? The RelaxUltima Neck Massager is perfect for travel. It’s cordless, about the same size as a pair of headphones, and weighs only 5.06 oz. It fits snugly around your neck and its gentle, electric impulses “go deep below the skin to support muscle pain reduction, deep relaxation, and stress relief.” There are three modes to choose between: Acupuncture (effective for neck injury), Tapping (works well with chronic cervical strain) and Massage Therapy (for everyday neck soreness, stiffness and pain). It has a heat function of up to 107°F to improve blood circulation and mimics a warm towel. On top of that, you don’t have to buy batteries to keep it going. It has a rechargeable battery that lasts one month on a single charge. My dad tried it and couldn’t believe the relief it offered him. I often wear it at home while I’m working but it’s great for on the plane or at your hotel after a long flight.

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Portable Charger
The one item flight attendants make sure they pack is a fully charged portable charger because phone batteries don’t last long and you can’t always find a power port or electrical outlet, especially when you’re traveling. Just last month, I took my first flight in over a year and I was so happy that I remembered to pack and charge my portable charger because the plane I was on did not have power ports and these days, I don’t want to hang out indoors at an airport. I’d rather wait outside making calls and then go in just before boarding. A portable charger is a must for travelers and makes a great gift.

Flash Drive
If you need more space on your phone in an instant, especially while traveling, then check out SanDisk’s iXpand Flash Drive Go. It automatically backs up photos, videos and contacts upon plug-in on your iPhone. You’ll no longer have to worry that your precious memories will be lost. And you won’t have to email photos between your devices. Once your files are on the flash drive, they can be transferred to a computer via high-speed USB 3.0 connector.

Air Purifier
No matter where you live in the world, you know that now more than ever, you need an air purifier thanks to COVID-19 since it’s an airborne virus. It’s especially true if you live in California or on the west coast since we’re facing one of the worst droughts ever and after last fall’s wildfires, we’re getting prepared for poor air quality. Last year, the air quality was so bad, it was a public health hazard and doctors advised staying indoors and keeping your windows shut. To make matters worse, it was almost impossible to buy an air purifier because everyone was buying them like they were toilet paper or hand sanitizer at the start of the virus. An air purifier is great to have inside your home but with something portable like IQAir, you can even take it on your travels to purify your hotel room air for greater peace of mind. It features HyperHEPA filtration so it creates a personal clean air zone and removes 99.5% of particles from the air. Its compact and streamlined design allows for the purifier to be transported from your nightstand, to your desk, to your car. I love the fact that it can be controlled from its own app – you can turn it on and off and control its run time and fan speed. You can watch this video for more information. You can purchase on Amazon or on

Beach Bag
If you’re like me and like to be organized, even when you’re heading to the beach, then check out the Breeze Bag. My friend Nick and his wife designed it with adventurous families in mind. They took a basic beach tote and made it anything but. It’s got water-resistant pop-sections, elastic cargo straps, tote to backpack convertible straps and a pocket for all the gear. A little organization really helps the chaotic, magical, exhausting, joyful experience of life with kids. It’s not cheap at $225 but they are offering Johnny Jet readers a $50 off promo code (JET50). We use this bag every time we go to the beach and it’s large enough to hold everything we need and helps us find what we’re looking for quickly.

Game Nights
One positive thing to come out of the pandemic is that it has forced many families to spend a lot more time together. Many people got creative by making up games or playing retro board games from their childhood. If you need help getting the conversation started with your kids, then check out the TableTopics Family Edition. It’s a small box of cards that have a fun mix of age-appropriate conversation starter questions, which range from silly to thought-provoking, and provides an easy way to get your family talking. It’s for ages 6 and up and cost $25. They even have a travel size and themed versions for $9. The travel one is loaded with great questions that will have you dreaming about traveling the world and get you excited about exploring things closer to home. You can check them all out here. I especially like the Road Trips theme.

Get Your Favorite Food From Around The Country Delivered
The ultimate Father’s Day gift is to give your loved one his favorite dish or treat from one of his travels. Chances are, GoldBelly, an online marketplace with food from around the United States, has it and they’ll deliver it straight to your door. And we’re not just talking about non-perishable packaged goods. What makes Goldbelly different is that they ship fresh food from some of the most iconic restaurants and bakeries across the country. Here’s more about my experience using the service as well as a promo code for $15 off. Spoiler alert: I like it so much, I used it again and ordered some New York City pizzas that are coming soon!

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