Skip to main content

The Manual may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

The Best Father’s Day Gifts, According to Hafthor Bjornsson, AKA The Mountain From HBO’s Game of Thrones

He is known around the globe by many names. These include Iceland’s Strongest Man, Europe’s Strongest Man, World’s Strongest Man, and Ser Gregor Clegane/The Mountain on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Some even call him Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (or Hafthor Bjornsson, in the Anglicized spelling), because that’s the name of the man who has broken world record deadlifts (1,105 lbs.), played a starring role on one of the world’s most beloved shows, and who has held more strongman titles than you could fit on a barbell.

But only a select few can call Hafthor by perhaps his most important title of all, which, in his native Icelandic, is “pabbi,” or, in English, dad.

Expecting his second child later this year, Hafthor is already experienced in his dad role, and of course has a lifetime of experience as a son looking up to his 6’8″ father and 6’9″ grandfather. Perhaps it’s little surprise that when we asked this mighty man for Father’s Day gift ideas, most of his suggestions were all about muscle.

Hafthor Bjornsson’s Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Reign Body Fuel

Reign Body Fuel
Image used with permission by copyright holder

“Reign Body Fuel is a part of my life, both in and out of the gym. It fuels my day and my workout. Surprise Dad with a pack of Reign Body Fuel in the fridge this Father’s Day, to show him you’re thinking of him and his workout.” 

Reebok Socks

Reebok Socks
Image used with permission by copyright holder

“Finding a good quality sock that fits my size feet has been difficult!  Surprise your Dad with comfortable high quality socks. There’s nothing better then being able to get rid of those old gross mismatched pairs!” 

King Kong Apparel Giant Duffel

King Kong Apparel Giant Duffel
Image used with permission by copyright holder

“When you train like a beast, you need to have the best and strongest accessories to support you. Training big means carrying lots of gear and King Kong bags are not only big enough for my needs but also tough enough to withstand my lifestyle.” 

Air Jordans

Air Jordans
Image used with permission by copyright holder

“Give Dad the gift of comfort! Whether he’s heading to the gym or doing drop-off and pick-up from daycare – he’ll look good in his Air Jordans.” 

A Rogue Fitness Power Bar

A Rogue Fitness Power Bar
Image used with permission by copyright holder

“This Father’s Day, I’ll be training hard in the gym like any other day of the week. Surprise that dad with a Rogue Fitness “THOR” Power bar!”

A SBD Lifting Belt

A SBD Lifting Belt
Image used with permission by copyright holder

“You don’t want Dad to throw out his back this Father’s Day. Surprise him with a new SBD lifting belt to support him during his workout.”

Snake River Farms Tomahawk Steaks

Snake River Farms Tomahawk Steaks
Snake River Farms

“He raised you to become the man or woman that you are today. Your Dad deserves the best and definitely something better than a cheap cut of meat from the grocery store. Treat Dad to a few pounds of Tomahawk steaks this Father’s Day. If you’re lucky, he might even share.” 

Game of Thrones – The Complete Series

Game of Thrones - The Complete Series
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Hafthor was too modest to suggest it himself, but we’re pretty confident pop will be thrilled with all eight seasons of this stunningly good show, especially if he’s stuck home more this summer.

Steven John
Steven John is a writer and journalist living just outside New York City, by way of 12 years in Los Angeles, by way of…
The best summer movies to watch in theaters: 10 flicks we can’t wait to see
Your guide to the best movies coming to theaters this summer
Anya Taylor-Joy is Furiosa in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga.

As much as we're looking forward to streaming original films like Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F during the hottest months of the year, the really exciting movies are coming to theaters this summer. From a music drama biopic to out-of-this-world action, there are a lot of films to look forward to in the next few months.

To make things easier on everyone, we've narrowed our list down to the 10 summer movies that we can't wait to see. And some of them are just a few weeks away.
Back to Black

Read more
What we know about Suits L.A., the spinoff of everyone’s favorite streaming binge
Suits could be getting a West Coast refresh
Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams in Suits.

Although it's been off the air for almost a decade, Suits remains incredibly popular. The show became a phenomenon all over again when it arrived on Netflix, and the intrigue around Meghan Markle has only made the show more interesting for some.

While there isn't any sort of imminent revival coming, all of this fervor around the show has prompted a spin-off series. Suits: L.A. is set to premiere sometime in 2025, and ahead of the show's debut, we've gathered everything you need to know about the upcoming Suits spin-off.
What is Suits L.A. going to be about?
Suits - Season 1

Read more
I attended La Aurora’s 120th Anniversary cigar-tasting and it was incredible
La Aurora 120th Anniversary Training Kit open

Cigars don’t grow on trees. They’re not just plucked from a tree or a vine but handcrafted. So much goes into creating a new cigar blend, from the initial experimentation to find the right tobacco concoction to growing the tobacco needed for mass production to distributing the finished product into retail markets. When you stroll into a shop or venue, snag a cigar off the shelf and light it up, it’s easy to take for granted how much blood, sweat, and tears went into its creation. Cigars are made by hundreds of people over the course of years, perfected, aged, and sometimes even aged again. But it’s a labor of love, and every so often, those of us on the other side of the equation get to share in that love.

I come to you with that spirit today, having been fortunate to attend and humbled by La Aurora’s 120th Anniversary virtual celebration. As a man in his late 30s, it’s hard to imagine 120 years of anything, let alone dedication to a single, precisely honed craft, but La Aurora has achieved it. Its many masterful blends are a testament to this storied history, a result of generations upon generations of passed-down knowledge and craftsmanship.

Read more