The 15 Best Christmas Gifts to Buy for Dads in 2018

Take the guesswork out with these top presents for the father in your life

Cheerful father and toddler son wrapping christmas presents while sitting at table in front of christmas tree
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The holiday season really is the most wonderful time of the year—unless, of course, you have absolutely no idea what to get for some of the most important people on your list.

We get it: Finding the perfect gift can be a real challenge. In fact, sometimes it feels like a fulltime job. You’d think knowing the recipient as well as you know your own dad would make things easier, but sometimes it has the opposite effect—especially because dads seem to have it all.

That’s where we come in. We’ve scoured the internet for the best Christmas gifts for dad. There’s something special to suit nearly every interest—from sports, to cooking, to reading—and every type of dad—the family man and the couch potato. You may as well just consider us your personal elves.

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    Best Tech: Fire TV Cube

    If Pops is into all the latest new technology out there then he will want to get his hands on the new Fire TV Cube. This system smart enables the television, cable, sound system and more so when he walks in the door he can just say "Alexa, turn on Game of Thrones." Besides controlling the television with no remote (there is one included in case you still want to use) any other smart devices can be hooked up to this so the lights, front door camera, and more can all be accessed through the television, AKA as your command center.

    Besides Dad, the whole family will enjoy the action of this device. In a few months time, you might not even remember what a remote was.

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    Best for Music Lovers: Mpow 059 Bluetooth Headphones

    Courtesy of Amazon

    Whether he likes to listen to his favorite tunes on his commute or perhaps he likes to drown out the chaos at home with a hot new podcast—whatever his audio pleasure is, a new pair of headphones will be much appreciated.

    This bestseller comes in seven different colors and is Bluetooth enabled, meaning no wires! They're foldable so they make for easy travel or trips to the gym—plus they play for 13-15 hours of music so they don't need to be charged all the time.

    Over 15,000 reviewers remark that these headphones really are that good. With many saying they are comparable to higher priced competitors.

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    Best for Grillers: Smoke Hollow 26142E 26-Inch Electric Smoker

    Courtesy of Amazon

    Grilling aficionados might want to dip their toes into the world of smokers. These electric powerhouses add a smokey flavor to all their favorite meats and many users instantly become obsessed with what they'll be smoking next. If he is new to the game this Smoke Hollow model is great for beginners because it is electric (read no need to light coals or wood) and it won't take up too much space. It has a 1.3 cubic feet cooking space so it should easily fit two chickens or two pork butts.

    This Amazon Choice product has tons of reviews saying this smoker gave them a new hobby of smoking meat. Many said it was easy to use and operate and it produced a solid cut of meat after hours of cooking. Many have graduated onto larger versions after falling in love with this one.

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    Best for the DIY Dad: Personalized Engraved Hammer

    If Dad’s the only person you know who can build an entire deck from scratch, he’s sure to appreciate this useful gift. When he’s stuck making household improvements on his Saturday afternoon off, the personalization is a nice reminder of how thankful you are for all of his hard work.

    An added bonus, he can no longer complain about the neighbors stealing his beloved tools because this has his mark!

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    Best for the Foodie Dad: Pretzel & Beer Cheese Kit

    Pretzel & Beer Cheese Kit
    Courtesy of Walmart

    Is there any snack combo that screams dad more than pretzels and beer cheese? For the man with a hearty appetite and a penchant for cooking, gift a kit that includes all the shelf-stable ingredients needed to make 12 pretzels and homemade beer cheese. Bonus: It’s a fun activity you can do together—if he’ll share, that is.

    All he'll need to have on hand is beer, milk, butter, and baking soda to give him fresh tasting pretzels in the comfort of his own home. This kit is made in New York, so you know it has an authentic recipe.

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    Best for the Golfing Dad: Potty Golfing

    There’s a better chance this gift will make him laugh than it will actually improve his golf game—but that’s part of the fun. And, hey, you never know: Reviewers say the putting green is much larger than it looks and is surprisingly good quality. He doesn't even have to play this solely on the potty—he can use it anywhere in the household to perfect his game. Little (and big!) kids will also enjoy getting in on the fun.

    The set includes the green carpet, a putter, two golf balls, the cup, and a clever door hanger to let the family know that dad is doing his business!

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    Best for the Wine Drinking Dad: Metal Stemless Wine Glasses

    Metal Stemless Wine Glasses
    Courtesy of West Elm

    Dad shouldn’t have to have a Moscow mule in order to have an awesome glass in his hand. These sleek metal wine glasses come in three finishes—copper, brass, and nickel—and not only look snazzy, but also help keep his favorite varietal chilled to the perfect temperature.

    These glasses hold 20 oz. so they can hold more than wine if he wants to use them all the time. Plus, for an added fee you can get his monogram or name engraved on here so he always knows that these are his cups.

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    Best for the Family Man: What I Love About Dad By Me Book

    Even if dad doesn’t wear his heart on his sleeve, there’s no better way to honor him than with a completely personalized book. The small hardcover book, which is protected with a clear plastic jacket, has 112 pages of prompts for children to fill out about your family’s leading man. Examples include “I love that you taught me to appreciate…” and “You’ll keep…forever, won’t you?”

    This present makes a great stocking stuffer, or perhaps a gift from a younger kid in the family to Dad.

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    Best for the Couch Potato Dad: Couch Arm Table

    Couch Arm Table
    Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

    When Dad’s rewatching The Sopranos or tuning in to watch his favorite football team take on their rivals, he needs a place to rest his beverage and snack of choice. But any old tv tray simply won’t do. He needs this handcrafted wooden tray—it fits snugly over the arm of a sofa or chair to keep everything within arm’s reach.

    The springs on this will hold onto any armrest up to 15" and you can choose between a round or rectangular shape. This item is made in Ohio and each table will be slightly different since it is made out of hardwood.

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    Best for the Bearded Dad: Little Seed Farm Beard Care Set

    Little Seed Farm Beard Care Set
    Courtesy of West Elm

    If your dad swells with pride over his ability to grow a full and even beard, look no further than this organic skincare set. The soaps are made by hand with goat’s milk and herbs on a family farm in Tennessee. The result is a gentle, moisturizing bar that’s free of chemicals and artificial ingredients. Each set comes with a soap bar and a jar of essential beard oil.

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    Best for the Reader Dad: 100 Books Bucket List Poster

    If your dad loves to read and happens to have a bit of a competitive edge, he’ll delight in this literary challenge. The oversized poster features 100 books everyone should read at least once in their lifetime. Once he reads (or has read) the book he will scratch of the corresponding slot. Up the ante by challenging him to read all of the titles before next Christmas. Such favorites as American Psycho, Ulysses, and more fill the lot. If he really gets into this poster you can buy him the album, album, and places posters for next Christmas and after.

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    Best for the Outdoorsy Dad: Great Outdoors National Park Candles

    Great Outdoors National Park Candles
    Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

    Even when the weather outside is frightful, dad can still get a taste of the great outdoors with these candles inspired by three of the country’s most popular national parks—Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Redwood National Forest. The 10-ounce candles are hand poured and formulated with essential oils, plus feature gorgeous watercolors from local artists.

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    Best for the Sports Loving Dad: Team Ugly Sweater

    Team Ugly Sweater
    Courtesy of Fanatics

    When your family doesn’t consider dad’s favorite team jersey to be appropriate holiday attire, this funny gift is a win-win for everyone. Dad can support his hometown team and sit at the holiday table without any side eye from anyone in the family.

    This sweater comes in all the major NFL teams colors and logos with the option of women and kid's sizes and styles so the whole family can get in on the fun.

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    Best for the Beer-Loving Dad: Beer Cap Map

    If your dad loves to try the latest and greatest craft beer, gift this awesome piece of wall decor. The laser-cut wooden map comes in three finishes—cherry, maple, and walnut—and features 69 empty spots to house beer caps from all over the country. It’s a great way to keep a little souvenir from breweries all over the country, plus it doubles as an interesting conversation piece for his home.

    Reviewers agree that this a great gift for the beer loving dad that comes at an affordable price.

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    Best for the Coffee Loving Dad: Presse by Bobble

    Maybe dad has a newborn and is totally sleep-deprived or maybe he’s just the type of person who can’t function until he’s had his morning brew. In either case, this convenient travel mug will ensure he gets his fill—and that he’s getting a fresh, quality cuppa. The mug functions like a French press, makes 13 ounces of coffee, and has three-wall insulation to keep liquid hot for hours. It comes in various different colors and even some holiday themes so you are sure to find one that suits his needs.