Celebrate dad this Father's Day in a way he'll appreciate, that's not just a pair of socks or another tie to add to his collection.
Etiquette experts agree that gifts are always appreciated, even if Dad claims he doesn't want anything. For the dad that has everything, gift him a heartfelt card that shows how much you care, or plan a bonding session for you and your dad doing his favorite activity or spending a night playing his favorite board game. You could even offer to help him out with a project or perform a chore for him. There are more ways than just gifts to make Dad feel special on Father's Day.
To help spark more practical and thoughtful ideas, we researched the best products for dads, evaluating quality, real user reviews, and overall value.
Mark & Graham Rustic Leather Catchall Tray
Whether it’s on his desk, near his bedside table, or at the front door, everyone needs a good catchall tray—this option from Mark & Graham can be monogrammed for that extra touch. The genuine leather trays are sturdy but also a stylish way to house essentials like keys, phone charger, wallet, and more. Choose small, medium, large, or get Dad the set of three.
Price at time of publish: $49
Bartesian 55300 Premium Cocktail Machine
Bartesian’s cocktail maker is a simple but fun way to shake up some drinks—no mixology skills required. Simply insert the cocktail capsules, select the strength, and that’s it. Of course, you have to supply the actual alcohol, but this seriously cuts down on the need for individual mixers and getting the measurements just right. The six-pack of capsules, which are sold separately, include an old-fashioned, gin martini, whiskey sour, and more.
Price at time of publish: $359
Grillbot Automatic Grill Cleaning Robot with Carrying Case
There are robot vacuums that pick up dirt, autonomous lawnmowers that cut the grass, and now devices that clean your grill all on their own. With this Grillbot Automatic Grill Cleaner, Dad just has to place the cleaner on the grill grate, press a button (10-, 20-, or 30-minute cleaning cycle), and close the lid. An alarm will go off when the process is complete, and when he comes back, his grill will be spotless. The brushes are removable and can go right in the dishwasher for cleaning.
Price at time of publish: $135
Hydroflask Cooler Cup
No matter Dad's drink of choice, keep it cold with a cooler cup from Hydro Flask. Slip it around a beer or hard seltzer for tailgates, barbecues, or beach days. It fits snugly around most bottles and cans, thanks to the silicone sleeve. If he prefers something else, the product can be used as a 12-ounce cup for juice, coffee, or water without the annoying condensation.
Price at time of publish: $25
Pix-Star Easy Digital Photo Frame
Keep Dad or grandpa connected by sharing family photos through a digital picture frame. Pix-Star makes it simple to display and share pictures with up to 25 frames from the compatible app. The motion-sensor frame turns on when you walk into the room and then shuts off to save battery. Flip through photos of the kids or grandkids with the included remote for hours of reminiscing and sharing memories.
Price at time of publish: $229
Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug
Catching his morning mug of joe at the ideal temperature is tricky if he’s not paying attention. Luckily, this high-tech mug has a fix. It gives Dad the perfect drinking experience by using a pre-programmed temperature. An app on his phone notifies him when the mug hits his preferred temperature, and the mug maintains it for up to two hours. He can also save preset temperatures for all his favorite drinks to make sure they all taste their best.
Price at time of publish: $148
Friends NYC Jeopardy Alex Trebek Father's Day Greeting Card
Honor the TV dads you love (almost) as much as your real one with cards from Friends NYC. The one features Alex Trebek reading a Jeopardy clue that says, "Funny, king and supportive person related to me." Inside, you'll find the answer in the form of the question, "Who is the best dad?" There's plenty of room to leave a heartfelt message of your own inside for a sentimental yet affordable gift for Dad.
Price at time of publish: $5
Stock Dad's bar cart with these stylish bar tools. Opt for a clear cocktail shaker if Dad loves negronis, a collection of bar tools on a modern marble stand, a brass ice bucket, or a gold tray to hold it all together. Or, buy the whole four-piece set to mix gourmet cocktails at home.
Price at time of publish: $50 for archer barware cocktail shaker
Magnolia Bakery Dad Bod Dessert Bundle
The aptly named Dad Bod Box comes straight from New York's most famous bakeries right to his doorstep. Dad can enjoy Magnolia Bakery's signature banana pudding, three banana pudding cookies, and two double-fudge brownies on his special day. Whether he decides to share or not is up to him.
Price at time of publish: $60
Ridge Merino Men's Solstice Lightweight Pullover Hoodie
Dad can never have too many hoodies, and this one is a must for his collection. The Solstice sweatshirt from Ridge Merino features a natural UPF 30+ for days spent in the sun. The lightweight, breathable material keeps him covered without the risk of overheating. Whether biking, hiking, boating, cycling, or more, dad stays protected, comfortable, and stylish in this ideal layering piece.
Price at time of publish: $85
L.L.Bean Men's Wicked Good Moccasins
Sometimes plush slippers can feel like a last-minute gift, so finding a pair that really stands out is important. L.L. Bean’s Wicked Good slippers not only have a cult following online but they're also loved by The Spruce editors. The shearling lining is amazingly soft, so Dad will love sliding his feet into these after a long day. The quality craftsmanship means he’ll have these for years to come.
Price at time of publish: $90
Uncommon Goods A Dozen Reasons I Love You Dad
Even if dad isn’t exactly the sentimental type, this gift can pull at the toughest of heartstrings. This set from Uncommon Goods contains 12 heart-shaped wooden pieces in a small box. Each shape has a “reason” you love Dad, which you can choose from more than 50 different phrases, like “You are my constant supporter” or “Thanks for killing all the spiders.”
Price at time of publish: $45
Bespoke Post Backpack Cooler Chair
Get dad ready for dads at the ballpark, picnics in the park, or backyard barbecues with this all-in-one backpack from Bespoke Post. The water-resistant backpack has an insulated cooler pocket with enough space for eight cans. Along with the multiple other pockets for storing snacks and essentials for him and kids, the backpack also converts into a seat that's perfect for the beach or park.
Price at time of publish: $70
Fire Department Coffee Coffee Club
Supply Dad with his morning fuel with a coffee subscription service: Every month, Dad will get a new bag of coffee beans delivered right to his door with flavors from Ecuador, Indonesia, and more. Fire Department Coffee is a veteran-owned coffee company that is run by firefighters and dedicated to giving back to ill and injured first responders, so you can feel good about your purchase.
Price at time of publish: $19
Boll & Branch Men's Waffle Robe
Undoubtedly, Dad deserves some self-care. If he's into luxurious waffle robes, this one from Boll & Branch delivers coziness and functionality with the breathable, soft fabric. Dad can shave, dry off after the shower, or perform daily chores while wrapped in comfort. The generously sized robe is designed specifically for men and comes in two neutral colors.
Price at time of publish: $118
Dollar Shave Club Ultimate Shave Set
If your dad loves growing a beard (then shaving it off), gift him a luxury shaving soap like this one from Dollar Shave Club. The company customizes a kit for Dad based on his routine and preferences. You can also gift Dad a subscription, so dull razors and harsh shaving creams are a thing of the past.
Price at time of publish: $18
Brightland Pizza Oil
Trendy olive-oil Brightland has released its newest innovation designed for dad's favorite treat. Made with green pepper, oregano, jalapenos, and basil, the Pizza Oil comes in a convenient squeezable tube for drizzling on and dazzling up take-out slices to homemade creations.
Price at time of publish: $32
Dos Hombres Mezcal Artesanal
If your dad is still talking about the "Breaking Bad" finale, gift him a smokey tequila from actors Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul. Dos Hombres celebrates the friendship of the two costars, and now Dad can get in on the fun of his favorite show as well. The mezcal offers a rich taste perfect for margaritas or other cocktails, and the recognizable name and bottle will become a conversation starter in any home bar.
Price at time of publish: $55
Harry & David Seven Days of Dad Jokes
Countdown to Father's Day with this cheeky advent calendar from Harry & David. Behind seven doors, he'll find a delicious delicacy designed for him from hickory-smoked summer sausage to German chocolate cookie bars. What's more, on the inside of each flap is a dad joke or one-liner sure to put a smile on his face.
Price at time of publish: $130
Uncommon Goods Baseball Stadium Blueprints
If Dad is a diehard sports fan, you probably know what his favorite team is and why. This vintage baseball stadium print includes the blueprint for famous stadiums like Fenway, Wrigley Field, and Yankee Stadium. The prints are encased in a neutral wood frame and would look amazing as a piece of wall art or the standout feature in Dad’s man cave.
Price at time of publish: $85
Okabashi Mariner Men's Flip Flops
Father's Day comes at the perfect time to prepare for summer and warmer weather. Gift Dad his new favorite outdoor shoes with these flip-flops from Okabashi. The brand designs the Mariner to be the most comfortable flip-flop available in everyday wearable colors. The chic style doesn't sacrifice comfort with arch support, a sculpted heel cup, and a soft upper strap. You can gear Dad up for days on the boat, at the beach, or just walking around the backyard.
Price at time of publish: $25
Yummy Bazaar World Box
Experience the delicacies of different cuisines without ever leaving your living room with Yummy Bazaar. Choose from a one-time box or up to a yearly subscription for the dad in your life who loves to travel, wants to try new recipes, and looks to expand his culinary horizons. Subscription boxes are also a great way to show someone you care, especially if they live far away or you can't be together on holidays.
Price at time of publish: $69 for one month
BYRD The Flock Favorites
Whether Dad has a fully fleshed hair care routine or can use a little help in that department, BYRD has him covered. This set includes fan-favorite products from the surf-inspired brand, including a matte pomade, texturizing Surfspray, pocket comb, and air freshener. Add these sulfate-free, vegan, and cruelty-free products to your daily routine for defined, voluminous, and compliment-worthy hair.
Price at time of publish: $49
Jackery Explorer 500 Solar Portable Generator
If Dad loves to camp, he needs a portable generator to power all of his devices in the middle of the wilderness. The Jackery Explorer 500 does just that with various charging capabilities. The solar-powered generator connects to your car as well and has ports for charging stoves, laptops, fans, projectors, lights, phones, and more. Now, he can bring all of his favorite items from home that make camping in the woods a bit more comfortable.
Price at time of publish: $499
MasterClass Annual Membership
For the dad that has everything, gift him a year of learning whatever he wishes from the world's experts. Masterclass connects you with virtual classes on anything from cooking and gardening to writing and gaming. Give Dad the power to choose the gift perfect for him.
Price at time of publish: $20 for duo
FOCO Athletic Gray Lounge Pants
Celebrate Dad's favorite team with a pair of comfy sweats he can wear on the couch or to the game. These athletic lounge pants have long-term comfort and feature one of 32 football logos—just choose Dad's favorite. He can rep his team while feeling relaxed during tailgates and Sunday football marathons.
Price at time of publish: $35
A Trillion Cliches Every Dad Will Do Prompted Journal
Poke some fun at dad this Father's Day with this prompted journal from Brass Monkey. "A Trillion Cliches Every Dad Will Do" features 200 unique pages with prompts featuring funny or embarrassing anecdotes that all dads do one way or another, like wearing socks with sandals on a tropical vacation. Fill in the book with hilarious stories about dad; he'll cherish it forever as he relives the amazing stories about him with his loved ones.
Price at time of publish: $15
Rise Gardens Personal Garden and Starter Kit
Bring Dad's green thumb indoors when gardening outside just isn't possible with a personal indoor garden. Perfect for apartments or small spaces, the planter is only 18 inches long, and all of the care is done with smart technology connected to the companion app. Grow herbs, vegetables, or leafy greens with ease that you can then incorporate into your daily meals.
Price at time of publish: $349
New or expecting dads will love this sound machine and smart light designed to make you sleep longer and better. You can personalize a sleep and wake-up routine with a sunrise alarm featuring soothing and natural colors. While awake, use the Hatch Restore as a reading light or a sound machine for baby's naps.
Price at time of publish: $130
Watch Gang Subscription
With Watch Gang, Dad receives new watches every month from top brands at a reduced retail price. Now, Dad can match his watch to his outfit every day with his new collection. Also, every week, Watch Gang gives away ROLEX, TAG Heuer, and Seiko watches to a lucky subscriber.
Price at time of publish: $75 for one month
The Spice House The Rodney Scott Deluxe Collection
For the dad that loves to barbecue, check out this collection of seasonings and rubs to make delicious meat or vegetables every time. The collection has been curated by Rodney Scott, an American chef, and James Beard Award-winning whole-hog barbecue pitmaster. Some of the eight delicious concoctions you'll get to taste include black chile coffee cocoa rub and garlic butter pepper herb rub.
Price at time of publish: $96
LARQ Bottle PureVis
Have you ever seen your dad clean his water bottle? Probably not, so this LARQ option should be on the list of gift options for him. The self-cleaning water bottle has an LED light that not only purifies the water but also cleans the actual bottle. The bottle’s self-cleaning mode turns on every two hours. Also, the contents in the bottle will stay cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours.
Price at time of publish: $99
Jojo's Sriracha Sriracha Chili Sauce
If your dad always tries out new hot sauces, let Jojo's Sriracha be next. The Good Food Award Winner of 2020, Jojo's sriracha chili sauce adds the perfect flavor and spice to any dish. Additionally, the brand supports local farmers with their small-batch products, actively working with the Pueblo Food Project to create a more equitable food system. You can drizzle it on eggs, chicken, veggies, pastas, and more.
Price at time of publish: $14
The Sill Monthly Subscription
Even if Dad doesn’t have a green thumb, The Sill’s monthly plant subscription will make it easier to foster his love of plants. Choose from low light to beginner to pro options, and this subscription provides the recipient with a new plant and planter each month. Choose between four planter colors, which the recipient can change over time.
Price at time of publish: $55 per month
Leatherman Skeletool Multi-Tool
The handyman in your life needs this compact 7-in-1 tool that fits in the pocket of your jeans. The Skeletool from Leatherman features a knife, pliers, an exchangeable bit driver, wire cutters, and a carabiner/bottle opener. The tool only weighs 5 ounces, so Dad can easily carry it anywhere he goes. It's suitable for anything from daily fixes to home renovation projects. The best part—you can customize the tool's color and design, then add a monogram for ultimate personalization.
Price at time of publish: $75
Dude, You're Gonna Be a Dad!: How to Get (Both of You) Through The Next 9 Months
Impending fatherhood can be scary, but this book can help. John Pfeiffer’s "Dude, You’re Gonna Be a Dad: How to Get (Both of You) Through the Next 9 Months" is sure to be a welcome gift. The book covers everything from the first OB-GYN visit to the birthing day. First-time dads will appreciate this book that takes a lighthearted approach to a life-changing moment.
Price at time of publish: $12
Fulton & Roark Total Package
Upgrade your dad's self-care routine with Fulton & Roarke's eco-friendly hair and skin essentials. In this bundle, your dad will receive a bar of soap, an aluminum-free deodorant, a skin and hair nourishing oil, and a solid fragrance. Just choose your favorite fragrance and you have the perfect gift he'll actually use.
Price at time of publish: $145
Hush Puppies Men's The Good Low Top
Hush Puppies creates upgraded dad sneakers that remain timeless and fashionable from season to season. The Good Low Top is the perfect walking shoe that looks a little nicer than running sneakers. Available in white, brown, and black, they match any outfit Dad chooses, while the footbed provides plush cushioning all day. Hush Puppies uses recycled water bottles and bloom algae in their shoes as an eco-friendly alternative to petroleum-based materials.
Price at time of publish: $80
Artifact Uprising Hardcover Photo Book
Most of us are probably guilty of not printing out or at least framing our favorite photos. But here’s a sentimental way to display those beautiful memories. The hardcover photo book from Artifact Uprising ranges in size, layout, and design. The fabric hardcover and customized book jacket open up to reveal photos printed on 100 percent recycled pages. Start at 40 or go all the way up to 210 pages to display your favorite pictures together.
Price at time of publish: $72
Forloh Men's SolAir UPF Long Sleeve Shirt
Forloh's American-made garments protect hunters, fishers, gardeners, hikers, and campers from the elements with their innovative technology. This SolAir long-sleeve shirt features cooling fibers built in no matter the temperature outside. The Polygiene Stay Fresh antimicrobial and Odor Crunch scent control systems keep Dad looking and smelling fresh after rigorous activity in the heat. Available in five colors, dads who plan to spend all summer outdoors need this versatile shirt to stay cool and protected.
Price at time of publish: $89
Apple iPad Pro 11-inch (2020)
If you don’t want to gift Dad an actual laptop or if your funds are low, this iPad Pro is the next best thing. In addition to the vibrant display, the iPad has storage from 128GB to 1TB and an 11 to 12.9-inch display. So Dad can pretty much do any and everything on this device. From work to play, he’ll get tons of bang for your buck out of this handy gadget.
Price at time of publish: $799
Highland Duds The World Traveler Stack
Highland Duds makes it easy to dress the guy in your life for everything from international trips to running errands on the weekend. With the stack, you choose a top, bottom, and jacket in your size that look great together for just one price. The world traveler stack comes with a contemporary jacket, a gray t-shirt, and olive chinos, so your dad has a pre-determined outfit to pack away in a carry-on or just wear from day to day.
Price at time of publish: $233
Miko Shiatsu Home Foot Massager Machine
Dad deserves to relax after a long day at work or at home with the kids, and a luxurious foot massager is a perfect way. Warm your feet, improve blood flow, and work out any knots or sore spots with Miko. The rolling massager targets pressure points for the ultimate shiatsu experience right from home. Just plug it in, choose your settings, and feel the pressure melt away.
Price at time of publish: $250
Breo Box Subscription
Keep Dad up to date with the latest products and technology with a Breo Box subscription. Every three months, Dad receives four to eight products that can feature tech, gadgets, home goods, and more specifically picked to fit the season. Now, Dad gets to open four gifts a year and use his new gadgets all year long, so he feels special 365 days a year.
Price at time of publish: $150
Quince Men's Mongolian Cashmere Crewneck Sweater
No matter Dad's taste in clothing, a simple cashmere sweater is a nice staple piece that he may not always buy for himself. This option from Quince is made from Mongolian cashmere in a comfortable crewneck fit that can be dressed up or down. Choose from eight colors and four sizes for the perfect date night look for your husband or party look for a dad or brother.
Price at time of publish: $60
Mr. Beer Complete Beer Making Starter Kit with Bottles
If Dad is a bit of a beer snob who knows his pale ale from his porter, he’ll love taking his obsession one step further by brewing up a batch of craft beer in his own kitchen. This beer-making kit simplifies the home-brewing process by giving him all the necessary supplies and ingredients to make a case of his favorite beer. It takes only an hour of hands-on time and six weeks of waiting (the hard part!) to get beer that’s perfectly brewed and ready to drink.
Price at time of publish: $50
Whether Dad is an avid game or nostalgic for games of the past, the new Atari gaming system is an awesome gift that the whole family can enjoy. This new hybrid combines consoles with PCs for a new gaming experience with over 100 classic Atari games, along with some new releases. The old meets the new with a classic joystick and modern controller that features LED and rumble effects. This is a great splurge present that everyone in the family can have fun with for years and years.
Price at time of publish: $400
Hawthorne Custom Fragrance
Cologne is a great gift, but it can be difficult to ensure your recipient will enjoy the scent. Take all the guesswork out of gifting with Hawthorne, a service that allows Dad to custom-make his perfect fragrance. With a simple quiz, Hawthorne will recommend fragrances and other skin and body products that you can guarantee Dad will love.
Price at time of publish: $60
Kan Jam Original Disc Toss Game
Gift Dad something the whole family can enjoy—a fun lawn game like this Kan Jam Ultimate Disc Game, which we tested and loved. Dad can set it up in the backyard, at the beach, or even camping. The point of the game is to get the Frisbee in the opposing side's "kan." You can team parents against the kids, boys versus girls, or however you see fit. The best part of the game is it induces family bonding and gets you all outside and away from technology.
Price at time of publish: $40
Yeti Hopper Flip 18 Insulated Personal Cooler
If Dad loves camping, going to the beach, or chilling in the backyard with a cold drink, he needs a Yeti cooler. This personal one is portable and not as bulky or expensive as their traditional coolers, but it still fits up to 16 cans plus ice. Pack a park picnic for the whole family this Father's Day to show Dad you care.
Price at time of publish: $300
July Large Toiletry Bag
For the dad who loves to travel with all of his grooming necessities, look to the July Toiletry Bag. The nylon construction resists water to protect Dad's essentials. The bag keeps all of his items organized with two mesh compartments and multiple pockets and straps. Choose from three stylish colors that seamlessly blend in with the rest of your luggage for easy packing and unpacking.
Price at time of publish: $95
Buck Mason Craftsman Canvas Baseball Cap
A modern update to a classic dad staple, the Craftsman canvas baseball cap from Buck Mason will quickly become a favorite in Dad's closet. The classic style and neutral colors make this an easy addition to any outfit. The high-quality material makes this pick feel more stylish and dressy than a traditional cap without sacrificing comfort. The adjustable fit ensures the cap stays in place all day, while the suede brim adds a bit of interest to the timeless accessory.
Price at time of publish: $45
Blind Barrels Subscription
Put your whiskey-loving dad's knowledge to the test with a Blind Barrels subscription. Every three months, you'll receive four whiskey bottles to sample. Try to taste different notes and flavors to determine the type of whiskey you are tasting, then reveal the results on the included tasting sheet. Your dad might just find his new favorite whiskey with this fun activity he can enjoy with his friends or even grandpa.
Price at time of publish: $70 per box
Twisted Alchemy Not-So Old Fashioned Kit
Stock dad's bar cart with all the essentials for his favorite cocktail, an old-fashioned. The Not-So Old Fashioned Kit from Twisted Alchemy comes with one bottle of Demerara Syrup, made from sun-dried raw sugar cane from Belize that has a slight vanilla flavor, a bottle of orange bitters, and a stainless-steel jigger. Just add your favorite bourbon or a non-alcoholic alternative. The best part— 10 percent of all proceeds from this kit go to Father's Uplift, an organization that supports mental health for fathers.
Price at time of publish: $50
Meater Plus Smart Meat Thermometer with Bluetooth
Ensure that your meat is cooked perfectly every time with this smart meat thermometer from Meater. It's completely hands-free through the compatible smartphone app. You can track your meat's temperature and progress, set up custom alerts and notifications, and learn ideal cooking and resting times for all of your recipes without any of the guesswork.
Price at time of publish: $100
Other Great Gift Ideas
If there's nothing dad specifically needs this year, it's time to think outside the box. August Abbott, PhD and etiquette expert, recommends something Dad won't buy for himself, like a gift voucher to his favorite restaurant or a ticket to a jazz concert. Sticking within his interests is most important: "Gift cards to a particular place would be seen as more thoughtful than an overall gift card," Dr. Abbott shares.
Also, don't forget about your husband on Father's Day. "When fathers are also husbands, the gift is generally more intimate," says Dr. Abbott. This could be as lavish as a weekend getaway or as simple as a dinner out. "When budget is too tight for a getaway, a dinner in a real restaurant rather than in the car after leaving the drive-thru lane can be the momentary escape from a routine that shows him how special he is," she says.
Sometimes the best, longest-lasting gifts require no money at all. "Without spending a dollar, this may be the best, most priceless gift of all: Really get to know him," says Dr. Abbott.
Tips on Choosing a Father's Day Gift
Loo for something functional. Functionality means different things for different fathers, but a lot of the time, practicality trumps novelty. If Dad’s a techie, get him the latest tech gear or a fun new gadget he’s had his eye on. If he’s the kind of dad who says he doesn’t want anything, give him something ephemeral like a gourmet gift basket, like this option from Harry & David, or a case of his favorite wine.
If you and your dad share a passion for spy novels, midcentury-modern architecture, fly fishing, poker, or classic movies, offer him something that will help you bond. Use your gift to show him that you want to spend more quality time together. Or create a virtual shared experience if he lives far away.
Get Dad a gift that he can treasure for years to come. If he’s an accomplished cook, offer him a well-made piece of cookware like a Dutch oven or cast iron pan that will outlive you both. If he’s a Luddite, offer him a classic watch (or a watch subscription), a stylish AM/FM radio, or a beautifully made leather globe for his study.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This roundup was written by Julia Fields, an associate editor for The Spruce covering all things surrounding toys, gifts, and the holidays. She's also covered similar topics in other roles, including toy reviews, product round-ups, expert-focused articles, and more.
Expert advice was provided by etiquette expert on JustAnswer, August Abbott, PhD.