The 9 Best Gifts to Buy for Dad in 2018

Surprise your Father with something he'll truly love this year

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Finding the right gift for dad can be difficult. Depending on the type of father you have, his interests may range from the stereotypical guy stuff to anything else under the sun. Regardless, one thing remains the same: the right gift can make the special occasion even more memorable while giving him something useful or unique to last a long time. That is why finding such a gift is extremely important.

This is where this guide will come in handy. Whether your father is into grilling, construction, beer or other things, there are some great options for a variety of occasions for you to check out. Better still, each of these gift options comes in at different price points so you can find something within your budget. From gadgets to brewers, here are the top gifts to buy your father, for birthdays, holidays and beyond.


  • 01 of 09

    Best for Beer Drinkers: Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition Brewing Kit

    A good beer has always been a great gift for a father. In recent years, however, small craft and homebrew beers have gained a significant niche for many beer-enthusiasts due to the wide variety of flavors and textures available. If your father has an affinity for the more unique brands or simply wants to try his own hand at home brewing, a kit is a great way to go.

    The Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition Brewing Kit will give your father everything he needs to make four gallons of his own home-brewed beer. The kit comes with a brewing fermenter, shatterproof bottles and the necessary ingredients. There is even a bonus refill for an additional two gallons when the original supply runs out. Coming with a variety of flavors and types, the kit is perfect for any father wanting to try his hand at home brewing.

  • 02 of 09

    Best for Grillers: Home-Complete BBQ Tools Set

    Barbecuing outside is a common pastime many fathers enjoy, especially in the warmer summer months. While a new, large grill might be out of the question in terms of affordability, a good BBQ tool set is a great choice for any father needing some variety while grilling. Best of all, such sets tend to cover the whole range of grilling needs so you can set your father up right with a single gift.

    The Home-Complete BBQ Tools Set is the perfect gift for any father looking to start a new BBQ tool collection or to expand an existing one. Coming with a variety of tools like spatulas, brushes and tongs, each one is made of heat-resistant metal and silicone that will extend the life of each one. Coming in a convenient carrying case, it is easy to keep the tools organized and stored when not in use.

  • 03 of 09

    Best for Relaxation: Zyllion ZMA13BK Pillow Massager

    Sometimes, the best gift is one of relaxation. Anything you can do to make your father feel less stressed and more comfortable will be well received. A good massage is one effective way to get this kind of relaxation, but professional massages are expensive and short lasting. For an at-home alternative, consider a mechanical massager. With different settings, a pillow massager will give your father a good quality massage for the fraction of the price.

    After a tough day out on the job, any father will appreciate the nice relaxing massage provided by the Zyllion ZMA13BK Pillow Massager. Using a simple and secure strap, the pillow can be attached to a variety of places for a deep shiatsu-like massage. This makes it a great choice for the neck, back, arms and legs. The motor is designed for long-term use since it will automatically shut off when starting to overheat.

  • 04 of 09

    Best for Handy Men: Husky Portable Jobsite Workbench

    Husky 1.8 ft. x 3 ft. Portable Jobsite Workbench
    Courtesy of Home Depot

    Some dads are weekend warriors. Picking up their tool belt, setting aside some wood, and getting to work on a home DIY project is a regular ritual for this type of father. If your father is one of them, a gift that makes the project easier and quicker is the way to go. While tools are always a safe bet, a truly unique gift is a portable workbench your father can use to set up shop anywhere he wants to work.

    For projects on the go, the Husky Portable Jobsite Workbench is simple to carry, store and use anywhere. Folding up into a suitcase size package, the table easily unfolds when ready to use. The surface of the table includes a variety of mounting points and slots for saws. This will keep the most common set of tools secure while in use so your father and his project will be protected.

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  • 05 of 09

    Best for Coffee Lovers: Cuisinart DCC-3200W 14C Programmable Coffeemaker

    The smell of coffee in the morning is something that wakes countless millions of people up each day. A good machine will give your father ample choice in terms of his preferred coffee brew. Brewing his own coffee at home is also a good way to keep costs down compared to shopping at major coffee shops.

    For a good cup of coffee in the morning, the Cuisinart DCC-3200 makes it easy and quick. The coffee maker quickly heats the water up to the necessary temperature while the brew strength can be set via a dedicated control knob. For automatic use, a 24-hour programmable setting will start on and off automatically as long as there are enough water and coffee grinds in the machine beforehand.

    Take a peek at some of the other best coffee makers you can buy.

  • 06 of 09

    Best Tech: Amazon Echo Dot

    Who doesn’t like a new tech gadget to play with? Regardless of the occasion, a new technological device has an instant cool factor along with a practical benefit. Smart devices are becoming more and more popular thanks to the wide range of uses and benefits they provide. Whether your father simply likes new gadgets or could actually benefit from something that will make his life more organized and connected, new technology is always a safe bet.

    Tech-gadget dads will appreciate the Amazon Echo Dot as a gift. Smaller than the rest of the Echo family, the Dot still has all of the functionality with voice control and 24/7 internet access. Intended for common spaces around the home like the kitchen, the Dot acts as a personal assistant. Sensitive whole-room microphones will pick up voice commands and respond to requests such as the news, weather reports, stocks, recipes, and much more.

  • 07 of 09

    Best for History Buffs: The New York Times Custom Birthday Book

    Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

    For dads that like to keep current, why not give him a book with a collection of the front page of The New York Times from every year since his birth with his birthdate and name personalized on the cover. Dad will enjoy flipping through all the history that has been made in his lifetime, and you'll score major bonus points for an extremely thoughtful and unique gift. 

    Besides The New York Times, you can also get the front page from other sources like The Washington Post, Los Angles Times or get more specific with The New York Times baseball or football books that will capture their favorite sport and teams through the years of their birth. 

    Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best gifts for the history buff father

  • 08 of 09

    Best Beauty: Gentleman Jon Deluxe Wet Shave Kit

    Beauty might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you are thinking about a gift for your dad, but this shaving kit is sure to please even the manliest of men. This set includes one safety razor, a badger hair brush, canvas and leather dopp kit, shave stand, alum block, stainless steel shave bowl, shave soap and five astra razor blades, making it the perfect at-home setup to get him that barber shave at home. 

    Reviewers claim this has finally healed their ingrown hairs, and they love the smell the beauty products have. Many think the set is substantial and looks nicer than the price tag. ​

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  • 09 of 09

    Best for Outdoor Lovers: Coleman Oversized Quad Chair with Cooler

    If your dad likes to camp, fish, tailgate or just grill and chill this chair is the perfect pick for him. It easy collapses and sets up so he can leave it in the trunk of his car or in the garage when not in use. It has a fully cushioned back and seat so he can lounge for the long haul. What's more, it has a four can cooler so he can hold a few brewskis and it has a cup holder for the one he is working on. It also has a mesh pocket to keep stuff like his football program or fishing license handy. 

    Dad will love this chair so much, he will be sure to buy a few more for his buddies. It is available in black, red, blue and gray to suit his preferences.