The 15 Best Gifts for Dad in 2021

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

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Our Top Picks
"Keep his coffee hot for up to seven hours and drinks cold for 18."
"Dad will enjoy flipping through all the history that has been made in his lifetime."
Best for Fitness Buffs:
Fitbit Versa at Amazon
"It comes loaded with 300+ songs and you can access on demand workouts."
"Curate all of your children's best moments with Dad."
Best for Music Lovers:
Cowin E7 at Amazon
"One charge can last up to 30 hours."
"Keeps beverages cold for up to 24 hours and hot beverages for six."
"Add a monogram a cute message from the kids on these."
"This cooler is available in five different colors."
"Coming with a variety of flavors and types, the kit is perfect for any father."
"This 9-foot hammock can hold up to 400 pounds so there might be room for dad, and a kid, or two!"

Best for Coffee Lovers: Contigo AUTOSEAL West Loop Vaccuum


Dad can take his Joe on the road with this favorite that will keep his coffee hot for up to seven hours (and drinks cold for 18). Available in three sizes and over 12 colors, this is the mug that keeps on keeping him caffeinated! What we love best about it, is it doesn't leak—we swear.

"In our testing, the Contigo performed even better than promised. When filled with hot coffee, the mug maintained high heat for roughly three hours. When filled with ice water, the Contigo kept it cool enough to maintain the ice cubes for 12 hours." — Suzie Dundas, Product Tester

Best for History Buffs: Uncommon Goods New York Times Custom Birthday Book


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. 

Best for Fitness Buffs: Fitbit Versa Smart Watch

Whether dad is super in shape or is looking to lose his "dad bod" this smartwatch can help him stick to his goals all while looking super cool. Not only does this track his daily activity (think sleep and heart rate) it also comes loaded with 300+ songs and you can access on demand workouts so he always has a personal trainer on call.

What's more the battery life last 4+ days, and besides keeping him in shape he can also get his sports, texts, calls, and so much more.

Best Sentimental: Minted Heart Snapshot Mix Hues Photo Art


One of the greatest gifts you can give is memories. This heart-shaped photo art from top brand Minted, let's you curate all of your children's best moments with dad.

He can display it at his office, or hang it on a wall at home. No matter the use, this will be something he will treasure for a lifetime.

Best for Music Lovers: Cowin E7 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones

Let dad zone out with noise-canceling headphones that can let him listen to his favorite podcast in peace. These Bluetooth enabled headphones cut the need for a wire and on one-charge, can last for up to 30 hours.

Besides tuning out the sound of a busy household, he can use them on the plane, at the gym, or wherever he wants to get into what he is listening to.

Best Healthy: Hydro Flask Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle Wide Mouth with Straw Lid

Don't let dad get thirsty with this top-rated stainless steel water bottle. Available in a 32 oz. or 40 oz size this water bottle helps save the environment by reducing the need for plastic water bottles while also reminding him to stay hydrated.

This bottle comes in 10 colors so we are sure you'll find something that suits him. It keeps beverages cold for up to 24 hours and hot beverages for 6.

Best for Working Dads: Pima Personalized Socks- Set of 5 Pairs


While socks aren't the most exciting gift, these socks are so much more because they are personalized. Add his monogram or perhaps a cute message from the kids. Whatever your "saying" he will know you're all thinking of him when he is at the office.

These are available in black or grey and are sold as a set of five. The fit shoe size 9.5-12.

Best for Chilling: Permasteel 80 Qt. Patio Rolling Cooler


Summers are the perfect time to gather the family and relax outdoors. Why not add a decorative touch that serves a purpose with this retro rolling cooler. Dad can fill it with beers, seltzers, or use it to keep what he is going to grill chilled. This cooler is available in five different colors so you can find the perfect match for your backyard or one that suits his style.

Best for Beer Drinkers: Mr. Beer Complete Beer Making Kit with Bottles

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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.

"If you’re looking for a no-stress way to get into homebrewing, the Mr. Beer American Golden Ale Complete Beer Making Kit is a great option. Not only are the instructions easy to follow, but when compared to other beer brewing kits, there are less steps involved." — Rebekah Joan, Product Tester

Best for Relaxing: AmazonBasics Fabric Hammock with Stand

What better way to let dad kick back and relax than a hammock you can easily set up in your backyard. This 9-foot hammock can hold up to 400 pounds so there might be room for dad, and a kid, or two!

This hammock doesn't attach to a tree it has a stand so dad can move it around depending on if he wants shade or not. It also comes with a carrying case so he can take it on the go. Wherever he uses it, just be sure to give him a frosty beverage and let him unwind!

Best for Grillers: Home-Complete BBQ Grill Tool 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.

Best for Outdoor Lovers: Coleman Portable Camping Quad Chair with 4-Can 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. 

Best for Relaxation: Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck 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.

Best for Handy Men: Husky Portable Jobsite Workbench

Husky 1.8 ft. x 3 ft. Portable Jobsite Workbench

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.

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. ​

What to Look for in a Gift for Dad

Dad’s hobbies What does your dad like to do? It’s important to think about what your dad enjoys before buying him a gift off this list. You don’t have to limit yourself to what his current interests are, though. You may be able to help your father discover a new hobby he can enjoy.

Price and value While the price is the amount of money you pay for an item, value is how much you can get out of it compared to what you paid. It’s important to think about both what you can afford and also how much enjoyment you think your dad will get out of your gift compared to how much it costs.

Creativity It can be really difficult to shop for parents, but it’s a great idea to get creative with your gift. Think about what sentiment you really want to convey instead of going with another tie or a shirt. The gifts on this list should give you a great idea for an out-of-the-box gift that will really surprise your dad.

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