The 15 Best Gifts for Dad in 2021

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

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Dad absolutely deserves the best, and not only on Father’s Day or even his birthday. It’s absolutely possible to find the perfect present any day of the year that truly shows him how much your care and appreciate his role in your life. These are useful, fun, sentimental gifts, and you might just want to keep a few for yourself.

Here are the best gifts for dad. 

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This is a personalized piece of wall art that's high on sentimentality.
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The smart watch has a long battery life as well as access to on demand workouts.
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This set replaces the usual chess pieces with iconic city landmarks.
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This cozy hammock is perfect for the backyard or easily fold it up and take it on the go.
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Keep his coffee hot for up to seven hours and drinks cold for 18.
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Tools can be a safe bet, but a truly unique gift is this portable work station.
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Dad’s sure to love this small, but meaningful gift that expresses all the reasons he’s the best.
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Dad will enjoy flipping through all the history that has been made in his lifetime.
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This retro style cooler is available in five different colors and will look great in any backyard.
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Add a monogram or cute message from the kids on these personalized socks.
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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, lets you curate all of those amazing moments with the best dad in the world. He can display it at his office, or hang it as wall art at home. No matter the use, this will be something he'll be sure to treasure for a lifetime.

Fitbit Versa Smart Watch

Fitbit Versa Smart Watch

Whether dad is super in shape or looking to step up his fitness routine, this smart watch can help him stick to his goals all while looking super cool. Not only does this track his daily activity (sleep and heart rate) it also comes loaded with 300+ songs and access to on demand workouts for those home gym sessions. What's more, the battery life can last four days, and he can also get his sports updates, texts, calls, and so much more.

Ian Flood & Chris Prosser NYC Skyline Chess Set

NYC Chess Board

Playing a fun, family board game is great, but when dad wants a serious challenge, it’s time to whip out the chess board. But this isn’t just any ‘ol board. Instead of the usual game pieces, they’re replaced with iconic city landmarks. This is such a great way to reimagine the classic chess game but in a stylish way with a set that will surely look great on any tabletop. 

Vivere Double Cotton Hammock Vivere Double Cotton Hammock

Vivere Double Cotton Hammock

A hammock might bring to mind visions of palm trees and a sandy beach, but that same relaxing vibe can be achieved from the comfort of the backyard. Gift dad this hammock that easily rolls up into the carrying bag. The comfortable material is perfect for lounging and it’s anchored with a sturdy nine foot steel stand. The hammock holds up to 450 pounds and is sure to be a hit with everyone in the family on sunny days.

Contigo AUTOSEAL West Loop Vaccuum

Contigo Autoseal West Loop Vaccuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug

Dad can take his java 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 is it doesn't leak. So even if the mug takes a tumble while dad's on the go, the liquid won't spill out.

"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

Husky Portable Jobsite Workbench

Husky 1.8 ft. x 3 ft. Portable Jobsite Workbench

Picking up and organizing tools, setting aside some wood, and getting to work on a DIY project is a regular ritual for some dads. If that describes your father, a truly unique gift is a portable workbench. The Husky Portable Jobsite Workbench is simple to carry, store, and use pretty much 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.

Uncommon Goods A Dozen Reasons I Love You Dad

A Dozen Reasons I Love You Dad

Of course dad knows he’s loved, but it never hurts to say it, and even show it, again. This birch wood box comes with a dozen heart-shaped pieces with phrases to express your love for the most important man in your life. You can choose between more than 50 phrases (you always have my back, you can fix anything, for all your corny dad jokes, etc.) that fit inside the cylindrical container.

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. You can even customize it with his birthdate and name 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

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, water, or use it to keep what he's 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.

Pima Personalized Socks- Set of 5 Pairs


While socks aren't the most exciting gift, these are so much more because they're 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 socks are a cozy fit for shoe sizes 9.5-12.

Mr. Beer Complete Beer Making Kit with Bottles

Mr. Beer Complete Beer Making 2 Gallon Starter Kit

Small craft and home brew beers have gained a significant niche for many 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 hand at home brewing, this kit is a great way to go. It gives him everything he needs to make four gallons of beer. The kit comes with a fermenter, shatterproof bottles, and the necessary ingredients.

"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

Home-Complete BBQ Grill Tool Set

Home Complete BBQ Grill Set

A backyard barbecue is a pastime many foodies and 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. The Home-Complete BBQ Tools Set is the perfect gift for any father looking to start a new BBQ tool collection or 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.

Coleman Portable Camping Quad Chair with 4-Can Cooler

Coleman Camping Chair with Built-in 4 Can Cooler

If dad likes to camp, fish, tailgate, or just grill and chill, then this chair is the perfect pick for him. It easily collapses and sets up in seconds 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, but there's more. The chair even has a four can cooler as well as a cup holder for the drink he's working on. There's even a mesh pocket for smaller items.

Mark & Graham Corkcicle Cigar Glass

Corkcicle Cigar Glass

Even if dad doesn’t have a comfy man cave to enjoy a nightcap, a great glass for a stiff drink is certainly a necessity. This handblown glass actually has a space perfectly etched out to hold a cigar, so now his whiskey and cigar can fit comfortably in one hand. The square glass has such a classic style and you can even choose to monogram it for an extra dose of personalization.

Uncommon Goods Invigorate Shower Steamers Gift Set

Invigorate Shower Steamers Gift Set

Maybe dad isn’t the type to take a long soothing bath, but he can still have a bit of relaxation with this set of shower steamers. Just place one of the steamers near the shower stream and the earthy scents of cedar or pine essential oils are released. The ingredients are all natural and the set comes in a perfect gift box. The steamers can even double as body scrubs.

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.


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.

  • What's the best gift for the dad who wants nothing?

    If you have a dad who wants nothing (or at least says he does), consider thinking outside the box, gift-wise. Try buying an activity or experience, like a cooking class or fishing trip. Even better, make it an activity you can do together, like golf lessons for two.

  • How much should you spend on gifts for dad?

    There's no magic number when it comes to the amount of money you should spend on gifts for your dad. While a lot of money can buy a fancy new piece of tech, just a little bit can also be enough for a meaningful handmade gift. It all comes down to how much you have, and how much you're willing to spend.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This roundup was written by Patrice J. Williams. She has contributed gift guides to The Spruce since 2020. She loves helping her friends and family find unique, thoughtful, and wallet-friendly presents. In addition to her work for The Spruce, she writes commerce articles, including product suggestions and reviews, for other outlets as well as appearing on air for The Today Show, WEtv, and she was the Savvy Shopper reporter for WPIX in New York City. Additional reporting was done by Rabekah Henderson, a freelance design and decor writer whose work has appeared on MyDomaine, Atomic Ranch, Cary Magazine, and American Farmhouse Style.

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