The 30 Best Gifts for Dads in 2022

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Dads can be tricky to shop for. They might have a tough time dropping hints, let alone coming out and saying what they're really coveting. Or maybe they've got some super-specific interests that are hard to gift, like woodworking or collecting. But no matter if your dad loves exploring the great outdoors or outfitting his house with top-notch tech, there's something out there you can surprise him with that he'll really love.

Consider your dad's lifestyle when finding the perfect gift, whether he is a new dad, expecting father, stay-at-home husband, or an employee who works from home. It is important to keep in mind what gift could make his life easier or one he won't buy for himself, especially for the dad who seems to already have everything.

Here, the best gifts for dads to give him on his birthday, Christmas, anniversary, Father's Day, retirement, or other occasion.

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For the travel-loving dad or the dad who just retired and is looking to make new memories.
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Make the dad who has everything feel like he is walking on a cloud.
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If your dad is an avid golfer, he is sure to appreciate this sleek and functional golf bag.
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Help dad develop a stress-free and effective skin care routine.
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Dog dad will swoon over custom socks featuring man's best friend's picture.
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Handy dads will love storing all of their nuts, bolts, screws, and nails right on their wrist.
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Dad can keep his important items safe when camping or fishing with this waterproof case.
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Sports lovers and foodies alike will love this football-themed gift basket.
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Now coffee lovers can control the temperature of their drink right from their phones.
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Try out new recipes with a pasta maker.
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Whether you need a retirement gift for a dad with a lot of time on his hands or want to spoil the travel loving father in your life, this Anywhere Travel Guide is a gateway to making new memories. This deck features 75 cards with different prompts for new experiences and interactions from “Buy coffee for a stranger” to “Ask a stranger his/her favorite street.”

Bombas Men's Gripper Slipper

Bombas Men's Gripper Slippers

Spoil the dad who have everything with a little extra luxury in his day to day life. This cozy slipper and sock hybrid from Bombas are made with a super soft lining for ultimate comfort and feature a special grip on the outside to keep him from sliding. Every pair also comes with a packing bag, perfect for travel, so he can feel supported and luxurious anywhere he goes.

Pottery Barn Mini Golf Club Bag

Pottery Barn Mini Golf Club Bag

Dad can store all of his golf accessories in one place with this mini golf club bag from Pottery Barn. Housed in a vegan leather case with sleek stitching, the set comes with three golf balls, five tees, and a divot repair tool. The convenient case comes in brown and pink so you can get a matching one for mom as well.

Mantl Starter Kit

Mantl

For the dad looking to get into skincare or a new dad that can use a little extra self-care, this starter kit has everything he needs to develop his own easy-to-follow routine. Queer Eye's Karamo Brown founded Mantl with naturally-derived ingredients, perfect for skincare newbies and experts alike.

My Face Socks Custom Dog Socks

Custom Dog Socks

Calling all dog dads! My Face Socks makes it easy for dads to rep their furry friend 24/7 with cozy socks featuring their pet's face. Just upload a photo of your dad's dog or cat and choose the design, size, and style that will fit them best. Your dad will definitely get a kick out of the fun gift, and you can even buy a matching set for the whole family.

Texas Canvas Wares Magnetic Wristband

Texas Canvas Wares Magnetic Wristband

For the handy dad who is always tackling home projects, gift him something that will make his life easier. This wristband from Texas Canvas Wares is adjustable and made from thick canvas for durability and comfort. When working, dad can keep any nuts, bolts, nails, or screws right on his wrist for easy access when tinkering. This is a practical gift option for any dad who regularly works with his hands.

Yeti Sidekick Dry Gear Case

Yeti Sidekick Dry Gear Case

Keep important things safe and dry when outdoors with the Yeti Sidekick Dry Gear Case. While fishing or camping, he'll have a durable case to keep his keys, wallet, phone, and fishing license organized with the mesh pockets and dry with a waterproof seal. The pouch has a sturdy hook and loop closure to attach to your belt or other bags and gear.

Harry & David Hometeam Snack Box

Hometeam Snack Box

Give dad everything he needs to host the best game day party ever. This gift basket from Harry & David features popcorn, queso and bean dip, crackers, cheddar cheese, and a football-shaped sausage to please any sports fan.

Keep coffee-obsessed dads happy with a high-tech travel mug perfect for his morning commute or work-from-home desk. This "smart" mug has a touch-sensitive control panel as well as a corresponding app to dictate the temperature of your drink. Additionally, the lid is leak-proof, only needs a push to open, and lets you drink from any side of the mug.

Marcato Design Atlas 150 Pasta Machine

Marcato Atlas Pasta Machine, Stainless Steel, Silver, Includes Pasta Cutter, Hand Crank, and Instructions

A new kitchen gadget, like this pasta maker, is a great gift for foodies or dads who love to cook and try new recipes. This one from Italian company Marcato Design comes in seven fashionable covers and has a removable crank for easy storage suitable for small kitchens. Dads can choose from 10 thickness options to make delicious fettuccine or tagliolini.

Patagonia Retro Pile Fleece Jacket

Patagonia Fleece Jacket

Make a difference with your gift by shopping sustainably. Patagonia uses 100% recycled polyester in their garments including this Retro Pile Fleece Jacket, perfect for dads with any taste or style. Splurge on a fleece jacket they can wear daily during the fall and winter that is both fashionable and functional. Six colors and eight sizes are available for purchase.

Give dad a gift that doubles as a fun bonding activity with a board game perfect for the whole family. Elevate the classic game with Scrabble Deluxe, which features a a spinning game board (so no one has to read upside down), two storage drawers for easy clean-up, and a sleek carrying case with a convenient handle.

The Nue Co Forest Lungs Fragrance Supplement

The Nue Co Forest Lungs Fragrance Supplement

This unique take on cologne is designed to relieve stress with every sniff. The Nue Co replicates the smells of nature with notes of citrus, cedar wood, bergamot and more to stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system and soothe your senses. Dads will love this woodsy scent as well as the extra benefits of breathing in the outdoors without ever leaving his desk.

Noah NY Stripe Belt

Noah NY Stripe Belt

A belt is a surefire fashion accessory that comes in various price ranges and styles your dad can use on a daily basis. This one from Noah NY is stylish but not too flashy and comes in two color ways to fit your dad's wardrobe. While expensive, this is a cheaper alternative to other designer brands and an investment piece that your dad can keep in his closet for years.

IceMule Classic Insulated Backpack Cooler Bag

IceMule Classic Insulated Backpack Cooler Bag

A functional cooler is a great gift for any dad who loves the outdoors. This one from IceMule comes in a sling-style backpack that makes carrying ice-cold beer (or juice boxes) to the beach, boat, or campsite extremely easy. It comes in three sizes: 10, 15, or 20 liters. All are designed to be completely hands and stress-free with no zippers or difficult seams. And if it falls overboard? Don't worry, it floats.

Big Red's Flavor Tour Hot Sauce Sampler Pack

Big Red's Flavor Tour

Paul Ford and his wife, Tasia, run Big Red's from their home in Phoenix, Arizona. This sampler pack comes with the company's nine signature hot sauces, and includes flavors like maple bacon jalapeño, Big Yella (tropical mango mustard), smokey habanero, and God's Wrath, which is made with ghost peppers—some of the hottest chili peppers in the world.

Uncommon Goods Anatomy of Sports Coasters, Set of Four

Anatomy of Sports Coasters

These playful cork-backed coasters were designed by Megan Steffen, a home goods artist based in Chicago. Each one is packed with sports facts arranged around an elegant illustration. There are nine sports to choose from, including skiing, tennis, baseball, golf, and sailing.

KINGSO Outdoor Fire Pit

Kingso Outdoor Fire Pit

Is the dad in your life hoping to extend backyard time into the fall and even early winter season? There is no choice but to embrace the fire pit lifestyle. This attractive, inexpensive option has a durable steel bowl that rests solidly on four legs, which are designed to elevate it slightly off the ground and allow airflow. The mesh metal dome helps catch flying embers, and the poker can be used for lifting the lid and poking the firewood, as dads tend to do.

If he's tech-savvy and loves having the newest big thing, a video doorbell might be a good fit. The Nest stands out for being able to show an expansive view of your step, meaning you'll see people head-to-toe, rather than a fish-eye view of the top of their heads. (That's helpful if you need it for security purposes). If you pair it with the Nest Aware app, it will even alert you when your packages are dropped off and picked up.

Jaybird Vista True Wireless Sport Earbud Headphones

Jaybird Vista True Wireless Sport Earbud Headphones

These cordless Bluetooth headphones are considerably less expensive than AirPods but still provide high-quality audio. Other features include quick-charge (five minutes on the charger gets an hour of audio), six hours of playtime after a full charge, a smartphone app that lets you customize the settings, and big-time durability. The buds are waterproof and even crushproof.

Tribit Stormbox Bluetooth Speaker

Tribit StormBox Bluetooth Speaker

What about a waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker to use next to the pool or on the next family camping trip? Not only can this one handle a splash, it can even withstand up to 30 minutes in water up to three feet deep. It has a special bass setting called "XBass" you can turn on with the touch of a button. It comes with a rechargeable battery that offers 20 hours of straight playtime: the equivalent of playing "Baby Shark" roughly 600 times on repeat.

LÍLLÉbaby Serenity All Seasons Baby Carrier

Lillebaby Serenity All Seasons Baby Carrier

For the new dad, this baby carrier can be used starting from birth all the way up to 45 pounds and has six different carry positions. The handy zipper can be used to control airflow: Pull it down, and it reveals a mesh lining to help keep baby cool. It also has a waistband pocket that can hold all those essentials new parents are always misplacing, like their keys and baby's pacifier.

Ari Jogiel Vanguard Mask

The Vanguard Mask

For every one of these stylish masks that is purchased by a consumer, LA designer Ari Jogiel will donate another one to first responders and essential workers. When you order, you can specify the organization you want to receive the second mask; the current list includes the United States Postal Service, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and the Los Angeles Fire Department. The masks are made from anti-microbial fabric and have a built-in cotton gauze liner.

Spikeball 3 Ball Kit

Spikeball

Described as a cross between volleyball and foursquare, Spikeball is a handball lawn game that's played with a low net and four people split into two teams. It's a fun, fast-paced game guaranteed to get lots of laughs, and the foldable design and travel bag make it easy to bring to the park or beach. Dad will love it even more if it comes with a promise of a couple of screen-free hours of family time.

Bevel seems to have made it their mission to help wipe out ingrown hairs and razor burn. This comprehensive kit comes with priming oil that gets massaged in first, to help soften the skin and stubble, as well as shaving cream and brush to exfoliate and work up a lather, safety razor with 20 blades, and a restoring balm to use at the end. Although the safety razor might take some getting used to, Bevel has a detailed how-to video on their web site to help him get the technique exactly right.

TheraGun Prime Massage Gun

Theragun Prime

This popular massage gun comes with four attachments and lets users give themselves at-home muscle massages that can him him recover more easily after strenuous workouts or even get a better night of sleep. The attachments work on different parts of the body such as trigger points, large muscle groups and small muscle groups, and bony areas. Although it's certainly expensive, it's about the same cost as three visits to a masseuse—so for a dad with extra sore muscles, it might be worth it.

Backcountry Therm-a-Rest Uno Chair

Therm-a-Rest Uno Chair

This brightly colored, two-pound chair has a MacGyver factor that will appeal to many gear-loving types: Not only does it fold up small enough to be stored in its base (which measures only a foot across and can be tossed into a backpack), it can also be flipped over and used as a small table. It has a weight limit of 250 pounds and sits low enough to the ground that he won't be the guy blocking everyone's view at an outdoor concert or a little league game.

Heritage Foods Monthly Bacon Subscription

Bacon Subscription Box

If he lives for bacon and wants to learn more about where his food comes from, this food gift will make him happy on a monthly basis. The pork comes from heritage breeds, those of which can trace their lineage many generations back and are valued for their excellent, nuanced flavors. The farmers who work with heritage breeds pledge to raise them humanely; they are also never given growth hormones or antibiotics. Each box comes with about three pounds of bacon, plus details about the history of both the breed and farm it came from.

Host Double Wall Plastic Frozen Pint Glasses, Set of 2

Host Double Wall Plastic Frozen Pint Glasses, Set of 2

Spoil the beer lover in your life with sleek and functional glasses. Sure, he could put a regular glass into the freezer and wait for it to get cold, but then he'd be dealing with sweaty condensation as he sipped his beer. These double-walled, insulated glasses are filled with a cooling gel that prevents drinks from getting warm once they've been served.

Coravin Model 3 SmartClamp Wine Preservation System

Coravin Model 3 Wine Preservation System

Coravin systems are designed for people who like to enjoy their wine one glass at a time and might have a few extra-special vintages lying around they want to pick and choose from. The device clamps around the bottle and comes with a thin needle that pierces the cork, so you can pour yourselves a glass or two without needing to completely open the bottle.

Once you've poured, the capsule fills the remaining space with argon gas to prevent oxidation (that's what makes day-old wine taste bad), and the cork reseals itself after the needle is pulled out. The system also works with screw top wines using a special cap accessory.

What to Look for When Buying Dad the Best Gift

Customization

Monogrammed and personalized items are always a good way to go for the dad who already has everything. But if you're on a budget or short on time, simply think about what your recipient enjoys, says Jessica Saleda, gift consultant at J. Isabel Designs. "For example, gift items with specific scents, colors, or references to favorite tv shows or hobbies," she says.

Usefulness

When selecting a gift for dad, focus on buying something that he will use rather than stick in a drawer. Consider his hobbies (headphones are perfect for a dad who loves music), or think about an activity he constantly says he's been wanting to try (like a golf bag for the aspiring golfer).

Upgrade

Sometimes, dads hold onto their favorite things, even when they are past their prime out of habit or inertia. If your dad’s favorite sweater or pair of sneakers is worn even past the donation point, buy him a fresh but identical pair. Upgrade his grooming routine with a new razor set, offer him a new bathrobe or pair of slippers or a stylish new work bag to replace his beaten up leather briefcase that is possibly older than you.

Easy to Return

Dads can be hard to shop for, so make it easy on both of you and choose a gift with an easy return policy. This will help let dad know it’s ok to return your gift if it doesn’t suit him. Pay attention to what he exchanges it for if he does, which might help you pick out next year’s gift. 

FAQ
  • What do you get for a picky dad?

    The best way to approach buying a gift for a picky dad is to refrain from the elusive pursuit of finding the perfect gift. If your dad is impossible to shop for, there is no shame in a gift card to his favorite store or online shop or in getting him something you know meets his high standards but that he is nonetheless loath to buy for himself. Even the pickiest of dads should be touched by a handmade or sentimental gift like a nicely framed photo of the two of you doing something memorable. Whatever his reaction, try to let go of the expectation that you will please him and remember it’s the thought that counts. 

  • What should you put in a gift basket for a dad?

    His favorite treats: Choose food and drink-themed gift basket for dads with a penchant for beer, hot sauce, artisanal cheese, or coffee. Celebrate his interests with a gift basket devoted to helping him enjoy his weekly poker night, tennis game, or game night. Or, create a custom basket with a bunch of random items that you know he will appreciate and that shows you know him well. 

Why Trust The Spruce?

This article was written by Julia Fields, a lifestyle writer 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 roundups, expert-focused articles, and more.

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