Dads can be tricky to shop for because they might have a tough time dropping hints, let alone coming out and saying what they're really coveting for their birthday or Father's Day.
Try to find a present that feeds into your dad's interests or something that allows you and him to spend quality time together. Whether that's a ticket to a sports game for a team he loves, a new game for his favorite gaming console, or a cookbook from his favorite chef.
To help find the perfect gift, we tested and researched a range of brands that offer customization and usefulness for dad, whether he's into gadgets or home improvement projects, is a foodie, or appreciates sentimental presents.
Therabody Theragun Prime Massage Gun
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.
Price at time of publish: $297
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.
Price at time of publish: $25
Weezie Shave Towels
Upgrade dad's shaving routine with these spa-like towels from Weezie. The set of two minimalistic towels comes in a gorgeous navy blue with the word "shave" embroidered in white. The 100 percent organic long-staple cotton towels are hypo-allergenic, OEKO-TEX® certified, and undeniably soft. Plus, they're machine washable.
Price at time of publish: $40
Lenox Tuscany Classics Assorted Beer Glass
Beer drinkers need this eclectic 4-set of beer glasses from Lenox. The set comes with two different styles to mix and match and they're stylish enough to display on a kitchen shelf or bar cart. We also love that they're dishwasher-safe and microwavable. Perfect for dinner parties or game days, these are a must-have for the dad who loves entertaining.
Price at time of publish: $72
Snuggle-Pedic Adjustable Memory Foam Pillows
Upgrade dad's bedding so he gets a great night's sleep every night, guaranteed, with a new pillow. One of the options we tested, the Snuggle-Pedic’s Adjustable Memory Foam Pillow features cooling technology so you won't overheat through the night. We also love that it comes with an additional bag of foam filling so you can adjust the firmness to the perfect level.
Price at time of publish: $90
Bey-Berk Men's Personalized Leather/Velour Charge Station
Whether he's constantly misplacing items or just needs a sleek, stylish solution for a catch-all tray, this gift is perfect. The station features a black or brown scratch-resistant square with a velour lining to keep items like a phone, keys, wallet, etc. It also doubles as a charging pad for a clutter-free nightstand. Don't forget to personalize this pick with dad's initials for a thoughtful touch.
Price at time of publish: $86
Etsy Personalized Recipe Cutting Board
Sentimentality is the name of the game for this customized cutting board that can be engraved with a favorite recipe, phrase, date, or name of your choice. The board comes in four different sizes and the words can be horizontal or vertical. The bamboo cutting board would look great displayed as decor but it's also functional for use in chopping and serving food.
Price at time of publish: $50+
Google Nest Hello
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.
Price at time of publish: $179
Heritage Foods Monthly Bacon Subscription
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.
Price at time of publish: $59
My Face Socks Custom Dog Socks
Calling all dog dads! My Face Socks makes it easy for dads to rep their furry friends 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.
Price at time of publish: $30
Mantl Starter Kit
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.
Price at time of publish: $55
Artifact Uprising Hardcover Photo Book
This Artifact Uprising book is a great way to finally see some of those digital photos in print, but also create a personalized present that's sure to make him feel special. The hardcover book would look great displayed on any coffee table or desk and the interior consists of photos of your choice, up to 210 pages. Select the cover size, fabric color, type of paper, and more.
Price at time of publish: $72
Anywhere Travel Guide
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.”
Price at time of publish: $13
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.
Price at time of publish: $50
MasterClass Annual Membership
Some people love knowing a little bit of something about everything and others have very specific interests. Either way, an annual subscription to MasterClass is a great option. The online portal offers access to more than 150 classes on topics that range from finances to food to creative writing. Dad can watch the virtual classes from his phone, tablet, or television.
Price at time of publish: $20 monthly
Bombas Men's Gripper Slipper
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.
Price at time of publish: $45
Blue Apron Meal Subscription
For the busy person or someone who just appreciates convenience, Blue Apron is a great, tasty subscription. Just select meals from a rotating menu and the packaged, pre-measured ingredients show up at your doorstep in an insulated box. There's the option of easy one-pan meals, recipes that take into account dietary restrictions, and more.
Price at time of publish: $58+
Coravin Model Three+ Wine Bottle Opener and 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.
Price at time of publish: $250
Talia Di Napoli The Speciale
It's hard to find someone who doesn't love pizza, but for the major pizza lover, Talia Di Napoli's pizza pies give a taste of Italy from the comfort of home. The handcrafted pies are made in Naples and arrive at the doorstep perfectly packaged in dry ice. The Speciale includes four of their favorite flavors including Margherita, artichoke, tartufina, and four cheese.
Price at time of publish: $134
Spikeball Roundnet Combo Set with 3 balls and Backpack
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.
Price at time of publish: $70
Marcato Design Atlas 150 Pasta Machine
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 the 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.
Price at time of publish: $75
Uncommon Goods Uncommon Experiences
An interesting "experience" that doesn't even require the recipient to leave their house? That's exactly what the Uncommon Goods Experience offers. The virtual classes range from making cocktails, painting, flower arranging, and even how to make dog treats. Some experiences have the option to also purchase specific ingredients or products in advance, so be sure to order with enough time for the shipment to arrive.
Price at time of publish: $30+
Hasbro Scrabble Deluxe Edition Game
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 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.
Price at time of publish: $55
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, cedarwood, 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.
Price at time of publish: $76
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.
Price at time of publish: $85
Uncommon Goods Anatomy of Sports Coasters, Set of Four
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.
Price at time of publish: $45
Uncommon Originals Wall Chess
Whether he likes a good board game or just appreciates unique wall decor, this chess set is a fun gift. Instead of being played on a tabletop, this chess set hangs vertically. The oak pieces fit securely in their spot, so no need to worry about them falling out. For those longer games, there's a designated marker to indicate the last move. This set comes in two different sizes, 12 x 12 or 18 x 18.
Price at time of publish: $98 for the 12 x 12
Patagonia Retro Pile Fleece Jacket
Make a difference with your gift by shopping sustainably. Patagonia uses 100 percent 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.
Price at time of publish: $149
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.
Price at time of publish: $68
LÍLLÉbaby 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.
Price at time of publish: $150
Bevel Shave Kit
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, a 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 website to help him get the technique exactly right.
Price at time of publish: $100
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.
Price at time of publish: $31
Ember Travel Mug²
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.
Price at time of publish: $200
Fulton & Roark Total Package
Help him step up his beauty or self-care routine with a set from Fulton & Roark. The Total Package set includes soap, a moisturizing oil, deodorant, and a solid fragrance in a cool metal tin. It comes in six different scents, so there's something for every personality. The products, especially the solid fragrance, are compact enough to keep in a gym bag or take along while traveling.
Price at time of publish: $160
Perfect Practice Putting Mat - Indoor Golf Putting Green
Help him practice his golf game with Perfect Practice's indoor putting green. The mat comes in a range of sizes, including a compact eight feet and up to 15.6 feet. The track lines will help keep him on point and the anti-slip grip keeps the mat firmly in place. Also, the ball return feature is pretty convenient.
Price at time of publish: $175
Uncommon Goods Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Maybe he's trying to save money on his daily coffee habit or maybe he just likes a cool kitchen gadget. This cold-brew coffee maker gets the job done. The brass and stainless steel device makes the perfect cold brew, up to 50 ounces. The kit also comes with N20 cartridges, filter bags, and a funnel.
Price at time of publish: $219
DR. J Professional HI-04 Mini Projector with 100-Inch Projector Screen
Create the perfect movie night setting with this mini projector. Connect it to a phone, tablet, or television and display a sharp image that can be projected on a wall, ceiling, or screen. It has a 10 hour battery life and is an easy way to create a surround sound experience that can displayed on a screen up to 200 inches wide.
Price at time of publish: $60
Harry & David Snack Lovers Gift Box
Give dad everything he needs for the perfect snack tray at any party or celebration. The Snack Lovers Gift Box from Harry & David features popcorn, sausage, cheese, nuts, trail mix, and more for the whole family to enjoy (or just dad).
Price at time of publish: $40
Fuego Box Hot Sauce Premium Collection
For the dad who likes a little heat, check out this hot sauce sampler from Fuego Box. Inside, you'll find spicy blossom honey, Ghost Pepper–infused Himalayan pink salt, and three hot sauces: a classic red, a spicy Verde, and a Carolina Reaper vinegar concoction. The best part? Fuego Box will plant five trees for every box sold, so you can spoil dad and help the environment at the same time.
Price at time of publish: $60
Is the dad in your life hoping to extend backyard time into the fall and even the early winter season? There is no choice but to embrace the fire pit lifestyle. This attractive 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. But, there's a catch. There's no smoke. The innovative technology burns firewood or charcoal for up to 30 hours on a single charge of the power pack.
Price at time of publish: $300
Jaybird Vista 2 True Wireless Sport 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), eight hours of playtime after a full charge, a smartphone app that lets you customize the settings, and big-time durability. The buds are waterproof, sweatproof, and even crushproof.
Price at time of publish: $150
Knack Grill Master BBQ Gift
The grill master of the family will certainly appreciate this gift set from Knack. Not only does it include two grilling cedar planks, but it also comes with a basting brush, a turner, a cheeky tea towel, two tall boy reusable beer cans, and a copy of Barbecue Rules by Joe Carroll and Nick Fauchald. Not to mention, dad can get grilling right away with various delicious sauces and rubs from bestselling brands.
Price at time of publish: $186
Tushy Classic 3.0 Bidet Toilet Seat Attachment
Give the gift of a clean bum with a TUSHY bidet. Dad will always feel clean and refreshed after doing his business with adjustable pressure and angle to hit just right. The slim design takes up little space, while installation is a breeze. Plus, you can customize the color of the knob to match other accents in your bathroom.
Price at time of publish: $99
Allbirds Men's Golf Dashers
Allbirds' newest innovation is made specifically for golfers. The Golf Dashers feature a cushioned foam midsole, a ripstop to protect against rain or mud, and a grippy sole for optimal stability during swings. As with all Allbirds sneakers, sustainability is at the forefront with a recycled polyester ripstop, FSC-certified natural rubber outsole, and a low carbon footprint.
Price at time of publish: $145
Fossil Leather RFID Passport Case
For the dad who loves to travel, gift him a functional and stylish passport holder, like this option from Fossil. The leather black case comes in black or brown and features a zipper compartment for change or keys, two side pockets, and five credit card slots, so he can keep all his travel essentials close by and organized.
Price at time of publish: $65
Smith Optics Lowdown 2
Every dad needs a great pair of sunglasses and Smith Optic delivers. The Lowdown 2 is a classic, universally-flattering style that comes in 17 stylish colors, so there's something for every taste. They also feature rubber nose pads so they won't slip down when moving. These glasses offer 100 percent UV protection and are durable enough to wear every day, whether you're going on a hike or simply shopping for groceries.
Price at time of publish: $239
Other Great Gift Ideas
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. Even if this means spending an afternoon together eating at his favorite local restaurant and calling that a present.
Tips on Choosing a Gift for Dad
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.
When selecting a gift for dad, focus on buying something that he will use rather than stick in a drawer. Consider his hobbies (wireless 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).
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, or 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.
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.
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This article 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 roundups, expert-focused articles, and more.