33 Best Gifts for Dads Who Never Have a Wish List
While shopping for gifts for your mom or siblings might be a breeze, finding the best gift for dad (even just a great Father’s Day gift) is notoriously difficult. If he’s a bit of a stoic, finding great gift ideas might feel impossible from the start; if he’s the gadget-loving type or has hobbies that lend themselves to gift-giving (golf, cycling, boating, etc.), it might seem easy. But there are so many options out there, the right gift for dad might be hard to find among the noise.
One of the greatest struggles when it comes to gifts for dad is striking the right note. You don’t want to go the route of Valentine’s Day gifts, which might feel too personal or romantic, but you also don’t want to gift something as general as a white elephant gift. A gift card might feel like giving up, but it always makes a great back-up, should your other gift ideas for dad fall through.
If it’s starting to feel like finding great gift is a lost cause, stop and take a deep breath: You can and will find a great gift for your dad. Even if you’re shopping for a stepdad or father-in-law (heck, even a grandfather), the right gift is out there. We’ve combed through the endless ties, novelty glasses, and sports paraphernalia to find useful, creative gifts for dad that will bring a smile to his face (even if he’s not one for smiling) no matter the occasion.
Whether you’re shopping for a birthday gift, a Hanukkah gift, or a just-because present, you’ll find some gifting inspiration here; you (and your dad) can thank us later.
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Nurture his inner bookworm—or give the avid reader a more portable tool—with a Kindle. Even if he’s anti-e-reader, he may soon change his mind once he discovers how lightweight and easy-to-use it is. And if it makes it easier for you to share book recommendations with him (or even start a little family book club), all the better.
Casper Foam Pillow
Give Dad a gift that will soothe his achy neck and help alleviate shoulder strain in the form of Casper’s foam pillow, which is built of supportive and cooling foam to offer comfort and temperature control. This pillow is designed to work with all sleep positions, too, so he’s sure to be supported however he sleeps.
California Cowboy Men’s High Water Shirt
Celebrate his love of aloha shirts with a slightly upgraded version: This kitschy-but-clever button-down has a design he’ll love, plus a terry cloth lining to keep everything drier post-swim, a reinforced pocket large enough to hold his beer of choice, and a water-resistant dry pocket for his phone (among many other features any dad will appreciate).
Monos Metro Duffel
Upgrade Dad’s weekend bag with this sleek gift: A true duffel for grown-ups, this water-repellant nylon twill bag can hold his essentials for a busy day or a weekend jaunt. With a roomy interior, a laptop sleeve, and a smart pocket for his water bottle or umbrella, he’ll have everything he needs in the mature case he deserves.
Gillette Heated Razor
The newest advancement from Gillette is a major upgrade to your morning routine. Designed to simulate the soothing effects of a hot towel shave, it features warming technology that heats up in less than a second to provide continuous warmth to your skin.
Mimeo Custom Throw Blanket
A personalized gift is always a good idea, and any dad will be hard-pressed not to appreciate this one. Mimeo has a variety of unique photo services (puzzles, frames, etc.) that allow you to imprint a family portrait on an item of your choosing. Our favorite has to be the fleece blanket or custom throw—I mean, what's better than snuggling with your entire family?
Muggo Temperature Control Travel Mug
Nobody (unless you’re a psychopath) likes to sip cold, dank coffee. This temperature-regulating travel mug will make every cup of joe stay steaming hot for three hours so you can enjoy your coffee at the exact temperature it should be.
Cat Men's Outbase Waterproof Steel Toe Work Boot
A perfect shoe for the builder dad, Cat's work boot is made with waterproof full grain leather and equipped with a steel toe to protect against impact or compression.
Ekster Parliament Slim Leather Wallet
This sleek leather wallet isn’t just your typical wallet. The slim case also includes RFID/NFC blocking technology against skimming and private data theft. In addition to safety measures, the accessibility factor is top-notch: You access your cards through a card-slider system that pops up at the click of a button, meaning no more digging around your crammed wallet (and holding up the line) trying to find your AMEX.
Mr. Root Beer Home Brewing Root Beer Kit
For the wannabe bootlegger or the guy who simply enjoys making his own hooch at home. This fully loaded kit, which includes root beer extract, two packets of flavor crystals, and one packet of root beer yeast, will have him drinking a cold one on the porch whenever he feels like it.
Tame the Beast Grooming Box
First, we have to talk about this packaging—the products come inside a box that literally roars when you open it. Inside, the collection of lightly scented, head-to-toe grooming products includes an exfoliating bar soap, all-purpose cleanser, face mask, and lip balm. In the brand’s effort to be environmentally friendly, the cleanser formula comes inside a recyclable pouch that you drain into a bottle. Once you hit pan, simply re-order a refill pouch to minimize the need for additional plastic.
Yves Saint Laurent Y Eau de Parfum
The best smelling cologne for men (or any fragrance at that) is highly subjective, which is why giving a fragrance as a gift is a big-risk, big-reward business. But we’re going to go out on a limb here and say that this scent (infused with bergamot, ginger, and sage) is pretty universally attractive (and great for an everyday signature scent). In addition to being a good gift for him, it’ll also be an olfactory treat for you.
WeciBor Men's Cotton Crew Socks
Gone are the days when socks would be the dreaded Christmas gift. They might not be particularly glamorous, but a good pair of socks—especially when it’s the novelty kind—is a worthy gift. Made with combed cotton and adorned with smile-triggering colors and patterns, the ultra-durable, comfortable collection will keep his feet (and, by extension, him) happy all workday long.
If your dad likes to work out (or he’s just really lazy and doesn’t move around enough), soothe his muscle kinks and aching back with this high-tech percussive massager. The device uses rapid hammering vibrations to knead at your soft tissue (the same thing massage therapists do to you during a massage), but because it’s so powerful, it can reach deeper layers of muscle than human hands can.
Edifier TWS NB True Wireless Active Noise Canceling Earbuds
These small-but-mighty earbuds offer 33 hours of premium sound, so he can run, tackle some yard work, and walk the dog without missing a single song. The buds are also waterproof—sweat can’t even stop them—and have a stay-put sport fit.
Wooden Fractal Puzzle
Give dad a gift that will keep him absorbed for hours with this mind-bending puzzle, which uses shapes instead of pictures for an entertaining brain workout.
Hoka Men’s Ora Recovery Shoe
Whether he’s a regular athlete or just a frequent victim of sore feet, these breathable, cushioned slip-on sneakers will give his feet a break. They even fold down easily, so he can bring them along on his next business trip or vacation (or just stick them in his gym or work bag).
A great gift for dad is one he’ll use every day, and if he’s a beer drinker, these magnetic strips are just that: They attach to the roof of his fridge (or the garage minifridge) and hold bottles in place, so they’re above the mess of the rest of the space and always easy to find.
Philips Airfryer XXL
Encourage Dad to expand his cooking skills—and eat better—with this countertop air fryer, which both uses less oil to fry foods and removes and catches excess fat. The XXL size means he can cook for a crowd, too, so his buddies or the whole family can enjoy.
Wine Cork States
If he can’t imagine going without his nightly glass of wine and he loves debating flavor notes, let him track his favorite bottles and display his hobby at the same time with this birch wall decor. Pick his state of residence, or one that you have fond memories of; all 50 states are available.
Men’s Handsewn Slippers, Flannel-Lined
Dad works hard on the weekdays and will find these slippers will give him some much-needed relief when he makes it home after a long day or is lounging around the house on the weekends. The comfortable slip-ons are made of leather with a cozy flannel lining inside.
BBQ Apron Cooking Guide
Even the guy who’s been grilling for years sometimes forgets what the USDA-recommended internal temperature for pork is. This apron not only keeps his clothes spot-free, but also offers a quick cooking cheat sheet (tips, tricks, and cooking times) that’s printed upside down for easy reference.
OtterBox Elevation 20 Tumbler and French Press Lid
If he’s become a bit of a coffee snob, let him take his French press on the go with this smart set. The French press lid lets his coffee brew while he’s driving to work or getting ready; when it’s time to press, he can do that and drink right away without dirtying a mug or another container. The stainless steel mug will keep his coffee warm for hours, too, so he has plenty of time to finish his morning brew.
Beer Caddy with Bottle Opener
If he’s always charged with bringing brews along to the game, cookout, or lake, this canvas caddy is a great gift idea for dad. It can hold up to six bottles and has an attached bottle opener, so he (and whoever he chooses to share with) can enjoy his favorite drinks anywhere.
IKEA SYMFONISK Table lamp with WiFi speaker
If he’s a big music fan but lacks a quality speaker for it, consider this gift idea for dad: A multi-tasking speaker that doubles as a lamp, so he can fit his tunes into a small space where a speaker might not mesh. The speaker offers rich sound and can connect with other Sonos speakers, so he can also incorporate this smaller speaker into the all-house system.
Harry’s Winston Set
Give his shaving gear a 2019 upgrade with this luxe kit, which includes a polished chrome handle, German-engineered blade cartridges, foaming shave gel or cream, and a travel cover. You can even get the handle engraved for an additional fee and a more personalized gift.
Mesh Grill Bags
Encourage him to eat more veggies without giving up his passion for the grill with these reusable mesh bags, which can cook veggies to blackened perfection without falls into the fire or single-use aluminum foil.
This highly rated pocket thermometer can check the temperature on barbecue meats and oven roasts alike, so Dad can be sure he’s cooking everything well (or medium, or whatever). The rotating display makes checking meat from any angle easy, and the display uses large digits, so he’ll be able to read it even without his glasses.
OtterBox Trooper Cooler 30 Quart
This heavy-duty cooler can carry up to 50 cans (without ice), so he can stock the whole tailgate or block party out of one easy-to-move container. The backpack straps make lugging cans and bottles a breeze, and the powerful insulating potential can keep ice solid for up to three days.
Stanley Outdoor Growler Gift Set
If he’s a bit of an outdoorsman, he’ll love this set, which includes a growler (perfect for holding coffee, beer, juice, or whatever beverage he prefers) and four tumblers. The vacuum-insulated body will keep beer cold for 24 hours, and the whole set is dishwasher-safe, so he can come back from his fishing or camping trip having drunk well with minimal clean-up.
Timbuk2 Foundry Pack
Your dad—or father-in-law or stepdad—is getting older, but no one’s ever too old for a backpack. Whether he’s retired, driving to work every morning, or taking a train, he can use a sturdy pack to carry all his gear. This one has meeting-ready leather detailing, padded shoulder straps, and a laptop pocket.
Away The Daily Carry-On with Pocket
If he’s still dragging his ’80s-era duffle on work trips and weekend jaunts, here’s a good gift idea for dad: Give him this sleek, ultra-compact carry-on, which can hold his work essentials and weekend getaway–wear alike.
Mark & Graham Rustic Leather Tech Catchall Tray
Upgrade his well-used catchall with this leather valet, which has three compartments, a spot for a charging cable, and a lid for truly precious belongings. Personalization is also available.