51 Best Gifts for Dads Who Never Have a Wish List

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Finding the best gift for dad (even just a great Father's Day gift) is notoriously difficult. There are so many options out there, the right gift for dad might be hard to find among the noise.

But we're here to make it easy. 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, no matter the occasion.

Whether you're shopping for a birthday gift, Christmas gift, Hanukkah gift, or a just-because present, you'll find some gifting inspiration here. You (and your dad) can thank us later.

Allbirds Trail Runner SWT Mizzles

Allbirds Trailrunner Mizzles

Allbirds

Gift the outdoorsy dad a pair of these trail runners from popular brand Allbirds. They have lugged soles for stability on the slickest terrain, and an eco-friendly, water-repellant finish to keep their feet dry on the wettest days.

Even if they're not into hiking, these eco-friendly shoes will be just as helpful when they're contending with winter weather.

Price at time of publish: $155

Adidas RPT-02 SOL Headphones

Adidas RPT-02 Sol Headphones

Adidas

For the dad whose headphones are regularly dead when he needs them, try this set that's powered by light. Both sunlight and ambient light can recharge the batteries, which can store up to 80 hours of play time. They're also sweat- and splash-proof, so they will work wherever he goes. Plus, 87 percent of the plastic used is recycled.

Price at time of publish: $230

Naadam Recycled Cashmere Hoodie

Naadam Recycled Cashmere Hoodie

Naadam

For the dad who loves being cozy, skip the cashmere sweater and go for the casual hoodie. It's super soft and sustainably produced, with 70 percent of cashmere in each sweater recycled.

Price at time of publish: $195

Stanley Classic Easy-Pour Growler

Stanley Classic Easy-Pour Growler
Courtesy of Amazon

If your dad's into microbrews—or just wants to keep other drinks hot or cold—this nicely sized and top-reviewed growler will keep his drinks just the way he likes them, thanks to its double-wall vacuum insulation and hinged lid. It manages up to two quarts of liquid, so he can bring along his favorite beverages wherever he goes.

Price at time of publish: $33

Hilliard Chocolates Craft Beer Caramels

Hilliards Craft Beer Caramels

 Courtesy of Hillard's

One of the best gifts for dads with a major sweet tooth are these tasty caramels from Hilliards, which infuses buttery caramel with a craft double IPA from Shovel Town Brewery, then enrobes the whole thing with dark chocolate and a sprinkle of hops and pretzel-infused sea salt.

Price at time of publish: From $10

Skateboard Vinyl Record Display Shelf

Skateboard Vinyl Record Display Shelf

Adrian Martinus/Etsy

Let him showcase what's playing on his record player—or his favorite album art—with a sleek vinyl display wall shelf. Made of walnut or ash and upcycled skateboard decks, you can easily pop one or several on the wall—and the groove is wide enough to fit a book, photos, or other art if your dad's not a big vinyl collector.

Price at time of publish: $57

X7 Max Folding Electric Scooter

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Get him an electric scooter that will last through as many rugged experiences as he has. This one goes up to 20mph, allows for 32-mile maximum range, and features a detachable battery for effortless charging.

Price at time of publish: $600

Backbone One

Backbone One – PlayStation Edition
Backbone One †PlayStation Edition.

Sony

If you're looking for a cool gift for the dad who wants to game pretty much 24/7, this controller snaps onto his smartphone so he can take his favorite PlayStation, XBox, or Steam games to go.

Price at time of publish: $75

Ring Stick Up Cam Plug-In With Pan-Tilt

Ring Stick Up Camera With Pan-Tilt

Ring

If your dad likes to keep tabs on his home—or his dog— when he's out and about, Ring's Stick Up cam lets him get a full 360-degree view of the action. He can rotate and tilt the camera to see what's happening, and with two-way audio, can even say hello to his buddy (or warn him to step away from the kitchen counter).

Price at time of publish: $115

Carnivorous Plant Beginner Collection

Carnivorous Plant Set

Amazon

For the plant dad who's looking for something a little more exotic than your standard fern or pothos, this collection of carnivorous plants will be a welcome gift. In addition to the classic Venus flytrap, he'll enjoy the Nepenthes pitcher plants (which trap and absorb bugs on the "pitchers" under each leaf), and the sundew, which is covered in droplets that trap bugs.

Price at time of publish: $35

New York Times Customized History of WWII Book

Customized WWII New York Times Book

Uncommon Goods

For the dad who always has his head buried in war history books (or documentaries), this leather-bound collection of 80 monumental New York Times front pages from World War II will be the perfect way for him to peruse real-time accounts of major events. (And it can be customized with his name on the cover.)

Price at time of publish: From $80

Amphipod Xinglet Optic Beam Flashing Reflective Vest

Amphipod Xinglet Optic Beam Vest

Amphipod

Help keep your favorite dad safe on their evening stroll, early-morning jog, or late-night dog walk with this super-illuminating vest. It recharges with a USB cord, makes sure he's easily visible no matter which way he's facing, and has three different modes (including solid and two strobe patterns).

Price at time of publish: $50

Chapter MIPS Helmet

Chapter MIPS bicycle helmet

Amazon

Upgrade your dad's biking (or skateboarding) gear with this stylish and safety-conscious helmet. The integrated safety system helps keep his head from turning during certain types of impacts to reduce injury, the magnetic taillight helps keep him visible at night, and a cool pop lock system lets him lock up the helmet with his bike so he doesn't have to lug it around all day. Another plus: If he does happen to get into an accident, he can replace his helmet with a new one for free.

Price at time of publish: $101

Lego Black Panther

Black Panther Lego bust

Lego

First, it's a fun project for him (perhaps with a little help from his kids/grandkids) to put together—then it becomes stellar decor for his man cave or den. Lego also offers similar busts for many Marvel and DC heroes and villains, plus Star Wars helmets as well—and many are at smaller price points than this deluxe set.

Price at time of publish: $350

Camp Cocktails Cookbook

Camp Cocktails Cookbook

Amazon

Give your dad the gift of some stellar craft cocktails when he's camping, tailgating, or otherwise enjoying a drink alfresco. This book covers the best cocktails that are easy to transport and mix outdoors, and how to forage and find fun natural additions and garnishes to create a wow-worthy drink anywhere he goes.

Price at time of publish: $17

Airbolt Smart Lock

Airbolt smart travel lock
Airbolt.com

Ensure his luggage never turns up lost again with this smart lock. The Airbolt runs for up to a year on a charge, allows you to lock or unlock it with your phone, alerts you if you're separated from your lock—and uses crowdsourced tracking to help you locate your item if it's missing.

Price at time of publish: $50

Freezable Beer Glasses

Rabbit Freezable Beer Glasses
Williams Sonoma

Make sure he gets a cold brew every time with these freezable double-walled glasses, which will keep his favorite drink perfectly chilled for two hours.

Price at time of publish: $40 for 2

The Deadbolt Mystery Society Monthly Box

Christmas Gift for Dad, Mystery Subscription Box
Crate Joy

For the father (and family) who's always been entranced by unsolved mysteries, this subscription box gives you the gift of quality time. Each month, Dad will receive a new crime with clues to help crack the case, which can be solved alone or together as a team. Interactive online components help bring the story to life.

Price at time of publish: From $24 per month

Huckberry Personal Fireplace

Huckberry Personal Concrete Fireplace
huckberry.com

For the bonfire-loving dad who lacks a fireplace or room for an outdoor fire pit, this personal-sized concrete fire bowl does the trick. (Add in a few gourmet marshmallows if your dad's a s'mores fan!)

Price at time of publish: $99

Easyklean UV-C Wand

Easyklean UVC Wand
me-uvc.com

Help your dad stay healthy with a swipe. He just has to run this handheld wand over high-touch surfaces or hard-to-clean items like cushions and car seats to kill 99.9 percent of bacteria and other germs.

Price at time of publish: $90

Smoker Box

Smoker Box
willamssonoma.com

Dad can turn his basic grill into an outdoor smoker with this compact box. Designed to fit inside a grill, it features a solid tray ideal for wood chips or herbs, while a perforated tray is stacked on top to circulate heat and smoke. The result is hearty wood-smoked flavor for meats, fish, and even vegetables.

Price at time of publish: $50

Clocky Alarm Clock on Wheels

clocky alarm clock wheels
Amazon

Sometimes the best Christmas gifts for dads are the ones they don't even know they need. This unique alarm clock will make it awfully difficult for even the most sound sleepers to miss a morning meeting ever again. Each time he presses snooze, the clock will move further away from him, ultimately forcing dad to start his day in order to turn off the alarm. Available in a variety of colors, including black, red, gold, silver, and white.

Price at time of publish: $39

Personalized Dopp Kit

Christmas Gifts for Dad, Leather Dopp Kit
Etsy

If your dad is still toting around his toiletries in a zip-top bag, it's time for an upgrade. This leather dopp kit customized with his initials will step up his get-ready routine.

Price at time of publish: From $18

L.L. Bean Sport Binoculars

Christmas Gifts for Dad, L.L. Bean Binoculars
L.L. Bean

These lightweight (less than 1 pound) binoculars are waterproof and fog-proof, making them the ideal pair to bring bird watching, hiking, or camping. Plus, they come with a strap and carry case for easy transport. Available in two color options: green or black.

Price at time of publish: $70

TV Remote Organizer

TV Remote Organizer
Great Useful Stuff

Ensure he has everything he needs for his next binge watch with this armchair organizer, which has generously sized pockets for remotes, glasses, or snacks, and a tablet or magazine.

Price at time of publish: $25

Echo Show 8

Echo Show 8
Amazon.com

The Echo Show is an all-in-one smart assistant, which can help your dad manage his calendar and reminders, play music or stream shows, video call his loved ones, and serve as a digital frame to show off pictures of his favorite people.

Price at time of publish: $70

Dad Joke T-Shirt

Blue Dad Joke T-Shirt
Custom Tea Shirt/Etsy

For the dad who lives for bad puns, this T-shirt will likely see heavy rotation in his wardrobe (and will inspire even more groan-worthy jokes).

Price at time of publish: $11

Sutton Sunglasses

Sunglasses Gift for Men
Warby Parker

For the dad who's still sporting his old-school sunnies, upgrade him to a sleek new sunglasses style with English oak matte frames. You can add in his prescription to make it easier for him to read the menu (or keep his eye on the ball).

Price at time of publish: From $95

Ultimate Apron

Cotton Apron for Grilling
Williams-Sonoma

A heavy-duty cotton apron is perfect for the griller or cook on your list—this one is coated with acrylic to reduce stains and features four reinforced pockets, including a hidden one where he can stash his phone while he's manning the barbecue.

Price at time of publish: $40

Mr. Root Beer Home Brewing Root Beer Kit

Best gifts for dads – Mr. Root Beer Home Brewing Root Beer Kit

The craft brewer in your life can make some G-rated goodies with this fully loaded kit. The kit includes root beer extract, two packets of flavor crystals, and one packet of root beer yeast, which will make for the ultimate root beer floats in just a few days.

Price at time of publish: $20

DIY Sushi Kit

DIY Sushi Kit
williamssonoma.com

Dads who love sushi may enjoy this kit that guides him through the art of making the Japanese delicacy. It includes step-by-step instructions, recipes, a bamboo rolling mat and supplies for eight rolls (the only thing you'll have to buy separately are the fresh ingredients).

Price at time of publish: $35

Personalized Whiskey Barrel

Personalized Whiskey Barrel
Uncommongoods

If you're hunting for a birthday, Father's Day, or Christmas gift for a dad who has everything, here's something it's safe to assume he doesn't have: a whiskey barrel personalized with his name. These mini oak barrels age spirits, imparting vanilla and buttery flavors, as well as tannins.

Price at time of publish: From $85

Timbuk2 Foundry Pack

Gift ideas for dad – Timbuk2 Foundry Pack
timbuk2.com

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.

Price at time of publish: $249

Theragun Mini

Best gifts for dads – Theragun Mini

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.

Price at time of publish: $159

California Cowboy Men's High Water Shirt

Gifts for dad, stepdad, father-in-law - California Cowboy Men’s High Water Shirt
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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).

Price at time of publish: $145

Woodford Reserve Old-Fashioned Cocktail Mixer

Bottle of Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned Cocktail Mixer

For the old-fashioned fan, this tasty mixer includes perfectly blended lemon, demerara sugar, cherry, and bitters—so Dad just has to bring the bourbon and the orange peel to craft the perfect cocktail.

Price at time of publish: $23

Tame the Beast Grooming Box

Best gifts for dads – 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.

Price at time of publish: $139

BottleLoft

Gifts for dad - BottleLoft
uncommongoods.com

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.

Price at time of publish: $30

Wine Cork States

Gifts for dad - Wine Cork States (Maine)
uncommongoods.com

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.

Price at time of publish: $35

Men's Handsewn Slippers, Flannel-Lined

Men’s Handsewn Slippers, Flannel-Lined
llbean.com

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.

Price at time of publish: $59

Cuisinart 12-Cup Extreme Brew Coffee Maker

Cuisinart 12 Cup Extreme Brew Coffee Maker
crateandbarrel.com

If he's traded in his daily Starbucks for an at-home cuppa joe, this could be one of the best gifts for dad. The 12-cup programmable coffee maker is customizable with strength control brews for regular or bold (just like at the coffee shop!), and a calibrated glass carafe includes a drip-free pour spout and comfortable handle.

Price at time of publish: $120

Harry's Winston Set

Gift ideas for dad – Harry’s Winston Set
harrys.com

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.

Price at time of publish: $25

Mesh Grill Bags

Gift ideas for dad – Mesh Grill Bags
uncommongoods.com

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.

Price at time of publish: $22

ThermoWorks ThermoPop

Gift ideas for dad – Thermoworks ThermoPop
thermoworks.com

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.

Price at time of publish: $21

Away The Daily Carry-On with Pocket

Gift ideas for dad – Away The Daily Carry-On with Pocket
awaytravel.com

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.

Price at time of publish: $245

Personalized Hobby Mug

Christmas Gift for Dad, Personalized Hobby Mug
Uncommon Goods

Give Dad his own mug, adorned with an illustrated version of himself doing a favorite activity, whether that's golfing, reading, or practicing yoga. You choose the hair color, skin color, and clothing, so the illustration looks like it was custom-drawn just for Dad.

Price at time of publish: $32

Mismatched Bacon and Eggs Socks

Christmas Gifts for Dad, Bacon & Egg Socks

Know a guy who always wears funky socks, even when he's decked out in a suit? He'll get a kick out of these mismatched socks embellished with a bacon-and-eggs motif. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.

Price at time of publish: $11

Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit

Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit
uncommongoods.com

Does dad put hot sauce on just about anything? This do-it-yourself kit gives him the pleasure of making a variety of full-bodied hot sauces with cayenne, ancho, curry, and chili spice packs. Six bottles and customizable labels are also included.

Price at time of publish: $42

Smartphone Sanitizer

Smartphone Sanitizer
uncommongoods.com

A great gift for new dads determined to protect their child from germs, this unique sanitizer uses specialized ultra-violet lights to disinfect his phone while it charges. It's large enough to accommodate most smartphones and comes with a micro USB charging cable that can be easily switched out to fit a phone's specific requirements. The case even has built-in acoustic amplifiers so Dad can listen to music or use the phone's alarm at the same time.

Price at time of publish: From $80

Rabbit Automatic Corkscrew

Rabbit Automatic Electric Corkscrew
bedbathandbeyond.com

You can't deny the usefulness of this great Christmas gift for dad. The electric corkscrew removes a wine bottle's cork on contact and then ejects it. It works on almost all types of corks, excluding plastic, and is available in black, red, or silver.

Price at time of publish: $60

Tech Tools Retro Heated Smart Travel Mug

Tech Tools Retro Heated Smart Travel Mug
amazon.com

For dads on the go, this stainless steel travel mug not only keeps coffee hot, but also has the ability to re-heat it. The smart mug comes with a DC adapter that plugs into a car's cigarette lighter outlet and features an analog temperature gauge so dad knows just how hot his coffee is at all times.

Price at time of publish: $36

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