50 Best Christmas Gifts for Dad in 2020
Long gone are the days when a boring tie was considered one of the best Christmas gifts for dad. Today, he demands a little something extra special that's tailored to his personality and interests. The secret to finding the perfect present for even a hard-to-shop-for father figure is to focus on presents that reflect his specific skills and hobbies. Whether you are buying for a tech-savvy gadget connoisseur who is always on the hunt for the latest device, a rugged outdoorsman planning his next adventure, or a skilled grill master who finds pleasure in perfecting his barbecue game, this comprehensive gift guide includes all of the best Christmas gifts for dad. From practical presents that will make his work-from-home routine easier (hello, mesh WiFi), to silly gifts sure to make him smile (an alarm clock on wheels), we've found the gift for him. Yes, even the dad who seems to have everything will want one of these standout presents.
Personalized Hobby Mug
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.
Eero Mesh WiFi System
Sure, Dad probably remembers the days of dial-up, but now he's ready to upgrade to the latest technology: a mesh WiFi system. This three-pack replaces your router and gives you whole-home coverage, up to 5,000 square feet. Working (and gaming and streaming) from home just got much easier.
Personalized Whiskey Barrel
If you're hunting for a 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.
Personalized Dopp Kit
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.
32 Ounce Wide-Mouth Hydro Flask
No matter if he's jogging, hiking, or mowing the lawn, this insulated water bottle with a cult following will help keep him hydrated. With double wall insulation, there's no condensation and the powder coating is both stylish and dishwasher-safe.
If Dad's still taking all of this work-from-home phone calls using a headset (or gasp, a landline!), it's time to give him an upgrade. If he has an iPhone, invest in a set of AirPods so he can take conference calls anywhere, without being tethered to his desk.
Mismatched Bacon and 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.
Wireless Smart Home Camera
This inexpensive camera lets Dad surveil his home in real time from anywhere, so he can check in on the dog while at work or use it to connect with family and friends. It even has night vision, so it doubles as a security camera (or a way to check what the cats get up to once your family goes to bed).
L.L. Bean Sport Binoculars
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.
The Deadbolt Mystery Society Monthly Box
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.
Sphere Ice Molds
For the dad who believes that happy hour is the most important time of day, give him a gift that will take his drinks to the next level. These spherical ice cube molds will elevate whatever he's sipping, from cocktails, to whiskey, to a fresh La Croix.
Deluxe 7-in-1 Game Set
Does he love a good old-fashioned family game night? Then this might be a good Christmas gift for dad. This game set offers seven options in one compact place—try chess, checkers, backgammon, cribbage, dominoes, cards, or poker. The game surface lifts off for convenient storage of the game pieces once a winner has been declared.
National Geographic Atlas of the National Parks
Former ranger Jon Waterman has written the definitive guide to America’s parks. Careful, this is sure to spark his wanderlust.
Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit
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.
Billy Jealousy Beard Envy Kit
Shopping for a dad with a killer beard? This kit includes beard wash to clean and condition, a conditioner to give whiskers a subtle hold and touch of shine, and a boar bristle brush made with reinforced bristles to keep stylish beards straight, smooth, and in place.
Callaway Executive Putting Mat
An unfavorable weather forecast will no longer get in the way of dad’s putting practice. This 8-foot indoor putting mat’s premium backing minimizes folds and creases for a truer roll, and offers with-grain and against-grain speed variations. And for the man who thrives under pressure, the moveable putting cup is a fourth of an inch smaller than regulation to help sharpen dad’s aim.
Bodum Chambord French Press
If you're on the hunt for Christmas gifts for dad from your toddler, let this gift serve as a sort of peace offering. Your little one might keep dad running around all day and night, but this sleek French press will help keep him fueled, even when he feels like he's running on empty. This version makes plenty—eight cups!—and includes a coffee scoop and a reusable filter.
Coleman Classic Propane Stove
A great Christmas gift for dad from a son or daughter, this propane stove can serve as a great excuse to take an impromptu camping trip together (once the weather warms, of course). Its panels help shield burners from wind and adjust for various pan sizes, while its efficient technology aims to help cook with less fuel (and that means less to lug!).
Fresh Retro Gallery Family Tree Chart
Map out your family’s lineage on this print modeled after the rings of a tree.
Cuisinart 12 Cup Extreme Brew Coffee Maker
For all of the dads who have recently traded in their daily Starbucks for an at-home cuppa joe, this could be one of the best Christmas gifts of 2020. 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.
Costway Electric Towel Warmer Drying Rack
There is no denying that a fresh, warm towel after a long shower is the ultimate luxury—especially on a chilly winter morning. With the power of 100 watts, this warmer heats up quickly. Install in on the wall or use the feet to rest it on the floor.
Clocky Alarm Clock on Wheels
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.
Cuisinart Coffee-Spice Grinder
This grinder works with nuts, spices, coffee beans, seeds and more. Powered by a heavy-duty motor with simple push-top operation, it's an essential item for the dad who loves the daily ritual of grinding his own coffee.
Dad's Own Cookbook
Some dads love cooking, while others can't tell a paring knife from a steak knife. This cookbook is for father figures in the latter category. This foolproof cookbook features basic how-tos, including how to properly handle a knife, as well as 150 recipes that will impress the entire family.
DIY Sushi Kit
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).
DrizzleStik Flex Golf Bag Umbrella
The golf-savvy dad will appreciate this umbrella’s exceptional club protection in windy and rainy conditions on the green. With a 54-inch extended length and 36-inch collapsed length, the umbrella’s flexible bending head allows for easy club access and its inner liner keeps precious cargo from getting scratched.
Consider this a funny Christmas gift for dad from a toddler. An instruction manual of sorts, this tome tackles one of the most difficult tasks of all time: parenting. Inside he'll find inspiring quotes for rookie dads, advice on being a leader, scoring under pressure, and encouraging team spirit from some of the most famous coaches in sports.
Everbilt Brass Picture Hanging Kit
Can't find a stocking stuff dad will actually appreciate? Try this 217-piece picture hanging kit, which contains just about everything dad needs to display those prized family photos around the house. The organized kit comes in a reusable hard shell plastic case and includes hangers to support pictures ranging from 10 to 100 pounds.
Everest Gym Bag
Dads who frequent the gym will appreciate this functional and durable gym bag featuring a designated pocket for smelly shoes, dirty laundry, or wet gear. Other features include an extra-spacious main compartment with a steel zippered clamshell opening, two front zippered pouches, an adjustable padded shoulder strap, and Velcro close handles.
First Alert 2030F Waterproof and Fire Resistant Chest
Built to withstand temperatures of up to 1,550 degrees for as long as 30 minutes, this practical gift will keep dad’s most precious belongings protected in even the most extreme circumstances. It features a 0.39-cubic-foot capacity, plus a clamping-style latch and key (that won't leak, even when submerged in water).
Revell B17G Flying Fortress Model Airplane Kit
Perhaps the most famous aircraft to arise from World War II, this B-17 model airplane gift is great for the history buff dad. The kit comes with 148 parts and features detailed gun turrets, landing gear, wheels, engine fronts, and more.
Four-Piece Barbecue Tool Set
It's always a struggle to find Christmas gifts for dad, but our best advice is not to overthink it. For dads who love to entertain in the backyard, this toolkit includes a set of sturdy, heavy-gauge stainless steel grill essentials. A turner, fork, tongs, and a grill brush come packed in a sleek black carrying case designed to be toted to the tailgate.
Galvanized Metal Large Party Bucket
The best Christmas gifts for dad take his interests into account. Does he love having friend hang out in the backyard every weekend? Try this oversized durable galvanized steel party bucket. With wood handles and bottle opener on the side, it's both sleek and functional.
HoMedics Percussion Action Handheld Massager with Heat
Anything that helps him manage stress is sure to be a top Christmas gift for dad. Ideal for a full body massage, this handheld device features dual pivoting heads with variable speed controls designed to provide a superior massage experience without having to step foot in an expensive spa.
Imprinted Golf Tees
There's not much you can do to improve Dad's golf game—that's on him—but these personalized tees will add a fun touch and help cheer him on the next time he hits the green. The tees come in packs of 1,000 and feature durable wood construction and a high-gloss finish.
Kai Luna 4-Piece Steak Knife Set
Japan’s Kai cutlery company designed this set of steak knives to be both unique and functional. The high-carbon stainless-steel blade is mirror-polished and finished with traditional hammered detail. The lightweight, soft-grip handle also includes rubberized inserts for a comfortable and secure grip.
Lodge Cast Iron Skillet
A great Christmas gift for dads, this cast iron skillet is pre-seasoned and ready to use for years. Get ready for everything from pancakes to crispy chicken to skillet cookies—cast iron is a versatile cooking tool, renowned for its heat retention. Available in 5-, 8-, 10.25-, 12-, and 13.25-inch sizes.
Logitech Harmony 665 10-Device Universal Remote
Great Christmas gifts for dads are hard to come by, but this device will keep him from fumbling when all he wants to do is turn on Sunday football. This functional remote works with a range of devices (more than 270,000 to be exact), from basic cable to Apple TV, and can combine up to 10 remotes in one versatile unit.
Marpac Dohm Elite White Noise Machine
A good, restful night’s sleep is extremely valuable for dads of all ages. This noise machine masks noises that disrupts that precious slumber. (It's even recommended by the National Sleep Foundation.)
Monogrammed Steak Brand
He may be the master of his barbecue domain, but you can up the ante with this monogrammed steak brand. This clever Christmas gift for dad will have him proudly elevating his grilling game with steaks and burgers marked with his initials.
NutriBullet by MagicBullet
For the health-conscious dad, the NutriBullet is a great tool to help him create his favorite smoothies and juices. It’s a real workhorse—it can crack through stems, shred tough skins, and break down the toughest of foods to extract the nutrients inside. A recipe book is included to help dad come up new nutritious concoctions.
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.
Rabbit Automatic Electric Corkscrew
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.
If your dad loves a great winter adventure, staying warm is essential. This rechargeable handwarmer will keep him from catching a chill with its five heat modes and six-hour run time. Bonus: it also recharges any USB-compatible device.
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.
Tech Tools Retro Heated Smart Travel Mug
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.
Tile Mate Anything Finder
This Bluetooth tracker is a great gift for the dad who needs a bit of help tracking down his possessions. Now 25 percent smaller than the original Tile Mate, it easily attaches onto keychains, luggage, bags, phones—really anything dad cares about. The Tile app automatically records the last time and place an item was seen.
UA Spieth Tour Glove
Is Dad's golf glove looking a little worn and tired? This one features Under Armour Fit technology so it's supremely comfortable. The premium grip system gives dad maximum control (here's to hoping he'll finally sink that hole in one!), while the built-in closure tab provides a perfectly snug, customized fit.
What I Love About Dad By Me
Shopping for something to put your unique stamp on? Personalization and originality are the special ingredients in this gift for dad. The pocket-sized book offers 50 sentence-starting prompts to tell your favorite guy how much he means to you.
Rainbow Multi Tool Set
A compact gadget with a screwdriver, drive bits, and allen keys that won't get lost in a drawer.