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- Dads can be notoriously difficult to shop for, especially if yours doesn’t offer many hints of what he wants.
- We found the best gifts for Dad, whether for Christmas, his birthday, Father’s Day, or another milestone.
- From a Sirloin of the Month club to a massage gun, these gift ideas are sure to be a big hit.
If you’re searching for the perfect gift for Dad but coming up empty, don’t stress; we’ve done the hard work for you and compiled the absolute best gifts that he’ll love no matter the occasion.
Whether it’s a gift for Christmas, an idea for his birthday, or just a thoughtful way to show your love, we found a number of unique gift ideas that are sure to impress even the toughest Dads to shop for.
From a monthly steak subscription to a new record player or a comfy pillow, you can’t go wrong with any of the gifts on this list.
Here are 68 of the best gifts for Dad
This list includes a Sponsored Product that has been suggested by REI. It also meets our editorial criteria in terms of quality and value.*
These over-ear headphones from Sony are a must-have for frequent travelers as they have incredible noise cancellation that does well to drown out drum of a car engine or airplane. They also deliver clear audio which is perfect for when Dad wants to jam out to his favorite album or catch up on some podcast episodes.
Whether he’s sore from too much exercise or not exercising enough, Therabody’s PowerDot is a compact, easy-to-use TENS machine, similar to those used by physical therapists. The electrical stimulation massages any muscle, which helps lessen pain from injuries or from training. The device comes with a guidebook for where to place the sensors and an intuitive app to run him through different kinds of pain relief programs.
It might be a little weird to get your dad underwear, but every guy’s favorite boxer brand, Saxx, also makes unbelievably comfortable pajama pants. The Sleepwalker PJs are uber-soft and comfy with Saxx’s patented pouch design that keeps things breezy and comfortable. This holiday, grab the PJs in these fun pizza or BBQ prints that just scream, “Dad.”
Keep him cozy around the house and running errands in these rubber-soled leather booties from Danner. Lined with natural wool, his feet will stay warm (and ridiculously cozy) without overheating, and the outsoles offer reliable grip when he can’t bear to slip them off to leave the house.
If dad likes to be outside, he’ll think this rechargeable lantern is way cool. The AlpenGlow 250 shines 250 lumens of nature-inspired glows. Aside from a soft white, you can shake the soft lantern to activate special modes, including soft ombre sunsets and a candle flicker.
It’s the ideal lantern when camping or hanging out on the back porch, and it’s water-resistant. Plus, BioLite is a great company working to bring clean energy to Africa, Asia, and other overlooked parts of the world.
When in doubt, remember: We’ve never met a man who was upset about opening a gift box to a fresh pair of high-quality socks. We love Darn Tough because its socks are durable; made entirely or partially from odor-resistant, sweat-wicking Merino; and come with a lifetime warranty. You can also spend as much as you want, nabbing him one pair for under $20 or splurging on a whole new sock drawer.
The Hydros Water Filter Bottle is like gifting Dad his own portable Brita. The bottle filters any water poured into it, reducing the amount of chlorine and sediment; plus, the filter is reliable through at least 40 gallons of liquid. It’ll be any on-the-go Dad’s go-to.
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Dad can reminiscence about his favorite jams while enjoying a drink with these coasters made from reclaimed records. The discs are specially sealed so moisture won’t seep through and damage the surface.
With an Audible subscription, Dad gets unlimited access to thousands of audiobooks and podcasts. Plus, you can even have Dad test it out first with a free trial.
If your dad’s veins run dark roast, a coffee gift won’t go unused. We recommend a subscription to the Atlas Coffee Club, which curates a global selection of single-origin coffee that gets freshly roasted and shipped to your house from $9 per bag.
Whether Dad wants to recover after a grueling workout or just wants to be his own personal, at-home masseuse, a massage gun is an excellent gift. This model, Theragun’s Mini, is our pick of the best entry-level massage gun, as it has a modest price tag yet still comes standard with a number of features found on more expensive, premium options.
If dad tends to frequently misplace his key, wallet, or other valuables, help him out by gifting him a handy AirTag. The tags can be placed on just about any item and will connect to his phone so he can easily keep track of his stuff via the Find My app. For an extra personal touch, you can even get it engraved for free.
These merino wool sneakers from Allbirds, Silicon Valley’s favorite shoe brand, are the perfect mix of sporty and stylish. They come in tons of colors and are even machine washable.
For the dad who loves to golf, this is one of the best golf hitting mats to help improve his short game from home. This compact, portable practice aid features three turf heights, to simulate rough, fairway, and close-cropped “collar” turf.
In case you hadn’t heard, fanny packs are back and the Lorimer from State Bags is the best way to get Dad back on-trend. It’s water-resistant, available in five colors, and is just understated enough to be a casual yet stylish foray into wearing a funny pack again.
Sometimes, all Dad wants is something sentimental and personal. A digital picture frame is the perfect gift for Dad because it means he can view his favorite photos from a single device. As long as the frame is hooked up to WiFi, your dad can enjoy the photos you’ve carefully curated, all day long in his office or home. You can hear about our experience with another Aura frame, here.
If owning a grill is one of your dad’s long-standing dreams, this one from Dyna-Glo is the one to get him. The best part is that it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. We’ve also put together a complete guide to grilling products, if you’re looking for more grilling gifts for Dad.
If your dad’s always on to the next page turner, he’ll love getting a new book delivered straight to his doorstep each month. We think it’s the ideal gift for Dad and even rank it as the best for bookworms in our guide to the best subscription boxes.
Regardless of whether Dad’s a fitness guru or novice, an essential part of working out is the gear itself. Vuori makes extremely soft, comfy, and functional activewear. Our team loves the brand and has even dubbed it the best overall in our guide to the best men’s workout clothes.
If gardening is one of your dad’s favorite pastimes, this set has everything he could need when working outside. Each garden tool has a comfortable grip handle, a durable head, and depth marks. Tools are only one part of what he might need for his gardening adventures, so make sure to also check out our guides to the best gardening tools and best gardening tools for beginners.
The Higgins Mill Weatherproof Boot from Allen Edmonds is a do-it-all boot that fends off inclement weather, looks good at the office or out on the town, and is built to last for years. It’s an investment piece type gift for Dad who will no doubt crown them his new favorite boots after unboxing a pair this holiday season.
Commemorate his birthday, anniversary, or any holiday with this custom record art. Made from an upcycled vinyl LP and suspended in a floating frame, this custom wall art can feature the soundtrack to their life or songs you share together. Choose from two retro designs, title the record, and add up to five personal song titles.
Time to up Dad’s skincare game. Created specifically for men, the startup has become a favorite skincare brand for Reviews senior reporter Amir Ismael because it’s simple and effective. Each product uses high-quality natural and organic ingredients. The charcoal works great for deep pore cleansing without the long, drawn-out process, earning it a spot on our list of the best skincare brands in 2021.
Help him ditch the manual toothbrush with Philips Sonicare, whose brushes are gentler on teeth and give brighter results over time. We recommend this one for its powerful cleaning and movements-per-minute. Plus, the rechargeable toothbrush is better for the environment.
Get Dad a protective and stylish case for his iPhone that can also double as a handy wallet for storing cards. You can even get personalized with Dad’s initials for an extra special touch. The case is available for iPhones ranging from the 6S to the 12 Pro Max.
For a worthy splurge for the fitness-obsessed dad, the Suunto 7 is a feature-rich and highly accurate smartwatch that offers tracking for more than 70 different activities, is comfortable to wear, and offers useful training feedback anyone can benefit from. It can also give alerts for texts, emails, and has numerous other handy smart features dad will surely appreciate. We even named it the best running watch you can buy.
If Dad loves his fitness routine but is often frustrated by working out with a mask on, the Sportsmask is a useful solution. This mask from Under Armour was specifically designed for high activity, and its water resistance, breathability, and UPF 50+ sun protection all lend well to making his workout routine more comfortable.
If your dad is a frequent traveler or gym-goer, he’ll love this versatile duffel bag from Away. It’s available in canvas or nylon, has a separate compartment for shoes, and a handy sleeve that slips over a carry-on handle.
If your dad is a fan of Shake Shack, he’ll love this cookbook that will teach him how to make his very own ShackBurger.
Concerts, museums, sporting events, or movies — regardless of what Dad’s passionate about, this handy journal makes for efficient storage of sentimental memories that could otherwise get stained or ruined. With 118 ticket sleeves, there’s plenty of room for upcoming memories as well.
They may just seem like a basic, everyday accessory, but socks are among the most underrated gifts you can give. Dad will love these Bombas socks made from soft and warm merino wool. You can hear more about why we love this brand and its products in our review of Bombas socks.
This genetic test kit from 23andMe is great for the dad who’s interested in learning more about his family history. You can learn more about all this kit has to offer in our guide to the best DNA test kits.
Made from super-soft, quick-dry fabric, these swim trunks will make dad the star of your next beach or pool day. They come in an array of colors and prints, and you can even get matching father-and-son swim short sets.
Now, Dad can take his favorite ales home with him to enjoy. This 64 oz growler comes personalized with his initials on it and includes four mini pilsner glasses.
Brooklinen’s luxe sheets are among our favorites for their affordable price, sophisticated look, and unbelievable comfort.
The company’s Hardcore Sheet Bundles have everything your dad needs to completely makeover his bed — and stay nice and cozy all year long. They include a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, a duvet cover, and four pillowcases. Brooklinen also sells comforters, pillows, candles, and blankets.
Great for new dads, this custom, hand-etched whiskey glass can boast his proudest title alongside the year he became a father. Photos from reviewers go to show that this glass isn’t just for whiskey, recipients have gotten creative by storing candy and other small gifts in their glasses.
Meat lovers will enjoy sinking their teeth into a premium cut of sirloin. Each month Dad will receive a mouth-watering selection of premium steaks curated by experts and shipped fresh right to his door. Choose from subscription options of three months, six months, 12 months, or every three months.
The SodaStream Fizzi lets you turn plain water into sparkling water in just a few seconds. Dad can adjust the fizziness and flavor level to his personal taste. We even named it the best overall in our guide to the best soda makers.
This classic kitchen accessory is perfect for the coffee-loving dad who wants to bring cafe-quality coffee home. The Bialetti stovetop espresso maker not only makes great coffee, but it looks great on the counter. We made sure to include its 6-cup counterpart in our guide to the best stovetop espresso makers, as the best overall pick.
There’s an ever-so-slight learning curve in figuring out what Amazon’s Alexa can and can’t do, but once that’s passed, the Echo Show can forecast the weather, read an audiobook, order a pizza, tell jokes, or any number of things Dad should find charming. Unlike the Echo or Echo Dot, the Echo Show also has a screen for displaying information.
If your dad is a big golfer, this performance-tracking system is a fun addition to his golf bag.
Made from a durable 500 denier Cordura ripstop material, this Carhartt backpack is perfect for outdoorsy dads. The included 3-can cooler is a great addition that’ll let him carry a few cold brews on his fishing or camping trips.
Grafomap is a website that lets you design map posters of any place in the world. You can make one of your dad’s hometown, his college town, his favorite travel destination, or the place where he got engaged or married — you’re only limited by your imagination.
If Dad’s nostalgic for his college days or loves gearing up for his favorite sports season, give him the gift of variety with a Fanatics gift card. Fanatics is home to apparel, accessories, and memorabilia for just about every major sports team you can think of.
This shave set from Harry’s is as sleek as it gets at this price. To go the extra mile, you can get his initials engraved into the razor. You can hear more about this set in our guide to the best shaving kits.
Soap and water can leave his facial hair dry and scratchy. Bearded dads need this soothing beard wash and conditioner set from The Art of Shaving in their lives.
For under $100, the Anova sous vide is a reasonably priced investment that just might change Dad’s life for the better. Not only will it boil and poach eggs with ease, it’ll also produce tender, perfectly cooked meat every time. It’s so good that we name it the best overall pick in our guide to the best sous vide machines.
Give the gift of a good night’s sleep with this luxurious and supportive pillow from mattress startup Leesa.
Made from MicroModal and elastane, MeUndies claims its underwear is three times softer than cotton. We think its boxers are so comfortable they’ll blow Dad’s mind. You can learn more about MeUndies in our guide on where to shop for men’s underwear.
If your dad is tired of lugging around heavy hardcovers, the Kindle Paperwhite is an extremely thoughtful and practical gift. The latest version is now waterproof too.
If you’re not quite sure what kind of hot sauce your dad likes, or if he isn’t committed to this or that variety of the spicy stuff, then The Good Hurt Fuego Hot Sauces Sampler is a great gift idea. It features sauces made with peppers that come from India, Mexico, and beyond, and it has flavors ranging from Chipotle Pepper to Garlic Herb to Whiskey Habanero.
The sports-loving dad won’t want to take this jersey off. At the MLB Shop and NFL Shop, you can order a personalized jersey with your dad’s name on the back.
For the active dad, you can bring the gym home with this TRX trainer.
Hydro Flasks are great for any situation, from camping to commuting. This durable, insulated water bottle does a masterful job of making sure drinks keep their temperatures.
This turntable is the sleek home accessory your dad didn’t know he needed. He can bring his old records out of storage and enjoy them with this modern record player.
Every person’s vinyl collection is deeply personal, so instead of trying to guess his taste, let him choose the record himself. Each month, he’ll choose and receive one LP, pressed exclusively for Vinyl Me, Please, from a collection of Essentials, Classics, and Rap & Hip Hop.
The three-month gift membership includes one bonus record, while the six- and 12-month ones include two bonus records.
A media streaming device can transform your dad’s so-called dumb TV into a smart one that plays shows and movies from Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, Prime Video, and other streaming services. The best of the bunch is the Roku Ultra with its easy-to-use interface and 4K video streaming.
Neckties might be a cliché gift for dads, but The Tie Bar makes some handsome ties that he’ll actually wear on a regular basis. You’ll find plenty of colors, patterns, and styles — and the best part is they’re all affordably priced.
This multi-functional tool does it all, plus it has a 25-year guarantee.
Give your dad the gift of organization with this accessory tray and wireless charger combo. The pebbled leather is a much-needed upgrade from all the plastic tech accessories he has lying around, and the catchall tray is useful and thoughtful. It also means he’ll stop asking you where his keys are three times before leaving the house.
If he sits in front of a computer every day, he needs these blue light glasses that increase magnification, reduce glare, and filter out blue light in order to reduce eyestrain. They’re also available with prescription lenses — we tried them and loved them.
Some of the best gifts are items that can be used every day — and AirPods fall into that category. Whether your dad likes listening to music and podcasts or prefers to talk on the phone hands-free, AirPods will quickly become an essential item for him. You can learn more about the different versions in our guide to the best AirPods.
Homemade pizza is delicious, but it can be tricky to perfect. This ceramic pizza stone will make sure his pizza comes out perfectly cooked every time.
Tech-obsessed dads will love to get their hands on the latest iPad. For more information on the different iterations, check out our guide to the best iPads.
This leather iPad portfolio comes in 17 colors, so there’s sure to be one that your dad will like. You can even get it monogrammed for an extra personal touch.
The Rålis is Urbanears’ first portable Bluetooth speaker and it sounds as good as it looks. It’s a little pricey, but the sound quality is impressive enough to warrant the cost.
Just because Dad has to wake up before the sun rises doesn’t mean he has to awaken to the blaring of an obnoxious alarm clock.
Philips makes a lovely alarm clock that gradually lights up to mimic the sunrise and wake him up naturally. The light alarm clock also displays the time and has customizable sounds so he can wake up feeling rested and ready for the day. This clock is also one of the top picks in our buying guide, so you can be sure he’ll love it.