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- Dads can be notoriously difficult to shop for, especially if yours doesn’t often offer any hints.
- We found the best gifts for Dad, whether for Father’s Day, his birthday, or another milestone.
- From a digital picture frame to a pizza stone, these gift ideas for dad are sure to be a hit.
If you’re looking for great gift ideas for Dad, and drawing a blank, don’t fret just yet. We’ve done the hard work for you and scoured for the best gifts for Dad for all occasions and budgets.
Whether you’re seeking the best Father’s Day gifts, an idea for his birthday, or just a thoughtful way to show your love, we found unique and thoughtful gift ideas for him that are sure to impress even the toughest Dad’s to shop for. From sleek leather goods and wearable tech to an on-demand massage service and the ultimate summer short, you can’t go wrong with any of the presents on this list.
Here are 76 of the best gifts for Dad
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.
A mat to help with dad’s short game
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.
An easy way to open wine
Dad can open his wine hassle-free with this gift. The sleek, fast-charging, and cordless wine opener can pull out 30 corks on one charge, making it our choice for one of the best electric wine openers. All Dad has to do is push a button and it does all the work.
A tiny tag to ensure he never loses his valuables
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.
An Audible subscription
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.
A digital picture frame to display his favorite memories
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.
A compact gas grill
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, which is why we’ve named it the best budget option in our guide to the best gas grills. We’ve also put together a complete guide to grilling products, if you’re looking for more grilling gifts for Dad.
A monthly subscription for the bookworm 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.
A workout shirt he won’t want to take off
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.
A garden tool set for the dad with a green thumb
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.
A fun activity with a delicious payoff
If dad is a foodie or likes to spend time in the kitchen, consider this kit from the New York-based Doughnuttery shops. The kit includes doughnut mix, Doughnuttery’s doughnut sugars, a doughnut depositor, and an easy instruction guide. Whipping these sweet treats up together is also a great way to spend some time with dad.
A cute pop-up card
Whether you need a card to pair with another gift or plan to make a thoughtful note the main event, these pop-up cards will ensure your card for dad stands out. Choose from an array of options to suit his interests, from a 3-D toolbox to a football-themed card that makes it clear your dad’s biggest fan.
An easy way to take his beers on the go
Dad can easily take his favorite IPAs to the beach, a backyard barbecue, or a picnic with this stylish canvas case that keeps up to six brews cold. Best of all, it even comes with an attached bottle opener.
His new go-to summer shorts
Available in four neutral color options, as well as in a six-inch and eight-inch length, these classic shorts are sure to become a staple wardrobe piece for dad this summer. Made from a lightweight, quick-drying cotton blend, these shorts are comfy and chic on land, but can also get wet and even act as swim trunks.
Personalized vinyl wall art
Commemorate his birthday, anniversary, or Father’s Day 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.
A two-step skincare regimen
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.
An electric toothbrush
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, $39.95, available at Walmart
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.
An insulated travel mug
Even when he’s on the go, Dad’s favorite beverage can stay hot or cold for hours. The Zojirushi SM-SE Travel Mug keeps both hot and cold drinks at enjoyable temperatures for hours longer than the competition, and its lockable lid ensures it’s truly leak-proof. We even named it the best travel mug.
A personalized video message from his favorite star
You can choose from thousands of actors, athletes, and musicians and get Dad a personalized video message from his favorite star. For a gift that also gives back, search for celebrities donating some of the proceeds to charity. Or, opt for a funny and festive option like a Buddy the Elf impersonator. You can read our full breakdown of Cameo here.
A leather iPhone wallet case
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.
A heated massager to melt the day away
After a long day, all Dad wants is some true relaxation to melt away the tension that’s built up. While he can’t get a real massage every day, you can give him this at-home shiatsu massager, which can give a quality massage for much less.
A smart watch to track his fitness goals
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.
A mask fit for athletes
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.
A game he can enjoy with the whole family
A fun combo of horseshoes, bocce ball, and bowling, this lawn game will give Dad the gift of quality family bonding time when you all play together. Plus, the carrying case means he can bring it with him to backyard BBQs, beach outings, camping trips, or tailgating parties.
A handy duffel bag
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.
A sleek leather wallet
This slim leather wallet from Bellroy is perfect for dads who prefer minimalist accessories. It comes in a bunch of colors, so you’ll be able to find the perfect match. Bellroy also sells phone cases, work bags and backpacks, and key covers.
A cookbook from his favorite burger joint
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.
A keepsake he can use for years to come
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.
A chic way to keep dad’s work space organized
Whether dad is working from home or the office these days, chances are he could use a little extra organization for his desk. This elegant tray made from cork and hand-dyed with Japanese calligraphy ink creates both a protective bed for his items and an easy way to keep all his essentials handy and orderly.
Breathable and machine-washable sneakers
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.
A set of quality merino wool socks
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.
A health and ancestry genetic test kit
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.
A Disney Plus subscription
It gives Dad unlimited access to movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. Read everything there is to know about Disney Plus over here.
And if he needs some binge-spiration, here are all the new movies available to stream.
A colorful swimsuit
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.
A Baby Yoda PopSocket
If he can’t get enough of Baby Yoda, he’ll love this adorable PopSocket. He can use it to position his phone for the optimal streaming of “The Mandalorian.” This would be a great gift alongside a Disney Plus subscription since he’ll have a present to unwrap.
A beer growler for sipping at home
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.
Soft, crisp sheets and bedding
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.
A custom whiskey glass
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.
A subscription for steaks
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.
A classic stovetop espresso maker
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.
The Amazon Echo Show
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.
A device that improves golfing skills
If your dad is a big golfer, this performance-tracking system is a fun addition to his golf bag.
A durable backpack and cooler combo
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.
A custom map poster
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.
A gift card for the sports fan
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.
A luxurious shave kit
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.
A freshly scented beard wash and conditioner set
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.
A sous-vide device for ambitious home cooks
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.
A cozy and supportive pillow
Give the gift of a good night’s sleep with this luxurious and supportive pillow from mattress startup Leesa.
A 10-pack of soft and stylish underwear
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.
Comfortable and stylish jeans
Amazon’s new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite
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.
A hot sauce sampler pack
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.
A gift subscription to a popular coffee club
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.
A personalized sports jersey
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.
An all-encompassing online subscription
Everyone loves Amazon Prime and the plethora of perks that come with a membership, so why not gift a subscription for an entire year?
An at-home workout system
For the active dad, you can bring the gym home with this TRX trainer.
A durable, temperature-maintaining water bottle
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.
A modern turntable
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.
A subscription service for new vinyl every month
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 streaming TV player
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.
A nice tie
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.
A handy multi-functional tool
This multi-functional tool does it all, plus it has a 25-year guarantee.
A fast wireless charger and accessory tray
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.
Stylish computer glasses
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.
A ceramic pizza stone
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.
A leather iPad case
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.
A durable and waterproof speaker
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.
An alarm clock that uses light to wake him up gently
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.
Modern over-ear headphones
The perfect pair of over-ear headphones should be highly comfortable and sound great. This pair from Status Audio is among the best you’ll find for less than $100.
A portable microphone
Dad can try his hand at playing radio or podcast host with this simple and portable USB microphone. It’s also a nice option for clearer audio while he takes any at-home business calls.
A relaxing massage he can book to his home
Soothe is a relatively new service that can help Dad book a massage to his home in as little as an hour. The company will match his massage request with a vetted, certified massage therapist available in his area at the specified time. They offer Swedish, deep tissue, sports, prenatal, and couples massages.
Soothe is currently available to book in 66 cities in the US and Canada. If you’re not sure what amount to choose for a gift card, Soothe says the average cost for a one-time, 60-minute massage is $115, but price varies by location, with cities like New York charging up to $182 for that treatment. Soothe also offers subscriptions if you really want to pamper him this year.
An easy way to eat chips and dip
Take Dad’s snacking game up a level with this two-in-one bowl that’s perfect for holding both chips or crackers and his favorite salsa, guac, or dip.