61 gifts for Dad he’ll actually love and use, from an electric wine opener to backpack that doubles as a cooler

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Dads are notoriously tough to shop for, especially since many rarely dole out hints about what they may need or want.

If you aren’t sure what to get Dad this year, whether for his birthday, for Father’s Day, or just because, you’ve found the right gift guide. We’ve put together a list of gift ideas for dad he’s sure to love, from sleek leather goods and high-tech cooking gadgets to an on-demand massage service and a cookbook that’ll let him recreate the famous Shake Shack burger at home.

Here are 61 thoughtful gifts for dad:

An insulated travel mug

Zojirushi SM SE Travel Mug

Zojirushi Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Mug, $23.99, available at Amazon

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 leather iPhone wallet case

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Leather Wallet Case, from $28.40, available on Etsy

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

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Snailax Shiatsu Neck and Shoulder Massager, $59.96, available at Amazon

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 mask fit for athletes

Gifts under $50 Under Armour

UA Sportsmask, $30, available at Under Armour

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.

*Sponsored by Under Armour

A personalized video from his favorite star

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A view of the Cameo Marketplace

Cameo, from $10

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 game he can enjoy with the whole family

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Rollors Backyard Game, $49.94, available on Amazon

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

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The Weekender, $136, available at Away 

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

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Bellroy Leather Note Sleeve Wallet, $89, available at Amazon

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

Gifts for Dad Shake Shack

“Shake Shack: Recipes & Stories,” $16.38 available at Amazon

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

Gifts for Dad Ticket Stub Diary

Ticket Stub Diary, $14, available at Uncommon Goods

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.

Breathable and machine-washable sneakers

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Allbirds Wool Runners, $95, available at Allbirds 

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.

An electric wine opener


Zupora Electric Wine Opener, $20.38, available at Amazon

This electric cork screw will help dad open any bottle of wine without the hassle. Throw in his favorite bottle along with the wine opener for the ultimate gift any wine aficionado would love.

A set of quality merino wool socks


Men’s Merino Wool Calf Sock 8-pack, $136.80, available at Bombas

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. 

A health and ancestry genetic test kit

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23andMe Health and Ancestry Genetic Test Kit, $199, available at 23andMe

This genetic test kit from 23andMe is great for the dad who’s interested in learning more about his family history.

A Disney Plus subscription

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Disney Plus gift subscription, 1-year subscription for $69.99

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 Baby Yoda PopSocket

Gifts for Dad Baby Yoda Popsocket

Baby Yoda Popsocket, $16.99, available at Amazon 

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

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Personalized Craft Beer Growler, $45, available at Houzz

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

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Brooklinen Classic Hardcore Sheet Bundle, from $198, available at Brooklinen

Brooklinen Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle, from $240, available at Brooklinen

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 comforterspillows, candles, and blankets

A custom whiskey glass

Gifts for Dad whiskey glass

Personalized Whiskey Glass, $18.90, available at Etsy

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

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Sirloin of the Month Club, from $103.95 per month, available at AmazingClubs

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 one month, six months, 12 months, or every three months.

A SodaStream


SodaStream Fizzi One Touch Sparkling Water Machine, $86, available at Walmart

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.

A classic stovetop espresso maker

Gifts for Dad Bialetti

Bialetti 9-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker, $49.95, available at Crate & Barrel

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.

The Amazon Echo Show

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Amazon Echo Show 5, $69.99, available at Amazon

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 distinctive leather watch

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Filippo Loreti Venice Moonphase Gold Black Watch, $149, available at Filippo Loreti 

You can’t go wrong with giving a watch as a gift. This Italian leather and gold watch from Filippo Loreti is a timeless option that any dad will love.

A device that improves golfing skills


Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors, $179.99, available at Amazon

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


Carhartt Medium Pack + 3 Can Insulated Cooler, $99.99, available at Carhartt

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 Custom Map Poster, from $49, available at Grafomap

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

Gifts for Dad Fanatics gift card

Fanatics gift card, from $10, available at Fanatics

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

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Harry’s Winston Shave Set, $25, available at Harry’s (+ $15 for monogram)

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. 

A freshly scented beard wash and conditioner set

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The Art of Shaving Beard Wash and Conditioner Set, $30, available at The Art of Shaving

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

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Anova Nano Sous Vide, $125.92, available at Amazon

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. 

A cozy and supportive pillow


Leesa Pillow, $79, available at Leesa

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

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MeUndies Men’s Boxer Brief 10-Pack, $170, available at MeUndies

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. 

Comfortable and stylish jeans

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Mott & Bow Wooster Dynamic Stretch Jeans, $118, available at Mott & Bow

Give the gift of good style with jeans from Mott & Bow.

Amazon’s new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, $129.99, available at Amazon

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

Hot Sauces Sample Set

The Good Hurt Fuego Hot Sauces Sampler Pack, $34.99, available at Amazon

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


Atlas Coffee Club 3-Month Gift Subscription, $60, available at Atlas 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


MLB Shop Custom Men’s Jersey, from $107.99, available at the official MLB Shop

NFL Shop Custom Men’s Jersey, from $42.99, available at the official NFL Shop

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

Amazon Prime Boxes

Amazon 1-Year Prime Membership, $119, available at Amazon

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

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TRX Suspension Trainer Basic Kit, $169.95, available at Amazon 

For the active dad, you can bring the gym home with this TRX trainer.

A durable, temperature-maintaining water bottle


Hydro Flask 32 oz Wide Mouth, $44.95, available at Hydro Flask

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

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U-Turn Audio Orbit Special Turntable, $459, available at U-Turn

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

Vinyl Me

Vinyl Me, Please 3-Month Gift Membership, $119, available at Vinyl Me, Please

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

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Roku Ultra, $99.99, available at Target

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 custom puzzle

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New York Times Custom Front Page Puzzle, $49.95, available from Uncommon Goods

Remind dad of a special day or event with a custom puzzle of a specific “New York Times” front page. Plus, this gift doubles as spending quality time with dad if you do the puzzle together. 

A nice tie

Gifts for Dad The Tie Bar

The Tie Bar Neckties, starting at $18

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

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Leatherman OHT Multi-Tool, $89.95, available at B&H Photo

This multi-functional tool does it all, plus it has a 25-year guarantee.

A fast wireless charger and accessory tray


Catch:3 Charger Trau, $175, available at Staycourant.com

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


Felix Gray Blue Light Computer Glasses, from $95, available at Felix Gray

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.

A weighted blanket with cooling technology


BlanQuil Chill 20-Pound Cooling Weighted Blanket, $99, available at Amazon

Does Dad always need a blanket to fall asleep, but struggles not to overheat under heavy blankets? This weighted blanket’s soothing feel is appropriate for the winter, but the cooling technology will prevent him from overheating. 

Apple AirPods

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Apple AirPods with Wired Charging Case, $128.98, available at Amazon

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.

A ceramic pizza stone

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Emile Henry Pizza Stone, $49.95, available at Williams Sonoma

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.

An iPad

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Apple iPad (Latest Model with Wi-Fi, 32GB), $329.99, available at Best Buy

Tech-obsessed dads will love to get their hands on the latest iPad.

A leather iPad case

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Leatherology iPad Portfolio, from $120, available at Leatherology

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


Urbanears Rålis Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $199.99, available at Urbanears

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

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Philips Light Alarm Clock, $99.99, available at Amazon

Dads work hard and they often have to wake up early. Just because he has to wake up before the sun rises that 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.

A record organization system

Record dividers

TunePhonik Vertical Laser Cut Wooden Record Dividers (set of 6), $44.99, available at Amazon

Your dad can organize his records in style with this alphabetical wooden divider set.

Modern over-ear headphones

 Status Audio CB 1

Status Audio CB-1 Studio Monitor Headphones, $63, available at Amazon

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

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JLab Audio Talk Go USB Microphone, $49, available on Amazon

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

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Soothe E-Gift Card or Physical Gift Card, select your amount, available at Soothe

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. 

*Due to the novel coronavirus, gift cards are unable to be used for massages, although they can be applied to Soothe’s apparel and equipment. 

An easy way to eat chips and dip

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Ooma Bowl, $28, available at Uncommon Goods

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. 

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12 genuinely useful gifts for busy dads, according to a dad with little free time

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  • A gift that a dad just doesn’t have the free time to use can end up being a bigger source of frustration than pleasure, so think carefully when buying holiday gifts this year.
  • Practical gifts that make a dad’s life easier and more efficient are always welcome, especially if they are an upgrade to a product he already uses.
  • Gifts that are consumable are also always welcome, as dads need to eat, so they might as well have some treats on hand.
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I recently got a GoSun Go Portable Solar Cooker, a camping stove that cooks food using nothing more than sunlight, and at first I was thrilled. What a cool product, right? A totally eco-friendly stove I could use to bake food and boil water there at my campsite – no gas, wood, charcoal, or anything else required. Then I started looking at the calendar trying to figure out the next free weekend where my son and I could go camping. Long story short, we don’t have a place to fit in a couple nights out in the woods until late summer.

When you’re looking for the perfect gift this year, keep in mind that the dad in question may not have time to enjoy most gifts, thoughtful as they might be.

So instead of giving a golf club that’s going to collect dust in the garage or a book that’s probably going to serve primarily as a paperweight, look for a dad gift the guy can actually enjoy despite having about five minutes of free time in his day, what with the job, kids, yard work, travel, and the rest of it.

Great gifts for busy dads are those products that replace something he’s already using, like a new pair of pants or a high-quality tumbler, or that are treats he’ll enjoy without having to carve out extra time in the day, like some gourmet snacks.

And … if you’re looking for a great gift for me, keep it simple: I’ll gladly accept candies and/or a bottle of gin. Or some socks. Seriously, I know it sounds boring, but great socks are genuinely a great gift.

Shop these 12 gifts for busy dads that are both thoughtful and useful. 

A shirt that can’t get stained or wet


Gift the Ably Apparel Lanai Linen Shirt from Ably Apparel for $115

The first time I put an Ably Apparel shirt to the test, I was skeptical at best. The company claims that the Filium-activated coating applied to the linen fibers of its shirts make them all but impervious to water and stains, so naturally I opened the sink tap to full blast and stuck my shirt right into the water. As it turns out, they weren’t lying.

Water literally bounces off the fabric, flowing away like the stuff was made from slick plastic. Yet it feels just like any other mid-weight garment out there. As Ably makes polos, T-shirts, button downs, and more, you’ll definitely find an option the dad on your list will love. And he’ll love getting through meal times, finger-paint sessions, and other messy undertakings with a shirt that looks pristine.

A grill he can use indoors that doesn’t get messy or smoky


Gift a Bella Smokeless Electric Grill from Amazon for $49.99

I love grilling, but sometimes the extra 10 or 15 minutes it takes to take the cover off the grill, clean the grates, and pre-heat the thing just aren’t worth the effort. Thus my love for our plucky little Bella Smokeless Electric Grill. It uses an electric heating element that warms up fast and, as the name suggests, doesn’t produce smoke, but does still produce those satisfying grill lines and more than enough heat to cook steaks, sausages, kebabs, and anything else you would throw on the barbecue outside.

When the cooking is over, you can lift off the copper-coated grate for easy cleaning with a bit of soap and water and dump out the drip tray that collected fats, oils, and other stuff you’d rather have separated from your food.

A multi-tool that can pretty much do it all


Gift a Gerber Center-Drive Multi-Tool from Amazon for $88.99

Dads are supposed to be able to fix everything, but without the right tools, how can they fix anything? While a 64-piece socket set or a table saw might not be the most practical gifts for dad, a great multi-tool is a must-have whether he’s a die-hard DIY guy or a rank amateur still set on tightening that loose table leg. The Gerber Center-Drive Multi-Tool has a blade, pliers, and other tools, the most notable of which is a center-axis screwdriver that allows for ergonomic rotation.

The tool comes with 12 different bits for the screwdriver, so it can help you with all sorts of building and repair projects. While a bit bulky for a pocket, the overall quality of the Center-Drive makes up for its size and makes it worth keeping close at hand.

A jogging stroller that combines parenting with exercise


Gift a Chicco TRE Jogging Stroller from Amazon for $379.99

Before I had kids, I would go for an afternoon run all five days of the workweek and often on weekends, too. Now, I’m lucky if I get in three jogs weekly. My run is always the first thing on the chopping block when time starts getting too tight, what with school pickups and dropoffs, this or that doctor, gym class, or other appointment, and so on.

With our Chicco TRE Jogging stroller, however, I can log a few miles out there with my daughter enjoying the ride and my wife getting at least a few minutes of child-free time. The stroller has huge pneumatic tires that absorb the impact created by uneven surfaces and a bicycle-style hand brake that allows for deceleration, which is handy when I’m approaching an intersection or heading down hill.

A Harry & David gift box

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Gift a Gift Box from Harry & David starting at $19.99 (shipping not included)

If you know of a dad whom won’t enjoy receiving a box packed with savory sausage, sharp cheddar cheese, fresh pears and apples, crackers, cookies, mixed nuts, and more, then no problem; you just send a Gift Box from Harry & David on to me instead.

A snack-filled gift box might not seem like the most personal gift ever, but in fact it really is a thoughtful option. Nothing in the gift will end up sitting on a shelf collecting dust, enjoying it doesn’t require any extra time or effort, and the selection is varied enough so that at least many, if not all, of the foods included will appeal to the dad in question.

Cupcakes, because cupcakes

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Gift Cupcakes from Baked by Melissa, starting at $32

Even the busiest dads will find the eight or nine seconds it takes to consume a mini Baked by Melissa cupcake, which are properly eaten in one ravenous bite. 

Each box comes with 25 little cupcakes and the presentation is lovely, making an already good gift that much more notable. And given the more than two dozen treats in each box, dad might even share a few sweet morsels with the rest of the gang.

Crazy comfortable and flexible jeans


Gift a pair of DU/ER Performance Denim Jeans from REI for $129 (prices vary by style)

I wear jeans just about every day of my life, and whenever they are clean, my DU/ERs are the go-to pair. DU/ER pants look like regular jeans, but they are as stretchy and flexible as workout pants, and they’re amazingly lightweight. I wear them whether sitting at my desk, running errands, or on a long walk with the wife and kids, and I’ve even kept them on while mowing the lawn or cleaning out gutters.

A pair of pants that’s ready for travel, yard work, dinner out, or sitting in the office all day is worth its weight in gold, but fortunately you’ll only have to pay about $130 for DU/ER Performance Denim.

Mail-order gourmet meat

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Gift all sorts of gourmet meats from Snake River Farms starting at $57

Yes, giving a dad the gift of fancy meat he can grill up is a bit of a cliché, but it’s also pretty much a slam dunk, unless said dad is a vegetarian. Snake River Farms offers superlative cuts of beef and pork, including Wagyu steaks, baby-back ribs, bacon, and so much more.

The company’s meats are a bit more expensive than those you might get from a competitor like Omaha Steaks, but Snake River Farms meats are consistently excellent. I know because I’ve ordered foods from them myself several times. And don’t worry, you can get a perfectly good gift for under $100.

A digital picture frame that plays videos and music


Gift a Nixplay Seed Wave from Amazon for $219.99

About a decade ago, my brother and I both gifted our dad a digital picture frame. I don’t mean jointly; I mean we each gave him a frame pre-loaded with a bunch of pictures. Turns out he loved the idea and was perfectly happy to have two, both of which have been on display on a counter ever since. But while the frames we gave him back then use now outdated SD cards, you can give the gift of a frame fit for the modern era: the Nixplay Seed Wave.

This frame features 10 gigs of storage space, it has built-in Bluetooth speakers that play audio during videos, and you can upload videos or pictures right from your phone. It even turns off when it senses there’s no one in the room, saving power and being more eco-friendly.

A fitness-tracking watch that helps Dad make the most of his runs


Gift a Smart Watch from Runitopia, starting at $49.99

If a dad only has a few spare minutes a day for exercise, he better make the most of those minutes. Help a father stay fit with a Smart GPS Sport Watch fron Runitopia. It features GPS and a compass, so Dad will always know where he is, and it tracks heart rate, calories burned, steps taken, and other metrics that help a guy (or girl, for that matter) optimize his training.

The watch syncs with smartphones and will alert you to calls and alarms, and it can hold a charge for more than three weeks if you leave the GPS switched off. At $50, it’s an affordable gift, too.

A smart hose timer that lets him control the watering from anywhere


Gift an Orbit B-Hyve Smart Hose Timer from Amazon for $51.45

One of the hardest things about planning a trip out of town is worrying about the home left sitting unoccupied. Whenever we travel as a family, my wife and I have to figure out whether or not to stop the mail, if the cats will have enough food or need to be checked on, and if the yard is going to be ok or needs to be watered by a family member or neighbor. Thankfully, I can now check that last item off the to-do list, because we got an Orbit B-Hyve Smart Hose Timer.

This timer connects to a standard outdoor faucet and can be pre-programmed to turn on the flow when you want. Better yet, it connects to your home Wi-Fi and can be accessed from anywhere. So I can be on vacation a continent away, check the weather at home, and then turn off the flow because of inbound rain. The B-Hyve also tracks how much water flows through it, so I can tell how much water our yard and garden are consuming and adjust as needed.

An oil Dad can use on his face, body, and hair


Gift a bottle of Everyday Oil from Amazon for $14

As much as I hate to admit it, age is catching up with me in a few ways, one of them being wrinkles starting to show up on my face. Another being hair that’s drier than it used to be. Also there are the occasional backaches and random grunts when I lift something heavy. While the grunting is probably under my control and the backaches a fact of life, at least I can fight back against the wrinkles and dryness with one product: Everyday Oil.

I used to use several different products on my face and hair, but now I just slather a layer of this stuff over my skin and work it right into my hair and scalp. My skin is better moisturized than ever, and my morning ablutions are more efficient, too. Which good, what with the whole no free time thing.

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