We’re here to celebrate the Big Guy himself (no, not Santa). Make his holiday merry with these gifts for dad
Whether he’s helping to put together new toys, busy in the kitchen playing host to the whole family, or making sure all the wrapping paper gets picked up, dad rocks our world. They work super hard and consider their “down time” to be mowing the lawn (front and back), detailing the car… They’re our rock and we know we can always go to them no matter what. Biological or not, these father figures keep our worlds spinning—but they’re also notoriously difficult to buy for. Finding gifts for dad is no small feat.
We made sure to put together a fabulous fatherly collection of worthy-for-our-hero gifts that go beyond the usual necktie or socks (not that there’s anything wrong with those!). From the grillmaster to the nostalgic, we’ve got every type of daddy-o covered. He really is the best, so make sure he knows it with these gifts for dad below.
Knockaround Pacific Palisades Polarized Sunglasses
With a cool retro look and FDA-approved impact-resistant lenses, there's no dad out there who wouldn't love protecting his eyes in style with these.
Dad's Customized Family Photo Book
Mixbook gives you a ton of templates to choose from and guides you through creating a customized book dad will love forever.
Poorly Explained Movies Game by Brass Monkey
A party game all about identifying movies–from the worst descriptions humanly possible? Sounds like it's right up dad's alley.
PARKIT Voyager Chair
This cooler-chair combo is brilliant. An insulated under-chair compartment, interchangeable cup holder, hands-free carrying, and 5 cool designs make this a gift he'll use all the time.
Duke Cannon Handsome Man Travel Set
This kit has everything he needs for his next travel adventure. TSA-versions of the best Duke Cannon products, all tucked neatly in a clear travel bag.
Tetris Arcade in a Tin: Retro Handheld Tetris Game
The Tetris Arcade in a Tin features an LCD screen and authentic arcade-style buttons, it's a retro game in the palm of his hand.
The Leo Fender Guitar String Ring
Black zirconium and silver Fender guitar string inlay make this ring the ultimate in style. Dad not really a music guy? No problem. Manly Bands also has a DC Collection, a Lord of the Rings Collection, and more, so you'll find the perfect match.
SipScout Craft Whiskey Exploration Kit
This set comes complete with 6 craft whiskey samples (enough for 2 people to share!), a printed guide, a video review of whiskey tasting techniques, and more to create a whole experience at home.
Toadfish Non-Tipping Can Cooler
Unspillable? This can cooler from Toadfish is. It'll stick to any smooth surface and stay upright, on top of keeping beverages cold. Comes in 4 colors.
hedley&bennett Essential Apron
The world-famous chef-approved hedley&bennett creates professional aprons for home chefs, too. This Bravo's Top Chef collab design is one of our faves, but there are so many to choose from.
Phoenicia Diner Pancake Mix
Built in 1962 and moved to the Catskills in the early 80s, Phoenicia Diner is an icon. So it stands to reason that their famous pancake mix is going to be a welcome breakfast addition.
Stereoscope Coffee Subscription
California-based Stereoscope Coffee creates a coffee subscription service with blends hand-picked by a Q-grader (consider them certified coffee experts) for a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly delivery of coffee that best represents Stereoscope. Roasted in L.A.
Tom Bumble Candy Bar
Tom Bumble Candy Bars are a swirl of organic crunchy peanut butter, pure Madagascar vanilla, and organic sugar, wrapped up in fair-trade dark chocolate. This isn't your average candy bar.
Fuego Box Hot Sauce Premium Collection
The folks over at Fuego Box have pledged to plant 5 trees for every crate sold, so you can feel extra-good about gifting this selection of spicy blossom honey, Ghost Pepper–infused Himalayan pink salt, and three hot sauces: an everyday red, a punchy verde, and a very vinegary Carolina Reaper.
Unbox Boardom Board Game Subscription
Family Game Night won't ever be the same, thanks to this board game subscription box. Just choose the subscription plan you'd like to gift and give them something to look forward to with every delivery.
NFL 100 Greatest Moments
For the football fanatic in your life, this collector's book will quickly become a prized possession, thanks to the storytelling and incredible photographs included.
Pelican Cooler Sling
Lightweight design with padded shoulder straps allow for ultimate portability and versatility with this cooler swing. It's also rugged enough to withstand whatever nature-lovers throw at it.
Trilogy 3-Pack Socks by Stance
Using Stance's proprietary cotton blend, these iconic socks have a longer lifespan than your run-of-the-mill socks, and offer light cushioning for a secure fit and oh-so-comfortable feel.
Apollo Thermal Capsule Phone Sleeve
Don't let him worry about an overheating phone ever again. NASA-derived tech that keeps your phone from overheating and keeps its battery from draining too quickly in the cold. It also case floats in water so it can be grabbed out of the pool fast, and it exceeds military-grade shock and impact protection when dropped.
'Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama: A Memoir' by Bob Odenkirk
It's possible you've only really fallen in love with Bob Odenkirk from his Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul days, but he's done so much over the years. Read all about it in this memoir.
2 Lou Malnati's Deep Dish Pizzas from Gold Belly
Lou Malnati has been creating deep dish pizzas in Chicago since 1971. Now you can send them around the country (namely to your gift list) thanks to Gold Belly's delivery service.
The Wes Anderson Collection: Bad Dads
Art inspired by the films of Wes Anderson, curated by Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco range from paintings to sculptures to limited-edition screen prints from some of Wes Anderson's most beloved films.
Vuori Steadfast Full Zip Hooded Jacket
So versatile and filled with responsibly-sourced down, this medium-weight jacket is flexible, weather-resistant, and comes in two sharp colors.
Apple Watch Series 6
Give the gift of having everything he could possibly need in the palm of his hands—er, on his wrist. From keeping up with texts and calls to heart rate monitoring and reminders, Apple Watch does it all.
Cold Massage Roller Ball
This roller ball rapidly reduces muscle fatigue and soreness, plus it stays cold for up to 6 hours after freezing.
HOKA Clifton 9
HOKA's 9th edition of the Clifton sneaker is their lightest and most comfortable yet. It's perfect for everyday walking and running, and there's a reason HOKA is so popular; they've received the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance. They also last such a long time.
ooni Koda 16 Gas Pizza Oven
Elevate outdoor cooking with this pizza oven from ooni. Perfect for any outdoor kitchen, it's hot in 15 minutes and your pizza is read in 60 seconds.
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