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The Best Father’s Day Gifts: 39 Thoughtful Ideas for the Dad in Your Life

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Updated September 27, 2023

Most families around the country are celebrating dads and father figures in honor of Father’s Day on Sunday, June 18. Like Mother’s Day, though, the pressure is on to find a present. However, dads can be notoriously difficult to shop for. Though most of the parents we polled said what they want most is quality (and screen-free) time with their kids, there are a few other ways to show your appreciation. From experiences that maximize your time together to a subscription box that’s tailored to his interests, this list of creative Father’s Day gift ideas makes shopping for a thoughtful present quick and easy.

Our top picks

Best Father’s Day gifts for new dads

Vuori Performance Joggers 

Price: $98

Vuori Performance Joggers

The best gift of all for new fathers is a few hours of naptime (for both dad and baby), but if you want to give something you can wrap, it’s all about an uber comfortable pair of Vuori sweatpants with zippered pockets to keep baby monitors and car keys at hand. Pajamas, late-night runs to the grocery store, or early morning walks, these “comfy soft” pants (as my friends hail them) do it all. 

The Dad Hoodie

Price: $108

The Dad Hoodie

Pair your pants with the trending The Dad Hoodie with its special pockets and stretchy pouches for bottles, diapers, wipes, and more. You may never go back to a diaper bag again with this combo. 

Best Father’s Day gifts for husbands

Yeti Rambler Magslider Tumbler

Price: $35 

Yeti Rambler Magslider Tumbler

Why should kids get all the gift-giving fun on Father’s Day? Pick up a thing or two for your favorite spouse. For husbands on the go, a 20-ounce YETI Magslider will keep his beverages at the right temperature, no matter where he goes. 

The Ellis Multi Tool by James Brand

Price: $99

The Ellis Multi Tool by James Brand

The Ellis Multi Tool includes a blade, scissor, and screwdriver that fits in a pocket, so he’s ready for whatever life throws at him. 

Best Father’s Day gifts for stepdads

House of Staunton Chess Set

Price: (Varies on price)

Any dad may appreciate a gift they can share with their kids. Pick up a new chess set from House of Staunton to play one-on-one with your stepkids.

Kids Against Maturity

Price: $40.46

If board games are more his scene, try Kids Against Maturity—a family game where behaving badly is encouraged.

Best Father’s Day gifts for grandfathers

Sony - UX Series Digital Voice Recorder

Price: $99.99

Sony - UX Series Digital Voice Recorder

My 13-year-old has spent many evenings interviewing his 99 -year-old grandfather with a digital voice recorder, capturing decades of memories in a digital format for future generations to enjoy. This device is highly rated, and files are easy to download. 

Skylight Digital Frame

Price: $159.99

Skylight Digital Frame

For grandfathers who live far away, a Skylight Digital Frame is a way to connect across the country—or even continents. You can share photos via mobile app or email without a subscription. The good news: If you have a large family, there are no restrictions on the number of users or accounts required. 

Best Father’s Day gifts for two dads

Dad Me Activity Bucket List

Price: $50 

Dad Me Activity Bucket List

Grab the box and the kids and make some memories. Appropriate for all ages, this box contains 100 ideas to help you celebrate with the ones you love the most. 

Stella Brings the Family

Price: $16.99

Stella Brings the Family

The book “Stella Brings the Family” is a great choice for younger children to share with and/or give to their dads on Father’s Day. 

Best personalized gifts for Father's Day

Shutterfly Custom Socks

Price: $20.99

Who says socks can’t be a cool gift? Show your love by keeping his feet comfy and decorated with love. Custom socks from Shutterfly can be made to order—in multiple pairs—one for each kid or every day of the week. 

Best Father's Day gifts for outdoor enthusiasts

Nebula Solar Portable Projector

Price: $499.99 

Nebula Solar Portable Projector

For the dad who loves movies and the great outdoors, this portable projector can travel with your family from a campsite to your backyard deck. The Nebula Solar Portable Projector is lightweight and has a built-in rechargeable battery for set-up ease. 

Solo Stove

Price: $79.99 and up

Solo Stove

But if your dad prefers his starry nights a little quieter, a Solo Stove is a great gift to help gather your family together. Father’s Day s’mores, anyone? 

Best Father's Day gifts for anglers

Orvis Fly Fishing Gear

Price: Varies per item

Orvis Fly Fishing Gear

If your dad would prefer to spend his Father’s Day near the water, a gift card from Orvis to buy new fly fishing gear should delight him. 

KÜHL Endurawax Bush Hat

Price: $75

Endurawax Bush Hat

Next, pick up an Endurawax Bush Hat to keep him safe from the sun. Not only does the hat offer UPF 50+ protection along with wind and water resistance, it has a built-in sweatband designed to reduce skin temperature.    

Best Father’s Day gifts for sporty dads

Amazin Aces Signature Pickleball Paddle Set

Price: $70.99 

Amazin Aces Signature Pickleball Paddle Set

Pickleball is all the rage and if your sporty dad hasn’t caught on yet, buy him this signature set and hit the courts together ASAP. 

Ticketmaster gift card

Price: Varies

Whether he wants to catch a game or his favorite band this summer, a Ticketmaster gift card ($30 and up) will get him there. 

Best Father's Day gifts for grill lovers

Yummly Smart Thermometer

 Price: $79 

Yummly Smart Thermometer

Here’s a gift he’ll love to use year-round: A quality meat thermometer that lets him monitor temperatures from his phone. Use it for grilling, cooking (stove or oven), or in a smoker. 

Weber Grill Cleaning Kit

Price: $79.65

Upgrade his years-old grill cleaning tools with a fresh set. After dinner, older kids can use the kit to tidy up (because it’s Father’s Day, after all). 

Best experiences to give for Father's Day

Backroads Active Tours 

Price: Varies based on the type of adventure 

Take dad (and the rest of the family) on a never-to-be-forgotten walking and hiking tour along the Camino de Santiago in Spain and Portugal for a Father’s Day experience of a lifetime. Pick up a copy of author Andrew McCarthy’s Walking With Sam: A Father, a Son and Five Hundred Miles Across Spain ($28) to help your dad prep for your trip. 


Price: Varies per hotel and package


If hiking 500 miles isn’t your dad’s jam, try a week under the sea, so to speak, at the family-friendly Atlantis resort. Swim with dolphins or sting rays, explore water parks, or just lay on the beach and enjoy Paradise (Island), Bahamas. 

Best Father's Day gifts for fathers-in-law

Dynapower Carbon Driver

Price: $499.99 

Dynapower Carbon Driver

If your budget knows no bounds and he loves golf, give your father-in-law a classic Dynapower Carbon Driver and offer to be his caddy for the day.  

Soft Pretzel Gift Box by Eastern Standard Provisions Co

Price: $39.99

Soft Pretzel Gift Box

If a game of golf doesn’t grab your interest, few people will say no to a delicious artisanal soft pretzel with a heap of Maui onion mustard—just $39.99 for a box of different types plus the condiment. 

Best Father’s Day gifts for techies

Arlo Pro 4 Spotlight Camera

Price: $199.99 

The Pro Spotlight camera is a great gift for the dad who wants to know when his teenagers get home at night.  

Sony Wireless Headphones

Price: $399.99

Sony Wireless Headphones

Alternatively, Sony wireless noise-canceling, over-the-ear headphones can be useful in a houseful of kids and teens. 

Best Father's Day gifts for foodies

Emergency Hot Sauce Kit

Price: $14.99 

Emergency Hot Sauce Kit

Your hot sauce-loving dad can always use an emergency set in case he runs out, and Fuego’s four pack should do the trick. 

Sea2Table boxes 

Price: Varies per box

If your foodie dad loves to eat fish, try a Sea2Table box. You can order wild gulf shrimp, Maine lobster tails, and Alaskan sockeye salmon and have this sustainable seafood delivered to your dad.

Best Father's Day gifts for beer lovers

Custom Etched Growler

Price: $89.00 

Bring dad to his favorite taproom (I’m partial to Industrial Arts in New York’s Hudson Valley) and give him a custom etched growler (up to 12 characters) from Uncommon Goods with his name on it. 

Belgian Golden Ale Beer Brewing Kit

Price: $54.00

Belgian Golden Ale Beer Brewing Kit

Let dad live out his dream of being a brewmeister from the comfort of his kitchen. This kit comes with everything he needs, hops, yeast and grains to make a big batch (10 12-ounce bottles in total) of Belgian ale.

Best Father's Day gifts for cocktail enthusiasts 

Aged and Infused Natural Liquor and Cocktail Infusion Kit 

Price: $32.00 

Aged and Infused Natural Liquor and Cocktail Infusion Kit

If your dad loves to mix it up, treat him to a cocktail infusion kit containing two 16-ounce glass jars and pre-measured ingredients from organic and sustainable farms. Add a bottle of their favorite liquor and watch your dad’s spirits rise. 

Drinking Glasses by Made In

Price: $59.00

After making a drink, pour it into a gorgeous high-ball glass hand-made in Parma, Italy. This set of four drinking glasses will even make tap water look good. 

Best Father’s Day gifts for frequent fliers

MalinGoetz Bestsellers Travel Kit

Price: $38

If your dad is always leaving on a jet plane, this cute travel set of TSA-size approved toiletries may make his journey more pleasant. It includes face wash, shampoo, moisturizer, and more all tucked into a biodegradable bag. 

Aways Travel Compression Socks

Price: $35

This handsome pair of blue (or black) travel compression socks have minimal seams and anti-odor technology, to help keep him comfortable on long-haul flights. 

Best Father’s Day gifts for book lovers

Dr. Who Book Light

Price: $13.99 

Dr. Who Book Light

For science fiction or Dr. Who fan dads who stay up late reading, this clip light gives just enough illumination to read but not wake your spouse. 

I Read Banned Books Socks

Price: $14.00

I Read Banned Books Socks

If his feet get cold in bed, a pair of “I Read Banned Books” socks will keep them warm.  

Best subscription box gifts for Father’s Day

Man Crates 

Price: Varies on crate

Create a crate of treats and treasures for your dad using Man Crate. Choose from dozens of crates themed around food, drinks, grilling, sports and more and have them shipped directly to your dad in a handsome wooden crate.


Price: $30 and up

For the plant daddy who always wants more green in his life,  Horti is a plant subscription box that delivers a plant a month right to your doorstep. Horti offers month-to-month, six and 12 month subscriptions of pet-friendly or exotic plants, plus a new-to-planting option so he can feel the Father’s Day love long past June. 

Best online photo printing and framing service for Father’s Day 


Price: Varies on size of frame 


Framed photos make excellent keepsakes and gifts. Framebridge makes framing your memories an easy task. Upload images onto the site, choose your frame, and Framebridge will put it together in a beautiful package and mail it straight to the recipient’s doorstep. 

Best card options for Father’s Day


Price: Varies per card

Sometimes the best things in life are simple. Get your kids to customize their cards (prices vary) via Minted for Father’s Day or choose from a large selection of handmade cards by Minted artists. Each card can be personalized with a message—and Minted will send your pick directly to Dad. Good to know: You can also custom design other gifts via Minted, like coffee mugs, calendars and even socks.  

What to consider when buying Father's Day gifts

Father’s Day is coming up fast. If you are buying gifts that need to ship, double-check delivery times. If you can pick up an item in-store, you may save yourself some worry. Cards like Minted and electronic gift cards from Ticketmaster or a planned experience are also good last-minute gift options that still feel thoughtful.

How we selected the best Father’s Day gifts

When selecting gifts, we researched some of the most popular Father’s Day gifts on the market for the last several years based on reviews and prices. Most importantly, we consulted with kids, dads, moms, and grandparents to determine what they would like to give or receive on Father’s Day or any holiday. The author also offered up some of her kids' more successful gift ideas in years past. 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What is the most popular gift on Father's Day?

According to the National Retail Association, the top gifts in 2023 will include special outings/experiences, clothing, gift cards, and electronics. 

What do most dads want for Father's Day?

Like most Americans, dads are overworked and short on time, so spending a day with their families ranked high on the list of the dads we interviewed. Experiences and homemade presents are popular, especially among Millennial dads, who prefer to do something with their families and friends in lieu of another gadget or tie. 

How can I make my Father’s Day special on a budget?

According to the National Retailers Association, consumers are expected to spend, on average, $196.23 on Father’s Day gifts, but you don’t have to.  It’s easy to make Father’s Day special on a budget. A hug, kiss, homemade card, or homemade meal or dessert are all low-cost ways to celebrate. For a few years, my kids made “coupon” books for their dad out of construction paper, offering coupons for various fun or helpful things, like a board game of his choice or helping to wash the car. Experiences on Father’s Day don’t have to be expensive. Planning a picnic, a hike, or a visit to a free zoo or museum are all affordable ways to celebrate.

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