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31 Best Gifts for Dad That He Wouldn’t Just Buy for Himself

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Updated December 17, 2023

Of all the people on your gift list this year, one of the hardest to buy for is inevitably Dad. Whether it’s your Dad or the father of your kids, there’s just something universal about dads seemingly buying every gadget under the sun for themselves, leaving little-to-nothing left on the gift list.

There’s also the fact that most dads, like most moms, act as if there’s nothing they need for the holiday season except their family. While that’s sweet and endearing, it makes the detective work even more exhausting on the gifting end.

Luckily, there’s no shortage of gifts out there marketed just for dads. While no two dads are alike, there’s something for just about everyone in every category from tech-savvy to sport-loving.

Our top picks for the best gifts for Dad

Beats Studio Buds +

Whether Dad’s a big music buff or avid podcast listener, he’ll need a quality pair of earbuds that facilitates the right sound and offers active noise canceling to tune out all of the background chaos. These newly released Beats Studio Buds offer up to 36 hours of listening time with a charging case, three times larger mics for clear, crisp calls and are compatible with Apple & Android phones.

Price at time of publish: $149.95

Beats Studio Buds + | True Wireless Noise Cancelling Earbuds, Enhanced Apple & Android Compatibility, Built-in Microphone, Sweat Resistant Bluetooth Headphones, Spatial Audio - Black/Gold

Beats Studio Buds + | True Wireless Noise Cancelling Earbuds, Enhanced Apple & Android Compatibility, Built-in Microphone, Sweat Resistant Bluetooth Headphones, Spatial Audio - Black/Gold

Bombas Men's Tri-Block Marl Ankle Sock 6-Pack

If the dad in your life has yet to discover Bombas, it’s about time you introduce him with this six-pack of their signature set made from premium fiber. These socks feature Bombas’s Y-stiched heel, which creates a natural cup shape to hug the bottom of the foot, in addition to the honeycomb arch support which tightens around the midsection of the foot for comfort and security.

Price at time of publish: $74.10

Men's Marl Ankle Sock 6-Pack - Neutrals - Extra Large - Bombas

Men's Marl Ankle Sock 6-Pack - Neutrals - Extra Large - Bombas

Brooks Ghost Max

Whether Dad’s an avid runner or just getting into a new regimen, these sneakers will help him reach his goals. The new Brooks Ghost Max features super soft cushioning and shock-absorption that makes you feel like you’re running on clouds. It’s a neutral running shoe, which makes it ideal for walking, as well. It comes in a wide range of sizes, from 7-15.

Price at time of publish: $150

Brooks Ghost Max

Framani Salami Trio

If Dad appreciates high-quality meat, he’ll love this award-winning salami that comes in a curated set of three popular flavors; salametto, salametto piccante, and calabrese. They’re all dry-aged and last about 40 days in the fridge, so they should carry Dad through the holiday season.

Price at time of publish: $75

Framani Salami Trio

Framani Salami Trio

SMEG Launches Professional Blender

For the dad who knows his way around a kitchen, this blender can help him prepare many meals in minutes. It’s equipped with a 1400-watt motor and compact body and offers precise blending thanks to its five dedicated automatic functions like smoothie, frozen dessert, and ice crush.

Price at time of publish: $429.95

SMEG Launches Professional Blender

SMEG Launches Professional Blender

Nike Men's Court Legacy Leather Sneaker

If Dad is a big sneakerhead, he’ll no-doubt appreciate yet another pair of kicks like these Nikes in the classic tennis style. With a synthetic leather upper, round toe and soft lining with cushioned insole, they offer ultimate comfort. Even better, you can get a matching pair for Dad’s little buddy for your new baby or toddler.

Price at time of publish: $69.99

Nike Men's Court Legacy Leather Sneakers (Black/White) - Size 9.5 M

Nike Men's Court Legacy Leather Sneakers (Black/White) - Size 9.5 M

Lululemon Alpaca Wool-Blend Crewneck Sweater

Lululemon might be best known for their fitness gear, but they recently started creating dresswear and this cozy sweater is a big hit. It’s made from a blend of alpaca and merino wool, which is incredibly soft and maintains temperature well without overheating. It’s a nice relaxed fit, making it ideal for everyday wear or special occasions.

Price at time of publish: $168

R. Riveter Large Dopp Kit

The military or patriotic Dad can put this everyday essential storage kit to good use.Every product is handmade in the USA by military spouses using materials from active duty and retired soldier uniforms. This kit is made from real veg tanned leather that gets better with age.

Price at time of publish: $88

R. Riveter Large Dopp Kit

R. Riveter Large Dopp Kit

WHOOP 4.0 with 12 Month Subscription

The health-conscious Dad will be thrilled to score a Whoop. This wearable fitness device allows you to track nearly everything pertaining to your health, including your heart rate, respiratory rate, resting heart rate, heart rate variability, skin temperature, blood oxygen levels, daily activity and sleep. Its unique and innovative insights help users better understand their overall health and wellness in real time. The purchase also comes with a 12-month subscription.

Price at time of publish: $199

WHOOP 4.0 with 12 Month Subscription – Wearable Health, Fitness & Activity Tracker – Continuous Monitoring, Performance Optimization, Heart Rate Tracking – Improve Sleep, Strain, Recovery, Wellness

WHOOP 4.0 with 12 Month Subscription – Wearable Health, Fitness & Activity Tracker – Continuous Monitoring, Performance Optimization, Heart Rate Tracking – Improve Sleep, Strain, Recovery, Wellness

Crescent Down Works Italian Puffer Vest

Elevate his cold weather wardrobe with an Italian puffer vest that’s as warm as it is cool looking. The 700+ fill power down vest has a comfy 2-way zipper closure, two side pockets, and a secret inner pocket for some minimal storage. It’s windproof, so it would be perfect for everything from sideline sport spectating to a night out on the town.

Price at time of publish: $318

Crescent Down Works Italian Puffer Vest

Crescent Down Works Italian Puffer Vest

Rest Evercool® Cooling Comforter

If the dad in your life complains about always being too hot at night, no matter the time of year, he needs a cooling comforter in his life, like this one from Rest. It features temperature regulating technology that helps prevent overheating, as well as moisture-wicking fabric that cuts down on night sweats. It’s machine-washable, hypoallergenic and even pet-friendly.

Price at time of publish: $155.35

Rest Evercool® Cooling Comforter

Rest Evercool® Cooling Comforter

Raw Generation Immunity Box

As a parent, it’s palpable that you’ll find yourself sidelined with some illness at some point during the year. Bolster Dad’s immune system with this gift set from Raw Generation featuring their brand-new selection of juices and smoothies hand-picked by their in-house nutritionist. Each juice is packed with nutrients that claim to help improve immunity.

Price at time of publish: $149.99

Raw Generation Immunity Box

Raw Generation Immunity Box

Caraway Stainless Steel Cookware Set

The foodie Dad who loves to cook will appreciate this 4-piece set of non-toxic stainless steel cookware, including a 10.5” fry pan, 3-quart saucepan, 4.5-quart saucepan and 6.5-quart dutch oven. Caraway’s cookware is designed to last a lifetime thanks to their innovative technology that guarantees a more durable, corrosion resistant and chemical free cooking experience.

Price at time of publish: $556

Caraway Stainless Steel Cookware Set

Caraway Stainless Steel Cookware Set

Flexible Grill Basket Cooking Accessory

Most dads love to grill. It’s practically in their DNA. However, grilling can be tricky, especially when you’re grilling smaller pieces, like cut-up vegetables. Enter this large grill basket made of steel, which features a sliding lock to keep small items closed inside the basket during grilling and turning.

Price at time of publish: $24.98

Nexgrill Flexible Grill Basket Cooking Accessory

Nexgrill Flexible Grill Basket Cooking Accessory

Rolling Grill Basket

If you’re just looking for something small to throw in with Dad’s gift, consider this set of two round grill baskets to help Dad cook veggies, steak tips, or other small items to total perfection. These stainless steel rolling grills are easy to use and clean (they’re dishwasher safe!).

Price at time of publish: $7.48

Rolling Grilling Basket, Stainless Steel BBQ Grill Basket, Outdoor Camping Barbecue Portable Roll Grill Basket, Suitable For Fish, Shrimp, Meat, Vegetables, French Fries (7.87 Inch)

Rolling Grilling Basket, Stainless Steel BBQ Grill Basket, Outdoor Camping Barbecue Portable Roll Grill Basket, Suitable For Fish, Shrimp, Meat, Vegetables, French Fries (7.87 Inch)

Dyson Purifier Humidify + Cool

For the tech-obsessed Dad who’s determined to keep the house from harmful chemicals and allergens, this Dyson humidifier and air purifier will exceed all his expectations. It automatically purifies and humidifies large spaces and can be used to cool or heat the area. You can connect to their MyDyson app to check the air quality in real-time. A bonus safety feature: It can detect and destroy formaldehyde.

Price at time of publish: $799.99

Dyson Purifier Humidify + Cool

Dyson Purifier Humidify + Cool

Large MLB Stadium Blueprints

If Dad is a big baseball buff, he’ll appreciate the nostalgia that comes with a larger-than-life version of the mid-century architectural plans of his favorite park. Each drawing features the specific stadium's design specs, as well as some of the key highlights from noteworthy game stats. You can opt to order this framed or unframed, but all items are printed on museum-grade, archival paper.

Price at time of publish: $265

Large MLB Stadium Blueprints - Los Angeles Dodgers, Dodgers Stadium, Unframed

Large MLB Stadium Blueprints - Los Angeles Dodgers, Dodgers Stadium, Unframed

Potty Pillow Classic

There’s just something about the bathroom that seems to lure most Dads. Maybe they’re looking to get a moment of quiet, or maybe they just enjoy sitting on the toilet. Either way, a kind way to increase Dad’s comfort while he does his business is by buying him this Potty Pillow, a cushioned backing for the toilet that’s antimicrobial, water-resistant and, most of all, comfortable.

Price at time of publish: $99

Potty Pillow Classic

Potty Pillow Classic

Parachute Classic Turkish Cotton Towels

A little self-care goes a long way for any parent—and most dads could use a little in the form of these exceptionally soft Turkish cotton towels made from Parachute’s innovative Aerocotton Technology. They’re soft, absorbent and don’t lose their shape or quality in the washing machine. They’re also free from harmful synthetic dyes, which are safer for you and the environment.

Price at time of publish: $11.20-$146

Turkish Cotton Washcloth in Coal | Parachute

Turkish Cotton Washcloth in Coal | Parachute

Verlas Figaro Chain

For the Dad that’s been eyeing a gold chain, but can’t seem to get himself to splurge on one, gift him one from Verlas. This 14K gold chain is crafted for everyday wear. It’s lightweight and simple, yet it shines from afar. It comes in several lengths and the brand even offers a try-at-home feature, so you can see how it fits for yourself.

Price at time of publish: $765

Verlas Figaro Chain

Verlas Figaro Chain

TRUFF Variety Pack

If Dad loves spice and pours hot sauce on just about everything, this is the gift set for him. It features TRUFF’s three favorite hot sauces, each made from a blend of ripe red chili peppers and authentic black truffle. Some are spicier than others, but all are absolutely delicious and taste great on just about anything.

Price at time of publish: $67.99

TRUFF Variety Pack

TRUFF Variety Pack

Luxome Ultra Plush Robe

Dad deserves to kick back and relax after a hard day in a soft, luxurious bathrobe made from bamboo viscose. This oversized robe features dual belt loops to create the perfect fit. It’s long and thick, making it ideal for the colder months. (It’s also featured in our list for the best gifts for wives.)

Price at time of publish: $110

Luxome Ultra Plush Robe

Luxome Ultra Plush Robe

Canada Goose Wyndham Parka Heritage

If you’re looking for a big-ticket item for a dad who’s forced to brace the coldest elements of the year, consider the original Wyndham Parka by Canada Goose. Pricey, yes, but it’s made with the highest quality materials and built to last. It even comes with a lifetime warranty and is fully protected against defects. It has a nice slim fit that’s super flattering and comes in a variety of different colors.

Price at time of publish: $1,550

Gentleman's Cut Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

This is no average whiskey! Not only is it aged for 5-7 years and bottled at 90 proof, but it’s also launched by four-time NBA Champion and two-time MVP, Stephen Curry. Whether Dad is a spirits aficionado or just a big basketball fan, this is sure to be a gift he’ll enjoy.

Price at time of publish: $75.99

Gentleman's Cut Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Gentleman's Cut Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Murray’s Cheese Greatest Hits Gift Box

The cheese-loving dad will go crazy for this gift set from renowned cheese shop, Murray’s Cheese, based in New York City. It’s been around for close to a century and is known for its extensive selection of cheeses, ranging from classics to rare options. Their Greatest Hits box includes their Mini Brie, Cave Aged Gruyère, Aged English Cheddar, Young Manchego and more.

Price at time of publish: $108

Murray’s Cheese Greatest Hits Gift Box

Murray’s Cheese Greatest Hits Gift Box

The Prisoner Red Duo Gift Set

For the wine-loving dad in your life, give him these two best-selling bottles from California-based wine company, The Prisoner Wine. They’re known for making bold and distinctive wines, especially their red blend, which combines five varietals; Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Charbono.

Price at time of publish: $115

The Prisoner Red Duo Gift Set

The Prisoner Red Duo Gift Set

Theragun Prime

A deep tissue massage from the comfort of your home? That’s what the Theragun Prime offers using their bluetooth-enabled, electric percussion massage gun that can help provide relief for neck, back, leg and shoulder pain. It comes with four attachments including a thumb, a cone, the standard ball and dampener to provide targeted pain relief, as well as five built-in muscle massager speeds.

Price at time of publish: $189

Theragun Prime

SALT. Francisco Aviators

What dad couldn’t use a pair of high-quality shades? SALT. Optics offers high-end eyewear, including classic styles like these aviators that last through the years. They’re made using high-quality materials like acetate and titanium with subtle and sophisticated detailing that’s unique to the brand.

Price at time of publish: $575

SALT. Francisco Aviators

SALT. Francisco Aviators

Autumn Cashmere Hoodie with 2-Color Pipping

Dad might buy himself clothing, but it’s unlikely that he’d go all out and score himself a hoodie made from 100 percent cashmere. Cashmere is one of the softest materials out there that you can wear; it’s also hypoallergenic, moisture-wicking, a natural insulator and biodegradable, so it’s appealing to those who are environmentally conscious.

Price at time of publish: $470

Autumn Cashmere Hoodie with 2-Color Pipping

Autumn Cashmere Hoodie with 2-Color Pipping

Old Navy Matching Flannel Pajama Set for Men

For the Dad who’s into matching with his kiddos, or the entire family for that matter, get him a pair of Old Navy’s classic holiday pajamas, which also come in a wide range of sizes for all ages. Choose from a ton of prints, including Midnight Menorah, Tinsel Town and Red Bear Isle.

Price at time of publish: $21.99

Matching Flannel Pajama Set for Men

Matching Flannel Pajama Set for Men

Headspace Membership

It’s stressful being a parent. Men are also less likely to seek out mental health support than women (according to the Mental Health Foundation). If the dad in your life is showing signs of being burnt out and pushed past his limits, gift him a membership to Headspace, a mindfulness and meditation app with millions of members across the globe that offers a myriad of tools to help manage stress.

Price at time of publish: $34.99/yr

Headspace Membership

Headspace Membership

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