Whether it’s Father’s Day, Christmas, or his next birthday milestone (the big 5-0 perhaps?), it’s always smart to keep the best gifts for Dad in mind, no matter the special occasion. This can consist of the perfect-for-him stocking stuffer or a splurge-worthy Father’s Day gift that he’s dreamt of for many years. Whatever you have in mind, just remember that this thoughtful gesture can serve as a humble thank you, letting him know you appreciate everything he’s done as a parent. It can also earn you goodwill heading into the holiday season (*wink*).
However, searching for popular, must-have gifts for dad could present challenges, especially if you’re dealing with a super-picky old man or have little clue of what he actually needs.
Giving some thought to his personality, while having Mom snoop around on your behalf to determine the best gift ideas, can help point you in the right direction. But if you’re desperate for Father’s Day gift ideas, fear not. We’ve put together the ultimate list of gifts for dad, with a combination of trendy products plus tried-and-true gift ideas that are sure to win Dad over.
For dads who love gadgets, we have smart coffee mugs, noise-canceling headphones and an electric beard trimmer with a 7,000 RPM motor. For dads who are a little more old school, we’ve got 14-year-old scotch and our favorite multi-tool. Get him something useful and unique by shopping these best gifts for Dad.
And if you need any gift ideas for your other male family members, take a look at our Best Gifts for Him roundup.
1. Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus
Samsung’s latest wireless earbuds are the perfect companion to pair with Dad’s all-new Samsung Galaxy S20 (thank Mom for bearing that financial load). The Galaxy Buds Plus features better battery life and sound than the AirPods, while packing cool features (e.g. adaptive 3-mic system, AKG drivers) into a comfy, lightweight design. The charging case holds up to 22 hours of playtime and supports wireless charging — a feature you would normally have to pay extra for with Apple’s cordless danglers. It also has a companion app that extends functionality, letting users customize the touch controls and personalize sound with different EQ presets. He’ll look cool sporting any of the three bold colorways: Black, White or Cloud Blue.
2. Jack Black The King of Jacks Deluxe Skin Care Set
Mature age and a few grays haven’t stopped Pop from maintaining his appearance. Since he’s due for some new men’s grooming essentials, get him acclimated with this sophisticated set of premium skincare products, courtesy of Jack Black. This specialty bundle packs together the brand’s best-selling face moisturizer, facial cleanser, body lotion, beard lube and charcoal body bar soap, which will help keep him cleansed and well-groomed before heading out to work or social gatherings.
3. Topman Icon Classic Bomber Jacket
Bomber jackets make edgy and fashionable outerwear, and that’s something your dad’s wardrobe currently lacks. Topman sells one of the hottest-looking gifts at a killer price point. The slick twill and rib-bordered design looks sharp, whereas the jacket’s slim cut provides a flattering fit that accentuates upper body features like the shoulders. In addition, the complementary colorways (Black, Dark Blue and Olive Green) make transitioning through any season, in style, a breeze.
4. MVMT Watches Caviar Collection
It will be a few more years before Dad passes down the family Rolex, but that doesn’t mean you can’t thank him in advance with a luxurious gift of your own. MVMT’s latest affordable and stylish watches from the Caviar Edition are all options worthy of being placed on any Best Men’s Watches list. Each one is decked out in “caviar black” with champagne gold accents that add vibrance to their sleek minimalist design. Dad can choose between having a refined leather strap, steel mesh or stainless-steel link band wrapped around his wrist, depending on his taste. The option to swap out MVMT straps will make it look like he has multiple sophisticated timepieces in his collection, so consider adding one (or two) to your shopping cart.
5. Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug
Knowing that the father figure in your life loves a hot cup of java every morning, be a thoughtful son/daughter and serve him some Folgers in this high-tech coffee cup. The Ember Mug is designed to enjoy drinks at desired temperatures, which sippers can remotely adjust via the Ember app on their smartphone or smartwatch. Its stainless-steel construction with ceramic coating ensures the cup won’t shatter if dropped.
6. Glenfiddich 14-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glenfiddich’s 14-Year Single Malt is an excellent option for bourbon lovers who want to make the transition into scotch. It’s a well-balanced, smooth sipper that has been matured in ex-bourbon American Oak casks before being finished in deeply charred, new American oak barrels, resulting in a distinctive blend of sweet-tasting notes with bourbon characteristics. The palate has touches of almond, oak and sandalwood, which creates a warming, silky mouthfeel that will make Dad feel even more cozy when kicking back by his outdoor firepit.
7. The Beard Club PT45 Beard Trimmer
Who said you have to go broke to gift your dad with an elite grooming tool? For less than $60, he can have this intuitive beard trimmer with high-end features, multiple trimming combs, and a grooming guide all from The Beard Club. The PT45 is equipped with a 7,000 RPM motor and adjustable trimming head that allows the super-sharp blades to seamlessly cut through 5 different lengths of facial fur without ripping it from the face. A full charge equals three hours of use and the black mirrored charging station also doubles as a chic display stand to class up Dad’s bathroom. If you’re looking for the best gifts for dad under $75, you can’t go wrong with this trimmer from The Beard Club.
8. Bellroy Note Sleeve Slim Leather RFID Wallet
Old-school types often struggle to detach from their trusty wallets, no matter how battered they might look. The Bellroy Note is a fine upgrade that blends a classic look with modern design elements. The exterior is made of environmentally certified, durable leather to ensure longevity, while the interior has plenty of storage to hold up to 11 cards and a bunch of coins via secret coin pouch. Cooler yet, each wallet has built-in RFID technology to protect your dad’s credit cards and personal info from hackers. He’ll be grateful for the extra security when standing in a crazy line at the flower shop on Mother’s Day.
9. Tile Sticker
Tired of your dad always misplacing his valuables? Surprise him by placing a few of these Bluetooth-tracking stickers on each of his treasured possessions. They’re affordable, incredibly thin, and monitor lost items up to 150 feet, which he can keep tabs on via the mobile app. See what his excuse is the next time he loses the Apple TV remote.
10. The Good Hurt Fuego: A Hot Sauce Gift Set for Hot Sauce Lover’s
The big guy likes his food spicy, huh? Well, this seven-piece hot sauce sampler will take care of that. The Good Hurt Fuego set comes with several tasty hot sauces that range from mild garlic herb to scorching-hot ghost pepper. The fact that it’s packaged like a pack of dynamite sticks should already suggest that he’s in for a world of good hurt. Who says the best gifts for dad can’t hurt a little?
11. Herschel Novel Duffel Bag
Work, travel or the gym, duffel bags come in handy for many things. And no one constructs a better weekender for the price than Herschel Supply Co. The Canadian manufacturer has an insane collection of bags to choose from, but we strongly recommend the Novel Duffel Bag. It’s light and spacious, offering just enough room to store a weekend’s worth of clothing, while also housing a shoe compartment to carry a pair of sneakers or wingtips. Tough tech fabric makes up most of the Novel’s construction, guaranteeing durability and long-term use. Herschel also sells it in over 37 colors; Raven Crosshatch (pictured below) and Woodland Camo look dope.
12. Wacaco Nanopresso Portable Espresso Maker
Knowing he appreciates a hot cup of coffee just as much as a fancy doohickey, satisfy both of Dad’s fancies with this compact espresso maker. Wacaco’s latest innovation is compatible with most ground coffee and requires very little effort to brew up some java goodness on the move. All that’s required is to add boiling water to the tank and manually pump the device a dozen times. It will keep him busy when stuck in traffic and ensure his morning caffeine fix before punching in.
13. Roku Streaming Stick Plus
A streaming stick is a sweet last-minute present you can quickly gift wrap before any huge celebration. Roku’s latest device is all the incentive Dad needs to cut the cord in 2020, gaining access to hundreds of thousands of movies and shows across every major streaming platform. That includes Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, Disney+ and Apple TV+. The interface is simple to navigate, video quality (4K HDR) is impeccable, and the bundled remote can control the TV volume and power. Its compact size also means he can pack it for business trips to use on hotel TVs.
14. Nautica Men’s Long Sleeve Lightweight Shawl Collar Woven Robe
A handsome bathrobe has long been a popular Father’s Day gift idea, and that’s as true in 2020 as it was in 1970. Slipping into this comfort robe will instantly activate chill mode. Nautica designed its loungewear with comfort and flexibility in mind, which the elastic closure and knit waistband ensure; the functional drawstring provides a cozy and secure fit when chilling on the couch. Each robe is made from 100% brushed cotton. Dad will also appreciate the signature sailboat print, which should earn him the paperboy’s approval when waking up early to grab the morning journal.
15. Mofado Crystal Whiskey Glasses
Both elegant and practical, this is the type of drinkware your dad needs sitting on his bar. These distinctive whiskey glasses have a striking look to them, made from ultra-clear lead-free crystal that emphasizes clarity and detail; you’ll definitely notice the legs of a refined whisky. Each glass is also wide enough to hold a full 11 ounces of his favorite hard liquor, which can be rewarding or consolatory depending on his day. Every occasion deserves a drink.
16. Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700
At this point, Dad has grown tired of the fracas that’s surrounded him for decades and wants nothing more than some quiet time with The Beatles. What better way to help him silence the world and enjoy his favorite tunes simultaneously than with a pair of superior noise-canceling headphones. Go all out by gifting him the Bose 700, which combines superior sound with industry-leading noise cancellation to hush everything from airplane engines to screaming grandkids running around the house.
17. 2(X)IST 3-Pack Stretch Boxer Briefs
The expiration date for underwear is always sooner than later. That being said, now is the best time to re-up Dad with some new boxer briefs before Mom puts him on blast. 2(x)ist offers a solid selection of both simple and appealing designs optimized for comfort and fit. The soft, stretch-infused cotton allows for more movement and feels gentle on the skin, while the moisture-wicking fabric stops clamminess in its sweaty tracks. Load him up with several pairs.
18. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Smile Sneakers
Converse sneakers pair well with any form of clothing and will keep Dad’s feet comfortable all day long. You can’t go wrong adding a pair of Chuck Taylors to his closet. The All-Star Smile maintains the iconic silhouette of the original high-top sneaker, while boasting unique details like a canvas upper, copper accents and the brand logo redesigned into a smile. The company’s patented smart OrthoLite footbed brings forth solid comfort and stability as well. At $60 each, you might as well twin it by grabbing a pair of University Red for him and Erget/White for you. They’re the perfect shoes for walking the dog or doing some light yard work.
19. Retro Photo Scrapbook
Digital photo albums are fine, but something physical like a photo scrapbook just has more sentimental value. This retro-looking binder is one of the more creative ways you can commemorate your dad or family’s fondest memories. There are over 60 pages to document his greatest life achievements and store beloved paper mementos including photos, love notes, memorable concert fliers, sketches, and much more. Consider it a family heirloom in the making.
20. Oral-B Genius X 10000 Smart Electric Toothbrush
This smart toothbrush takes your dad’s diligent oral hygiene game to the next level. Oral-B programmed it with some intuitive features that determine how hard someone is brushing or what spots they missed while offering personalized feedback to improve brushing habits. Underneath the hood are powerful deep-cleansing motors that keep the brush heads operating at an efficient rate to sweep away food particles and plaque with ease. His smile will be the brightest in next year’s family portrait.
21. Goodthreads Men’s “The Perfect Chino Pant” Slim-Fit Washed Comfort Stretch
Designed for the weekend warrior, as well as men who value both fashion and function, Goodthread’s selection of slim-fit trousers are exactly what your dad has been searching for since getting his Amazon gift card last Xmas. They’re extremely comfy and offer a good level of stretchability, so nothing below his waist will feel cramped. The company also uses wrinkle-free non-iron fabric to keep the pants looking freshly pressed at all times.
22. Casper Sleep Pillow
Recent studies have shown that older people sleep less. Help your pappy catch up on his ZZZs by resting this super-comfy pillow at the top of his headboard. Casper created what it calls a “pillow-in-pillow design,” which provides extra support for the head and neck, while maintaining fluffiness over time. The only pain he’ll feel waking up in the morning might be a slight scotch whisky hangover.
23. Ninja Foodi Tendercrisp Pressure Cooker
This air fryer/pressure cooker hybrid can prep some of your father’s favorite game-time snacks, while sparing mom from cooking duties every Sunday. Let him fry some wings with up to 75% less fat or cook a roast for the entire family without spending several hours on the stove. Ninja programmed the Foodi to be user-friendly, so even if he can’t grasp the cooking machine’s concept, you’ll be able to simplify the instructions for him. There is also the all-new Foodie Deluxe XL, which offers more room to cook up even bigger meals.
24. Ralph Lauren Deep Blue Parfum
You’re doing Dad a disservice by letting him use the same antique bottle of Old Spice Classic he’s had stashed in the medicine cabinet for the past 30 years. He deserves to have one of the best-smelling men’s colognes out there — Ralph Lauren Deep Blue to be specific. The legendary fashion house’s newest fragrance was formulated with refreshing notes of Hawaiian green mango, geranium absolute and deep ocean accord, producing a subtle misty effect that will make him feel like he’s standing near a tropical waterfall. It’s a calming and mature cologne with lasting power.
25. Polaroid Originals Everything Box
Polaroid is a brand synonymous with memories, and this gift box will resonate with every photo-loving father. This nostalgic instant camera and film bundle should instantly transport Dad back to his earlier years of parenthood when he was gleefully snapping pics of his kid’s crowning achievements, from their first wobbly step to their graduation ceremony. It’s a point-and-shoot camera in the classic Polaroid style, making it simple to pick up and use. Just remind Dad to keep all printed photos face down as they develop to allow for deeper saturation and sharper details.
26. Ring Indoor Cam
For the smart-home dad who values security, the Ring Indoor Cam allows any homeowner to monitor the inside of their home from any mobile device (e.g. smartphones, tablets). It’s small enough to secretly hide in bookshelves, easy to set up, has a wide-range view to see an entire room, produces 1080p video in real-time and sends notifications when sensing unexpected activity. None of these are even its greatest attribute. That would be the price, which for $60 each, should convince you to buy these home security cameras in bulk.
27. Redbreast 12-Year Old Single Pot Irish Whiskey
If your dad is selective about his whiskey, then it’s worth every penny to place this decorated single pot still on his bar. Redbreast brings an amalgamation of flavors together, creating a blend rich in fruits and spices with undertones of sherry thrown into the mix. Its bold and rounded body immediately lays a creamy texture on the tongue, while the taste buds are spoiled with light caramel and chocolate notes. Simply put, it’s a whiskey your dad will yearn for when a nightcap is required.
28. Amazon Kindle (2019)
Getting dad to transition from paperback to digital reads hasn’t been easy, but the Amazon Kindle is an amazing gift that does all the convincing. An attractive screen, multiple fonts and formatting options, and a built-in front light (finally!) afford bookworms one of the most comfortable reading experiences known to man. Each model carries up to 4GB of internal storage, which is more than enough memory to download hundreds of boring history books or John Grisham novels from Amazon’s vast collection.
29. Happy Socks Mix 4-Pack Sock Gift Box
For the dads with colorful personalities, these are the socks they’ll want on their feet. Happy Socks’ gift box features flashy and funky patterns that spice up any boring outfit and lend themselves well to the festive holiday spirit, all year round that is. Each pair is also made from a soft and stretchy cotton blend that provides tired feet comfort when breaking in new shoes at formal events, a pain your dad knows all too well.
30. Leatherman Wave+ Multi-Tool
Father Time has made it more difficult for dad to lug a whole toolbox around the house. Whether he enjoys playing handyman on the weekends or has picked up a new hobby during retirement, he’ll greatly benefit from having an EDC accessory like the Leatherman Wave+ in his arsenal. Whether it’s Father’s Day, birthdays or Christmas, this multi-tool is always one of our best gifts for dad. Up to 18 tools are built into its compact design to accomplish quick fixes around the house or on the go. A 25-year limited warranty makes the multi-tool a potential family memento that you and your kids could share someday.