Well, to be honest… we don’t know! We’re dads ourselves, and we couldn’t tell you!
All we can tell you is that we’ve put together a pretty exceptional list of good leads, that include a wide range of gifts—everything from food to music to literature to tools and home improvement to travel and adventure. Chances are pretty good there’s something here that will strike a chord with the Papa Bear in your life, and make this birthday / Christmas / Father’s Day the one that stands out for him.
We hope our list provides you with the perfect gift for the dad in your life, and that you give and get in good health, and remember: everything on our list is second place to an afternoon hanging out. If you find something you like here, make a plan to give it to him along with some time together!
Alrighty-roo, let’s dive in:
Food: Gifts for the Grub-Lovin’ Dad
We’ll start here, because you may not need to look past this section to find something Big Papa will love:
1. Cowboy Grilling Rub
If your dad is a grill master, he’ll love this rub! Made from fresh spices sourced directly from small farmers, it’s a quality blend of smoky, savory spices.
2. Secret Aardvark Fabulous Foursome
If your father likes it hot, you can’t go wrong with this 4-pack. Secret Aardvark is a foodie-favorite for packing both heat and flavor.
3. The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt
Written by the ultimate foodie dad, this book will elevate your dad’s home-cooking game with a scientific approach to culinary art.
It doesn’t matter if your dad is a whizz in the kitchen or just an occasional visitor—HelloFresh is a “make it yourself” delivery kit that consistently impresses.
5. Ninja Foodi XL 2-Basket Air Fryer
Nothing beats an air fryer for re-heating takeout or making healthier versions of your dad’s favorite comfort foods.
Caffeine: Gifts for the Sleepy Dad
6. Atlas Coffee Club
This highly rated subscription will send your dad a different bag of quality coffee beans every month.
7. Black Tea Sampler Pack
Tea is a perfectly acceptable way for dad to get his caffeine kick. This set features 4 different gourmet black teas in a sleek gift box.
8. Krups Electric Coffee Grinder
Grinding your own beans can make a world of difference, so help to boost the taste of your dad’s daily brew.
Books: Gifts for the Studious and Not-So-Studious Dad
9. You’re Only Old Once!: A Book for Obsolete Children by Dr. Seuss
If your dad is getting older but hasn’t lost his sense of humor, this book about the indignities of old age will bring a smile to his face.
10. Every Tool’s a Hammer Adam Savage
This book by Mythbusters star is part-autobiography and part-how to with both practical and motivational advice, for the dad who always has a project planned.
11. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
There’s a symmetry to giving this book as a gift. This important book is both a history of being black in America and a letter from Coates to his teen son.
12. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
A dark post-apocalyptic novel about a father doing everything he can to protect his son.
13. Kindle Paperwhite
If your dad is a big reader, an e-reader is a wonderful gift. Kindle Paperwhite is a great option with settings that enhance readability for older parents.
Drinks: For the Bartender at Home
14. Homebrew Starter Kit
This gift hits all the marks for what the average dad loves: It’s DIY, money-saving, and all about beer. Options include amber ale, hefeweizen, or IPA.
15. Highland Park 18-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
If your father’s tastes are a little more refined he’ll definitely appreciate this smoky yet smooth 18-year-old single malt scotch.
16. Home Bar Kit
Making a quality cocktail is easier when you have all the tools at hand. Whether your dad drinks Sazeracs or appletinis, he’ll appreciate this gift.
17. Craft Beer Club
Another great gift for a beer-loving parent. Every month, your dad will think of you when he opens his box of exciting craft beers.
18. Storsint Wine Decanter
If your father is a wine-lover, a carafe is an easy way of elevating your dad’s wine-drinking experience. It’s an elegant serving vessel that also offers added aeration.
Beard Care & Shaving: Gifts for the Burly Dad
19. Merkur 34c Chrome Safety Razor
We’re big believers in Merkur’s safety razors, and the 34c is a classic. Beginners and pros alike love this razor, so we think your dad will too.
20. Proraso Protective Shave Essentials Bundle
Proraso is one of the world leaders in wet shaving products. This set includes their gentle but effective pre-shave, shaving cream, and aftershave balm.
21. Above The Tie Accessory Gift Set
Get your dad into a cohesive shaving aesthetic with this set. It includes an artisan shave soap, a quality shaving brush, and a chrome stand to hold his safety razor.
22. Smooth Viking Ultimate Beard Grooming Set
23. Barrister’s Reserve® Cool Aftershave Splash
For a dad who likes an old-school aftershave, this splash is a classic. It cools with a blend of mint, lavender, and citrus.
Other Grooming Gifts: For the Well-Coifed Dad
24. Montblanc Explorer Eau de Parfum
This cologne is a crowd-pleaser with a leathery, woodsy scent with a hint of citrus. It’s enduring and powerful, so it’s fitting for a great dad.
25. James Bomb Bathbomb
Encourage your dad to unwind with this 007 bath bomb. It’s infused with the scent of bergamot and sage, for a relaxing yet manly soak.
26. Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser
Water picks make flossing so much easier (and more fun), so if you’d like to encourage your dad to practice healthy habits, give him this gift.
27. Jack Black Skin Saviors Kit
It’s never too late to start, so set your dad up with a skincare routine. This masculine kit features the essentials in a clean, masculine package.
Clothes: Gifts for the Dapper Dad
28. Chipp Neckwear Blue Grenadine Tie
Is it a little boring to give a tie? Not when it’s this nice. Plus, every time your dad gets a compliment on this lux tie, he’ll get a chance to brag about you.
29. Nike Air Force 1 ’07
These Nike sneakers are considered by many to be the ultimate dad shoes, and since the style has had a fashion resurgence, why not help your dad rock it?
30. Patagonia Zemer Bomber Coat
This stylish Patagonia coat is made of 70% recyclable materials. As practical as it is fashionable, this coat will get your dad ready for fall or a moderate winter.
31. Eddie Bauer Classic Fit Shirt
Soft and durable, this hearty flannel looks like a button-down. It’ll get your dad looking stylish without compromising his comfort.
32. Smartwool Merino Socks
Has your dad heard the good word about merino wool? Socks might be mundane, but odor-repelling, temperature-regulating merino wool socks are life-changing.
Accessories: For the “Always Prepared” Dad
33. Hank RFID Bifold Wallet
From Herschel, this wallet is a nice change of pace from the typical leather wallet. It has RFID technology protecting from electronic theft.
34. Primal Face Mask
Face masks are a way of life, so give your dad one he’ll enjoy wearing. This protective, high-tech mask is as comfortable as it is funny.
35. Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic Watch
This American-made watch from Hamilton is a respectable gift. Well-made and well-regarded, it’s a classically elegant timepiece.
36. Everyman Hideout 5-Way Commuter
This durable, waterproof bag offers multiple carrying styles and adjustable compartments to fit every type of dad.
Around the House: Gifts for the Home Fix-It Dad
37. Magnetic Key Rack
A magnetic key rack makes it easy for your dad to never lose his keys, in a design that’ll fit any household aesthetic.
Plants always give a cleaner, happier feel to a house, and a begonia is easy to care for even if your dad doesn’t have a green thumb.
39. Record Coasters
Your dad will be happy to use these cool, upcycled coasters, especially if he’s into music and vinyl records.
40. Docking Station
A bedside station for the modern man! This personalized gift will help your dad keep his bedside table organized with all of his essentials.
41. Apollo Tool Set
If your dad is in charge of household repairs, this all-in-one tool kit from Apollo offers a quality upgrade.
No more vacuuming and no more floor dust! A Roomba is a life-changing gift that’s also weirdly entertaining to have roaming around.
Outdoor and Camping: For the Adventuresome Dad
43. Ecofire All-Natural Fire Starters
Make the chief campfire maker’s job a little easier with these eco-friendly fire starters.
44. Eno DoubleNest Hammock
Help your dad relax in style with this nifty hammock. It’s designed for easy set-up in the backyard or during camping trips.
45. LifeStraw Go Bottle
For a dad who loves wilderness camping, this water-filtering bottle could be a real lifesaver.
46. Engraved Leatherman Multi-Tool
If your dad is already a dedicated outdoorsman, he probably already has a multi-tool, but a custom engraved one will be a touching upgrade.
47. Everlasting Comfort Cooler Backpack
A cooler backpack filled with cold drinks and tasty snacks is an easy way to enhance every one of your dad’s outdoor adventures.
Travel: Gifts for the Well-Travelled Dad
48. Converter Set
Your dad will be prepared for every destination with this convenient international converter and plug set.
49. Bellroy Travel Folio
If dad’s usually in charge of boarding passes and passports, make it easy for him to stay organized with this convenient, RFID-protected folio.
50. Blue Indaco Watch Roll
If your pops already has an impressive watch collection, buy him a watch roll! This elegant case will keep his watch safe and also makes for a nice display.
51. Dartboard Map
This dartboard map of the USA can be a wonderful piece of wall art, or it can help your dad pick his next travel destination!
Pet Lover: For the Dog Who Swore He Didn’t Want a Pet…
52. Roamer™ Bungee Dog Leash
Help your dad enjoy his walks with the dog even more. This leash allows for hands-free walks and lets the dog roam as well.
53. Healthy Pet Automatic Pet Feeder
Save him a chore with an automatic pet feeder. This pet feeder comes with all kinds of modes, to suit every kind of pet.
54. Custom Pet Portrait
Human portraits have become a little dated, but pet portraits are all the rage, so give your dad a painting of the creature he loves most.
55. Poop Scoop & Rake
We’ve come too far as a species to have to use our hands to pick up after our pets. This Scoop & Rake makes clean-up easy.
Gaming & Sports: For the “Armchair Coach” Dad
56. Custom Poker Set
For dads who never miss poker night, a personalized poker set makes for a touching gift.
57. Quelf Board Game
If family board game night is an institution, this hilarious game will add a silly twist to your dad’s collection.
58. Golf Ball Returning Chipping Net
Your dad can practice his shot mid-week, without having to schlep it out to the golf club.
Sense of Humor: Tons o’ Puns
59. Dad Joke T-Shirt
The perfect gift for dads who have a whole arsenal of cringe-worthy jokes that they’re always ready to unleash.
60. The Big Book of Dad Jokes
On the other hand, if his dad joke game is lacking, this book of jokes will make sure he’s always ready to make everyone else groan.
61. Kitchen King Apron
Every dad worth his salt needs to own at least one ridiculous apron, so here’s our favorite design if yours doesn’t have one yet.
62. Dad Joke Mug
Everyone else may roll their eyes, but your dad will love adding this mug to his “dad-a-base.”
Relaxation: For Literally Every Type of Dad
63. Aurora Back Massager
Nowadays, massaging pillows have become quite advanced. Give this gadget to help your dad deal with back pain and stress.
64. Calm App
Encourage your dad to be more mindful, with the Calm app. The app offers guided meditation and sleep programs.
65. Back Scratcher
No one can refuse the allure of a good back scratch, so keep it old-school by gifting this classic tool.
66. PowerDot 2.0
This high-tech gadget is an app-controlled muscle stimulator designed to offer pain relief and muscle recovery.
Gadgets: Gifts for the 007 Dad
67. Anker PowerCore III Portable Battery Charger
For a dad who’s always on the go (and always forgetting to charge his phone), this battery pack is a life-saver. Just make sure to give it fully charged.
68. Google Nest Audio
So yes, you’ll have to set it up for him (and assuage his fears about privacy), but Nest Audio will make it easy for your dad to stay organized and enjoy great music.
69. Custom Otter Phone Case
A durable phone case is a practical gift, and no one does it better than Otter. Make a customized case just for him.
70. Smartphone Photo Printer
For the dad who can’t wait to go to the printers, this photo printer connects to any smartphone to create quality prints.
Music: Gifts for the Audiophile Dad
71. Bluetooth Headphones
These headphones offer amazing sound quality, with great isolation to protect your dad’s ears from damage.
72. Audio-Technica Turntable
Take your dad on a nostalgia journey with this quality record player. Make sure to also pick up some of his favorite records in vinyl!
73. JBL Waterproof Speakers
Does your dad love to sing in the shower? These shower speakers will be the perfect accompaniment.
74. Heavy Metal Mug
Once upon a time, your dad listened to heavy metal as a rebellion. Show him you still appreciate his rock ‘n roll spirit with this mug.
Auto Accessories: For the “Car Guy” Dad
75. Memory Foam Coccyx Seat Cushion
If your dad spends a lot of time in the driver’s seat, this cushion might make a big difference. It’s designed to prevent all kinds of pains that come with age.
76. Scale Model Car
We all wish we could give our dad his dream car, but if that’s beyond your budget, a scale model might do!
77. resqme® Car Escape Tool
Make sure your dad is always ready to escape dangerous situations. This tool was designed for first responders and includes a glass breaker and seatbelt cutter.
78. MagicMount™ Pro Window/Dash
This is another gift that’ll make your dad’s time in the car safer. This magnetic mount makes it easy to check navigation while driving, hands-free.
79. Car Care Gift Bucket
Some dads would prefer a gift bucker over a gift basket. The bucket includes all the car-cleaning supplies your dad could dream of.
For Your Dad, No Matter What Kind of Dad He Is…
80. A hug!
Go hug the guy—Dads need hugs too!
Did We Miss Anything?
Hopefully there’s something here the Big Papa in your life will love! If there’s something we’ve missed, please let us know, and we’ll update our list!
Michael Morris is the head writer here at Rough and Tumble Gentleman. He's got a ducktail beard and loves Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He's married to the woman of his dreams and lives in Brooklyn, NY.