Best Gifts for Every Type of Dad (That You Can Buy on Amazon)

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Best Gifts for Dad
Gifts for the unironic dad, the paleo dad, the first-time dad, and more.

Just as with moms, there’s no one type of dad! There’s the outdoorsy dad, the techie dad, the designy dad, the healthy dad, the young dad, the (ahem) seasoned dad — the list goes on. So we racked our brains to come up with best gifts for the many, many different kinds of dads who could be on your list. And if you’re still looking for inspiration, maybe one of the dozen dads we’ve talked to can help.

For the dad who thinks he's Tom Ford

These take some getting used to (the fabric isn’t like the plush hotel towels you see everywhere), but read through the Amazon reviews and you’ll see they only get better with time. Great for all those baths he’ll be taking.

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Cacala Pestemal Turkish Towel $23, Amazon

For the dad who reads Dezeen

Multifaceted wood blocks for building his own precariously balanced Stonehenge at home.

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Areaware Balancing Blocks $48, Amazon

For the first-time dad

A tongue-in-cheek guidebook that’s actually full of practical information — nearly a thousand Amazon reviews can’t be wrong.

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Be Prepared $10, Amazon

For the very lazy first-time dad

Rocks Junior to sleep so he doesn’t have to. We’ve been to our fair share of baby showers, and parents go gaga over this thing.

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Fisher-Price Newborn Auto Rock ‘n Play Sleeper $62, Amazon

For the germophobic dad

A twofer: keeps his sensitive sinuses hydrated without promoting the spread of germs.

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Honeywell HCM350W Germ-Free Cool Mist Humidifier $55, Amazon

For the single-origin-only dad

If dad’s a coffee-lover, retire the Mr. Coffee. True devotees swear by the pour-over joe brewed by the Chemex.

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Chemex Glass Coffee Maker $46, Amazon

Don’t forget the filters.

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Chemex Unbleached Filters $14, Amazon

For the dad who's into matcha now

He’ll need the proper spoon and whisk if he’s going to break up all that antioxidant-rich powder.

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BambooMN Bamboo Whisk and Spoon $12, Amazon

For the dad who sings in the shower

Let’s be honest: Dad probably doesn’t need a Bluetooth speaker for his ten-minute morning shower. This actually waterproof radio will do just fine.

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Sangean Waterproof Shower Radio $63, Amazon

For the dad who just discovered Instagram Stories

The Kardashian-approved light-up case for capturing those videos of him fixing up the patio.

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LuMee iPhone Case From $44, Amazon

For the paleo-but-only-on-weekdays dad

Diet-friendly beef jerky with none of the insulin-raising corn syrup, evaporated cane juice, or beet sugar of the other stuff.

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Naked Cow Natural-Grass Jerky $22 for a 3-pack, Amazon

For the paleo-but-only-on-weekdays dad on the weekend

Because now you can buy just the charms — an entire pound of it, in fact.

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Medley Hills Farm Cereal Marshmallows $11, Amazon

For the dad who really wants to taste the hops

Simply freeze the Corkcicle for an hour and stick it into an open beer to keep it ice-cold for at least as long it’ll take to finish it.

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Chillsner Corkcicle $20 for two, Amazon

For the dad who's still wearing his ratty Ohio State hoodie

It’s super on the nose, but he’ll eat it up.

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Moment Gear “Best Dad Ever” Hoodie $51, Amazon

For the dad whose iPhone charger is always breaking

These babies are virtually indestructible.

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MOS Spring Lightning Cable $20, Amazon

For the dad who wishes he were Kelly Slater

If stand-up paddle boarding’s too hard (it’s killer on the glutes), there’s always this version with pedals that takes nearly all the work out of it.

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Hobie Mirage Eclipse $2,599, Amazon

For the dad who's into urban planning

A newly out architecture book on the New York that could’ve been.

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Never Built New York $42, Amazon

For the dad who's into interior planning

Solid inspiration ideas from this just-released tome on the Palm Springs icon of mid-century design.

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Sunnylands: America’s Midcentury Masterpiece $41, Amazon

For the dad who thinks he's Ira Glass

A cinch to set up for beginning podcasters, this microphone has better sound quality than you’d expect for the price.

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Blue Yeti USB Microphone $89, Amazon

For the handy dad

This affordable nifty tool houses seven screwdrivers in one (basically a few different sizes of flat and Phillips heads).

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Maxcraft 7-In-1 Precision Pocket Screwdriver $7, Amazon

For the dad who wears dad caps unironically

Because isn’t it?

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Life Is Good Cap $22, Amazon

For the dad with a season pass

A foam cushion — with a handle — for making those hard stadium seats just a little more comfortable.

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Guides Thick Seat Cushion $8, Amazon

For the dad who just watched 'Before the Flood'

If he paid any attention to the Leo doc, he’d know that the meats human beings are eating — beef, in particular — are bad news for the planet. Maybe he’d like to give cricket a try.

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Exo Cricket-Flour Protein Bars $36 for twelve, Amazon

For the dad who misses the old 'Daily Show'

A just-released behind-the-scenes look at the main reason we survived the Bush era.

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The Daily Show (the Book): An Oral History $18, Amazon

For the Diamond-status dad

A universal adapter for wherever he’s traveling, with the classic ballistic nylon carrying case — because he’s probably into that sort of thing.

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Tumi Grounded Adaptor $56, Amazon

For the dad who can't even spell moisturizer

Upgrade him to some fancier grooming products from the delightfully scented Malin and Goetz.

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Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer $65, Amazon

For the entertaining dad

Not the most practical thing in the world, and certainly not for everyday cooking, but think of the ooooh factor when he brings it out for guests.

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Rivsalt Himalayan Pink Salt and Grinder $27, Amazon

For the dad who thinks he's Don Draper

Never give smelly, sad whiskey stones again. A silicone ice-cube tray for making those perfect highball ice spheres.

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Ramini Brands Premium Whiskey Ice Ball Maker Mold Tray $12, Amazon

For the dad who's always losing his wallet

Comfortably fits three cards plus a bit of cash, so you’ll never have to ask, “Where did you last see it?” again.

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iPhone Wallet Case From $14, Amazon

For the dad who wants to rough it

A multifunctional knife for whittling, stabbing, cooking prep, and even starting a fire (there’s a magnesium-alloy fire starter).

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SE KHK6320 Outdoor Tanto Knife with Fire Starter $8, Amazon

For the dad who wants to rough it (but not really)

An outdoor hammock complete with mosquito net makes sleeping outside practically a resort vacation.

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Enjoydeal Portable High-Strength Parachute Fabric Hammock Hanging Bed With Mosquito Net $25, Amazon

For the dad who's just a little paranoid

Let him rest a little easier with a weatherproof HD security camera, now available for pre-order.

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Canary Flex Indoor/Outdoor Security Camera $200, Amazon

For the dad who thinks everything is better fried

He’ll appreciate a plug-and-go deep fryer with no temperature settings or baskets to speak of. Fill it to the line with oil and you’re off to a world of doughnuts, french fries, and deep-fried Snickers.

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Presto FryDaddy $18, Amazon

For the dad who thinks everything is better fried but feels guilty about it

The air fryer uses 75 percent less fat than conventional deep fryers, so he can feel slightly better about that Snickers.

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Philips XL Airfryer $294, Amazon

For the dad who uses his phone in the cold

Wool-and-acrylic gloves that still allow fingers to work the touchscreen on a phone. So even when it’s freezing out, he can comfortably text you to call him.

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Lethmik Touchscreen Gloves $10, Amazon

For the dad whose phone is always dying

A portable charger will keep his phone juiced even when he’s away from an outlet, and it comes in a shiny gold package, too.

Buy
Polanfo External Power Bank $17, Amazon

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