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.
For the dad who reads Dezeen
Multifaceted wood blocks for building his own precariously balanced Stonehenge at home.
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.
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.
For the germophobic dad
A twofer: keeps his sensitive sinuses hydrated without promoting the spread of germs.
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.
Don’t forget the filters.
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.
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.
For the dad who just discovered Instagram Stories
The Kardashian-approved light-up case for capturing those videos of him fixing up the patio.
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.
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.
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.
For the dad who's still wearing his ratty Ohio State hoodie
It’s super on the nose, but he’ll eat it up.
For the dad whose iPhone charger is always breaking
These babies are virtually indestructible.
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.
For the dad who's into urban planning
A newly out architecture book on the New York that could’ve been.
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.
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.
For the handy dad
This affordable nifty tool houses seven screwdrivers in one (basically a few different sizes of flat and Phillips heads).
For the dad who wears dad caps unironically
Because isn’t it?
For the dad with a season pass
A foam cushion — with a handle — for making those hard stadium seats just a little more comfortable.
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.
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.
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.
For the dad who can't even spell moisturizer
Upgrade him to some fancier grooming products from the delightfully scented Malin and Goetz.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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