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 the best gifts for the many, many different kinds of dads who could be on your list. And if you’re still looking for inspiration, the gift guide we did for boyfriends would be a smart place to head, too.
For the dad with the achy back
For the dad who needs a house robe
For the dad who can never remember his face wash
For the dad who’s seen The Last Jedi twice already
For the dad who wants a brighter smile
Okay, so we’ve been beating the drum for the Sonicare for months and months (we still stand by it!), but it’s not the only electric toothbrush out there. In fact, recently — as in three months ago — the Oral-B power toothbrushes became the first and so far only electric toothbrushes to be certified by the American Dental Association. The top-of-the-line 8000 is perhaps the most gifty, but the 6000 also makes a handsome present (and is on sale for just $80, too).
For the dad who still misses the Thin White Duke
Full of interviews with Bowie’s collaborators, friends, and loved ones, this new biography by British GQ editor Dylan Jones (told through oral history) has been called revelatory and surprising — perfect for the Ziggy completist.
For the dad who still needs an iPad case
Delfonics pouches are one of those shockingly affordable things design people love — though the branding is French, the label’s actually Japanese and looks about ten times more expensive than it is (couldn’t the polyvinyl pass for Valextra or Smythson?). These medium-size pouches are perfectly sized to hold a Kindle, while larger ones are good for small laptops, and pen cases are great for paint brushes, pencils, and even makeup.
For the dad who’s too busy at work to go to the gym
For the dad who sighs, “We never do puzzles anymore.”
A Kickstarter project you can buy on Amazon, this poster shows you where to put 846 pennies (in four shades, from bright and shiny to very dark) to create an 18-inch-by-24-inch poster of Lincoln. A dad gift if we’ve ever seen one.
For the dad who takes far too many notes
In our Father’s Day gift guide, we told you about the Rocketbook Wave smart notebook, which allows you to take notes that can be sent to your phone up to five times (you erase it by microwaving it). For the dad who needs to use his notebook an infinite number of times, there’s the Rocketbook Everlast, which can be used endlessly with a wipe of water (no microwave necessary). If you get one of these, be sure to stock up on the Pilot FriXion pens, whose ink is the only kind that will bond with the special paper.
For the Dieter Rams diehard
If he needs a calculator for work (or even if he just would love a beautiful desk objet), you can’t go wrong with this reissue of the flawlessly executed Braun calculator from 1987. It’s very handsome in white, too.
For the dad who uses his phone in a cup as “speakers”
For the dad who uses his phone in a cup as “speakers” while traveling
For the dad who wants to dip his toes into a “smart house”
For the golf dad
For the dad who unironically loves his dumbphone
For the dad whose standing desk hurts
Does dad love standing at work, but hate the number it does on his feet — or alternately, is he cooking for hours in a kitchen with hard marble floors? This very well-reviewed anti-fatigue mat (4,250 testimonials) should help with that.
For the dad who just needs a reliable cup of joe
For the dad who loves arguing basketball things
A No. 1 New York Times best seller, this illustrated book isn’t just a compilation of history and stats, but a series of questions and opinionated lists — the best hairstyles in NBA history, alternating with arguments about what’s allowed in pickup basketball or who the greatest dunker of all time was — that will tickle any true fan.
For the dad who throws DIY raves
For the active dad with a competitive streak
For the dad who needs a prettier pencil
For the dad who wants to keep an eye on the pets — and feed them
We’ve talked before about how the Petcube allows you to discreetly monitor the house and dogs from wherever you are; the newer version allows you to dispense a treat, too. (You might’ve seen it on Ellen.)
For the dad who needs a housewarming gift
If your dad has moved into a new place, the last thing he’s probably thought of is nice hand wash; this one smells delicious (and to be totally honest, probably is better by the sink than in the shower as a bodywash).
For the droll Brooklyn dad
The former Daily Show correspondent has written a memoir of self-exploration, as told through wanderings between his New England summer homes — peep the lighthouse on the cover — in western Massachusetts and Maine.
For the dad who reads Dezeen
For the dad who likes a “cozy feeling”
For the dad who’s counting down the days until his Aruba time-share
For the single-origin-only dad
For the dad who’s into matcha now
For the dad who sings in the shower
For the dad who really wants to taste the hops
For the dad who needs to hear every one of Coltrane’s notes
For the dad who wants to jog to Eminem
For the dad who needs any pair of better headphones
For the dad whose phone is always dying
For the dad whose iPhone charger is always breaking
For the dad whose worship of Tom Brady is verging on creepy
For the dad who thinks he’s Ira Glass
For the handy dad
For the dad with a season pass
For the dad who can’t even spell moisturizer
For the entertaining dad
For the dad who wants to rough it (but not really)
For the dad who’s just a little paranoid
For the dad who thinks everything is better fried
For the dad who thinks everything is better fried, but feels guilty about it
For the dad who uses his phone in the cold
Fancy-looking leather 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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