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
The 14 kneading balls on this back pillow massage sore muscles with a Shiatsu-like motion. The thing heats up, too.
For the dad who needs a house robe
The machine-washable Brookstone robe is just about the coziest thing he can pull on. Writer David Schwartz describes the fabric as “sewn from satin and angel skin.”
For the dad who can never remember his face wash
For the dad who’s seen The Last Jedi twice already
How about a Southwestern-inspired BB8 towel from heritage brand Pendleton? A Star Wars fanatic’s dream.
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
Bring the exercise machine to work — this under-the-desk pedal machine (complete with calorie counter and adjustable resistance) has 1,700 rave reviews for its low impact and quietness.
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
The next-generation Wonderboom is even more portable — perfect for sticking in a carry-on and bringing just about anywhere.
For the dad who wants to dip his toes into a “smart house”
The Amazon Echo Dot is the easiest way — and it’s just $30 right now.
For the golf dad
This collapsible net is perfect for golf dads who are practicing chip shots — it lets him take aim like a Skee-ball game.
For the dad who unironically loves his dumbphone
“I just need it for calls and text messages!” he says.
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
This 14-cup brewer is consistently the very best seller of our collection of best coffee makers.
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
Has dad been hankering for a smarter bulb? This app-controlled one lets you set the color, program on/off times, and even sync the light to music beats.
For the active dad with a competitive streak
If dad has been looking for some way to channel some physical energy while engaging in some healthy competition, set him up with the Spikeball — a Shark Tank original that’s become a backyard hit.
For the dad who needs a prettier pencil
The slim, Swiss-made Caran d’Ache pencil is a favorite of draftsmen and any appreciator of elegant writing implements.
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
Multifaceted wood blocks for building his own precariously balanced Stonehenge at home.
For the dad who likes a “cozy feeling”
We are all about these comfortable and oddly stylish Danish wool slippers, which we’ve determined to be the very best.
For the dad who’s counting down the days until his Aruba time-share
One of the very best-reviewed light-therapy lamps for combating seasonal sadness (we’ve talked about this one before) will keep dad happy until he touches down in Oranjestad.
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 waterproof radio will do just fine.
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 needs to hear every one of Coltrane’s notes
The noise-canceling wireless headphones are some of Select All writer Jake Swearingen’s favorites — and Dad deserves it.
For the dad who wants to jog to Eminem
If he’s more the kind of guy who uses headphones for working out and getting sweaty in, consider the Bose SoundSports — our favorite wireless headphones for working out.
For the dad who needs any pair of better headphones
If he just needs cheap wireless headphones, these well-reviewed ones cancel noise, have microphone capabilities, and are under $100.
For the dad whose phone is always dying
A nice little (slightly passive-aggressive) stocking stuffer to remind him that keeping your phone charged isn’t that hard. (See others we like here, and pair it with the cable below.)
For the dad whose iPhone charger is always breaking
This ten-foot baby is virtually indestructible — and comically long.
For the dad whose worship of Tom Brady is verging on creepy
Instead of yammering about him, now he can just become him.
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 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 can’t even spell moisturizer
Upgrade him to some fancier grooming products from the delightfully scented Malin & 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 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
Does he think the maid’s got sticky hands? The Nest cam can find out.
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
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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