Just as with moms, there’s no one type of dad. There are golf dads and design dads and lazy dads, among so many other kinds. So we racked our brains to come up with the best gifts for the many, many different types of dads you might be shopping for this holiday season. And if you’re looking for more eleventh-hour ideas, be sure to check out our last-minute Father’s Day gift guide, too, for more good ideas. Don’t miss all of the Strategist’s holiday gift coverage right here, too.
For the alarm clock purist
For the dad whose legs need a hammock (on a plane)
Writer Alyse Whitney told us about this little doodad that helps make economy feel like first class: “The straps are adjustable and hook around the tray table in front of you so that it becomes a foot hammock, rocking gently with the motions of the plane.”
For the caffeinated and commuting dad
This tumbler from Japanese brand Tiger claims to keep drinks hot or cold for up to six hours. Our own dad swears by it because the “lid is much easier to clean than a Zojirushi.”
For the fidgety dad
A nifty little desk objet for a dad who can’t keep his hands still — or prefers not to make eye contact during uncomfortable conversations.
For the dad who’s in his crummy office chair all day
For the dad who wants to block out the world
Any dad who is looking to block out light completely should consider the Lewis N. Clark mask, which writer Georgia Clark calls the very best: “The Lewis N. Clark Comfort Eye Mask promises and delivers total darkness, superior comfort, and customizable straps. The cotton interior is pillowy-soft, so much softer and more comfortable than other masks that I tried, many of which were made from polyester (or other nonnatural fabrics).”
For the dad with loose change everywhere
A “kitty” bank — you set the coin on that pad where the fish bones are, and the cat pokes out of the box and snatches it.
For the dad with achy feet
For the #adoptdontshop dad
Has your dad been wondering if Fido is a husky? A malamute? Wisdom Panel is like 23andMe for dogs and can tell him his rescue’s breed profile, and this kit also screens for specific genetic conditions.
For the dad who just wants a glass or two while watching Last Week Tonight
Does dad appreciate wine without downing the whole bottle? Now he won’t have to feel the pressure of degrading his precious bottle of pinot gris. Sommeliers and wine experts think the Vacu Vin does a great job of preserving an open bottle of wine.
For the dad who just wants a glass or two of Châteauneuf-du-Pape
For the dad who forgets to floss
For the dad who micromanages his stubble
For the dad who’s always clean-shaven
For the dad who dreams of being a pilot
If you’re looking for something to give an airplane-loving dad, might we suggest this coffee-table book filled with lots of photos of memorabilia from the Concorde, the supersonic plane that flew from New York City to London and Paris in record time.
For the dad who loves his tea
For the dad who’s prepping meals with steak knives
A three-piece set with a chef’s knife, a paring knife, and a santoku knife from chef-approved Japanese brand Global.
For the dad whose Dopp is a Ziploc
For the dad who’s concerned about his dusty windowsill
For the dad who brews at his desk
The little plastic coffee dripper will let him brew directly into the mug of his choice, without using a fiddly pour-over kettle.
For the dad whose Bics are always out of ink
In case you missed it, the Strategist team recently did a deep dive into the world of pens, testing and ranking gels, felt tips, ballpoints, rollerballs, and fountain pens to determine the 100 best. The Parker Jotter came in at a very respectable number seven — plus it just looks cool.
For the dad who tags you in @petesouza’s Instagrams
The Obama photographer’s new book juxtaposes his own photos from the Obama White House with quotes, headlines, and tweets from the first 500 days of Trump’s presidency.
For the dad who’s still waiting on the first Obama book
For the dad who’s too busy at work to hit Equinox
For the dad who’s juicing now
For the dad who takes far too many notes
For the dad who needs to use his notebook an infinite number of times, there’s the Rocketbook Everlast, which can be used endlessly by wiping it with water (no microwave necessary). Writer Steven John is a huge fan. 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 clean-freak dad
Writer Maxine Builder calls the Drillbrush — a brush attachment for your power drill — the best thing that ever happened to her shower: “The drill did all the hard work, scrubbing faster and harder than I ever could by hand, and the results were noticeable even after the first pass. All the built-up grime had basically disappeared, though I did a second round just to be sure. The nylon bristles were gentle enough that I couldn’t find a single scratch afterward.”
For the dad still using his phone in a cup as “speakers”
Try Barbara Corcoran’s favorite speaker (she knows her stuff), which she prefers even over her fancy sound system. It’s one of the best-reviewed speakers you can find, period. Ultimate Ears came out with a newer version, but we actually prefer this one.
For the dad who uses his phone in a cup as “speakers” while traveling
For the dad whose “luggage” is also his gym bag
Speaking of carry-ons, he might just need the suitcase choice of professionals: Flight attendants and pilots consider the Travelpro spinner the suitcase to use. It’s the one you see them all rolling as they rush past you at security.
For the dad who wants to dip his toes into a “smart house”
The Amazon Echo Dot is the easiest way.
For the dad with an expensive Starbucks habit
For the plant dad who wants a better watering can
For the dad who loves Patricia Highsmith
You can’t get on an F train without seeing someone reading the new Tana French novel.
For the active dad with a competitive streak
For the dad who wants to watch (and feed) the pets remotely
For the dad who misses window-shopping Moss
Murray Moss — who now runs the consultancy firm Moss Bureau — recounts the early days of his Greene Street store, which introduced so many New Yorkers to a new idiom of modern design.
For the dad who likes a “cozy feeling”
For the single-origin-only dad
Don’t forget the filters.
For the dad who’s into matcha now
For the dad who wants a watch that does it all
For the dad who wants to jog to Post Malone discreetly
We’ve been waiting to get these bad boys ourselves — Bose released these “truly” wireless, fully cordless headphones last year, and they look truly great.
For the dad who wants to lift without tripping on wires
If he doesn’t need the brand-new Bose headphones, this version we also like very much is on sale right now.
For the dad whose phone is always dying
For the dad who can never find his iPhone charger
For the dad whose DHL packages keep going “missing”
For the dad who feels guilty about fried chicken
For the dad who doesn’t even know his phone can charge wirelessly
From the trusted brand Belkin, an iPhone-compatible wireless charger that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
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