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
A classic alarm clock from Braun, which has a crescendo alarm that’s more pleasant than an iPhone’s.
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
For the fidgety dad
For the dad who’s in his crummy office chair all day
First of all, he needs a better office chair! Barring that, he might want to try this half-balance ball on his seat, which will help keep his core engaged and posture straight during the work 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
For the dad with achy feet
So this was one of the best-selling gifts from our Mother’s Day gift guide — and for good reason. We actually just bought a few ourselves and love the thing. Because achy feet know no gender.
For the #adoptdontshop dad
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 something to preserve his ultrafancy bottle of wine, the very effective, very pricey Coravin can’t be beat.
For the dad who forgets to floss
Is dad flossing properly? Yeah, we didn’t think so.
For the dad who micromanages his stubble
This beard trimmer with a vacuum (see how it’s leaving no mess?) is consistently one of the most-bought items among Strategist readers.
For the dad who’s always clean-shaven
Our very favorite electric razor does a better job — smoother, faster, easier — than any other you can find, and for not a heck-ton of money.
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
Dads who drink a lot of coffee or tea (or eat a lot of ramen) will appreciate this electric kettle, which in our humble estimation is the absolute best.
For the dad who’s prepping meals with steak knives
For the dad whose Dopp is a Ziploc
For the dad who’s concerned about his dusty windowsill
A dare-we-say not hideous air purifier that’ll let him (and you) breathe easier at night.
For the dad who brews at his desk
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
For the dad who’s still waiting on the first Obama book
Speaking of Pete Souza, the photographer’s coffee-table book on Obama was practically sold out from the moment it was released last year. This would be the time to get it.
For the dad who’s too busy at work to hit Equinox
Bring the gym to him with an under-the-desk elliptical machine that’ll let him (kind of) discreetly get his workout in.
For the dad who’s juicing now
Sure, you could go with a wildly expensive Vitamix, but just in case it’s a temporary phase, why not start him off with a much more affordable Ninja (we love ours).
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
The next-generation Wonderboom is even more portable — perfect for sticking in a carry-on and bringing just about anywhere.
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”
For the dad with an expensive Starbucks habit
This 14-cup brewer is consistently the very best seller out of our round-up of the best coffee makers.
For the plant dad who wants a better watering can
Green thumbs agree that the Haws watering can is just about the most perfect vessel you can find for giving your plants a nice shower.
For the dad who loves Patricia Highsmith
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 wants to watch (and feed) the pets remotely
For the dad who misses window-shopping Moss
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 available (yet again).
For the single-origin-only dad
If dad’s a coffee lover, retire the Mr. Coffee. True devotees swear by pour-over joe brewed with a Chemex. The original Chemex won’t arrive until after Christmas, but the six-quart version with a handle will.
For the dad who’s into matcha now
For the dad who wants a watch that does it all
Tech experts agree: This is the watch to get if you’re looking to monitor your activity, fitness, and sleep.
For the dad who wants to jog to Post Malone discreetly
For the dad who wants to lift without tripping on wires
For the dad whose phone is always dying
A nice little (slightly passive-aggressive) treat 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 who can never find his iPhone charger
This ten-foot baby is virtually indestructible — and comically long.
For the dad whose DHL packages keep going “missing”
He’ll never lose a package again. Does he know that a smart doorbell can stop home intruders, too?
For the dad who feels guilty about fried chicken
The air fryer uses 75 percent less fat than conventional deep fryers, so he can feel slightly better about it.
For the dad who doesn’t even know his phone can charge wirelessly
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