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The 50 Best Gifts for Every Type of Dad (That You Can Buy on Amazon)

Best Gifts for Dad
Gifts for dads who are Sedaris fans, coffee fiends, audiophiles, and more. Photo: Courtesy of the retailers

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 you might be shopping for this Father’s Day, which falls on Sunday, June 17th. Order any of these gifts today with two-day shipping, and it’ll arrive on Saturday (just in the nick of time). 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 the dad with achy feet

Belmint Shiatsu Foot Massager With Switchable Heat Function
$140 at Amazon

So this was one of the best-selling gifts from our Mother’s Day gift guide — and for good reason. We actually just bought one for ourselves and love the thing. Because achy feet know no gender.

For the dad who just wants a glass or two while watching ‘Last Week Tonight’

The Original Vacu Vin Wine Saver With 2 Vacuum Stoppers
$10 at Amazon

Does dad appreciate wine without downing the whole bottle? Now he doesn’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 his Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Coravin Model Two Wine Preservation System
$255 at Amazon

For something to preserve his ultrafancy bottle of wine, the very effective, very pricey Coravin can’t be beat.

For the dad with improvable dental hygiene

Waterpik WP-662 Aquarius Water Flosser
$70 at Amazon

Is Dad flossing properly? Yeah, we didn’t think so.

For the dad who micromanages his stubble

Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer Series 7200, Vacuum-Trimmer
$55 at Amazon

This beard trimmer with a vacuum (see how it’s leaving no mess?) is consistently one of the most popular things Strategist readers are buying.

For the dad who goes clean-shaven

Philips Norelco Series 5550 Shaver
$100 at Amazon

Our very favorite electric razor does a better job — smoother, faster, easier — than any other you can find for not a heck-ton of money.

For the dad who’s a crime buff

Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous
$29 at Amazon

A definitive biography of photographer Weegee, who arguably invented the modern crime scene photo. New York’s own Chris Bonanos wrote the well-reviewed book (so you know it’s good), and two Strategist editors are gifting it to their dads, too.

For the dad who likes hot drinks

Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Pour-over Kettle
Photo: Bobby Doherty/New York Magazine
Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Pour-over Kettle
$149 at Amazon

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

Global G-2-8 inch
Photo: Jed Egan
Global G-2-8 inch
$100 at Amazon

We polled more than two dozen professional food people about their favorite chef knives — tested a bunch of them and found the best one for most anyone.

For the dad who just learned about microbreweries

GrowlerWerks uKeg 128 Pressurized Growler for Craft Beer
$199 at Amazon

If Dad’s more of a beer guy, why not a very elegant pressurized growler? It’s just perfect for impressing his friends during barbecue season.

For the dad who needs a house robe

Brookstone Nap Robe
$70 at Amazon

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’s ready for VR

Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset
Photo: Facebook
Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset
$249 at Amazon

VR technology is getting more accessible and cheaper by the minute, especially now that the wireless Oculus Go headset (which doesn’t require hooking up to your PC like the Rift) is available for under $250.

For the dad who can never remember his face wash

Dopp Men’s Veneto Traditional Framed Kit-Leather
$54 at Amazon

Stock a leather Dopp kit with some travel-size grooming essentials and leave it in his carry-on (see other Dopp kits we’ve written about here).

For the dad who wants to monitor air quality (discreetly)

Awair Air Quality Monitor
$199 at Amazon

It looks like an alarm clock, until you notice the little divoted hole. That’s how the Awair monitors allergens and pollutants in the air, giving dad actionable steps to take (especially if he’s a new dad with a baby).

For the dad who needs his caffeine fix at work

MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker
$49 at Amazon

Does dad love espresso on the go? Or even just espresso at his desk? He’ll love this matte-black handheld espresso maker.

For the dad who needs his coffee at an optimal 137 degrees

Ember Temperature Control Travel Mug
$150 at Amazon

Speaking of matte black, how futuristic is this thermos? He probably doesn’t need something that keeps his drink to an exact temperature (you adjust how hot you want to keep it by turning the bottom of the tumbler), but he’ll certainly want it.

For the dad who wants the inside scoop

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership
$18 at Amazon

If he watched James Comey’s media tour and admired more than the former FBI director’s sharp suits and boots.

For the dad with mixed feelings on John McCain

The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations
$19 at Amazon

Perhaps the senator’s new memoir will help him make up his mind.

For the dad who’s too busy at work to go to the gym

Cubii Pro Under Desk Elliptical
$349 at Amazon

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 into juicing now

Ninja Professional Blender (BL610)
$79 at Amazon

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 whose Sunday routine doesn’t require leaving bed

Original BedShelfie Bedside Shelf
$53 at Amazon

Dads whose idea of a perfect day means lying in bed will enjoy this shelf, which clamps onto a bed frame and is ideal for holding a computer (or snacks or books). Makes for a great makeshift nightstand for small spaces, too.

For the dad who’s looking for newfangled pain relief

ProSource Acupressure Mat
$20 at Amazon

True story: We first heard about acupressure mats from a dad of two who said the thing saved his back.

For the dad who takes far too many notes

Rocketbook Everlast Smart Notebook
$32 at Amazon

In our Father’s Day gift guide last year, 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 cat dad

PetSafe Automatic Cheese Cat Toy
$24 at Amazon

This is an unusual gift, but writer Alexandra Pechman sold us on the cat gift that’s basically a battery-powered whack-a-mouse: “My cat will stare at it, entranced, from the minute I turn it on.”

For the dad who uses his phone in a cup as “speakers”

Ultimate Ears Megaboom Electric Blue Wireless Mobile Bluetooth Speaker
$165 at Amazon

Try Barbara Corcoran’s favorite speakers (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.

For the dad who uses his phone in a cup as “speakers” while traveling

UE Wonderboom Super Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
$80 at Amazon

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”

Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation)
Photo: Amazon
Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation)
$50 at Amazon

The Amazon Echo Dot is the easiest way.

For the golf dad

JEF Golf Gifts and Gallery 23 in. Collapsible Chipping Net
From $22 at Amazon

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 just needs a reliable cup of joe

Cuisinart DCC-3200 14-Cup Glass Carafe With Stainless Steel Handle
$70 at Amazon

This 14-cup brewer is consistently the very best seller of our collection of best coffee makers.

For the dad who loved ‘Barrel Fever’

Calypso by David Sedaris
$25 at Amazon

The king of droll has a new book of stories out, observations and anecdotes after he purchases a beach house on the Carolina coast.

For the active dad with a competitive streak

Spikeball 3 Ball Game Set
$50 at Amazon

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 keep an eye on the pets — and feed them

Petcube Bites HD Pet Camera and Treat Dispenser
$199 at Amazon

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

te+te Hinoki Hand Wash
$58 at Amazon

If your dad has moved into a new place, the last thing he’s probably thought of is nice hand wash; this one — in statusy Hinoki — is the one to get him.

For the dad with the Stanley Kubrick Criterion Collection

Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon: The Greatest Movie Never Made
$52 at Amazon

If dad knows Kubrick, he knows all about Napoleon — this coffee-table book dives into the inside story of the movie that was never made.

For the dad who reads Dezeen

Devialet Gold Phantom Wireless Speaker
$2,990 at Amazon

These speakers are gorgeous, incredible-sounding, and quite frankly, obscenely expensive.

For the dad who likes a “cozy feeling”

Glerups Unisex Model B Slipper
Photo: Bobby Doherty/New York Magazine
Glerups Unisex Model B Slipper
$95 at Amazon

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 wants a news ticker at home

LaMetric Time Wi-Fi Clock for Smart Home
$199 at Amazon

A Wi-Fi-connected alarm clock for the smart-home age, the LaMetric tells him the time and weather, reads the news and Twitter, even his personal emails, with a cheery pixelated display.

For the single-origin-only dad

Chemex Glass Coffee Maker
$46 at Amazon

If dad’s a coffee lover, retire the Mr. Coffee. True devotees swear by the pour-over joe brewed by the Chemex.

Chemex Unbleached Filters
$14 at Amazon

Don’t forget the filters.

For the dad who's into matcha now

BambooMN Bamboo Whisk and Spoon
$11 at Amazon

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

Sangean Waterproof Shower Radio
$63 at Amazon

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

Chillsner Corkcicle
$20 for two at Amazon

Simply freeze the Corkcicle for an hour and stick it into an open beer to keep it ice-cold for at least as long as it’ll take to finish it.

For the dad who needs to hear every one of Coltrane’s notes

Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 On-Ear Wireless Headphones With Active Noise Cancellation
$399 at Amazon

These 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

Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones
Photo: Bobby Doherty/New York Magazine
Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones
$129 at Amazon

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

Cowin E7 Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones With Microphone Hi-Fi Deep Bass Wireless Headphones Over Ear
$70 at Amazon

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

Anker PowerCore 10000
$26 at Amazon

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 whose iPhone charger is always breaking

Anker PowerLine+ Lightning Cable (10ft) Durable and Fast Charging Cable
$18 at Amazon

This ten-foot baby is virtually indestructible — and comically long.

For the dad who’s convinced that his neighbors are swiping his DHL packages

Ring Video Doorbell 2
$199 at Amazon

You know what dads love? Spying from the doorbell.

For the dad who thinks everything is better fried

Presto FryDaddy
$25 at Amazon

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

Philips the Original Airfryer
$186 at Amazon

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 has yet to take advantage of wireless charging

Seneo iPhone X Wireless Charger
$20 at Amazon

There are a few wireless iPhone, Samsung, and tablet chargers out there, but this $20 version has 4,000-plus glowing reviews.

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A Gift for Every Type of Dad (That You Can Buy on Amazon)