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The 49 Best Gifts (That You Can Buy on Amazon) for Every Type of Dad

Best Gifts for Dad
Gifts for dads who are tech geeks, coffee fiends, fitness buffs and more Photo: Courtesy of the retailers

Just as with moms, there’s no one type of dad. There are golf dads and tech dads and dads who drink beer, 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 Father’s Day. Here are 49 options, for every type of dad, that you can conveniently buy on Amazon.

For the alarm-clock purist

Braun BNC002WHWH Classic Analog Quartz Alarm Clock

A classic alarm clock from Braun, for the dad who likes to keep things simple.

For the dad whose legs need a hammock (on a plane)

Sleepy Ride Airplane Footrest

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

Tiger Insulated Travel Mug, 16-Ounce, White

This tumbler from Japanese brand Tiger claims to keep drinks hot or cold for up to six hours. One of our writers’ dad swears by it because the “lid is much easier to clean than a Zojirushi.”

For the fidgety dad

Areaware Blockitecture Habitat

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

Gaiam Balance Disc

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

Lewis N. Clark Luggage Comfort Eye Mask, Black

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

Matney Stealing Coin Cat Box - English Speaking

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

Belmint Shiatsu Foot Massager With Switchable Heat Function

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

Wisdom Panel Health Canine DNA Test

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

The Original Vacu Vin Wine Saver With 2 Vacuum Stoppers

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

Coravin Model Two Wine System

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

Waterpik WP-662 Aquarius Water Flosser

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

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

Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 5500

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 cinephile dad

Alfred Hitchcock: The Complete Films

If dad is into classic cinema, he’ll love this just-released book from Taschen covering Alfred Hitchcock’s complete filmography. It will look great by the TV, next to all those DVD’s he will never get rid of.

For the dad who loves his tea

Fellow Stagg EKG+ Bluetooth Connected Electric Pour-Over Kettle

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-48338 - 3-Piece Knife Set

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

Tooletries Koby Bag

The Tooletries dopp kit makes so much sense — it’s made of silicone to be completely spill- and stain-resistant, plus it just looks cooler than some fusty canvas thing. Stock it with some travel-size grooming essentials and leave it in his carry-on.

For the dad who’s concerned about his dusty windowsill

Blue Pure 211+ Air Purifier for Home

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

OXO Good Grips Single Serve Pour Over Coffee Dripper

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

Parker Jotter Stainless Steel Ballpoint Pen, Medium Point, Black 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 still hasn’t opened his copy of “The Power Broker”

Working, by Robert A. Caro
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Working, by Robert Caro

This new release from Roberto A. Caro, part memoir and part reflection on writing and research, is definitely less intimidating than the author’s massive books on Robert Moses and President Lyndon B. Johnson. We’re sure dad will read that copy of The Power Broker some day, but this should scratch that itch in the meantime.

For the dad who went to see Springsteen on Broadway (or who watched it on Netflix)

Bruce Springsteen: The Stories Behind the Songs

Dads love Bruce. This book, by Rolling Stone writer Brian Hiatt, provides an in-depth look into Springsteen’s writing and recording process, covering his career through photographs, essays, and anecdotes.

For the dad who’s too busy at work to hit Equinox

Cubii Pro Under Desk Elliptical

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

Ninja Professional Blender

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

Rocketbook Everlast Smart Notebook

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

Drillbrush Bathroom Surfaces Tub

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”

Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 Phantom Wireless Mobile Bluetooth Speaker (Waterproof and Shockproof)

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

UE WONDERBOOM Super Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

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

Travelpro Luggage Crew 11 21” Carry-on Expandable Spinner w/Suiter and USB Port, Black

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”

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation, Heather Gray)

The Amazon Echo Dot is the easiest way.

For the dad with an expensive Starbucks habit

Hamilton Beach 49980A 2-Way Brewer Coffee Maker

This two-way brewer is at the top of our round up of the best coffee makers.

For the plant dad who wants a better watering can

Haws Copper 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 gardening dad who wants a better pair of pruners

Felco F2 Classic Bypass Hand Pruner

We spoke with professional landscapers and horticulturalists to find the best pruners and this Swiss-made Felco F2 was the most-recommended by far.

For the dad who likes the occasional cold beer

YETI Hopper Flip 18

The ultimate accessory for a dads who insist on going all out for beach picnics, camping trips, and barbecues.

For the active dad with a competitive streak

Spikeball 3 Ball Game Set

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

Petcube Bites HD Pet Camera and Treat Dispenser

We’ve written 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 may have seen it on Ellen.)

For the dad who likes a “cozy feeling”

Glerups Unisex Model BR Slipper

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

Chemex Glass Coffee Maker

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.

Chemex Unbleached Filters

Don’t forget the filters.

For the dad who’s into matcha now

Encha Ceremonial Grade Organic Matcha

Tell him that he should be drinking something better, like Kristen Bell’s favorite. He’ll also need the proper spoon and whisk if he’s going to break up all that antioxidant-rich powder.

For the dad who wants a watch that does it all

Fitbit Versa Smart Watch

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

Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless Sport Headphones

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

Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones, Black

If he doesn’t need to be completely wireless, this version we also like very much is on sale right now.

For the dad whose phone is always dying

Anker PowerCore 10000

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

Anker PowerLine+ Lightning Cable (10ft) Durable and Fast Charging Cable

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

For the dad whose DHL packages keep going “missing”

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

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 eating fried chicken

Philips HD9621/26 Viva Turbo star Air fryer

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

Anker PowerWave Fast Wireless Charger Stand

Strategist contributor (and former tech columnist) David Pogue wrote about this wireless charger and says it’s the first one he’s ever liked: “It solves the flat-on-the-back problem with a screamingly obvious design change: It’s a stand. It props your phone up so you can see it from your pillow or across the room. Better yet, the charging happens whether you’ve put the phone down vertically or horizontally, while watching a movie, for instance.” Combined with this fast-charging plug, the stand charges phones from zero to fifty percent in thirty minutes, especially useful if your is constantly recording videos with his phone and draining the battery.

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