When it comes to holidays and birthdays, dads are notorious for “not needing anything” — and as much as we appreciate the self-effacing sentiment, it doesn’t make them any easier to shop for. Even if your dad has a hobby or recent obsession, be it astronomy or 20th-century history, there are only so many star guides and World War II books you can buy him. To help you find the perfect gift for his next birthday, we’ve gathered 25 items across the useful-to-delightful spectrum (with many that satisfy both) for dads of all kinds. And to make your shopping even easier, we’ve selected things that are all available for order on Amazon.
For the dad who hasn’t updated his alarm clock since the ’90s
For the dad who appreciates an old-fashion shave
This safety razor was a favorite of barbers, including Brian Porteous, owner of Heritage Barbershop in Portland, Oregon, who says the handle is “wide and well-balanced,” and because its on the shorter side, it’s “easier to grip” and more maneuverable.
For the dad who’s getting into fitness
For the dad who loves to sauté
For the dad who craves caprese
This “smart garden” comes recommended by Sera Rogue, owner of Brooklyn gardening company Red Fern, and can be used to grow everything from lavender to chili peppers. It comes with starter pods for basil, making it a good bet for the dad who loves pesto or caprese.
For the dad who brings hardcovers on vacation
For the dehydrated dad
This reviewer-favorite water bottle will keep his water cold all day, and it’s stylish enough that he’ll remember to grab it when he leaves the house.
For the dad whose phone needs a charge
Strategist tech columnist David Pogue loves the design of this wireless charger, which “props your phone up so you can see it from your pillow or across the room.” And importantly, it allows you to charge your phone whether it’s placed vertically or horizontally, which will come in handy if your dad uses it to power up while watching a movie.
For the dad with cold feet
For the dad who prefers a novelty sock
For the dad with a green thumb
For the dad who’s getting into astronomy
For the dad with a minimalist wardrobe
For the dad who travels for work
For the dad who swims laps
For the dad who fancies himself an amateur sommelier
This decanter is the personal favorite of Junoon sommelier Marissa Copeland, and is nearly identical to the Riedel O at less than one quarter of the price.
For the dad who’s serious about keeping his white wines chilled
A “quiet, compact, and super easy to set up” wine cooler for his selection of sauvignon blanc.
For the dad who hits the slopes
For the dad who’s a coffee snob
If he’s rather…particular about his coffee, give the gift of a coffee grinder. Joanna Lareau, general manager at Blue Bottle Park Slope, has this one and told us that “it’s simple to use and super consistent. I’ve had one for almost three years now and it’s still amazing.”
For the bearded dad
An elegant set of beard combs for the dad with a beard on the longer side (if it’s shorter, consider a beard brush). We heard about these from Gary Priore, the founder of New York Beard & Company, who says “basically anything from Kent is a home run.”