Just as with moms, there’s no one type of dad. There are golf dads and tech dads and dads who drink beer, to name three of the oh-so-many kinds of patriarch. So we racked our brains to come up with the best gifts for the different types of dads you might be shopping for, putting together the below list of 67 options. Many are dad-worthy things that we’ve tried and love ourselves, while others are recommendations from some of the cool people we’ve talked to over the years, like rapper G-Eazy and DJ Steve Aoki. While all of the things on this list are available on Amazon, we found many of them at other retailers, too, for those who like to shop around.
For the dad who loves to make a splash
This inflatable pool is big enough to fit the whole family, so dad can take a dip, too.
For the dad who lives for starry nights
According to contributor Rena J. Mosteirin, you don’t need a telescope with “a fancy computerized refractor” to go stargazing. “All you need,” she assures, “is a good pair of binoculars that cost less than a hundred dollars” — like these, which Mosteirin promises are not only effective but also “much easier to use than a telescope.”
For the dad who lives for game nights
For the dad who is most at home in the yard
For the dad who is most at home on a putting green
For the dad with a bad back
For the dad who really loved Uncut Gems
For the dad who really loved The Last Dance
For the dad who is also a gamer
For the dad who is also a grillmaster
After sticking this thermometer is in his T-bone, he can monitor the temperature from his phone.
For the dad who is also a griddle master
For the boating dad
These mildew-resistant, made-in-Maine doormats are handwoven from nautical rope.
For the DIY dad
For the dad whose wallet is a rubber band
We love the playful stripes on this card holder from British designer Paul Smith.
For the dad who (still) doesn’t know his phone can charge wirelessly
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 50 percent in 30 minutes, especially useful if your dad is constantly recording videos with his phone and draining the battery.
For the dad who drives (or would drive) a convertible
These unisex Oliver Peoples shades are both timeless and versatile, two words that dads tend to like a lot.
For the dad whose Bics are always out of ink
When the Strategist team 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 No. 7. Plus, it just looks cool.
For the dad who loves movie night
For the dad whose Dopp kit is a Ziploc
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. Even if he’s not traveling a ton right now, Dad can use it to organize all of his bathroom essentials in one convenient, nice-looking place.
For the dad who likes to hit “snooze”
If dad is a chronic “snoozer,” perhaps it’s time for a different alarm. As we learned in our roundup of the best gentle-wake alarm clocks, “dawn-simulating” devices like this “are designed to ease the users into wakefulness instead of jolting them awake with an alarm,” according to clinical psychologist Janet Kennedy, the founder of NYC Sleep Doctor.
For the dad who’s mad that “nobody wears a watch anymore”
For the dad who wants a watch that does it all
The latest Fitbit is an activity tracker, step counter, heart-rate monitor, and much more. It has various goal-oriented exercise modes for activities like running, swimming, cycling, and yoga and also offers sleep analysis.
For the clean-freak dad
Strategist managing editor 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.”