There’s no one-size-fits-all gift for dads. There are dads who are more tech-savvy than their kids, dads who watch the forecast for golf weather, and dads who will cross state lines for a rare beer. We’ve come up with the best gifts for dads of any stripe and put together the following list of 52 options, many of which we’ve tried and loved ourselves, or are recommendations from the cool dads we’ve talked to over the years. (We’ve done the same digging to find great gifts for moms, too, in case you’re looking.) To make it even easier to shop this list, we’ve arranged the items by price, from an inexpensive, ingenious lawn-raking tool to a splurge-y cannabis infuser.
Gifts under $25
For the dad who hikes
For a pair of socks he’ll actually be excited to open as a gift, try Darn Tough — according to us, cool people, and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, they sell some of the best wool socks out there. They’re made in Vermont and come with a lifetime guarantee.
For the dad with a grout vendetta
For the dad with a mosquito vendetta
For the dad who gets competitive about bird-watching
A field guide is a great gift for a bird-watcher, whether they use it for its intended purpose of identifying birds or just flip through the pages to look at illustrations. (This one comes recommended by a research associate at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.)
For the dad who refuses to use a propane grill
Help him fine-tune his grill setup with these charcoal logs, which are made from the wood of the rambutan tree. (And if he cares about this sort of thing, these logs are the same ones that they use at Philadelphia restaurant Laser Wolf; contributor Regan Stephens calls them the secret to “the most tender, wildly delicious poultry I’ve ever tasted.”)
For the dad who always has his iPad on hand
For the dad who’s a whiz with a can of compressed air
If he acts like archaeologist on a dig when removing crumbs from laptop keys, this marker-size, two-sided electronic cleaning brush will be a welcome addition to his toolkit.
For the dad who waxes philosophical
If he’s pondering life’s big questions, give him How to Live, which chronicles the life of 16th-century essayist and philosopher Michel de Montaigne. Architect Christopher Choa recommended it (paired with How to be a Stoic) when we asked people who have turned 60 about the best 60th-birthday gifts.
For the dad who’s already planning for pie season
This old-school, Red Delicious–colored contraption was first recommended by pie professionals Emily and Melissa Elsen of Four & Twenty Blackbirds — it makes peeling, coring, and slicing apples a million times quicker and easier (and getting some time back is perhaps the best gift of all).
For the dad who watches the same movie over and over
A three-quarter teaspoon of this magical flavored salt and he’ll swear he’s at the movie theater (even though he’s just rewatching Master and Commander on the couch).
For the dad who sends handwritten thank-you notes
For the dad who spends all day on his feet
For the dad who keeps an eagle eye on the lawn
For the dad who still buys Barbasol
For the dad who can’t just let the kids win
For the dad who is lotion averse
“It’s a funny invention, no?” says pastry chef Jacques Torres of these exfoliating gloves. “Call me lazy, but these make things so much more efficient.”
For the dad who puts together the Ikea furniture
Gifts under $50
For the dad who refuses to play Settlers of Catan ever again
For the dad who carries everything he owns in his pockets
For the Deadhead dad
Because you can never have too many tie-dye concert tees.
For the dad who uses his shampoo as a bodywash
For the dad who likes to tour distilleries
“The world of whiskey is littered with glassware,” says Jason Julier of whiskey website Malt Review, but you don’t need to look further than this affordable set of tulip glasses. “They provide solid performance and a robust, practical design.”
For the dad who has Autocorrect typos in his texts
For the dad whose favorite book is The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power chronicles work created by Black artists from 1963 to 1983. It’s a “must-read for anyone interested in the history of American art and the importance of Black artists in that history,” says Andria Hickey, curator at large at the Shed.
For the single-origin-only dad
For the dad who taught you how to use a Chemex
For the dad who’s mourning the closure of Noma
For the dad who’s always clean-shaven (but prefers doing things the old-fashioned way)
Gifts under $100
For the grill-master dad
For the dad who makes pesto all summer
Help him never kill windowsill basil again: “The roots of herbs are somewhat simplistic,” says Sera Rogue, the owner of the Brooklyn gardening company Red Fern. “They require daily watering” — which the AeroGarden, our best-in-class hydroponic smart garden, does automatically.
For the forgetful dad
For the dad who likes to tour breweries
Extend his brewery trips with an insulated growler, which will allow him to keep his favorite IPA cold on the way home, as any beer nerd should.
For the dad who goes to design museums
For the dad who loves to lounge
For the dad who refers to Florence as “Firenze”
For the dad who’s been going to the same barber for decades
Gifts under $200
For the dad who listens to a million podcasts
For the dad who taught you how to open a beer bottle with a spoon
For the dad who loves getting cozy
For the dad who uses his phone in a cup as “speakers”
He’ll appreciate an audiophile-recommended speaker that’s both portable and waterproof, so it’s safe to bring on camping trips, beach trips, or to the pool.
For the dad who owns every NPR sponsor gift
This stylish radio is just that — a radio. It does AM/FM and nothing else. But as Dad will tell you, that’s the point.
For the dad who hasn’t bought a new razor since the Bush administration
For the dad who’s a bit of a gent
For the dad who needs to relax
Gifts under $500
For the dad with a record collection
For the dad who loves fire
For the dad who likes to go off the grid
For the 420-friendly dad
The Levo II took the top spot in our roundup of cannabis infusers. And it even makes a great gift for dads who prefer baking the traditional way: “You can even get extra chef-y and play around with making non-cannabis infusions in it as well: Basil finishing oil, lavender honey, pandan coconut cream,” says confectioner and cookbook author Stephanie Hua.
For the dad who makes a great cacio e pepe
For the dad on a quest for the perfect char
“If you want to see a grown chef cry, gift them an Ooni,” Strategist food and dining writer Emma Wartzman says. If he’s been fiddling with his pizza setup, he’ll appreciate this compact outdoor oven, which can get as hot as 950 degrees Fahrenheit.