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A Gift for Every Type of Dad

Best Gifts for Dad
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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, and put together the below list of 73 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, and there are even ideas from actual dads themselves. While almost 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 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


Buffalo is an Apples to Apples–esque game perfect for dads who love trivia. Players draw two cards — each with its own characteristic — and try to identify a person who matches both criteria, like, say, a “wizard” who is also “British.”

For the dad who is most at home in the yard

This retro-looking hammock would surely make his happy place even happier (and provide a comfy spot from which he can work on the Sunday crossword).

For the dad who is most at home on a putting green

John Rotunno (who happens to be the dad of a Strategist editor) turned his living room into an 18-hole mini golf course with this three-holed putting mat.

For the dad with a bad back

Chiropractor David Perna of Back & Body Medical told us that the Hypervolt is “used a lot by therapists, masseuses, chiropractors, and athletes alike,” adding that it is “also great for personal use to massage sore muscles.”

For the beach-loving dad with a bad back

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As part of our recent deep dive into beach wagons, a beach-picnic planner told us about this folding beach wagon that can handle everything from towels to drinks to beach chairs to beach games and more. Amazon reviewers praise it as a “workhorse” that’s “durable” and “easily folded,” and the wagon has large wheels that make it easy to pull in the sand, along with a handle that expands to the most comfortable length for the user.

For the outdoorsy dad

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Sure, his tattered chairs in the garage technically still work. But any dad who camps or attends his kids’ sports games will notice an instant upgrade with this (still relatively affordable) camp chair, which two sports parents told us is so good they’ve gifted it to friends. That’s because it “doesn’t sink,” but instead “sits you fully upright,” and has two large cupholders to keep everything from drinks to car keys to phones easily accessible.

For the outdoorsy dad who works with his hands

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When temperatures drop, chances are dad will be looking for a pair of gloves. Not only easy to spot (thanks to their highlighter-yellow hue), this pair is practically indestructible, according to a bike messenger who relies on them for cold-weather rides and told us they “have already survived a couple of winters.” After going “through so many pairs that claimed to be waterproof but weren’t,” that bike messenger added that he was relieved to find that this pair stands up to that promise.

For the dad who really loved Uncut Gems

This Figaro chain is a touch more elegant than some of Howard Ratner’s wares (not to mention more affordable).

For the dad who really loved The Last Dance

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Chris Black says these Champion shorts will give him an M.J.–inspired workout (or lounging) look.

For the comfort-seeking dad who’d rather not show his legs

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These tapered Patagonia pants (from our list of cool-people-approved men’s lounge pants) are made from the same material the brand uses for its famous fleeces.

For the biker dad who loves a playlist

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These bone-conduction headphones are made for cycling, according to one expert we asked about the best gifts for cyclists, because they sit directly in front of the ear rather than in it, allowing their wearer to hear cars and people along with whatever tunes they’re playing.

For the one-and-done dad

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We’ve been updating our guide to the best men’s work boots for a few years now, and every time we check back in with Brian Davis, the owner of vintage menswear emporium Wooden Sleepers, he tells us he unfortunately has nothing new to recommend. That’s because, four years after he first bought them, he told us he’s “still kicking around in my Chippewas,” which can be dressed down with jeans or dressed up with chinos.

For the dad who’s mad that “nobody wears a watch anymore”

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Author Gary Shteyngart, a known watch collector, told us this Swatch’s mesh bracelet is “even more comfortable than the famously comfortable Rolex Oyster bracelet.” (For 15 more watch-snob-approved timepieces under $500, head here.)

For the dad who wants a watch that does it all

Fitbit Charge 4

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 dad who is also a gamer

If he’s sick of his kids’ Nintendo Switch (or can’t find one to buy for himself right now), he can use this kit to build his own Game Boy.

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

If he wants to up his breakfast game, this griddle makes it easy to turn his pancakes into art. We think it would be an especially great gift for the dad with little kids (or grandkids).

For the boating dad

These mildew-resistant, made-in-Maine doormats are handwoven from nautical rope.

For the DIY dad

If he’s been carrying around the same Leatherman since the ’80s, he might appreciate upgrading to this sleeker, easier-to-open version.

For the dad whose wallet is a rubber band