As is also true of moms, there is not just 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 many different types of dads you may be shopping for and put together the following list of 81 options. Many are dad-worthy things that we’ve tried and loved ourselves, while others are recommendations from some of the cool people we’ve talked to over the years, like curator Larry Ossei-Mensah and DJ Steve Aoki. There are even ideas from actual dads themselves. (We’ve done the same digging to find great gifts for moms, too, in case you’re looking.)
Gifts under $25
For the dad who likes his food extra spicy
This OG chili-crisp sauce will liven up everything from pizzas to soups — even ice cream.
For the dad who still buys Barbasol
For the dad who loves to take notes
A set of five handsome (but not precious) notebooks to help keep his scribblings in one place.
For the dad on morning dog duty
Harry Litman, a former U.S. deputy assistant attorney general in the Clinton administration, is just like your dad in that he, too, has to walk the dog. He told us he prefers doing so with this hands-free leash because it “has a waist belt,” which means he can use his hands for phone scrolling, eating, and more. “A lot of people use it for jogging with their dog,” Litman adds.
For the vegan (or dieting) dad
For the dad who asks waiters where the closest available outlet is
If your dad is the type to bring his charger everywhere (including restaurants), he will surely appreciate this super-slim charging bank that works just like the one musician Tom Grennan told our friends at Strategist UK about. Small enough to fit in a wallet, using a thin power bank like this has “saved my phone many times,” Grennan says.
For the dad who likes smoky reds
This habanero-laced hot sauce (with the cutest mascot we’ve ever laid eyes on) should hit the spot. For value hunters, we’ve noticed that you can currently get a little more sauce for a little less money at Instacart.
For the dad who likes oaky reds
This book on wine written by The Infatuation founder Chris Stang and Grant Reynolds, the sommelier at restaurants Legacy Records, Pasquale Jones, and Charlie Bird (which is well-known for its stellar cellar), covers everything from terminology to ‘guides on shopping your local wine store.
For the dad who likes only a glass (or two) of an oaky red
Does dad appreciate wine without downing the whole bottle? Sommeliers and wine experts say the Vacu Vin does a great job of preserving an open bottle of wine, so he won’t have to feel the pressure of degrading his precious bottle of pinot gris by finishing it in one sitting.
For the dad who prefers water
Nalgene’s water bottle has GOAT status (it’s on the list of our 100 most-stood-behind products ever). He’ll appreciate that and also that this looks cooler than the company-branded water bottle from that work conference in 2011 that he still carries.
For the dad who needs a better home-office setup
For the dad who could use a pedicure
For the dad with grand plans
This is not only one of our favorite notebooks, but it was also one of the top-performers in our roundup of the 100 best notebooks. Writer Dominique Pariso tested it out and was particularly fond of the “dotted grid” page layout, which she says “gives just the right amount of constraint and freedom” — perfect for a dad who dreams big. It’s medium-size, with a hardcover and 259 pages, making this a great all-purpose notebook that’s still unique enough to stand out as a gift.
For the dad who just turned 60 (or 70, or 80, or 90)
When we spoke to people who have turned 60 about the best 60th-birthday gifts, architect Christopher Choa said one thing people start asking themselves at that age is “Are you living an eudaemonic life?” The term refers to living a truly happy life, and Choa says few books provide as much of a blueprint for how to do so as How to Live, which chronicles the life and philosophical discoveries of 16th-century essayist and philosopher Michel de Montaigne.
For the clean-freak dad
Strategist 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.”