Perhaps your dad taught you how to ride a bike or change the oil in your car. Maybe he was the guy who told corny jokes and handed out king-size candy bars every Halloween.
Or maybe your father is off doing his own thing somewhere, but you have a wonderful stepfather, uncle, or father-in-law who has made a positive impact on your life. It’s possible that you’re married to a special man who helps you raise your children.
Whatever your reason for visiting this list of dad-approved presents, we’re here to help. We’ve got 30 amazing Christmas gifts for dad on this year’s list, making it a cinch to find something for a stay-at-home dad, blue-collar papa, or suit-and-tie father.
Sure, you could always gift him with your presence rather than presents - but material things are nice, too. Scroll down to find the best Christmas gifts for dad and secretly secure your spot as his favorite person. Happy holidays!
Claims to help concentration issues that stem from anxiety, autism, and/or ADHD. A lack of noise during hand spins makes this device ideal for school (assuming it’s not banned in your district) or work.
A handful of reviewers complain that they bought a defective spinner that looks more gold than the one in the description. Some retailers allegedly sell knockoffs, so beware if you receive a spinner that looks or performs drastically different than the one you ordered.
Design: A sleek metallic body supports three bearings and a concave center button. The compact size of this highly rated spinner lets your child slide it easily into a pocket, wallet, or pencil pouch. Because this spinner is smaller than many of the other spinners on our list, you may want to keep it away from younger kids or kids with sensory issues who nibble on non-food objects.
Materials: We’ve seen tons of cheap, flimsy fidget spinners, but this isn’t one of them. The body of this resilient spinner is constructed from aluminum metal. Its bearings are made from a durable blend of ceramic and stainless steel, so they remain intact after multiple spins.
Performance: Reviewers rave about the long spin time, which averages from 3 minutes to 6 minutes, of this best-selling fidget spinner. One owner excitedly explains that the spinner spun for nearly 10 minutes after he cleaned the bearings with isopropyl alcohol. If you attempt to enhance your fidget spinner’s performance with a thorough cleaning, make sure you avoid oil and lube. These substances may damage the spinner.
This fidget spinner spins for a long time, but it also spins quickly and quietly. You can watch this delightful gadget rotate around your fingers without disrupting fellow students or coworkers, but keep it off of desks, counters, and floors. It’s a little noisy on hard surfaces.
Price: At $16, it’s not the most expensive spinner on our list, but it certainly isn’t the cheapest either. Fortunately, the majority of reviewers agree that this spinner’s performance lives up to its price tag.
Versatile, great for all types of body and facial hair, and has a great battery life.
Some attachments don't perform well.
Why he needs it: For a dad who wants to keep his beard tidy, this is a dream gift! Not only is it affordable, but it's highly efficient. The attachments make it easy to trim his beard to the right length—though it won't shave his face smooth like a razor. It takes 10 hours to charge the trimmer, and the battery will last for 5 or 6 shaves (approximately 35 minutes). It is wonderfully easy to clean, thanks to the fact that all the attachments simply pop off the trimmer.
The full-size trimmer is ideal for his face and body hair, but the smaller precision trimmer helps contour around his mouth and nose. The attachments are adjustable, allowing him to set the length of his beard, armpit, nose, and ear hair as desired.
Price: At $20, this is one of the cheapest beard trimmers around. It's a useful tool for those who shave with an electric razor, but who want a trimmer to help with grooming and hair control.
The perfect mix of sweet and salty—a snack he'll absolutely love! Shipped in an insulated and reusable gift box.
Pricey product, plus costly overnight shipping.
Why he needs it: Does he have a hard time deciding between sweet or salty snacks? With this gift, you can eliminate that question entirely!
The potato chips are crisp and salty, but dipped in sweet milk or dark chocolate. The combination of flavors will enchant his taste buds in a way he's never tried before. The chocolate won't be too sweet and overpowering, and the chips have just enough salt to provide contrast to the sweetness of the rich chocolate. The pack will be gone before he knows it.
Price: At $30, this is already a pricey snack. Overnight or 2-Day shipping will drive up the price further, but it's a once-in-a-while gift/treat that he will absolutely ADORE!
Resistant to wear, super comfortable, slip-resistant, lightweight, soft inner lining, suitable for indoor and outdoor use, good for relieving foot pain, and well-priced.
Sizes run a bit small and tight.
Why he needs it: If Dad's the sort who loves to lounge after a long day of work, these are the perfect slippers for him. Soft, luxurious, and beautifully comfortable, they have special "efficient pads" that will relieve pressure and pain in his feet. For men with high arches, plantar fasciitis, arthritis, tendonitis, and other musculoskeletal problems, these are the perfect slippers.
The slippers themselves are made with 90% polyester and 10% velvet, with a durable TPR rubber sole that is slip-resistant and durable. They're designed for use indoors and outdoors, with a solid outsole that offers good support and protection for his feet. They're machine washable, perfectly suited for carpeted and hardwood floors, and as comfortable as they come!
Price: Is $20 too high a price to pay for absolute comfort? Absolutely not! These slippers will be his new best friend on those chilly winter nights, and they'll keep him cozy after a long day of work.
This is the brightest battery-powered projector available. The lithium ion battery is, of course, rechargeable. The LEDs last for 15,000 hours.
A few users have reported issues with batteries not holding their charge out of the box.
Why he needs it: With this baby, he's always prepared to have a movie showing anywhere. This is a perfect gift for movie buffs. It has an ultra-bright 25 lumen LED light engine and can connect via HDMI, VGA, Composite inputs plus SD-HC and USB readers. Plus, it even comes with built-in speakers!
This pocket projector weighs approximately 12.8 ounces. The projector has 15,000 hour LED's that can create an image up to 60". All he has to do is set up and have a presentation anywhere he can find a wall to project onto.
Price: At just over $110, this is a pricier gift, but totally worth it for a guy who loves to play home movies at home, the office, or on business trips.
Reliable, easy to use, portable, compatible with tablets and smartphones, charge two devices at once, durable materials, lightweight, super thin, and 18-month warranty.
Slow charging time and quality control issues.
Why he needs it: If he can't live without his gadgets, this will be the perfect solution for him. All he'll need to do is set it up somewhere with direct sunlight, and he'll be able to keep his tablet, smartphone, or mobile device charged.
The charger comes with two ports, with up to 3 amps for a single port or 2.4 amps per port when charging two devices at once. It's built with industrial-strength PET polymer, and it's resistant to wear, tear, water, and weather. It's roughly the size of a large tablet or small netbook, and weighs less than a pound. It's slim enough to fit into any backpack or bag. It's the perfect solution for him to keep his devices charged anytime, anywhere.
Price: At $62, this is slightly on the pricier side. However, given the broad range of devices it can charge—most iOS and Android tablets and smartphones—it's a gift worth giving to help dad keep his gadgets charged all day long.
The classic pocket knife, 12 stainless steel tools, incredibly durable, lifetime warranty, built with reliable Victorinox quality, compact, lightweight, and easy to grip.
Difficult to open, especially for those with short nails.
Why he needs it: Includes 12 tools he'll need around the house and office every day (large knife blade, nail file, nail cleaner, corkscrew, can opener, small screwdriver, bottle opener, large screwdriver, wire stripper, reamer, toothpick, and tweezers), making it a knife that gives him exactly what he need.
It's one of the most durable, long-lasting knives you will find, with a design that is clever and reliable. It's slim enough for him to carry in his briefcase, bag, or pocket, with a grip that fits nicely in his hand. The blade is short (less than 3 inches long), but slim with a clip point that is useful for precision cutting.
Price: The price tag of $25 is so incredibly affordable, and this is the only pocket knife he'll ever need. Plus, Victorinox offers a lifetime warranty against defects. It's a simple knife that delivers quality and durability at a very low cost.
Compact battery back, 2-3 full charges for his smartphone, quick charging technology, 18-month warranty, certified safe, reliable, inexpensive, and portable.
Quality control issues and fast charge option can be hit or miss.
Why he needs it: If he's often traveling, this 10,000 mAh battery pack will help him keep his smartphone and tablet charged all day long. Whether he's gaming, making calls, or working, the battery pack will keep up. It holds from 2 ½ to 3 ½ full charges, and is compatible with Android, iOS, and Kindle devices. With its high speed charging, excellent durability, and portable size, it's the perfect travel gadget for dad.
Price: $26 is a very reasonable price to pay for this nifty little device! He'll get an 18-month warranty and a highly reliable charging solution for his trips.
Convenient earbud storage included, noise canceling design, easy Bluetooth pairing, dynamic sound, flexible, lightweight, comfortable, long battery life, hands-free calling, sweat-proof, and very convenient design.
Not water-resistant, and larger and heavier than other earbuds.
Why he needs it: This pair of earbuds comes with the added design of the neckband, which allows the manufacturer to include a larger battery (ergo more battery life) and more controls. Plus, the neckband keeps the earbuds sitting comfortably on his head while he drives or listens to music
In terms of sound quality, these produce the best sound of any neck band-style earbuds, but the sound isn't on par with studio-quality headphones or earbuds. However, he'll get longer-than-average battery life from these bad boys: 13 hours of continuous use and 350 hours on standby. The Bluetooth compatibility is excellent, and it's one of the easiest sets of headphones to pair with any Bluetooth device.
Price: At $20, these are a total steal! They deliver comfort, quality, and convenience in a user-friendly design, and at a price tag he'll love.
Water-resistant, USB charging port, easy-lock zipper, fits up to 17-inch notebook, stylish, comfortable, durable, lots of pockets, eco-friendly fabric, lightweight, and theft-resistant.
Quality control suffers and incompatible with Apple products.
Why he needs it: This is the backpack he'll take EVERYWHERE: to the office, on his business trips, and on holiday. It's sleek and stylish, made of eco-friendly nylon that is very durable and looks very elegant. The dedicated laptop pocket comes with cushioning to protect his computer, and it can fit up to a 17-inch notebook.
Not only are there three main pockets, but the backpack offers 9 smaller inner pockets and 2 sealed side pockets. The zipper is designed to be theft-resistant, and it comes with a lock that will help him keep his valuables safe as he travels. Best of all, there's a USB charger cable that allows him to charge his (Android-only) devices from his backpack. Talk about handy for working dads!
Price: $29 is a pretty great price to pay for this nifty backpack. It's practical, comfortable, and durable—everything he needs in a work backpack.
Elegant, analog watch with digital functionality, durable, fitness tracking features, and compatible with iOS and Android.
Poor sleep tracker performance and inaccurate step counter.
Why he needs it: For a Dad who want a fitness tracking watch that looks as good as it functions, this is the perfect choice! It's sleek, elegant, and matches any formal outfit or business attire, but with the functionality of a high-tech fitness tracker.
The stainless steel watch case can take a beating, and the silicone strap won't break even with regular use. It's water resistant up to 50 meters, so it's safe to use for swimming and water sports as well as running, resistance training, and looking awesome! This watch comes with all the fitness tracking features he could ask for: step counter, sleep tracker, calorie counter, alarm, and more. It's designed to auto-sync with the Activite app on his smartphone, passing all the activity data to the app so he can track his fitness progress.
Price: The watch will run you just over $120—not too high a price to pay considering how elegant it looks on him. Sure, it's not the best fitness tracker on the market, but it's the perfect combination of functionality and style to make it a good choice for elegant men.
An adorable gift that the whole family can wear, cozy, soft fabric, affordable, and well-made pajamas.
May shrink in the machine.
Why he needs it: What father wouldn't love seeing his whole family dressed up in the same outfit for Christmas? But instead of ugly Christmas sweaters, you can give him the gift of comfy, cozy pajamas for the entire family to wear.
The pajamas are made of 100% cotton flannel, and they're thin enough that they can be worn through spring and autumn while still being winter-warm. The pajamas come in onesie-style for infants, footie pajamas for toddlers and small children, nightgown for the wife, and lounging style for Dad. The long-sleeved, relaxed fit pajamas are incredibly comfortable and soft, with a drawstring closure and elastic waistband that makes the pants excellent for kicking back on Christmas Day.
Price: The kids' pajamas are fairly affordable, starting at $25 for the set. However, Dad's pajamas will be a bit pricier—up to $50!
Contains liquid microbial rennet for optimum cheese development. Versatile kit can be used to make a variety of cheeses, including goat cheese, mozzarella, and ricotta.
Some ingredients require refrigeration or they’ll spoil.
Why he needs it: Imagine how amazing dinner will taste when dad uses homemade cheese to top a pizza, salad, or pasta. The kit’s ingredients are GMO free and gluten free, and there are enough supplies to transform 20 gallons of milk into creamy cheese.
Price: This cheese making kit ranges from $25 to $40, which is a reasonable price for such an awesome gift. Dad won't just make cheese - he'll make memories. Sorry, was that statement too cheesy?
Alright, we'll excuse ourselves now.
Holds up to 6 quarts, so dad can whip up a big batch of soup or chili and save the rest for later. Durable stainless steel and aluminum construction withstands frequent use.
Some home chefs complain that this slow cooker is more of a fast cooker because it heats up food so quickly.
Why he needs it: We don’t want to say that single dads don’t know how to cook...but studies show that women do more household chores than men. If your favorite single dad is still getting used to the kitchen, this Crock-Pot will help ease his way toward cooking hot, healthy meals for his family. He can toss some veggies and protein in the slow cooker, shut the lid, and focus on enjoying time with his kiddos.
Price: At $24, this Crock-Pot slow cooker is pretty darn cheap. It’s one of the most budget-friendly kitchen appliances we’ve seen.
Samsung VR goggles create vivid graphics and crisp audio for an impressive gaming adventure. Can be worn with or without prescription glasses.
Some users complain that their smartphones overheat quickly when they wear these VR goggles, so make sure dad takes frequent breaks from the action.
Why he needs it: Dads take their relaxation seriously. Help a gamer dad make the most of his down time with these lightweight VR goggles. The goggles track head movements and offer a generously sized viewing field, producing a fun, realistic experience every time dad embarks on another escapade.
Price: The suggested retail price of these VR goggles is $99.99, but we typically find them for much cheaper on Amazon. The price is reasonable.
Includes paint, pencils, oil pastels, and brushes in an assortment of vibrant hues. Hinged case keeps art supplies securely inside.
Some reviewers complain that the wooden case falls apart easily.
Why he needs it: Encourage dad to explore his creative tendencies with this budget-friendly art set. It comes with an assortment of supplies so he can figure out whether he prefers painting, sketching, or other mediums, before committing to a higher-priced art kit. This 104-piece set contains everything a beginner needs to get started - well, except for the magnets he's going to use when he displays his artwork on the fridge beside Junior's science test.
Price: You’ll have to fork over $60 for this art kit. That’s a fair price for what you get.
Raised edges provide protection from any angle. Generously sized port openings let dad use his charger or headphones without removing the case.
A few folks complain that the case feels slick, and its plastic bezel comes off too easily.
Why he needs it: We all know at least one dad who constantly replaces his phone because he’s cracked the screen or ruined its electrical components. This super-resilient UAG phone case was designed for dads like this. It absorbs shocks during drops or bumps, and it protects his phone from scratches, scuffs, and cracks. He’ll be psyched that his current smartphone survives his accident-prone tendencies.
This case comes in multiple colors and is available for most popular smartphone models.
Price: Expect to dole out $25 to $35 for this UAG phone case. It costs hundreds of bucks to replace or repair a smartphone, so you’re saving dad some serious cash.
Includes a sturdy stand for safe storage. Flickering lights and loud sounds bring the Star Wars series to life in dad’s living room or backyard.
Be careful removing the stickers attached to the lightsaber. They’ve been known to damage the paint.
Why he needs it: It’s much more fun to act out a movie than it is to sit on the sofa and watch it quietly. This lightsaber lets dad join the action with Kylo Ren and the rest of the cast. It has bright lights that flicker when dad moves the saber, plus it makes noise. What more could a kid at heart want?
Price: We’ve seen this lightsaber as high as $200, but it’s currently around $170 on Amazon. That price might seem high, but keep in mind it’s not constructed from cheap plastic like the lightsabers found in the toy aisle at Walmart or Target.
Well-made shirt pairs well with jeans or work pants. The left pocket has a button closure to keep pens or keys from falling out.
You can’t bleach this shirt, so keep that in mind if dad likes to get dirty.
Why he needs it: It’s a proven fact that 99% of dads love flannel shirts. Okay, we made that up, but we regularly see dads of all ages and backgrounds rock flannel button-downs. Hipster dads, skater dads, country dads, suburban dads...they all wear flannel shirts.
This shirt is made better than the thin, cheap button-downs found at some retailers, and it has a double-pleat back that doesn’t restrict movement. The adjustable cuffs let dad customize his comfort and warmth on cold days.
Price: Prices vary, but expect to spend an average of $40 on this comfy, cozy shirt.
This gourmet Ghost Pepper Jerky lives up to its name by delivering a peppery punch in every bite. Made from hand-sliced, American-bred meat.
Some reviewers say they’d prefer the meat to have a drier texture.
Why he needs it: We polled our friends and came to an important conclusion: Nearly every dad loves beef jerky. Most dads also love practical presents, and this Ghost Pepper Jerky is something that won’t go to waste. He’ll savor every delicious mouthful of this moist jerky carefully crafted from Grade-A beef steaks. It doesn’t contain MSG or any other funky preservatives...just tender beef, brown sugar, and an assortment of spices.
Price: At $9.99 per pack, this costs way more than gas-station or convenience-store jerky. However, fans say it’s worth the price.
Slim profile makes this vest great for layering. Dad can stash keys or other necessities in the zippered pocket.
Some wearers claim the vests run big, so consider ordering a size smaller than dad usually wears.
Why he needs it: Cozy fabric keeps dad warm as he hikes, bikes, or trains for his next race. It’s great for days when it’s too cold for a jacket but too hot for a bulky coat. A handy side pocket with a zipper lets dad leave his wallet behind when he’s fishing or hunting.
Price: This fleece vest generally costs between $25 and $40 depending on the size and color you choose.
Includes 12 issues, so dad can enjoy the benefits of your gift month after month. Filled with money-saving ideas for homeowners or hobbyists.
A handful of readers are annoyed by the number of ads in the magazine - but really, what popular magazine isn’t packed with advertisements these days?
Why he needs it: Do-it-yourselfer types love the vivid photos and innovative ideas in The Family Handyman. And hey, he might finally figure out how to fix that door he’s been promising to repair for 6 months.
Price: Just $12 for 12 issues?! Request a subscription for dad ASAP!
Cutting...carving...cleaning...the Dremel 4000 does it all. Produces speeds as high as 35,000 RPM.
The corded power supply makes some projects difficult.
Why he needs it: The Dremel 4000 is one of the best models available from this popular company, and it’s on the wish list of many dads. It includes 50 accessories, so dad can start building custom-made creations or engraving different materials right away. An EZ Twist nose-cap wrench makes it a cinch to swap out accessories.
Price: You’ll spend around $150 on this Dremel 4000 power tool, which is a great price for a dependable product like this one.
Compact size makes it easy for dad to brew his own beer, even in a small home. Includes 11 shatterproof bottles that enhance carbonation.
Several reviewers lament that the brewing keg leaks. Dad might want to lay down some towels in anticipation of this issue.
Why he needs it: If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. Dad can bypass the flat, tepid drinks served at the bar he always complains about and brew his own pilsner or lager. The kit includes easy-to-follow instructions (hopefully dad isn’t too stubborn to read them) that detail the brewing process.
Price: This brewing kit costs approximately $50, and it ships free if you’re a Prime member. It’s a decent price for a basic kit.
Card never expires, so dad doesn’t have to rush to use it. Available in multiple denominations.
Might not work on non-American Netflix platforms.
Why he needs it: It’s time to stop battling with a half-broken VCR or attempting to watch scratched-up DVDs. Dad can enjoy TV series and movies with a click of the remote or a tap on his tablet screen after you surprise him with this Netflix gift card. Just remember that you’re on your own if dad asks “What’s Netflix and chill mean?”
Price: Cards are available in denominations ranging from $25 to $100. Email delivery is free and only takes a few minutes.
An anti-static comb made from natural pear wood creates a tangle-free beard. Natural ingredients are gentle on sensitive skin.
A few bearded men criticize the comb’s large gaps, stating that the comb works best on full beards.
Why he needs it: Love it or hate it, the bushy beards aren’t going anywhere - at least not in the near future. If you can’t convince dad to shave off his beard, you can at least convince him to take care of it. This kit’s gentle yet effective oil nourishes his beard, smoothing away tangles. The wooden comb removes skin flakes and remnants of yesterday’s dinner.
Price: This unscented beard oil and wooden comb are currently available for just $19.99, but the set usually costs around $60.
Adjustable home gym offers more than 30 strength-training exercises and also lets dad incorporate cardio routines into his workout. Folds into a compact bundle when it’s not in use.
Some fitness buffs report that the initial assembly is a hassle. You can pay extra for an assembly team if this is a concern.
Why he needs it: If he’s been complaining that he’s developed a dad bod, this home gym will help restore his confidence. He can strengthen his upper and lower body at home instead of battling the crowds that always seem to appear at local gyms around the holidays. Patented Power Rods are gentle on joints, so dad can get buff without doing significant damage to knees or elbows during the process.
Price: This Bowflex home gym usually costs around $800, but it’s on sale for less than $470 at the moment. It’s one of the priciest gifts for dad on our list, but it’s also one of the best values.
Powerful LED bulbs boast a lifespan of more than 50,000 hours. Impact-resistant aluminum maintains its shape during bumps and drops.
Some reviewers complain that the flashlights don’t work as well outside as they do indoors.
Why he needs it: Many women don’t understand why men love flashlights so much. When pressed for details, most men aren’t sure either. All they know is they need flashlights. Lots of flashlights.
This set contains 4 of them, so your favorite dad has multiple backups if he loses one while camping, fishing, or doing car repairs. There are 3 settings to choose from, and a handy wrist strap holds each water-resistant flashlight comfortably in place for hands-free use.
Price: Prices fluctuate for flashlights, so you’ll probably shell out anywhere from $16 to $33 for this set of 4.