Finding your pops the perfect Christmas present can be a daunting task. If he’s anything like my dad, he probably seems like he has literally everything he could ever want. To help find something for the man who has everything, here are 25 gift ideas for your dear dad.
25. Dewalt Nail Gun
If your dad ever helped you build a treehouse or with a school project, you probably know the irritation he felt hammering each nail in by hand. Carpentry is a tedious craft that can take countless hours of work per single project. If you know your dad loves working with his hands, give him a little help this holiday season with a new nail gun like the Dewalt DWFP12231 Pneumatic 18-Gauge 2-Inch Brad Nailer Kit. This nail gun kit can drive eighteen inch nails through wood at depths ranging from one eighth of an inch to two inches, making it a perfect pick for projects big and small.
24. Merry Garden Ice Chest
The backyard and garage seemed to be the spots where you can always find your dad tinkering away on something. I have a distinct memory of groaning every time I walked out of our backdoor because my dad was sure to yell, “Grab me a glass of water, please. It's hot out here". I wish I had known to get my dad an ice chest back then; it would have saved me a lot of extra trips back inside. For a long lasting drink cooler, the Merry Products Wooden Patio Cooler is a classy, high quality option any dad will be proud to have in his shop or on the deck.
23. Nice Pillows
A good night’s sleep is a beautiful thing. You wake up feeling refreshed and actually ready to face the day. Alternatively, a restless night can leave you cranky and aching. Gift your dad deep slumber via a set of soft, luxurious pillows. The Royal Bedding Luxury Down Pillows are incredibly soft and sport a thread count of 500. Made with one hundred percent goose down, these pillows are baby soft and cradle the head and neck perfectly to ensure no stiffness or soreness upon waking. Definitely consider this splurge, your dad deserves it.
22. The Man Can
If your dad has literally everything you can think of, this may be the gift for you. The Man Can is an all natural men’s bath set produced by the Plum Island Soap Company. Inside the gift set, you will find luxury body care products including a Licorice Fisherman's Scrub Soap, Heavy-Duty Hand Butter, Spicy Shave Gel, Bay Rum Oil After Shave and a Body Sponge. All products feature strong, masculine fragrances and skin friendly ingredients. Think of this one as a gift not only for dad but also for your mom. I mean, who would not want their husband to smell incredible?
21. Eighteen Piece BBQ Grilling Set
For many dads, grilling is not just a cooking method, it is a way of life. My own father would grill almost every single weekend, inviting all of our friends and family over to sit in the backyard and try to steal tastes when the old man left to grab another beer. If your dad loves cooking over an open flame, consider picking up the Mr. Bar-B-Q 94001X 18-Piece Stainless Steel Barbecue Set with Storage Case. This set includes everything needed to successfully grill perfect meat and veggies every time. From chicken wings to mushroom skewers, your dad will love the high quality, long lasting tools in this handy, easy to store kit.
20. DuoTrac Golf Swing Trainer Analyzer
This one is perfect for any dad who adores golfing. The DuoTrac Golf Swing Trainer Analyzer works by tracking the user’s swing patterns and analyzing how effective they are. The information is transmitted to an app where it can easily be viewed and studied along with tips and tricks to improve your swing. Any dad who is an avid golfer will love this nifty little tool, especially if he wants to get a leg up on his buddies at the course.
19. Ninja Professional Blender
If your dad is health conscious, keep reading. Smoothies are the breakfast of choice for many people looking to lose weight or get fit. Packed with nutrients and flavor, smoothies also give a great opportunity to hide supplements and protein powders and are an all around great low calorie meal. With the SharkNinja Ninja Professional Blender, your healthy papa can easily create delicious smoothies, shakes, or sauces anytime. The blender is everything your dad could ever need in a small appliance of this sort and is easy to clean due to its dishwasher safe components.
18. Kidcia Quadcopter Drone
Clocking in at under fifty dollars, the Kidcia Quadcopter Drone with FPV Camera Live Video is an impressive gift that almost anyone can afford. This drone is incredibly cool and attaches to any smart phone. Through the phone, you control the device and see a real time first person perspective of everything happening around the drone. The drone even features a cool bonus called “altitude mode" that holds the drone level to take your selfie. What dad would not absolutely love taking goofy photos of himself with an actual drone for his Facebook wall. His dad joke possibilities are endless!
17. Classy Record Player
You truly missed out of you never got the opportunity to flip through your dad’s old record collection at some point during your childhood. You can find some real gems in there and music makes for a great bonding experience. Give your dad the chance to sit down and relive his youth with an Ion Audio Archive LP Digital Conversion Turntable. This record player is incredibly classy and will look stunning in any mancave or den. This neat device also gives your dad the option to transfer copies of his vinyls and cassettes to mobile devices and computers with ease, allowing him to take his old favorites anywhere on the go. This powerful little record player is a timeless, lovely gift that just might make your old man shed a tear..or at the very least give you a bear hug.
16. A Classic Popcorn Maker
Movie nights were a staple event in my household growing up. We would pop a couple bags of popcorn, grab some sodas from the store, and settle in to watch whatever we had picked up from Blockbuster that weekend. These nights are actually some of my favorite memories in the world that I would not trade for anything. Start a movie night tradition with your dad by gifting him the Presto 05201 Orville Redenbacher's Stirring Popper. This neat, vintage looking popcorn popper holds up to 6 quarts of popcorn and includes a hatch for adding in butter to melt on, movie theater style. When popcorn is done, simply flip the pot and detach. The lid becomes a serving bowl. Gifting tip: give this to your dad with a Netflix or Google Play gift card and request the two of you watch a movie together soon. He will love it.
15. Face and Beard Cleansing and Care Kit
Everyone loves to feel fresh and clean, no matter how macho they may be. This, of course, includes your dad. Keep your dad’s skin healthy and safe with this neat trio of skincare and shower products from Jack Black. The kit is a great deal, featuring their Daily Facial Cleanser, Beard Lube, and an SPF 20 Facial Moisturizer. I have gifted this kit to many family members and almost all of them have become addicted to these high quality, nourishing products.
114. Magnelex Best Magnetic Wristband
There is nothing more frustrating than being halfway through a project and dropping a screw onto the floor. Those little suckers roll and bounce out of sight in an instant, potentially leaving you one short for your project. Help save your dad from this frustration by gifting him a magnetic wristband. The Magnelex Best Magnetic Wristband for Holding Tools, Screws, Nails, and Drilling Bits is an excellent version of this product, featuring an adjustable band and powerful magnets that ensure a no slip hold. This product basically gives you an entire extra holding hand to work with, making it perfect for any carpenters or builders.
13. Cool One Beer Chiller Sticks
Warm beer is gross. When you are working in the yard, it is easy to get wrapped up in your activities and chores and forget all about your drink, resulting in a toasty warm, disgusting bottle of swill. Keep your drink nice and cold with the Cool One Beer Chillers. These neat products will make a welcome addition to any dad’s liquor cabinet. Easily cleaned and reusable, these handy little ice blocks will cool down any standard sized bottle in no time and keep your drink frosty for an hour or more. Just freeze the sticks for forty five minutes then pop them into your brew of choice.
12. Pulled Pork Shredder Claws
Pulled pork is one of those labor intensive dishes that takes hours of smoking and a ton of manual labor to perfect. Help make it easier on your dad by giving him a helping hand with some nifty pulled pork shredder claws. These reusable, washable claws are sharp and precise, allowing your dad to quickly tear through pork shoulder and loin to make perfectly chipped pieces of meat. Gift this one with some nice barbeque sauce and some new grill tools or a novelty apron to really seal the perfect gift deal.
11. A Universal Remote
When I go to visit my dad, it is always mildly annoying to have to juggle a remote for the TV, one for the cable, and yet another for the DVD player (yes, he still uses a DVD player. My dad is old school). A perfect gift for any father like mine is a universal remote. The Logitech Harmony One Advanced is an excellent model, and despite being discontinued by Logitech, you can still find it online. This device works with almost any electronic viewing console and features a simple, easy to use control panel. Even the most technologically inept dad can figure out this amazing product, making family movie nights less about playing hide and seek with a set of remotes and more about family bonding.
10. Ursa Major Traveler’s Skin Care Kit
Travelling with only a carry on can be a real pain. TSA regulations are pretty intense and can be a bit daunting to follow. Simplify your traveller dad’s adventures with a compact, plane friendly travel skin care kit from the trusted brand, Ursa Major. The kit includes a two fluid ounce bottle of the brand’s fantastic face wash, two fluid ounces of their essential toner, a half ounce bottle of their fortifying face balm, and five individually wrapped essential face wipes. Everything is presented in a cute, easily wrappable box, making gifting a piece of cake.
Pets are often revered as part of the family. Our own dogs are spoiled rotten and have more toys than some children do. Due to how closely we bond with our kitties and pups, being away for work can be hard, especially as they age. If your dad adores his furbabies almost as much as he does you, gift the man a Petcube! The Petcube lets you check in on your pup throughout the day to ensure they are safe, happy, and healthy (and that they have not gone rogue and destroyed the living room) and even distribute treats! It is the perfect present for any pet lover out there! It has even been featured on Ellen!
8. Plague Inc Board Game
A bit of a darker item, Plague Inc is a board game based off of a popular smartphone app. The game’s premise is simple: mutate a spreading virus using power ups to destroy the world; one wrong decision and the world catches up, destroying you through vaccines and medical care. If your dad is a medical buff or enjoyed the pocket sized version, this game will definitely be a hit that the whole family can enjoy. The competitive fun to be had is contagious, if you will.
7. Amazon Echo
The Amazon Echo is a truly revolutionary piece of equipment. With a sleek, elegant design that compliments any color scheme, this amazing device will fit right in. With a simple voice command, your dad can have the Echo play almost any song, check the weather, give him a heads up about traffic conditions, or even set alarms amongst a host of other features. This device could not only amuse him for hours but also make his life genuinely easier. You can set reminders for appointments and meetings and also log in personal information for emergencies. The Amazon Echo is an all around amazing gift for anyone on your list that your dad will thoroughly enjoy.
6. Vivere Double Hammock
Camping is a passtime favorite among many dads. There is something so perfect and wonderful about laying under the stars and just letting the hustle and bustle of your everyday life fade away. A portable, lightweight Vivere Double Hammock would make the perfect addition to your dad’s weekend relaxation routine. The set comes with steel stands, making the hammock easy to set up almost anywhere at anytime. Your dad can relax anywhere from his own backyard to a campground, making this gift versatile and functional. As an added bonus, the hammock can comfortably fit two people, making it a great gift for mom too.
5. Landmann Fire Pit
S’mores and roasted hot dogs are an integral part of holiday family fun. Snuggling up under fleece blankets around a crackling fire with mugs of delicious hot cocoa is a beautiful, hallmark card worthy memory. A new fire pit will make the perfect Christmas gift for any dad who loves precious family memories. The Landmann 26364 23-1/2-Inch Savannah Garden Light Fire Pit is an excellent model that includes a spark screen to keep the fire contained and a fire poker to help ensure the flames stay evenly lit all night long. This pet is aesthetically appealing and classic, making it a perfect decor piece for any patio or deck that will last a lifetime with proper care.
4. An Outdoor TV
Tying in with the previous mention, an outdoor television would make a perfect patio addition, especially on those wintery nights that feel perfect for building a fire. The Sunbrite SB-6570HD-BL 65" Signature Series True-Outdoor All-Weather LED Television is an outdoor safe, durable television. At sixty five inches, the television can be hung on a porch wall and remain fully viewable. The LED lit TV is entirely waterproof and mounts firmly to the wall, preventing falling and cracking when exposed to moderate wind levels. A gift perfect for any season, the Sunbrite TV will have your family out on the deck all year long.
3. Lightning Cables
Iphone chargers are one of those things you never think to buy until yours breaks, leaving you unable to charge your phone. The cords that come directly from Apple are notoriously easy to damage, making having to purchase a new one almost inevitable. Grab your dad this handy four pack of lightning cables to help prevent the incredible frustration that comes with having a dead phone while searching through stores for a cheap charger. The pack includes varying lengths of cord in four feet, six feet, eight feet, and ten feet long options. Your dad can have a charger for the office, car, and house, or just save some as backups. This little gift is affordable and compact, making it a great stocking stuffer, too!
My own father in law is super interested in disaster prepping so this one is already on my personal shopping list. A LifeStraw is a simple product with an even simpler purpose: purify any water the user comes across to a level that is drinkable. In emergency situations, clean drinking water can be a life or death assent that may be difficult to find. When dehydrated, your body begins to shut down so you literally must find fluids to stay alive. LifeStraw is a straw that contains filtering assets, allowing you to literally just pop one end into any body of freshwater and start drinking. The water may not taste the best but it will certainly sustain you, which is the overall goal of the product. Keeping one in your car or camping pack may actually save your life, making this an excellent gift for anyone you care deeply about or even for yourself.
1. Kitchen Utensil Set
Is your dad an artist in the kitchen? If your pops loves to cook, a new set of high quality utensils would really make a perfect gift. Containing serving tongs, a spoon, a series of spatulas, a pasta server, a strainer, a ladle, and a whisk, this little set truly has everything you need to get started in the kitchen. Made of heat resistant plastic, the set is nonstick and will last a lifetime with proper care and cleaning practices.
Jen Miller is a former electrical engineer and product specialist with more than 20 years of product design and testing experience. She has designed more than 200 products for Fortune 500 companies, in fields ranging from home appliances to sports gear and outdoor equipment. She founded Jen Reviews to share her knowledge and critical eye for what makes consumers tick, and adopts a strict no-BS approach to help the reader filter through the maze of products and marketing hype out there. She writes regularly and has been featured on Forbes, Fast Company, The Muse, The Huffington Post, Tiny Buddha and MindBodyGreen.