Dads can be difficult to shop for, especially when they won’t tell you what they want or insist that you don’t need to get them anything. If that’s the guy you’re dealing with, we’re happy to help you find some gifts for the dad who wants nothing.
You know they have enough of the classic dad gift ideas — socks, ties, gadgets and grilling equipment — but you still want to get them something they’ll like or that will at least make them laugh. (Gag gifts are acceptable.) No matter your dad’s interests or passions, there’s sure to be a gift out there that he’ll love.
Father’s Day is long gone, but for birthdays or even just as a token of your love, these are the best gifts for dads who want nothing but deserve everything.
1. The Mover Max Emergency Kit
Why is this emergency kit the best possible gift for impossible to shop for dads? Because unlike most gifts, you actually want your dad to throw this in a closet and never think of it again. If your dad does use this emergency kit, then you’ll both be very glad you gave it to him. And if he never needs it, well, that’s good too. For this reason, it’s the perfect gift idea for dads. Here’s to hoping he’ll never need to use it.
Appeal to your dad’s protective instincts with a Judy Emergency Kit. The 100% waterproof and rip-proof Mover Max Emergency Kit comes with over 50 life-saving supplies to cover a family of four for 72 hours in the event of an evacuation. That “just in case” peace of mind is a surefire dad-pleaser.
2. Shiatsu Neck Massager
FOR THE TENSE DAD
Fatherhood is great but it can also be fraught with tension, and if you have room in the budget for a full-fledged massage chair or masseuse, good on ya. The Shiatsu Neck Massager by Mo Cuishle is a great and affordable alternative that your dads with sore muscles will surely appreciate. It has eight deep tissue kneading nodes targeting the neck, shoulders and back, and even heats up to help soothe tension and stress.
3. How to Traumatize Your Children
FOR THE EMBARRASSING DAD
Who doesn’t like to give their dad a hard time for embarrassing or traumatizing them? This book is a fun gag gift for all the dads who seem to take pleasure in humiliating their children. It’s a funny, sarcastic guide with step-by-step instructions for screwing up your kids. It’ll definitely give dad a laugh, and unfortunately for you, probably some devious ideas.
4. Leatherman One-Handed Multi-Tool
FOR THE HANDY DAD
My dad had a pocket knife on him, literally at all times, just in case. He also broke a few dozen of them because they tended to be cheap. Buy yours the Leatherman Free T4 and it’ll probably be the last one he ever needs. This sturdy 12-tool wonder comes with Leatherman’s famous 25-year warranty and is American-made along with the rest of the Leatherman line.
5. Kiehl’s Age Defender Eye Repair
FOR THE YOUTHFUL-LOOKING DAD
Even if they’re too shy to ask for it, dads appreciate products that keep them from looking like an old catcher’s mitt. Hard to beat Kiehl’s Age Defender Eye Repair for keeping him looking youthful. It helps with wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness under the eyes to help dad look as young and fresh as possible, and to prevent those awkward “is this your granddad?” moments.
6. Gaiam Balance Disc
FOR THE OFFICE WARRIOR DAD
Office chairs are torture devices. The Gaiam Balance Disc can be placed on any chair to provide extra cushioning while also increasing core strength and balance. This may sound counterintuitive to comfort, but core strength is essential for a healthy back. It helps improve posture, forcing dad to sit up straight, and it can be used off chairs for a variety of exercises, or as a meditation seat.
7. Ring Video Doorbell Pro
FOR THE KING OF THE CASTLE
If your dad is infuriated by stolen packages, pushy solicitors, or neighborhood hooligans playing Ding Dong Ditch, he’ll love the Ring Video Doorbell. He’ll be able to catch perpetrators in the act, or just decide if he wants to pretend he’s not home, depending on who’s at the door. This Pro version features two-way talk, advanced motion detection, enhanced WiFi and customized privacy settings.
8. Embark Breed Identification Dog DNA Test
FOR THE DOG DAD
It’s always particularly cute when dads have a special connection with their dogs. If his pup is a rescue, the Embark Breed Identification Dog DNA test makes a great and thoughtful gift. It can identify over 350 breeds and precisely detect breed contributions down to 5 percent. It can even show you other dogs that share DNA with yours, so maybe his dog-park pal is actually a long-lost cousin!
9. Nikon 7×50 Aculon A211 Binoculars
FOR THE BIRD-ENTHUSIAST DAD
If your dad is into bird watching or really getting a closer look at anything in the distance, these Nikon binoculars are a must-have. They have enhanced light-gathering capabilities and you can choose your preferred magnification to best suit your dad’s magnifying needs. It’ll be a nice way to support his hobbies, even if you think it’s adorably nerdy when he tells you the baby robins in the backyard just flew the nest — like you.
10. Cubii Pro Compact Seated Elliptical
FOR THE FIT DAD
This is a perfect gift for the dad who is always trying to find ways to stay more fit. He may be busy or just lazy and struggle to find the time and energy to work out— no judgment here. This compact seated elliptical from Cubii allows him to stay active while working, reading or even watching TV. It’s whisper-quiet, fits into almost any space, and pairs with the Cubii app, Fitbit, or Apple HealthKit to track his activity and calories burned.
11. Putt-A-Bout Grassroots Par Three Putting Green
FOR THE DUFFER DAD
Any dad who plays golf would love a little practice putting green in their home or office. This affordable option has a high-quality putting surface that stays smooth, non-skid backing, and sand trap cutouts to mimic a real course. There are three practice holes to help them master a variety of puts to prepare for their time out on the links.
12. Anker Wireless Charger 2-Pack
FOR THE DEAD-PHONE DAD
Your dad may not know that wireless charging is an option, so this set of Anker Qi-certified wireless chargers will be a pleasant surprise that makes it easy for him to keep his phone fueled at all times. They provide high-speed charging for Androids and iPhones without having to take your case off. Plus, the positioning makes it easy to see and use the phone while it’s charging.
13. Meat Handler and Shredder
FOR THE GRILLMEISTER DAD
If your dad is a serious carnivore and already has all of the typical grilling tools, these shredders from BBQ Butler will make a fun addition to his collection. There are six super-sharp prongs on each claw for shredding chicken or pulled pork, or you can use one as a grip for carving. It’s highly unlikely that he has anything like these, but he’ll definitely use them if he’s a grilling enthusiast.
14. Back and Body Shaver
FOR THE MANSCAPING DAD
This dad gift may be more for the benefit of those around him — maybe his significant other, maybe his kids who have to see his hairy back every time they go to the beach. This shaver works like an extension of your arm so you can access all of those hard-to-reach places. If your dad looks like he’s wearing an angora sweater when he’s shirtless at the beach, this is for him.
15. History by Mail Six-Month Subscription
FOR THE HISTORY-BUFF DAD
If Dad’s into history he will love receiving these detailed replicas of historical documents instead of just reading about them in the same old books. Each month a letter will be sent to your dad delivering detailed replica historical documents, from Albert Einstein’s letters to Franklin Roosevelt to the police report from Rosa Parks’ arrest in Birmingham for refusing to move to the back of the bus. Each letter comes with all of the essential context and historical significance of the document. It’s an amazingly unique gift for any history enthusiast.
FOR THE JOKESTER DAD
Dad jokes got their name for a reason — only dads find them funny. Add Dadvil to that list. These candy pills are a perfect accompaniment to the corniest of the corny dad jokes. Take two of these and groan in the morning!
17. Night Runner 270 Shoe Lights
FOR KEEPING DAD SAFE
If Dad’s a runner or just taking the DNA-identified dog out for a nighttime stroll, the Night Runner 270 shoe lights will keep him visible to cars and help him get home safely. They provide 150 lumens of light visible from 360 degrees, and they hold their power for anywhere from 2 to 5 hours before needing a recharge from the provided micro USB cable. They illuminate the path for up to 30 feet ahead, helping to eliminate the potential for traumatic falls — particularly useful if Dad is older or losing his eyesight. A great gift for any dad, and peace of mind for you knowing he’s safe doing his outdoor activities in the dark.
18. Letters to My Dad
FOR THE SENTIMENTAL DAD
Sappy gifts may not be for everyone, but a sentimental dad will appreciate these lovely letters that can be treasured forever. Each one has a different prompt to inspire you to write some nice things about dear old dad. You can fill them all out at once and give him the whole booklet to go into a time capsule to read years down the road, or anytime he’s needing a reminder of how much he means to you.
19. FunFamz The Original Spider Prank Box
FOR THE LOLZ
The original spider box prank has been featured in hundreds of Tik Toks, Instagram posts and Youtube videos over the years, and it’s still one of our favorite gifts for the impossible to shop for dad. Instead of trying to find the perfect dad gift idea, settle for a good old-fashioned laugh.
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