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My dad is the hardest person on my Christmas list. My mom, she will drop hints through out the year on what she wants and as long as you make note, you’ll be good. My dad, on the other hand, is much quieter and also just buys the stuff he wants, so I’ve always found him harder to figure out what a good gift would be. Honestly, I normally end up getting him a gift card to a restaurant I know he likes and pistachios, so in a way I am compiling this list to help myself as much as you, dear reader
Also, I feel like there are categories of dads: sports dads, car dads, gym dads, handy dads. My dad would definitely fall into more of the handy/car variety, but so many holiday gift guides are like “buy him tickets to the game! or a jersey! or this leather duffel bag! and I’ve never felt that applied. I will include some bougie dad gifts, but this one will also have stuff for your hard to shop for, handy-man dad that gets overlooked.
The best part about this gift guide though? Everything linked is available on Amazon Prime, so if you’re down to the wire – this one’s for you.
Tech Dad Gifts aka Dad-gets
Look, we all know that Dads love gadgets, so much so that I am renaming them dad-gets. If your dad has been eyeing a fitness tracker or smartwatch, and that’s in your budget, they make great gifts. I actually got my mom a Fitbit Versa and boyfriend an Apple Watch and they really were impressive gifts that they use everyday.
Is Dad always losing his keys or wallet? Get him a Tile so he can ping it through his phone and find where he left it.
Do these dad-gets seem a little too practical? Remember when you’d get a remote control car as a kid for Christmas? Who was always the most excited to open it up and play with it? It wasn’t you. It was definitely your dad. Also who is always wondering why the police are on the block? Ok, so that’s definitely my mom. But these gifts are a little less “everyday use” and more “I wouldn’t buy this for myself but I love it”.
Camera Ready Drone
Smart Home Gift
Sort of in the same family as tech-dad is the one who love smart home devices. Let’s be real, our parents definitely talk to text more than anyone, and its only a matter of time before they want to tell their lights to turn on or the fan on. These are definitely the 21st Century version of a clap it and they’ll LOVE it.
The Amazon Alexa Echo Dots are a great way to ease your dad into the smart home movement. I personally have 3 that I use to play music through my whole apartment and control certain lights. The speakers are pretty good and you can get a full fledged Echo for about $50 more if speaker quality is a big deal. To go with them, you definitely need to get some smart plug adapters. He’ll get a kick out of turning the Christmas tree lights on and off once it’s set up with Alexa. Trust me, it’s very easy.
A Ring Doorbell will make your dad very popular on Next Door and help deter those porch pirates.
Let’s just get dad fully automated. There are smart phone enabled garage door openers you can get him for under $50 and let’s not forget, the ROOMBA. There’s a ton of robot vacuums at different price points on the market. This is great, especially if your dad has a pet that sheds (or is small enough to ride on it.)
We stan a dad that can cook, so let’s make it easier on him with these gifts. If you live somewhere where it gets too cold to grill a steak for part of the year, get dad a sous vide cooker and have him try his hand at a reverse sear.
Ninja really does make some cool AF kitchen implements. They’ve come out with an indoor grill/air fryer combo AND a pressure cooker/air fryer combo. I am a firm believer that everyone needs an air fryer (here is one like I have). Also, their blenders/kitchen systems are awesome for smoothies or soups or margs. I’ve had one for almost 5 years and its held up through multiple moves and some weird stuff.
If dad is a griller, he is probably using one of those wire metal bristles to clean his grill. He needs to upgrade immediately for safety concerns (metal wire in your windpipe!) and I swear by my bristle free metal brush that’s under $15. If he can’t leave the house without a cup of coffee, a programable coffee maker that grinds the beans fresh will upgrade his mornings immensely. There’s some more expensive models out there, but this one is a little more budget friendly.
Is your dad one of the aforementioned handy-dads? Well, do I have the list for you. You can’t go wrong with a nice toolset and carrying case so he’s prepared to come over and help you assemble your Ikea furniture. Maybe one that includes a power drill too! You can always go classic with a drill/driver set that includes a bunch of accessories. Personally, I think the power packs that are strong enough to jump your car are so great and might be a Christmas gift for my dad and for me since I don’t currently own jumper cables. Last but not least, a power washer is great and sure to make your dad my favorite tiktok account.
General Dad Things/Stocking Stuffers
I feel like a lot of dad go through the genealogy phase and that’s such a great opportunity to get him one of the tests like 23andMe or AncestryDNA. Some of them even include genetic health testing! Last year, I got my dad a Kindle. There’s so many free or cheap books in the Kindle store and if he travels or reads a lot, this is a great gift! If your dad is more of a movie buff, get him a movie projector! Once it warms up, family movie night can move outside to the side of the house.
Give dad the gift of self care with a Waterpik flosser or handheld shower comb. I have both and they are FANTASTIC. The shower comb is like a pressure washer for your head and literally detangles your hair as you use it. Get you one while you’re at it. In the same theme of self care, Dr. Squatch soaps smell amazing and very masculine and they have all natural ingredients. They are almost certainly an upgrade from whatever 3 in 1 he’s using now. A face scrub will also feel very luxurious and if he shaves, help with ingrown hairs immensely. They’re great stocking stuffers too! You can go ahead and upgrade his shave too with a cordless grooming set.
There’s also a ton of cozy options as well available in a wide range of sizes. I hate that this geometric print pullover only goes up to a 2X, but Wrangler has a super afforable option available in both straight sizes and big and tall. There’s also nothing more classic than Carhartt. My dad has Carhartt jackets that have lasted for YEARS. Again, these are available in straight sizes and big and tall in multiple colors. There’s also beanies if he’d like to match!
And there you have it! Hopefully this helps you change it up for your dad this year! Let me know what you get him or if you have any other suggestions for gift guides to publish in the coming weeks! I have plans for a Boss Babe and White Elephant guide as well!
Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping,