It doesn't take much to make your dad happy. Most days, you can just give him an ice-cold beer and a comfortable spot in front of the TV, and he's as pleased as can be. But if it's his birthday, Christmas, Father's Day or major milestone like his retirement, that's an entirely different story. That means it's time to go all-out with a gift that shows him just how much you appreciate all that he does for you.
That said, we're guessing your dad is the kind of guy who claims he has everything and wants nothing (a.k.a. he doesn't want you to spend your hard-earned money on him). But even if your father is hard to shop for (or you have no money in your bank account), we're confident we've got the perfect present for him on this list of the best gifts for dad. From affordable gifts under $20 that won't break the bank to practical and useful gifts for men that he won't be able to resist, we've rounded up dozens of thoughtful and unique gifts tailored to a wide range of interests and hobbies, from cooking to golf to tech and beyond.
At this point, your dad probably has every gadget and gizmo he could ever want or need. But if he's always complaining about his aching neck and tired eyes, this is the gift for him. When he rests his phone against the foldable stand, it'll project videos, photos and texts onto a 12" screen.
His favorite summertime hobby can last year-round with this non-stick grill pan. That way he'll be able to serve up his finest BBQ when it's way too cold for your designated "grill master" to stand outside.
He may not recall what happened the day he was born (for obvious reasons), but The New York Times certainly does. Walk him through history with this book, which is full of the biggest news stories on his birthday from the day he was born to today.
A dad-friendly solution to self-care: this heated neck and back massager. It packs a punch — complete with heat and three intensity levels — but is small enough to fit in an end table or nightstand for easy access.
Does he have that one place on the couch that’s distinctively his? Make it a little more homey with this portable table that’ll attach to any couch or chair arm — perfect for remotes, drinks or a bowl of popcorn.
As long as he pours his coffee in this smartphone-controlled mug, his morning brew will stay at the perfect drinking temperature until the very last sip. It's just as versatile as any other mug: He can carry it from meeting to meeting for up to 1.5 hours or let it charge on the accompanying coaster.
Now, he can give his meats and veggies a delicious smoky flavor without setting wood on fire (been there, hated that). Just fill the box with wood chips, add juices or marinades, and fire up the grill.
Once he powers up this handheld massager, he can work out any knots, kinks or trouble spots with one of seven different rotating heads. Each one is specific to a certain need or area of the body to ensure that he gets the deepest massage possible.
Keep all of his on-the-go essentials — wallet, keys, watches and so on — neat and tidy with this wooden docking station. Although it doesn't come with cables and cords, he can use his own to keep his devices charged.
No matter how old you get, you'll always be your daddy's little girl. Here, use the location and time of your birth to capture an accurate image of the sky at the exact moment that you changed his life forever.
Transform his sleep with a top-rated adjustable memory foam pillow designed to keep the night sweats at bay, thanks to a layer of cooling gel. Not only is it a best-seller on Amazon with over 10,000 five-star reviews from users who call it the "best pillow ever," it also landed at the top of the Good Housekeeping Institute's list of the best pillows of 2022.
Whether he recently moved away from his favorite city or is simply proud of the place he calls home, this framed wooden map heart is a creative way to put his roots on display. Choose from more than 200 different locations around the world, from state capitals to small havens.
Your dad has very specific tastes — and that's putting it lightly. Instead of buying him a bottle of the pre-made stuff, give him a kit that lets him make six hot sauce variations tailored to his spice level.
Instead of waiting for the fridge to do the work, he can pour his beer straight into these freezable glasses for a perfectly chilled beverage. After just two hours in the freezer, his drink will stay cold for hours (if it lasts long enough to).
Retirement means more time to kick back and relax — and whether he's doing that by the pool, at the beach, on a camping trip or in the parking lot before the big game, this portable outdoor chair will help him do just that. A detachable foot rest and sun shade up the comfort factor.
You always say that you could fill a book with all of your dad's greatest stories from throughout the years, and now you can actually do it. Follow the prompts in this book to capture your dad's unique quirks, sweetest moments and downright hilarious tales.
No one appreciates a good steak dinner quite like your dad. Porter Road gives him a whole month's worth (give or take) with this 8 lb. box, complete with dry aged steaks, pork chops, dry aged ground beef, bacon, country sausage and chorizo sausage.
By now, you've accepted that your dog is your dad's true best friend. In honor of their everlasting friendship, send a photo of his fur baby to this Etsy seller and get a digitally-mastered print that he'll cherish forever.
This isn't a standard leather valet tray; this pick from Courant looks equally as chic sitting on his nightstand or entryway table, but also has the ability to charge Qi-compatible phones and headphones wirelessly.
He'll do anything for his lawn — including setting up a high-tech sprinkler system that he can control with his phone. The timer is even smarter than him (shh, don't tell) because it can sense rain and adhere to local weather forecasts to determine if it should carry on as normal or delay.
Even if he's a coffee aficionado (in other words, a coffee snob), he'll find the right brew for his palette with a weekly, biweekly or monthly Trade subscription. They'll match him with the right bag of coffee after he takes a quiz full of questions about his flavor preferences and brewing methods.
Remind him that your next big adventure is around the corner — whether it's a scenic drive in your home state or a backpacking trip years down the road. This coffee table book highlights all of the possibilities, giving him the perfect dose of wanderlust.
These slippers are so plush and supportive that he'll be tempted to wear them while he walks the dog, gets the mail or chats with the neighbors outside. Well it's okay if he does — they have a durable sole that can withstand the outdoor elements.
While some dads fall asleep as soon as they sit on the couch, others struggle to fall — and stay — asleep. If your dad is the latter, then give him this handy device, which uses a light system and guided breathing exercises to naturally relax the body and mind for an optimal snooze.
Weighing just under a pound, this wood-burning stove is the perfect companion for his camping weekends, backpacking trips and other outdoor adventures. All he needs to do is round up a few sticks and twigs, then set it on fire to cook up a meal for two.
With a Masterclass subscription, he can turn his hobby (okay, obsession) into a career possibility by learning tips and tricks straight from the pros in any given field. Soon his dad jokes will be on Steve Martin's level, or at least as close as it gets.
Instead of cramming clothes into a basic duffel, he can slide hanging items into the garment bag, tuck shoes and accessories into the pockets, and zip it up as normal. Perfect for all of the work trips he has lined up, no?
Send your history buff a piece of America's past, everything from the day Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to the moment the first atomic bomb came to be. Each month, he'll receive a letter that is made to look like the ones from way back when — handwriting and signatures included.
Your dad treats his watches like children (you'd know), so it only makes sense that he has a designated spot to show 'em off. He can leave four watches out in the open, then tuck other accessories in the drawer down below.
Take his morning routine to the next level with this Bluetooth shower speaker that's powered by water and easily attaches to any showerhead. It even features mood-setting LED lights for an extra invigorating shower experience.
Whether he's camping or carpooling, this insulated mug will keep his drink — hot or ice cold — at the ideal temperature until the very last sip. The coolest part (quite literally): The stainless steel exterior will stay sweat-free even on the hottest days.
Give him the gift of fancy feet with Sock Fancy's monthly subscription, which sends him a pair of crew or no-show socks to his door each month. Just pick his preferred sock height and style preference.
He can tote this tabletop grill from one tailgate to the next, which makes it a football season must-have. Although the cooktop on this foldable grill looks small, it can actually cook eight burgers or steaks at once.
If he's crossed over into the smartwatch lifestyle, but has yet to upgrade his band from the basic one that came with his Apple Watch, then this is the upgrade he needs. The polished band — a mix of stainless steel and wood — makes a statement, no matter what he's wearing.
The openings on this beer cap display board have small teeth that fit the crimped edges of caps to hold them in place. Now, here's the real question: How quickly do you think it'll take him to fill the entire board?
Your dad thinks he knows it all — but our experts at Good Housekeeping will prove him otherwise. As he flips through the pages in this handbook, he'll discover 850 pro-tested tricks to save money, stress and time.
For a gift that's truly out-of-this-world, wrap up this model rocket, constructed entirely out of 1969 LEGO pieces. While the rocket doesn't take off like the real NASA Apollo Saturn V, it looks super impressive sitting on display.
It may not be as complicated as the 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles he loves, but it looks just as cool when completed. The vintage-inspired plane model kit arrives on a wooden card, so he can punch out the pieces when it comes time to assemble it.
Your dad may not have any obvious hobbies, but he still needs a good wallet. Unlike the bulky one that's been weighing down his pockets for years, this slim version only holds essentials like cash and his most-used cards. Over 28,000 Amazon shoppers have given it a five-star rating, saying it's the "perfect wallet" thanks to its durability, RFID blocking technology and the fact that it's so compact they don't even feel it in their front pocket.
Anthony Bourdain visited some of the world's most fascinating places — some popular tourist spots, others completely remote. Now, your dad can follow in his footsteps with this travel guide full of learnings from his most cherished trips.
For the Dad Who Likes His Beer Cold (But His Hands Warm)
Meet his new favorite gadget: This pocket-size flashlight can clip right onto the brim on his hat or shirt collar to cast a glow at whatever he's looking at. It doesn't even require extra batteries — just use any USB charger to give batteries new life after four hours of use.
Now that he carries his AirPods with him wherever he goes, make sure he keeps them protected from scratches, water and dirt by sticking them in a durable leather case. A bonus: He won't even have to remove the case to charge it wirelessly.
The roll-top closure and heat-welded seams ensure that nothing goes in or out of this bag — unless he opens it, of course. He can plop it in the water next to him to keep his valuables close and stick food or drinks in the insulated compartment so they stay cold for hours.
If he's been complaining about post-workout aches and pains (or the pain of aging, TBH), then he needs this foam roller to bring relief to all of his points. And if he's not sure where to start, it comes with an instructional guide that has been approved by physical therapists, coaches, trainers and athletes.
These tapered pants are designed with training in mind, perfect for days spent hiking, lifting weights and everything in between. The fabric doesn't look like most other workout joggers out there, but it's just as — if not, more — effective since it's wind-resistant, water-repellent and abrasion-resistant.
There's nothing like a lazy afternoon spent reeling in fish with pops. Get him excited about your next trip to the lake with a personalized fishing pail that can hold up to five gallons of fresh catches and doubles as a comfy seat. Throw in a gift set of lures and bait to really sweeten the pot.
Appropriate for the days when dress shoes or sneakers don't quite cut it, these cozy-casual sneakers give him the elevated look he wants without sacrificing comfort. They're made with high-quality merino wool, which also keeps his feet warm and toasty in the cooler months.
With this kit, he can enjoy his favorite brewery eats in the comfort of his home. It comes with all the ingredients he needs to make soft pretzels and beer cheese from scratch, along with step-by-step instructions and helpful tips.
Each time he cracks open a drink, he'll think of the place that made him — whether it's where he was born, where he raised a family or where he retired. Or better yet, give him a bottle opener in the shape of your home state to remind him that you're with him always (even when he's drinking with the boys).
After he stays up late watching the game, he needs his morning coffee to get through the day. Next time, he can pour himself a cup of this medium roast, available in special packaging exclusive to the Eastern and Western Conference. How fitting!
Amanda GarrityAmanda Garrity is a lifestyle writer and editor with over seven years of experience, including five years on staff at Good Housekeeping, where she covered all things home and holiday, including the latest interior design trends, inspiring DIY ideas and gift guides for any (and every) occasion.