The Best Gift Ideas for Dad

Give him something he'll really enjoy, from cozy joggers and super-spicy hot sauce to an ultra-plush robe.

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May 06, 2022

The guy in your life can be hard to shop for, but if you stick to practical, handy items, you’ll find the most success in your search. We all have our go-to's, like books or socks, but those can become monotonous over the years. Our top gift picks are perfect for dads, brothers, boyfriends, husbands, sons, friends (and really, anyone and everyone on your list) with a variety of interests, from traveling and grilling to camping and hitting the gym. Choosing a gift that’s tailored to his favorite activities, interests or goals is sure to be a winner no matter the holiday or milestone.

Many of our favorite gifts are actually upgrades to things they likely already own, like a super-plush robe, sustainable everyday sneakers and a smart coffee mug. While it may be difficult for them to retire their worn house slippers or cracked phone case, we promise they’ll love these top-rated substitutions. Plus, it’s even better if you hit the nail right on the head by gifting something they've been coveting that hasn't made it onto their wish list just yet.

Shop our list of useful, thoughtful gifts for the special person in your life. Most of our recommendations are under $100 with several ringing in under $25, so there’s truly something for every budget.

$29.97

Whether he's a serious film buff or just starting his journey through the world of cinema, he'll love this interactive poster. With original illustrations for every movie on the list, he can scratch off a gold layer to reveal favorite heroes or fun symbols from movies he's seen.

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Designed to hang vertically, the chess pieces stay put so players can take turns in passing. Plus, a special marker indicates the last move, so one opponent can easily pick up where the other left off. Hang it in a hallway to make chess part of his daily routine, or display it where it will spur impromptu games (and conversation).

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$98 $78

When it's time to unwind and get cozy, he'll be happy he has this luxe, super-plush robe from Brooklinen. It's made of combed, long-staple Turkish cotton and features wide-sleeve adjustable cuffs, pockets and an adjustable tie waist. (You should probably grab one for yourself, too, because you know you're going to steal his.)

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$59.95

This laser-engraved wooden state map by Cut Maps comes ready to hang and provides a unique bird's-eye view of his favorite state.

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$399 $329

Give him the gift of peace with a pair of high-quality noise-canceling headphones that will let him enjoy podcasts, videos and calls without distractions. Plus, with easy access to voice assistants, like Alexa and Google Assistant, he can stay connected without needing a phone in hand.

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$95

Whether he's hiking, camping or jogging around the neighborhood, LARQ will allow him to drink water confidently anywhere he goes — its self-cleaning mode activates a purifying UV light every two hours!

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$27.99

At less than $30, this portable Bluetooth speaker (with more than 63,000 reviews) is a steal. It works up to 66 feet away from your device, is water-resistant and has 24 hours of battery life. It's lightweight and comes with its own micro-USB cable, too.

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$15.99

Does he always worry about overcooking or undercooking the holiday turkey or ham? Help him remove all the guesswork with this simple kitchen staple. This handy gadget features a digital display, temperature chart and a stainless-steel probe that gets a temperature readout within three to five seconds for smooth, even cooking.

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$26.77

This cast-iron grill press is perfect for indoor use or outside on the grill. He can use it to sear steak or chicken, griddle bacon or make perfect paninis.

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$67.99 (Set of 3)

Add some spice to his life with a flavor-focused variety pack featuring TRUFF's Original, HOTTER and White TRUFF hot sauces. The elegant assortment comes in a matte black and gold foil gift box and is designed specifically for heat seekers.

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$38

He can take his favorite beverage to-go in this 30-ounce vacuum mug. The tumbler boasts a durable, stainless-steel construction with double-wall vacuum insulation for worry-free travel. It fits neatly into most car cup holders, making it perfect for his morning commute or upcoming road trip.

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$24.95

This whiskey glass/ice mold combo ensures your guy will enjoy his favorite spirits in style. The silicone mold fits perfectly in the glass to create an ice wedge that melts slowly; just leave the mold in the glass and freeze overnight.

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$29.99

Radiate is a portable campfire that brings a true campfire experience to any time and place. At just four pounds and only eight inches wide, Radiate can provide a reliable burn time of up to five hours. Simply snuff out the flame with the lid, let it cool and bring it on the go to enjoy later.

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From $8.99

Whether he's always working out or working in his workshop, give the guy in your life who leads an active lifestyle some silicone rings to protect his wedding band and hands from potential injury. These top-selling rings come in a variety of quantities and sleek styles, and the durable, hypoallergenic silicone is designed to break away when too much pressure is applied.

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$59.95

Your wine-loving partner will love these custom etched bottles from Mano's Wine that commemorate a special occasion or his favorite team. For the Bucs fan, this handcrafted collection of wine celebrates the franchise's second World Championship with a custom jersey name and number. Raise the flags!

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Make his life more efficient and his desk super optimized with a triple charging dock for his iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods. Made of solid wood and finished with ecological oils, this handcrafted accessory is both beautiful and convenient.

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Perfect for picnics, camping trips and more, this travel-friendly grill truly does it all. It features a smart, stacked design with a wooden lid that doubles as a chopping board and snack tray. Plus, the flip-out rack holds the propane tank upright and clips to safely store the hose when not in use. For an extra-special touch, add a monogram so everyone knows it's his.

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$65 (Set of 4)

If your guy's favorite spot is at the top of a mountain, then he'll love these one-of-a-kind, handblown whiskey glasses that feature a raised topographic impression of some of the most beautiful peaks in the world, like the Rockies and Grand Tetons.

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Inspire his next trip abroad with a durable phone case that looks like an old-school plane ticket. Plus, we love that the case is Earth-friendly — it's 100-percent compostable and made of plant-based material and eco-friendly ink.

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Whether he's a Bucs fan or not, he'll love this high-quality and stylish pair of shades designed by Tom Brady and the Christopher Cloos team. Each pair of sunglasses features a timeless frame design using sustainable materials, like premium biodegradable Italian acetate, and comes with made-to-last spring hinges and polarized CR39 lenses.

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$59.95

The Groove Belt doesn’t mess around — it comes with a 94-year warranty. Perfect for the office, the trail or a night on the town, this will become his go-to, everyday belt. The heavy-duty design features a buckle with high-strength, neodymium magnets for quick snap-on/snap-off, proprietary webbing and just the right amount of stretch for an ultra-comfortable fit.

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If his wallet has gotten a little too bulky for his back pocket, it might be time for a new one. This clever wallet is curved to fit perfectly in his front pocket (it’s safer and better for his back), fits all his cash and cards, and even comes with RFID protection.

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$110

There's a reason Allbirds' ultra-comfortable sneakers are a cult favorite. Ethically made with ZQ merino wool, the original Wool Runners are soft, moisture-wicking and ready for any and all everyday adventures. With five classic colors and 13 limited-edition hues to choose from, like Frost, Sunrise and Harvest, there's a shade for every style.

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$64 $38.4

Sometimes the best gifts are the most practical, and the man in your life could probably use a new pair of socks. Help him part with those mismatched, hole-filled socks by gifting a set of these durable, long-lasting and fun 80s-inspired ones. Happy Socks' Disney gift box features four exclusive Mickey Mouse-themed socks in bold patterns and hues.

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This wristband has powerful magnets to hold small nails, bolts and tools while he works. It also comes with a pouch that can hold magnets as well as small tools. Talk about DIY efficiency!

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$149.99

For avid coffee drinkers, the Ember Smart Mug 2 is worth the splurge. This smart mug will allow him to set an exact drinking temperature (that lasts for 80 minutes!), so his coffee never gets too hot or too cold. Those days of nuking in the microwave are officially over.

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$209

Keep him calm on business trips and vacations alike with this travel weighted blanket that features all the benefits of Bearaby's Napper in a compact form. It even comes with a convenient duffel bag to make toting a breeze.

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$20 (Set of 2)

Sure, collar stays come with shirts, but they don't stop collars from curling up or falling limp throughout the day. These contain magnets that work with any button-down shirt and will keep them in place all day long.

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$109

It's time to toss those worn house slippers for a pair that will truly last for years. Mahabis Classic Slippers feature a minimalist design, premium felt upper and a soft wool lining. The color selection is fun too, with a combination of both upper and sole hues for every personality.

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He probably has a pretty good selection of sweatpants and joggers at this point, but this pair will top them all. Mack Weldon Ace Sweatpants offer a tailored fit for a put-together look that goes beyond the home office.

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$99

Meet the hardest-working travel throw in the business. Unpacked, it's a 52-by-75-inch insulated comforter that's lightweight, washable and super cozy. It comes with a compact, water-resistant stuff sack and is machine washable after nights by the roaring campfire.

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$250

Just like its hard-cooler sister, the Hopper Flip 12 is tough, leakproof and ultra-portable, making it the ideal carry-along for camping, off-road adventures and water sports. Plus, no matter how hot it gets outside, this cooler will keep his food and drinks ice-cold for days.

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$26.99

This brilliant deep tissue massage roller provides major foot relief — whether that pain comes from a tough workout or simply being on your feet all day. It's lightweight enough to throw in a gym bag, and the dense foam goes right to the source of pain. Give this instead of a foot rub; after all, the material is made to mimic the hands of a massage therapist.

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From $119

Is your guy obsessed with maintaining his lawn? Get him a gift that removes the guesswork. Sunday’s Smart Lawn Plan is a custom kit that will send him targeted fertilizers based on his yard when he needs them. A full-year plan includes one to three shipments of nutrients, all the tools needed, a free soil test, unlimited lawn support and up to 10 nutrient pouches. The coolest part is the soil test. Every Smart Lawn Plan comes with a free soil test so he can see what’s in his soil, allowing Sunday to adjust the nutrients to correct any potential deficiencies. He’ll love how easy it will be to keep a healthy, green lawn all year round.

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Gift him an eye-catching display to store his favorite bottles of liquor. Made from an upcycled jerry can, this unique minibar comes with two tumbler glasses, a lock and key to secure the door, vintage stained pine wood on the interior, a five-can rack dispenser and a middle section that can hold his favorite bottle of liquor, from Jack Daniels to Captain Morgan.

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If Sunday football is his favorite day of the week, then this pigskin leather passport case and luggage tag set will celebrate his passion in a ... sophisticated way. You can engrave his initials or name next to the logo of his favorite NFL team for a thoughtful, personalized gift that shows you definitely listen to his football commentary.

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$40

This medium-sized duffel is ready for both quick and intense workouts alike. Zip pockets make it easy to organize his gear, while a water-resistant base keeps it safe on wet locker room floors.

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Top off his NFL team swag with an insulated beer holder that showcases his favorite team's logo — and can be personalized with his name or initials. The holder has a two-part attachment to fit both cans and bottles, and it even comes with a breezy bottle opener so he never misses a play.

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$49.99/month

Beer Drop is a modern spin on the old Beer of the Month Club. Every Beer Drop box is unique and personalized, so he will enjoy every beer he gets. Plus, he’ll be able to change flavors or add beers whenever he wants. A Beer Drop membership comes with 10 cans of beer from five microbreweries, personalized recommendations and a monthly newsletter — all at just $4 per beer. You can't beat that!

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A growing trend in men's fashion, the man purse (or "murse" or whatever you want to call it) gives guys the option to carry more than what their pockets can hold but takes up less space than a backpack, duffel or messenger bag. Everlane's ReNew Transit Bag comes with two external zip pockets, a main compartment with an internal divider and an adjustable strap. He can wear it cross-body or at the waist like a fanny pack.

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