Men’s Journal aims to feature only the best products and services. If you buy something via one of our links, we may earn a commission.
Finding great gifts can be tough, but finding gifts for dads, specifically, can be particularly challenging. Paradoxically, a close relationship with someone can make them tougher to shop for. After all, you’ve probably been buying them gifts for a long time; how do you find something thoughtful and personal that you haven’t previously gifted them? While Men’s Journal may not know the dad (or dad figure) that you’re shopping for, we do know a thing or two about coming up with meaningful gift ideas for dads.
The most important thing to consider is what your dad cares about, other than you, of course. Some dads enjoy spending time outside grilling, fishing, or playing golf. Others might enjoy simpler things, like a comfortable shoe or a convenient tech gadget. There are also fitness-loving dads, foodie dads, fashion-forward dads, and history-obsessed dads. There are the dads who say they want nothing or make you promise not to spend too much, too.
However, because MJ has the inside scoop on the best products, including new releases, tried and true classics, and the latest gifts from Amazon, we’re confident we can help find the perfect gift for just about every dad.
Whether you’re looking for the best Christmas gifts for Dad, Father’s Day gifts, birthday gifts for Dad, or personalized gifts for special occasions, these are the best dad gifts to consider this year.
The Best Gifts for Dads of 2023
Whether your dad is the chef of the family or he still talks about that one trip to Italy, a pasta maker can be a fun, unexpected kitchen gift. This option from Marcato is made in Italy and features three pasta shapes, but there are 12 available accessories for making everything from linguini to ravioli.[$120; amazon.com]
A meat thermometer isn’t just for the kind of guy who’s always manning the grill—it’s a great gift for dads who cook anything. OXO makes some of the best kitchen gear on the market, including this sleek and affordable meat thermometer, which is easy to read and gives measurements in Fahrenheit or Celsius. The probe cover includes a handy guide for the recommended internal temperatures of different meats.[$18 (was $23); amazon.com]
If your dad came of age in an era when men carried attache cases to work but he now works in the era of gray hoodies, Zoom calls, and school bags in the office, he might be confused about which bag to bring to work. Filson’s rugged nylon briefcase perfectly splits the difference between a casual messenger bag and a classic briefcase. It can be carried in hand or over the shoulder, and there’s a roomy laptop sleeve for devices up to 15 inches. Plus, the trolley strap makes it a great option for travel.[$195; filson.com]
If Dad’s texts are typo-prone, he might like a keyboard he can use with his phone or tablet. It’s Bluetooth enabled and has a convenient dial for switching between up to three devices. There’s also a cleverly designed dock for stashing a phone or tablet, converting any device into a mini laptop.[$35; amazon.com]
An outdoor lawn game is a great gift for dads who want to turn anything into a competition. Ladder toss is a classic lawn game that takes up minimal space and requires only a quick setup, making it great for taking to the beach or a picnic. Plus, the game packs into a compact storage bag. Yard Games may be a somewhat uninspired name for the brand, but it is at least apt; they make a variety of great large-scale games in stylish wood finishes.[$70; huckberry.com]
Versace DV One Gent is among our top gifts for Dad this season, as it offers just enough visual intrigue in a timeless package. It maintains some of the original design elements from the brand’s initial watch line that launched 15 years ago: A Greca motif along the top ring surrounding the bezel is emblematic of unity and infinity, and the brand’s signature Medusa head is at the 12-hour mark. The 43mm ceramic case doesn’t overwhelm the wrist and the small second’s counter at 6 o’clock has a pop of red. The butterfly buckle along the ceramic band keeps the fit secure and comfortable for everyday wear. Of course, what’s inside matters, too: There’s a RONDA R150.2 Swiss quartz 3-hand movement protected by a sapphire crystal glass case. This automatic watch is limited to 1,000 pieces, making it something truly special.[$3,595; nordstrom.com]
If your dad’s idea of “classics” is less Ancient Rome and more Led Zeppelin, then consider 1000 Record Covers by Michael Ochs, a rockin’ coffee table book. It features over 500 vibrant pages with 1000 album covers across decades and genres. It’s a fun option for any dad who might have sold off his record collection years ago.[$21; amazon.com]
Got a dad who never wanted a smartphone in the first place but is now the family group chat’s meme master? A power bank is a great gift for the tech-savvy dad who likes his gifts practical. This power bank has a built-in USB-C connector, so you don’t need to worry about bringing a cable. It works with the latest iPhone and all Android and Pixel phones. Anker also makes a Lightning port version of this charger for older iPhone models.[$30; amazon.com]
A luxe beanie is a great gift for the dad who spends a lot of time outside in the winter or loves to go to outdoor sporting events. It’s also a great gift for the indoorsy dad who runs cold. This option from Nordstrom has a simple ribbed design and a tasteful logo-free front. It’s made from a blend of wool and cashmere and comes in three dad-friendly colors.[$59; nordstrom.com]
If your dad is constantly on his feet or is the type to consistently complain about foot pain, a good pair of comfortable Hoka shoes can make a big difference. Hoka’s Clifton running shoes have maximum cushioning but a minimal drop for a natural, neutral stride. Of course, they’re also a great option for runners.[$145; rei.com]
Cocktail Codex: Fundamentals, Formulas, Evolutions is a great bartending book for the home mixologist who’s looking to level up his game. It takes a “teach a man to fish” approach to its recipes, breaking down the fundamentals so he can create original cocktails. It’s written by the bartenders behind Death & Co., one of the most acclaimed and well-known bars in the country.[From $23; amazon.com]
Many have fond memories of getting a hand-me-down gift straight from their dad’s pocket, whether that’s a trusty pocket knife or a perfectly worn-in watch. Pay the favor back with this stylish wood-handle knife from Opinel. It’s a great gift for the outdoorsy dad or the one who loves whittling. The French-made blade has a secure and easy-to-use locking mechanism and comes in a gift box.[$50; Huckberry.com]
Tablets are popular with older users because of their ease of use and larger screens, so if you’re looking for a tech gift for a not-so-tech-savvy dad, a tablet can be a great way to go. You can keep in touch using video calls or set him up with his favorite streaming services. It’s an affordable option with a smaller screen and 32GB of storage, so it’s best suited for casual use.[$98 (was $160); amazon.com]
Watch enthusiasts can be tough to shop for—their preferences might be particular and their tastes might exceed your budget. Watch accessories, however, are the perfect workaround. Do you have a dad who’s ironically always late because he can never find his watch? This sleek, space-saving watch box puts up to six timepieces on display while keeping them organized and in place.[$50; huckberry.com]
Whether your dad has always been a fitness junkie or he’s lacing up his running shoes for the first time since high school, a Fitbit is a great and fun way for him to keep track of his goals. The Inspire 3 has features like heart rate monitoring and sleep tracking in a small, unobtrusive package.[$80 (was $100); amazon.com]
Braun’s Series 7 electric razor features a flexible rotating head that’s designed to adapt to different lengths of facial hair, including up to three days of growth. An all-in-one charging and cleaning dock is included for easy maintenance. There’s also a handy travel case. It’s the classic dad gift for a reason.[$120 (was $150); amazon.com]
A golf rangefinder is the kind of gift a golf enthusiast will appreciate, but might not already have. Top golf brand Callaway makes a compact and easy-to-use version. It emits a vibration when it locks onto the pin and comes with a convenient carrying case as well. As far as golf gifts for dads go, this is one of our favorites this year.[$170 (was $300); amazon.com]
A dress shirt is a classic gift for a reason. This option comes from Ralph Lauren, an iconic American brand with the kind of cross-generational appeal that’s hard to find. It’s an Oxford shirt, meaning it has a button-down collar and a textured fabric that makes it a more casual alternative to traditional dress shirts. Any dad, whether a style savant or not, will enjoy this.[$125; ralphlauren.com]
Nocs’ colorful and compact binoculars make birding fun and accessible. They’re a great gift for any dad who’s looking to get into birdwatching or who might want a second lighter-weight pair. They boast IPX7 water resistance and have 8x magnification, which is a good beginner-friendly zoom for birding.[$95; rei.com]
The Skyliner men’s jacket is Eddie Bauer’s signature product. The legend goes that the brand’s namesake designed it after nearly dying from hypothermia while wearing inadequate outerwear. It’s a great story and an even better jacket. Eddie Bauer just reissued this classic piece of outerwear, and it looks as great today as it did when it was first produced in 1936. Whether Dad’s style skews classic or outdoorsy, it’s a great piece to give.[$115 (was $229); eddiebauer.com]
A stylish reusable mug makes a great holiday gift for dads who need to kick their disposable coffee cup habit. Fellow’s mug is thoughtfully designed, with a slim, cup holder-friendly silhouette and a wide range of colors to choose from. Crucially, it doesn’t have the metallic taste of other travel mugs thanks to the ceramic coating on the inside. If Dad’s a coffee snob, he’ll appreciate any gift from Fellow, a coffee snob-approved brand.[$35; amazon.com]
Listening to the radio shouldn’t just be limited to the car. This tabletop radio from Sangean has a stylish wood finish, making it an attractive gift. It’s corded, so it’s best suited for around the house. For any dad who cares more for simpler tech and likes to listen to the radio while doing errands or while reading a book, this is a great affordable alternative to a stereo.[$91 (was $146); amazon.com]
A recent social media trend exposed how often men think about the Roman Empire. If your dad is the history-obsessed type, he might enjoy this book by Mary Beard, a leading author on Roman history. Compelling and comprehensive, Beard tells the story of the Roman Empire from its foundational myth to its final days. It’s a great Christmas gift for dad but it suits any occasion. It’s yours to gift as a hardcover, paperback, audio CD, audiobook, or digitally for Kindle.[From $18; amazon.com]
If Dad’s style leans casual, a cozy hoodie is always a great option. Champion made the first hoodie, and it’s still one of the best. This warm sweatshirt is ideal for colder weather thanks to the dense fleece backing. The fabric is Champion’s famous Reverse Weave, which adds durability and allows it to be washed and dried without shrinking.[From $42 (was $55); amazon.com]
Inexpensive but respectable, Seiko’s 5 line of sports watches is one of the best values in automatic watches. This timepiece has a classic stainless steel bracelet and a subtle black face, although there are other bracelet and face styles to choose from. The timepiece has a day-date window and an exhibition case back so you can appreciate the movement.[$139; amazon.com]
If you’ve gotten him a wallet in the past, or he already has one he likes, a passport wallet is a great alternative. Whether he’s a frequent flier or just paranoid about losing his travel documents, a stylish travel folio is a great way to make flights a little easier. Bellroy’s take is made from sturdy leather, and there are slots for credit cards and a passport. Plus, a large cash sleeve makes it easy to organize different currencies.[$159; huckberry.com]
Whether he’s into fishing, camping, or just hanging out in the backyard with a few beers, a cooler is the kind of gift that many kinds of dads will enjoy. This option comes from Igloo, an iconic and affordable brand that manufactures its coolers in the US. This convenient option has a 28-liter capacity and features cupholders on the lid.[$45; igloo.com]
As affordable as it is practical, Escali’s Primo food scale is a great option for any dad who takes cooking, baking, or coffee seriously. With only two buttons, it’s also extremely easy to use; the on/off button includes a tare function, allowing you to subtract the weight of the container or weigh multiple items. The units button toggles between ounces and grams. Plus, there are a lot of colors to choose from.[$25 (was $27); amazon.com]
If your dad takes an old-school approach to shaving, he might enjoy this classic safety razor from King C. Gillette, Gillette’s boutique line inspired by classic grooming techniques. The kit includes a stylish double-edged safety razor and five replacement blades. It’s the kind of tool that displays beautifully on a bathroom vanity.[$27 (was $35); amazon.com]
L.L. Bean’s Hunter tote was designed for hunting, but the comfortable padded shoulder strap and coated water-resistant internal lining make it a great option for everything from the gym to the beach to weekend errands. There are no pockets, but the wide opening lends itself to use with internal organizers. Like many of L.L. Bean’s bags, you can add a monogram, which makes this a nice personalized gift for dad given the subtle but special detail. There are three sizes to choose from, so check the dimensions closely.[$55; llbean.com]
Google Chromecast with TV is a great gift for the dad who loves streaming but doesn’t want to upgrade his TV to a smart one. This model includes a remote and a smart TV interface, making it a substantial upgrade over the original version of the Chromecast which required casting from your phone. Plus, Google TV’s interface is intuitive and customizable, and it’s substantially cheaper than other streaming sticks. This is the HD version, and a 4K version is also available.[$25 (was $30); bestbuy.com]
As inexpensive as it is reliable, Cuisinart’s waffle maker is a great gift for the dad who orders waffles at the diner, no matter the time of day. The waffle maker features a simple red/green indicator to tell when the waffle is done, and there are five browning settings, so it’s easy to get the waffles as soft or as crispy as desired.[$30; amazon.com]
A grooming set is a great gift for the dad who wants to step up his skincare game. Kiehl’s makes a wide variety of grooming sets, including this skincare bundle that includes a moisturizer, eye treatment, facial cream, and hand salve. While the moisturizer is over four ounces, everything else is TSA friendly to pack into his Dopp kit.[$36 ($70 Value); nordstrom.com]
A French press is a great gift for dads who love coffee, especially if they prefer bold flavors and a rich aftertaste. Bodum’s Chambord coffee press has a generous 34-ounce capacity for brewing multiple cups of coffee. A word to the wise; while cleaning a French press can be tricky, a simple solution is to fill it with water and pour it out into a fine mesh strainer over the sink, then dump or compost the grounds.[$28 (was $55); amazon.com]
If your dad is more a tea guy than a coffee drinker, he might appreciate this stylish tea press from Bodum, which is ideal for brewing loose-leaf tea. The 32-ounce tea maker has a press that pushes the leaves to the bottom of the filter to stop steeping, so he can keep his tea at the perfect strength until he’s ready for a refill.[$20 (was $32); amazon.com]
If your dad is the golfing type, he might not be able to hit the links as often as he’d like. The Putt-A-Bout is a great gift for dads who golf that’ll let them practice putting or just kill some time indoors. The backing keeps the green flat on a variety of surfaces, and it’s easy to roll up and store.[From $35; amazon.com]
If your dad taught you to shave, then he deserves better than toting his own grooming supplies in a toothpaste-stained Ziploc bag. Herschel’s Dopp kit stands up on its own and has a bright pinstripe lining, so it’s easy to go through to find what you’re looking for. Plus, it’s a good size for carrying your necessary toiletries without overwhelming your travel bag.[$38; nordstrom.com]
Patagonia’s Retro fleece jacket is a good gift for dads who are always cold at movie theaters and outdoor sporting events but are loath to admit it. It’s made from recycled polyester fleece and features hand pockets and a stand collar for extra warmth.[$149; dickssportinggoods.com]
Whether your dad is dedicated to camping or just likes hanging out on the patio well after the sun goes down, a warm outdoor blanket is a great gift idea, especially as winter rolls around. This option from classic outdoor outfitter L.L. Bean features a stylish mountain print and packs down to a compact size that can be easily stored in the trunk or a backpack. Loops on the ends mean it can also be worn as a warm cape.[$79; llbean.com]
A classic pair of sneakers makes a great gift, especially for the dad who hasn’t refreshed his shoe collection in a while. The Jack Purcell is a more refined low-top tennis sneaker from Converse, making it feel a little more grown-up than the high-top Chucks of his ‘90s grunge days.[$70; nordstrom.com]
Ray-Ban’s Wayfarer unisex sunglasses are as classic as they get, and because they suit so many different face shapes, they never really go out of style. The frames are made from durable acetate and have 100% UV protective lenses. It’s a great classic gift for the hard-to-shop-for dad.[$171; nordstrom.com]
Every dad needs a solid pair of gloves, and not those ubiquitous faux leather, synthetic shearling duds you can pick up at any department store. Spring for these classic, wrist-length gloves from Mission Workshop that pair Pittards water-resistant leather palms with a Schoeller softshell bag to ensure they’ll work just as well on a winter bicycle commute as a walk through woods. Each is handmade in numbered batches in California.[$165; missionworkshop.com]
If you’re looking for a great personalized gift for dad, Leatherology is a brand that needs to be on your radar. They make high-quality personal leather accessories like wallets, bags, and keychains, all of which can be monogrammed. Their journal makes a great gift for any dad who prefers to take notes by hand. The leather portion of the journal is also a replaceable cover for the spiral paper notebook (available from their site), meaning the leather cover can continue to be used after the pages are filled up.[$65; leatherology.com]
A leather rope bracelet is a tasteful and easy-to-wear piece that your giftee doesn’t have to be too precious with. The thin cowhide leather bracelet features a gold vermeil clasp, and there are several colors to choose from. It comes in three sizes. If you’re unsure about size, Miansai also makes adjustable one-size-fits-most rope bracelets.[$85; miansai.com]
Tote bins are essential for lots of activities dads like to do, from outdoor adventures to household projects. Toss that old milk crate and surprise your dad with this versatile and durable bin from RUX that also can collapse down flat as a pancake. This field repairable tote is crafted from a soft, waterproof TPU nylon and uses other tough materials like composites and aluminum. Simple, foldable plastic stays slip into each corner to make it stand up tall for easy filling and organizing, while nylon webbing allows for toting with a hand or strapping onto your back when traveling over uneven terrain.[$298; huckberry.com]
A stylish chess set makes a great home gift, especially for the dad who’s convinced he could take Magnus Carlsen, given the chance. This set is made from maple wood and it features a pull-out drawer for storing the chess and checkers pieces.[$149; huckberry.com]
Maybe he’s got his at-home grill setup on lock, but what about on-the-go? Coleman’s propane-powered camp stove is highly portable and features propane-powered burners. The covers fold outward, protecting the flame from the wind. Two adjustable burners make it easy to whip up a meal for the family with his favorite cast iron skillet.[$100; rei.com]
For dads who have taken to gardening in their golden years, a garden tool set like this one lets them keep their tools close at hand without straining their backs or knees. The compact tool kit attaches to the stool, but they can be used separately, too.[$48; uncommongoods.com]
Dads who are serious about their home cooking will already know the value of fresh ground pepper, but they might not already have a quality pepper mill. This mill from Cole & Mason has stylish wood detailing and a clear acrylic body that makes it easy to know when to refill it.[$44 (was $55); amazon.com]
Pickleball has proven to be a bona fide phenomenon, and it’s a great way to enjoy the competitiveness of tennis without as high of a learning curve. This set from trusted pickleball brand Joola includes two paddles, a carrying pouch, and four balls. Just remind him to stretch, first, since pickleball injuries are on the rise.[$80; amazon.com]
A smart display like Amazon’s Echo Show 5 is a great way for Dad to enjoy music at home or control his other smart home devices. A built-in camera makes it great for video calls, too. It’s also handy for checking the weather and calendar, and it can be used for displaying and sharing family photos.[$40 (was $90); amazon.com]
If your dad is the type to always send the family group chat his Wordle and Connections scores, he might have a thing for word games. Codenames is one of the best-selling party games, and it’s a great game for word lovers. The game is a more complex (and more fun) version of Password; get your teammate to guess as many words as possible with a one-word clue, without them picking the other team’s words. Each round lasts about 15 minutes, and it lends itself well to repeat plays.[$12 (was $25); amazon.com]
A scarf is a great gift for the old-school dad in your life, but unlike other clothing gifts, you don’t have to worry about finding the right size. This option from British label Barbour has a classic tartan pattern and is made from 95% wool and 5% cashmere.[$75; nordstrom.com]
Dads usually have loads of flannels, and while adding another one to the closet may not seem like a good gift option, the Pladra Every Day flannel has a few special features bound to make it your Pops favorite all-weather shirt. The mid-weight (7.5 ounce), premium Portuguese flannel is super soft and specially woven for durability. But the coolest part is that each colorway comes with an artist’s rendering of a wildlife scene (deer in the woods, pheasants on the wing, etc.) under the cuffs, collar, and inner yoke.[$99; pladra.com]
This duffle bag from Briggs & Riley is the ideal gift for the dad whose idea of casual is a sports coat. The duffle has a built-in garment bag, so he can travel with his best suit without worrying about wrinkles, and there are internal compartments for easy organization. The bag is constructed from sturdy ballistic nylon that’s designed to take a beating.[$369; nordstrom.com]
The dad hat may have been co-opted by the fashion-forward scene, but there’s a reason dads still rock their namesake caps. ‘47 Brand is the king of the dad hat, especially if the dad in question is also a sports fan. This Yankees hat is just one of many team options: don’t panic, Boston fans.[$29; urbanoutfitters.com]
A stylish bar set is a great gift for dads who are self-proclaimed mixologists. The kit includes the basic tools needed other than the mixing glasses and cocktail glasses. There’s a jigger for measuring, a strainer, a stirring spoon, and a bottle opener, as well as a stand to keep it all organized. The kit is made from stainless steel with a modern matte black finish.[$30 (was $75); surlatable.com]
There’s no doubt that most cheap camp furniture is poorly designed and supremely uncomfortable. Outdoor brands have finally started to pump out lightweight and ergonomic chairs that won’t break your back, but Nemo’s Stargaze takes comfort at the campsite to a new level. It melds the swinging freedom of a hammock with the solidity of an aluminum-framed camp chair to make the ultimate backcountry lounger. The updated design makes set up and breakdown simple, while the low center of gravity and auto-recline feature lets you relax almost anywhere.[From $230; amazon.com]
If your dad loves hiking but finds that his 32-ounce Nalgene isn’t quite cutting it for long treks, consider getting him one of Camelbak’s popular hydration packs. This option has storage for an 85-ounce hydration bladder and a hose-like straw for hands-free sipping. There’s also storage for snacks, jackets, and other hiking essentials.[$45 (was $90); camelbak.com]
An air fryer is a great gift for dads looking to eat a little healthier who don’t want to fully kick a fried food habit. They’re versatile kitchen tools that quickly fry or reheat food without the use of oil. Dishwasher-safe components make it easy to maintain. Best of all, they’re ridiculously user-friendly.[$100 (was $120); amazon.com]
A leather luggage tag is a small gift that feels more expensive than it is. This option from Away is made from pebbled leather and can be customized with the recipient’s initials. The inside of the tag has a vinyl window for writing the full contact information. Four colors are available. It’s worth considering for the dad who’s been meaning to put those frequent flyer miles to use.[$25; away.com]
The proud dad who’s now a proud dog dad might enjoy an upgraded leash from the one that Fido nearly chewed through. This stylish option from Orvis is made from leather, and a matching collar is available, too. It can also be engraved, but even without engraving it, we doubt any other dog will have a leash this stylish at the dog park.[$44 (was $59); orvis.com]
Fragrance is a personal thing, but there’s a reason Hermes Terre d’Hermès has proven to be an enduring classic. It’s a refined fragrance that draws inspiration from the natural world. The woody fragrance has notes of orange and patchouli.[$257; nordstrom.com]
A smart plug doesn’t exactly have the wow factor of other gifts, but it can make a good stocking stuffer for dads. Smart plugs are very useful and can be beneficial for older family members who might have a harder time reaching certain devices to turn them off. They’re ideal for everything from lamps to fans and small kitchen appliances. TP-Link’s simple and affordable plugs are compatible with Alexa, Apple, Google Assistant and Samsung SmartThings.[$30; amazon.com]
If your dad has a taste for the finer things, he might appreciate a luxe cardholder wallet from Tom Ford. There are six card slots, including one with a “T” cutout which is both clever branding and a convenient way to grab your most used card. It has a pleasant textured grain and is available in cognac or black.[$450; nordstrom.com]
What to Consider When Shopping for the Best Gifts for Dad
How do you figure out what kind of gift to get your dad?
One way to find a good gift for Dad is to consider his interests and hobbies. Hobbyists tend to have strong opinions on gear. So rather than buying him an essential item that he might already have, you can consider an accessory or add-on. For example, a watch display case, rather than a new timepiece, can be a great gift for dads who love watches.
What is the best gift for a dad who wants nothing?
If you’re struggling to come up with gift ideas for dads who want nothing, there are certain classic dad gifts that make great fallbacks and can be appreciated by dads of different ages and interests. A quality electric razor, like Braun’s Series 7 razor, or a classy scarf like Barbour’s wool tartan scarf, are two great examples.
What are the trending gift ideas for dads in 2023?
While we’d generally advise against getting anything too trendy as a gift, popular trends can be a good inspiration for gifting. The resurgence in interest in the Roman Empire, for example, might be inspiration for a book for a history-obsessed dad.