Move Over, Boring Socks—21 Gifts to Spoil Your Dad With This Holiday

Updated 11/14/17
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Original Illustration by Alison Yousefi

Even though he might insist you “save your money” or that he “just wants to spend time with you,” we all know that even dear old Dad has a few finds on his wish lists for the holidays. No matter his hobbies or personality, there are many gift ideas he’ll love, and the holidays are the perfect time to show how well you know him and how much you care.

With help from this gift guide, you can say no to contributing to a generic gift card with your siblings. We did the heavy lifting and found an array of items that are sure to please even the pickiest of fathers, without a necktie or golf ball in sight. Whether your old man loves to travel, enjoys a nightcap on the weekends, or is the ultimate cook, prove that you know him best with one of these thoughtful gifts for Dad.

This post was originally published on December 12, 2016, and has since been updated.

Gifts for Dad
Ystudio Walnut, Brass, and Copper Writing Set $400
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He may be a man of few words, but every father appreciates the art of a handwritten letter.

Gifts for Dad
Joe Warwick Where Chefs Eat $14
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Although he prefers your cooking over everything, treat Dad to a night out at one of these restaurants handpicked by top chefs.

'Logan' Leather Vacation Kit
Frye Logan Leather Vacation Kit $188
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For the dad who likes a place for everything and everything in its place, give him this leather travel kit so he’ll never be without his personal items.

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Vinyl Me, Please Vinyl Subscription (3 Month) $106
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This record-of-the-month club sends one exclusively pressed album each month—with bonus tracks, a 12-by-12-inch art print, and a custom cocktail pairing recipe—to its subscribers, like your dad. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

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Death & Co. Drinks With Friends $350
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Like Dad, scotch ages well. Gift your old man this kit to give him the bartending activity of his dreams.

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DJI Phantom 4 Pro $1499
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Dad will love testing the latest and greatest in tech entertainment with this flying drone.

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MH40 Over-Ear Headphones $399
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He’ll wish he had a pair of noise-canceling headphones like these back when you and your siblings were growing up.

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Apolis Simple Market Bag $38
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For the dad who cares about the environment, you can’t go wrong with these sturdy and reusable tote bags in a masculine shade of blue.

Gifts for Dad
CB2 Marble Chess Game $100
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Challenge dear old Dad to a “friendly” game of chess while home for the holidays this winter. 

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Leatherology Small Measuring Tape $35
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Is your father handy? Then he’ll love this tape measure to help start his next project.

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Moleskine The Beatles Collector's Edition $35 $24
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If your dad is a lifelong fan of The Beatles or just in need of a place to get all his old-age wisdom written down, this notebook makes the perfect present.

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Hestra Deerskin Winter $125
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Hestra’s classic gloves are finished in sheep hair and have an Italian wool lining for the dad who appreciates the finer things in life.

Gifts for Dad
Nordstrom Cedar Shoe Tree $20
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If there’s someone who can appreciate a practical gift or two, it’s Dad—especially when given in smooth, carved wood.

Gifts for Dad
B&O Play A9 Wireless Speaker $2700
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This speaker is built to look like a piece of furniture, so it’ll fit seamlessly into your parents’ house. Dad will love that he can play music via his phone with the built-in Bluetooth.

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Taschen Books Cabins Hardcover Book $70
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Your father has always dreamed of owning his own cabin and taking life back to the basics. Help him reach his goal with this book of log homes.

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Beer Cap Maps Wood USA Map $75
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Can you remember a Sunday afternoon when your old man wasn’t relaxing with a cold drink in hand? He’ll cherish his favorite brews with this map for the caps.

Apple iPhone X $999
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If your dad keeps up with the trends, you’ll want to snag an iPhone X for him. He’ll be the envy of his friends when they find him casually sporting the new device.

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Jayson Home Natural Leather Coolers $385
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He’ll travel well for his favorite sports teams with these subtle leather coolers—maybe he can sneak a bottle of wine in there for you too.

Gifts for Dad
Smythson Greenwich Lacquered-Cotton and Leather Carry-On Suitcase $2995
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He taught you how to check a bag, upgrade to first class, and sleep soundly on long-haul flights. Let him know he’ll always be your favorite travel partner with this sturdy carry-on.

HP Spectre x360 Convertible Laptop $2000 $1000
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For the tech-savvy father, give him a convertible laptop to take his tech game to the next level.

Berluti Set of Two Decks of Illustrated Playing Cards $110
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Whether you grew up playing card games with your dad or if you often found him sitting around a poker table with friends, he’ll love these sophisticated playing cards.

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