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31 surefire holiday gifts for dads — from $11

Gifts for dads
Gifts for dads to increase their cool quotient this year. (Photos: Amazon/Walmart/Nordstrom)

Dads can be tricky to shop for — enough with the striped ties and photo mugs. So what makes an item become one of the best gifts for dad? “Anything they'll legitimately use,” says Julie Ramhold, Consumer Analyst with DealNews.com. But don’t lean too heavily into practical presents, Ramhold cautions, unless they’re specifically wished for. Chore-related products like a rake or microwave may not seem special or can send the wrong message. But something functional that is also cool, fun or interesting fits the bill. That could mean a new watch or even a LEGO building set.

Paying attention to dad’s hobbies is always a smart gift-buying strategy! If he likes to golf, a putting mat might be the perfect thing. Outdoorsy dudes will likely love a portable camping stove or travel coffee press. And if he's into video games or watching movies at home, a soundbar or VR headset are perfect gift options. Inspired yet? Scroll and discover that just-right gift idea for dad.

Instead of a night out

Bartesian Duet Premium Cocktail Machine with 2 Glass Spirit Bottles

$148$299Save $151
If dad loves a good cocktail but doesn't exactly have mixology chops, get him this smart cocktail machine that comes with a menu and presets. It'll let him enjoy professional-quality drinks at home and be an impressive host, to boot!
$148 at Walmart

All dad has to do is insert a capsule into the Bartesian cocktail machine (just like his smart coffee maker) and it'll identify the cocktail via barcode, ask his preferred strength and suggest a serving glass. Then it'll mix up your drink in seconds flat using attached liquor bottles. When it's done, the machine even rinses itself. "This system definitely takes the guesswork out of measuring ingredients," as one customer put it.

For adventurous shutter bugs

Contixo F22 Foldable GPS Drone with UHD 2K WiFi Camera

$120$249Save $129
This top-rated drone uses a 4K HD camera to take crystal clear, high-definition pictures and or 2K videos from way up above, so dad can creatively document family get-togethers, vacations, sporting events or anything his heart desires.
$120 at Walmart

Want to give dad something new to become absolutely obsessed with. This Contixo drone should do the trick. It's the perfect beginner model and can be easily operated via smartphone app. It even comes fully assembled. Just remind dad to check the FAA regulations in any given area before using it. "I don't think you can get a better drone at this price point," one fan confirmed.

For the on-the-go gamer
Chronicle Books

Chronicle Books Pendleton Backgammon: Travel-Ready Roll-Up Game

$25$35Save $10
If dad loves a good board game, this is his perfect travel companion. The colorful canvas board comes with all chips included and a strap-on vegan leather storage pouch for portability.
$25 at Amazon

Maybe dad loves classic games. Maybe he likes to learn something new. Either way, this travel-friendly backgammon set makes a gorgeous gift that'll last for generations. What else would you expect from a 150-year-old heritage brand? One reviewer wrote, "Outstanding product, outstanding value, outstanding craftsmanship and very cool looking!".

For old-school dads

ByronStatics Vinyl Record Player

Let dad spin his favorite tunes on this stellar-sounding, suitcase-style, three-speed turntable in a vintage package. With two built-in stereo speakers, it's not just pretty to look at — it's also bliss to listen to.
$51 at Amazon

Just take those old records off the shelf — and play them on this vintage-style record player that's got more than 8,000 five-star reviews from fans saying it's "great for small spaces and sounds great!" and that they're "thrilled of the quality of product and how records sound." Give Dad's vinyl collection new life and put a big, nostalgic smile on his face.

For dads who work too hard

The Lyric Therapeutic Handheld Massager Device

This isn't just any handheld massager. It uses Rhythm Therapy, a combination of physical massaging and vibroacoustic frequencies that stimulate the nervous system in addition to kneading muscles and improving circulation.
$100 at Nordstrom

If dad likes to work out, suffers from chronic pain or simply loves a good massage, the Lyric Therapeutic handheld massager is a much better choice than a session with a professional massage therapist. He can use it himself to deliver 65 decibels of sonic vibrations to activate his muscles and calm his body from head to toe, so it's the gift that keeps on giving!

For those New Year's resolutions

ProsourceFit Tube Resistance Bands Set

$23$27Save $4
Dad has no excuses not to stay fit once you gift him this fun-to-use, at-home total body workout kit with heavy-duty latex resistance bands and an included exercise guide.
$23 at Amazon

Five color-coded 48-inch resistance bands let you work out your entire body, improving flexibility, strength and muscle tone. No gym membership is necessary with a sturdy, all-in-one kit like this. One fan said the kit is "taking my workout to new levels."

For fathers who have everything

Shutterfly Custom Photo Playing Cards

$11$20Save $9
If the dad on your shopping list loves card games, a custom deck is sure to be appreciated. Adorn them with his favorite people, pets or places and you have a personalized present that he'll treasure for years to come.
$11 at Shutterfly

Your custom poker-sized deck of 52 standard cards and two Jokers comes in a hard plastic case, and it's a hit with Shutterfly customers. The photo cards have nearly 2,000 reviews averaging 4.8 stars. One happy buyer writes: "Love this product as it's a gift that can be used and enjoyed by many!"

Amp up gaming and movie nights

Sonos Ray Essential Soundbar

Enhance the audio on TV, music and video games — we bet Dad will love you for it. Available in black or white, this small speaker delivers clear, powerful sound.
$279 at Amazon

This standalone soundbar will impress dad with its acoustic ability. Its sleek, compact design can easily be tucked away to blend into the living room. And — a huge bonus for your recipient — the Sonos Ray goes from unboxing to working within minutes. No complicated setup is required. It's simple: plug the soundbar in, connect to your TV and open the Sonos app. Now that's a gift any father will like!

Eco-friendly comfort

Sanuk Cozy Vibe slippers

Some dads depend on holidays to receive new slippers. Don't let him down! Gift a pair of sturdy Sanuks.
$82 at Amazon

What gifts are just right for dads with literal cold feet? A perfect gift option is these fluffy, comfy slippers. Sanuk incorporates elements like Tencel, bio-based sugarcane EVA foam, responsibly sourced leather and recycled polyester to create more responsible footwear.

For foodie dads

Espro Ultralight French Press

Make delicious coffee anywhere. Just add grounds, fill it up with hot water, wait four minutes, press it down, and voila, piping hot joe. This press is portable and well-designed — dad will love it.
$40 at Amazon

This double-walled stainless steel coffee press has impeccable reviews. "I liked this so much that I had to buy a second one for my son-in-law," writes one Amazon customer. "This is a perfect solution for making a french press coffee in the morning and taking it to my desk or in the car when on the road. I love this thing." We think dad will love it too! Available in 6 colors.

For dads who love family games

The Fellowship of The Ring jigsaw puzzle

If dad is a Tolkien fan, fire up the laptop and order this detailed Lord of the Rings puzzle. Ravensburger has sold over 1 billion jigsaw puzzles, and that's because their products are high quality.
$44 at Amazon

The 2,000 interlocking pieces of this jigsaw have a glare-free matte finish for a great puzzling experience. Whether dad wants to relax and have some me time, or spend an evening putting this together with the family, it’s a great gift.

A sturdy and stylish timepiece

Nixon Heat Digital Watch

This super chic watch is also rugged — and particularly great for timed sports. With a breathable rubber strap and low-profile design, it's ideal for the dad who loves to time laps or sprints.
$150 at Nordstrom

Available in nine colors, the Heat watch will make dad look cool whether he's swimming laps, running the neighborhood or driving carpool. The case is a thin 8mm, so it doesn't feel bulky. Functions include timers, time of day, day and date and an auto calendar through 2099. If dad likes hitting the waves he'll be interested to know that two-time world champion surfer John John Florence wears this very watch.

If dad loves baked goods you can be sure he'll enjoy every bite of this cookie-filled gift box from Cheryl's Cookies. The box includes individually wrapped buttercream-frosted, chocolate obsession, gingerbread, chocolate chip, frosted mint chocolate and sugar cookies. If you're extra nice, maybe he'll even share.

For dads who love to read

Amazon 2022 Kindle

This all-new digital reader is the lightest and most compact Kindle yet — what a treat for bookworm dads!
$100 at Amazon

Impress literary folk with Amazon's latest Kindle. The new model boasts a 6-inch 300 ppi high-resolution display and two times the storage (16GB). The paper-like display is glare-free and easy on the eyes, and dad can even read in bed without bothering anyone thanks to the adjustable front light. A single USB charge lasts up to six weeks. Bonus: The shell, available in black and denim, is partially made from recycled plastics.

For sporty dads

Pro Spin Portable Ping Pong Paddles Set

$40$50Save $10
What a smart gift! Dad can play ping pong anywhere with this set, which includes a case, two paddles, three balls and an expanding net.
$40 at Amazon

Challenge dad to a game of ping pong anywhere with this travel set. It's got over 4,000 Amazon ratings and 4.7 out of 5 stars so you know it's good. "Bats, balls and net all excellent quality and the net fastens easily to my dining table," writes one satisfied buyer.

For style-forward fathers
Maison Miru

Rebel Bold Bracelet

If your old man likes a little flash, gift him a bold gold bracelet.
$90 at Maison Miru

For some dads, masculine jewelry is one of the best gifts they can receive. Classic and cool, this chunky piece will look right at home on the stylish dad's wrist. Made of stainless steel plated with 14k gold, the Rebel Bold bracelet is durable and luxe all at once.

A pro dental system

Waterpik Cordless Advanced Water Flosser

$80$100Save $20
If dad cares about dental hygiene, this water flosser is probably a good bet. It might not be something he'd buy for himself but he'll love that dentist-clean feeling.
$80 at Amazon

This ain't your grandpa's toothbrush. Waterpik makes a seriously effective dental tool, so dad can clean his pearly whites at home. This rechargeable, waterproof and portable system is convenient and cordless, and it scours teeth with ease. "You can use it in the shower and not worry about spraying water everywhere," writes one shopper — there are over 48,000 reviews on Amazon! 4.8 out of 5 stars.

The Matrix, Amadeus, The Lion King... dad will want to catch up on all the film favorites when he gets this poster. The movie art is revealed when the square is scratched off. According to Uncommon Goods, 93% of customer respondents would recommend this thoughtful gift, and so does consumer expert Ramhold.

If dad isn't a cinemaphile there are other scratch-off posters to pick. *These come in a ton of different varieties at sites like Uncommon Goods, including things like date ideas, things to do, horror movies, books, movies, places and more," Ramhold says. "If your parents are the adventurous type — even if they don't want to leave home - there's bound to be a poster that will appeal to them and give them something fun to do together."

For classic dads

Hanes Plaid Flannel Mens Pajama Set

$30$35Save $5
You can't have a gift guide for dads without plaid flannel pajamas! It's the law.
$30 at JCPenney

Flannel PJs are a holiday staple, and who doesn’t love their cozy comfort? Give dad this 2-piece Hanes set and know he'll rest easy this winter. Choose from four different colors. "These are soft, comfortable, fit well, and are warm," reads one glowing review. "Need I say more?"

Up his golf game

Putt-A-Bout Grassroots Par Three Putting Green

$34$50Save $16
Measuring 9-by-3-feet, this handy putting surface — an Amazon bestseller — will be beloved by golfers. Multiple cup targets allow dad to get a grip on his putting situation.
$34 at Amazon

Pops will want to unroll this faux turf mat immediately upon opening. "My dad wanted this so that he could practice his putting and possibly set up a little mini golf course," wrote one 5-star reviewer. "Perfect for practice."

No more cracked screens!

RhinoShield iPhone 14-compatible Bumper Case

Perfect for the dad who's always breaking his phone. This little shock-absorbent phone cover features CrashGuard NX so his phone could survive an 11-foot drop.
$25 at Amazon

This slim bumper case surpasses military-grade standards for impact protection, so you can be sure that dad doesn't break his precious iPhone. The BPA-free sturdy plastic case is available in 13 colors. Throw in a RhinoShield 3D impact Screen Protector and he'll be fully protected. Bonus: you can add different colored buttons.

A cool set for the 'kidult'

Lego Technic McLaren Formula 1 Race Car

If dad loves cars and LEGOs, this model kit is the perfect gift. He can build an impressive 2022 McLaren Formula 1 Race Car from 1,432 pieces.
$200 at Amazon

Gifts for the boy dad was once can be a big hit. Plus, building elaborate Lego sets can be very calming for some fathers (especially when their kids aren't "helping"). But we're sure yours will love collaborating on this sweet set! With 5-star reviews across the board, Amazon customers are loving this new product. "It is a challenging build and requires a strong focus," writes one. "I’m still building it and find it very relaxing."

Tame dad's hirsute situation
Crafted Beards

Crafted Beards Deluxe Beard Oil and Beard Balm

A luxe yet practical gift for the bearded dad, these manly products will leave facial hair smooth and feeling good. And smelling like sandalwood and bourbon.
$24 at Amazon

All natural ingredients combine to create these quality grooming aids. The set includes a beard balm and beard oil to leave dad's facial hair conditioned and soft. A subtle sandalwood bourbon scent is the icing on the cake. (And by cake we mean... beard.)

For on-the-go fathers

Zojirushi Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Mug

If you haven't heard of Zojirushi travel mugs and their 28,000 amazing Amazon reviews, check them out! Dad will love having hot coffee on the go.
$28 at Amazon

Ramhold recommends this gift along with many Amazon shoppers. *Especially for parents on the go, these are an item they'll use daily to keep their drink of choice hot until they're ready to drink it," she says. "Mugs made by Zojirushi come highly recommended due to their superior insulation and flip top cap that actually locks in place with no risk of spills or leaks." Plus there are three sizes and 24 colors to choose from!

Always be prepared!
As Seen On Tv

Battery Daddy Battery Storage System

It'll be so satisfying for dad to sort all the loose batteries in your house into this one handy case. 180 batteries of different sizes fit into this double-sided case.
$20 at Bed Bath & Beyond

Not only will your household be more organized, dad will be able to tell at a glance which types of batteries need replacing. PLUS the Battery Daddy (catchy name, right?) includes a built-in tester. Not only is it a cool gift, we predict the Battery Daddy will kill at White Elephants this year.

For the role play-curious
Dungeons and Dragons

Dungeons and Dragons Starter Set: Dragons of Stormwreck Isle

Sure, dad loves to watch House of the Dragon and Stranger Things, but does he even D&D? Find out if he has what it takes to play the original role-playing fantasy game with this starter set.
$20 at Amazon

If dad has ever wondered about playing Dungeons and Dragons, you might want to get him this starter set. There's a 48-page adventure booklet and 32-page rulebook so he can really sink his teeth in. It also includes 5 ready-to-play characters and 6 polyhedral game dice, of course. Perfect for 2-4 players.

For outdoorsy fathers
Solo Stove

Solo Stove Lite

$70$90Save $20
Fire it up! This convenient camp stove for the outdoorsman is small but mighty. Hikers and campers will appreciate its lightweight convenience.
$70 at Walmart

This handy wood-burning stove is great because of its low smoke production and ease of use. Weighing in at just 9 ounces, the Solo Stove Lite can help dad cook or boil water in a hurry. “I love that it's so eco friendly, no gas canisters or chemical fuels,” writes one happy Amazon customer. And it might make a great gift for the prepper dad: “For the coming zombie apocalypse, it's an essential 'off grid' piece of equipment :)”

For early adopter dads
Meta Quest

Meta Quest 2 (Oculus) Virtual Reality Headset

This VR headset is pricey but worth it for the gamer or tech-obsessed dad. Equipped with an ultra-fast processor and high-resolution display, he'll never want to take this off.
$393 at Walmart

Spoil the dad on your list with this incredible VR headset – he won’t be disappointed. “Got it as a gift for an adult and it was a big hit! He hasn’t put it down!” writes one Walmart customer of the Meta Quest 2.I also liked that it comes with everything you’d need already, any additional accessories are not necessary at all.”

The season's hit board game

Asmodee Wavelength Party Game

Wavelength is the award-winning board game that's fun for the whole family. A perfect gift that'll be a game night staple.
$36 at Walmart

Described as “like Codenames, but weirder,” this new board game sets up easily and has quick rules — nice! But even better, Wavelength sparks interesting discussions. “This is the most requested party game when I have game nights,” writes one fan. “It’s easy to learn and is great for groups of all sizes.” Sounds like dad will love it.

Peace of mind for the prepper

Jackery Explorer 300 Portable Power Station

$299$349Save $50
Go off grid with this handy power source. At just 7.1-pounds it's a must-have piece of equipment. Click the on-page coupon for the full discount.
$299 at Amazon

Whether dad is a prepper waiting for disaster, a camper, a fan of going off-grid, a tailgater or just a sensible dude who likes to be prepared, this portable power station makes a great gift. Just charge it up through a wall outlet (only takes a couple hours), AC adaptor or car outlet (cable included), and you’ll have safe 300W power. Juice up to six devices at once with this baby. You can even pair it with a solar panel, sold separately. “I am shocked how awesome my 300 Jackery power station is!!” writes one jazzed Amazon customer. “It is so light and super easy to use.”

A cozy winter delight

Carhartt Knit Cuffed Beanie

A classic cuffed beanie is a practical gift for dads in cold climates. And Carhartt is a great value for the money!
$34 at Amazon

This beanie is a very solid purchase. And with over 128 THOUSAND 5-star reviews, you don’t have to take our word for it. The great fit and non-itchy stretchy rib knit are definitely selling points.

Carhartt is a workwear brand, but you don’t have to be a blue-collar worker or rugged outdoorsman to enjoy it. In fact, the brand is beloved by celebs including John Legend and Daniel Day-Lewis, reports Spy.com. So no matter what kind of dad you have, we bet he’ll be comfy in this beanie.

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.