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By Julie Loffredi

This holiday season, forget socks and ties, and surprise Dad with a gift he will truly love.

Whether he's a food lover, a music fanatic or a bookworm, there's bound to be something on our list of gift ideas for dad to make him feel extra special!

When we release our 2018 gift guides, we make sure all prices are current. But, prices change frequently (yay, deals!), so there’s a chance the prices are now different than they were the day of publication.

Best gifts for dad

  • 1. FreshJax Smoked Spices Gift Set, $25, Amazon

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If he's all about kicking it up a notch on the grill, Dad will surely enjoy this gourmet spice kit with flavors ranging from spicy to citrus. The set includes smoky sea salts, southwest grill seasoning, mesquite lime and burger seasonings.

  • 2. Sunbeam Neck and Shoulder Heating Wrap, $28, Amazon

If your dad needs some pain relief, this neck wrap may do the trick. It contours to the shape of his upper shoulders and delivers soothing, therapeutic heat.

  • 3. Whiskware Pancake Art Kit, $25, Amazon

Forget boring pancakes! Now, Dad can enjoy whipping up some creative breakfasts for the whole family to eat. Use the included shapers or follow the app's directions to make anything from animals to emojis.

  • 4. Jack Black Beard Grooming Kit, $35, Amazon

Also available at Ulta.

This travel-friendly grooming kit can help dad keep his beard feeling fly — and leave his skin and facial hair looking their best.

  • 5. BlenderBottle Steel Shaker Bottle, $20+, Amazon

The new leak-free BlenderBottle shaker cup will keep Dad's drink hot or cold. With three styles to choose from, including insulated stainless steel, there's sure to be one he'll love.

  • 6. Sunbeam Heated Throw Blanket with Controller, $40 (normally $60), Amazon

With this soft heated throw blanket, your dad will be extra cozy this holiday season. The attached controller includes three heat settings.

  • 7. "Promise Me, Dad" by Joe Biden, $15, Amazon

If your dad loves memoirs, he’ll love this inspiring No. 1 New York Times best-seller from former Vice President Joe Biden.

Also, for younger dads, consider a book he can enjoy reading with his kids like the Harry Potter series, "Diary of A Wimpy Kid The Meltdown." Or, for those with teens, try the fast paced thriller " Hide With Me," by new author Sorboni Banerjee.

For other recommendations, check out these TODAY book picks.

With this gadget, Dad can fire up the grill with confidence! This meat thermometer guarantees chicken, steak, pork, hamburgers and more will be cooked to perfection.

  • 9. Life Is Good Tee, $19, Amazon

Isn't life good? Dad will love this soft and comfy t-shirt with many different colors and styles to choose from!

  • 10. JBL Flip4 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, $79, Amazon

This portable speaker delivers clear, full-range sound you might not expect from such a compact gadget. It's water-resistant, durable and simple to use. Connect two smartphones to this device and take turns playing Dad's favorite tunes.

  • 11. Philips Norelco OneBlade Shaver, $22, Amazon

Dad can get ready in a jiffy with this fast electric trimmer from Philips. It's portable, easy to charge, waterproof and grooms beards and mustaches quickly.

  • 12. Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch, $279 (normally $350), Amazon

Also available at Target.

Even when Dad's phone isn’t in reach, he can make and take calls with an integrated speaker and microphone, respond to texts and access game scores, headlines and playlists. Plus, it keeps track of workouts and monitors heart rate for dads who love to work out.

For more of our favorite fitness trackers, check out this article from TODAY Health.

Dad can put his favorite smartwatch, smartphone and other gadgets on this handsome wood stand. You can even personalize it for a unique touch.

  • 14. Ugg Ascot Suede Slippers, $110, Nordstrom

These slippers are shaped from rich suede with a rubber traction sole and are great for the dad who likes to lounge around the house.

If these slippers are a bit pricey, check out this less expensive, but highly rated pair on Amazon.

  • 15. Yeti Hopper Cooler, $299, Amazon

This cult-favorite cooler will be on any outdoorsman's list this holiday season. It's sturdy, portable and keeps stuff cold for a long, long time.

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  • 16. American Atelier Daphne' Decanter & Whiskey Glasses, $60, Nordstrom

This set from American Atelier will give a major boost to Dad's bar. Four stylish whiskey glasses and a decanter are included.

  • 17. Coleman Road Trip Grill, $115, Walmart

Tell Dad to show off as the grill master with the Coleman Road Trip grill. It's easy to set up — just tell your dad to fold it up and roll it to his favorite backyard cooking spot. Burgers, anyone?

For more grill ideas, check out our post on the best grills for barbecuing, tailgating and more!

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  • 18. Omaha Steaks Classic Combo Pack, $60, Amazon

Yum! This food pack from Omaha Steaks comes with sirloins, burgers, chicken breasts, gourmet franks and individual cheesecakes for dessert! Just heat up and serve. The classic pack comes with enough to feed four people.

  • 19. FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer, $158, Walmart

Also available at Amazon.

Help your dad save some money and ensure the family has fresh, flavorful food all year long. This powerful vacuum sealing system removes air and locks in freshness, extending the life of food up to five times longer.

  • 20. Elyx Boutique Martini Gift Set, $129, Amazon

This martini set will be a great addition to Dad's bar. It includes a copper plated jigger, julep strainer, mixing glass and bar spoon.

  • 21. Woodstock Candy Gift Box, $39, Amazon

This gift will be a sweet trip down memory lane. The candy capsule is filled with Dad's favorite treats from the '80s — including Razzles, Nerds, Sour Patch Kids, Bubble Tape and much more!

  • 22. IPA HomeBrewing Beer Recipe Kit, $49, Amazon

He loves beer, but has he ever had the joy of making his own? This kit includes ingredients to brew his custom IPA. Just follow the simple instructions, and after a few weeks, dad can enjoy five gallons of homemade beer. Cheers to that!

  • 23. Monogram Leather Wallet, $8, Amazon

A metallic monogram adds understated refinement to this smooth leather wallet. Wallet clip also included.

  • 24. The New York Shaving Company Ultimate Shave On The Go, $55, Amazon

This travel shaving kit includes all the essentials — pre-shave oil, shaving cream, after-shave balm and a badger shaving brush — in a TSA-compliant zip-up bag.

  • 25. Combatant Gentleman Men's Dress Shirt, $40, Amazon

Dad will look as handsome as ever in this dress shirt from Combatant Gentleman.

  • 26. Parker JOTTER Stainless Steel Pen and Pencil Set, $31, Amazon

Dad will feel like a cool professional at his next meeting with one of these ballpoint pens. The pen has a durable tip and comes with black ink to provide a smooth writing experience.

  • 27. Honeywell Bluetooth Smart Allergen Remover, $172, Amazon

If Dad suffers from allergies, this may be a gift that could help him breathe easier this season. This smart air purifier comes with an air quality sensor to tell you the quality of the air in the room in real time. Other air-friendly gifts to consider: AllerSoft Allergy Control Duvet Protector ($55) or Dyson Ball Allergy Upright Vaccum ($335).

  • 28. The ONE Smart Keyboard Pro, $742, Walmart

Splurge on this smart keyboard and Dad will easily become a stellar pianist! Just attach a smart device to browse video lessons and sheet music. Follow the lights and Dad will start playing his first song!

  • 29. Aaptiv Membership & Yoga Mat Gift Set, $100, Aaptiv

With this gift, Dad will love working out! The set includes a one-year membership with access to over 2,000 workouts on demand.

  • 30. "The Storm of the Century" by Al Roker, $18, NBC Store

For the history buff in every dad and grandpa, Al Roker's account and analysis of the great gulf hurricane in 1900 is the perfect gift!

Finding the perfect present can be a challenge, but Shop TODAY's up to the task. Try our interactive gift finder to sort gifts by price, person and interest. And no matter who you're looking for, we've got gift guides for everyone on your list, including:

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