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28 best gifts for dads in 2021

You'll find something for even the hardest dad to shop for.
Latin daughter giving gifts to her dad - Father's Day
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Forget socks and ties. Instead of the old standbys, surprise Dad with a gift he will truly love this year.

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

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Bestselling gifts for dads

1. "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck" by Mark Manson

This book is all about "a counterintuitive approach to living a good life." Mark Manson, who is known for his popular blog, makes the argument that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better.

2. Sunbeam Neck and Shoulder Heating Wrap

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. Jack Black Beard Grooming Kit

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

4. "Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space," by Tim Peake

Astronaut Tim Peake takes readers behind the scenes and answers hard-hitting questions about life in space. "Was it fun to do a space walk?" and "What were your feelings as you looked down on Earth for the first time?" are just a few of the topics touched on in this fascinating read.

5. Maverick Digital Meat Thermometer

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.

Classic gifts for dads

1. Original Grain Sapele Wood Watch

Isn't this handsome? This 47mm handcrafted watch would look nice on Dad's wrist. It's made from all-natural, sustainably-sourced Hawaiian Koa wood and stainless steel.

2. Ugg Ascot Leather Slippers

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

3. Sable Electric Throw Blanket

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

4. Slim Minimalist Leather Wallet

Finally! The wallet dad has been looking for. It's not only extra slim and travel-friendly, but there's also nearly 30 colors to choose from!

5. Outdoor Voices All Day Sweatpant

If your dad's been rocking the same pair of sweats all year, help him upgrade with this easy-fitting pants. These sweats are made out of a lightweight, ultra soft CloudKnit fabric.

Tech gifts for dads

1. Samsung Galaxy Earbuds

Wireless earbuds fan? These will likely be his jam. Dad can listen to his favorite podcasts, tunes or pair with his smartphone to take calls on the go.

2. Beats Pill + Portable Speaker

This portable speaker delivers a clear, full-range sound you might not expect from such a compact gadget. It's durable and simple to use. Connect Dad's smartphone to this device and he can start playing his favorite tunes.

3. Kodak Smile Classic Digital Camera

It might be a throwback to retro cameras, but it's got modern technology. Dad can instantly print 3.5-inch by 4.5-inch photos easily.

4. Audio-Technica ATLP60XBT Bluetooth Turntable

Speaking of retro, your dad will want to spin all of his vintage vinyls on this modern turntable enabled with Bluetooth technology.

5. GoPro Hero 9

If your dad has big dreams of directing the next big action movie (or at least a really rad family home video), he'll love the latest addition to the GoPro family. The camera shoots stunning 5K video at 20 megapixels (including time-lapses and slo-mo) and has a front-facing screen and removable lens.

Books for dads

1. "The Water Dancer," by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Wow! This book must be good! An Oprah's Book Club pick and New York Times Bestseller, it comes from the National Book Award–winning author of "Between the World and Me."

2. "The Brand Gap," by Marty Neumeier

This book is perfect for the dad looking to restructure his brand. This easy and quick read would be the perfect book to take on vacation or read while commuting.

3. "1,000 Record Covers," by Michael Ochs

The dad who loves music will adore this coffee table book full of classic album covers, from Simon and Garfunkel to Billy Joel.

4. "Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces," by Michael Chabon

This book of essays about fatherhood will remind you and your dad why your relationship is so special.

Useful gifts for dads

1. Panasonic Beard Trimmer

So, dad's got the grooming kit — what about a beard trimmer? This powerful and cordless wet/dry clipper will have dad's beard shaped up in no time!

2. Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme

Your dad doesn't need a special occasion to smell good. Essenced with hints of citrus, rosemary and Calabrian bergamot, this fragrance is equally refreshing and relaxing.

3. YnM Weighted Blanket

This bestselling weighted blanket is perfect for the dad who loves to sleep. It's available in 5 to 39-pound options and over 25 different colors and has an impressive 4.6-star average rating from nearly 39,000 reviews.

4. SparklyPets Hands-Free Dog Leash

If your dad is a loving dog owner and a fitness fanatic, he needs this hands-free dog leash that allows him to jog or run while walking the dog at the same time.

Kitchen gadget gifts for dads

1. Instant Pot 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

Dad can save time and cook with ease with this best-selling cooker. The product has a 4.7-star rating on Amazon and combines seven appliances into one to make cooking easier and more efficient. The cooker is easy to clean and is accompanied by a free app with hundreds of recipe ideas.

2. FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer

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.

3. BlenderBottle Steel Shaker Bottle

The 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.

4. Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey Coffee

If he's all about java, dad will surely enjoy this 100% arabica coffee, medium-roasted and infused with authentic Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey.

5. Yeti Rambler Colster

This cult-favorite colster will be on any outdoorsman's list. It's sturdy, portable and keeps drinks hot (or cold) for a long, long time. Plus, there are over a dozen colors to choose from.

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This gift guide was originally published on Dec. 2, 2015.