IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.

These 56 dad gifts cover all the bases — tech, books and kitchen items, too

You'll find something for even the hardest guys to shop for.
Kara Birnbaum/ TODAY
/ Source: TODAY

The dad, or dad figure in your life, is likely one of the most important people to buy for — even if he insists he "doesn't need anything."

Whether your dad is into reading, cooking or technology, there’s a perfect gift out there for him. This year we’ve rounded up 56 gifts for Dad that are sure to put him in a celebratory mood. We’ve got everything from themed Legos and outdoor smokers to a modern alarm clock and craft whiskey.

To quickly jump to the category you’re looking for, click on the links below or scroll to see all 56.

Best classic gifts for dads

Personalized Initial Cufflinks

Make every special occasion even more so with his own pair of personalized cufflinks, customized to display his initials, or those of a loved one. Available in gold, silver or black, metals and a variety of fonts, gift him the pair that will elevate any of his nice outfits.

Word Teasers Dad Jokes

Most dads have a stash of puns and lame jokes that they use regularly — no matter how much we tell them not to. Arm him with more of these jokes with this deck of dad jokes that are kind of funny, but in a cool dad joke way.

Shop The Scenes Yellowstone Hoodie

For the "Yellowstone" fan, get him this hoodie that reps the ranch from the show. It comes in two colors and is available in sizes XS to 3XL.

'47 NCAA Ball Cap

They are called dad caps for a reason. Get him this aptly-named accessory where he can also show off his alma mater, or his child's current school.

Tommy Hilfiger Men's Leather Wallet

This pick has four card slots, three slip pockets and one large bill compartment with a bill divider so he has plenty of space for all his cash and credit cards (and maybe even a wallet-sized picture of the family, too). It also comes in a variety of colors and patterns, so you can rest assured there is an option for every dad's personal aesthetic.

Woodford Reserve x Williams Sonoma Gift Set

For the dad who wants to experiment turning his whiskey on the rocks into a craft cocktail, this gift set allows him to do just that. The set comes with mint julep, old-fashioned and whiskey sour cocktail syrups to make three classic drink options. If your dad isn’t one for alcohol, these can also be paired with sparkling water for a tasty mocktail.

Outdoor Voices All Day Sweatpants

If your dad's been rocking the same pair of sweats all year, help him upgrade with these easy-fitting pants. These sweats are made out of a lightweight, ultra soft CloudKnit fabric and have a tapered fit that gives it an extra flattering look.

Ugg Ascot Leather Slippers

These slippers are shaped from rich leather with a rubber traction sole so they're extra durable, meaning you won't have to worry about them wearing thin over time. The stylish design is great for the dad who likes to lounge around the house.

Nobull Navy Gum Trainer

For the dad who spends his mornings in the gym before work, upgrade his sneaker game with this pair of chic trainers. Not only are these shoes durable and perfect for crushing any kind of workout, reviewers also confirm they are "by far the most comfortable and secure fit shoes" they've ever purchased.

Ricardo Beverly Hills Malibu Bay 3.0 Travel Bags

A backpack is a practical gift for the dad who’s always carrying his work things by hand into the office. This sleek option comes in a deep heathered blue or a light gray and has two main pockets. The larger compartment is big enough to store a laptop and all of the paperwork dad needs, while the smaller pocket is ideal for keys, cords and headphones.

Lego "Star Wars: The Mandalorian" The Razor Crest

Dads and Lego sets go way back. While he might not be building towers to make them fall over and be rebuilt again, we can almost guarantee that he’s probably hoping to get this Lego "Star Wars" set. His face will light up like a little kid and he’ll want to rip right into the box to start building the Razor Crest.

Designer Dram Experience Kit

If your dad is often seen with a glass of high-end liquor in his hand, consider letting him create his own whiskey with this experience kit. He can make a custom blend of whiskey from home, then send the specs back to Designer Dram, who will then make an entire bottle of his blend, plus a custom label on the bottle just for him.

Original Grain Sapele Wood Watch

Isn't this handsome? This 46-mm handcrafted watch would look nice on any Dad's wrist. It's made from all-natural, sustainably-sourced African sapele wood and stainless steel.

Best kitchen gadget gifts for dads

Black + Decker Electric Griddle

For Sunday morning pancakes or making breakfast for the masses after a sleepover, this cooking gadget makes up to eight servings at once. The added drip tray makes for minimal mess. Reviewers love the griddle because it "heats evenly" and is "easy to clean."

Kalita Wave Pour Over Coffee Dripper

Upgrade Dad’s morning cup of coffee with this pour-over coffee dripper. The device sits comfortably on top of most standard-sized coffee mugs. All dad needs to do is put a filter in the cone along with his favorite coffee, and pour it over hot water. In minutes he’ll have a flavorful cup of coffee that tastes better than anything from a plastic pod.

Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey Coffee

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

Smallhold Blue Oyster Grow Kit

If your dad is into growing his own food and gardening, consider this grow-your-own mushroom kit. After a few weeks of tending your dad will have an abundance of blue oyster mushrooms to add to dishes or sautée with salt, pepper and butter to eat on their own.

Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit

Spicy food and dads just go together like fried chicken and mashed potatoes, which is why this pick is great for any dad. This kit will guide your dad through making his own spicy sauce, complete with his own made-up name. If you’re nice he might even let you try some.

Crate Chef 1-Box Gift

Let Dad cook with the same ingredients as some of the top chefs in the country with this gift box from Crate Chef. You can choose from chefs like Kenny Gilbert or Darren McGrady and have the gift delivered right to dad’s front door. Each box has recipes and ingredients to help make a fantastic meal.

Goldbelly Monthly Bacon Subscription

There’s nothing we won’t do for bacon, including setting up our dad with a monthly subscription to have a few pounds of hand-cut, small batch bacon sent to his door from small butchers around the country. While this is a gift for dad, it shouldn’t be hard to get him to cook some up so we can reap the benefits of this gift, too.

Spärkel Beverage System

If your dad always has a sparkling water or hard seltzer in his hands, the Spärkel Beverage System is a great gift. The system can infuse flavor and add effervescence to any drink without a CO2 tank. Once a drink is carbonated, he can drink it right from the bottle or pour it into a new cup.

Katz Delicatessen Taste of New York

There is nothing like a sandwich from a New York City deli. Give Dad a taste of the Big Apple with this box that's filled with everything he needs to make a mile-high sandwich, including a pound of pastrami and corned beef, seedless rye bread, sour pickles, mustard and sauerkraut.

Hot Ones Hot Sauce 10-Pack

If your dad can’t get enough of the YouTube series Hot Ones, then consider this hot sauce bundle that has 10 different options — all of which were featured on the show. The box comes with a tasting guide so dad can make his own game of Hot Ones for everyone in the family. Just be warned that these picks can be spicy, even having made people cry before.

Breville Joule Sous Vide

Sous vide has become a trend in at-home cooking, thanks in part to devices like this one that can turn any pot of water into a sous vide machine. The Joule attaches to the side of a pot via a clip and has a magnetic base. The gadget runs on an app that is easy to download to dad’s phone, too.

Pit Barrel Cooker Classic Vertical Smoker Package

Most dads consider themselves the grill and smoking master of the house. If that’s your dad, then upgrade his grill game with this barrel cooker. It includes all of the hooks and grates he needs to make fantastic bbq chicken, smoked ribs and even grilled veggies. Bobby Flay better watch out after your dad gets started with this!

Best tech gifts for dads

Garmin Approach Golf Smartwatch

For the golf-obsessed father who is more worried about making his tee time than anything else, this smartwatch will remind him when to get to the greens and track how far his golf ball went as well. Plus, he can keep score, check out hazards ahead of time and see how far away the teeing area is.

Mode Electric Toothbrush

Most sonic and electric toothbrushes today have pesky cords and bases that take up precious counter space. For the guy who wants to stay organized in the bathroom and maintain sparkly white teeth, the Mode toothbrush is calling his name. The base actually plugs into the wall — sans cord — and the toothbrush docks and charges via a magnet. The dock also has a built-in nightlight for the mornings when it’s just too early to turn the lights on.

Apple AirTag

Help Dad never lose his keys, wallet — or anything else for that matter — ever again with Apple AirTags. The small device connects to his phone via Bluetooth and can help him locate the desired item with the click of a button. These are great for luggage too if dad is an avid traveler, whether for work or pleasure.

Samsung Galaxy Earbuds 2

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.

Hatch Restore

For the dad who’s looking to upgrade from his phone to an actual alarm clock, consider the Hatch Restore. The smart sleep assistant is a combination sound machine, sunrise alarm, smart light, meditation app and alarm clock. No matter how he feels when he goes to bed, he’ll wake up feeling refreshed and renewed with this.

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, simply connect Dad's smartphone to this device and he can start playing his favorite tunes.

Fitbit Charge 5

The latest health tracker launch from Fitbit is the Charge 5. This wearable gadget can notify him of a high or low heart rate, track his wellness metrics, and has a built-in GPS so he never gets lost on the bike or running trail again. It also comes in three different shade options so you can pick the best one according to your dad's color preferences.

Sonos Roam Smart Speaker

Let Dad take his music, podcasts or e-books with him anywhere with this portable speaker. The smart speaker can last up to 10 hours on a single charge, and easily connects to his at-home wifi and phone’s Bluetooth. The device also has Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant already built in so dad can just tell the speaker what he wants to listen to and it will automatically start playing.

Audio-Technica ATLP60XBT Bluetooth Turntable

Retro dads will want to spin all of their vintage vinyls on this modern turntable enabled with Bluetooth technology. With over 5,500 verified five-star ratings on Amazon, this pick is almost a guaranteed favorite for many families.

Bose Noise Cancelling Over-Ear Bluetooth Wireless Headphones 700

He'll love tuning the world out with these noise-canceling headphones from Bose. The headphones are wireless and can connect to almost any device via Bluetooth. They come in black or silver so you can choose the color that fits his vibe best. And if his phone should ring during his "quiet time," the headphones have a built-in microphone so he can answer calls from the family.

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.

Best useful gifts for dads

The Art and Soul of Guitar MasterClass

If your dad has picked up a new hobby since becoming an empty-nester, help him hone his craft by learning the art and soul of guitar with Carlos Santana, guitarist and 9-time Grammy winner with the band Santana.

ESPRO P0 Ultralight French Press

For the coffee enthusiast who is always on the go, consider this portable French press that will ensure his coffee is hot and keep pesky grounds out of a freshly brewed cup. The press is made with stainless steel and has a vacuum seal so his coffee won't cool down on his commute to the office.

Dad & Me Activity Bucket List

Everyone has a list of things they want to do with their dad, but they rarely write them down and actually do them. This activity bucket includes cards that provide ideas of things to do with dad throughout the year to allow you to spend some quality time together.

Leon Bridges Salt and Stone Natural Deodorant

Created in assistance with singer and songwriter Leon Bridges, this deodorant gives off a "musky, woody" scent, according to Bridges. Key ingredients include seaweed extracts and hyaluronic acid.

Well Told Hometown Rocks Glasses

You’ve likely heard your dad talk about his hometown, and with this custom glass, he can reminisce even more. The glasses are etched with a map of various cities and states, even down to the street names of smaller towns. Standard etching includes the GPS coordinates of a location but you can customize the glasses more if there’s a place that your dad just won’t stop talking about.

SparklyPets Hands-Free Dog Leash

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

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.

Teslyar Wood Phone Docking Station

Help Dad keep his electronics organized with this docking station. The wooden stand can hold his cellphone, keys, wallet, watch, sunglasses and anything else that’s small and used daily — all in one convenient spot.

Navy Long Jambys

Dads can always use another set of loungewear. We love these by Jambys because of how soft the material is and the fact that Dad can go outside to the mailbox or to his car and still look decent. The pants come in a variety of color combinations, too.

YnM Weighted Blanket

This bestselling weighted blanket is perfect for the dad who loves to sleep. It's available in 5- to 39-lb options and over 25 different colors and has an impressive average rating from over 46,000 people.

Bevel Shave System Kit

Give Dad the gift of a spa day every day with this luxury shave kit. The kit comes with a safety razor, shave brush, pre-shave oil, shave cream, balm and blades to help him get a close shave every time. We know Dad already looks great, but after using this, he’ll feel great, too.

Panasonic Beard Trimmer

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

Yellow Leaf Hammocks The Chair Hammock

Let Dad kick back and relax outdoors in this single-person hammock. The hammock is made of a soft weaved yarn so it won't feel scratchy against his skin while lounging. All he needs to go with this is a tropical drink and he’ll be able to snap into vacation mode at home.

Best books for dads

"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. Its meaningful words will leave your dad laughing, tearing up and feeling more grateful that ever for his family.

"Dad, I Want to Hear Your Story," by Jeffrey Mason

We can always learn something from Dad, and that’s exactly what this book does. He can fill it out with stories and wisdom that you can cherish forever. A gift for him now will also be a gift passed down to future generations one day.

"RoadTrip America: A Sports Fan's Guide to Route 66," by Ron Clements

Sports fans will enjoy this guide to sports along the iconic Route 66. The book highlights venues, sports players and events along the famous backroad from Chicago to Santa Monica. No matter if he’s a fan of the NFL, NBA, NHL or MLB, there’s something in here for him.

"World Travel: An Irreverent Guide," by Anthony Bourdain and Laurie Woolever

If your dad is the planner of epic vacations, consider this book from the late Anthony Bourdain. The book will allow dad to explore some of Bourdain’s favorite destinations, and even assist in planning future vacations with insight on where to stay, how to get there, what to eat and more.

"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.

"National Geographic Ultimate Visual History of the World," by Jean-Pierre Isbouts

We catch our dad watching National Geographic most of the time the TV is on. If he loves history, then he’s going to enjoy this new history book from National Geographic about the evolution of humans, which includes maps and stunning photos from the past and present.

"The Story of Marvel Studios," by Tara Bennett and Paul Terry

For the dad who lives for superhero movies, this two-part boxed set of books on the making of the Marvel films will be the best thing he gets this year. The books start with Phase One of the MCU and go through the entire Infinity Saga with interviews from the cast and crew of the films.