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43 best gifts for dads 2021: Gift ideas for a dad with everything

You'll find something for even the hardest dad to shop for.
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The dad, or dad figure in your life, is likely one of the most important people to buy for this holiday season.

Whether your dad is into reading, cooking or technology, there’s a perfect gift out there for him. This year we’ve rounded up 43 gifts for dad that are sure to put him in the holiday spirit. We’ve got everything from themed LEGO sets and outdoor smokers to a modern alarm clock and craft whiskey.

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Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s 2021 Gift Guide to find the perfect present for everyone on your list!

Best classic gifts for dads

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.

RTIC 45-Quart Hard Cooler

If Dad is into tailgating with friends and family, then this hard-sided cooler is a must-get. It can hold up to 36 cans and 40 pounds of ice and keep ice cold for up to 10 days. The best part is this won’t go slipping and sliding around his car, because it has nonslip pads on the bottom of the cooler as well.

Word Teasers Dad Jokes

Most dads have a stash of puns and lame jokes that they use in various situations. 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.

Craft Whisky Club Subscription

We usually try to keep clear of subscriptions, but for Dad we’ll do anything. If your dad is into whisky, then a subscription to the Craft Whisky Club is perfect. You can choose a subscription of two boxes over four months, three boxes over six months or six boxes over 12 months. Each box has one full bottle of craft whisky, food pairings, nosing glass and other items from the partner distilleries. Cheers, dad!

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 this LEGO Star Wars set is under the tree. 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.

Tommy Hilfiger Men's Leather Wallet

It seems that every year around the holidays, Dad’s wallet suddenly needs to be replaced and not just because he’s been doling out his credit card to his partner for gifts. This wallet comes in a variety of shades and patterns and has six slots for credit cards.

Original Grain Sapele Wood Watch

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

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.

Outdoor Voices All Day Sweatpants

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.

Best tech gifts for dads

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.

iO Series 9 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush

Give Dad the gift of a whiter smile with this electric toothbrush. The toothbrush works with a smart pressure sensor to ensure he won’t brush too hard. There’s also 3D teeth tracking and AI recognition will help him to know when all of his teeth are clean, too.

Oculus Quest 2

VR headsets are going to be a top gift again this year, and at the top of a lot of tech savvy dad’s lists. The Oculus Quest 2 is one of the best VR headsets on the market right now with realistic visuals and real-time tracking that will allow him to feel like he’s in a far off place even if he’s just in the living room of his home.

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.

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.

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-in. x 4.5-in. photos easily.

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.

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 books for dads

"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 under the tree. 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.

"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.

"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 will also be a gift for you one day.

"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.

"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.

"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.

Best useful gifts for dads

X1 Car Cup Cell Phone Holder

If your dad has a long commute to work, then he’ll love this cellphone holder that fits into one of the drink holders in his car. It has a small dock that fits most cellphones, and still allows him to utilize the drink holder with a small cup or can.

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 is filled with cards with ideas of things to do with dad throughout the year to allow you to spend some quality time together.

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.

Teslyar Wood Phone Docking Station

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

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.

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!

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.

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 4.6-star average rating from nearly 39,000 reviews.

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.

Best kitchen gadget gifts for dads

Katz Delicatessen Taste of New York

There really is nothing like a sandwich from a New York 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.

Crate Chef 1-Box Gift

Let Dad cook with some of 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 and 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.

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.

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 up-level his grill game with this barrel cooker. The cooker 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!

Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit

Spicy food and dads just go together like fried chicken and mashed potatoes. This make your own hot sauce 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.

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 and we can reap the benefits of this gift too.

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 eat on their own sautéed with salt, pepper, and butter.

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.

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.

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This gift guide was originally published on Dec. 2, 2015, and has been updated with new products.