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45 cool Father's Day gifts for the dad who's impossible to shop for

He'll never think of getting these useful gifts for himself — but that's where you come in.
Three images of a Grill thermometer, a man lounging outside by the pool and a close up of a bluetooth speaker
Vivian Le/ TODAY; Kara Birnbaum/ TODAY

Finding the perfect Father's Day gift isn't always the easiest of tasks, especially when there are so many options to choose from and you're under a time crunch. You could always go with a personalized gift or a thoughtful gift basket to send straight to his door, but you might be looking for something a bit different from the norm this year.

To help sort through all of the options, we're sharing some cool Father's Day gift finds to make Dad feel extra special. Whether you're looking to pamper him with self-care or upgrade his golf game, there's an option for every kind of pops.

Cool Father's Day gifts as seen on TODAY

Chronicle Books Lucky Tickets for Dad

Give him a free pass this Father's Day to skip taking out the trash, control the music in the car and more. Coming with 12 tickets, this coupon book is a fun, lighthearted way to show him how much you care.

Kitchen Expressions Personalized Chef Hat

"A hat like this really does make Dad look like he knows what he’s doing whether he’s on the grill or in the kitchen," Post said. Featuring an adjustable velcro enclosure, you can personalize this chef hat with up to three fonts, from his name to "Dude with the Food."

Chronicle Books Letters to My Dad

A perfect gift from kids, this book features 10 unique prompts that allow a child to tell their father how much they mean to them. Post says this can be spread out over holidays and milestones, creating a meaningful time capsule.

Zazzle Flippin Awesome Grilling Apron

Post says to let him know how "flippin awesome" he is with this customizable grilling apron. "A real confidence booster and incentive to cook everyone dinner, he may be so excited that he might not even want a night off on Father’s Day," she said.

Jaxon Lane Bro Mask

According to Post, men's beauty, or men's grooming, is trending big time. Give your dad the gift of pampering this Father's Day with these facial masks targeted just for men. According to the brand, this mask is packed with hydrating ingredients such as niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and collagen. Driver Drink Dispenser

For the dad who loves to golf, upgrade his golf bag with this club drink dispenser. TODAY contributor Chassie Post previously said this is a great and easy way to keep him cool on the green without having to carry around bottles. According to the brand, it fits any golf bag and is perfect for tea, coffee, water and more.

Carhartt Trade Series Embroidered Tool Tote

Post says she loves this brand, which is known for their rugged work pants and jackets. She chose their personalized tool tote as a great gift option for the family handyman. This bag will keep dad's tools organized with 15 different interior compartments and six exterior pockets.

Corleone Fine Italian Foods Gift Box

Post says this is the perfect gift for dads who love classic films and fine Italian cuisine. This "The Godfather" anniversary-themed box comes with a variety of pasta sauces, olive oils and more.

More cool Father's Day gifts for Dad

Universal Waterproof Case

If your dad loves a good beach day or spends his weekends fishing on the lake, he'll need a waterproof smartphone case to keep his property safe. Made with a sturdy PVC material, it's waterproof up to 100 feet deep.

"Greenlights," by Matthew McConaughey

It doesn't get much cooler than Mr. Matthew McConaughey, who coined the phrase, "Alright, alright alright." Get Dad back into a reading groove with this memoir that is sure to provide laughs and life lessons alike.

Beard Bib Apron

For the dad who is still rocking an impressive quarantine beard, this beard bib will make his trimming so much easier. Simply attach the suction cups to the mirror and the bib will catch all of his shavings to help make cleanup a breeze.

100 Movies Scratch-Off Poster

If he can never decide on which movie to watch, he'll totally love this scratch-off poster that will encourage him to watch all the Hollywood classics. From "Rocky" to "Jaws," he'll revisit all of his favorites and just might discover a new hidden gem.

Host Freeze Beer Glass

Say goodbye to lukewarm beverages! All too often, warm temperatures and watery melted ice cubes ruin a refreshing drink. This beer glass by Host was created to fix that problem. All you need to do is freeze the mug for at least two hours and Dad can enjoy his ice-cold beer until the last drop.

RockDove Two-Tone Memory Foam Slippers

You can’t go wrong with a new pair of slippers. These men’s slippers are bestsellers on Amazon with over 125,000 verified ratings. They're made with memory foam insoles for a pillow-soft fit and come in nine different colors.

"Dad Nutrition Facts" Mug

If you're looking for a funny, budget-friendly gift, this "Dad Nutrition Facts" mug is guaranteed to give Dad a good laugh.

Retro Video Game Phone Case

Bring him back to the good old days with this retro video game phone case. He can play classic video games without having to download yet another app.

FreshJax Grilling Spice Gift Set

For the dad who loves to grill, consider getting him this spice gift set from FreshJax. It comes with bottles of smoked cherrywood sea salt, campfire smoky sea salt, smokey southwest grill seasoning, burger seasoning and mesquite lime sea salt. He'll be whipping up one of his new favorite recipes in no time!

Life is Good Adirondacks Ball Cap

If there's one thing about dads, it's that they love a good ball cap. Caps help express personality similar to a graphic tee — help him show off his favorite pastime with this hat from Life is Good.

Baseball Park Map Glasses

If he’s a MLB fan, these glasses will definitely be a home run! Each set of two features a map of his favorite team's stadium, detailed with the team’s two main colors. It's one of those rare gifts he would probably never buy for himself, but will definitely use quite often.


Cassettes may be as old as he is, but the sentiment behind a mixtape is everlasting. This handcrafted version meshes the best of both worlds — the charm of a physical object with the convenience of a digital playlist. You can even engrave it for an extra special touch!

Putt-A-Bout Par Three Putting Green

If he loves golf, he’ll enjoy practicing his game from home with this bestselling mini putting green. The kidney-shaped mat comes with three practice targets and a high-quality putting surface designed to stay smooth over time.

Men's 7" Sunset Swim Shorts

Make him the best-dressed dad on summer vacation with these Lands' End swim shorts, available in five fun patterns. Four-way stretch fabric, basket-style knit lining, and an elastic waistband are designed to move with him in the water for a comfortable fit.

History by Mail Subscription

Perfect for your favorite history buff, every delivery of this monthly mail subscription service includes keepsake replicas of significant importance, curated by a team of dedicated archivists.

Tablift Flexible Universal Tablet Stand

Whether he likes to use his tablet in bed, during his commute or on the couch, this stand will keep it secure and in the perfect position. It's also easy to store thanks to its flexible legs.

11-Piece Cocktail Shaker Set

If he's not a regular dad, but a cool dad who also loves concocting his own cocktails, gift him this 11-piece set that includes everything he'll need for hosting. Reviewers love this set because of its "high quality materials," as it's made out of stainless steel copper.

Craft Beer Club

While your dad probably already has a favorite beer, sometimes it's fun to experiment and try something new. One way you can encourage a little change is with a Craft Beer Club subscription. He'll receive 12 new bottles of beer to try every month — and he might just find his new favorite brew!

JBL Go 3 Portable Speaker

Whether it's while he's working out, hiking, cooking outdoors or at the beach, this portable and waterproof speaker will provide music wherever, whenever. It easily clips onto any backpack or keychain, making traveling with it effortless. Available in eight colors, this speaker is loved by reviewers because it's "extremely lightweight," "durable" and "the perfect travel speaker."

Personalized Wooden Docking Station

Is he the sort to lose his keys, phone, watch, sunglasses and phone every time he steps foot inside his house? We've got a personalized solution just for him! Available in four colors, this docking station will keep his essentials in one place.

HoMedics 3D Shiatsu Massage Pillow

If he’s been working from home for the last two years, he’s probably been dealing with some back pain. He might be able to reduce those aches with this highly rated heat massage pillow by HoMedics. Its circular kneading motions are meant to provide a relaxing and luxurious massage.

Personalized Maple Cutting Board

Does Dad wear his "Kiss The Cook" apron all the time? This one-of-a-kind cutting board will be the perfect accompaniment for it. This kitchen essential is made with a juice well and grip handles to keep your countertop drip-free.

Chef'n Sweet Spot Ice Cream Maker

Ice cream lovers, rejoice! This neat kitchen gadget from Chef'n lets Dad whip up custom rolls of ice cream exactly to his tastes. The ice cream maker also comes with a recipe book, scoop and spade, so he will have everything he needs to dish up frozen sweet treats this summer.

The Davek Mini

Give Dad the gift of never being caught in the rain unprepared again. This ultra-portable umbrella is tiny but mighty, thanks to its fiberglass reinforced six-rib frame system, and comes with a lifetime guarantee. The brand says this will fit in virtually any compartment, bag or even his pants pocket, thanks to its seven-inch size when it's closed.

ChargeCard Portable Phone Charger & Power Bank

If Dad is guilty of leaving his old, bulky portable charger at home, this tiny, credit card-sized power bank could be the gift that changes everything. It fits right in his wallet and has a built-in cord that works with both Android and Apple phones, so he'll never be left with a dead battery again.

Hammer & Axe Football Playmaker Board Game

The football season doesn't start for a few more months, but he'll barely notice once he starts playing this strategic tabletop game.

Williams Sonoma Monogrammed Forged Steak Brand

Any budding barbecue grillmaster would love searing his sirloin! Hand forged by a cattle rancher based in Texas, this iron brand can be customized with his monogram (up to three initials).

Adidas Alpha Grand Court Sneaker

Popularized by an artist his children are sure to know and love, upgrade his shoe game with these sneakers from Adidas. Sporty yet elevated, these shoes can help dress up any casual outfit. One reviewer noted that they're "very comfy and great for different occasions."

Madewell Easy Short-Sleeve Shirt in Textural Stripe

Complete Dad's wardrobe with this modern take on a classic button-down shirt. This breezy option is made of 100% cotton and has a relaxed fit for optimum comfort. In addition to a trendy but wearable mahogany tone, it comes in classic black and white. Wireless Meat Thermometer

For the dad who takes his grilling game seriously, this wireless meat thermometer is the perfect gift for him to unwrap. The gadget will allow him to check the temperature on his phone, instead of having to hover around the grill. Tiki Torch Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers

Tiki torches can add a tropical getaway element to any backyard space, but now is taking them to the next level. Not only do they provide great lighting, but they also feature built-in Bluetooth speakers that can play tunes for up to six hours, according to the brand.

Tinggly Perfect for Him

If the dad in your life is the kind of guy who tends to buy everything he wants for himself, skip the "stuff" this year and gift him a truly cool experience of his choosing. According to the brand, the receiver can pick from over 1,900 things to do in more than 100 countries, from a wine tasting cruise in New York to zip-lining in Washington, to find his next great adventure.

Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses

Nothing says cool like a new pair of sunglasses, and this pair from Ray-Ban can be customized to be polarized or non-polarized, depending on how he prefers his lenses. You can also add prescription lenses or customize the the color, metal details and choose to engrave them as well.


Think your dad already has everything? Think again. This incredibly cool gadget is a sign that can display — in real time — everything he could want to check in on, like the big game, the song that’s playing on Spotify, the weather outside and so much more.

Philips Compact Pasta Maker for Two

If Dad eats a ton of pasta, now he can make his own (and he better share some with Mom)! This automated machine can make spaghetti, fettuccine or penne in minutes, and its space-saving design makes it easy to put away or present on his countertop.

Ninja DualBrew Pro Specialty Coffee System

Treat him to a delicious cup of coffee with this multi-functional coffee brewer that brews nine different sizes of coffee, from a small cup to a carafe. This coffee maker is also compatible with Keurig K-cups to quickly brew a single cup of coffee with ease.

Shark AI Ultra Robot Self-Empty XL

If the dad in your life prefers a hands-off approach to cleaning, then the Shark AI Ultra Robot is for him. This smart vacuum features voice control and navigation technology and cleans itself for the ultimate easy cleaning experience. Plus, it's $200 off right now with code ROBOT200.