We love our dads, granddads, partners (and friends) — whether it’s the guy who kept your secret when he spotted you rolling in past curfew as a teenager, the one sharing diaper duty or the one helping you pack school lunches now.
For this holiday season, we've rounded up creative options based on personality type at every price point so that you can gift the special man in your life something that adequately shows just how much you care.
Whether he loves cooking for the family, cheering on his favorite sports team or hitting the gym (and then enjoying a cold one), these gift picks will spare him from having to hang the hundredth tie in his closet and get him something that will elevate his lifestyle (and maybe his style).
Best outdoors gifts for the outdoorsman
If he spends long stretches of time outdoors at sporting events, doing yard-work, fishing or hiking, he will love this drink insulator from REDUCE. What makes it unique is that it will keep both canned and bottled beer (and soda) cold. Plus, the cooler doubles as a 14-ounce drinking cup, so he can fill it up with water or iced tea and stay hydrated in between brews.
If his hobbies include hiking, camping, hunting or fishing, he might find a lot of value in a gift like this. No more making room for water bottles in his backpack to stay hydrated while hiking to his destination. This bottle, with a built in filtration system, filters water of chemicals, pesticides, bacteria and protozoa in just 10 seconds, reducing contaminate levels far below EPA standards for safe drinking water.
The LifeStraw Personal Water Filter is also a fan favorite.
Science tells us that being outside in nature is not only great for our physical health but also for our mental health, as well. So why not make it even easier for him to pack up his gear and hit the trail? This carry-all will give the outdoor enthusiast peace of mind that he'll have dry, clean clothes to change into regardless where his adventures take him.
Best gifts for cooks and home chefs
If hosting a barbecue means your husband or father spends the entire afternoon behind the grill, this handy tech tool could be his new best friend. The wireless meat thermometer takes all the guesswork out of cooking the perfect slab of meat — whether he's roasting chicken, cooking steaks or grilling salmon. All he has to do is insert the thermometer into the meat and select the type of item he's cooking. The app will estimate the cook time. The convenient countdown clock shows how much time is remaining so he can crack open a cold one and enjoy the BBQ — instead of having to “man” the grill all afternoon.
This highly-rated portable grill won't just let him grill at home but also on-the-road, at the tailgate or anywhere, really. It's designed to fold up and can be stored in compact spaces. Three adjustable burners make precision cooking much more possible in such a small device. And the grill can emit up to 20,000 BTUs of power so nothing will stand in the way of his favorite charred foods.
The man who lights up your life will be the life of the tailgate with this duffel. Filled with all the essentials for grilling out before the game, there will be no more scrambling to make sure he has all of his gear before heading off to the stadium (or little league field). The heat-sealed main compartment serves as a cooler and fits 46 12-ounce cans, while the side pocket stores an 8-piece grilling set including tools like a spatula, cutting board, corkscrew, an oven mitt and salt and pepper shakers.
Anyone who enjoys cooking likes a clean kitchen. For some, the cleaning part of that can get a bit frustrating. And that's just one of the problems hybrid cookware outfit Hexclad wants to eliminate. Their patented cookware sports a unique hexagonal design that combines stainless steel and a nonstick, abrasion-resistant surface. Heat dispersion is even, cleanup is a breeze, and these pots and pans can handle the oven, the stove, and a regular beating without getting banged up.
Some of our favorite summer memories were spent grilling out in the backyard with our family. But if he is still using the same grill since your childhood, chances are it's seen better days. If the portable model above doesn't cut it, use the holiday as an excuse to set him up with this top-rated model. This grill from Weber was given top marks by both the Good Housekeeping Institute and Popular Mechanics for being user-friendly and and having all of the essential features at a surprisingly affordable price point. (Fun fact: It fits 25 four-inch burgers at once — that enough?)
Best tech gifts
For an adult gamer who is really just a big kid at heart, allowing him to indulge his love of video games on the go can actually be good for his health. Studies have suggested that hitting the sticks from time to time may improve memory, enhance cognitive function, and can help reduce pain and anxiety about medical procedures. With Gamevice, he gains access to playing more than 1,000 compatible games — whether he's commuting to work or waiting in a long line at the post office. The device connects directly to your smartphones charging port without requiring pairing or charging (forgetfulness is forgiven).
More compact than previous generations and with an increased range, the new SimpliSafe system promises a more seamless and easy security system. The company promises no tools are required for setup and it can be done in "just a few minutes." There's no contract and the system is designed to withstand power and WiFi outages. He can connect appliances, lights, speakers, locks, cameras, thermostats and more — and control, automate and monitor them all from his phone using the app. The system will give him peace of mind while the family is away on vacation and also save him from those daily stressors like remembering if he locked the front door or left the air conditioning on for the dog.
It might be because he's out and about all day or is a neat freak and likes keeping things tidy and clean. Either way, he might be interested in a machine that cleans up tech devices using ultraviolet C (UVC) rays that labs use to kill germs and keep tools clean. The PhoneSoap is, as implied, like soap for your phone, or keys, or gaming devices. It comes in myriad colors and different sizes, too.
When he likes outfitting his house with tech devices that make day-to-day tasks simpler, this deadbolt allows for keyless access and connects directly to your home’s WiFi to easily lock and unlock your front door. He will be able to see who comes to the front door and let them in with a tap on the Ring app. The app also allows him to keep watch over his house when he's at work or traveling. He can see who comes to the door, use the app to verify guests identity, create up to 100 unique codes for different guests, and grant access to to those that need to enter — the kids, the dog walker, a neighbor who is collecting your mail while you're on vacation, and so on.
Best fun and relaxing gifts
The game's one sentence description really nails down why this is a great gift for him (or anyone from the video rental era): "A movie game for anyone who has ever seen a movie." Slide back into the pre-Netflix '90s with a family-friendly and entertaining game that's perfect for the holidays or for a quick jog down memory lane.
Indulge his home body tendencies with a pair of open-heel wool slippers from Glerups. The felted wool upper and lining are extra warm to keep his feet comfortable all winter long — ideally on the foot rest in front a roaring fire.
Best stylish gifts
15. SPREZZABOX (budget-friendly)
Whether he's already fashion-oriented or could use a leg up, this subscription set is a lift in that direction. Each box contains four or five stylish lifestyle accessories — socks, watches, tie clips, leather cord holders, coasters, and so on — and one grooming product.
If he's particularly picky about what he wears on his wrist, this monthly wristwatch membership service sends a new, curated timepiece every month to help him build a solid watch collection. It can be gifted up to the very last minute for three, six or 12 months, and you can choose between three different price points:
- Original tier, watches worth up to $150 for $29/month
- Black tier, watches worth up to $500 for $99/month
- Platinum tier, watches worth up to $1,500 for $299/month
Victorinox has been making watches for years. Its new FieldForce collection focuses on active and functional style. Choose among various models of the watch and then between leather and stainless steel bands.
For someone aiming to climb his way to the corner office and wants to look the part — or simply enjoys the suit life — gift him a custom made suit that he can design to perfectly fit his frame and his style.
Best fitness gifts
When it comes to buying a new gym bag, there are endless options. What makes this one stand out? Compartments. We’re talking a compartment for literally everything: sneakers, dirty or wet clothes, shower sandals, a water bottle, phone and headphones.
If he golfs, he probably needs these. This highly-rated set includes a dozen soft-feel balls made of urethane and designed for drop-and-stop game control.
This smart lock makes getting in and out of a locker less of a hassle (so he can get right to his workout) with three different methods for unlocking it: fingerprint, Bluetooth, and a backup Morse code. The lock also stores up to 100 fingerprints for multiple users per lock.
The incline trainer offers over 12,000 workouts (from HIIT and cardio to strength training) with interactive coaching on a 22-inch interactive touchscreen, plus workout tracking that will help him dig deep into his stats and work towards his next fitness goal.
Best gifts for beer lovers
For the beer geek (who actually pays attention during brewery tours), it's hard to go wrong with clever glassware to hold his favorite suds. These pint glasses come in a pair and are designed with annotated molecules that explain why the beer inside them tastes like it does. Other notably interesting glasses:
For those who appreciate American-brewed craft beers, this box will be exciting. Each month, he'll receive twelve, 12-ounce hand-crafted beers from two different U.S. microbreweries. He'll be able to try four different styles of beer every month (three of each).
If they love trying new local beers and heading to craft breweries to see how they're made, why not give them a new weekend hobby? This kit takes the love of beer one step further for the true aficionado, letting him brew his own batch in-house.
Gifts for the Frequent Flyer
This is a solid carry-on for the man on the go. The backpack has three storage compartments — two main ones, and a full-size front pocket — plus many additional pockets for a passport, keys, headphones and all the other things he needs easy access to during work trips. One of the best features is the protective, suspended tech cell inside made to hold a laptop and elevate it from the bottom of the bag so it never hits the ground.
From smart battery modes to compatibility with iPhones and Android smartwatches, this Fossil smartwatch is designed to track his fitness with built-in GPS and provide virtually all of the capabilities a smartphone allows.
If he prides himself on "never checking a bag," this rolling bag will help him pack and organize everything he needs for a short trip. It has two main compartments, one designed for clothes, the other for shoes, toiletries, and other hard objects. A nylon laundry bag comes in handy to separate the clean clothes from the dirty. The outside features an impenetrable shell that bends under pressure and a battery that can charge any phone up to five times.
Best amateur home improvement gifts
This 18-in-one tool allows the handyman on your list to carry his toolbox in his wallet. 18 gadgets are combined into a compact steel tool the size of a credit card. The tools range from your standard toolbox additions — like four types of screwdrivers, a ruler and a nail puller — to more unique and useful everyday tools like a fruit peeler, an eyeglass screwdriver and a cellphone stand.
The perfect tool to have on the ready for every and any "Mr. Fix It" situation that arises, this device keeps 16 tools in one convenient place. Who needs to lug a big toolbox around when you can have pliers, replaceable wire cutters, wire stripper, plain and serrated knives, saw, spring-action scissors, ruler, files, screwdrivers and even a bottle opener right at your fingertips?
Perfect for any DIY person who's always doing projects around the house. He might start by using the laser distance measurers to get measurements for a space, which are sent in real time via Bluetooth to his smartphone. Then he can design the space to scale virtually on the app — adding furniture, wall hangings etc. — and finally, the device will provide step-by-step directions to make the design a reality, telling him exactly where to drive a nail or place a piece of furniture.
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