The 21 Best Gifts for Dads of 2021

Things fathers will actually use

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Our Top Picks

AirPods Leather Case at Amazon

"Dad will appreciate having his AirPods protected, and stylish, with this case made of genuine leather."

YETI Rambler 14 Ounce Mug at Amazon

"Available in multiple colors, this stainless steel mug insulates a routine cup of joe, or a nightcap, in its shatterproof design."

Kabob Grilling Baskets at uncommongoods.com

"These skewer-less skewers allow you to prepare separate dishes for guests, family members, vegetarians, and more."

Ostrich Travel Pillow at Amazon

"Napping has never been so easy—Dad only needs to slip the travel pillow over his head so he can snooze wherever he goes."

The Nugget at nuggetcomfort.com

"Comprised of four separate comfy foam pieces, dad and his little helpers will have a ball putting it together in different shapes."

Herb & Lou’s Infused Ice Cubes at Amazon

"Made with real fruit juice and no alcohol, these ice cubes just need to be frozen and then popped into Dad's favorite drink."

Yoga Wheel Three-Pack at Amazon

"With three yoga wheel dimensions, Dad can target different parts of his body to massage and support."

BirdDogs Shorts at birddogs.com

"Made with built-in underwear and available in multiple lengths, these shorts are sure to wow Dad."

Universal Yums at universalyums.com

"For when Dad needs something to munch on, this monthly subscription delivers snacks that hail from a different country."

SpikeBall Pro at Amazon

"Play to Dad’s competitive streak with this fun and active two-on-two game that’s played with rules similar to volleyball."

Dads do so much, and finding the right gift for holidays, birthdays, or a just-cause celebration can be tricky. Before you hit the internet and start adding to your cart, consider what they love to do and how they relax. For the Dad who still has a home full of little ones, consider options that they can enjoy together. Like all gift shopping, be sure to set a budget ahead of time so that you don't overspend.

Here are the best gifts for Dads with every interest.

AirPods Leather Case

Airpods Leather Case

 Courtesy of Amazon

A great gift for a techie dad, this all-leather case will protect his AirPods from scratches and falls. The smart design showcases the LED charging light on the front, and a metal clasp lets Dad attach the case to his backpack, belt loop, or anywhere else. 

YETI Rambler 14 Ounce Mug

YETI 14 ounce Rambler Mug

Courtesy of Dick's Sporting Goods

Keep Dad hydrated with the toughest mug out there. Whether he’s out on an adventure or relaxing at home, this mug keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. Dishwasher safe, the grip handle is wide for bigger hands, and it comes in a range of colors. 

Kabob Grilling Baskets

Kabob Grilling Baskets

 Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

No skewer, no problem! These innovative grilling baskets are made with steel wire and a hardwood handle. Four individual baskets allow you to prepare separate dishes for guests, family members, vegetarians, or kids. 

Ostrich Travel Pillow

If Dad is known for his power nap abilities, this is the gift for him. The immersive head pillow feels like a cocoon. Dad can nap at his desk, lounge at home, or anywhere else without moving an inch. Slip it on and he’s off to dreamland. 

The Nugget

nugget couch

Courtesy of Nugget

Buying a couch for the dad in your life may seem like a strange choice but this unique option from Nugget is one of a kind. Comprised of four separate comfy foam pieces, Dad and his little helpers will have a ball putting it together in different shapes. With more than a dozen colors to choose from, the satisfyingly soft microsuede cover can be removed and tossed in the wash to keep the couch fresh.

Tester Insight

"Monkeying around is never the same with nuggets. Kids and I had so much fun after my wife got this for us, it quickly became our favorite hangout place during the pandemic." -Sreejith Chelanchery, VP Site Visibility

Herb & Lou’s Infused Ice Cubes

A perfect addition to Dad’s bar, these alcohol-free pre-mixed ice cubes are ready to mix with Dad’s favorite alcohol or seltzer. Each package comes with 12 individually packed cubes that are perfectly measured and easily mixed. Pop them in the freezer until cocktail hour! 

Yoga Wheel Three-Pack

Help Dad practice gentle yoga poses while soothing away any aches and pains in his neck, back, abs, chest, shoulders, and hips. This three-pack of yoga wheels is durable, stable, light, and can hold up to 500 pounds. With three wheel dimensions, Dad can target different parts of his body to massage and support. 

BirdDogs Shorts

BirdDogs Shorts

 Courtesy of Bird Dogs

The ultimate in comfort, these shorts will wow Dad. Made with built-in underwear, he will love these stylish and comfy pants. Choose from three lengths, six sizes, and a wide variety of patterns to pick the perfect pair. 

Universal Yums

Universal Yums

 Courtesy of Universal Yums

If Dad loves snacks, he will love to snack on this gift. Delivered monthly, receive a gift box full of snacks from a different country every month. Each box contains a wide variety of snacks and a 12-plus page booklet that guides the eating adventure with trivia, recipes, and other surprises. Give as a gift for one, three, six, or 12 months. 

SpikeBall Pro

Play to Dad’s competitive streak with this fun and active two-on-two game that’s played with rules similar to volleyball. It’s perfect for some fun outdoors, indoors, on the beach, yard, park, or anywhere else. The set and all the elements pack up into the included backpack. 

Lumin Classic Maintenance Set

Lumin Classic Maintenance

 Courtesy of Lumin

Get Dad’s skin in prime shape with a classic maintenance skincare set. The set includes a moisturizing balm, charcoal cleanser, and exfoliating rub—all perfect for a fresh-faced dad. 

Mac 8 inch Chefs Knife

For the dad who makes every meal preparation into his very own version of Chopped, this super sharp kitchen knife is a dream. With a 2.5 millimeter dimpled blade, the knife is designed to easily glide through foods without any sticking. Dad will be able to use this knife as a universal kitchen tool as the 8-inch length is perfect for chopping, slicing, dicing, and cutting.

Tester Insight

"I didn’t realize what a knife should cut like until I got this. Having a properly sharp knife adds a lot more precision and ease to any recipe I’m prepping. It’s my go-to for all types of food now and I avoid my old knives at all costs." - Zachary Gabrielski, Product Director

Ninja Air Fryer

The Ninja Air Fryer is sure to become Dad’s favorite kitchen gadget. Enjoy the tasty results of air frying, which uses up to 75% less fat than traditional frying methods. The 4-quart basket is extra large, and all accessories are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. 

Uncle Nearest Premium Aged Whiskey

Uncle Nearest Whiskey

 Courtesy of Uncle Nearest

Stock Dad’s bar with some premium aged whiskey, named for the first African-American master distiller. This Black-owned business has created a smooth whiskey that can be enjoyed on the rocks, neat, or in Dad’s favorite cocktails. 

CAMPORT Folding Backpack Chair with Cooler

With this gift, wherever Dad goes, he’ll always have a seat to rest on and a supply of cool drinks available. The highly-rated folding backpack chair is only 3.3 pounds and can support 331 pounds. Multiple pockets stash Dad’s stuff, and comfortable shoulder straps ensure a great fit. 

Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker

Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker

Courtesy of Walmart

If Dad is a breakfast sandwich dude, this gift is a no-brainer. With one gadget, he can enjoy a hot, homemade breakfast sandwich in just 5 minutes. Put the ingredients in and the sandwich maker assembles the sandwich itself.

Winston Shaving Set

Harry's Shaving Set

 Courtesy of Harry's

A one-stop set for all of dad’s shaving needs. The set includes a foaming shave gel, three five-blade cartridges, and a weighty zinc razor handle. For an added touch, get Dad’s initials engraved on the razor. 

Patagonia Men’s Retro Pile Fleece Jacket

Patagonia Fleece Jacket

 Courtesy of Patagonia

Comfortable and stylish, this comfy fleece jacket is a perfect light jacket and sleek enough to wear under another coat as a warm underlayer. Made of 100% recycled polyester, the classic jacket has three pockets to store all of Dad’s stuff. 

Peloton Bike

Peloton Bike

Courtesy of Peloton

If Dad is looking for a new physical challenge, look no further than a Peloton bike. This splurge-worthy gift offers game-changing exercise in the form of a spin bike with a video touch-screen and access to a vast class library of cardio, strength, yoga, and so much more. 

Adidas Stan Smith Sneakers

These classic kicks will give a quick upgrade to any dad’s style. Made with full-grain leather, the three-stripes design is timeless and durable. Those who have tried them say the shoe sizing does run a little big. 

VIVO Adjustable Stand Up Desk Converter

If Dad is working from home for the foreseeable future or needs to upgrade his office setup, this is the perfect gift. Unlike other standing desks, this one is almost ready to go right out of the box. Simply place the converter on his existing desk, attach the keyboard and feet, and create some instant active standing. 

If you’re still on the fence about what gift to give dad, the YETI Rambler Mug (view at Amazon) is a great place to start. Whether he’s enjoying a cup of joe or a nightcap, his drink is sure to stay hot or cold for hours.

There’s also the subscription to Universal Yums (view at Universal Yums), which supplies dad with snacks from a different country every month. From sweet to salty, he’ll love taking a mini food vacation with snacks from around the world.

What to Look for When Buying Gifts for Dads

Useful

Whether it’s Father’s Day, the holidays, or a just-because gift, gifting a present that’s useful for everyday life or on occasion is something Dad will appreciate. Think about what he enjoys doing and the lifestyle he lives to get an idea of where to start on a useful gift. If he is a weekend hobbyist or tech-obsessed or something in between, buying a gift that can be useful and align with his interests would be appreciated.

Budget

You don’t need to break the bank to give the Dad in your life a special gift. Before shopping, set aside an amount you’d like to spend on a gift and stick to it. Dad will love the gift no matter the cost. 

Personalized

Personalized gifts are a great go-to present for Dad because they’re thoughtful and hold precious value. Engrave a gift or have a product customized to fit Dad’s needs and he’ll treasure it for the years to come. Even if you purchase a non-personalized gift, you can add a personal flair to it or engraving after you buy it.

Why Trust Verywell Family

Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She’s also the mom of a 10-year-old son, 7-year-old son, and 3-year-old daughter. Her dad loves to fish with her boys, so any fishing gift (or photo of his grandchildren) is always appreciated. Her husband is much harder to shop for, but a breakfast sandwich maker might get a lot of action in her house.

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