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

"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

"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."

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

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

Universal Yums at

"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."

Lumin Classic Maintenance Set at

"Whether Dad’s low maintenance, an athlete, or new to skincare, this starter set will have him covered."

Dads do so much, and finding the right gift for holidays, birthdays, or a just-cause celebration can be tricky. Think about what they love to do, how they relax, or what they’d like to do as a family.

Here are the best gifts for dads with every interest.

Our Top Picks

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. 

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. 

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. 

Frederick Benjamin Total Experience Men’s Grooming Collection

Frederick Benjamin Grooming Collection

 Courtesy of Frederick Benjamin

A complete grooming routine has never been easier. With seven products, Dad will get his hair care, styling, and shaving needs met by this grooming collection from a Black-owned business. Dads everywhere note how great the products smell—they’re made with natural ingredients like spearmint, clove, and aloe. 

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. 

L.L.Bean Fatwood Box

Fatwood Box

 Courtesy of L.L. Bean

Winter is coming. Gift Dad some highly-rated fatwood, made out of a non-endangered species of pine. Fatwood is an eco-friendly way to start a fire and is known as nature’s most efficient kindling. With no chemicals or additives, his fire will light safely and quickly without any paper and will burn for a long time.

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. 

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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