The 22 Best Gifts for Dads of 2021

Things fathers will actually use

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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.

Yeti Rambler 14 oz Mug

Yeti Rambler 14 oz Mug

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. 

Uncommon Goods Kabob Grilling Baskets

Uncommon Goods Kabob Grilling Baskets

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 PILLOW Original Travel Pillow

Ostrich Pillow Original 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 Foam Couch

The 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 Cubes The Clyde Ready-Made Cocktail Mixer

Herb & Lou's Infused Cubes The Clyde Ready-Made Cocktail Mixer

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! 

Florensi Yoga Wheel

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 Ironsides Shorts

Birddogs Ironsides Shorts

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 Subscription Box

Universal Yums Subscription Box

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. 

Talley & Twine Silver and Gold Watch

Talley & Twine Silver and Gold Watch

This timepiece is beautiful, simple, elegant, and the perfect addition to dad's closet. It features a double butterfly clasp, large face, and is adjustable for the right fit. Designed by a Black-owned company, the watch was crafted from surgical-grade stainless steel and hardened mineral glass so scratches won't be a problem.

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

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. 

Quince Flowknit Ultra-Soft Performance Pant

Quince Flowknit Pants

Designed with 88 percent recycled polyester and 12 percent Spandex, these pants are sure to make any dad feel comfortable while lounging at home or out and about. Available in sizes Small, Medium, Large, and X-Large, these pants feature a hidden pocket in the front for dad's cell phone and zip pocket in the back for any other necessities.

What Our Staff Says

"My dad’s a homebody and also works from home, so these sweats were a no brainer. They double as loungewear and athleisure, pair well with almost anything, and they’re also stylish enough to wear out of the house. His pockets are always overflowing, so the hidden cell phone pocket and zip back pocket are a nice touch. As a plus, the pants were sustainably made with recycled polyester." -Tori Zhou, Associate Health Commerce Editor

Mac Knife 8-Inch Hollow Edge Chef's Knife

Mac Knife 8-Inch Hollow Edge Chef's 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 4-Quart Air Fryer

Ninja AF101 4 Quart Digital Screen 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 1856 Premium Aged Whiskey

Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Aged Whiskey

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. 

Zology Camping Stool with Cooler

Zology Camping 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 25478 Breakfast Sandwich Maker with Timer, Silver

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.

Allbirds Men's Wool Runners

Allbirds Men's Wool Runner

Give dad the gift of style whether it's his birthday, the holidays, or just because. Made with ZQ Merino wool, these shoes are machine washable, come in several different color options, and are moisture wicking. They're available in sizes 8 to 14, and even come in women's sizes if dad wants to buy mom a matching pair.

Harry's Winston Shaving Set

Harry's Shaving Set

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 Retro Pile Fleece Jacket

Patagonia Fleece Jacket

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. 

What Our Staff Says

"My dad's more of a fleece guy than a sweatshirt guy, and this Patagonia pick is one of my favorites. The retro pile fleece comes in a variety of colors that work with any outfit, plus it's made from 100% recycled polyester and, like a lot of products Patagonia makes, is Fair Trade Certified. It's a gift I can feel good about giving all around." -Meg Lappe, Senior Commerce Editor

Peloton Bike

Peloton Indoor Exercise Bike

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. 

VIVO Black Height Adjustable 32 inch Standing Desk Converter

VIVO Black Height Adjustable 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.

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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