2017 Father’s Day Gift Guide | Gift Ideas for Dad

This Father's Day gift guide has been updated to include new gift ideas for dad that are handpicked for this year (2017).

McGoffs in Kenya

My dad (and mom) took the whole family on safari in Kenya back in 2005 (several years before I discovered style…). I have amazing parents!

Buying a Father's Day present seems easy. Men aren't that complicated, right? Just get him a new tie or some black socks and call it a day.

On second thought…most dads don't really need another necktie, especially those who are below average height (because it will definitely be too long).

The truth is, many fathers don't really need anything. But what do they want?

The perfect gift for any dad is something he would absolutely love but would never buy for himself.

In my modest opinion, these 50 Father's Day gift ideas fit the bill wonderfully.

Top 50 Best Gifts for Dad

You can sort these gift ideas by category and price. Here's a quick legend:

Categories

  • Gadgets – tech, electronics, etc.
  • Clothes & Accessories – apparel, shoes, watches, etc.
  • Grooming – shaving supplies, etc.
  • Subscription – monthly clubs or boxes
  • Home & Outdoor – household items, outdoor and sporting gear
  • DIY – stuff you can make yourself
  • Games – board games for two or more players
  • Experience – trips, adventures and vacations

Price

  • $………….Less than $50
  • $$………..From $50-100
  • $$$………From $100-250
  • $$$$…….From $250-500
  • $$$$$…..Over $500
NameCategoryPrice
Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth SpeakerGadgets$$$
Seiko SNK809 Automatic 37mm WatchClothes & Accessories$$
Amazon Echo Bluetooth SpeakerGadgets$$$
Harry's Father's Day Shaving KitGrooming$
Fitbit Alta Fitness TrackerGadgets$$$
Saddleback Front Pocket ID WalletClothes & Accessories$
Glass Top Cigar HumidorHome & Outdoor$
Anson Belt & Buckle Gift BoxClothes & Accessories$$
Cigar of the Month Club (6 Months)Subscription$$$
Anson Calder 1/8" Calfskin WalletClothes & Accessories$$$
Lululemon BoxersClothes & Accessories$
Merkur Wet Shaving KitGrooming$$
Hamilton Officer Mechanical WatchClothes & Accessories$$$$
BÖHM Wireless Noise Cancelling HeadphonesGadgets$$
Birkenstock Leather SandalsClothes & Accessories$$
Amazon Kindle E-ReaderGadgets$$$
Helix Cuffs BraceletClothes & Accessories$$$
Peter Manning SweatpantsClothes & Accessories$$
Handmade Shoe Shine BoxDIY$
Sperry Top-Sider Boat ShoesClothes & Accessories$$
Gold Medal Wine Club (6 Months)Subscription$$$
Peter Manning Pajama PantsClothes & Accessories$$
Grooming Lounge Gift CardGrooming$$
Fort Belvedere 56" NecktieClothes & Accessories$$$
1 Year of Amazon PrimeSubscription$$
ExOfficio Boxer BriefsClothes & Accessories$
Philips Hue Lights Starter PackGadgets$$$
Wireless Outdoor Grill LightHome & Outdoor$
Craft Beer Club (6 Months)Subscription$$$
Wahl Lithium Ion Electric ShaverGrooming$$
Dark Knot Silk Pocket SquareClothes & Accessories$
Oral-B Pro 7000 Electric ToothbrushGrooming$$$
Bose Quiet Comfort Noise Cancelling HeadphonesGadgets$$$$
Glerups House BootsClothes & Accessories$$$
Big Sur Weatherproof HammockHome & Outdoor$$$
Homemade Beef JerkyDIY$
Bourbon DecanterHome & Outdoor$
Smithsonian National Park TripExperience$$$$$
Stovetop Pizza OvenHome & Outdoor$$$
Handmade Wooden Bottle OpenerDIY$
Instrumments Measuring DeviceGadgets$$$
White Water Rafting TripExperience$$$$
Citizen Eco-Drive Stainless Steel WatchClothes & Accessories$$$
Grilling Plank SamplerHome & Outdoor$
Custom Aluminum Collar StaysClothes & Accessories$
Custom Metal Golf MarkerHome & Outdoor$
Settlers of CatanGames$
Race Car Driving ExperienceExperience$$$$
Risk (Vintage 1959 Version)Games$

If that list is a little overwhelming, check my top 10 gifts for this year:

Top 10 Best Gifts for Dad

In no particular order…

#1: Your Time

At the end of the day, your most precious resource is your time. That's why it's so special when you choose to spend it with your dad on Father's Day.

My dad and siblings

My dad with 4 of his 6 kids…can you tell which is me?

Do the cliche stuff – go golfing, grill out, drink some whiskey, have a cigar. Or get active and go hiking together or shoot some hoops.

Maybe just take a walk or find a nice place to sit and talk for a few hours. It doesn't really matter what you do as long as you're together.

So whether or not you buy any of the gifts on this list (or anything else you think your father will like), try to spend some quality time with your dad and remember to enjoy it.

#2: Upgraded Wallet

Most dads are still carrying around bulky billfolds, complete with hardware store receipts and family photos.

Save your dad some space and back pain by upgrading him to a more modern, slim wallet.

There are plenty of great minimal wallets to choose from, including money clips and card cases. Here are three great options:

You can't go wrong with any of these, so just pick the one that best fits your pop's personality.

#3: His New Favorite Belt

Speaking of back pain…you know what dads love? Comfort. Maybe more than anyone else in the world.

You know what isn't comfortable? Belts that are too tight or too loose.

Canvas camo Anson slide belt

Me wearing the canvas Anson belt in camo

The answer, my friends, is hole-less belts (a.k.a., slide belts). And the best slide belts are made by Anson Belt & Buckle.

Anson was founded by a guy named David and his father, which is fitting for Father's Day! Their no-hole belts have become my default casual belts over the past couple of years.

They're so comfortable, they don't experience the same wear and tear as normal belts (because you don't have to bend them at weird angles), and they look good.

Want a can't-go-wrong gift? Get you dad an Anson belt this year.

#4: Dimensioning Instrument

Any dad who loves gadgets will be amazed by this futuristics measuring tape replacement.

Instrumment device

This tech company, Instrumments, was born on Kickstarter, and they sent me one of their measuring dimensioning pens to try out.

Instrumments measuring example

A better way to measure! And yes, that's a Switch controller…Zelda ftw!

I immediately saw the potential applications for menswear (measuring garments for made-to-measure orders, for example).

But I think any red-blooded man could find about a million uses for this device, especially the handy, DIY types.

#5: His New Favorite Underwear

The older a man gets, the more he appreciates comfort – especially “down there”.

ExOfficio Boxer Briefs

My favorite underwear for travel

Now, I consider myself to be somewhat of an men's underwear snob connoisseur, and it turns out that my dad shares the same obsession passion.

We regularly one up each other with our latest discovery in comfortable underwear, and I think I've narrowed my top three choices down to:

  1. Lululemon (best overall)
  2. Ex Officio (best for travel)
  3. Tani (best looking)

There are other great brands like MeUndies and Saxx, but you really can't go wrong with any of these choices.

Seriously, give the gift of comfort this year. It's a guaranteed hit!

#6: Philips Hue Lights

There are certain things in life that dads just ‘get' (even if mom doesn't). One of those things is the ability to change the color of every lightbulb in the house at will, with the touch of a finger.

Philips Hue

I don't know why women don't understand the inherent value of Philips Hue Lights, but I guarantee your old man will love these things – one hundred percent.

Sure you can do other cool stuff with Hue, like making the lights automatically turn off when you leave the house.

But your dad will probably be more interested in recreating the light show from that one Pink Floyd concert he went to back in the day.

#7: Consumable Monthly Subscription

This is literally the gift that keeps on giving. Sign your dad up for three, six or twelve months of surprises, and he'll think of you every time a new box arrives at his doorstep.

There are so many great subscription boxes to choose from, but here are my top choices for fathers who enjoy the finer things in life:

All three of these services have excellent reputations and would make a great recurring gift for your dad this year.

Merkur Shaving Kit

Merkur Shaving Kit

#8: Wet Shaving Kit

You can't go to the barber shop every time you need to shave, which is why us men go through so many blades every year.

Your dad may be a plastic Bic kind of guy, or maybe he uses an electronic shaver. Either way, he'll appreciate the slowed, timeless routine of a traditional wet shave.

Get him started with a badger hair brush, safety razor and shave cream. Whether he uses this every day or once a month, it will last a long time.

And who knows, maybe shaving will become less of a hassle and more of an enjoyable experience.

#9: Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

If you're younger than 35, your father probably remembers saving up to buy his first record player or CD changer, complete with a receiver, gigantic surround sound speakers and a thousand feet of wiring.

Us youngins are used to getting hi-fi sound from impossibly small portable speakers, but this magical technology amazes Baby Boomer dads to no end.

If your old man doesn't already have one, get him a Bose SoundLink Mini. In my opinion, this is one of the best portable wireless speakers on the market.

#10: His New Favorite Shoes

He's a dad. When it comes to footwear, his priorities include comfort, durability and more comfort. He probably wants “play shoes” not “work shoes”.

You can't go wrong with Birkinstocks or Sperry Top-Siders (if you really love him, make sure to throw in some sockless insoles with these bad boys).

What do you think is the perfect Father's Day gift? Leave a comment below!

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Comments

  1. #10 is the most important and best gift – glad that you made it part of the list, Brock

  2. Dads are the worst to shop for, but lists like this definitely make it a little easier!

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent
    http://thekentuckygent.com

  3. Great, simple list…Number 10 is priceless!

  4. Awesome choices- can’t beat a bit of tech for any man!

  5. Well I found this post too late for Father’s day, but luckily his birthday is coming up this month. I think I’m getting him one of those slim wallets, great tips!

  6. Dean Stephens says:

    Great list Brock. Loved the idea to sort it by price.

    I went for a yearly Amazon Prime sub this year. Dad is finally on board the streaming train so I went with the ‘gift that keeps on giving’!

    Dean | The Adult Man
    https://www.theadultman.com/

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