This Father’s Day gift guide has been updated to include new gift ideas for dads that are handpicked for this year (2022).
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.
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 Father’s Day gift ideas fit the bill wonderfully.
51 Awesome Gifts for Dad
You can sort these gift ideas by category and price. Here’s a quick legend:
- 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
- $………….Less than $50
- $$………..From $50-100
- $$$………From $100-250
- $$$$…….From $250-500
- $$$$$…..Over $500
If that list is a little overwhelming, check my top 13 gifts for this year:
Top 13 Best Gifts for Dad
In no particular order…
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.
Do the cliché 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.
If distance or circumstances make it so you can’t be with your dad in person, consider sending him a thoughtful letter in the mail telling him how much you appreciate him. If writing isn’t your thing, you could always tell him over the phone.
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.
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:
- Anson Calder 1/8″ Calfskin Wallet (my favorite)
- Saddleback Front Pocket ID Wallet (more rugged)
- Aurochs Nano Card Holder
You can’t go wrong with any of these, so just pick the one that best fits your pop’s personality.
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.
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.
A Buy It For Life Hoodie
Speaking of comfort, wearing the Huckberry 10-Year Pullover hoodie is about as cozy as you can get. It’s the perfect thing for when your dad’s cold but when he still refuses to turn up the heat in the winter (money doesn’t grow on trees you know!).
Yes, it’s a little pricy for a hoodie, but Huckberry went all out creating this pullover. It’s double-lined and has metal-tipped draw cords, reinforced seams, and a flattering structured fit.
Committed to their claim of this hoodie’s 10-year minimum lifespan, Huckberry has an almost unheard-of 10-year guarantee. If the hoodie rips, tears, or comes apart at the seams, let Huckberry know, and they’ll repair it for free.
His New Favorite Underwear
Staying on the “comfort” theme, the older a man gets, the more he appreciates comfort – especially “down there”.
Now, I consider myself to be somewhat of a 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:
Seriously, give the gift of comfort this year. It’s a guaranteed hit!
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.
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.
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:
- The Amateur Sommelier ⟶ Gold Medal Wine Club
- The Cigar Aficionado ⟶ Cigar of the Month Club
- The Craft Beer Connoisseur ⟶ Craft Beer Club
All three of these services have excellent reputations and would make a great recurring gift for your dad this year.
Beardbrand Grooming Kit
Many dads are growing a beard these days. For some, the pandemic was the first time they’ve let their whiskers sprout in decades.
Help your pater familias take care of his mane by getting him a beard grooming kit. Beard brand has a whole host of grooming kits, so there are a lot of options to consider.
Beard care products may be unfamiliar to your dad, so you might want to send him a link to Beardbrand’s Youtube channel for tips on how to get the best use out of his kit.
Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
If you’re younger than 40, 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 JBL Flip 4. In my opinion, this is one of the best portable wireless speakers on the market.
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.”
For the sportier types, check out Allbirds and Atoms for incredibly comfy
His New Favorite House Slippers
Dads and house slippers go together like baseball games and hot dogs. It’s probably time your dad’s Crocs could use an upgrade.
A classier (and more comfortable) version of an indoor/outdoor slipper, Huckberry’s aptly named “The Outdoor Slipper” has a woolen upper and non-slip rubber sole. And, with a reinforced toe box, he won’t stub his toe taking out the trash in these bad boys.
Or, consider gifting him a classic pair of moccasins for something with less structure. Minnetonka’s are the gold standard when it comes to mocs. Their Leather Laced Softsole Moccasin has a comfortable, classic design and is made from quality materials.
Socks (yes, socks)
Dads really do love socks, but not black dress socks…
These days there are so many companies making high-end, well-designed socks that blow the black polyester department store dress socks of yesteryear out of the water.
Here are some of my top sock picks:
Each of these choices would make for a proud addition to your dad’s sock drawer.
Many dads are retired/empty nesters… a fun class can go a long way in spicing up their golden years. Depending on your father’s personality and interests, consider gifting him some classes — whether online (good), or in-person (even better).
I’d recommend that you begin your search for classes in his area by checking out the website of his local community center. Woodworking, gardening, music, and cooking classes are perennial dad favorites.
What Will You Get for Your Dad?
Do something special for your dad on Father’s Day this year. Don’t just get him a gift and call it good. Let him know how much you care about him and appreciate him.
If you have a strained relationship with your dad, there’s no better time than now to try to make amends. If it doesn’t work out, at least you know you tried.
What do you think is your dad’s most memorable Father’s Day ever? Leave a comment below.