17 Amazing Holiday Gifts For Dads in 2019
These thoughtful holiday gifts are perfect for the papa bear in your life.
Let's be honest: When it comes to shopping for everyone on your gift list, it's usually dad who gets stuck with the most cliché presents. But is another tie or set of whiskey stones really a suitable present for the person who's taught you so much over the years? Luckily, we've come up with a bunch of gifts for dad that are so good, even he doesn't realize how badly he wants them yet. And if you're shopping for the family matriarch, check out these 17 Amazing Gifts For Mom That Will Make Her Year.
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This home beer making kit
Even if your dad is a massive fan of anything made with hops and malt, there's a good chance he's never tried brewing his own batch of beer. This kit from Brooklyn Brew Shops includes everything he'll need to make sure his first attempt at home brewing will be a smashing success. And don't worry if he's picky about what he drinks: You can choose from a wide range of styles, including an IPA, a chocolate maple porter, and even a jalapeño saison.
This handy multitool
The old saying "the tool that's on hand is the one that gets used most often" probably wasn't originally about this Leatherman multitool, but it most certainly could be. This pocket-friendly piece features 17 different tools, including pliers, scissors, a bottle and can opener, a screwdriver, two knives, and a saw. It's the perfect gift for any handy dad who likes to always be prepared. And if dad isn't the only one on your list who's tricky to buy for, check out these 25 Amazing Gifts for the Hardest-to-Shop-for People in Your Life.
This professional-grade meat thermometer
Does your dad fancy himself a pitmaster? If so, this top-of-the-line thermometer may be the last tool he needs to take his barbecue game to the next level. This set features a dual thermometer to measure ambient temperature and meat temperature, as well as a built-in timer and temperature alarm to ensure those slabs of meat are cooked perfectly every single time. It also boasts a 300-foot range, meaning he'll be able to tend to everything else in the kitchen without being stuck over the grill all day long.
These comfy outdoor-ready slippers
For some, slippers need to feel as good while reading the paper on the couch as they do running out for a quick errand. These handsome OluKai slip-ons are made with soft suede leather and lined on the inside with a generous twin-faced shearling, creating an incredibly comfy piece of footwear with great grip. And if you're looking for more footwear for him, check out these 20 Pairs of Men's Winter Boots That Go With Everything.
This durable thermos
Maybe your dad is the kind of guy who's looking to celebrate the end of his hike to the top of a mountain with a cool drink. Maybe he's just looking to have hot coffee to sip at his desk at the end of his commute. Whichever the case may be, this classic Stanley double-insulated bottle is one of the best ways to get the job done. This rugged piece can withstand drops, dings, and dents, while keeping liquids hot for 20 hours and cold for up to 24.
This cozy hooded robe
Sure, dad may have been staunchly opposed to turning up the thermostat all those years ago, but that's no reason to let him get chilly over the winter. This super comfy robe is made of soft fleece and features a hood for added warmth. And if you're looking for more gifts that won't break the bank, check out the 50 Best Gifts $50 and Under.
This electric beard trimmer
Does your dad sport a mustache that could make Tom Selleck jealous? Make sure he's well equipped to maintain his grooming game with this top-rated electric beard and hair and trimmer. This rechargeable set features self-sharpening blades as well as multiple attachments for detailing and precision cuts. And if you're planning on doing lots of online shopping this year, check out the 20 Best Holiday Gifts From Amazon at Any Price Point for 2019.
This versatile kitchen knife
Talk about a cutting edge gift! Even if your dad is already capable in the kitchen, this 7" Wüsthof blade will elevate his cooking game. Inspired by farm-to-table cooking, this piece is a hybrid design combining the features of a chef's knife, boning knife, and carving knife—all with 20 percent more blade sharpness and twice the edge retention of knives that usually cost twice as much.
This handy beer reference book
Have you noticed your dad swapping out his cans of generic light beer for fresh IPAs and imperial stouts as of late? If so, Drink Better Beer is a helpful guide that will help him do just that. It provides all the information he needs to get comfortable with the new wide world of beer, including what to look for when shopping for cans and bottles, selecting the right glassware, and how to pair your brews with food.
This iced coffee and tea maker
Even if your dad is a big fan of starting his day off with a hot cup of joe, there's a pretty good chance that he has no clue how to make his own cold brew. This simple system allows him to make a concentrate right in the fridge that is 70 percent less acidic than tradition java with a smoother, richer taste. It's also perfect for brewing and storing iced teas!
This handy onion chopper
No one—and we mean absolutely no one—enjoys crying over chopped onions. Give dad the gift of kitchen convenience with this handy instant dicer, which creates perfect cuts in less than two seconds—no tears necessary. It's also tough enough to handle hard vegetables, like carrots and potatoes, making this gadget a must-have for anyone who hates being bogged down by time-consuming prep work.
These performance jeans
Just because he's your dad doesn't mean he has to wear dad jeans. Duer is the perfect antidote to outdated denim, both for its fashionable cuts and fits, but also for taking things to the next level. With reinforced seams, maximum stretchability, temperature-regulating COOLMAX® fibers, antibacterial and anti-odor properties, and downright comfortability, it is safe to say that these are not your father's jeans…Or at least, not yet.
This rugged cooler
If your dad loves the great outdoors, set him up for success every time he heads out with a great cooler. This Yeti durable Tundra cooler will ensure that any excursion to the beach, pool, or even just the backyard will be well-stocked with enough room for 26 cans and thick insulation that will keep things cold even in sweltering temperatures.
This packable daypack
Looking for a gift for a dad who's always on the go? This handsome Tortuga backpack folds up neatly into a pouch and easily fits inside luggage, making it the perfect alternative to bulky travel packs. This comfortable daypack makes exploring a new city, hiking, or even taking quick day trips so much easier.
This portable fire pit
Any camping trip, sunset beach party, or backyard get-together just isn't the same without a roaring fire, but building one responsibly isn't always easy. Luckily, this portable fire pit folds up smaller than a camping chair, making it super easy to transport. It's also made with mesh that allows the pit to receive the optimal amount of airflow so fires burn hotter, brighter, and with less smoke, yet still cool down fast enough to pack in 90 seconds.
This travel-ready phone camera lens set
Your dad may not be an Ansel Adams-level photographer, but you can still help him level up his picture-taking game. This ShiftCam set includes an easy-to-use travel-ready case with wide-angle, 180-degree fisheye, 10x and 20x macro, and 2x telephoto lenses, creating the right setup for any photography situation. It even includes a front-facing wide-angle lens, which is perfect for those scenic selfies in nature.
This soldering iron
The problem with shopping for a gift for a handy dad is that he's often already bought himself everything he thinks he'll need. A soldering iron, on the other hand, is usually the last piece of equipment missing from his workbench that he may never have realized he could use so much. This tool will come in handy for any plumbing or metal repairs around the house, fun art projects, and even for quick home auto repairs.