Parenting is hard work, and he’s been your partner through it all. Show your love and appreciation this holiday season with a unique gift he’ll thoroughly enjoy. Need some inspiration? Finding the perfect present isn’t easy—which is why we’ve curated a list of some seriously cool gifts for dad. Whether he’s a gadget geek, foodie or a sentimental father, there’s something here for every man and every budget.
Cool Gifts for Dads
From the latest gadgets to heartfelt gifts that make parenting life easier, here’s how to step up your holiday gift-giving game with the perfect present.
Golf swing analyzer
What is it you always tell the kids? Practice makes perfect? True—but having a digital device that can detect where you’re going wrong and help correct it also goes a long way. Help Dad perfect his swing this year with this rechargeable sensor, which clips onto his golf glove and records and analyzes his swing in three dimension. He can then watch his swing in action from any angle on his phone or other device.
Buy it: Zepp Golf 2 3D Swing Analyzer, $150, SharperImage.com
Coffee is a parent’s best friend—but hectic schedules mean dads don’t always have time for an energizing cup of joe. Help your partner stay caffeinated on the go with this portable espresso machine, complete with a built-in espresso cup and scoop. It’s light as a feather and fully versatile, compatible with any variety of coffee bean or roaster. Plus, it’s hand-operated, meaning Dad can prepare his coffee even when there’s no electrical outlet in sight.
Buy it: MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker, $60, Amazon.com
Dog tags with baby’s footprint
The holidays are all about cherishing the ones you love—and for a new dad, what better way to keep his child close to his heart than with metal dog tags featuring baby’s tiny footprint? Just send in a photo of your little one’s print, and this Etsy seller will create a unique stamp used to impress into the sterling silver. Comes in varying chain lengths.
Buy it: Baby footprint necklace, starting at $65, Etsy.com
Who doesn’t love a fistfull of greasy French fries now and then? With the Philips Airfryer, Dad can get his fried fix and stay healthy. All it takes is a tablespoon of oil to whip up his favorite crispy foods, resulting in up to 75 less percent fat. Set the cooking time and temperature, and the airfryer will shut off automatically when the food is ready. It can also grill, roast, steam and even bake.
Buy it: Philips Airfryer, $180, Amazon.com
Sock club membership
If you’re hunting for cool gifts for dad, look no further than a membership to Sock Club. Every month he’ll receive a pair of new, high-design cotton socks made in Austin, Texas—the perfect surprise for the fashion-forward dad who loves sporting a flash of color on his feet. Not ready to make a monthly commitment? You can also purchase a pair of your choosing from their online shop.
Buy it: Sock Club membership, starting at $12 a month, SockClub.com
Portable video projector
From family photos to football games, the CUBE lets Dad watch his favorite media from his personal device on a 120-inch display, projecting pictures, games and movies directly from his phone, tablet or laptop onto any wall or ceiling. Super-portable and powerful, the CUBE is 2 inches and weighs less than a piece of fruit, but offers high picture color and clarity and can last up to 20,000 hours.
Buy it: CUBE Pico Video Projector with 120-Inch Display, $230, Amazon.com
Messenger diaper bag
For dads who take baby on plenty of outings and still want to look like a cool dude, a sleek diaper bag is a solid choice. On the outside this looks like a standard, stylish bike messenger bag, but open it up and you’ll find plenty of pockets for bottles and storage, a removable changing pad and a quick-access wipes window, all designed to let Dad change, feed and entertain baby without having to put the bag down.
Buy it: Courier Diaper Bag, $70, Dadgear.com
Beard maintenance set
Cool gifts for dad invariably include artisanal products for his cool-looking beard. This set from The Art of Shaving includes a beard wash, conditioner and oil—everything the bearded man needs to keep his facial hair fresh and clean. Olive, castor and jojoba seed oils keep his scruff and skin soft and smooth, and Peppermint, Rosemary and Eucalyptus essential oils leave him smelling divine.
Buy it: Beard maintenance set, $65, TheArtofShaving.com
Shaving kit bag
Dad should have a good-looking shaving kit bag to hold that awesome new beard maintenance set. When he rifles through his grooming essentials, he’ll find an uplifting message waiting for him at the bottom, reminding him that he’s still got it. Made of duck canvas and water-repellent nylon lining, it’s a practical addition to our list of cool gifts for dad.
Buy it: “Hey Handsome” Shaving Kit Bag, $68, Ahalife.com
Insulated beer growler
Save your guy from the disappointment of warm, flat beer. With this insulated stainless steel growler, he can take his favorite beverage on the go and know that even after 24 hours, it’ll be as crisp, cool and carbonated as when he first poured it. Leakproof and dishwasher safe, it also comes in a ton of fun colors.
Buy it: DrinkTanks Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Beer Growler, starting at $74, Amazon.com
Make Dad’s storytime routine with baby all the sweeter with this personalized book. “My Dad Loves Me” is a heartwarming story that celebrates the many ways fathers teach, play with and protect their children. Add a custom dedication page with the name of your partner and child for a personal touch.
Buy it: “My Dad Loves Me” book, $35, PutMeInTheStory.com
Don’t let Dad miss a moment. The Instax Mini 90 camera combines the fun of retro, instant-print photos with modern-day technology: It automatically adjusts the flash and shutter speed based on the brightness of surroundings, can capture images as close as 30 to 60 centimeters away and even has a kids mode, designed for photographing children, pets and other fast-moving subjects.
Buy it: Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera, $121, Amazon.com
Let’s face it: Parenting can be a noisy affair—so items that grant your guy a moment of peace and quiet definitely count as cool gifts for dad. These headphones feature best-in-class digital noise cellation, completely eliminating distracting background noise (like screaming children). If you or the kids really need him, all he needs to do is touch his hand over the right ear cup to turn the volume down for instant conversation.
Buy it: Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WH1000XM2, $348, Amazon.com
This holiday season, spread the love—and laughs—with this playful T-shirt. Because yes, real men do change diapers. It’s made of 100 percent cotton jersey, providing a luxuriously soft feel.
Buy it: Funny “Real Men Change Diapers” T-Shirt, $23, Etsy.com
Give the gift of a perfectly baked pizza pie, fresh from your own oven. This 17-inch diameter pizza stone yields the crispiest of crusts and can be used in the oven, on the grill or over an open flame. Best of all, it’s dishwasher-safe, so Dad won’t be stuck doing the dishes afterward.
Buy it: Emile Henry Pizza Stone, $50, Williams-Sonoma.com
Etched whiskey tumbler
Being a father is a demanding job. Help him take the edge off those tough days with this humorous glass tumbler, perfect for sipping whiskey, scotch or bourbon. It’s laser engraved for durability and is dishwasher safe.
Buy it: Good Day, Bad Day 11-ounce Rocks Glass, $16, Amazon.com
Matching father-child shirts
These matching father-baby outfits make our list of cool gifts for dad thanks to the adorable “pint” and “half pint” decals and soft cotton material. In these super-cute shirts, he and baby will be Instagram-ready from day one.
Buy it: Matching Father Son “Pint and Half Pint” Shirt, starting at $34, Etsy.com
At a mere 5 ounces, the new Leatherman boasts all the features Dad would want from a versatile multitool without the bulky weight. It includes needlenose and regular pliers, hard and regular wire cutters, a combo knife, a two-in one carabiner and bottle opener, and a large bit driver. And he only needs one hand to open and use the tools—a bonus busy dads are sure to appreciate.
Buy it: Stainless Steel Skeletool Multitool Leatherman, $60, Amazon.com
Cozy slippers are always a treat for your feet when lounging at home, but when Dad needs to duck out to grab the mail or a gallon of milk, he’ll be extra-thankful for these Sorel mocs. The wool-acrylic blend is deliciously soft on bare feet, and the rubber outsole is designed for superior traction on wet surfaces, making these slippers ideal for indoor and outdoor use.
Buy it: Men’s Sorel Dude Moc, $85, Sorel.com
Shaving gel heater
Baby gets a wiper warmer and a bottle warmer—why shouldn’t Dad get a shaving cream warmer? The Conair system instantly heats a can of shaving gel or lather, recreating an indulgent barber experience and giving him a close, comfortable shave. He can use his usual shaving cream (no special can needed) and set his preferred temperature.
Buy it: Conair Gel & Lather Heating System, $26, Amazon.com
Chemex coffee maker
For the coffee snob dad, get him the Chemex Ottomatic—it pairs its iconic pour-over carafe with a convenient automated coffee brewing system to produce the perfect cup of coffee. The brew head pulsates with hot water to wet grounds for an even extraction and top-notch flavor, and when it’s done brewing, the hot plate switches on to keep your coffee hot and fresh. The 2.0 even has the ability to brew hot and cold coffee, solidifying its spot on our list of cool gifts for dad.
Buy it: Chemex Ottomatic 2.0 Coffee Maker, $350, Chemexcoffeemaker.com
Papa bear mug
Dad’s going to need something to drink all that coffee out of—so why not make it a mug that’s extra-special? Dishwasher and microwave safe, this adorable coffee cup celebrates the joy that fatherhood brings and is a sweet way to express your love this holiday season.
Buy it: Papa Bear Mug, starting at $12, Etsy.com
Updated September 2018
Plus, more from The Bump: