22 Cool Gifts for Dad, Perfect for Any Occasion

Need some inspiration for the perfect present? Here, 22 unique gift ideas that are sure to win your partner over.
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By Ashlee Neuman, Content Director
Updated January 8, 2018
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Parenting is hard work, and he’s been your partner through it all. But finding the perfect present to show your appreciation isn’t easy—which is why we’ve curated a list of some seriously cool gifts for Dad. Whether it’s his birthday, Father’s Day, Christmas or your anniversary, give a unique gift he’ll thoroughly enjoy. Need some inspiration? Whether he’s a gadget geek, foodie or a sentimental father, there’s something here for every man and every budget.

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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,

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Espresso Maker

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: Wacaco MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker, $50,

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Dog Tags With Baby’s Footprint

Gift giving is 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.

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Buy it: Baby footprint necklace, $28,

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Who doesn’t love a fistful 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, $160,

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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,

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Portable Video Projector

From family photos to football games, the P7 Mini projector lets Dad watch his favorite media from his personal device in full HD capacity, projecting pictures, games and movies directly from his phone, tablet or laptop onto any wall or ceiling. Super-portable and powerful, the P7 weighs less than 2 pounds but offers high picture color and clarity and can last up to 90 minutes.

Buy it: AAXA Technologies P7 Mini Projector, $400,

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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 bag he’d grab on the go, but open it up and you’ll find plenty of pockets for bottles and storage and a removable changing pad. Dad can wear it as a backpack or tote it around by the handles.

Buy it: Product of the North Westin Diaper Backpack, $170,

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Beard Balm

Cool gifts for Dad invariably include artisanal products for his cool-looking beard. This balm from Reuzel will make his facial hair thicker and healthier, while helping maintain its style the entire day. Shea Butter and Argan Oil keep his scruff and skin soft and smooth, and a wood and spice scent will leave him smelling divine.

Buy it: Beard balm, $14,

Beer Lip Balm

Even dads are susceptible to chapped lips. If your guy isn’t a big fan of standard lip balm, this beer-sweetened option might just change his mind. Its buttery formula is highly moisturizing and conditioning, leaving his lips oh-so-kissable.

Buy it: Beer Lip Balm, $4,

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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 $75,

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Personalized Storybook

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, $25,

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Polaroid-Style Camera

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, $120,

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Noise-Canceling Headphones

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 Alexa-enabled 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 Canceling Headphones WH1000XM3, $348,

Funny T-Shirt

Cool gifts for Dad don’t have to be pretentious. Instead, go for the giggles with this playful T-shirt. Because hey, we’re all just a work in progress—just give it a few months and that dad bod will fully set in. It’s made of 100 percent cotton jersey, providing a luxuriously soft feel.

Buy it: Funny “Dad Bod” T-Shirt, starting from $17,

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Pizza Stone

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,

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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 dishwasher safe. Filled with a two-finger pour and clinking ice cubes, this is one cool gift for Dad he’s sure to appreciate.

Buy it: Daddy’s Survival Kit 11-ounce Rocks Glass, $16,

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,

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Leatherman Tool

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, $55,

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Indoor-Outdoor Slippers

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 Uggs. The wool lining is deliciously soft on bare feet, and the durable rubber outsole makes these slippers ideal for indoor and outdoor use.

Buy it: Ugg Ascot Slipper, $110,

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Shaving Gel Heater

Baby gets a wiper warmer and a bottle warmer—why shouldn’t your man get a shaving cream warmer? This cool gift for Dad 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,

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Cold Brew Coffee Tower

Some say brewing coffee is a science, and this cold brew tower looks straight out of a chemistry lab. It utilizes ice to extract coffee at cold temps for a uniquely acid-free brew. Plus, the adjustable valve gives you full control over the frequency of drips, solidifying its spot on our list of cool gifts for Dad.

Buy it: Yama Glass YAMCDM8SBK Coffee Tower, $253,

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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 ceramic coffee cup celebrates the joy that fatherhood brings and is a sweet way to express your love.

Buy it: Papa Bear Mug, starting at $15,

Updated May 2020

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