Gift Guide: Dads

By Rachel Tiemeyer
October 21, 2020

 

Lets talk dads. Maybe it’s just me but I find dads hard to buy for. Every year was a struggle to find a gift my dad would like and now I have to find one that my husband, will too! If you struggle as well, hopefully the gift ideas below will give you some tracks to run on. 

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Gift Guide for Dads

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  • Burgers’ Smokehouse Rib Connoisseur’s Sampler – What fun idea for dad!? He will love trying all of Burgers’ Smokehouse best selling BBQ Sauces and Dry Rub flavors on these slowly smoked, fully cooked (over real hickory wood chips) ribs. I love that this gift can be sent right to your door OR mailed to someone who doesn’t live close. Perfect for Dad or anyone who appreciate great BBQ!


Waterproof and Adjustable Snow Boot Gaiters– This is such a cool product! For the hiker, camper, or hunter, these stow and go gaiters can always be on hand to transform shoes into water-proof boots! Prevents water, snow, dirt, and debris from dirtying or damaging pants. 

waterproof and adjustable snow boot gaiters

Bindle Bottle – Stainless steel water bottle with hidden storage/stash compartment. A genius idea for hiking, biking, traveling, or when sitting at kids’ sporting events or on the beach. Drinks stay cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours.


Rechargeable Lighter – I’ve heard amazing things about this inexpensive little electric lighter. Believe it or not, it lights without gas, fluid, or even a flame. Great stocking stuffer!

Rechargeable lighter

Outdoor Freestyle RockerThese chairs are the envy of my entire small group. We’ve been meeting outside and some members brought these chairs. They fold up like a typical camping chair but have the rocking feature which is amazing!


Smart Plugs – If your man likes gadgets and tech, these might be a great idea! Smart plugs that work with Alexa and Google Home Assistant. Just give a simple voice command to control your home device with smart outlet via Alexa or Google Home Assistant. You can control the plugs from anywhere, even you are not at home. For example, you could turn lamps on and off when your on vacation, set timers for Christmas lights, or set up your coffee pot to start brewing before you even leave your bed.

Smart Plugs

Ninja Air Fryer – My father-in-law, a widower, uses his air fryer almost daily. Many of our readers and friends swear by theirs, as well. This one is reasonably priced, easy to clean, recommended by our readers, and has over 2,000 reviews with five stars on Amazon. MANY readers suggested biting the bullet and getting the Ninja Foodie if you’re in the market for multiple appliances in one.

Ninja Air Fryer

Top 100 Movies Scratch Off Poster – Now your movie buff can flex his film-watching muscles as he works his way through the Top 100 movies of all time (and show off how many he’s finished).

Top 100 Movies

I’m Just Here for the Drinks Book + Bartender Tools Set – For the aspiring mixologist, this cocktail recipe book got rave reviews for being a fun, educational, and practical read. Wrap up the book, along with this great starter tools set.

I'm just Here for the Drinks Book
Bartender Tools Set

Digital Meat Thermometer – This is a great kitchen tool to have. It reads the internal temperature of food instantly. Great for cooking meat the perfect temperature! A great price too.

Digital Meat Thermometer


Darn Tough Socks – Two of my trusted friends recommended these socks. Colleen said, “Way better than smart wool. We only ask for them as gifts because they can be pricey, but trying to slowly transition most of our socks to this brand.” Phyllis noted, “Made in Vermont, and they have a lifetime warranty. Only mine never wear out! They come in plain or patterned options with some fabulous colors if you like them. Different lengths and thicknesses as well. They hold up so much better than Smartwool or even REI socks. They are a great gift for people in the military because they wick so well and because of their lifetime warranty.” 

Darn Tough Socks

Chilled Beer Glasses – I got these for my husband for Father’s Day and we have used them regularly. You store them in the freezer and they keep a beer super chilly. A great gift!

Chilled Beer Glasses

AirPods – This is the “going for it” gift for the Apple product lover in your life. Scratch that: THESE are the “going for it” gift.

Air Pods

Enso Silicone Wedding Ring – My husband has been wanting to get one of these for a long time. Unfortunately metal wedding rings can pose a real danger to active men. In fact, I have a friend who…you honestly don’t even want to know what happened to his finger when he was climbing up to fix a roof. Fortunately, these silicone rings are trendy right now, super comfortable, and safe.

Enso Silicone WEdding Ring

Customized Socks – I just think these are hilarious. You can put any face or even pet’s face on a pair of socks. If anything, they’d make for a great laugh on Christmas morning.

Customized Socks

Electric Fly Swatter – I mean, what man wouldn’t have fun with one of these! Safe to touch and has great reviews.

Electric Fly Swatter

DEWALT 20V Max Compact Drill Driver – If you’re trying to build up his tool collection, this is one of the most useful ones he will own. One of the best drills on the market, too.

Max Compact Drill Driver

Fischer Space Pens – These are no ordinary pens. My friend, Sarah from Highland House Living, told me, “They write on anything and upside down! Which sounds silly at first, but ended up being super wildly helpful if something gets wet/oily/dusty or so on. My husband carries his every day, always!”

Fischer Space Pens

Ninja Personal Blender – My husband and my dad use this blender every single day (I do, too). Super convenient, dishwasher safe, and makes single serving smoothies-to-go. Be sure to print off our free Smoothie Recipe Pack and include it in the gift to get him started.

Ninja Personal Blender

Our Husbands’ Favorite Books:

We had our husbands (who read A LOT) share their favorite books with us. Here are there recommendations.

Recommended books
Austin’s Picks (Polly’s husband)
  • Shoe Dog: A memoir by the creator of Nike.
  • Educated: A memoir by Tara Westover. Westover was raised, along with her siblings, by survivalist parents in Idaho. She didn’t go to school or have a birth certificate or a social security number. In her memoir, she tells the story of her loving but crazy family and how she ended up with a PhD from Cambridge.
  • The Great War of Our Time: The CIA’s fight against terrorism from Al Qa’ida to ISIS told through the memoir of former CIA director Michael Morell.
  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky: Based on the true story of Pino Lella’s experience in Italy during World War 2. He landed a job as the assistant to a top Nazi general and became a spy. With almost every chapter I found myself saying, “No way.” If you enjoyed Unbroken (and how could you not?), you’ll love this one.
  • Tiger Woods: If you thought you knew Tiger Woods but haven’t listened to this…then you don’t really know Tiger Woods. His life is the definition of complexity as you’re taken through his fascinating, heart-breaking, and cringe-worthy life. 
Recommended books
Nathan’s Picks (Rachel’s Husband)
  • GrantPulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant.
  • The Lord of the Rings: Tolkien is the giant on whose shoulders all other fantasy novels stand. Our family is in the middle of listening to these captivating classics. Remember, the book is always better than the movie. 
  • The Way of Kings: The beginning of a fantastic epic fantasy series by a one of the genre’s best contemporary authors. When you’re left wanting more at the end of a very long book, you know it’s been worth it. 
  • NIV Bible: The NIV translation of the Bible is accessible yet faithful, and David Suchet’s narration is tremendous. This is also a good version to listen to with your kids. 
  • The Rise of Roosevelt, Theodore Rex, and Colonel Roosevelt: I found Theodore Roosevelt to be one of the more fascinating historical figures I’ve ever encountered. As an outdoorsman, cowboy, naval historian, police chief, military leader, politician, and explorer: his life fairly bursts with noteworthy experiences. 

Tumbling Timbers (Jumbo Jinga) – This is a great outdoor game. Every age can play it – even inside!

Tumbling Timbers

Back Massager I freaking love this thing. It can really rub out some tight muscles and even had the option of being heated while it does it.

Back Massager

ButcherBox Subscription – Your man will enjoy a month’s worth of better meat delivered right to your door. With no antibiotics or growth hormones, this is the best meat you’ve ever had for only $6.00 a meal. 


Fly Gun – A friend of mine was raving about how much her husband LOVES his bug gun. This salt shooting, insect eradication device will decimate the common housefly, lantern flies, and other soft-bodied pest insects on contact. Uses ordinary table salt as ammo! He demonstrated on a pesky moth for us and it works!

More Ideas:

  • Create a calendar with pictures of your family using a service like Snapfish for Dad to hang up at work.
  • Snag a golf gift card or some concert, theater, or sporting event tickets for an “experience” gift.
  • Buy his favorite beverages (and maybe even decorate them like reindeer or wrap them individually). My friend, Jon, mentioned to me that you can buy what’s supposedly the world’s best beer here.
  • A gift card to his favorite restaurant.
  • A subscription to The Athletic for ad-free online sports news

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47 replies
  1. Colleen says:

    This men’s gift ideas has some wonderful ideas! I just ordered the chilled beer glassss, I think these will make a great gift!

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  2. LAURA L SMITH says:

    I’d have to say the back massager for my hubby. He is always needing a good massage with his tired neck and back. 🙂

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  3. Kate B. says:

    Got my husband the digital meat thermometer for Father’s Day and he LOVES it! It takes all the guesswork out of grilling and cooking (and saves those “I think it’s done, hon” squabbles!). Hubby also got the silicone wedding band after losing his original wedding ring in a sledding mishap last year. For a guy who works outside a lot, this has been wonderful!

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  4. Theresa Simoneaux says:

    Since my husband has a hardware store, it ls difficult to find new ideas! BUT I think the air fryer would be great for his quick chicken nugget lunches!

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  5. Culzean says:

    I like the “I’m Just Here for the Drinks” book best! I’ve been looking for a mixology book for my brother and this looks like a great recommendation!

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  6. Krakenberg Kathyrn says:

    The Ninja Airfryer would be my pick for sure. I’m hearing wonderful things about this new healthy way of cooking. Fingers crossed

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  7. Jamie B says:

    Bit the bullet on AirPods. Adding the outdoor rocking chair and digital thermometer to a wishlist. Podcasts and grilling meat in a rocking chair…👌🏻

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  8. Hilary says:

    I can attest the rechargeable lighter is awesome. I bought it for my candles, but my husband insists on lighting them every time because he thinks it’s so awesome. Affordable, too!

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