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Best Father's Day gifts: Surprise Dad with something memorable

We promise there are better options than a mug that says "Dad."
By Leah Stodart and Cailey Rizzo  on 
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Dads often catch flak for corny jokes and being bad at texting, but father figures have another thing in common besides thinking terrible puns are hilarious: They're some of the most selfless people in the world.

To be honest, a lot of us wouldn't know how to live on our own if it wasn't for those father figures — this goes for uncles, stepdads, or anyone else who stepped up to take on that role, too. And though they probably insist that you don't have to get them anything, Father's Day is an extra-special time to show your appreciation.

That said, you can’t just phone it in and get him a mug that says "Dad." Sure, it's technically a gift for a dad — but it's also a terrible gift. No shame if you’ve done it before; dads can be notoriously tough to shop for, we know. But we can do way better than that this Father's Day!

That’s why we have you covered with awesome gift ideas for all kinds of guys, from the practical to the eclectic. (We can even help you out if you’re working with a tight budget thanks to this roundup of the best gifts under $50.) And, right here, we’ve rounded up dozens of the best gifts you can give your dad, whether he’s a grilling aficionado, an outdoor adventurer, a tech geek, or the chill kind of dad who just wants to kick back with a cold one and enjoy this fine June day dedicated to him.

From practical gadgets that make his life easier to sentimental keepsakes that tug on the heartstrings of even the most “tough guy” dads, you’re bound to find the best Father’s Day gift for your dad below.

Amazon Echo Show on a bedside table.
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Amazon Echo Show (opens in a new tab)

For dads who check in

Connected dads probably aren't new to Alexa, and the Echo Show is the ultimate Echo device to bring all his tech together on one screen. A drop-in feature lets him make video calls without the other person having to pick up, which is just a great parenting tool in general. He can also watch live TV, call up recipe and DIY videos, and use voice commands with smart plugs or lights.
a man in a white polo swinging a golf club
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Father's Day gifts from lululemon (opens in a new tab)

For dynamic dads

If Dad is a lululemon fan (respect), the brand has plenty of Father's Day gift picks to choose from. Grab him some new golf shirts, help him build a robust yoga wardrobe, or even snag him a trendy belt bag — you really can't go wrong.

Self-chilling beer glasses (opens in a new tab)

For dads who need a drink

Keeping that one special mug in the freezer is such a dad thing to do. These self-chilling beer glasses will make his post-work drink even more relaxing — they have freezable inserts to keep drinks cold for 30 minutes and built-in coasters on the bottom. The same company also makes self-cooling margarita, whiskey, and wine glasses.
White and green sneakers on a white background.
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SPONSORED | ADIDAS (opens in a new tab)

For the nostalgic dad

Bring Dad back to simpler times with the classic Stan Smiths, now updated for better sustainability. They're the Stan Smiths your dad knows and loves, but now with a recycled upper. For a limited time, take an extra 30% off full-price and sale items with the code MAYSALE.
iRobot robot vacuum cleaning a living room.
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A robot vacuum (opens in a new tab)

For dads who hate cleaning

Whether he's Danny Tanner-level clean or is as messy as a teenager, Dad won't say no to a less-taxing vacuuming routine. The Roomba 694 is one of iRobot's most affordable and most popular connected vacuums, and it can be controlled via smartphone, Alexa, or traditional buttons. He can schedule cleanings or let it roam free and to find concentrated areas of dirt, pet hair, and other debris.
A sous vide machine from Anova Culinary and meat in a kitchen.
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A sous vide machine (opens in a new tab)

For meat-eating dads

If he's constantly bragging about how bomb his steaks are, it's time to give him a new method to conquer. Sous vide is said to prevent overcooking and enhance flavor by sealing the juices in the bag. This Bluetooth device from Anova Culinary will help him keep heat and water circulation constant, ensuring that the food will be cooked thoroughly and evenly.

A reusable water bottle (opens in a new tab)

For eco-friendly dads

Help him cut down on plastic and prevent recycling bin overflow with a reusable water bottle from Yeti. This BPA-free, stainless steel bottle works to keep cold drinks cold or hot drinks hot for at least 12 hours, and does so while preventing condensation. This one is complete with a handle on top for grab-and-go convenience to take on a hike, to the gym, and more.
Jack Black daily wear sunscreen on a white background.
Credit: Jack Black

Daily wear sunscreen (opens in a new tab)

For dads who hate hats

Skincare is for everyone. If he's not about to do a five-step routine, daily sunscreen application is an easy starting point to help prevent signs of aging and protect against UV rays. This double-duty moisturizer and SPF 20 sunscreen is simple enough for quick daily application, but can be used extra for days spent in the yard or on the beach. Jonathan from Queer Eye would be proud.
camelbak hydration backpack with blue trim
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CamelBak Cloud Walker 18 Hydration Backpack (opens in a new tab)

For dads who hit the trails

If Dad loves to go on day hikes, help him stay hydrated with this lightweight CamelBak. It can hold an 85-ounce reservoir system plus extra gear, so he'll be all set for his next excursion. (Plus, it will make him look extra dad-like.)
Person wearing a "Best dad in the galaxy" shirt.
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"Best dad in the galaxy" shirt (opens in a new tab)

For Star Wars-obsessed dads

He is your father — literally. Any Star Wars-loving dad will appreciate this "Best dad in the galaxy" shirt, which combines that corny dad humor with an OG trilogy reference. This one sports Vader's two favorite colors and can be customized with a name.
belkin magsafe wireless charging stand with iphone and apple watch
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A phone and Apple Watch dock (opens in a new tab)

For dads on team Apple

Some dads are clueless about tech, but some are more obsessed with Apple than we are. If he's the latter, free him from that drawer full of tangled cords with the Belkin MagSafe 3-in-1 charging station. This handy organizer wirelessly charges his phone, Apple Watch, and Airpods — and honestly kind of doubles as nightstand decor.
A personalized money clip with 'I love you Dad" on it.
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A personalized money clip (opens in a new tab)

For cash-carrying dads

Let Dad carry a piece of you wherever he goes with a money clip featuring a personalized note from his pride and joy. This Etsy shop has over 6,000 five-star reviews and allows you to create a one-of-a-kind clip with a note of your choosing — it can even be in your handwriting. Make it sentimental with a classic "I love you," keep it simple with your name, or add an inside joke.
Person using the Fizzics draft dispenser.
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Fizzics Draft Dispenser (opens in a new tab)

For beer fans

Help your beer connoisseur of a father bring the party wherever he goes with the Fizzics Draft Dispenser. From the makers of Fizzics Waytap, this Kickstarter success story converts regular beer carbonation (IPAs, lagers, or stouts) into uniform bubbles for a creamy, frothy head and enhanced aromas. It's even rechargeable via USB.
DE'LONGHI personal espresso maker on a kitchen counter.
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A personal espresso maker (opens in a new tab)

Best for dads who need a boost

A constant IV of coffee may not be possible (yet), but superman dads can get that early morning jolt with their own espresso maker. The Nespresso VertuoPlus by De'Longhi offers barista-grade espresso, coffee, or iced coffee, all for cheaper and faster than Starbucks. It even comes with 12 flavor capsules.
An indoor herb garden from Click and Grow.
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An indoor herb garden (opens in a new tab)

Best for earthy dads

Going organic is the hot move, but shopping at Whole Foods adds up. Click and Grow smart gardens can give him a personal garden right in his kitchen, even during the cold seasons. Replaceable pods are only $10 a pop, with strawberries, tomatoes, and arugula all on the menu.
A breakfast sandwich maker from Hamilton Beach on a kitchen counter.
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A breakfast sandwich maker (opens in a new tab)

For super busy dads

Save dad some time (and money) on busy mornings with this dual breakfast sandwich maker from Hamilton Beach. Whether he makes two of the same sandwich or switches it up, he'll be able to skip the Egg McMuffin line and start his morning off right.
The Fire TV Stick in a living room.
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The Fire TV Stick (opens in a new tab)

For cord-cutting dads

Cord cutters don't have to resort to broadcast channels and reruns of Castle. The Amazon Fire TV Stick basically turns any TV into a smart TV and keeps apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video all in one place. He'll have the hang of it in seconds, regardless of whether he's tech-savvy or not.
A waterproof portable charger from Blavor.
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A waterproof portable charger (opens in a new tab)

For outdoorsy dads

He probably ignores his phone when he's enjoying the great outdoors, but having a dead phone in the middle of nowhere just isn't smart. This solar-powered, waterproof one was made for a more rugged lifestyle. (Even if "rugged" means "trying to find parking at Target on a Saturday.") It can recharge an iPhone up to three times before needing to be charged itself.
amazon echo dot
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The Echo Dot (opens in a new tab)

For non tech-savvy dads

Hands-free commands in any room is undeniably awesome, even if he's not huge on tech. The Echo Dot is an inconspicuous little speaker that he can use to control smart home features like lights or blinds, set timers, or use as a household intercom.

A cool waterproof speaker (opens in a new tab)

For the DJ dad

The dad who always wants to play his tunes for the family can take his favorite tracks anywhere he pleases. Or if you need to send him outside with his music, this portable speaker will make that easy. The speaker is capable of connecting to two sources at the same time, so you can take over the playlist if the need arises.
Saloon Box Cocktail Kit from Saloon Box on a table.
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Saloon Box Cocktail Kit (opens in a new tab)

For wannabe bartender dads

Many dads love to play mixologist and whip up fancy drinks when people are over — whether they're actually good is another story. Cratejoy's SaloonBox is a DIY cocktail subscription box that will teach him how to make bar-style cocktails. Each box includes supplies to make four drinks (including alcohol), plus seasonal recipes and extras like lemons or limes.
A Zyllion neck massager on a white background.
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A neck massager (opens in a new tab)

For stressed dads

Knots and nagging back pain can interfere with daily activities — and even if they don't, they're just plain annoying. Even though your dad may not admit that something hurts, this portable shiatsu massager can give him the quick relief he so deserves with kneading that mimics a deep tissue massage. It's perfect for at home, at work, or in the car.
A person holding a Nintendo Switch.
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A Nintendo Switch (opens in a new tab)

For the gamer dad

If your dad never quite outgrew his gamer phase, welcome him to today's style of gaming with the Nintendo Switch. He’ll constantly be commenting about how much better video games are these days than when he was a kid. If you’ve got a device too, wirelessly connect for a multiplayer game and a whole new digital way to spend time together.
Audio books from Amazon Audible.
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Amazon Audible (opens in a new tab)

For multitasking dads

Reading is a seriously underrated method of relaxation, but a lot of dads are way too busy to sit down with a book. Amazon Audible can keep Dad busy on every drive, run, or commute, with titles ranging from Stephen King novels to self-help reads on parenting a newborn. He'll get a credit each month to pick a new title, and his library can be accessed on iOS, Android, Echo, and more.
A vintage-style turntable from Victrola.
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A vintage-style turntable (opens in a new tab)

For vinyl-loving dads

Parents love turning on the radio just to roast today's "shitty" music. Let him put those records in the attic to good use with this portable Bluetooth record player by Victrola. He can blast AC/DC and Hall & Oates to his heart's content, then switch to Bluetooth for newer jams that he will never admit to liking. Two needles are included and it comes in 20 colors.
Family enjoying a mini projector from Vankyo.
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A mini projector (opens in a new tab)

For the dad who loves home movies

If he’s always gathering everyone around the TV to watch old home movies, help him take the show on the road. He can set up this mini projector anywhere he wants — as long as there’s an outlet nearby. The device even connects to smartphones so he can project newly-captured footage for the whole family, too.
The Üllo Wine Preserver from ÜLLO.
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The Üllo Wine Preserver (opens in a new tab)

For particular dads

If he's tired of being the lone beer drinker at his friends' wine and cheese nights, this preserver may be able to change his mind about wine. Üllo aerates vino to highlight the natural flavors of every glass while getting rid of the sulfites that cause headaches — because we all know how hangovers get worse with age.
Two people with a portable grill from Cuisinart.
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A portable grill (opens in a new tab)

For the grill master

For the dad who’s always trying to get everyone together for a barbecue, this portable charcoal grill helps him take his grilling skills anywhere he wants. Whether you’re planning a day at the beach or he wants to make hot dogs at the next tailgate, he’ll love this easy-to-transport grill.
A personalized cutting board from Personalization Mall.
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A personalized cutting board (opens in a new tab)

For dads who grill

Father's Day falls at such a convenient time — it's grilling season, baby. If dad's been waiting all year to break out his shiny grill and patio furniture, deck out his favorite space with this personalized cutting board. It's guaranteed to make him feel special, and you'll probably get a free meal out of it.
black rugged airpods case with carbiner
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A rugged AirPods case (opens in a new tab)

For dads who have Airpods

You know dads who have AirPods think they're cool AF for it. Make him feel even cooler with this rugged, military-esque case to protect his precious ‘pods. It’s made with reinforced bumpers that protect against scratches, shocks, and drops, and a soft, grippy surface that repels dust and fingerprints. Plus, it just looks super cool.

Dash mini waffle maker (opens in a new tab)

For the foodie dad

This fun-sized waffle maker is ideal for anyone who takes breakfast seriously. Its nonstick surface will make cleanup super easy — plus, you'll get a recipe book with your purchase.
HyperChiller iced coffee maker on a kitchen counter.
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HyperChiller iced coffee maker (opens in a new tab)

For the iced coffee-loving dad

The HyperChiller is an ideal present if Dad is an iced coffee aficionado. It chills hot coffee in under a minute without diluting flavor. Plus, it's even dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
An apron from MignonGirl on a white background.
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An apron with lots of pockets (opens in a new tab)

For the chef dad

If he’s a whiz in the kitchen, let him know you appreciate his skills. This professional apron will make anyone feel like a chef. It comes with pockets for holding all his tools and is adjustable to fit dads of all sizes.
Goshi exfoliating towel on a blue tile.
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An exfoliating towel (opens in a new tab)

For the dad who needs a spa trip

Help him turn his shower into a luxurious experience. This exfoliating shower towel will help him buff away rough patches of skin. It's super easy to use, too: All he has to do is scrub.
Ronhan high-power binoculars on a colorful background.
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Some high-power binoculars (opens in a new tab)

For the outdoor adventurer

Whether he enjoys bird-watching, hunting, or just taking in the views on his favorite hikes, these high-power binoculars will bring nature into focus. They’ve got 20x magnification power and will help him see up to 1,000 meters away. They’ve got low-light vision so he won’t have to stop watching the world through his binoculars even when the sun is setting.
A bonsai tree kit from Planter's Choice.
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A bonsai tree kit (opens in a new tab)

For the dad looking for new hobbies

If his kids are finally out of the house and he’s looking for something else to raise, give him a bonsai. The little trees not only add a dose of calm to any room, they’re (genuinely) fun to watch grow. This kit includes easy step-by-step instructions, so he doesn’t even need a green thumb to get it going.
Someone holding a handy multi-tool by Dr. Liliang.
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A handy multi-tool (opens in a new tab)

For the dad who's always prepared

If he can’t stand the idea of not being prepared for an emergency, give him a tool that will always come in handy. This nifty gadget folds out to reveal 13 tools, including a hammer, pliers, a nail claw, a screwdriver, blades — and, of course, a bottle opener.
A hammock from Tintonlife.
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A hammock (opens in a new tab)

For the dad who needs to chill out

Help him take it easy with this Brazilian-style hammock. Even if he doesn’t live anywhere near the beach, this hammock will provide a relaxed oceanside ambiance to any environment, whether that’s the front porch or the backyard. It holds up to 450 pounds, too, so more than one person can climb aboard.
A high-tech drone from Holy Stone
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A high-tech drone (opens in a new tab)

For the dad who's a wannabe spy

This little drone will help Dad recreate all his Mission Impossible fantasies. It comes with a 4K Ultra HD camera, so the images from his high-flying adventure will be crisp and clear. It’s got a flight time of about 25 minutes and it’s super lightweight so he can easily take it on all his travels, Best of all, it doesn’t need to be registered with the FAA, so no headaches there either.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 in black
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A Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 (opens in a new tab)

For the dad who's always on time

Update that old watch that’s been ticking for ages on his wrist with something a bit more modern. The Samsung Galaxy Watch is a crowd favorite for its stylish design and myriad features: He'll be able to listen to music, answer messages, and check in on his fitness goals.
Person using an air hockey table from Triumph Sports.
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An air hockey table (opens in a new tab)

For the nostalgic dad

Nothing gets a party going quite like air hockey. Help Dad relive the glory of his arcade days with this at-home air hockey table, which even lights up for glow-in-the-dark games. It also keeps track of the score, so won't be any arguing about who’s actually in the lead.
green outsunny camping bed
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An elevated camping bed (opens in a new tab)

For the comfy camper

If your dad's an avid camper but those ol' bones just can't handle sleeping on the hard ground anymore, elevate his setup — literally — with this foldable camping cot and off-the-ground tent combo. It even includes a thick mattress so he can get the best sleep he's ever had under the beauty of the night sky.
gillette heated razor
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A heated razor (opens in a new tab)

For the well-groomed dad

Help your dad take his daily grooming routine to the next level with this heated razor that provides the soothing comfort of a hot towel shave right at home. It takes practicality to a luxe level — so you know he'd never splurge on something like this for himself. The kit includes a razor, two blade refills, a wireless charging dock, and a smart plug.
pickleball paddles and balls
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A pickleball set (opens in a new tab)

For the on-trend sportsman

Pickleball — the team sport that's basically an amalgamation of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong — is all the rage right now, especially among retirees. Help your dad get in on the fun with this set that includes two premium, USA Pickleball Association-approved rackets, four pickleballs, and a portable carry bag he can take to the park to meet up with his pickleball pals.
dewalt impact driver set
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A DEWALT impact driver (opens in a new tab)

For the handyman

If he fancies himself the de facto handyman around the house, this fan-favorite impact driver will help him tackle his "honey-do" list with ease. It's compact and lightweight with an ergonomic handle, so it's easy to maneuver. Plus, it has a bright LED to help him see what he's doing, and its brushless motor will give him a longer runtime to get the job done before needing a recharge.
thoughtfully hot sauce sampler set
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A hot sauce sampler set (opens in a new tab)

For dads who put that stuff on everything

If your dad is a certified hot sauce fiend, this epic collection of authentic street-style hot sauces is going to take his taste buds for the ultimate ride. The set includes 30 little bottles packed with incredible hot sauce flavors like Apple Whiskey, Jalapeno Bacon, and Pineapple Habanero to elevate every meal — until next Father’s Day, at least!
black daily 3.0 sneakers in black with white adidas stripes
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Adidas Daily 3.0 Shoes (opens in a new tab)

For style icons in the making

Now's your chance to influence Dad's fashion game. These stylish everyday sneakers from Adidas come in seven colors, are comfy and breathable, and will go with pretty much anything.

Leah is a shopping reporter at Mashable, where she covers shopping trends, gift ideas, and products that make life easier. She graduated from Penn State University in 2012 and is watching horror movies or "The Office" when she’s not shopping online herself. You can follow her on Twitter at @notleah(opens in a new tab).

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Cailey studied journalism at SUNY Purchase and french cinema & literature at Paris IV Sorbonne. She is a cynical optimist and Talking Heads karaoke enthusiast. Drop her a line @misscaileyanne(opens in a new tab)

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