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21 Of The Best Christmas Gifts for Dad In 2021

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Dads are notoriously difficult to shop for. They’re not typically the ones in your family to drop hints about that great new gadget or piece of gear that they want. So how do you pick out the perfect present to make their holiday a little bit brighter? We have a few ideas. 

Here are the 21 best Christmas gifts for every type of dad. 

For the Fun Dad

Some dads just never grow up — and that’s a good thing! Here are a few toys, games and other fun gadgets and gift ideas that’ll make his day. 

1. Hunt a Killer 

Hunt A Killer package opened next to charcuterie board

Okay, so yeah, we say “fun” and then get right to murder. But if your dad is one of the many who’ve fallen for the recent true crime obsession (or maybe he was a true crime fan all along), he’s going to love this murder mystery game. 

Hunt a Killer makes a fun family game night (for the adults, of course) or date night for your mom and dad and comes with everything needed to solve a spine-tingling case. Plus, this is a gift that keeps on giving, as it’s a subscription box, with the mystery thickening every month over the course of the next several upcoming months until the case is solved. 

Want to go with a one-off murder mystery game that Dad doesn’t need to wait around for? Check out our Hunt a Killer alternatives.

2. PUTT-A-BOUT Par Three Golf Putting Green

2. PUTT-A-BOUT Par Three Golf Putting Green

If your dad’s favorite game is golf, but he hasn’t been out on the course as much as he’d like recently, bring the game home with this putting green that can easily fit in his office, the living room, wherever. The three-foot-by-nine-foot green includes three putting cup cutouts and built-in hazards. It also features a non-slick surface, so the mat stays easily put wherever your dad goes. The mat is totally portable and easy to roll away and store when not in use. 

3. Gotrax XR Elite Electric Scooter 

Gotrax XR Elite Electric Scooter 

If your dad is all about motorized toys, he needs to try this fun, adult-size electric scooter. Marketed as a commuter scooter, it can take him nearly 20 miles on one fully-charged battery, but he doesn’t need to go nearly that far in order to enjoy it. This is just the thing to get him out of the house and zipping around the neighborhood, so he can see what the Joneses are up to without breaking a sweat. 

4. Epson VS260 3-Chip 3LCD XGA Projector

 Epson VS260 3-Chip 3LCD XGA Projector

Whether he’s a film buff or an NFL fanatic, if you can find Dad in front of the television more often than not, help him take his favorite viewings on the go with this projector that offers amazing image quality and easy setup for even the least tech-savvy dad. 

He can take it to the basement, his office, outside, the garage — Wherever he wants to watch, he now can, and it’s all thanks to your amazing gift-giving. 

For the Foodie Dad 

If your dad is always in the kitchen, at the grill or just chowing down, tantalize his taste buds with one of these yummy gifts for men.

5. Brewvana

Brewvana 12 Beers of Christmas

Does your dad love a frosty, cold beer? What dad doesn’t?! 

With Brewvana, your dad can enjoy a seriously immersive beer-drinking experience that goes far beyond enjoying a Bud on the back deck. Brewvana offers beer gift sets, ranging from one-off holiday boxes to a monthly beer club, but also beer-making gift kits for the hands-on dad. 

6. Kombucha Brewing Kit

Kombucha Brewing Kit

But if your dad’s favorite brew is more kombucha than Coors, try this brewing kit that comes with everything he’ll need to get started. There’s a step-by-step brewing guide, a brew jar, organic tea, organic culture starter, pH test strips, organic sugar and more, so he can brew up his favorite healthy fermented tea at home, no trip to the health food store required. 

7. Presto PanGogh Art Batter Pancake Griddle

Presto PanGogh Art Batter Pancake Griddle

What dad doesn’t love to have fun in the kitchen? If your dad is always the one drawing silly faces on his hamburgers with ketchup, or arranging your breakfast plate in a sunny-side-up smile, get him this ultra-fun pancake griddle that allows him to doodle his way to a pancake piece of art. It’s a yummy treat that the entire family will benefit from. Any chances you can convince him to make Christmas breakfast?  

8. Meater Plus Long-Range Smart Wireless Meat Thermometer

Meater Plus Long-Range Smart Wireless Meat Thermometer

Help your dad up his grill game with this long-range, smart, cordless meat thermometer. He can easily and accurately gauge the doneness of his favorite cut of meat, all from his phone, no hovering over the grill required. The thermometer provides him with all sorts of handy data, including a cut’s current internal temperature, the grill’s ambient temperature and the target temperature for his particular preferences and cuts of meat. A timer counts down until hi/s cut is done and alerts him when it’s ready. 

9. Breville Joule Sous Vide

Breville Joule Sous Vide

But if dad doesn’t have the deck space for a BBQ or he just prefers to stay indoors for his cooking adventures, rather than hone his skills as a grillmaster, you can help him explore the trendy world of sous vide cooking, with this option that’s as smart as it is sleek. 

The deluxe smart tech works with his WiFi to help him keep an eye on his meat via an iPhone app or favorite Alexa device. Just make sure that he invites you over for his next steak dinner as a thank you.

Related:  The 10 Best Father’s Day Gifts Dad Will Love [Buyer’s Guide]

Budget-Friendly Best Christmas Gifts for Dad

But we get it. You don’t always have a big budget for gift-giving, and if that’s you this holiday season, don’t despair. You can wow Dad with one of these affordable, budget-friendly gifts that are all under $40 (or use them as a stocking stuffer!).  

10. An Ultralight Two-Person Hammock 

An Ultralight Two-Person Hammock 

This vintage-style hammock is sure to delight any dad who had a past life as a hippie — or just any dad who likes to lounge about in the backyard. The heavy-duty hammock is easy to set up, but it’s extra-sturdy, holding up to 450 pounds and two people (so Mom can sneak in for a snooze, too). Better yet, the best seller hammock is only $15 at Amazon. 

11. An Audible Subscription 

An Audible Subscription 
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Audible subscriptions start at $6 per month, and that’s after the free, 30-day trial. You can buy this gift for Dad and keep on treating him all throughout the next year, and never even have to worry about breaking your gift budget. Dad will enjoy listening to a range of books and podcasts as he works out, drives to work, mows the lawn, cooks dinner — wherever he likes to listen. 

12. FirstLeaf Build Your Own Box of Wine

FirstLeaf Build Your Own Box of Wine

Think you can’t treat your dad to a nice bottle of wine on a budget? How about six bottles of wine on a budget? 

With FirstLeaf’s build-your-own-box option, you can pick six bottles of amazing wines and give them to your dad, all for $30. It’s a great option for the wine-lovin’ dad who has a kid (aka you) who’s on a two-buck-Chuck budget.  

13. Old-Fashioned Whiskey Glasses 

Old-Fashioned Whiskey Glasses 

You might not be able to afford his favorite spirit, but you can afford this luxurious set of whiskey glasses, which comes in an easy-to-wrap gift box. The four, 10-ounce glasses are the perfect size for his favorite whiskey or scotch. 

For the Stylish Dad

If your dad always impresses with his looks, go with one of these dapper dad gifts.

14. Merkur 34C Heavy-Duty Short Handle Safety Razor

Merkur 34C Heavy-Duty Short Handle Safety Razor

This vintage-style shaver is a favorite bestseller on Amazon and a top pick for men who want to shave the old-fashioned way (which some report is the superior way). Go with a gold, stainless steel, chrome-plated or brass variant for a look that’s just as stylish as he is. 

Related: The 11 Best Shaving Products And Subscriptions For Men

15. Eight & Bob Cologne

Eight & Bob Cologne

Okay, so Eight & Bob might not be the most well-known men’s fragrance brand out there, but it’s certainly one of the coolest. This brand is notable for hiding its colognes inside of hollowed-out books during World War II. Now, when you order from Eight & Bob, they ship your cologne inside a vintage-style, hollowed-out book for extra flair. 

16. The Hex Evolve Duffel

The Hex Evolve Duffel

Every stylish guy needs an equally stylish duffel bag, whether he’s taking it to the gym or on his next business trip. This perfect gift option ticks all the right boxes. It’s durable, masculine, roomy and even on the budget-friendly side, at under $100. The coated canvas bottom repels dirt and water. Two interior pockets make for extra storage, and a faux fur-lined tech pocket keeps his tablet safe. 

17. Birchbox Men’s Subscription 

Birichbox Subscription for men

For another holiday gift that continues giving throughout the year, look to Birchbox. The men’s subscription option delivers five luxury samples of men’s grooming products and skincare to your dad every month, starting at just $10. Shipping is free, and you can cancel at any time. 

Past boxes have included samples of products such as body soap, conditioners, anti-aging moisturizers, deodorants, facial scrubs and more.

For the Dad Who Needs a New Hobby

Do you have a dad who recently retired or who just can’t really find ways to fill his time? Save his sanity (and your mom’s) by giving him one of these great gifts that might just inspire him to take up a new leisurely pursuit.

18. AeroGarden Harvest Elite

AeroGarden Harvest Elite

For the dad who’s always toyed around with the idea of starting a garden but just never has, opt for this beginner-friendly smart garden. It’s small, easy to use and doesn’t even require dirt. All he needs to do is set up the self-watering garden with some of the plant refill capsules and let it go. He’s that much closer to fresh herbs (whether or not he wants to actually use them).

19. Blue Yeti USB Microphone

Blue Yeti USB Microphone

Is it time for dad to stop listening to podcasts and start his own? Whether he wants to chat politics, sports, business, his latest handyman adventures and DIY projects, the grandkids or anything in-between, this easy-to-use and high-quality Blue Yeti mic will help him get his wise words out into the world. 

20. Celestron SkyMaster 25X100 Astro Binoculars

Celestron SkyMaster 25X100 Astro Binoculars

Introduce your dad to the wonders of the natural world around him with these binoculars that are ideal for either stargazing or bird watching. The high-quality binoculars are durable, water-resistant and rugged, so he can take them anywhere without worrying about damaging them. 

21. The Sunday Lawn Kit

Man using The Sunday Lawn Kit on his grass

It might not be a hobby that appeals to you, but it’s definitely one that appeals to a lot of dads out there. Taking care of the lawn is no laughing matter, after all, and it’s definitely a time-consuming pursuit. 

With the Sunday lawn kit, your dad can get a better idea of what exactly his particular lawn and soil need for optimum health, and then a subscription service will ensure he has all the right tools to make that dream, lush lawn a reality. 

Get Dad What He Really Wants This Year

Say goodbye to giving dad yet another pair of socks or another tie. This year, go with a unique gift that he’s sure to love and something that’s plenty of fun, whatever his interests. With our 21 recommendations and dad gift guide, you won’t go wrong, whether you’re shopping for Christmas, Father’s Day gifts or any special occasion.

You might also be interested in: The 17 Best Gift Ideas For Grandpa [From The Whole Family]

The 21 Best Christmas Gifts For Dad: 

  1. Hunt a Killer 
  2. PUTT-A-BOUT Par Three Golf Putting Green
  3. Gotrax XR Elite Electric Scooter
  4. Epson VS260 3-Chip 3LCD XGA Projector
  5. Brewvana
  6. Kombucha Brewing Kit
  7. Presto PanGogh Art Batter Pancake Griddle
  8. Meater Plus Long-Range Smart Wireless Meat Thermometer
  9. Breville Joule Sous Vide
  10. An Ultralight Two-Person Hammock 
  11. An Audible Subscription 
  12. FirstLeaf Build Your Own Box of Wine
  13. Old-Fashioned Whiskey Glasses 
  14. Merkur 34C Heavy-Duty Short Handle Safety Razor
  15. Eight & Bob Cologne
  16. The Hex Evolve Duffel
  17. Birchbox Men’s Subscription 
  18. AeroGarden Harvest Elite
  19. Blue Yeti USB Microphone
  20. Celestron SkyMaster 25X100 Astro Binoculars
  21. The Sunday Lawn Kit

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