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Make Dad's Holiday Epic: Here Are 20 Gifts He Actually Wants

This year, don't leave dad's gift until the last minute.

By Patricia Cunningham

Dad’s gift! Every year it happens — you get so wound up looking for the perfect gift for the more high-maintenance members of the family that you leave his present to the last minute and find yourself in a panic on your-given-holiday-eve rummaging through picked-over store shelves frantically debating between a set of golf balls, a gimmicky necktie or novelty onesie pajamas.

But not this year! We are getting dad out of the way and pronto — before Thanksgiving even. I’ve picked out an assortment of amazing gifts to please any man about the house — grillmaster, handyman, sporty type, techie, hoodie-wearing, candle-loving hipster. Yep, when he opens his gift he is going to feel special.

Apple Watch

Let’s start with a big-ticket item shall we? It’s a well-known fact that dads love timepieces, it must be something in the DNA. This one comes with GPS — so he’ll never get lost — and a host of other features he will love.

Leatherman Wave Multitool

One of the most amazing things ever invented and a testament to humankind’s evolution: seriously, they broke the mold when they invented the Leatherman. It's seventeen tools in one and guaranteed to last for 25 years!

Digital Tape Measure

Those handy dads, they’re always misplacing the tape measure and the leveler, and then your walls are forever wonky and he won’t cop to it. Here’s your solution to avoiding that situation forever.

Corgi Socks

Preppy and stylish socks never go out of style.


A hand-held portable planetarium that identifies stars and constellations — it's the perfect gift for backyard astronomers. This one is already in my cart.

Samsung Gear VR

An Oculus-powered VR headset at a nice price? Geeky dads will rejoice.


This ultra-compact key holder holds up to eight keys. Ingeniously designed, it is smaller than a pack of gum and prevents keys from making a racket in your pocket.

Woolrich Rough Rider

An iconic blanket from a classic American brand is a must-have for outdoorsy types.

Craftsman Drill

A high-powered drill with a rechargeable battery? Yep, drop the mic.

Ten-Year Hoodie

This is not just any hoodie. Made with American cotton and cut and sewn in LA, this one is built to last. It comes with a 10-year guarantee.

Great Outdoors Candles

Bring the outdoors in. These candles, infused with redwood, cedar, sage, and more pay tribute to the national parks.

Blundstone Boots

Nothing makes a dude happier than a pair of Blunnies, trust me.

TRX Suspension Gym

For dads with abs.

Roc Out Wireless Speaker

A rechargeable, weather-resistant speaker is ideal for dads who like to tinker in the yard or garage.

Glerups Slip On

Made in Denmark from 100% pure wool, these Glerups moccasin slippers are the bomb. Throw in a pair for yourself.

Coleman Road Trip Propane Portable Grill

This portable grill let’s your grillmaster take his mad skilz on the road! Ideal for tailgaters, campers and beach lovers.

Folio and Pen

For literary dads, this expertly crafted leather folio and built-for-life pen is a true keeper.

Whiskey Peak Glasses

On the rocks for real. These whiskey glasses celebrate majestic peaks around the world. Collect them all!

Filson 24-Hour Briefcase

Another American brand that takes its products seriously, Filson constructs its bags to be durable and functional — and this tin-cloth briefcase is just gorgeous.

Il Bisonte Wallet

What is the one no-fail gift for dads? A new wallet, of course. This one from Italian heritage brand Il Bisonte is handmade and oozes understated style.

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