The 24 best gifts for dads in 2023

Like many dads, yours might not be giving you any clues about what he would love to get this holiday season — in fact, he likely has no clue himself. You may find yourself racking your brain for ideas that fit his unique interests, hobbies and personal style, which can be a tough job when you have a long list of loved ones to shop for this gifting season. Whether your dad loves to golf, cook or cozy up in front of a fire, we rounded up a few gift ideas that can show the father figure in your life just how much you truly appreciate him.

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How we picked top-rated gifts for dad

To help you sift through the various options out there for dads, we rounded gifts for every type of dad. All of the gifts on our list are either recommended by Select staffers or are highly rated with at least a 4-star average from more than 1,000 reviews. To make it easier to navigate our list, we compiled gifts into the following categories:

  1. Unique gifts
  2. Tech gifts
  3. Self-care gifts
  4. Gourmet gifts
  5. Apparel gifts

Unique gifts for dad

YETI Rambler 30 oz Tumbler With Magslider Lid

Need a sturdy tumbler that can keep your dad’s coffee warm no matter how long he takes to drink it? The Yeti Rambler has long been a favorite of Select staffers. This version is made of stainless steel with double-wall vacuum insulation and holds up to 30 ounces of liquid. You can also customize it: Select associate updates editor Zoe Malin personalized this tumbler with her dad’s initials and an illustration of the Empire State Building. It’s dishwasher-safe and includes a shatter-resistant Magslider lid that uses magnets to smoothly open and close, according to the brand. You can purchase the tumbler in a variety of colors, including sharptail taupe, aquifer blue and charcoal.

Solo Stove Mesa Fire Pit

This tabletop fire pit from Solo Stove is sleek, compact and portable, making it a great gift for dads who want to bring some warmth to their outdoor space with minimal effort. The Mesa fire pit comes with a stand that not only gives the device a solid surface to rest on but also folds down for easy and compact storage, according to the brand. You can burn your choice of traditional firewood or pellets using the included pellet adapter, according to Solo Stove. The fire pit is available in six colors, including deep olive, mulberry and water. It has a 4.5-star average rating from over 1,350 reviews on Amazon.

Victorinox Swiss Army Huntsman Pocket Knife

This multi-tool can be a useful gift for dads who love the outdoors or want to take a few tools wherever they go. The Huntsman Pocket Knife has a 4.9-star average from over 19,280 reviews on Amazon, and it has 15 functions, including a pair of scissors, a large and small blade, a bottle opener, tweezers and more. It’s made from stainless steel and has a slim profile to fit easily in your pocket, according to the brand.

DJI Mini 2 SE Drone

Is your dad still a kid at heart? Consider giving him a drone this year. DJI makes a variety of drones, and this is one of the more affordable models. Featured in our list of best drones for beginners, it shares many of the features of the more expensive models: namely battery life, speed and range. It has a max flight time of 31 minutes, and you can communicate with the drone up to 10 kilometers away (without obstructions), more than enough distance to capture wide landscape shots or ocean views. Most toy drones, by comparison, can only be controlled up to 100 meters away. This model has a 4.6-star average from over 2,100 reviews on Amazon.

Tech gifts for dad

Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Overhead Headphones

One of our favorite over-ear headphones, the Sony WH-1000XM4 provides active noise cancellation that includes ambient sound control to allow you to hear outside noise when needed. The headphones have a battery life of up to 30 hours on one charge and can be used with the Sony Headphones Connect App to control settings, according to the brand. These headphones also allow for hands-free calls, and the music pauses when you start speaking or when you take them off, according to Sony. They have a 4.7-star average from over 8,600 reviews on Best Buy.

Apple Watch Series 9

The recently released Apple Watch Series 9 is similar to the Series 8, one of our favorite fitness trackers. The major changes are internal — namely a new processor. The new S9 chip is faster than previous models, according to Apple. The Watch 9 gets up to 18 hours of battery life, and the screen brightness is up to twice as bright as last year’s model, according to the brand. The Apple Watch Series 9 is available in a 41mm or 45mm size and there are a variety of band colors available.

SimpliSafe 8-Piece Wireless Home Security System

For the dad wanting to increase their home security, this SimpliSafe eight-piece kit is a quality security system to consider. It offers four door and window sensors, a motion sensor, a keypad and a panic button. You can also add audio-based glass-break sensors, water and freeze sensors, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, cameras and more. Simplisafe also offers a 24/7 monitoring plan for $25 per month. This system has a 4.6-star average from over 2,100 reviews on Amazon.

Bushnell Tour V5 Patriot Pack

For golf lovers, this rangefinder can help measure the distance and improve the accuracy of a shot. This model features what the brand calls a Fast Focus System, which allows golfers to adjust the focus of the device, along with 6x magnification and a measurement range between 5 and 1,300 yards. It also has an ergonomic and compact design, measuring just 5 inches long and 4 inches high. It has a 4.6-star average from over 1,200 reviews on Amazon.

Amazon Echo Dot 5th Generation

The Amazon Echo Dot is the brand’s flagship smart speaker, and Malin says it’s one of the best gifts she’s ever given her father. “We got my dad this so he can use it as an alarm clock, to check the weather in the morning and listen to the music or news while he’s getting ready for work,” says Malin. In addition to using it as a speaker, you can also use it to set up smart-home features like temperature control and light sensors. It will even tell you a dad joke if you ask Alexa.

JBL Clip 4

This portable speaker won an NBC Select 2023 Best Giftable Tech Award and is great for a music-loving dad. It has a built-in carabiner that lets dad clip the speaker onto just about anything — think bags, backpacks, belt loops, tripods and so much more. It’s small, lightweight (about half a pound) and has IP67 dust and water resistance rating, making it perfect for travel or even just hanging in the shower.

Nintendo Switch 

Another 2023 Best Giftable Tech award winner, the original Nintendo Switch is always a favorite purchase  of Select readers during Prime Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This device offers three types of gaming: handheld, tabletop (thanks to a kickstand) and on the TV (via the included HDMI cord). It has a 6.2-inch screen and comes with removable joy-cons (controllers). You can also play local co-op, meaning dad can link his system to his friends’ Switches, and they can game together.

Self-care gifts for dad

Burt’s Bees Holiday Gift Set

This set from Burt’s Bees includes a variety of the brand’s creams, lip balms, ointments and other products to soothe and moisture dry, cracked skin. The set offers Burt’s Bees lemon butter cuticle cream, hand salve, original beeswax lip balm, Res-Q ointment, shea butter hand repair cream and coconut foot cream. The gift set has a 4.7-star average from over 78,300 reviews on Amazon.

Bevel Trimmer

The Bevel Trimmer is one of our favorite hair and beard trimmers on the market thanks to its easy-to-use design that provides a good amount of control, according to the brand. Using the dial, your father can easily adjust the blade to ensure a perfectly trimmed beard or mustache, and the reengineered safety razor helps prevent irritation and bumps, according to Bevel. This trimmer has a 4.5-star average from over 1,200 reviews on Amazon.

Loop Quiet

Help your dad get a better night’s sleep with these silicone, washable ear plugs that come with different sized ear tips. The Loop Quiet ear plugs won a 2023 Select Wellness Award. At $25, they’re more expensive than your typical drugstore foam ear plugs, but they should also last longer. They have a noise reduction rating of 27 decibels, according to the brand, and they come with a carrying case to store them in when not in use.

Theragun Mini

Another Select Wellness Award winner, the Theragun Mini is the smallest, most portable massage gun from the brand. It has three massaging speeds and comes with three head attachments, a soft case and a charging cable. This mini version has fewer speeds than more expensive Theragun massagers, but it is also more compact, making it easy for your dad to stash it in his suitcase or gym bag.

Gourmet gifts for dad

Breville Infuser Espresso Machine

If you’re looking to splurge on your coffee-loving dad, the Breville Infuser Espresso Machine is one of our expert picks for espresso machines. At under $600, this semi-automatic espresso machine is a great budget option for home brewers. The machine allows you to control the volume of each of your pours, according to the brand. It also features a digital PID temperature control and a high-pressure steam wand for milk. This espresso machine has a 4.5-star average from over 2,700 reviews on Amazon.

Meater+ Wireless Thermometer

The Meater+ Wireless Thermometer has dual temperature sensors that can monitor the internal and external meat temperature, according to the brand. It connects to a companion app that estimates foods’ cooking times from up to 165 feet away and sends a notification when your food reaches the desired temperature, according to Meater+. The included bamboo charging dock also has a magnetic backing so your dad can attach it to metal surfaces like a refrigerator. “This is the only gift I’ve ever gotten for my dad that he regularly uses,” says Rosalie Tinelli, senior social media editor at Select.

Hamilton Beach Personal Creations

This highly rated blender, which has an average of 4.2 stars from over 104,000 Amazon reviews, is a great choice for dads who like a morning smoothie or evening milkshake. In my experience using an earlier version of this model, it’s easy to operate but does require two hands: one to push a button and the other to hold down the lid. When your drink is ready, you can remove the jar from the base and drink from the blending vessel with the blade still secured to the bottom. The cup and lid are not dishwasher-safe however, so you’ll need to hand wash them, according to the brand.

Thoughtfully Gourmet Master Hot Sauce Collection

Help dad fire up his taste buds with this hot sauce sampler. It comes with 30 different mini bottles of hot sauce, which range in heat from mild to scorching. Flavors include whiskey habanero, cayenne, smoky bourbon and more. “My dad loves hot sauce and puts it on everything — eggs, burgers, even vanilla ice cream,” says Bethany Heitman, a contributing editor at Select. “When I gave him this, he was so excited to have so many new sauces to try.”

Hexclad Damascus Steel 7-Inch Santoku Knife

If your dad likes to cook, he needs a good knife, whether he’s slicing through meat or chopping veggies. This santoku knife made our list of best kitchen knives. It has a 7-inch blade made from Damascus stainless steel, and the blade is designed to stay sharp for a long time, according to the brand. “I’m obsessed with the handle of this knife because it’s covered in a soft material that’s comfortable to grip and just overall really nice to touch,” says updates editor Zoe Malin.

Apparel gifts for dads

Allbirds Men’s Trail Runners SWT

The Trail Runners SWT from Allbirds can be a good gift for dads who enjoy running, hiking or taking long walks. They have eucalyptus-fiber-and-wool-blend uppers and midsoles made from sugarcane. They’re also machine-washable, feature durable ripstop protection and grippy treads that can stabilize feet on uneven terrain, according to the brand. These sneakers have a 4.4-star average from over 1,500 reviews on Allbirds.

Nike Sportswear Club Fleece Joggers

Whether your dad works from home or is looking for new athleisure to hit the gym, these joggers from Nike feature a classic silhouette complete with ribbed cuffs around the ankle. They also have an elastic waistband, soft fleece lining and an adjustable drawcord to customize the fit, according to the brand. These joggers have a 4.7-star average from over 2,800 reviews on Nike.

L.L.Bean Men’s Sweater Fleece Scuffs

If your dad is looking for cozy slippers to keep his feet warm during the colder months, the Sweater Fleece Scuffs have a 4.4-star average from over 1,500 reviews on L.L. Bean. They are lined with warm polyester fleece and cushioned with an EVA foam midsole for extra support, according to the brand. They also include a rubber outsole for good traction and if your dad wants to wear them for quick trips outside, according to L.L.Bean.

Vuori Strato Tech Tee

Malin says these are her dad’s favorite t-shirts. “We always add to his collection on holidays,” she says. The shirt is constructed with a lightweight material that has 4-way stretch, is odor resistant and moisture-wicking, according to the brand. The shirt is available in sizes XS through XXL and comes in 15 different colors, including cloud heather, stormy heather and earth red heather.

Why trust Select?

Mili Godio is an updates editor at Select who covers a wide range of topics, including vacuums, exercise bikes and coffee makers.

Bethany Heitman is a contributor at NBC Select and a journalist who regularly covers topics like beauty, home and lifestyle.

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