Like trying to shower with a toddler banging on the door, finding the perfect gift for the dad who already has everything can feel nearly impossible. There are just so many options out there. Thousands of useful tools, cool tech, kitchen appliances, and unique clothes that don’t make him look dumpy — they all await online.
So, how do you find suitable gifts for dad that’s both unique and useful, something he’ll not just like but actually love? For our 2022 list of best gifts for dads, we’ve curated products that we can say with confidence stand out from the rest of the pack. We guarantee you’ll find something here to make him smile, laugh, and feel cool or appreciated this holiday season. Letting him shower uninterrupted might be a nice gift, too.
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The Very Best Gifts for Dads to Wear
The perfect shirt had always been a kind of unicorn — until now. This is the elusive perfect shirt. It looks sharp enough to wear to work, and is laid-back and comfortable enough to wear around the house. It's sweat-wicking, so no pit stains. The fit is slim and sleek, with a bit of stretch. It doesn't wrinkle, it keeps its shape, and it looks good on everyone. Score.
You can trust Filson, which has been around since 1914. The products are timeless, and the more he uses them, the better they look. Take this endlessly cool Tin Packer hat. The cloth is both abrasion- and weather-resistant. It has a cotton inner sweatband, to keep his noggin cool, and a leather hatband because Filson is all about the small details. Whether he's fishing or camping or just hanging out, this one is a winner.
The absolute most perfect shirt for those summer days that segue into cool summer nights. This ultra-versatile tops works as shirt, a light jacket, or worn under a coat. It's made from cotton twill. And like all products made by Everlane, you know where and how it was (ethically) made. The fit is straight and relaxed, so it looks good on every body type.
A perfectly fine hoodie fits nicely and looks decent. A great hoodie goes from a workout to a dinner out, with panache. This one is breathable and double-knit, with secure zippered pockets to store his phone and cards. Plus, thanks to its design, it's also eminently comfortable and non-constricting. In other words, something he'll wear all year.
Forsake’s Halden boot is a true hybrid – a hiking boot that’s tough enough to handle the trails, but stylish enough to double as an in-town sneaker. The waterproof leather is bolstered with a waterproof/breathable membrane, a composite shank provides added support on rough trails, and the EVA midsole levels out bumps on both dirt and concrete.
Track pants, but make them stylish. These tracks pants check all the boxes: They're made from organic cotton, manufactured at a factory that pays workers fair wages, and just look like a million bucks. All while being thick and comfy, and in a classic design. They have an elastic waistband with a hidden drawcord, two side pockets, a back patch pocket, and a relaxed tapered leg.
Premium supportive undies like SAXX’s Kinetic HDs might deliver more comfort to that fitness-focused dad on your list than any other type of clothing. Semi-compression fit and a special nut-cupping pouch will help mitigate painful jostling on long runs and intense HIIT workouts. Supple synthetic fabric and flat seams will make these comfortable enough to enjoy in leisure times as well.
Pair of Thieves was co-founded by Cash Warren (who's married to Jessica Alba), with the mission of making basics that are not so basic. These socks are whimsical and funky, given the Morse code theme, but also eminently practical. They have a silicone gripper to keep them in place and four-way stretch, in a blend of cotton, polyester, and spandex that won't lose its shape.
It seems counterintuitive, but in fact, wool is a fabric you can wear year-round. That's because it's temperature-regulating. And these slippers, which are crafted to be worn indoors or on the deck or in the yard, are a blend of wool, with a rubber sole for traction. They have a leather tab for easy on and off, because with Greys, it's about the details. Speaking of details, he'll appreciate the stub-proof toe box when he encounters errant Legos in the middle of the night.
It's very nearly sweater weather. And that means it's time for this impeccable sweater, made from from recycled plastic bottles and oyster shells. He'll be just warm enough, without ever overheating. As for the fit: It's true to size, without any unnecessary bulk.
It makes sense that a company that makes award-winning sandals would make a fantastic pair of slippers. Hari-Mari’s Hacienda LX slippers’ full-grain leather upper is lined with genuine Texas shearling. Add memory foam-lined footbeds and rubber outsoles for outdoor use, and you’ve got the perfect dad slipper.
Think of this as a puffy coat, but in blanket form. It's packable, portable, and shockingly, happily warm. The insulation is made from recycled materials (and it'd down-free, so great for anyone with spring or summer allergies). The colors are dope as hell. It's the perfect blanket to keep in the car and bring out for impromptu picnic, or park outings, or campouts.
Chaco has really stepped up its style game with its latest round of slides, just in time for beach and water outings. They actually look, well, cool. While still featuring all the creature comforts synonymous with the brand. These have contoured LUVSEAT arch-support for proper alignment. The straps are adjustable, and the slides even float. They're ultra-lightweight and packable, to boot.
Think of this as the sweatshirt version of those jeans you’ve broken in to fit just right. It's as straightforward as it gets: heavy cotton, lined with comfy fleece, finished with beefy zippers. It’s all made in the US, from coast to coast, where more than 20 craftspeople will get their hands on it before you. And it comes with a 10-year warranty should it rip, tear, or fall apart, as you break it in doing chores, walking the dog, or watching SportsCenter.
The Very Best Gifts for Dads in the Kitchen
Any self-respecting cheese lover knows that to get that flawless slab of pecorino, you need to visit Murray's on Bleecker Street. It's the stalwart of fromage retailers. So, here's the good news: Now the cheese comes to him, courtesy of this monthly box. It includes 3–4 rotating cheeses, from cheddars and triple creams to zesty goat cheeses and savory washed rind wheels. Sample boxes include Marieke aged gouda and Stepladder Creamery Ragged Point creamy cheese.
A grill that will never, ever rust. Yes, it's real, and yes, it's just about as amazing as it sounds like. This grill will stand the test of time and survive the elements. But that's not all. It's big enough to grill a whole turkey, should dad feel the urge. And because the cook chamber is made of aluminum, the heat is evenly dispersed and he winds up with succulent steaks and juicy chicken.
Look, if dad is a coffee fanatic, Fellow makes the greatest coffee gear you can buy. And its latest launch is the Clara, a new take on the classic French press. It looks fantastic, sure. But as with all Fellow products, it's about much more than good looks. It has an all-directional pour lid, so there's no spillage. The double-wall vacuum insulation keeps the java warm. It has a nonstick interior, so it's easy to clean.
Traditional pocket flasks are a pain to fill, clean, and even drink from. But High Camp Flasks’ double wall insulated Torch Flask has an innovative screw-off bottom for easy filling and cleaning. The 6-ounce flask also has a 3-ounce shot glass that magnetically attaches to the Torch, dad you can drink like a gentleman anywhere he goes.
For the dad who's happiest sipping a cold one under the stars, here's the perfect cooler to keep everything icy and contained. It's leakproof, has a wide-mouth opening, and because of its cubed shape, is eminently portable. There's a reason Yeti makes the best coolers out there: It's about the details. In this case, a zipper that won't let him down because it's indestructible, waterproof and leakproof.
Looft’s cordless electric lighter is one of the cleanest and fastest ways to get a bed of coals hot enough to cook over. The heating element at the tip of the lighter pushes air temperature to 1200°F, and a blowing mechanism stokes the coals once they’ve ignited. It’s surprisingly light at just 2lbs, and has just the right combination of safety features to keep it from being dangerous if a child gets their hands on it while remaining easy – and fun – for adults to use.
With apologies to Linklater, they had us at the name alone. But packaging and branding aside, this is one fantastic kit. For the dad who fancies himself a mixologist, or just loves to tinker at the bar, this is the ultimate infusion kit. It comes with two 16-ounce glass jars with a filtering spout, plus two packs of pre-measured ingredients of fruits and spices. And they work with tequila, vodka, or whatever else is on the bar cart.
Baccarat is a Paris-based producer of ultra-luxe crystal, making perhaps the finest glassware in the world. I inherited a few Harmonie highballs from my father — one of which still has a chip in it from a party in the ’90s — and I cherish them. There’s nothing like the feel of one in your hand; the perfect weight and the etched lines offer a comfortable grip. They make anything you drink from them feel special. At 11.5 ounces, they’re perfect for a gin and tonic or a mint julep.
If you’re looking for one grill that will cover everything from spending your Saturday smoking a tri-tip to grilling up some brats right before the game, the Big Green Egg is the perfect choice. This ceramic grill is remarkably heat-efficient, while Big Green Egg’s proprietary natural hardwood charcoal imbues whatever you cook with the perfect smokey flavoring. The egg-shaped ceramic body retains heat while directing it right onto the cooking platform, retaining juices and providing an even, perfect cook every time. The result? Flavorful, juicy, and perfectly smoked slabs of meat and possibly the best burgers that you’ve ever had. Bonus: a variety of add-ons and instruments add versatility, allowing you to grill pizzas, roast veggies, and pretty much anything else you can imagine.
For the dad who's most at home chopping, dicing, and slicing: John Boos cutting boards are the creme de la creme. Each one of these beauties is hand-made in Illinois, and this particular model has integrated chrome handles so it's easy to lift and clean. Even better: One side is flat and the second side has an integrated juice groove to keep things clean. It's made of sustainably sourced, hand-selected maple.
Because dry chicken and undercooked chops just ruin a perfectly good cookout. Meater's meat thermometer has a 165 foot range, and has two sensors and one probe. This means the sensors monitor meat temps, so nothing is chewy or raw, and let him know exactly (via the app) when everything is done to his exact specifications. Plus, with the app, he gets an uncannily accurate estimate of how long to cook and rest everything.
For the dad who's happiest manning the grill: This best-in-class heavy duty waxed canvas apron is heavyweight, can take pretty much anything, and can even be customized with his name. There's a chest pocket (for his phone, or recipe cards), a leather towel loop, and only needs to be wiped clean. It also looks cool AF and will last longer than his passion for searing steaks.
So if he's into his microbrews, he can now enjoy them at home with this stunner of a growler. It keeps beer crisp, cold and carbonated, and has a bar-style tap that lets him dispense the hefeweizen in style. It keeps it cold. It keeps if fresh. It keeps it delicious. And he can refill at his favorite brewery.
Bob Kramer, if you missed it, is widely considered the most gifted 'knifesmith' working today. Which is why a sharpener created by him will go the distance, and look fine doing it. This set comes with an instructional DVD featuring Bob himself as he walks you through how to use the sharpening stone for edge repairs, another one for fine sharpening, yet another one for finishing and polishing, and the bamboo sink bridge to make everything safe and easy.
Sure, cheap cast iron is plentiful, but you get what you pay for. That applies to this 10 inch cast iron skillet, which has pour spouts, a handle, and the brand's signature polished interior that makes the inside of the pan easy to clean. Heat is distributed evenly, so everything is cooked just so. And this skillet is an heirloom that can be passed down to the kids, because every single piece of Smithey cookware is made right here in the Unites States, and is inspected by hand. Oh, and you can get the skillet engraved, so he knows this was hand-picked for him.
Made In makes restaurant-quality knifes, pots, and pans, at home-cook prices. The quality, though, is top notch. This 3.3 ounce knife will be the hero of his kitchen: He'll use it to cut small vegetables, peel fruit, and chop garlic. It's fully forged, and full tang, as all great knives should be, and at just 3.3 ounces, it's ultra-maneuverable. You can even personalize the bigger knives, if that's his jam.
There are those janky cocktail shakers you get for bachelor parties. And there's this thoughtful one, created meticulously to make perfect drinks. The key feature is its measuring system, which is built into the top and features markers for pours ranging from ¼ ounce to six ounces. It has a vacuum-insulated double-wall construction so your drinks stay cold, but your hands don't. It's handsome. It's intelligent. And it's portable.
Stamped from a single piece of stainless steel, this sleek knife set is too handsome to bury in a knife block or drawer — especially if you pick the black or gold titanium coating. You might want to get a magnetic rack. You’ll use the big 8-inch chef’s knife for daily chopping and slicing, the shorter 5-inch knife for smaller veggies or maybe cheese, and the paring knife for detailed work like hulling strawberries. The Japanese-style blade, beveled on one side like a sword, excels at making long, clean slices.
Ground pepper creeps its way into a lot of dishes — and wearing your wrist out to grind 1/4 teaspoon of the stuff is never fun. This exceptionally well designed, heavier than it looks mill grinds more pepper per twist than anything on the market. It's a simple upgrade dad will enjoy each time he's in the kitchen.
So yeah, there's hot sauce. And then there's hot sauce. We know the difference. Truff hot sauce is a blend of chili peppers, agave nectar, black truffle, and select spices. So, you can only imagine how glorious this stuff tastes: It's a flavor explosion. For the dad who likes things spiced up a notch (or seven), it's the best hot sauce you can buy.
Westmark, a renowned German brand, makes barware that lasts much, much longer than that bottle of chianti he's been saving. Take this cork puller. It removes the cork without damaging the cask or bottle, and the handle doubles as a bottle opener. Smart, solid, and sleek. We approve.
Adrienne Stillman is the co-founder, editor-in-chief, and event director of Dipsology, a guide and community for cocktail enthusiasts. And this meticulously researched book showcases 610 cocktail recipes from the past 500 years, hailing from 60 countries. If he enjoys a libation, and is curious about the history of the Sidecar, this book is for him.
There's the olive oil you grab at your local deli, absolutely serviceable when needed. And then there's the olive oil foodie dads relish, like this beloved set from DTC brand Brightland. The olive olive is made from heirloom California Coratina olives and is housed in a glass bottle that has been UV-coated to protect what's inside from damaging light. Each of these fresh, tasty and ultra-versatile oils is deal for finishing off both sweet and savory recipes, and the double-fermented champagne vinegar and balsamic vinegar add that extra kapow.
We have this knife. We love this knife. It's a work of culinary art. Yes, it's used when making sushi, but the knife itself is so precise, so well-forged, so damn beautiful, that you'll be hard-pressed to not use when prepping other foods. The handle is evergreen wood. And it enhances the cooking experience of any home chef.
For the dad who loves to camp, here's a multi-purpose light that equips him with a 300 lumens spotlight and 300 lumens floodlight, each with three different light settings. This thing can and will take a beating, and last forever. It's waterproof. It's sand-proof. It's dust-proof. And it charges a phone. It has a built-in solar panel and USB-C input port.
Now you can make serious Neapolitan pizza at home, with this brand new oven that's the first to be officially 'Recommended for Domestic Use’ by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana. It's the governing body of all things pizza. And this oven is badass as hell. You can use wood or charcoal out of the box, or use gas with the gas burner (sold separately). It hits up in 15 minutes. There's a mounted digital thermometer that shows you the internal ambient oven temperature and a large cooking area that fits up to 16 inch pizzas.
The Very Best Everyday Carry Gifts for Dads
While you can buy a Luminox a case or two over from an engagement ring at Kay Jewelers, the brand’s been making tough-as-nails watches for the likes of the Secret Service, the Israeli Special Forces, the USAF fighter pilots, and the SEALs for years. The 3505’s light but strong carbon case and scratch-resistant mineral crystal will keep up with whatever you’re doing, from diving 200 meters to something a little less risky like mowing the lawn. The self-powered illumination makes it easy to read at night, too.
Bellroy is an Australian brand that makes upscale, fancy gear for men and women. But it manages to fuse accessible luxury with total practicality. Take this sling bag: It's made entirely from recycled PET bottles. It has a front compartment with two mesh slip pockets, a lined pouch for his sunglasses, a built-in key clip, and an expandable gusset. That means that it can hold up to four liters of stuff, but also shrinks down when he's in minimalist mode. Oh, and it can fit two beer bottles.
James makes some of the finest everyday carry essentials you can buy. And just behold this thing of beauty. The carabiner is carved from a solid block of aluminum, has two sections for his EDC, and even has a bottle opener notch. No more missing keys, ever. The more he uses it, the more weathered it looks, which is the goal. One of those gifts that just makes every day a little better.
Proving a daily wear watch doesn’t have to be boring, the Detrola has a colorful navy dial and easy-to-read face, with time and date, that that goes with everything from a suit to gym clothes. Underneath the hood is an accurate quartz movement assembled in Detroit with parts from Switzerland. This anti-smartwatch comes with a silicon strap that pops off easily so you can swap in other bands to change up the look.
We're all about the latest tech, but sometimes, it's great to go old-school. And nothing is more old-school than this slingshot, handmade in San Francisco from forked tree branches and kitted out with a leather projectile pouch. Each is one of a kind. And each is gonna get dad outdoors and off his laptop.
Sturdy yet compact, the M16 Folding Knife from CRKT is perfect for both camp use and everyday carry. The aluminum handle is lightweight but strong, and the D2 blade steel keeps its edge. The flipper-assisted opening is responsive and easy to use, while the button-style lock is solid and simple to deploy. There’s no reason not to take it wherever you go.
Don’t let the vintage look fool you, this is a modern camera filled with useful tech to help greenhorns take better shots, like autofocus and settings for closeups, sports, and portraits. Compatible with a suite of lenses that keep things interesting and also make this camera perfect to take on adventures or the kid’s birthday party where you can shoot in 4K video. Don’t worry, there’s a tilt-down screen so you can still take selfies, which you can then beam to a phone with wi-fi.
Luminox has been around since 1989, and is the creator of the original Navy SEAL watch. Luminox watches can also be found on the wrists of the US Coast Guard and NYPD cops. This Atacama Field watch is a burly 44mm piece of hardware that houses a Swiss automatic moment in its 316L stainless steel case. The Tritium hands and indices glow both green and orange for easy legibility at night. The dial displays both the day and the date, so you’ll never miss a critical mission or a merely semi-important staff meeting. It has a fixed bezel, a tough sapphire crystal, and is water resistant to 200-meters.
Look, we're not saying he has to work out. Not at all. But after nearly two years of sitting on the couch in sweats, all of us could use a kick in the ass to get a little healthier. Amazon's Halo is a hell of a device, especially given the low price point. It gives him access to metrics like heart rate, sleep score, and blood oxygen levels. Plus, he can get a movement assessment with the Halo app, and then a personalized exercise program. Sleep issues? He can measure the quantity and quality of of his shut-eye and access meditations to help him chill out. Plus, he can start live workouts, and get movement reminders. And it works with Alexa.
Jaybird already makes some of the best workout earbuds on earth. Now, they're even better. The newest model has absolutely mind-boggling sound quality, coupled with active noise cancellation. Oh and 24 hours of battery life. He can drop them in water. In mud. In snow. And they'll be just fine.
Don't mock the fanny pack, which has come a long way from its tacky tourist days. It's now an essential piece of gear, in particular for parents. He can wear this around his waist. He can throw it over his shoulder. Point is, he's in total hands-free dad mode. This beautifully austere and shockingly spacious bag has a front storage pocket with a waterproof zipper and a key clip.
Out now! The most important and most fun parenting book you’ll ever read — over 17 joyous, expert-lead chapters, Fatherly rough-houses with a UFC fighter’s kids, unearths cultural practices where men feign pregnancy, and breaks down the 6 essential conversations all parents should have (and have and have again). In between, there are 20+ experts, illustrated guides, and loads of damn good advice.
Sunglasses that are just left of center enough to be cool without screaming out that he's trying too hard. They're a little round. A little square. Made from hand-polished cellulose acetate. The lenses are scratch-resistant and block 100 percent of UV rays. You can get them as shades, or as prescription sunglasses. Happy summer.
If dad loves taking selfies (no judgments here), this handsome camera has built-in selfie mode. Because let's be real: Photo streams are great, but the real thing is even better. Not only does this retro-cool camera come with built-in auto shutter speed and auto brightness, but it's all about instant gratification, churning out credit card-sized 2 x 3 inch photos.
This dock is the key to productivity while working from home. As great as new MacBooks are, with only two Thunderbolt inputs, it can be limiting. Connect the Anker to your laptop with one cable and now you have access to just about any port you’ll ever need—including a few ways to connect to an external monitor. This industrial-looking box, about as thick as two iPhones, is an easy way to clear the mess of cables from your desk.
The Very Best Grooming Gifts for Dads
If we've learned one thing over the past 12 months, it's that clean hands matter. But maybe he doesn't want to smell like lavender or vanilla or rose. Here's a soap set just for him, and every bar is vegetable-based and made in Provence. The scents are masculine and low-key. His digits will smell like citrus, or sandalwood, or mint, or cedar. And even bourbon vanilla.
If his morning skincare routine is lacking — or he doesn’t have one — this four-bottle kit can put some life back in your epidermis without much fuss. Pick versions for oily or dry skin, each with a body wash, face scrub, face wash, and moisturizer. It’s a simple four-step process that he can execute to remove toxins from his skin and tame any irritation.
When one of our favorite groomers raves about a new skincare line (Amy Komorowski works with Justin Theroux and Adam Driver, for starters), we sit up and listen. And this is one of her go-tos. This particular set has everything he needs for glowing skin: The brand's signature Bro sheet mask, plus an anti-aging moisturizer, a face wash, and a sunscreen. Founded by a husband and wife team based in San Francisco, the line combines efficacy with accessibility. Plus, we love sheet masks.
Fragrance doesn't need to be fussy — and shouldn't be. That's the ethos behind Commodity, which started as a Kickstarter campaign in 2013 and became the first direct-to-consumer fragrance brand. Now in its new iteration, after a relaunch, the brand retains its same commitment to simplicity and clarity. This particular fragrance is a heady, crisp blend of bergamot, cypress, and sandalwood, somehow both playful and intense at the same time. Sort of like him.
Sure, you're thinking, soap? SOAP??? But this isn't the same one you grab at your local drugstore. This is the best of soaps. It sloughs off dead skin, it wakes him up, and it keeps skin soft because it's infused with oatmeal and bran. The best, period. Throw in a body lotion to really spruce up his shower.
The Very Best Gifts for Active Dads
If dad is trying to get healthier after a year spent mostly indoors, this is the blender to help him do it. Unlike the traditional clunky and loud options on the market, this one not only looks pretty rad (and we love the name), but also monitors its blade speed, and makes adjustments to maintain consistent speed and torque. Plus, it monitors its own internal temps so it doesn't overheat. He pushes a button, and gets a perfect smoothie in a minute.
If you listed everything that you wished your cooler had, chances are it’d look a lot like RovR’s RollR 60. This 60-quart cooler has a certified bear-resistant rotomolded body and lid, wet and dry compartments, and plenty of accessories like a dry good bag and cupholders. It can hold 60 cans with 20 pounds of ice, the latter of which it can keep for up to 10 days. It’s a beast to carry, so you’re not going to be hauling this to some far-flung campsite. But if you’re car camping or headed to the beach? The all-terrain wheels and stainless-steel handle make it a breeze.
With a water-resistant exterior on one side and a fluffy fleece interior, the Cloudtouch is so comfortable that you’ll use it as much at home as you will on the road. Snaps on the edges allow it to transform into a single sleeping bag or fuse with another blanket to be used as a double bag. It also snaps into a hands-free cape for when you need to make coffee on those cold mornings.
FightCamp makes you feel viscerally connected while increasing balance and coordination as well as improving bone density. A tracker on each fist counts your punches as you follow workouts on your phone or device so that you can compete against others. With more than 1000 video workouts to choose from and five separate training plans called paths — including kickboxing options — starting FightCamp and navigating it is intuitive and easy.
Just not ready for van life yet? If you have a hatchback, SUV, or crossover, this air mattress is all you need for a solid night’s sleep. Like other versions, this one inflates in a hurry with a pump, but it’s the extenders that fill the space of the rear seat’s footwells that make it as stable as sleeping on the floor. Come morning, it packs down into a carry bag you can stash out of the way.
Made from recycled sleeping pad scraps, this barely-there 5½-ounce foam pad expands to a generous 13-x-17-inch egg-crate slab designed to take the sting out sitting. Take it camping to make sitting in a chair more comfortable, to a festival to keep turf stains off your pants, to the kid's games — or, more pragmatically, use it around the house as a kneepad when you’re under the sink. Plus the cool, one-of-a-kind look, is a conversation starter all by itself.
There are other adjustable dumbells out there, but none that transition so quickly and easily. These dumbells go from 5 to 50 pounds with the turn of a dial. Or, if you have an Alexa device, you can preset the weights (25lbs for curls, 50lbs for deadlifts), and use voice commands to swap weights mid-workout.
Tentsile’s flagship model tent is the easiest treehouse you’ll ever set up. Perfect for car camping, the Stingray 3-Person Tent uses three anchor points to create enough tension to create a sturdy floor for up to three people to sleep in. The result is a comfortable hammock-like sleeping surface that’s firm enough to prevent everyone inside from rolling into the middle. You’ll need to find three trees at 90-degree angles to set it up, so if you have the right spot, it’s the perfect car camping upgrade. Bonus: During the day, it’s a perfect tree fort for the kids.
Because exercise equipment has a way of proliferating and is generally ugly, at-home workouts tend to require a sacrifice of one kind or another. The possible lone exception is the rowing machine: Rowing works 86 percent of the body’s muscles and can be as cardio-intense (or mellow) as you like, while improving joint flexibility. One of the newest and sleekest rowing machines, the Ergatta uses actual water resistance, which makes it as effective as it is quiet (as well as cool-looking, with its transparent reservoir). It’s got all the fitness potential of a traditional rowing machine, but packaged with cutting-edge, immersive technology (a reasonable $29/month) that keeps monotony at bay. The jewel in the crown, though, is its design: Handmade of cherry wood, it's the farthest thing from an eyesore, and it can be folded up and stowed away, so it works in even the tiniest of homes.
The one thing you don’t want to do is crash a $1,000 drone, so the Air 2S makes adjustments on the fly using four sensors that detect obstacles, so even amateur pilots can get killer shots or video. A big 1-inch camera sensor up front captures video in 5.4k with 8x zoom that you can power from an intuitive control from nearly 4,000 feet away. The tracking feature locks in on a person’s face, following them as the drone flies on autopilot.
Generally speaking, e-readers are hard on the eyes. Which is just one reason we love the Kindle Oasis. It has an adjustable warm light display that changes the screen from white to amber; it's also waterproof so you can use it the hot tub. Thanks to the buttons, the pages turn without that annoying glitch that's present in just about every reader on the market.
A perfect gift for a fan of The Mandalorian, this 6,187-piece build an enormous and intricately detailed recreation of the iconic ship. Five minifigures (including an excellent metallic Mandalorian) round out the set, while details like Boba Fett's armor, a carbon-freezing chamber, and an escape pod make it as fun to play with as it is to display.
Think of this bike helmet as a multi-tool for your head. Built into a comfortable, plastic-and-foam shell are a taillight, wireless speakers, a mic, and an intercom. Pair it with your phone to crank a playlist, take calls, get turn-by-turn directions, or listen to NPR through the speakers while still being able to hear ambient sounds — like someone passing on your left or a car’s horn. Get two — in group rides, you can use the intercom to chat with someone wearing the R1.
For dads most at home when they're cycling somewhere, a smart, waterproof bike bag that attaches to his handlebars. It has a zippered main compartment with ample room for bike tools, spare tubes, and water bottles, but without any of the bulk. And it has a removable shoulder strap so he can take stuff with him when he locks up the bike. From a company that's been around since 2008, founded by two friends in a Colorado basement.
The Very Best Gifts for Dads Around the Home
Readywares, based in Seattle and run by two brothers, makes heritage-quality items that are durable and practical. So it's a win-win. And this bag is the ultimate gift for the DIY dad, the one who can never figure out where he left the drill bits or the screwdriver. It's made of waxed cotton canvas, has a smooth brass zipper, and 11 pockets. So there's a place for everything, and everything is in its place.
One of the smartest projectors we've ever seen, The Freestyle is engineered to make setting up a movie night as simple as possible. This projector automatically adjusts for the angle of projection, the focus, and even tweaks the image color to work with whatever color the wall it's projecting on. Plus, it works with external batteries or the optional battery pack, making it great for camping or a backyard movie night.
A fire all his own, when he needs to zen out. This one is portable, burns clean, and can be used indoors or out. It utilizes isopropyl alcohol, so there's no smoke or soot. And five ounces of the stuff gets him 50 minutes of burn time. There's no soot buildup, and he can even use it to roast marshmallows. If he's so inclined.
Josh Wardle created a word-game craze when his addicting (and at times so, so frustrating) daily puzzle was released on the world. But working one’s way through those five letters can be a lonely endeavor. The Wordle party game makes it a group effort and features four ways to play in real-time on a dry-erase board. Purists can stick with the original mode, but players looking to change it up can choose fast mode, timed mode, or split into teams and see who gets it first. It’s an especially great fit for Scrabble-loving families.
Just looking at this hammock drops your diastolic blood pressure. String this version up between two trees, or on a stand, and the generous 55-x-82-inch hammock will cradle him with an open back that prevents sweating in the summer heat. The cord is as soft as cotton, but the synthetic blend inhibits discoloration in the sun, is anti-microbial, and easy to clean with soap and water when the kids spill watermelon on it.
Setting up a home stereo system doesn't have to be a pain, especially with Samsung's HW-S60B 5.0ch All-in-One Soundbar. This compact soundbar has a full sound system including four subwoofers, three tweeters, and a central speaker for clear dialogue inside the soundbar. Plus it's the first soundbar with Dolby Atmos wireless connectivity (to Samsung TVs), to keep the setup simple and your watching area looking clean.
Connect to this speaker through Bluetooth, when you’re away from the house, and use WiFi when you’re home to crank playlists and podcasts with clear, crisp sound. About the size of a soda can, and wrapped in Sonos's grown-up styling, this tiny speaker connects to Alexa or the Google Assistant, works with AirPlay 2, and shrugs off the digs, dirt, and water your kids will throw at it. Inside, use it to control your smart home for about 10 hours per charge.
Riding a bike forces you to learn how to be handy. This two-piece multi-tool makes roadside repairs easier by packing 31 tools into a tidy package that you can stash in a seat pack or backpack. Work on single or multi-speed chains, tighten just about any bolt, swap out pedals, and fix flat tires. Even pop a beer after a ride with the bottle opener.
Optimus Prime is right up with LEGO when it comes to 80’s nostalgia, so pairing the two is an absolute no-brainer. This impressive 1,508-piece build is based on the original version of the leader of the Autobots, straight out of the cartoon (NOT the Michael Bay films) straight down to the decals. Even better? The ingenious design allows you to transform the set from Autobot to semi-truck without having to rebuild the model.
Because of its rubberized base and aluminum body, this is the ultimate sexy speaker for outdoorsy dads. It can stop, drop, and roll, on any surface, in any setting, period. And it won't get dinged up or damaged. Here it's all about the details, including the waterproof strap and carabiner, designed for peak performance even when clipped to his belt or backpack. But what about the sound, you ask? We're talking True360 sound, driven by dual 1.8 full range drivers. And 27 hours of playtime. This can even be submerged in water for half an hour, none the worse for the wear.
Aren't these headphones just a work of art? We think so. And they sound as good as they look. They're made from leather and anodized aluminum. And they weigh 245 grams. Which means they're more lightweight than a hamster. Seriously. They have up to 24 hours of battery life, but where they really shine is the active noise cancellation feature. You choose between two modes: If you're on a loud city street, you turn it on high. If you're in windy settings, you turn it on low. Meaning you hear what you want, and filter out anything you don't. And they're voice assistant-enabled.
Most VR headsets are content with letting you watch content in 360 degrees, but the Quest 2 includes a pair of controllers that let you participate in the action. Use it for gaming to battle Vader and dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, or watch movies, with 50 percent more pixels than Quest’s first version, and 3-D sound that changes as you move your head.
A propane grill that attaches to a hitch means more storage space in the truck, and after arriving at the campsite or tailgate, you’re cooking at a comfortable height — though it also detaches for tabletop use. The 335-square-inch cooking surface, with two burners, adds enough versatility to grill, use a pan, or boil a pot of water for coffee. And when you’re done, none of that greasy mess is in your car.
If you work under the hood, you know how frustrating it can be to waste time fishing out dropped bolts and screws. This tool’s magnetic head picks them up by extending your reach nearly 2 feet to snag hardware or tools from impossibly narrow crevasse (or if you just dropped your keys behind the bookcase). The magnetic base stays put and with a swivel light you can beam the LED where you need them and the rugged aluminum build mean it will last as it bounces around your toolbox.
This handsome, modern grinder's versatility, by way of Burr-style mashing discs and 31 different size settings, prepares beans for any automatic drip-style coffee, pour-over, Aero press, espresso, Moka pot — so even a coffee nerd will use it. Quiet, at only about 60 decibels (volume of normal conversation), it won’t wake the house up when in use. The catch cup has a magnetic base so it aligns perfectly every morning, even when you're bleary-eyed.
It can be easy to overspend in the tool aisle of the home center, but you don't have to. The Ryobi One+ system includes more than 175 cordless tools, so you may already have Ryobi gear with a removable 18-volt battery. Slip that power pack into this 25-pound cordless miter saw and now you have the juice to cut moldings, deck boards, or studs for a shed anywhere with a mobile setup. With a 7½-inch blade mounted on a sliding head, this saw will cut a massive 2x10—it’s all the power you need with none of the overpriced whistles you don’t.
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