Like trying to have a civilized dinner with a food-hurling toddler, finding wonderfully thoughtful yet eminently practical stepdad gifts can be an exercise in futility. Because you can ask the question a hundred different ways and hear the same response: He already has everything he needs. But that’s not the case. The best stepdad Father’s Day gifts pay tribute to his unique role in your life, while also catering to his specific interests and needs. For our 2021 list of the best gifts for stepdads, we’ve curated products that we can say with confidence stand out from the rest of the pack.
The Best Stepdad Gifts for Father’s Day — and Beyond
This hand-harvested, sustainable Icelandic salt elevates any steak, chop, or cocktail. It has been a kitchen staple since 2011 and this set includes flaky sea salt, Arctic thyme salt, birch-smoked salt, and lava salt. Dinner has just been upgraded.
No matter what galaxy he's in, he'll appreciate this timepiece, which has a dial that features the Imperial symbol. He'll spot Darth Vader’s chest module pattern and accents. And of course the caseback features an illustration of Darth Vader’s helmet. The watch is powered by light, and thus never needs a battery, so he can use it 24/7..
He takes notes. He doodles. He writes little stories, or scrawls his to-do list. The Logitech crayon pencil works on the iPad, iPad Pro, and iPad Air, across a slew of apps that support Apple Pencil. If he needs a thicker or thinner line, he can just tilt the smart tip and it adjusts the line weight automatically, which is sort of brilliant.
This luxe this incense has notes clay, musk, patchouli, rose and sandalwood and the set includes 25 incense sticks. It's a beautiful way to set the mood.
Because there's nothing worse than a T-bone that's black on the outside and bleeding on the inside. Avoid such catastrophes with this meat thermometer, which has range of 165 feet, comes with four probes that can monitor internal meat temperature up to 212°F, and a guided system to make sure every damn cut of meat is restaurant-quality.
He'll be prepared for any eventuality life throws his way. It's a stylus, a bottle opener, a mini flat-head screwdriver or a Phillips screwdriver, a metric and inch ruler, and a phone stand. It's a workhorse in a small, cool package.
A great slice, whenever and however he wants it. The gas burner in the steel shell can heat the chamber to temperatures of up to 932 degrees Fahrenheit — heat that can stone-cook a pizza in a literal minute that's as good as one from the brick-oven place down the block. He can also use it for roasting vegetables, searing meat, and even baking bread.
Keep his dogs from barking with these beautiful wool slippers can be worn indoors, or when he's taking the kids to the park. They have leather soles, and ultra-soft merino and Gotland wool felt uppers.
Truff hot sauce is a blend of chili peppers, agave nectar, truffle, and select spices. So, you can only imagine how absolutely awesome this stuff tastes: It's a flavor festival. For the dad who likes things spiced up a notch (or seven), it's the best hot sauce you can buy.
He needs a hoodie that seamlessly segues from lounging on the couch to being in a Zoom work call. This is that hoodie. It's breathable, with a slim fit and made from four-way stretch fabric. It comes in a slew of cool colors. And it has secure zippered pockets to store his phone and cards.
Chances are, he's got a box somewhere with faded photos from his college years. It's time to go digital with this service. He packs up his home movies and pictures, and gets everything back on a thumb drive, the cloud, or labeled DVDs.
Freshly-ground spices taste better. It's just simple fact. This battery-operated spice grinder, ideal for home chefs, has interchangeable, dedicated spice pods for each spice. It can be used for dried spices or herbs such as salt, pepper, dried garlic, or dried onions. All he needs to do is push the button, and suddenly his meal is that much tastier.
The Swedish brand celebrates all things whimsical and funky. Take this set, which proves that along with love, all he really needs is a great set of six unique sock designs inspired by the Beatles to brighten his day, every day.
There's the utilitarian olive oil and balsamic vinegar you might throw on an average pasta or salad. And then there's this set, for the ultimate lover of Mediterranean cooking. It includes a raw champagne vinegar and a balsamic vinegar, both exploding with flavor. And the oils are the Awake and Alive variety. Which sums up how they make your food taste. The brand's products are meticulously sourced and made without any fillers and preservatives.
No, he won't become Pete Souza overnight. But you can elevate the quality of his photography skills with this 18mm wide angle lens, which works both with Apple and android phones. It takes photos and videos that are crisp, focused, and clear, with no fisheye distortion.
Solo Stove makes a great fire pit that creates an intense heat and clean flame. Its similar-looking grill leverages those same advantages for cooking, creating a surface that's a pleasure to cook on thanks to 360 degrees of accessibility, support for charcoal and wood cooking, and the aforementioned lack of eye-stinging smoke so the whole family can gather around this thing. This bundle comes with two stands, four pounds of charcoal, a cover, and a carrying case to take this grill on the road.
It's a carabiner, a box cutter, Philips screwdriver, a flathead screwdriver, a keychain, a hex wrench, a wire cutter, a ruler, a bottle opener and a bicycle tool. Because preparedness is truly everything.
There's never been a better (or smarter) time to screen movies outdoors. This fantastic projector has four hours of playtime (long enough for the longest Marvel movie), it projects a 720p, 200-ANSI-lumen image up to 100 inches in size, and it adjusts the lighting based on viewing conditions. You control it from the app.
This handy travel kit keeps all his stuff organized. Thule's products are exceptionally well made and smartly designed. And this kit fits his toiletries, his toothbrush, his cables, his random cords and cards. No more digging around for that charger he last saw two months ago.
Once he puts these on, they're never coming off. The exterior is made from water-resistant suede and the interior is fully lined with natural wool. They're the ideal slipper-shoe-hybrid for cold winter mornings.
This insanely fun game that's a combination of darts and ring toss doesn't have sharp points that kids can hurt themselves on, so the only pain anyone will feel is the pain of losing a hard-fought family match.
This new style is made with ZQ Merino wool and a bio-based water-repellent shield, so his feet stay dry and warm and comfortable. They're a great pick for colder weather, but work just as well in the spring.
It's hard to find something wrong with these true wireless headphones, which have active noise cancellation and audio settings you can customize with an app, a built-in voice command button that connects you to your digital assistant, and the sleek carrying case, with built-in magnets that keep the buds secure while charging.
From its slim fit to its timeless style, this is truly the sweater of his dreams. It's made from a blend of cashmere, nylon, and elastane for fit and comfort. Everlane sources its cashmere from Inner Mongolia; the superior fibers won't pill or stretch out.
Portland-based Olympia Provisions doesn't play around with its charcuterie. The cured meats are held in natural casings and kept in the organic white mold that protects them. Every month, he'll receive one salami (approximately 4.5 ounces) along with detailed tasting notes.
The Polaroid lab converts digital photos on his phone to real Polaroid prints through the Polaroid Originals app. It gives all his photos a very awesome retro feel.
So he has issues with earbuds that never fit quite right? These mold to the unique shape of his ears in under 60 seconds. Plus he gets superior noise isolation and 20 hours of playtime.
Chefs swear by these cutting boards because they last forever and withstand anything. He'll dice and slice and chop with panache on this 12 inch block, made from sustainably sourced, hand-selected solid maple wood.
Tom Ford's scents are absolutely next level. This particular one is rich and heady, with notes of pepper, violets, and irises. It's sensual, without ever being overpowering.
Blundstones are best-in-class boots for guys and have been since 1969. They have a water-resistant upper, a supple leather lining, and serious impact protection so he can wear them 24/7. It's easy style that looks like he's not trying too hard.
So he loves his smart home, but struggles to figure out how to master it. Problem solved. This wall-mounted panel is compatible with Alexa, Google, Siri, and a ton of smart home devices. Adjusting lights, turning on the heat, seeing who's at the door — pretty much anything your smart home can do, it can do through this display, which installs into a standard light switch panel that turns the lights into smart lights. There's a built-in camera and motion sensor, as well.
This Halo-inspired Nerf gun has a removable clip and rail riser that makes adding accessories a breeze. The gamer dad will appreciate that it comes with a special code that will unlock an exclusive asset in Halo: Infinite.
This gorgeous outdoor lantern is designed in Japan, delivers 60 lumens, and works for 60 hours on a high setting.
Milled from American black walnut in Michigan, this tray is a perfect catchall for al the stuff in his pockets. From wallets to watches, it can handle anything; it's roughly the size of a piece of notebook paper, so it's just right.
Dads need pocket knives, and this one is a solid choice. It has a 2.75-inch VG10 stainless steel blade, machined steel handle, removable pocket clip, and minimalist aesthetic. The slide lock means it won't open unless he wants it to open.
Inside the cylinder is room for nine ounces of his preferred spirit, two collapsible shot glasses, a 200-lumen light, compass, and bottle opener. It's a perfect way to celebrate his outdoor adventures, and its compact size (2 by 9.375 inches) means it's easy to take on every outing.
He won't think to buy it for himself but a cashmere track suit — the matching jogger is $195 — will truly improve his quality of life.
Tom Brady is ageless. Period. So it's safe to say he knows his workout gear.This set, co-created with Alex Guerrero, an alternative medicine practitioner, gives him a full-body workout using looped resistance bands and door anchor, as well as a vibrating roller or sphere to help with pliability.
This cast-iron bread pan delivers consistent heat so the bread is perfectly soft inside, the domed lid lets it rise, and the pan has a base that radiates heat so you get that glorious crust. It's great for any type of bread.
Google just updated its flagship smart speaker line, and this fabric-coated, soft-edged speaker is a solid upgrade. It looks good and sounds even better, too, thanks to the separate woofer and tweeter that replace the original's single speaker.
Bevel is a shave system specifically created for guys with coarse, curly hair. And this set includes a safety razor designed specifically to reduce bumps and ingrown hairs, as well as a badger shave brush, shave cream, priming oil, restoring balm, and 20 replacement blades.
Handsome and appealing, this double-walled, vacuum-insulated chiller keeps a bottle cold for four hours.
This is all he needs for his morning ritual. The body wash, with notes of eucalyptus and citrus, wakes him up. The face wash, with hints of peppermint, clears up his skin, prepping it for shaving. And the face lotion, also with notes of peppermint and citrus, keeps his face soft without any shine. All the products are vegan and made without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, silicones or aluminum.
The security-conscious, gadget-loving stepdad will appreciate this ridiculously small but might lock. It lives on the inside of the door, and you can lock or unlock it with the touch of a finger, or by using a key card, smartphone, or a key. It works with iOS and Android.
Fancy Aussie accessory brand Bellroy makes some of the highest-quality gear on the market. Its aesthetic is also understated, and this wallet is a prime example of Bellroy's less-is-more design ethos. It has two access slots for your card, pull-tab storage, space for your bills, all in a handsome leather package sourced from a specialist Dutch tannery.
Every chef needs the proper equipment. And this 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.
A good-looking razor for the guy who prefers a wet shave. This one has a single blade that leaves skin smooth, is chrome-plated and easy to clean, and is made in Germany.
Think of this as a glorious organizer for every single charger, cord, or earbud that regularly goes missing. This pouch zips out flat for easy access, has space for a power bank, and is made from recycled woven fabric. He'll never freak out again when his earbuds go missing. Because they won't..
This set is made from stainless steel and can tackle any kind of fromage. He'll get a cheese slicer, a soft cheese knife and hard cheese knife.
This case is made from Horween leather that just looks better and better as it ages, while keeping his AirPods protected. It has a light pipe for the LED charging indicator, is lined with microfiber, and has a loop for attaching a wristband.
Calming and grounding, this portable fireplace 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.
Outgoing and hardy, this watch has a super-strong TR90 resin, stainless steel core, K1 crystal dome, and black silicone strap (comfortable and waterproof!) that make it a great choice for active dads.
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