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Here’s a Father's Day Gift Guide For All the Hard-to-Shop-For Dads Out There

Here are 25 perfect gifts for the Dad who says “I don’t need anything” but doesn’t mean it.

Jack Shepherd · 5 months ago

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How is it possible that dads can be just the absolute best in a general sense and yet somehow the absolute worst when it comes to finding a good gift for them? It’s one of the great mysteries of dads, like how they all manage to accumulate an astonishing number of branded beer koozies that they insist on keeping in a drawer, or like how they all have five of the same shirt that they just cycle through, or like how they all look pretty good in most hats. Anyway, instead of pondering these dad mysteries, why not solve your near-term problem by diving into this list of perfect gifts for Father’s Day, Dad’s birthday, or any time society compels you to celebrate your weird, hard-to-shop-for, but lovable dad. 

For a Casual Dad: No. 1 Dad Dadurday Hoodie

Every day is Dadurday when Dad’s wearing his “No. 1 Dad Dadurday Hoodie,” which, let’s be honest, is in fact every day. You might want to get him two of these so he can rotate them. 

For a Cool, Cooking Dad: From Crook to Cook Snoop Dogg Cookbook

No matter what he thinks, your dad will never be able to rhyme as well as Snoop, and the sooner he’s disabused of the notion that he can, the better for everyone! But with this cookbook, at least he can say honestly that he can make a Lobster Thermidor just like Uncle Snoop did. 

For a Funny Dad: How To Traumatize Your Children

A perfect gift for loving kids who are tired of being accidentally embarrassed by their dads, here’s a book that’ll give Dad all the tools he needs to do it deliberately. 

For the On-the-Go Dad: No.1 Dad Tumbler

In order to have a properly calibrated dad at all times, you need to be vigilant about where he’s left his keys, where he’s left his phone, and whether his coffee is currently the right temperature. This’ll get you a third of the way there. 

For a SitCom Dad: Schitt's Creek Coloring Book

There are two types of dads: “Schitt’s Creek” fan dads, and dads who haven’t discovered “Schitt’s Creek” yet. Get your dad this perfect coloring book to go with his current or future obsession. 

For a Cheese Dad: Fresh Italian Cheese Making Kit

Some dads like cheesy jokes. Some dads like the delicate aroma of a freshly made Pecorino Toscano. Most dads like both. Encourage the good kind of cheese with this awesome kit. 

For a Chill Dad: Mindfulness Cards

The path to Dad Enlightenment begins with letting go, and these Mindfulness Cards will help even the most high-strung of dads to find their center. 

For a Cowboy Dad: No.1 Dad Appaloosa Saddle Candle

Everybody knows that when dads aren’t busy separating the self-drilling anchors from the plastic expansion anchors in their tool chest, they’re daydreaming about roping steers out on the ranch. This candle can help with that. 

For a Coffee Dad: Luckies Originals - Daily Grind

If you’ve got yourself one of those hipster coffee dads and he already has all the ironic handlebar mustache wax he needs, surprise him with this mason-jar cold brew hand grinder. 

For a Medium Roast Dad: Endle Home Goods Chunky Handled Scoop

How do you expect dad to scoop his organic coffee beans into his artisanal mason jar grinder? With his hands???? Come on, let’s get real here. 

For a Spice Dad: W&P Homemade Hot Sauce Kit

This awesome homemade hot sauce kit is so very dadly that it’s positively dangerous! Give this to your dad and watch in awe as he reaches his full dad potential. 

For a Pinball Dad: Barbuzzo & Funwares - Pinball Coasters (Set of 4)

Dads like retro games, they like funky desk gadgets, and they like having a place to put their coffee! Truly astonishing to think you can satisfy all three dad needs with one gift. 

For a Gadget Dad: Funky Rico Wireless Desk Charger

With this nifty little wireless desk charger, your dad will always have his phone fully charged up so he can call you and ask how much you’re putting into your 401(k). 

For a Classy Dad: Gentlemen's Hardware Lucky Socks

Socks are just the best. They come in bonded pairs, which highlights the importance of true love; they keep your feet warm, which is practical as heck; and these ones are lucky. Plus, they’re for classy gentlemen, just like your dad is. 

For a Beard Dad: Gentlemen's Hardware Beard Survival Kit

Nobody knows where dad beards come from. They just appear one day, fully formed on the chin like they’ve always been there, and they never leave. But that doesn’t mean you should just let them run wild! Here’s a beard survival kit for every type of beard dad. 

For a Number 1 Dad: No.1 Dad Hat

You know your dad’s number one. Your dad knows your dad’s number one. But does the rest of the world know? Let’s make sure they do. 

For a Wordy Dad: How to Swear: An Illustrated Guide Book

For dads, swear words are even more fun when they know their etymology and what part of speech they are. That way Dad can swear and then dadsplain what it means after. Everybody wins.  

For a Dog Dad: Hands-Free Dog Leash for Medium and Large Dogs

This is the dadliest leash on the market. Look, no hands! Adjustable waistband! And a shock-absorbing bungee cord. Dads and dogs will both love this one. 

For a Forgetful Dad: Tile Mate Bluetooth Tracker

Attach one of these to his keys, his glasses, his phone, and his wallet, and turn his daily ritual of walking agitatedly around the house looking for them into a fun and rewarding treasure hunt!