The 35 Best Gifts for Dad in 2020: Our Top Father’s Day Gift Ideas
Whether you’re looking for the best Father’s Day gifts or shopping for his next birthday milestone (the big 5-0 perhaps?), it’s always smart to keep the best gifts for Dad in mind, no matter the special occasion. This can consist of the perfect-for-him stocking stuffer or splurge-worthy Father’s Day gifts that he’s dreamt of for many years. Whatever you have in mind, just remember that this thoughtful gesture can serve as a humble thank you, letting him know you appreciate everything he’s done as a parent. It can also earn you goodwill heading into the holiday season (*wink*).
However, searching for popular, must-have gifts for dad could present challenges, especially if you’re dealing with a super-picky old man or have little clue of what he actually needs.
Giving some thought to his personality, while having Mom snoop around on your behalf to determine the best gift ideas, can help point you in the right direction. But if you’re desperate to find the best Father’s Day gifts of 2020, fear not. We’ve put together the ultimate list of gifts for dad, with a combination of trendy products plus tried-and-true gift ideas that are sure to win him over.
For dads who love gadgets, we have smart coffee mugs, true wireless earbuds and a 5-in-1 indoor grill that can cook up anything. For dads who are a little more old school, we’ve got a refined 12-year-old scotch and our favorite multi-tool.
If you’ve struck out during previous Father’s Day celebrations, get him something truly useful and unique by shopping these best gifts for Dad. And if you need any gift ideas for your other male family members, take a look at our Best Gifts for Him roundup.
1. Philips Series 6000 Rotary Shaver
There are a handful of top-performing electric shavers that can be had for under $100, but none more promising than the Philips Series 6000. This rotary shaver is an ideal option for Dads with thick and wild facial fur, equipped with 72 self-sharpening SkinProtect blades that cut hair without ripping it out. The heads are also designed to move in 8 directions, providing enough flexibility to maneuver around contoured surfaces and rough patches. He’ll have the option to use it for dry or wet shaving. The Series 6000 has other unique features too, like a snap-on precision trimmer to style mustaches and quick charging; a 5-minute charge gets you 1 hour of use.
Buy: Philips Series 6000 Rotary Shaver $99.97
Buy: Philips Series 6000 Rotary Shaver with Base and Charging Stand $119.95
2. J.Crew Everyday Cashmere Crewneck Sweater
No list of the best Father’s Day gifts would be complete without a good sweater. Something chill and comfy that he can sport any time of the year with any getup, J.Crew’s cashmere crewnecks are beneficial pickups for any man’s closet. They layer nicely over a tee or underneath a jacket and are cut incredibly well to highlight Dad’s physique. Ribbed finishes on the cuffs, hem, and neck are nice touches as well. J.Crew sells the sweaters in six colors: Black, Burgundy, Heather Shadow, Heather Toffee, Moroccan Red, and Navy.
Buy: J.Crew Everyday Cashmere Crewneck Sweater $60.89 3. MVMT Element Chronograph Bracelet Watch Collection
It will be a few more years before Dad passes down the family Rolex, but that doesn’t mean you can’t thank him in advance with a luxurious gift of your own. MVMT’s affordable and stylish watches have made regular appearances on SPY, and the brand is making some of the best men’s watches on the market. That’s why a timepiece from MVMT’s Element Collection was a no-brainer when selecting the best gifts for dad in 2020.
MVMT Element watches offer an aggressive, sleeker take on the brand’s chronographs, as witnessed by the bolder lines and matte dial with numberless concave. The option to swap out MVMT straps will make it look like he has multiple sophisticated timepieces in his collection, so consider adding one (or two) to your shopping cart. If sleek and minimalist isn’t his style, then we recommend looking over some of the essential Father’s Day watches.
Buy: MVMT Element Chronograph Bracelet Watch (Gold) $112.50
Buy: MVMT Element Chronograph Bracelet Watch (Silver) $150.00
4. Amazon Fire TV Stick
Even if we weren’t all locked inside for the foreseeable future, this popular streaming device would still be one of the best Father’s Day gifts of the year. A streaming stick is a sweet last-minute present you can quickly gift wrap before any huge celebration. The Amazon Fire TV Stick is all the incentive Dad needs to cut the cord in 2020, gaining access to hundreds of thousands of movies and shows across every major streaming platform. That includes Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, Disney+ and Apple TV+. If he’s a true coach potato, then he’ll swoon over the device’s impeccable Alexa voice command performance, which demonstrates great speech recognition and pulls up search results in a jiffy. Its compact size also means he can pack it for business trips to use on hotel TVs. For $10 extra, consider the 4K version to stream content in ultra hi-def across multiple channels.
Buy: Amazon Fire TV Stick $39.99
Buy: Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K $49.99
5. Jack Black The King of Jacks Deluxe Skin Care Set
Mature age and a few grays haven’t stopped Pop from maintaining his appearance. Since he’s due for some new men’s grooming essentials, get him acclimated with this sophisticated set of premium skincare products, courtesy of Jack Black. This specialty bundle packs together the brand’s best-selling face moisturizer, facial cleanser, body lotion, beard lube and charcoal body bar soap, which will help keep him cleansed and well-groomed before heading out to work or social gatherings.
Buy: Jack Black The King of Jacks Deluxe Skin Care Set $49.00
6. Herschel Novel Duffel Bag
Work, travel or the gym, duffel bags come in handy for many things. And no one constructs a better weekender for the price than Herschel Supply Co. The Canadian manufacturer has an insane collection of bags to choose from, but we strongly recommend the Novel Duffel Bag. It’s light and spacious, offering just enough room to store a weekend’s worth of clothing, while also housing a shoe compartment to carry a pair of sneakers or wingtips. Tough tech fabric makes up most of the Novel’s construction, guaranteeing durability and long-term use. Herschel also sells it in over 37 colors; Raven Crosshatch (pictured below) and Woodland Camo look dope.
Buy: Herschel Novel Duffel Bag, Raven Crosshatch, Classic 42.5L $84.94 7. Marshall Monitor II A.N.C.
At this point, Dad has grown tired of the fracas that’s surrounded him for decades and wants nothing more than some quiet time with The Beatles. What better way to help him silence the world and enjoy his favorite tunes simultaneously than with one of the best noise-canceling headphones available. Go all out by gifting him the Marshall Monitor II A.N.C., which delivers rich sound and solid noise canceling in a retro profile that will have Dad reminiscing about Grandpa’s home audio equipment. He’ll be grateful for being able to hush everything from airplane engines to screaming grandkids running around the house.
Buy: Marshall Monitor II A.N.C. $279.99
Buy: Marshall Monitor II A.N.C. $319.99
8. Dad’s Playbook
The aptly named Dad’s Playbook is the book every rookie dad should gift himself should he need some motivation with this whole parenthood thing. It is filled with inspirational quotes from numerous sports legends, each one offering advice on how new dads can be leaders and encourage team spirit. If text isn’t enough, there are some illustrations with photos of coaches inspiring their players to achieve greatness at their positions, something you easily relate to at the moment.
Buy: Dad's Playbook $13.00
9. The Balvenie 12-Year-Old DoubleWood Single Malt Scotch Whisky
You really want to test Dad’s palate for fine scotch? Pour him a glass of this single malt on Father’s Day and bask in his elation. The Balvenie 12-Year-Old DoubleWood is a refined expression rich in honey, caramel and smooth oak flavor. If he’s the type who loves sniffing his scotch before taking a sip, then he’s in for a surprise, as the nose is filled with sweet fruit and sherry notes. The subtle, warm finish and creamy mouthfeel should make Dad feel even cozier when kicking back by his outdoor firepit.
Buy: BUY NOW: $75.99
10. Tile Sticker
Tired of your dad always misplacing his valuables? Surprise him by placing a few of these Bluetooth-tracking stickers on each of his treasured possessions. They’re affordable, incredibly thin, and monitor lost items up to 150 feet, which he can keep tabs on via the mobile app. See what his excuse is the next time he loses the Apple TV remote.
Buy: Tile Sticker $31.65
11. Wacaco Nanopresso Portable Espresso Maker
Knowing he appreciates a hot cup of coffee just as much as a fancy doohickey, satisfy both of Dad’s fancies with this compact espresso maker. Wacaco’s latest innovation is compatible with most ground coffee and requires very little effort to brew up some java goodness on the move. All that’s required is to add boiling water to the tank and manually pump the device a dozen times. It will keep him busy when stuck in traffic and ensure his morning caffeine fix before punching in. If your dad loves a strong cup of joe, then this handy espresso maker is one of the year’s best Father’s day gifts, hand down.
Buy: WACACO Nanopresso Portable Espresso Maker $65.90
12. Ralph Lauren Deep Blue Parfum
You’re doing Dad a disservice by letting him use the same antique bottle of Old Spice Classic he’s had stashed in the medicine cabinet for the past 30 years. He deserves to have one of the best-smelling men’s colognes out there — Ralph Lauren Deep Blue to be specific. The legendary fashion house’s newest fragrance was formulated with refreshing notes of Hawaiian green mango, geranium absolute and deep ocean accord, producing a subtle misty effect that will make him feel like he’s standing near a tropical waterfall. It’s a calming and mature cologne with lasting power.
Buy: Ralph Lauren Deep Blue Parfum $85.00
13. YETI Hopper Sidekick Dry
Fanny packs are having their moment right now and now may be the best chance to upgrade Dad’s worn-out belt bag while still on trend. The YETI Hopper Sidekick Dry is pretty kickass, as highlighted by its awesome, sturdy craftsmanship and modular features. It is completely waterproof, “resistant to puncture,” holds plenty of EDC items, sits comfortably on the rear side, and attaches to other YETI bags. He’ll find great use for it on fishing trips and when running errands around town.
Buy: YETI Hopper Sidekick Dry $49.99
14. Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus
Samsung’s latest wireless earbuds are the perfect companion to pair with Dad’s all-new Samsung Galaxy S20 (thank Mom for bearing that financial load). The Galaxy Buds Plus features better battery life and sound than the AirPods, while packing cool features (e.g. adaptive 3-mic system, AKG drivers) into a comfy, lightweight design. The charging case holds up to 22 hours of playtime and supports wireless charging — a feature you would normally have to pay extra for with Apple’s cordless danglers. It also has a companion app that extends functionality, letting users customize the touch controls and personalize sound with different EQ presets. He’ll look cool sporting any of the three bold colorways: Black, White or Cloud Blue.
Buy: Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus $142.95
15. The Good Hurt Fuego: A Hot Sauce Gift Set for Hot Sauce Lover’s
The big guy likes his food spicy, huh? Well, this seven-piece hot sauce sampler will take care of that. The Good Hurt Fuego set comes with several tasty hot sauces that range from mild garlic herb to scorching-hot ghost pepper. The fact that it’s packaged like a pack of dynamite sticks should already suggest that he’s in for a world of good hurt. Who says the best gifts for dad can’t hurt a little?
Buy: The Good Hurt Fuego: A Hot Sauce Gift Set for Hot Sauce Lover’s $34.99
16. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Smile Sneakers
Converse sneakers pair well with any form of clothing and will keep Dad’s feet comfortable all day long. You can’t go wrong adding a pair of Chuck Taylors to his closet. The All-Star Smile maintains the iconic silhouette of the original high-top sneaker, while boasting unique details like a canvas upper, copper accents and the brand logo redesigned into a smile. The company’s patented smart OrthoLite footbed brings forth solid comfort and stability as well. At $50 each, you might as well twin it by grabbing a pair of University Red for him and Erget/White for you. They’re the perfect shoes for walking the dog or doing some light yard work.
Buy: Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Smile Sneakers $50.96
17. Levi’s Paneled Trucker Jacket
Denim jackets are forever a springtime and summer staple, and the Levi’s Trucker Jacket is the denim jacket. The brand’s Paneled Trucker collection can help your old man maintain his timeless coolness, delivering just the right amount of versatility and style at a super-affordable price. Classic details like the faded wash finish and chest button-flap pockets remain intact. The material also makes it simple to customize the jacket with embroideries or patches, should he want to add his own personal flair to it.
Buy: Levi's Paneled Trucker Jacket (Blue) $58.80
Buy: Levi's Paneled Trucker Jacket (Liquorice) $58.80
18. Casper Sleep Pillow
Recent studies have shown that we sleep less as we get older. Help your pappy catch up on his ZZZs by resting this super-comfy pillow at the top of his headboard. Casper created what it calls a “pillow-in-pillow design,” which provides extra support for the head and neck, while maintaining fluffiness over time. The only pain he’ll feel waking up in the morning might be a slight scotch whisky hangover.
Buy: Casper Sleep Pillow $54.07
19. Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug
Knowing that the father figure in your life loves a hot cup of java every morning, be a thoughtful son/daughter and serve him some Folgers in this high-tech coffee cup. The Ember Mug is designed to enjoy drinks at desired temperatures, which sippers can remotely adjust via the Ember app on their smartphone or smartwatch. Its stainless-steel construction with ceramic coating ensures the cup won’t shatter if dropped.
Buy: Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug $144.99
20. Nautica Men’s Long Sleeve Lightweight Shawl Collar Woven Robe
A handsome bathrobe has long been a popular Father’s Day gift idea, and that’s as true in 2020 as it was in 1970. Slipping into this comfort robe will instantly activate chill mode. Nautica designed its loungewear with comfort and flexibility in mind, which the elastic closure and knit waistband ensure; the functional drawstring provides a cozy and secure fit when chilling on the couch. Each robe is made from 100% brushed cotton. Dad will also appreciate the signature sailboat print, which should earn him the paperboy’s approval when waking up early to grab the morning journal.
Buy: Nautica Men's Long Sleeve Lightweight Shawl Collar Woven Robe $55.00
21. Polaroid Now I-Type Instant Camera
Polaroid is a brand synonymous with memories, and the company’s newest release is something that will resonate with every photo-loving father. The nostalgic Now I-Type Instant Camera should instantly transport Dad back to his earlier years of parenthood when he was gleefully snapping pics of his kid’s crowning achievements, from their first wobbly step to their graduation ceremony. It’s a point-and-shoot camera in the classic Polaroid style and has new features (e.g. autofocus, self-timer) that makes it even more user-friendly. Just remind Dad to keep all printed photos face down as they develop to allow for deeper saturation and sharper details.
Buy: Polaroid Now I-Type Instant Camera $99.99
Buy: Polaroid Now I-Type Instant Camera – Everything Box $129.99
22. Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila
Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, which is always a great time to stock up on some of the best tequilas. Whether it’s for your own bar or Dad’s, you can’t go wrong with Hornitos Black Barrel, a triple-aged tequila that delivers amazing taste and smoothness for a third of what most premium tequilas cost. Hornitos’ blend of 100% roasted agave, black pepper, and vanilla is well balanced, while oak notes give it a whiskey-like presence. It goes down smooth when taken neat, and mixes well with any tequila cocktail. It sounds like Dad’s signature margaritas just got a whole lot better, and stronger.
Buy: Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila $41.00
23. Smile Direct Club Electric Toothbrush
He’s been due for a new toothbrush, so get him something better than that crusty, plastic Colgate model he’s been using since his last dentist visit. Smile Direct Club just launched an electric toothbrush that cleans teeth as effectively as most premium models, and at a fraction of the cost. Intuitive features like the quadrant timer inform users of how long to brush one area before moving onto the next, while the angled head allows for more thorough cleanings. The tongue scraper on the back of the brush head is an appreciated aspect that removes any lingering bacteria in the mouth. For $25, you might as well throw one in the shopping cart for you and Mom, as well.
Buy: BUY NOW: $25.00
Buy: BUY NOW: $25.00
24. 2(X)IST Micro Speed Dri 3-Pack Trunks
The expiration date for underwear is always sooner than later. That being said, now is the best time to re-up Dad with some new boxer briefs before Mom puts him on blast. 2(x)ist offers a solid selection of both simple and appealing designs optimized for comfort and fit. The soft, stretch-infused cotton allows for more movement and feels gentle on the skin, while the moisture-wicking fabric stops clamminess in its sweaty tracks. Load him up with several pairs.
Buy: 2(X)IST Micro Speed Dri 3-Pack Trunks
25. Retro Photo Scrapbook
Digital photo albums are fine, but something physical like a photo scrapbook just has more sentimental value. This retro-looking binder is one of the more creative ways you can commemorate your dad or family’s fondest memories. There are over 60 pages to document his greatest life achievements and store beloved paper mementos including photos, love notes, memorable concert fliers, sketches, and much more. Consider it a family heirloom in the making.
Buy: Retro Photo Scrapbook $7.89
26. Ninja Foodi Grill
If your dad loves to cook, then this popular air fryer is one of the best Father’s Day gifts of 2020. Even if dad already has a cheap air fryer, upgrade him to something more versatile like this 5-in-1 indoor grill. The Ninja Foodi is the latest model in the company’s popular line of multi-cooking appliances and practically does everything, including air crisp, bake, dehydrate, grill, and roast. It can char-grill frozen foods in 25 minutes and air fry meat with 75 percent less fat than deep frying. With numerous ways to prep some of his favorite game-time snacks, Mom will be singing your praises every Sunday as she unwinds with a glass of vino.
Buy: Ninja Foodi Grill $199.99
27. Mofado Crystal Whiskey Glasses
Both elegant and practical, this is the type of drinkware your dad needs sitting on his bar. These distinctive whiskey glasses have a striking look to them, made from ultra-clear lead-free crystal that emphasizes clarity and detail; you’ll definitely notice the legs of a refined whiskey. Each glass is also wide enough to hold a full 11 ounces of his favorite hard liquor, which can be rewarding or consolatory depending on his day. Toast to your dear old dad’s health with these classy glasses, one of the best gifts for dad for any occasion.
Buy: Mofado Crystal Whiskey Glasses $25.00
28. Ring Indoor Cam
For the smart-home dad who values security — and what dad doesn’t? — the Ring Indoor Cam allows any homeowner to monitor the inside of their home from any mobile device (e.g. smartphones, tablets). If your dad hasn’t invested in a smart security camera yet, then this is one of the best Father’s day gifts you’ll ever buy. It’s small enough to secretly hide in bookshelves, easy to set up, has a wide-range view to see an entire room, produces 1080p video in real-time and sends notifications when sensing unexpected activity. None of these are even its greatest attribute. That would be the price, which for $60 each, should convince you to buy these home security cameras in bulk.
Buy: Ring Indoor Cam $59.99
29. Goodthreads Men’s “The Perfect Chino Pant” Slim-Fit Washed Comfort Stretch
Does your dad hate shopping? Then buying him a stylish everyday basic in a dad-friendly neutral color is always a good idea. And if you don’t want to buy him another sweater, a good pair of chinos is one of the best gifts for dad. Designed for the weekend warrior, as well as men who value both fashion and function, Goodthread’s selection of slim-fit trousers are exactly what your dad has been searching for since getting his Amazon gift card last Xmas. They’re extremely comfy and offer a good level of stretchability, so nothing below his waist will feel cramped. The company also uses wrinkle-free non-iron fabric to keep the pants looking freshly pressed at all times.
Buy: Amazon Brand - Goodthreads Men's Slim-Fit Washed Stretch Chino Pant, Grey, 28W x 28L $30.00
30. Bellroy Note Sleeve Slim Leather RFID Wallet
There are classic dad gifts, like men’s watches, Father’s Day sunglasses and grilling accessories. However, if you’re looking for the best Father’s day gift idea of all time, then you have to go with a wallet. It’s a standard dad gift for a reason. Just check to see if he’s in the market for a new wallet first.
Old-school types often struggle to detach from their trusty wallets, no matter how battered they might look. The Bellroy Note is a fine upgrade that blends a classic look with modern design elements. The exterior is made of environmentally certified, durable leather to ensure longevity, while the interior has plenty of storage to hold up to 11 cards and a bunch of coins via secret coin pouch. Cooler yet, each wallet has built-in RFID technology to protect your dad’s credit cards and personal info from hackers. He’ll be grateful for the extra security when standing in a crazy line at the flower shop on Mother’s Day.
Buy: Bellroy Note Sleeve Slim Leather RFID Wallet $69.99
31. Rockport Perth Boat Shoes
Since mom planned their trip to the islands this summer, you can be the one to get Dad’s wardrobe prepped by sliding these classy boat shoes his way. The Rockport Perth is a standout option that pairs perfectly with a short-sleeve button-up and some denim or slacks, so he’ll be covered no matter the dress code. Steel shank reinforcements provide proper midfoot support and moisture-wicking suede will keep his feet cool during long walks. Rockport sells the Perth in numerous two-tone colors, but something tells us Dad will be smitten over the Navy/Bitter Chocolate variant.
Buy: Rockport Perth Boat Shoes $48.42
Buy: Rockport Perth Boat Shoes $89.95
32. Leatherman Wave+ Multi-Tool
Father Time has made it more difficult for dad to lug a whole toolbox around the house. Whether he enjoys playing handyman on the weekends or has picked up a new hobby during retirement, he’ll greatly benefit from having an EDC accessory like the Leatherman Wave+ in his arsenal. Whether it’s Father’s Day, birthdays or Christmas, this multi-tool is always one of our best gifts for dad. Up to 18 tools are built into its compact design to accomplish quick fixes around the house or on the go. A 25-year limited warranty makes the multi-tool a potential family memento that you and your kids could share someday.
Buy: Leatherman Wave+ Multi-Tool $89.95
33. Amazon Kindle (2019)
Getting dad to transition from paperback to digital reads hasn’t been easy, but the Amazon Kindle is an amazing gift that does all the convincing. An attractive screen, multiple fonts and formatting options, and a built-in front light (finally!) afford bookworms one of the most comfortable reading experiences known to man. Each model carries up to 4GB of internal storage, which is more than enough memory to download hundreds of boring history books or John Grisham novels from Amazon’s vast collection.
Buy: Amazon Kindle (2019) $64.99
34. Barney Genuine Crazy Horse Leather Electronics Organizer
Aging has made it more difficult for Pops to remember where he stores all of his portable gadgets. This vintage-looking organizer can help him keep everything secure, and most importantly, in one place. It has several compartments, mesh pockets, and Velcro straps to carry everything, from wired earphones to passports to portable chargers. The genuine leather is durable and gives the organizer a mature look that accessories well with any men’s travel bag.
Buy: Barney Genuine Crazy Horse Leather Electronics Organizer $47.49
35. Happy Socks Mix 4-Pack Sock Gift Box
For the dads with colorful personalities, these are the socks they’ll want on their feet. Happy Socks’ gift box features flashy and funky patterns that spice up any boring outfit and lend themselves well to the festive holiday spirit, all year round that is. Each pair is also made from a soft and stretchy cotton blend that provides tired feet comfort when breaking in new shoes at formal events, a pain your dad knows all too well.
Buy: Happy Socks Mix 4-Pack Sock Gift Box $48.00
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