If your dad or husband is the MacGyver of your household, you know things could very well explode at any moment without him (provided he’s got his trusty twist-ties and chewing gum). Or maybe he’s not the “fix-anything-with-duct-tape” type, but the wise sage of the house. Always ready with valuable advice and life lessons to pass on to you and your offspring.
Regardless of his style of awesomeness, the dad in your life deserves a Christmas gift that’ll elicit a genuinely enthusiastic “wow!” or “I love it!”.
That’s why we’ve created this list of Christmas gifts for dad. We’re pretty confident it’s got something for every sort of father – from the outdoorsy guy to the home chef to the classy dresser and so on.
Christmas Gifts for Dad in 2020
1. Outdoor Pizza Oven Kit
Does he love making pizza night a full-on culinary experience with gourmet toppings and lots of showy dough tossing?
Get him this outdoor pizza oven kit and watch him up his game even more! This is the easiest outdoor oven we’ve come across and fits right over his trusty charcoal grill – perfect if your deck space is limited (and whose isn’t right?!).
2. Oak Whiskey Tumblers
If the dad in your life likes to unwind with a neat glass of his favorite whiskey, these oak tumblers are for him. The shape allows the whiskey to breathe, while the honey wax lining helps bring out its complex flavors. Perfect for a relaxing nightcap after a huge meal, such as Christmas dinner!
3. Portable Camping Grill
This portable grill is perfect for cooking everything and anything while out hiking the backcountry or camping at the lake. It grills, it boils, AND it charges your mobile devices using ‘The Force’. OK, not really, we just love Star Wars over here. It uses the heat generated by the built-in smokeless furnace to charge your items, but, you know, the force is cooler.
4. Personalized BBQ Grill Set
If it’s highly likely that your father will go down in history as one of the greatest grillmasters ever, he’ll need BBQ tools that bear his name and insignia. This set comes with everything he’ll need to earn and keep his championship title. And feed everyone ‘til they can’t move.
5. Engraved Steak Knives
In keeping with the BBQ theme, why not give him the whole kit and caboodle? Add some customized steak knives along with those personalized BBQ tools. These beautiful maple knives will be a fantastic, functional addition to any table!
6. Custom Branding Iron
This is the manliest thing ever.
He can brand his territory pretty much everywhere. Garage door? If it’s wooden, hell yeah. Concrete front porch? Right in front of the door so everyone knows who’s castle this is.
Just keep a tranquilizer dart handy in case he gets all power-mad and starts chasing family members with it.
7. Home Security TV Light Simulator
It’s true that bad guys are probably less likely to attempt a break-in when they think someone’s home (that’s why the dudes in Home Alone were casing empty homes of rich people). That’s why keeping a TV on in the house is a good way to make it look like you’re around. Only problem is that leaving the TV on is pretty energy draining. This little light uses about as much power as a nightlight, and your dad will feel better knowing even when the house is empty, it looks like someone’s home.
8. Music or Movie Posters, All Grown Up
Does your dad have a man cave or home theater room?
These posters are perfect additions for the harrowed halls of the manliest room in the house. Choose his favorite pop culture icons and enjoy the forthcoming thank-you hug when he unwraps his posters on Christmas morning.
9. Yeti Cooler
Yeti coolers have an almost fanatical fan base and, after trying it out, we understand the cult following. It’s practically bullet-proof, has a ton of useful features, and, most importantly, it really does keep your stuff ice-cold for DAYS. Really, on day four it seems like you just packed it that morning. He’s gonna complain that you spent too much on a cooler until he uses it for a hundred years and it becomes his favorite thing ever. Worth every freakin’ cent.
10. Cuisinart Vertical Smoker
You may want to wrap up a couple of racks of ribs or maybe a full-on turkey (hey, it’s Christmas!) along with this gift. He’s going to want to get right to work right away.
This top-of-the-line smoker has tonnes of room for smoking big hunks of meat, but its vertical design ensures it doesn’t take up too much real estate. It also allows for precision airflow, temp control, and humidity control.
11. Personalized Beer or Whiskey Flight Set
A lot of dads have taken to making their own homebrews these days. This flight set is the perfect vehicle for him to show off a sample of his craft beers and impress the fam on Christmas day. It’s customizable and you can opt to include a couple of choices for glasses or none at all if he’s already got loads of those.
12. Temperature Control Smart Mug
If your dad is like a lot of dads, as soon as he pours himself that first cup of coffee he gets summoned away to put out a fire. Not a literal fire. Unless he’s actually a firefighter. If he is, tell him we said thanks for being a superhero. We digress…
The point is, this smart mug will keep his coffee nice and hot while he takes care of the clogged toilet upstairs or helps the neighbor next door move something that will allegedly “just take a quick second”.
13. Personalized Wood Sign
Home is where the garage is. If this statement rings true for the father in your life, this wooden garage sign is perfect. It’s beautifully-made and customizable to his unique personality. This one says “Dad’s Garage”, but for some of us, “DON’T TOUCH ANYTHING” might be more apropos.
14. Super High-Tech Binoculars
These ain’t your ordinary binoculars. If you’ve got a wildlife watcher, he’ll love the fact that there’s a smartphone photograph adaptor. And they’re waterproof to boot – perfect for the lake or fishing!
15. Super High-Tech Golf Smart-Sensor
If your dad loves to spend his free time out on the course, he’s gonna flip out when he opens this gift on Christmas morning. It’s a caddie and coach in one, sure to take his game up a notch or three. His friends are going to be sooo jealous.
16. Mountaineering Chair (Also Good For Soccer Games)
Take a look at your dad’s camping chairs. Most of them are probably pretty shabby, right? A fancy outdoor chair is something we rarely spend money on for ourselves, but is the best gift EVER. Every time he sits down in it at the campfire, he’ll brag about your thoughtfulness.
17. Super Fancy Gentlemen’s Pen
This is another one of those gifts he’d never buy for himself (he’s far too practical), but he’ll love it when it comes from you. A good gift is either useful or indulgent. A great gift is both – here it is.
18. Portable Movie Projector
Going out to the movies? That’s so 2019. Or should we say – so pre-pandemic? If your dad has become the backyard movie guy of the family in the absence of open theatres, he’ll love this mini projector. And after we can get back to the movies safely, he may just opt to have backyard movie nights anyway.
19. Sonos Portable Wi-Fi Speaker
There are portable speakers, and then there are serious portable speakers.
The Sonos speaker makes others look like amateurs. Not only does it have all the Bluetooth and wi-fi capabilities of your usual speaker, but it also has its own radio stations to fit his tastes.
20. Classy Smart Watch
This Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch makes tech look stylish. It does all the same stuff those other guys do (we’re looking at you, Fitbit and Apple watch), while making sure he looks great.
21. Luxe Leather Duffle Bag
This duffle bag looks expensive. Lucky for you, given the level of quality, it’s actually quite reasonably-priced (not that anyone has to know that, of course). You can have it monogrammed with his initials, and it’s completely handmade so you can expect it to last for years to come.
Awesome Dad in Your Life
Take some time to reflect on all the selfless things he does to take care of his clan. He doesn’t require thanks or praise, he just thinks of it as his job.
That’s why giving him a well-aimed, totally-unexpected gift is so gratifying. A lot of us have a hard time thinking of stuff to get “the man who’s already got everything”, but we’re betting there are at least a couple of things on this list that he doesn’t have… yet.