No clue what to get your dad for Christmas? Ah, it’s OK. It happens pretty much every year. And 2016 is no different, right?
You sit down on the couch with your Christmas gift list, creative and confident.
You focus on the name of your dad. And you draw an absolute blank.
You simply can’t think of a thing, remember a shoe size or recall a favorite book.
You vaguely remember that in August, you had a lovely idea of a gift, the perfect Christmas present for your dad. Sadly though, that memory is gone, vanished like a puff of steam.
You’re trying hard to recollect. It’s not socks, for heaven’s sake. No, it’s not the glittery neck tie either. Not again.
So what should you get your dad for Christmas who has a brilliant kid like you?
All he wants is to be appreciated for bearing with you all along. What’s a better way to do that than value him as more than just the guy who changed your nappies, taught you how to ride a bicycle and trained your local soccer team.
This year we collected a lot of Christmas gift ideas from world-class shoppers so you can be sure to wow your dad no matter how hard-to-please he is.
So sit back and browse through all gifts listed below. We hope some of these simple Christmas gift ideas for dad will be the best selection you’ve been really looking for.
Common Dad Stereotypes
Know your Dad Well?
Well, here are some dad stereotypes with a cool idea to match. Some of these Christmas presents are a bit costly, but hey, it’s not my duty to remind you how much you should love your dad.
For the Well-Groomed Dad
Just because your dad is getting older, it doesn’t mean he is caring any less about grooming. Like how a gift set from Bath and Body works for your mom, personal care products work best for your dad.
Here are a few gifts for the dad who likes to look sharp and smell good.
If your dad’s trimmer has seen better days, now is the right time to upgrade him to this multipurpose groomer.
What’s remarkable about this trimmer is that it is powered by lithium ion technology, which, according to the maker, offers more torque than a run-off-the-mill rechargeable electric trimmer and three times the run time.
This lightweight trimmer will not eat more power than it needs to charge itself- and then it switches off.
We do know a signature scent is just as special and personal for men as perfume is for women, but we’re ready to bet dad will love the crisp, not-so-smothering fragrance of this Mont Blanc Cologne.
This fragrance is ideal for the Dad who prefers to wear something different than your average cologne.
Revitalizing and masculine, there are notes of Sandalwood with a hint of Pineapple Leaf, Bergamot, among others. This one is a wonderful choice for wives to give husbands.
The Taylors Badger Brush and Cream Gift Set would come in real handy if your dad has still got some No Shave November dregs hanging around by 25th of December.
The kit looks totally nice, good for a Christmas present. The soft-bristled brush is top notch, not very big though, but good enough to help your dad get the job done. The nicely scented cream lathers pretty well, softens and hydrates the skin, leaving it feeling extremely excellent all through the shave and after.
Get your dad a luxurious brush. That sure beats the tacky tie you bought him last Christmas.
For the Shutterbug Dad
Still stuck for ideas what should you get your shutterbug dad for Christmas?
If your dad is a household shutterbug or a budding photographer that just loves to click pictures of anything and everything, here are few lovely gifts.
Canon PowerShot SX710 HS – Wi-Fi Enabled
Even if your dad favors an SLR camera, every photographer should have a top notch camera they can slip into a pocket; just like the Canon PowerShot SX710 HS.
Thanks to an advanced CMOS sensor more sensitive than what’s usually found in cameras of its type, paired with a light-grabbing, super-zoom lens, the Canon can take amazing photos even in low light that other cameras can’t.
Its 30x optical zoom works brilliantly when you are capturing videos. If you have been pleading dad to buy a capable camera that gives a lot of flexibility for the holiday shooter in him, this is it.
50 mm f/1.4 Lens for SLR- Fixed
Your Dad has probably told you that the weakest link in most camera kits are the lenses, which are just adequate but not quite good for capturing sharp images or shooting good videos in low light.
An extremely handy and inexpensive upgrade is a 50mm lens. It is a low light beast; a versatile lens that produces sharp images- no matter if your dad is in to portrait or street photography or if he loves taking macro images, bokeh etc.
Here is a cheap, fast, small and one of the best-selling 50 mm lens that can make your dad a better photographer in 2016.
Sony Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera
Is your dad still lugging a heavy, outdated camera around all day? Perhaps his aging body could do with something a lot lighter.
The A5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera is Sony’s best-selling interchangeable lens camera and that means dad can always pick the right lens for the best picture, yet it’s incredibly lightweight and compact.
Most importantly, it captures images that rival those of much heavier, larger and costlier DSLR cameras. If your pops is pretty serious about photography, this is a wonderful choice.
For the Travel Dad
So your dad is serious about traveling and exploring new destinations?
This simple catalog of travel gifts might make your old man forget about the time you took his Chevy for a spin and crashed it into the parking lot.
Whether your dad’s a frequent flier, a laid-back explorer, or a fan of the country roads, there’s something on the list for every type of traveler.
Weber 51070001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill, Green
The bond between man and grill is quite hard to understand, so it’s best to just accept it. And one way to do that is by getting dad this portable grilling system with which he can smoke ham, brisket, pork etc.
Weber 51010001 Q1200 portable propane grill has a small footprint and fits on a small table easily, but don’t underrate it- it has 8500 BTUs of flame power and enough cooking area to cook as much as necessary for your dad’s travel companions.
The built in thermometer lets your dad take control of his craft and the porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates are easy to clean. It’s big enough for 18 hot dogs or burgers, small enough to carry anywhere.
We’re sure your dad will be absolutely excited to take it on the next camping trip!
Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera
Few things are as fun as being able to see a photograph moments after taking it, passing it around and tucking it away with those pleasant memories intact. Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 90 promises to offer a lot of your instant camera memories again.
It is a fun, easy to point-and-shoot type of a camera that is a must-have for camping trips, excursions, picnics, get-togethers and parties. Available in stylish white/black, the classic camera allows your dad to capture amazing photos with it just because of how diverse the functions and camera settings are: action shots, scenery, double exposure, 10 second exposure etc are simply FANTASTIC.
Get your dad this instant film camera and make him feel nostalgic. He’ll thank you for helping him cut down on all the uncertainty that usually happens with capturing digital images.
Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones
Here is a thoughtful gift for the dad who flies frequently. Your childhood may have been too noisy for your dad to tolerate, but your dad’s flights can be quiet and nice. This is a lovely opportunity to make up for all the instances in which you may have made him yell “Pipe down!” with Bose QuietComfort Headphones which are noise cancelling, around-ear fit headphones.
Designed to offer best-in-breed sound with exceptional performance, this lets your dad shut out everyday ambient noise when he’s watching video or taking calls on the fly. The more exciting, zipper sound profile and the ability to control calls and music with an iOS friendly inline mic/remote make it tough to beat.
Quiet and peace often doesn’t come very cheap, but you owe him something, since he has long endured the trauma of a noisy, boisterous kid like you.
For the Gamer Dad
So you got the gaming bug from pops, who used to sit 5-year old you on his lap while he played Doom and Myst- which, in retrospection, may not have been the best decisions, but hey.
No matter how well you know your dad’s taste, buying him a game is always a flip of the coin. You might think that your Christmas gift for dad is perfect. Hell, yeah, he might think it would be absolutely perfect as well, but, more often than not, he gets a few levels in and realizes that it’s just not his thing.
Stumped on what to get your gamer dad for Christmas?? Don’t fret. There are gaming gifts you can invest in that don’t involve buying a game title.
Here is a simple list focusing on everything your most-devoted, gamer dad in your life needs. Maybe “need” may be not the best choice of word here. Would really like to have you get him (or let him pick up for himself) may be more fitting.
BenQ 24-Inch Gaming Monitor XL2420G
The best accessory for a sophisticated gaming rig is the perfect gaming monitor. If exhilarating action games sits well with your dad, the BenQ XL2420G, with its super-fast response time and pretty high refresh rate, ticks all the boxes.
Designed to elevate gaming experience, this monitor supports G-Sync technology by Nvidia and works well with compatible graphics cards to eliminate stutter and tearing. The BenQ also offers narrower viewing angles and offers IPS display like contrast and color reproduction for a twisted nematic (TN) screen.
Overall, the BenQ Monitor delivers everything a true gamer could wish for. If dad likes BenQ and he wants G-Sync this is one of your best options now.
XRocker Bluetooth Gaming Chair
Your dad has to sit on the floor to play his favorite video game. No, we really don’t know why, he just does. You can help dad get pretty elaborate with his chair options for playing games, some chairs come with surround sound speakers, drink holders, and lots of other interesting thingies.
However, the basic chair options cost less than $150, come in a variety of colors, and are quite easy to move around when you dad wants to turn his gaming room back into a living room.
Here is a simple and functional gaming chair that holds up well and is worth all the coin that is going to cost you.
SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism Gaming Headset
A powerful gaming headset is the trusted companion of console and PC gamers alike, and if dead old Dad spends a lot of time shouting out a series of commands at his gamer pals through a microphone, this slick headset from SteelSeries would make an amazing gift- and more so if dad’s trash talk is currently heard through speakers instead of a gaming headset!
Thumping loud on the inside and quiet on the outside (Dad can enjoy gaming without waking up anyone in the house), this gaming headset is highly rated for superior sound quality, durability and will let your dad enjoy an immersive gaming experience in comfort.
For the Outdoorsy Dad
So you feel lucky to have grown up with a dad that loves to get outdoors for all reasons and seasons? If you’re wondering what your outdoorsy dad would like for this Christmas, here are a few gift ideas.
Whether he loves having fun in the sun, heart-pounding adventure or a bit of both these gifts will make your dear old pop so excited he will give you a big bear hug.
Osprey Men’s Atmos 65 AG Backpacks, Absinthe Green, Small
If your dad is overdue for an upgrade to a superior backpack, look no further than this winner from Osprey.
Designed to take a beating, this heavy-duty backpack is what your dad needs whether he’s traveling to the other side of the world, or heading on a camping trip along his favorite trail. This easy to carry pack can deal with large load with no fuss, and has the right build quality to keep your dad as comfy as possible.
This backpack features a variety of soft, open-mesh foam straps, a versatile lightweight mesh suspension system, and ample amount of internal storage for all the kits and supplies dad could need.
GoPro Camera CHDHA-301
So your dad keeps his morale up, whether it’s a small trail off the beaten path or a huge mountain in New Hampshire? Help dad capture all his adventures and relive them right on the spot with the all new hard wearing, super affordable GoPro. Add a few of the many GoPro accessories available to make it a gift to remember for your dad.
Choose from mounts, cases, chargers, remotes, battery packs and other stuff to make a lovely bundled gift that your pops will certainly love.
Built to finely combine versatility and comfort, this hiking boot will help him take his love for hiking to the next level. Ideal for mixed mountain terrain, this mid-weight boot is rough, tough and stands up to real abuse. Designed to provide optimal grip on variety of surfaces, the Vibram sole offers great balance whether your dad runs through snowmelt or mud slick.
The breathable and waterproof GORE-TEX lining makes sure that melting snow doesn’t penetrate the boot. What’s more, it offers great durability and the bad-assedness your dad lacks.
For the Handyman Dad
Most of us learned how to fix stuff from our dad. If your pop is the type that spends all his time just puttering around in the basement, always trying to make stuff work and constantly looking for the next repair work, get your dad something he’ll truly love this Christmas.
Here are a few gifts that the Mr.Fixit in your life might love.
Wall Control Workbench
If your pop is the handyman type, then his garage is basically a clutter of tools. And when it’s time to begin a job, he spends more time sifting through the mess than actually doing the job he wanted to do in the first place.
Here’s a great way to help your dad sort out the untidy garage floor. This workbench is a smart way to get all those tools up on the walls where dad can spot his stuff in a jiffy. The steel pegboard ensures that the organizer is stronger than the conventional organizers that come with a cardboard pegboard.
What’s more, it fits every type of hook, bracket and slotted shelf. It takes some time to get it set, so get this before Christmas and be ready to astonish your dad with a well-organized workspace.
BISSELL Garage Pro Wet/Dry Vacuum Complete Wall-Mounting System
Your dad knows the amount of trouble caused by dirt and dust especially if he spends a lot of time in the garage. This wet dry vacuum system will help dad keep his favourite place looking tip top, and double up as a car vacuum cleaner.
Built to tackle the toughest challenges, this cleaning monster has good suction power to gobble up spills, garage dirt and more. Whirring away, it gets rid of flying dust, hastens paint drying and takes care of other applications that your old man may need help with. What’s more, the vac hangs from a hook on the wall thanks to its wall mount design.
Get your dad this lovely vac and tell him that this is the fast and dust free way to clean his garage. He might not agree but he’d like it.
Dremel 4200-8/64 High Performance Corded Rotary Tool Kit
High performance rotary tool kits are a must-have for any workshop and Dremel makes arguably the best tools out there.
Their 77 piece Platinum Edition kit takes the game to the next level by featuring the most powerful Dremel motor of recent times, now with superior venting technology to allow for cooler operation. The patented Lock and Change features, EZ Drum are all available, as are almost 80 different ways to put this speed spinner to use.
We’re sure this one could help the big man get a lot done around the house. Chances are your dad will run out of work before he gets to use every accessory and attachment, but, hey, it’s always good to be prepared.
For the DIY Dad
The six months between Father’s day and the Christmas day are more than enough time for dad’s tools to start wearing away. But you are a caring kid and you may want to replace the most destitute and worn tools in your kit or get your dad something he has always wanted.
Listed below are some great set of tools worth checking out.
PORTER-CABLE 7424XP 6-Inch Variable-Speed Polisher
PC 7424XP is a well-built polisher with just about enough power for any tough polishing job.
Refined, powerful and relatively quiet, this well-designed variable speed polisher makes buffing look easier than ever. Known as one of the top tools in its class, it is quite easy to get the hang of and very easy to use and control as well. Ideal for focusing on small segments of the car body, this is a must-have tool for all those car loving dads.
Surprise your dad with the random orbital sander/polisher along with some hook and loop backings and a few new pads. Needless to say, he will be excited to get this classic machine this Christmas.
If you’re uncertain what to gift your tool-crazy dad, you cannot go wrong with a multipurpose multi utility tool like the Leatherman Charge TTi.
With so many applications in a single easy-to-use tool, it will no doubt become his new favorite item in his DIY toolbox. This super tool from Leatherman includes wire cutters, regular pliers, needlenose pliers, bit drivers (small and large), a can opener and many more.
Hey, this tool might not improve your dad’s joinery work. But it’s a brilliant companion whenever your dad needs to fiddle with something.
DEWALT DCD950KX 18-Volt XRP 1/2-Inch Drill/Driver/Hammerdrill Kit
Not many tools can be easily stowed away in a cabinet and also blow a hole through a brick wall. Dewalt has been rolling out handy drills/drivers for a few years now and the line of power tools now looks more power-packed thanks to the addition of a new tool with hammer function.
At 4.5 pounds, this one’s nippy ½ inch self tightening chuck chews up a bit and goes to work whenever the trigger is pulled.
Built with a well-balanced body and an ergonomic grip, the DCD950 KX has a powerful motor sitting at its heart, and features an efficient three speed transmission- so your dad can feel confident while tackling those heavy duty framing applications he’s been working on.
For the Drone-loving Dad
Drones make good gifts for anyone but the best recipients are the dads. To fly a drone and get it stuck into the cat could be an exciting deviation for all those dads who are experiencing mid life crisis. If your pop has been intrigued by drones and wanted to get into flying one, now is the best time to get him one.
Here are a few drones worth checking out.
Holy Stone F180c Holy Stone Mini RC Quadcopter
So, you gave your dad an app-controlled mini robot last season? Well, it’s time to upgrade your dad from mini robots to kid friendly drones. A budget friendly drone at that! This flight system features a 720 camera, a four channel operation and comes with two batteries ready to fly right out of the box.
This is not one of the tiny drones going around but just like the larger ones it can hover, dive and flip with its 6-Axis flight control system. Overall, this is a lovely addition to any drone kit, if your dad has been learning to fly mini copters or has mastered the controls.
For less than a hundred bucks, it’s a serious performer.
Hubsan X4 (H107C) 4 Channel 2.4GHz RC Quad Copter with Camera
This little RC bugger is sure to give your dad the opportunity to record amazing videos and a stable flight experience. Inside the shell lie some wonderful design and engineering capabilities. This brilliant 2.4GHz micro quad isn’t like any other drone; it’s a killer of a flying machine! The incredible combination of 6 axis flight and flexible gyro sensitivity mean that this drone is a performer even in windy conditions: it can pull out left, right, backward and forward flips with ease.
Hey, don’t forget to tell your dad that its four-channel operation makes flying this great fun!
If you cannot afford to buy a spanking new remote control operated quadcopter this holiday season, here is a domestic Shark that is Just Jaws-Some. It allows Dad to relive Sharknado right in the middle of the living room and scare the hell out of your dog.
The shark requires a few AAA batteries and a bit of helium to float and shark can be reinflated over and over, until your dog decides the house is probably not big enough for two beasts.
Have you decided what to get dad for Christmas yet?
Remember you can buy a gift he’ll hide in the basement or you can get him something he’d totally love.
The choice is yours.