20 Best Gifts for Dad (2019): Gift Ideas for the Father in Your Life

Dads are notoriously hard to buy for. Usually you’re faced with a choice between getting them something practical they probably already have, or something crazy and interesting they’ll never use. It’s a nightmare.

Luckily, we’ve put together this list of gifts for dads, father figures, or anyone who appreciates handy gadgets. You might still get nothing in response but a low grunt, but there’s a chance you’ll see a hint of a smile on his face.

Be sure to check out our many other buying guides, including best gifts for audiophiles, gift ideas for people who love the outdoors, and the best smart displays.

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  • Amazon Kindle

    Photograph: Joseph Shin

    Amazon Kindle

    Many dads may already have a Kindle e-reader by now. For those who don’t, it’s an excellent gift that lasts for years (and stays alive up to a month on a single battery charge). Books are cheap—many are free with Amazon Prime—and the new standard Kindle comes with a light-up screen for under $100. There are other Kindles with extra features like waterproofing, but we think this is the one to buy.

  • Photograph: Joseph Shin

    Frank DePaula FrankOne Coffee Maker

    This coffee maker is both high-tech and elegant. The unique brewing process uses a vacuum to pull water through the coffee grounds. The crema—the white foamy part—is separated from the final brew, resulting in a smoother, less bitter blend. Oh, and it’s quick too. The FrankOne brews a cup of hot coffee in 30 seconds. Cold brew takes just four minutes, rather than the usual overnight process.

  • Photograph: Ridge Wallet

    Ridge Wallet Minimalist Slim Wallet

    If Dad needs a serious wallet makeover, the Ridge Wallet is a great choice. It clamps together with a unique elastic design to hold anywhere from one to 12 cards, plus some cash in a money clip on one side. A groove on one edge lets you press out the card or cards you want, and the frame is made of metal with a lifetime guarantee. If rigidness isn’t of interest, try the Big Skinny Wallet. It’s what I’ve used for years.

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